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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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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Beer Talks and a New Ocean Group

Golden Beer Talks - 1st Anniversary

Last night’s 1st anniversary Golden Beer Talks meeting had a standing room only crowd.  Dr. James White gave a fascinating talk about climate change.  Dr. Jim Dale did a great job of auctioning off our Deluxe Beer Talk experience (so much so that he sold it four times!)  Thanks, as always, to Windy Saddle for hosting us!

A new group is forming in Golden, and will meet tonight at the Old Capitol Grill (1122 Washington) from 5:30-8.  The Colorado Ocean Coalition is a conservation group, dedicated to protecting the ocean and the waterways that feed into it.  There is an active chapter of this group in Boulder, and a small group of locals is working to start a Golden chapter.  Stop by the Old Capitol Grill tonight and learn more about it.  (You don’t need to spend the whole time there – it’s a drop-in kind of occasion.)  For more information please call Beverly Reeves at 303-386-5180.


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1st Anniversary for Golden Beer Talks

GOLDEN BEER TALKS is celebrating our 1 year anniversary tonight, and we will be auctioning off something GREAT!

Our speaker will be Dr. James White of the Colorado School of Mines.  Dr. White will discuss Climate Change and You – What Everyone Should Know.  To commemorate the anniversary, Windy Saddle will serve Jambalaya (which was our first meal) and our beer will come from the Golden City Brewery (which was our first brewery)!

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Surprisingly Much for a Monday

If you have kids who might be interested in joining 4-H, attend their open house tonight from 6-8:30 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds (map)There are over 50 project areas to choose from like Computers, Cooking, Dog Obedience, Gardening, Horse & Horseless Horse, Livestock (large & small animal), Photography, Robotics, Sewing, Shooting Sports, Sport Fishing, Vet Science and much more.

GURA meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  Their topics tonight include the mural to be posted on the new Natural Foods store, the mural to be posted on the Coors Tek building, the GURA budget for next year, and several other topics.

Tomorrow at 1, at the Railroad Museum, there will be a play commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kindertransport, the program that helped over 10,000 Jewish children escape Germany just prior to the outbreak of World War II.  Learn more….

Tomorrow from 4-6 at the Table Mountain Inn, the Chamber will hold a happy hour send-off for the universally adored Krista Braton, who’s leaving for a new job with ArtReach.

Tomorrow night is a Golden Beer Talk.  We’ll be hearing from Dr. James White, a climate scientist from the Colorado School of Mines.  Details to follow tomorrow!


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A Good Day to Learn About Local History

The Bronco’s game should be over by 2, so why not come down to the Quilt Museum to see some fascinating photos from Golden’s past?  Barb Warden will be discussing “Historic Tourism in Golden” for the latest installment of “Sundays at the Museum.”

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