Robberies, Rascals and Rides

The Railroad Museum has a big plans this weekend.  They’re celebrating the Wild West with “The Great Train Robbery.  Head to the museum either Saturday or Sunday to see outlaws, lawmen, ladies and gentlemen as professional actors bring the 1880′s Colorado railroad experience to life with train robberies and gun fights over lovely damsels. Also, don’t miss Blacksmith Sam all weekend and Sunday storytelling with the Legendary Ladies from 1:30PM-3:00PM.

Listen to the songs and tall tales of cowboy poetry as Susie Knight reminisces about the old west in our new pavilion from 1:00PM until 4:00PM on Saturday. Also catch a ride behind the historic steam locomotive.

Train Robberies and Gun Fights:
11am Train Robbery
11:45am Gun fight
12:30pm train robbery
1;15pm gun fight
2:30pm train robbery
3:15pm gun fight

Museum Members and children under 2 are free, $5 for children (2-15), $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (over 60).

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Do you want to build a snowman?

Tonight is the final Movies and Music in the Park, and it’s a Frozen sing-a-long.  Head to Parfet Park tonight and enjoy this wildly popular Disney movie with your friends and neighbors.  It should be a gorgeous night, with an almost-full moon.

Dr. Harlan’s Amazing Bluegrass Tonic will kick off the evening at 7, and the movie will start at dusk.

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Golden River Sports will be offering demos of their equipment tonight, starting at 6, on Clear Creek.

City Council meets at 6:30 in City Council chambers. Tonight’s hot topic will be trash and recycling. The City had planned to require that all households participate in the City-negotiated Pay-As-You-Throw plan. After this decision was made, several homeowners associations objected to having participation mandated, as they felt they had better deals already in place. Council will take public comment tonight, and will decide whether to continue with the plan, delay it, or rescind it.

Council will also vote on whether to budget a standard amount ($50,000 is recommended) to be spent on public art each year. The Council meeting will be broadcast live through the city website.

Tomorrow night is the last Movies and Music in the Park, starting at 7 in Parfet Park.

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Duck Billed Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Ridge is offering a free lecture tonight from 7-8:30 on Duck Billed dinosaurs:  Join us for an evening lecture on hadrosaurs, those dinosaurs with the strange crests and flat beaks! Though they’re not directly related to ducks, come learn about the unique traits these dinosaurs had that set them apart from others that lived during the Cretaceous. Come on over this evening to see a presentation done by Erin LaCount on these wonderfully diverse dinosaurs! Recommended for adults only (12 years and older).

The lecture will take place at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center, 16831 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO (map).

Did you attend last night’s Golden Cruise?  Dave Powers got some nice pictures of the event!

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Studying and Biking

Tonight is the Golden Bicycle Cruise.  The theme is “mountaineering,” so don your hiking boots.  The Cruise starts 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, the group will head west on the bike path cross the Hwy 6 overpass, and ride to New Loveland Mine Park.  They’ll 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 will have live music and beer until 9:30, and prize drawings for the adults at 9.

Colorado School of Mines starts classes today.

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Two-wheelers and four-wheelers

Remember to look at the “M” on Mount Zion at about 10 this morning. The new students (and President) at CSM will be giving it its annual coat of whitewash!

Photo by dpowers

Another USA Pro Cycling Challenge race is in the bag.  The City acquitted itself well, as always, handling tens of thousands of visitors and lots of street closures with grace and apparent ease.  Kudos to the staff and all the volunteers who worked to make the race such a success!

Dave Powers did his usual magnificent job of capturing the color and excitement of the race.  See his event photos on our Facebook page.

For those of us who ride a little slower, tomorrow night is our monthly Golden Bike Cruise.  This month’s volunteers are the Colorado Mountain Club, so the dress-up theme is “mountaineering.”  Ever ride a bike in lederhosen?

The Golden Police have posted a survey online to evaluate how Golden residents feel about the Golden Super Cruise.  Does it affect your ability to get in & out of your neighborhood?  Does the noise bother you?  Does it affect your ability to visit the businesses on South Golden Road?  How does it affect your quality of life?  Answer the brief survey, and let them know.

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Racing, Splashing, Climbing

The USA Pro Challenge will be blasting through Golden today.  The women’s race starts at 10:30 and ends at approximately 11:30.  The men’s race will start at 1:10 in Golden and end at approximately 3:45 in Denver.  There will be a bike race festival in Parfet Park today, running from 9-4.  The City’s tourism site,, has all sorts of details about parking, the route, best places to watch, etc.  Check it out!

This is the FINAL day for The Splash waterpark.  They’re open today from 10-6:30.

Tomorrow morning is the annual Mines M Climb.  Incoming students will assemble with their 10-pound rocks at Kafadar Commons, in front of Guggenheim Hall, at 7:45 a.m. They will then hike to the M on Mount Zion to add a fresh coat of whitewash. Students will reach the M around 10:00 a.m.  Mines has a new president this year–Paul Johnson.  Dr. Johnson will make the climb with the students.  Learn more….

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Sizzling Summer Saturday

The Farmers Market runs this morning from 8-1.  You might want to stock up on food today, because the USA Pro Challenge may make moving around town a bit tricky tomorrow.

Don’t forget the District Attorney’s Safety Fair (at the Jeffco Fairgrounds) from 9-1.  One of the Jeffco Innovators, NxGenLearning, will be there, using their 3D learning tools to demonstrate safety concepts.  That should be fun and interesting.  Bring your documents for shredding, electronics for recycling, and unneeded prescriptions for safe disposal.

The forecast calls for temperatures in the high 80s today, so it’s perfect weather for enjoying the final weekend at The Splash.  They’ll be open today and tomorrow from 10-6:30.

Information about tomorrow’s USA Pro Challenge bike race is available on the City website, including a map showing some of the street closures.

Dave Powers has his press pass all ready for tomorrow’s bike race.  For now, you can enjoy his photos of the USA Pro Challenge in 2014 and 2011!

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Movies, Music, Safety, and Splash

Tonight is the third of four nights of Movies and Music in the Park.  Dixie Leadfoot will play from 7 till dusk, at which time tonight’s movie, Big Hero 6, will play.  Next week’s Frozen singalong will be the last movie of the year!

The Jefferson County District Attorney is hosting his annual safety fair tomorrow from 9-1 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds.  This free event offers document shredding (limit 5 boxes), small electronics recycling, prescription round-up, bike rodeo for kids, and more. With over 90 booths, the event offers a complete range of safety services for kids, adults, parents, and seniors. Free parking lot shuttle. For more information, call Cary Johnson at 303-271-6970.

Tomorrow and Sunday will be the final 2015 days of operation for the City’s water park, The Splash.  They will be open 10-6:30 both days!

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Thirsty Third Thursday Returns

After their usual summer hiatus, the Mountaineering Museum is resuming Thirsty Third Thursday tonight!  Join them for beer provided by Alaskan Brewing Co., an exciting gear giveaway, and music by the The 14ers Music! This will also be the opening reception for their new exhibit ‘Sunrise from the Summit’ by Glenn Randall Photography.  It’s 5:30-9:30 at 710 10th St.  Learn more…


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