Thirsty Third Thursday

Tonight, the Mountaineering Museum (10th & Washington) will be holding one of their first Thirsty Third Thursdays!  Stop by the Museum between 5:30 and 8:30 for gear, beer, music and free Museum Admission! All ages welcome.

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Whirlwind Wednesday

Lots of options tonight.  If you’re feeling civic-minded, you could attend the Planning Commission’s meeting at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  The will review the first draft of the Golden Heights/Hills Neighborhood Plan.  A copy of the plan is available on the city’s meetings page.

Alternatively, you could head to the Briarwood Inn for happy hour or dinner and listen to the CU Buffoons – The University of Colorado’s Oldest A Cappella Group at 5:30.

Then there’s always the Ace Hi’s Wednesday night Texas Holdem tournament.  It’s free to sign up, between 5 and 7.  The game starts at 7, and the winner gets a $20 bar tab!

So that’s it for Whirlwind Wednesday.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Thirsty Third Thursday, 5:30 at the Mountaineering Museum!


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Dave Shoots and Golden Reads

Dave Powers got a wonderful batch of photos at the Golden Fine Arts Festival.  Enjoy them on our Facebook page!

The Golden Library’s Tuesday night book group will discuss The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry tonight at 6:30.

Have you read this year’s “Golden Reads” book yet?  Each year, the Golden Library chooses a book for the entire community to read, so we can have the shared experience of reading and discussion the same book.  This year’s book is Long Man by Amy Greene.  The author will be visiting Golden on September 18th, so that would be a good target date to finish the book!  Get on the list to borrow it from the library.  They have 52 copies, so you won’t have long to wait!

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The Golden Community Center will be closed all week, through Sunday the 24th, for maintenance work.

This is the first day of school for Jeffco Public Schools students.  The School of Mines will start classes tomorrow.

This morning, the School of Mines freshmen will participate in an annual tradition called the M Climb.  Each student will have brought a 10-pound rock from their home.  They will assemble in front of Guggenheim Hall this morning at 7:45 and begin a hike up to the M on Mount Zion.  There, they will add their rocks and add a fresh coat of whitewash to the rocks (and each other).  Afterwards, they will return to campus and celebrate with a barbecue.  Look up at the M at about 10AM, and you may see them in action!

The new Downtown Development Authority will meet tonight at 6:30 at City Hall.  Their agenda calls for discussion of downtown holiday lights, repaving Washington Avenue, and possible changes in parking near Foothills Art Center.

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Super Sunday in Golden

This is the second and final day of the Golden Fine Arts Festival.  Make sure you get downtown to see and enjoy it!

This is the VERY LAST DAY of the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at Foothills Art Center.  The gallery is open today from 12-5.

Tonight at 6:30, the Jefferson Symphony will offer a free pops concert in Parfet Park.  Bring your family and a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of great music as you relax on the lawn. The JSO will perform Music from the Stage and Screen, including familiar show tunes, light classical fare, and a patriotic tune or two. 

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A Big Day Downtown

This is the first day of the Golden Fine Arts Festival.  This is a delightful event, with high quality art at all price points, live music, an art tent for kids, food, beer, and wine.  Head to 11th Street west of Washington Avenue to take in the art.  Don’t miss all the doings along Washington Avenue–there will be 3 music stages between 11th and 14th Street!

Of course, the Golden Farmers Market will also be in full swing this morning from 8-1, which its usual splendor of fresh food, live music, free carriage rides, and a general good time.

A huge thanks to the Golden Chamber for organizing both of these community events!

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So Much to Cover…

First, a few upcoming events:  Tomorrow, there will be a tree-climbing class from 12-2:30 in Parfet Park.  Climb up into the crown of a beautiful tree using fun, easy-to-learn rope techniques, safe for both tree and climber. Great for families, kids (no drop-offs please), and adults. They provide all instruction and equipment. Ages 7 – 95. Must be reasonably fit and in good health. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes. Gloves recommended (they’ll have extra). Come climb a tree with Tree Climbing Colorado!

Also tomorrow is the Dash at the Splash Triathlon for Kids.  For either of these classes, call the Community Center (303-384-8100) to register.

The City will soon announce a community-wide Fall Fitness program.  One of the activities they’ll be organizing is group walks with City Councilors and other local luminaries.  On Monday night from 5:30-8:30, the City will offer training for people interested in hosting community walks. Participants will learn how to lead safe, engaging and fun walking trips including: how to manage invitations, create routes for all ages and abilities, host themed walks, foster connectivity and an invigorated sense of community. Snacks and drinks will be provided. If you are interested in joining the committee, please RSVP here or call Rachel at 303-667-0609.

Tonight is the third in our series of Movies and Music in the Park.  The music group, Mass Hipsteria, will begin playing at 7 and The Lego Movie will follow when it’s dark enough.


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Thursday: The Calm Before The Storm (Of Good Things)

City Council meets tonight at 6:30, in Council Chambers.  There has been a lot of discussion this week on i-neighbors and elsewhere about planned changes to Heritage Road, so the meeting will lead off with that topic.  The Public Works Director will describe the City’s plans, and public comment on that topic will follow.  Council will consider 4 neighborhood matching grant requests.  There will be a public hearing on a plan to establish a metropolitan district on a 25 acre parcel of property on the south side of town.  Council will choose a design alternative for the Hwy 6/19th Street Intersection.  They will also choose between a $33,000 repaving job on Washington Avenue or a “flex space” alternative, which would cost $240,000 more.  They will decide whether a downtown developer must build parking into his design or would be allowed to pay cash instead, so his new tenants could use existing city-owned parking.  For details on any of these issues, see the meeting packet on the city website.  The meeting will be broadcast on cable channel 8 and through the city website.

Foothills Art Center will have a Film Night tomorrow at 5:30.  In keeping with their current exhibit, they’ll be showing the 1952 version of Moulin Rouge, starring Jose Ferrer as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  The film will be over at 7, so you can go straight from Foothills to Movies and Music in the Park.  This is the final weekend for the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit, so if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t delay any longer!

There’s a lot going on this weekend, starting with the movie in the park on Friday, Farmers Market, the Fine Arts Festival, and Dash at the Splash on Saturday, more Fine Arts Festival and a Symphony concert in the park on Sunday.  To start planning your weekend, check the Golden events calendar.


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Kid’s Triathlon this Saturday

The City will be hosting the 4th annual Dash at the Splash Kid’s Triathlon this Saturday, at The Spash waterpark.  There will be three age divisions, with age-appropriate distances:

8 & under: 50 meter swim, 1.35 mile bike, 1/2 mile run
9-10 years: 100 meter swim, 2.7 mile bike, 1 mile run
11-12 years: 150 meter swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run
read more and register….

By the way, classes start on the Monday the 18th for Jefferson County Public Schools, so this weekend is the last hurrah of summer for our youngsters.

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Lasers, Beer, and Following Your Passion

Join us tonight at Windy Saddle Cafe for Golden Beer TalksDr. Jeff Squier, Department Head of Physics at Colorado School of Mines, will discuss Laser Pulses: Focusing Light in Time & Space.  This month’s featured brewery is A C Golden, which is the microbrewery located within the giant Coors plant.  A C Golden makes small, experimental runs of beer and has been responsible for both Colorado Native and Herman Joseph’s Private Reserve.

Are you an inventor, an innovator, or forging a new business?  You should check out the Jeffco Innovators Workshop.  You’ll meet other participants in various stages of success. Some members are beginners, and some are much further along.  Some are quite experienced, and some have already made it big!   This group is meeting tomorrow night at City Hall, from 6:30-8:30.

Troy Wanek will present “Follow Your Passion! A formula for an Interesting Life”  Troy is the head of the Renewable Energy Technology Department at Red Rocks Community College.  He has created a fascinating life for himself and his family out of his devotion to a single energy technology – solar. In addition to teaching and his duties at the college, Wanek owns Solar Energy Environments, LLC and travels extensively around the globe spreading the gospel about solar energy, and helping in-need communities establish solar facilities. Most recently, he was in Jamaica installing solar energy for medical clinics, was consulting about the technology in Jordan, and researching solar installation teaching methods in Australia, and several countries in Europe with a National Science Foundation cohort.   You can learn more about the Jeffco Innovators, and RSVP for Troy’s talk on Wednesday night, at the Jeffco Innovators Workshop website.


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