Boxes & Scat

Lookout Mountain Nature Center

From 10-1 today, the Lookout Mountain Nature Center will be teaching visitors about SCAT!  Were you a “stinker” this year? Then join us to learn about different types of animal scat. Compare carnivore and herbivore scat and then make your own holiday crap….er, craft. All ages–FREE!

There’s an interesting program this afternoon at the Clear Creek History Park:  The Box from Back East

Today, people can’t imagine being delighted by a length of new hair ribbon or a tin cup as a gift. However, homesteaders living on the short grass prairie and near the gold fields of Colorado lived a simple and sometimes desperately poor life at the end of a very long supply line. Learn about the day-to-day challenges of 1880’s homesteaders as we explore the contents of a holiday “box from back east” and discover what made each item so welcomed and valued. Enjoy hot tea and homemade cookies from a 19th century recipe. Presented by living history interpreter Priscilla Marshall. Recommended for participants age 12 and up. Meet at Guy Hill Schoolhouse in Clear Creek History Park. $15 members, $20 non-members.

The Celebration Continues….

Here’s today’s schedule of events:

8:30-10AMPancakes with Santa at the Blue Canyon Grill
10:30-11AM –  Parade
11-12AM – Free rides with the Golden Hayride–board at the Clear Creek History Park’s parking lot
12-3PMNewfoundland Dog Cart rides for children – board at the Clear Creek History Park’s parking lot
11AM-2PMKids crafts at Foothills Art Center – gingerbread houses!  $8 for non-members and $5 for members
1PMThe Story of the Nutcracker at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
2PM – Virtuosity Dance Center’s version of The Nutcracker at Golden High School

Get an family portrait at Golden City Victorian Christmas Old Time Photo between 11AM and 2PM at 1123 Washington Avenue.

Stop at Avenue Gifts between 12 and 3 to meet one of Santa’s helpers (and get a small gift for the kids!).

Spinster Sisters will have a DIY salt soak station where visitors can mix their own scents.  They’ll also be serving cider & cookies.  10% of their proceeds today will be donated to Earth Force.

Truly BoHotique is offering 20% off all gift items.

Barrels & Bottles and Cannonball Creek are both drop-off locations for a coat drive for The Jeffco Action Center.  They’ll be accepting coats through the 18th.

Celebrate Christmas & Get a Job

A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley was completely sold out as of yesterday, so they’ve added one more performance.  For a brief time, tickets are available for a 2PM performance on Friday, December 23rd.  Buy tickets now.

Tonight at the Mountaineering Center, Teton Gravity Research is hosting the premiere of their new feature length ski and snowboard film, Tight Loose.  There will be a giveaways and a raffle for schwag, all proceeds to benefit the Alpine Rescue Team.  Doors open at 7 and the movie will be shown at 8.  Tickets.

Looks like the deep freeze is over for now–high 40s today and predicted high of 50 on Saturday.  Tomorrow should be a delightful day to attend the parade and enjoy the Olde Golden Christmas events downtown.  (As always–thank you to the Golden Chamber of Commerce for organizing all these events!)

Breakfast with Santa

Tomorrow morning is the ever-popular Pancakes with Santa breakfast.  This year it’s being held at the Blue Canyon Bar & Grill, 1224 Washington Avenue.  For $12 (kids) or $15 (adults) you’ll enjoy pancakes with Santa, dancing with elves, hanging out with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley and interactive Christmas story time with The Golden Library elves.  Includes pancakes, orange juice, and coffee.  Fun and hands-on activities will follow a breakfast buffet.  A goodie bag will be provided for each child.  Buy tickets online.

The parade will kick off at 10:30 and will run along Washington Avenue from 10th to 13th Streets.  It lasts for about 30 minutes.  Expect to see cowboys on horses, floats, marching bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and, of course, Santa Claus.  The parade winds down Washington Avenue with lots of activities before and after, including snappy barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks.

The Golden Hayride will be offering free rides and caroling for an hour after the parade, starting in the parking lot between the Clear Creek History Park and the Golden Hotel.  The Newfoundland Dog Cart Rides will be operating in that same lot from noon – 3.

King Soopers is hosting a hiring event tomorrow (Saturday) from 10AM-3PM.  If you or someone you know is looking for employment, please stop by and see them, or apply at

Lots of Holiday Events

A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley is nearly sold out!  The only remaining tickets are for tonight’s show!  If you had hoped to see this production, better order your tickets right this second.   Tickets are still available for their Children’s Theater production of The Nutcracker.

The Golden Women in Business are having their Holiday Shopping Showcase tonight from 6-9 at Connects Workspace (1301 Arapahoe–the Armory Building).  There will be any local vendors bringing food, flair and festive gifts. Support Golden and its Small Businesses for the Holiday Season!  This is a free event and open to the public.

Foothills Art Center is open late tonight, to allow you to get in some shopping at the Holiday Art Market.  They will have artist demos, featuring Janet Nunn and Arleta Pech.  Foothills will be open till 8PM, and there is no admission charge.

Friday and Saturday nights, Virtuosity Dance Center will present The Nutcracker in the Golden High School auditorium.  Virtuosity is putting a spin on a classic ballet for our Winter show this season. Our Nutcracker will feature all styles of dance in a fun, family friendly, and exciting take on the iconic story.  You won’t want to miss this one folks!  Buy tickets online.

Gold, Townhouses, and Sustainability

Tonight at the Library, Mike Dempsey from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center will present “Colorado Gold: Star, Saga, and the South Platte.” Gold has played a central role in the development of Colorado’s Front Range, with fortunes gained and lost, towns founded and abandoned, and hillsides and streams altered irrevocably by our desire for this soft lustrous metal. It’s no exaggeration to say that much of the landscape we see today has been shaped one way or another by the desire for gold, which took hold in Colorado from 1858 onward. Take this golden opportunity to learn some fascinating history.  The program will run from 6-7.

The Planning Commission will be evaluating the proposed 12 townhouse development at 19th and Ford at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  The Sustainability Board will meet in the City Council Conference room at 6:30.  They will recap last week’s Sustainability Night and discuss “Sustainability in All Actions,” which is a plan to integrate sustainability info City Council decisions.


Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day

Today is Colorado Gives Day!  To donate to any of these Golden non-profit organizations, just click on the name, and you’ll go straight to the appropriate page:

Culture:  the Quilt Museum, the History Museums, Foothills Art Center, the Railroad Museum, Foothills Animal Shelter, Golden Landmarks, Public Art Elk project, the Jefferson Symphony, Colorado Environmental Film Festival,Spark City Children’s Museum, Miners Alley Playhouse.

Schools:  the Golden Schools Foundation, Shelton PTSA Playground Fund-Raiser, Mitchell Elementary PTA, Pleasant View Elementary PTSA, Ralston PTAGolden High School PTA, Bell Middle School PTA.

Helping the Needy:  Golden Backpack Program, Community Faith in Action (Be a Tool)GoFarm, the Christian Action Guild.

Community Support!  the Golden Civic Foundation, Golden Chamber of Commerce, Golden Optimists Club, Golden Visitors Center, Leadership Golden.

If you don’t see your favorite organization, go to and search for it!

What’s the city up to this week?

All of these meetings will take place at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  To learn more about any of the issues mentioned below, see the meeting packets on the City’s agenda page.

The Historic Preservation Board meets tonight.  They will consider providing a “certificate of appropriateness” for an addition to 910 Arapahoe Street, which is in the 8th and 9th Street Historic District.  The home was built in ~1960.

The Planning Commission meets Wednesday night.  They will be asked to approve the site plan for a new development on the long-empty parking lot at 19th and Ford Street.  The plan is to build 12 townhouses on that lot.  Since the site is zoned for mixed use and commercial, the developer will need a special use permit (SUP) to allow for all-residential.  The proposed townhouses are 2 stories tall and each has a roof garden.  There will be 22 parking spaces for 12 townhouses.

They will also review a site plan for a proposed “boutique hotel” to be built in the Gateway Village development (Highway 40 and I-70).


Finally, they will consider recommending some changes to city zoning to encourage “urban agriculture.”  The new zoning will include definitions and regulations for community gardens, farmers markets, green grocers, neighborhood farmers markets, produce stands, and urban farms.  These changes are designed to make it easier for residents to obtain fresh, locally-grown produce.

City Council will meet on Thursday night.  They will be asked to approve purchase of a $575K pumper truck for the fire department.  They will consider a request to consolidate 3 lots into a single lot to be used for a CarMax Auto Superstore.  The new business will be east of Kohl’s.

The developer of the new building at 708 13th Street is requesting private parking spots in the public garage next door.  City Council needs to decide whether to reduce available public parking by allowing some garage spots to be “owned.”

The Carriages Are Back!

Clear Creek Carriage Company

If you’ve been around Golden for more than a couple of years, you probably remember the carriage rides that were available at so many of our special events.  Well good news–there’s a new carriage company in town:  Clear Creek Carriage Company!

As it happens, has an “in” with this company–my daughter owns it.  Head downtown today between noon and 3PM and enjoy a free carriage ride.  You can board the carriage on 12th Street, just west of Washington Avenue.

Colorado Gives Day is this Tuesday, December 6th.
This is the ideal day to support non-profit organizations, because the Community First Foundation adds to each donation out of their Community Incentive Fund.  Most of Golden’s non-profits are signed up for this program–the Quilt Museum, the History Museum, Foothills Art Center, the Golden schools’ PTAs, the Golden Schools Foundation, the Golden Civic Foundation, Foothills Animal Shelter, Golden Landmarks, the Christian Action Guild, Golden Backpack Program, Golden Visitors Center, Community Faith in Action (Be a Tool), the Jefferson Symphony…and lots more.  Check the Colorado Gives website to look for your favorite non-profit.

Olde Golden Christmas


There’s a lot going on in town today!  There will be a parade on Washington Avenue at 10:30.  Afterwards, there will be Newfoundland Dog Cart rides and Golden Hayrides from noon till 3.

After the parade, head to Avenue Gifts (1212 Washington Ave.).  One of Santa’s Helpers will be there, and she’ll be giving small gifts to children!

Parents can bring their kids to Foothills Art Center to make holiday cards while the parents shop at the Holiday Art Market.  The card workshop is open from 11-3 and the cost is $8 for non-members and $5 for members.

Miners Alley Children’s Theater is showing The Story of the Nutcracker at 1, and Miners Alley (adult) Theater will perform the comedic version of A Christmas Carol at 7:30.

Dinosaur Ridge is having an ornament-decorating party from 1-4.  Drop in at your convenience.  It’s free!

giftGolden High School will have their 3rd Annual Craft Bazaar today from 10-3.  Complete all of your holiday shopping in one spot while supporting a good cause. The bazaar is a great place for you to find all kinds of gifts for everyone on your list – large and small items, gifts for the home, gifts of food and snacks. The event helps support the Golden High School PTA. Free parking and admission. They’ll have over 60 vendors and 70 tables full of a wide variety of goods.  The High School is located at 701 24th Street (map).

The Library is hosting Teens After Dark at 6.  They’ll be watching Krampus–a creepy Christmas movie!

The Jefferson Symphony will perform their very popular holiday concert tonight at 7PM at the Green Center.


Tomorrow (Sunday 12/4) from noon – 3PM, Clear Creek Carriage Company will offer free horse-drawn carriage rides downtown!  The carriage rides will start on 12th Street, next to the Old Capitol Grill.  The carriage rides are sponsored by yours truly–GOLDEN.COM!

Some Enchanted Evening

Candlelight Walk - Golden Colorado

The Candlelight Walk is my favorite event of the year.  It’s pretty and it’s fun, and everybody is happy.  Here’s what you can expect:

Santa Claus will be at Foothills Art Center from 4:30-6, so if you want to get pictures with Santa, that’s your opportunity.  The Crowd for the Candlelight Walk will gather in the street in front of Foothills at about 6.  Bring a candle or buy one there.  At about 6:30, the crowd will start walking down Washington Avenue.  As the leading edge of the crowd passes each block of Washington Avenue, the lights come on.  When they reach the stage in front of the Visitors Center, they’ll watch a brief show, and then the Mayor, along with 11-year-old Aaron (a Golden resident) will flip the switch to illuminate the big tree at 10th and Washington and the trees along the Creek.

Some people like to walk down the hill with the group, while others like to wait near the Creek, to watch them approach.  In either case, it’s a lovely site!

brucebouchBruce Bouch at Baby Doe’s

After “the lighting,” plan to stroll through the Clear Creek History Park, the Golden Library, and the Golden History Museum for music, treats, and general fun.  The stores downtown will be open, so you can get in some early holiday shopping.  Baby Doe’s will have their annual performance by Bruce Bouch and his group, Fat Fingers Quartet.

This will be a magical night in Golden, so I hope you can be here for it.

Tomorrow morning, the Olde Golden Christmas Parade will start at 10:30 and run for about half an hour along Washington Avenue.  Afterwards, plan to stick around for hayrides ($5/person, 5 and under free), Newfoundland Dog cart rides (for kids), and general fun.  Be sure you admire the window displays!

Golden High School will have their 3rd Annual Craft Bazaar tomorrow from 10-3.  Complete all of your holiday shopping in one spot while supporting a good cause. The bazaar is a great place for you to find all kinds of gifts for everyone on your list – large and small items, gifts for the home, gifts of food and snacks. The event helps support the Golden High School PTA. Free parking and admission. They’ll have over 60 vendors and 70 tables full of a wide variety of goods.  The High School is located at 701 24th Street (map).