Everything Halloween

Foothills Animal Shelter is having a Howl-o-ween Adoption special from 11AM-2PM today.  Adoption fees for ALL cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens will be only $31 during that three hour window.

Halloween Crazy Days (Downtown Trick or Treating) runs from 3-5:30 today.  The merchants each spend hundreds of dollars buying candy, so be sure to thank them!

The Buffalo Rose and the Ace Hi are each having costume contests and Halloween parties, starting at about 8.

The Lookout Mountain Boys (a Golden group!) will give a Halloween performance at Golden Moon Speakeasy from 8PM-midnight.

This is the last day for the pet costume contest at the Golden Mill.

As of this writing, there are still a few slots left on the “Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” tour at 10PM.  Contact Colorado Haunted History if you want to go.

Mountain Toad is celebrating Halloween with the release of new beers, including a Dia de los Muertos wedding beer, the “I Do Brew” (a Belgian), and a Black IPA.

Cannonball Creek is celebrating all day, from noon – 11PM, with the release of Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, a costume contest, Jack o’ Lantern contest, two different food trucks, and more.

Spider Mansion, the haunted house at Heritage Square, will be open from 7PM – midnight.

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Huzzah for the Golden Transcript!

The Golden Transcript has been an integral part of our community for nearly 150 years.  In all that time, they’ve had remarkably few homes:

1866-67 – Boston Building – 1005 Washington Ave.
1867–70 – Loveland Block – 1225 Washington Ave.
1870–1967 – Transcript Building – 1115 Washington Ave.
1967–2007 – Transcript Building – 1000 10th St.
2007-2014 – ClickData Building – 110 North Rubey Dr.
Source:  Wikipedia

This afternoon, we welcome them back to the historic downtown.  Stop by their open house between 5:30 and 7.  Come for a drink, enjoy food from El Dorado Mexican Restaurant and meet the staff of the Golden Transcript, the Arvada Press, the Wheat Ridge Transcript and the Lakewood Sentinel. The Golden Chamber will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Plus, there will be a special presentation by Denver’s favorite Sports Cartoonist, Drew Litton!  The new location is 722 Washington Ave., Unit 210 (above Golden Bike Shop).

The 2014 GOLDEN.COM Halloween magnets are now available (and free, as always!).  Get them at the Library, the History Center, or the Visitors Center.

If you’re wondering about Halloween events & times, check our Halloween in Golden calendar.

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Yeti Night and Clarence Darrow

Tomorrow night is everyone’s favorite event dedicated to a mythical, hairy beast:  it’s Yeti Night at the Mountaineering Museum!  Head to the Mountaineering Museum (710 10th St. – map) from 6-9 for a fun night of music, brews, mask-making, storytelling and more.  The beer is provided by Great Divide Brewing Company and live music by the Coral Creek Trio.  Yeti costumes are encouraged!  Are you ready Yeti?

Miners Alley Playhouse presents a special 3 night only run of Clarence Darrow.  This one-man play in two acts based on Clarence Darrow for the Defense by Irving Stone is a reminiscence of the unpopular cases in which the famous attorney was involved, the events of his personal life and his opinions about contemporary events.  Clarence Darrow’s work in the courtroom impacted the social, political and cultural fabric of the early part of the 20th century. Fighting for labor reform, racial equality, the teaching of evolution in our public schools and challenging the death penalty were the hallmarks of a brilliant legal career.  (Source: coloradotheatreguild.dreamhosters.com)  Performances will be offered at 7:30 on Thursday 10/30 and Saturday 11/1, and at 6PM on Sunday November 2nd.  Purchase tickets.

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So. Much. Candy.

Golden High School’s Student Council is hosting Trick or Treat Street tomorrow night from 5-8.  Bring your little ghosts and goblins to a fun and safe trick-or-treat experience in the Golden High School cafeteria. Celebrate Halloween with games, candy, and fun! Open to elementary school students grade K-6. Please bring a non-perishable food item to enter; food items will be donated.  Golden High School | 701 24th Street | map

Thursday night from 5:30-7:30, head to the School of Mines campus.  The community is invited to Trick or Treat on Greek Street for a safe night of trick-or-treating at the fraternity and sorority houses on campus. Other student organizations will be participating and hosting activity booths for the community as well.  Colorado School of Mines | Maple Street and Campus Road | map

Friday from 3-5 is Halloween Crazy Days in downtown Golden.  Golden’s children are invited to trick-or-treat with the downtown merchants. Come downtown after school, show off your costume, and visit our downtown stores!  Historic Downtown Golden | map

Don’t forget tonight’s Zombie Cruise.  Bring you bike and join up with the crowd in the lot west of the Library at 6:30.

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Zombie Cruise Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night is the last Golden Cruise of the season.  The theme this month is Zombies, so work on your best undead look and show up with your bike at 6:30, in the parking lot west of the library (10th & Illinois).  St. Anthony’s Hospital has been contributing a bike each month this year for the drawing after the cruise.  This month, New Belgium Brewing is contributing a Fat Tire cruise bike!  Thanks, as always, to the Golden Civic Foundation for sponsoring this family-friendly event!

Some years this final cruise gets snowed out, but this year’s forecast is for a cold but clear night.  Show up and enjoy it…the next one is in April!

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Pancakes, cheap books, and madness

There will be a pancake breakfast this morning from 9-11 in the Ben Parker Center on the CSM campus (16th & Maple).  $10 buys all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice, and milk.  Proceeds go to support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

This is bag day at the library’s Whale of a Used Book Sale.  From 11-3 you can fill a grocery bag with books, DVDs, audiobooks, and LPs for $6.  The sale is open today from 11-3 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave. (map).

The last several Murder, Mayhem, and Madness tours sold out, but there are still a few slots in tonight’s tour.  Call 888-649-3849 to reserve your place.  The tour starts at 8:30 at the Visitors Center (10th & Washington) and costs $15.

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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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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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