Halloween and Flu Shots

This is Parents Weekend at the Colorado School of Mines–welcome visiting parents!

The 15th Annual Healthy Fair runs from 7AM to noon today at Bell Middle School (1001 Ulysses St. – map).  The fair offers low-cost blood work, flu shots, mist and pneumonia shots, along with many free services, including hearing and blood pressure checks.  For more information please visit www.9healthfair.org or call 303-698-3799.

The Railroad Museum is running their Trick or Treat Train today and tomorrow.  The museum is open from 9 to 5, and train rides and other Halloween activities are available from 10 to 4.

Foothills Art Center is hosting a Costume-Making Open Studio tonight from 7 to 11.  Drop in anytime after 7, bring your own materials and use their space and tools to create a terrifying or hilarious Halloween costume. With a keg from Golden City Brewery and some snacks it is a guaranteed good time, and you won’t have to worry about making a mess at home. Foothills Art Center staff will be on hand to help. 18 years and older please with a valid 21+ ID to drink.  The cost is $5.

Goodwill is running one of their half price “nearly” everything in the store sales today, so it is the PERFECT day to look for your costume components!  Goodwill  |  17722 S. Golden Rd.  |  303-271-9991

 

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Books & Movies

The Library’s Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale starts today at the Jeffco Fairgrounds (map).  If you’ve never gone to one of these, you really should!  They have more than 100,000 gently used books, DVDs, audiobooks, and LPs with prices from 50 cents to $3.  Just try to get out of there without finding a bunch of things you want!  Go today or tomorrow between 9 and 5.  Sunday is bag day, and the prices are even better–$6 for everything you can fit in a grocery bag.

Powder7.com (our local ski shop) is sponsoring a movie tonight at 8 at the Mountaineering Center.  The Blizzard of AAHHH’s is a 1988 documentary about extreme skiing.  Wear your throwback 80’s costumes for this fun event benefiting the American Mountaineering Museum! Tickets ($10) and information are available on the Powder7.com website.

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DON’T LOOK!

There will be a partial solar eclipse this afternoon, starting at 3:18 and lasting for about 2-1/2 hours.  Tempting though it may be, DON’T look directly at it!  Many websites, including CBS News, offer suggestions on how to enjoy the eclipse safely.

There will be a City Council meeting tonight at 6:30.  Jeff Hansen, the Finance Director, will report on the City’s financial condition (SPOILER: it continues to be excellent).  There will be several public hearings:

1.  The 2015/16 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Plan
2.  Approval of the Downtown Development Authority’s Development Plan
3.  Methods of determining where traffic calming is needed
4.  Vacating a right of way and adjusting the plat for a new medical complex
5.  Clarification as to whether the Mayor’s job and a council job count as the same with regard to term limits.

The Mayor will discuss planning opportunities and changes for the area of change near Highway 6 and C470.  She will be discussing this topic at a national conference of mayors in mid-December.

The meeting will be broadcast on Cable Channel 8 and through the City website.  If you want to weigh in on the public hearing items or anything else, show up at 6:30 and be ready to speak!

With regard to item #4 above: someone on one of the i-neighbors groups recently asked what was going up by the Loaf and Jug at Hwy 6 and Heritage Road.  The answer appears in tonight’s meeting packet, in an application made by Catholic Health Initiatives.

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Free Towels!

The Community Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration continues today.  This is “Individual Wellness Day.”  Every visitor today with a paid admission or pass will receive a commemorative towel!  They will also have a scavenger hunt with prizes.

The Sustainability Board meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  Their meeting packet is available online.

There will be a partial solar eclipse tomorrow afternoon, and the Lookout Mountain Nature Center is hosting a safe viewing party from 3-5.  If you’re interested in attending, please register online.

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Tuesday

The Golden Community Center is celebrating their 20th anniversary!  A week of festivities is planned, starting tonight, but there’s not a lot of information online, so your best bet may be to call the Center for details:  303-384-8100.

Neighborhood meeting to discuss The Triangle.

There will be a neighborhood meeting this afternoon at 4:30 to discuss “the triangle.”  This is the piece of land at the intersection of East Street and South Golden Road.  There have been a couple of informal  meetings to discuss how the Triangle should look and whether or not there should be other uses proposed for the parcel. Based on these previous meetings, the native grasses were mowed. But the City is still seeking a more long-term plan and hopes to gain input from the community for future landscaping and other suggested uses of the parcel.

The new Natural Grocers store kicks off their Grand Opening today.  Stop by…they’re giving away food!

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M-Less

Electricity to the “M”-blem on Mount Zion will be off for the next few days.  They’re doing electrical work on the new Marv Kay stadium, and the process requires that service to the M be interrupted.  So if you’re accustomed to navigating around the city by using the giant lit M, better travel with a compass for a few days.

For those new to the community, the “M” stands for the Colorado School of Mines.  Designed by Professor Joseph O’Byrne in 1908, the “M” on Mount Zion can be seen for many miles. The electric lights were added in 1932. In 2008, the incandescent light bulbs were replaced with energy-efficient LED lights.  Every fall, the freshman class from the School of Mines climbs the mountain with a rock from their home town, and adds it to the display.  The class then whitewashes the M (and each other).  Graduating seniors are invited to return to the M and take their rock away as a souvenir of their time in Golden.  The lights on the M are computer-controlled, and at certain times of the year they change color or assume different shapes (don’t be surprised if it turns into a jack o’ lantern on Halloween).

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Classical Music and Falling Leaves

The Jefferson Symphony is playing their first concert of the season this afternoon, starting at 3, in the Green Center (map).  They’ll start off with the William Tell Overture (a.k.a. “The Lone Ranger Theme Song” for those of us in a certain age bracket).  They’re also playing Rachmaninoff’s Die Toteninsel, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, Piston’s The Incredible Flutist, and Gershwin selections.  Tickets are available online or at the door.

Perfect Fall weather continues unabated, so keep in mind Golden’s large trails system, or try one of our walking tours.

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What to do with a beautiful fall day

Today’s forecast says “Times of Clouds and Sun,” which sound pretty non-committal, but overall it should be another beautiful fall day.  The Lookout Mountain Nature Center is hosting “Halloween Tales & Trails” this afternoon from 1-4 and this evening from 5-8.  Their guided hikes are already booked solid, but you can still enjoy their crafts, games, storytellers, special exhibits, and meet some visiting live animals.  And of course, you can always walk the trails without a guide.

This is the final day for the Beautiful Junk Sale at the Fairgrounds, and this is the final weekend for the current play at Miners Alley–Dylan Went Electric.  The Amusement Park, Alpine Slide, Go Karts, and other attractions are open weekends at Heritage Square, and BooTown (non-scary) and Spider Mansion (scary) are also open.

Clear Creek History Park will be teaching a How to Build Your Own Scarecrow class tomorrow.  If you’re interested, call 303-278-3557 today to see if they still have openings.

The Jefferson Symphony will play its first concert of the season tomorrow at the Green Center.

If you want to see all the Golden Halloween events in one place, check our Halloween Calendar!

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Beautiful Junk and Valuable Compost

Today and tomorrow, The Action Center’s semi-annual “Beautiful Junk” sale is going on at the Jeffco Fairgrounds (map).  This is a fun sale, where almost everything sells for less than $10, and all proceeds go to support their mission of providing an immediate response to basic human needs and promoting pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.  Admission is $3, but if you bring two cans of food for donation, you’ll earn $1 off your admission price.  For more information, call Pam McPhee at (303) 237-7704.

Tomorrow morning, you have an opportunity to visit two urban farms in Jefferson County, courtesy of the CSU Extension office.  Join us for an educational farm tour to learn about soil health, raising alpacas, manure composting, starting a new farm, and grazing management. This tour will visit two urban farms in Jefferson County. We will be outside, so please bring sun protection, appropriate clothing for the weather, and wear shoes for walking around farm and pasture fields. Lunch and transportation will be provided. Tour starts and ends at the CSU Extension office (ECMR Room). Adult $15 / Couple $20 / Student $10.  Please register in advance.

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City Budget, Choir Concert, Free Movie

City Council has a study session tonight, beginning at 6:30 in Council Chambers.  They will be reviewing the 2015/2016 budget, and the status of their 2014/2015 “Signature Initiatives.”

Golden High School has a choir concert tonight at 7.

Tomorrow night at 5, there will be a free movie at the Mountaineering Center:  The Cherokee Word for WaterThis showing is sponsored by Women Writing the West and the Colorado Cherokee Circle.  The picture tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Several people involved in making the film will be there for a panel discussion.

This movie has a rating of 8.1 on the IMDB.com site.  Admission to the film and panel is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Page Lambert at page@pagelambert.com

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