Golden 4th of July: food, music, hot rods, and fireworks

The Farmers Market will run, as usual, from 8-1 in the parking lot at Illinois & 10th Streets.


The Golden Lions Club will host an all-day party in Lions Park, complete with prizes, food, live music, beer, and free rides and face painting for the kids. Buy some raffle tickets for a chance to win one of over 200 prizes, including the grand prize of $1000 donated by the Lions Club! You’ll see Lions Club members selling tickets in front of various businesses –Meyer Hardware, King Soopers, and others, as well as at the Farmers Market on Saturday morning. You don’t need to be present to win.


The Golden Super Cruise will run today, theoretically from 5-9, but you’re likely to see classic cars around town all day.  The epicenter of the even is South Golden Road.


The fireworks show will begin around 9:30 p.m. (weather-permitting).  Lions Park offers a great viewing spot, though they can be watched from many vantages around town.

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Street Fair Tonight and Presidents Tomorrow

Come downtown tonight for the First Friday Street Fair.  Washington Avenue will be closed off from 12th – 13th Streets, and there will be live music and entertainment.  Local restaurants will be selling “tastes,” and the Chamber will be serving beer, provided by MillerCoors.  The Street Fair runs from 5-9.  Circlin’ the Drain will be playing.

Tomorrow, the Railroad Museum will offer the perfect 4th of July experience:

July marks America’s 239th birthday. We’ll commemorate this history by recreating famous whistle-stop campaign speeches, performed by professional actors on the platform of a vintage passenger coach. Hear the echoes of Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and others as we recreate their campaign speeches on the railroad.  Catch a ride behind one of the Museum’s steam or diesel locomotives in passenger cars from different eras in Colorado railroad history or on the uniquely Colorado Galloping Goose. Rides operate 10:00AM to 4:00PM.  The Presidents will speak at 11, 12, and 1.

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Preview of July Events in Golden

Mark your calendars – July is a busy month in Golden!

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First Friday Street Fair
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Presidential speeches and train rides at the Railroad Museum
Farmers Market
Golden Super Cruise
4th of July Festival all day at Lions Park
Fireworks
Barbecue and walk up the ridge to watch fireworks at Dinosaur Ridge
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Courthouse Hill and School of Mines Walking Tour by the Golden History Museums
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Golden Community Kayak Rodeo Series
Preschool Nature Nuts at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
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Leadership Golden Meet & Greet
Preschool Nature Nuts at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
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Farmers Market
Presidential speeches and train rides at the Railroad Museum
Paws for Reading at the Library
Preschool Nature Nuts at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
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Speed date a book at the library
Lecture about Ansel Adams at Foothills Art Center
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LibLab: Ancient Rome at the Library (grades 1-6)
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Golden Beer Talks
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Golden Community Kayak Rodeo Series
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Opening night for Pump Boys and Dinettes at Miners Alley Playhouse
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Dinosaur Express Train at the Railroad Museum
Farmers Market
Introduction to Blacksmithing class by the Golden History Museums
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Candlewicking Embroidery class by the Golden History Museums
Intermediate Blacksmithing class by the Golden History Museums
Lecture about Ansel Adams at Foothills Art Center
Junior Naturalists: Insects at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
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The Super Ann Show at the Library (all ages)
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Lego Stop Motion Animation at the Library (ages 11-18)
Tuesday night book group at the Library – The Light Between Oceans
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Gold Rush Days Walking Tour by the Golden History Museums
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Mopar Street Party
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Buffalo Bill Days
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Buffalo Bill Days Parade
Backyard Astronomy: Build your own telescope at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Presidential speeches and train rides at the Railroad Museum
Farmers Market
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Lecture about Ansel Adams at Foothills Art Center
Final Day of Buffalo Bill Days
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LibLab: Solve a Crime! at the Library (grades 1-6)
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Golden Bicycle Cruise – Luau theme
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RMQM 25th Anniversary exhibit opens

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Golden Community Rodeo tonight on Clear Creek

The moon will be full at 8:19 this evening.

The Golden Community Rodeo Series starts tonight and runs for the next two Wednesdays. You are invited to compete in the freestyle rodeo for all skill levels. You’ll be entered to win some awesome prizes! Then, head to Mountain Toad for the after party.

Everyone is welcome to compete, no matter your skill level… or just come cheer on the kayakers! New this year is a Down River Fun Race for ALL boaters on July 15th. So bring your kayak, SUP, or canoe and participate in the race. You’ll be entered for your chance to win the prizes!

The Golden Community Rodeo Series (GCRS) is a grass-roots effort that brings together whitewater enthusiasts, local residents, local businesses and industry representatives to participate in this community event. The GCRS is organized, managed and run exclusively by local volunteers whose common characteristic is the hope that all levels of boaters will feel welcomed at this event – from the meekest “newbie” to the local heroes. The goal is to provide fun events where everyone is welcome and everyone is supported – including spectators! Registration begins at 5:00pm each Wednesday. Competition starts at 5:30pm.

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Groovy Golden Cruise Tonight

Tonight is the Golden Bicycle Cruise.  The theme is tie dye, so get your groove on and join them.  The Golden Optimists will have a kids bike decorating tent beforehand, and the best bike decorations from home or from the Optimists’ tent will win 5 passes to Splash, which are good for adults or kids, so the whole family can enjoy Golden’s outdoor pool and water park.

Here’s how the Cruise works:  They start at the Farmer’s Market parking lot just west of the library on 10th and Illinois. There will be prize drawings (including a cruiser bike!) for kids before the ride. At 7:00, they head west on the bike path cross the Hwy 6 overpass, and ride to New Loveland Mine Park.  They rest there for 10-15 minutes. then ride back via Rubey Road to Iowa Street to Ford Street, through Vanover Park, and along the Creek Path back to the library.  There, they live music and beer until 9:30, and prize drawings for the adults at 9.


The Golden History Museum is doing a survey to gauge how people connect to and feel about the City of Golden  It takes 5-10 minutes to complete.  You can do it anonymously, or may choose to provide contact information if you’re willing to be interviewed about some of your responses.  Please take the survey and share it with others!


The restrictions have been lifted on access to Clear Creek.  See the City’s site for the details.

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Library Programs, College Fair, Golden Cruise

Yesterday’s Lariat Loop Poker Run drew some fancy cars to Foothills Art Center.  Check out Dave Powers’ photos!


The Library has several events scheduled this week.
Today, 3-4PM, Grades 1-6.  LibLab: Sounds Like Fun!
Potentially noisy, definitely fun! Come explore the science of acoustics in the library laboratory. Create some sound waves and amp up your summer!  Registration is required and will start at 9 am a week before the show. Register online or call 303-235-5275.

Tuesday, 3-4PM and 5:30-6:30PM, All Ages.  Sound Ideas
Sound Ideas with Michael Stanwood is a fun, interactive program that takes us around the world through the wondrous musical instruments he has collected in his travels. A Thai Khaen, Hawaian nose flute, Angklungs from Bali, Australian didgeridu – he plays them all and wants you to play them as well. Add to this some stories and myths from the different cultures and of course some of Michael’s funny silly songs.  Registration is required and will start at 9 am a week before the show.  Register online or call 303-235-5275.

Wednesday, 2-3:30, Ages 11-18.  Bling a Toy with Gold Leaf – Summer Reading
Do you need a little more shine in your life?  Want to feel like a celebrity with a mini Oscar?  Have a small toy that needs a little more glitter?  Bring it to the library and add some sparkle.  Gold leafing has been used on everything from illuminated manuscripts to decorating cakes.  Come to this interactive workshop to learn about leafing and then try this technique on your own trinket.
Ages 11-18.


The County is hosting an Education Fair and Scholarship Workshop tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building. Here, you will be able to talk to many different college/university representatives at the same time, all in one place.  No registration is needed.

A complimentary Scholarship Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Heritage Conference Room (Lunch will be served for this event). Registration is requested for material and lunch count, but not required. To register, contact Becky Elzas at relzas@co.jefferson.co.us or 303-271-8407.


Tomorrow night’s Golden Bicycle Cruise has a tie dye theme.  You don’t need to dress up to participate, but a lot of people like to!

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4th of July Preview

There’s a lot happening next weekend!

Friday Night
5-9  First Friday Street Fair on Washington Avenue

Saturday, 4th of July
8-1  Farmers Market
11-9  4th of July Festival in Lions Park
10-4  Presidential re-enactors and train rides at the Railroad Museum
5-9  Golden Super Cruise
6-9  Barbecue and ride up the ridge to watch fireworks at Dinosaur Ridge
Dusk  Fireworks in Golden – best views from Lions Park

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Saturday stuff to do

The Farmers Market runs this morning from 8-1.


Golden’s new Centura Health Center is holding a community celebration from 10 to 1 with free bike helmets and fittings, free chair massages, family activities, health checks, and door prizes.  They’re located at 750 Warner Drive (map).


The Railroad Museum is having cowboy music, poetry, and storytelling today with Isaiah “Scrapyard Izzy” Solomon.


You can still join tomorrow’s cruise along the Lariat Loop.

 

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It’s Friday!

News Item:  The Golden Chamber’s CEO, Dawn Smith, will be leaving in August after the Fine Arts Festival.  Dawn’s husband is taking a new job in Gettysburg Pennsylvania.  She’s been good–we’ll miss her!

This is the FINAL weekend to see Brighton Beach Memoirs at Miners Alley.  It’s been getting good reviews, so you shouldn’t miss it.  The final performances are tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2.

Just a reminder, our new business, The Stitching Factory, is letting people use their workshop free all day today and has free stitching-related activities lined up all day tomorrow.  Learn more….

The Community Center is offering an Advanced Care Babysitting class tomorrow from 9-3.  It is designed for pre-teens and covers child development, fire safety, infant/child CPR, and more.  Visit their website to sign up.

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City Council tonight

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council chambers.  They will conduct public hearings prior to voting on several issues.  If you want to weigh in on any of the following issues, go to the meeting or send them an email:

  • Renewing the marketing agreement, wherein the city keeps a certain percentage of the “vendors fee” for use in marketing the city to attract tourists.  The vendors fee is a rebate that merchants could receive if they remit their sales tax promptly.  Several years ago, Golden’s merchants requested that the city use this money to set up a marketing program, which is currently called “Visit Golden.”
  • Rezoning a section of the Bachman property to allow them to build 8 duplexes.  Note that this is not the property that the City has acquired as park land.  It is adjacent to that property.
  • Approving a re-plat for 20001 Golden Gate Canyon Road.  That area will be developed as a senior living community.
  • Selecting a new trash and recycling service provider.

They will also discuss the type and amount of input that council wants to have regarding the city budget.  Currently, city staff creates a budget and council responds to it.  Council may choose to submit a policy document to city staff prior to their creation of a budget, to ensure that the budget reflects Council’s current priorities.

Visit the Agenda page and review the meeting packet for more details on any of these issues.  The meeting will be broadcast live on cable channel 8 and streamed live through the city website.

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