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					                                   The Golden

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T h e O f f i c i a l City of Golden N e w s l e t t e r
                                                                         Vol. 15, Issue 4
                                                                          May 2010




Retail Success
Funds Improvements
page 12




The Truth About Trash                               page 9   Gearing Up for Golf Season     page 19
                                           2010 Golden City Council



   Jacob Smith               Marjorie Sloan            Marcia Claxton                     Joe Behm                     Karen Oxman                   Bob Vermeulen                      Bill Fisher
      MAYOR                   DISTRICT ONE               WARD ONE                         WARD TWO                    MAYOR PRO-TEM                   WARD THREE                        WARD FOUR
                                                                                                                       DISTRICT TWO
   303-810-6017              303-279-0088               303-526-1214                   303-279-1529                    303-278-0400                    303-218-0080                  303-588-3389
  E-mail: jsmith             E-mail: msloan           E-mail: mclaxton                 E-mail: jbehm                  E-mail: koxman                E-mail: bvermeulen               E-mail: bfisher
 @cityofgolden.net          @cityofgolden.net        @cityofgolden.net               @cityofgolden.net               @cityofgolden.net              @cityofgolden.net               @cityofgolden.net
                                    To contact the entire City Council, e-mail citycouncil@cityofgolden.net

 The Golden Informer
                                                                                     IN T H IS ISS U E
 is produced and published                                                           Cover photo: Andrew Terrill www.agoldendiary.com
 monthly by the Golden City                       Heads Up: Important Upcoming Items .................................................................................................. Page 3
                                                  Council’s Corner .................................................................................................................................... Page 3
 Manager’s Office and mailed as
                                                  Mayor’s Message: The Responsibilities and Checks and Balances in Golden’s City Government ....... Page 4
 a source of news and information                 Virtual Participation in City Council Meetings ..................................................................................... Page 5
 to all residences and businesses                 Community Summit: Take Two ............................................................................................................. Page 5
 inside the City limits. Comments                 All-Ward Meeting a Success .................................................................................................................. Page 5
 on The Informer are welcome.                     “Silence is Golden:” Ride & Drive Community-Friendly ..................................................................... Page 6
                                                  Dog Rules for Golden Parks and Trails ................................................................................................. Page 6
 Please write to: City of Golden,                 Protect Yourself from Theft ................................................................................................................... Page 7
 911 10th St., Golden, CO 80401,                  Save Money and Reduce Your Chemical Footprint ............................................................................... Page 7
                                                  A Greener Golden .................................................................................................................................. Page 8
 Attn: Karlyn Tilley;
                                                  Golden’s Award-Winning Trees ............................................................................................................. Page 8
 call 303-384-8132; or e-mail                     Slow the Flow Colorado ........................................................................................................................ Page 8
 ktilley@cityofgolden.net.                        Golden Sustainability: Let's Talk Trash ................................................................................................. Page 9
                                                  Golden Community Calendar ........................................................................................................Pages 10-11
 Graphic Designer Sarah Yongprakit                Retail Success Helps Improve Golden ................................................................................................. Page 12
 The Golden Informer is the proud
                                                  Community Pride Days Coupons......................................................................................................... Page 13
 winner of the City/County                        Special Mother’s Day Concert ............................................................................................................. Page 14
 Communications and Marketing                     Buffalo Bill Days Call for Parade Entries............................................................................................ Page 14
 Association’s prestigious 2005                   Beverly Heights in the Loop on i-Neighbors ....................................................................................... Page 14
 and 2007 first place Savvy and                    Become a Leader in Golden ................................................................................................................. Page 15
 2006 second place Silver Circle national         Linking Golden to the World ............................................................................................................... Page 15
 awards for city- and county-produced external    Golden Community Center Activities Calendar .................................................................................. Page 16
 printed newsletters in communities of up to
                                                  Front Porch News ................................................................................................................................ Page 17
 45,000 people nationwide.
                                                  2010 Claim Form for 2009 Sales Tax Refund ..................................................................................... Page 18
                                                  Sacrificing for Beauty .......................................................................................................................... Page 19


                                                 City of Golden Department Managers



Mike Bestor       Dan Hartman        Steve Glueck      Susan Brooks           Rod Tarullo          Bill Kilpatrick         John Bales           Jeff Hansen          Teresa Reilly Karlyn Tilley
City Manager      Public Works       Planning and       City Clerk            Parks and                 Police                Fire                Finance              Human       Communications
                                     Development                              Recreation                                                                              Resources
303-384-8010      303-384-8150       303-384-8095      303-384-8014          303-384-8120          303-384-8033          303-384-8090          303-384-8020          303-384-8017 303-384-8132
  mbestor           dhartman            sglueck           sbrooks               rtarullo            bkilpatrick              jbales               jhansen               treilly        ktilley
  @cityof            @cityof            @cityof          @cityof                @cityof              @cityof               @cityof               @cityof               @cityof        @cityof
 golden.net        golden.net         golden.net        golden.net             golden.net           golden.net            golden.net            golden.net            golden.net     golden.net

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 HEADS UP: Important Upcoming Items
SPLASH OPENS                                      representatives of primary government bond
Splash opens Saturday, May 29 for the             dealers, private sector cash managers, or
2010 summer season. Splash passes and             finance directors or investment personnel in
punch cards are now on sale at the Golden         local governmental entities. Preference shall
Community Center for discounted rates. For        be given to professionals who live or work
more information and specials, visit www.
splashingolden.com.
                                                  within the city limits of Golden.
                                                     Financial professionals are appointed for      B    elow is the Golden
                                                                                                         City Council’s
                                                                                                    calendar. Regular
                                                  four-year terms. The Investment Advisory
PRIDE DAYS                                        Committee meets at least semi-annually,           study sessions are
Golden Community Pride Days takes place           typically in January and July, during the         scheduled for the first
from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and                                                            and third Thursdays
                                                  work day.
Sunday, May 1 and 2. This popular event                                                             and regular business
                                                     For more information contact Finance
is provided each year for citizens by the                                                           meetings are scheduled
                                                  Director Jeff Hansen, 303-384-8020 or email
                                                                                                    for the second and
City of Golden as an opportunity to get rid       jhansen@cityofgolden.net.        Applications
                                                                                                    fourth Thursdays
of unwanted items and debris. Proof of            will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday,       of each month. All
residency is required in order to participate.    May 12 at the Office of the City Clerk, 911        meetings are at 7 p.m.
Please see additional coupons on page 13. For     10th St. Interviews are tentatively scheduled     in Council Chambers
a complete list of acceptable items, visit www.   to be conducted by City Council during the        at City Hall, 911 10th
cityofgolden.net and click on City News.          May 20 Council meeting.                           St., unless otherwise
                                                                                                    noted. Council does
TRASH HAULER ORDINANCE                            HELP “RENEW” GOLDEN                               not normally meet on
At the May 13 regular City Council meeting,       The Golden Urban Renewal Authority                the fifth Thursday in
Council will hold a public hearing on the         (GURA) has two appointments that will             any month.
proposed amendments to the Trash Haulers          expire in June. GURA commissioners
ordinance that will authorize a single hauler                                                       May 6
                                                  provide policy direction and oversight to staff
to provide service to approximately 3,800                                                           Rescheduled Business
                                                  on a variety of downtown redevelopment            Meeting
residences, and an option for an additional
                                                  issues ranging from light pole banners to
1,400 that currently reside within several                                                          May 13
                                                  major construction projects. GURA meets
homeowners associations. If the ordinance                                                           Regular Business
                                                  publicly on the second and fourth Monday
is approved, that same evening the contract                                                         Meeting
for the single hauler will be awarded. See        evenings of each month. Appointments are
page 9 for more information.                      for five years. For more information on the        May 20
                                                  responsibilities and activities of a GURA         Regular Study Session
FINANCE EXPERT NEEDED                             commissioner, call 303-279-4162 or visit
                                                                                                    May 27
The City of Golden has a term expiring for a      www.gura.com.
                                                                                                    No Council Meeting
financial professional to serve in a voluntary        Applications are provided by the City
capacity on the City’s Investment Advisory        Clerk or from the City’s web site, www.           Council’s upcoming
Committee. The purpose of the committee           cityofgolden.net, under Boards and                agendas, packets and
is to review and monitor the City's cash          Commissions and will be accepted until 5          meeting minutes are
management and investment results, develop        p.m. on May 12 at the Office of City Clerk,        available online under
                                                  City Hall, 911 10th St. Applications can be       the City Council link at
and recommend investment policies to
                                                  dropped off, mailed, emailed to clerks@           www.CityofGolden.net.
City Council, and assist in the selection of
investment facilitators and managers.             cityofgolden.net or faxed to the City Clerk       Public comment
   Applicants should be knowledgeable in the      at 303-384-8001. Interviews are tentatively       is welcome on the
financial arena, with experience serving as        scheduled for May 20 in the Council               agenda at all regular
representatives of banks or trust companies,      Chambers at City Hall, 911 10th St.               business meetings.

The Golden Informer                                                                                      May 2010 Page 3
                   MAYOR’S MESSAGE
                   The Responsibilities and Checks and Balances
                   in Golden’s City Government
                   By Mayor Jacob Smith


E    veryone remembers learning about the three branches of government in school – legislative, executive,
     and judicial – and how the framers of the Constitution balanced these three branches against each other,
creating a system of checks and balances that helps prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful. Local
governments like Golden’s typically work quite differently, often relying instead on a “council-manager” form
of government. In the council-manager system, the voters elect the City Council which then hires a professional
city manager to actually run the city’s operations. In turn, the Council focuses on setting the city’s vision and
priorities and ensuring the city manager’s accountability to community goals. This is different from the “strong
mayor” systems that large cities like Denver often have, where the mayor directly runs the city government and
has wide decision-making authority and the City Council has a more limited role.
   The authority of the City Council and mayor thus spans all three branches: they have legislative authority
(the Council writes and amends the municipal code and adopts the budget), executive authority (the Council
hires and gives direction to the city manager, who is responsible for city operations), and judicial authority
(the Council hires the municipal judge and itself acts as a judge on many land use issues).
   As a result, each individual in Golden has three representatives on the Council: their ward councilor, their
district councilor, and the mayor. And Council must have a majority vote of four to move forward, which
helps ensure that the broader community interests are always considered. In addition, by virtue of his or her
professional city management background, experience, staff resources, and working full-time in the role, the
city manager also wields a great deal of influence which should balance with the authority of the Council.
In fact, the council-manager form of government was a response to the corruption of political machines in
the 19th century and early 20th century. The idea was that by professionalizing the city management role and
keeping the voters responsible for electing community leaders, we would see better run cities and more voter
accountability. Term limits and the citizen initiative process provide two additional checks and balances.
   The popularly elected mayor (which only began in Golden in 2003) is a full member of the Council but is also
charged with providing a leadership role on the Council. City councilors also serve as advocates for community
members. On neighborhood issues you should look to your ward and district councilor, and on community-wide
issues you should look to the Mayor.
   Finally, I want to highlight what a blessing it is that partisan politics don’t play a role in Golden’s elections or
Council deliberations. Everyone on the Council brings their own values and political perspective to the table,
and we acknowledge that we sometimes see things differently, but we tackle our work in a strong spirit of
respectful pragmatism. We are there to resolve Golden’s challenges and chart our course for the future. It is by
no means perfect, but over the years Golden’s citizens have created a strong, balanced, and effective system of
city government.




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Virtual Participation in City Council Meetings
I
    n early April, the City of Golden     meeting and click on the e-Comment        is 24 hours prior to a meeting which
    launched a new tool that creates      link next to the postedAgenda. Citizens   allows the City Clerk’s office time to
    enhanced citizen participation in     can complete an on-line form and          format the comments and send them
City Council meetings and encourages      formally weigh-in on particular items     to Council for review.
involvement from a broader audience.      with a more informed opinion. This           e-Comment will also benefit
Citizens unable to attend a meeting       tool provides a convenient alternative    administrative staff, allowing them to
are now able to review upcoming           to in-person testimony while allowing     collect, track and manage responses
meeting materials and provide             the public voice to be heard.             prior to a meeting, giving Council
public comment on particular agenda          "While we always appreciate            members a “snapshot” of how the
items. This new technology, called        written letters and e-mails to Council,   public feels on particular items.
e-Comment, is in addition to the          the e-Comment feature is fast and            This new service, along with the
live and taped streaming of Council       easy," says City Clerk Susan Brooks.      City’s streaming media solution, is
meetings already available.               "We take comments during meetings,        provided by Granicus, a San Fran-
   Prior to a meeting, citizens can       but good ideas are best served with       cisco-based company specializing in
log onto the City’s website www.          plenty of time for due consideration."    government transparency and citizen
cityofgolden.net, to find an upcoming      The cut off time for the comments         participation technology.

        COMMUNITY SUMMIT: TAKE TWO                            All-Ward Meeting a Success
  The first attempt at a Golden Vision 2030 Community
  Summit ended early due to a classic Colorado spring
  snowstorm. The Summit was remarkably well
                                                             T    he second
                                                                  annual All-
                                                             Ward Meeting
  attended in spite of the weather, and there was visible    brought       more
  disappointment from participants as they bundled up        than 100 residents
  to leave. A sincere thanks to the following restaurants    to Golden High
  for their generous donations of food: Lil' Ricci,          School on April
  Empanada Grill, El Dorado Mexican Food, Ali Baba           14. Mayor Jacob
  Grill, Bridgewater Grill, Haru Sushi, Jimmy John's,        Smith addressed
  Pizza Hut, Briarwood Inn and Golden Grounds.               the entire crowd Mayor Jacob Smith spoke to Golden
     The Summit has been rescheduled and will be held        to talk about residents at the All-Ward Meeting.
  from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11 at Golden High         important issues like transportation, economic vitality and
  School, 701 24th St.                                       the possibility of going to a single trash hauler. He also spoke
     The goals for this event will remain the same:          about Golden’s newest pedestrian bridge and plans for new
  to decide how our values will drive the future of          trails, which brought a round of applause from the crowd. After
  our City. All are welcome, so bring your family            the Mayor’s speech, all of the Ward and District Councilors
  and friends.                                               held break-out sessions to address specific concerns for their
     Over the course of the last year, the Golden            neighborhoods. The biggest topic of discussion was the
  community weighed in on what makes the City                possible routes for a circulator bus in Golden. Many residents
  special, unique, interesting, and at times, challenging.   in Ward One who live along Illinois Street spoke out against
  This Summit will focus on taking that information          that street being used for the bus route. The meeting provided
  and refining it to define a set of guiding principles for    residents with an opportunity to meet their Councilors and
  growth and change in Golden.                               Mayor, as well as give the City feedback on what it is doing
     Remember to stay tuned for the second Community         right and what needs improvement. Residents also got to meet
  Summit, which will be held on June 5. For more             dozens of City staff members who were on hand to answer
  information about Golden Vision 2030, visit: www.          questions and provide information about projects happening
  cityofgolden.net/goldenvision2030.                         in Golden. Thank you to everyone who attended!

The Golden Informer                                                                                      May 2010 Page 5
                 “Silence is Golden:”
           Ride & Drive Community-Friendly
I
    n the United States there has       many drivers alter the equipment         the level emitted by the muffler
    been a long standing affinity        by replacing or removing the             originally installed on the vehicle.
    for customized vehicles. This       original system. This action makes         The “Silence-is-Golden:” Ride
love affair with custom vehicles has    it illegal to operate the vehicle        & Drive Community-Friendly
been culturally embodied in movies      on public streets anywhere in            Partnership, is a community
like American Graffiti with those        Colorado. The resulting noise can        partnership program which began
amazing street rods and Easy Rider      be heard and often times felt a          in May of 2008. This program
or Wild Hogs, with the “chopper”        substantial distance away.               created a cooperative with the
motorcycles. With the ever increas-        Essentially, the law requires         businesses and local events
ing numbers of baby-boomers             any motor vehicle operated on a          that specifically attract custom
reaching the age of retirement (or      highway to be equipped with an           vehicle operators.
second childhoods), the numbers         adequate muffler that is maintained       There are three equally important
of these customized vehicles have       to prevent any excessive or unusual      components of this partnership:
also been on the increase.              noise. Installing a cut-off, bypass      (1) Educating motorists that they
   Although new vehicles have           or similar device is prohibited, as is       are expected to ride and drive
exhaust systems mandated to meet        any modification that will amplify            quietly.
federal noise control standards,        or increase the noise emitted above      (2) Engineering through restoring
                                                                                     the legal exhaust system to in-
                                  DOG RULES FOR GOLDEN                               clude baffles, or ride quietly
                                                                                     enough that the vehicle doesn’t
                                    PARKS AND TRAILS                                 draw police attention - (police
                            Warmer weather attracts many people and                  won’t be looking for illegal
                           their four-legged friends to Golden’s parks               exhausts but they will be
                         and trails. As a reminder, here are the basic rules
                                                                                     listening for them).
                    whi need to be followed in order to make the
                    which
                                                                                 (3) Enforcing the law and issuing
                  outdoo experience good for everyone.
                  outdoor
                                                                                     traffic citations to motorists
  1. You must pick up after your dog. Plastic bags are provided in
                                                                                     who draw audible attention to
      most areas, but it is best to bring your own.
                                                                                     their illegal mufflers.
  2. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, no matter how well the dog
      is trained.                                                                   To review all of the laws and
  3. It is unlawful to tie a dog outside of a vehicle or to a table if it is     requirements in the Model Traffic
      aggressive or destructive.                                                 Code and the Colorado Revised
  4. Be courteous to others.                                                     Statues regarding illegal mufflers,
  5. Remember, not all people enjoy dogs.                                        visit www.dot.state.co.us. Click
  6. Do not allow people who are unable to control the dog to be in              on     Permits/Documents,        then
      possession of it. If the dog gets loose it is your responsibility.         Traffic Manuals & Guides and
  7. Beware of rattlesnakes for both dogs and humans.                            select Various Federal & State of
  8. Do NOT lock dogs inside of vehicles. The temperature inside of              Colorado Traffic Manuals.
      a car can be lethal on a sunny day.                                           The City of Golden will
  9. Do NOT drive with dogs unsecured in the back of a pickup                    continue to welcome custom
      truck.                                                                     vehicle motorists and hope that
  10. Make sure your dog is properly licensed and has the tags on the            all will enjoy their visit while they
      collar to prove it.                                                        ride and drive in a community-
                                                                                 friendly manner.

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                         Protect Yourself from Theft
T
        he City of Golden has            from vehicles to victimize all             taken during the break-in,
        recently experienced a high      over again.                                change your door codes as soon
        number of car break-ins, TIPS:                                              as possible.
known to police as the crime of first-  • ALWAYS lock your car. Most              • Examples of items sought
degree criminal trespass. While not      often, cars are targeted because          by criminals: IPODS, stereo
all of these types of crimes can be      they are left unlocked making             faceplates, GPS units, purses,
prevented, there are ways to reduce      for easy access.                          wallets or backpacks, sporting
your risk of being a victim.           • Try to park in well lit and well          equipment, laptops, credit cards,
FACTS:                                   traveled areas.                           checkbooks, identification, cell
   • In 2009 137 vehicles were         • Don't leave anything of value             phones, even spare change and
     reported broken into. That          in the car.                               cigarettes.
     means one in 124 citizens was     • If you must leave valuables in          The Golden Police Department
     the victim of a car break-in        your vehicle, make efforts to         does not want you to be the victim
     during the year.                    hide items from plain view.           of this type of crime. Please help
   • The average cost of a broken      • Do not leave portable garage          us help you. Together we can
     car window is $400. Insurance       door openers in plain view. Your      significantly decrease the prevalence
     deductibles are often higher than   garage door opener combined           of these crimes in Golden.
     that, which means unexpected        with personal information from
     out of pocket expenses.             your vehicle can make you             Please report suspicious activity -
   • Victims of car break-ins often      a victim of a home burglary,          303-384-8045.
     become victims of identity          as well. Whether or not your          Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline -
     theft. Criminals use items stolen   garage door opener has been           303-384-8034.


           Save Money and Reduce Your Chemical Footprint
W       ashing clothes and dishes
        has come a long way since
the days of toiling over a wash
                                          When too much
                                       laundry detergent
                                       is used, it stays on
                                                                                            rinse cycles. During the
                                                                                            second rinse, check the
                                                                                            rinse water. Is the water
basin and using bars of soap. But,     clothing and skin.                                   soapy and sudsy? If so,
modern washers call for modernized     Using only the                                       reduce the amount used
washing habits and in general, use a   amount needed                                        again for another two
lot less soap or detergent.            can help reduce                                      weeks and test. The goal
  Conserving detergent means           skin irritation and                                  is to have rinse water
less is going down the drain and       environmental                                        with minimal suds.
into the environment while clothes     contamination.                                          Dishwasher:       Try
and dishes are just as clean. Many     At the same time,                                    using one-third of the
detergents contain fragrances and      we can all save                                      amount of dishwasher
chemicals called surfactants, which,   money and reduce                                     soap for two weeks.
over long periods of time, can be      waste. Reducing our chemical            Check the water during the final
harmful to fish and other aquatic       footprint, saving money, preventing     rinse cycle. If it’s still soapy or
wildlife. New technology and new       water pollution, and keeping clean      sudsy, reduce again.
manufacturing processes mean that      are easy!                                  All household products: Watch
dishwashing and laundry detergents        Laundry: Try using one-third of      labels for the ingredients that
are much more effective and            the amount of detergent and fabric      include fragrance and triclosan.
concentrated than they have ever       softener for two weeks. At the end of   Try to avoid these harmful
been. In other words, less is more!    two weeks, run your washer with two     ingredients.
The Golden Informer                                                                               May 2010 Page 7
             A Greener Golden
P
      lease join the City of Golden    container.
      and the Center for ReSource        Master Gardeners from the
      Conservation from 9:30 a.m.      Jefferson     County     Cooperative
to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at    Extension will answer questions on
1465 10th St. to kick-off the 2010     various yard and garden topics.
growing season.                          The Table Mountain Garden Garden Party at 1465 10th St.
  The Center for ReSource              Club will offer helpful, local garden
Conservation will be distributing      advice, information on club activities, Visit our booths featuring:
Gardens-in-a-Box.       Pre-ordering   membership and have specialty             • Local farms offering member-
is required. To order, visit www.      plants for sale.                             ship and delivery of this season’s
ConservationCenter.org.                  The       City’s    Environmental          produce
  The Golden Community Garden          Services Division and the Water           • Free sprinkler inspections
will host garden tours for the 2010    Treatment Plant will be on hand to           to maximize your water
grand opening and highlighting the     celebrate National Water Week by             conservation at home
benefits of community gardening.        providing information about water         • Compost bins and gardening
  Golden’s Sustainability Board        conservation and water quality. Tours        supplies
will be offering free compost. We      of the drinking water treatment plant     • Xeric plants from local
encourage you to bring your own        will be offered throughout the day.          nurseries


 Golden’s Award-Winning Trees                                           SLOW THE FLOW COLORADO

I  n      celebra-
   tion of Arbor                                                   T     he City of Golden is sponsoring the
                                                                         Center for ReSource Conservation to
                                                                   offer free sprinkler inspections through Slow
Day, the City of
Golden planted                                                     the Flow Colorado. This inspection program
a tree at Mitchell                                                 is available to residents of Golden. HOA’s
Elementary                                                         and commercial sites may also be eligible.
School in April.                                                      Slow the Flow Colorado is a professional
Some of the                                                        service provided at no charge that will help
schools’ fourth                                                    pinpoint any problems with your sprinkler
graders, teachers                                                  system, measure the precipitation rate,
and community                                                      determine how evenly water is covering the
members took part in the planting. Representatives from            intended area and determine the root depth
the Colorado State Forest Service were on hand to provide          and soil type.
information and support.                                              Inspectors will also help you customize
   At the event, the City was awarded the Tree City USA            your watering schedule. You will learn easy
award by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation         sprinkler maintenance, how to make your
with the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S.      lawn healthier and more beautiful and you
Department of Agriculture Forest Service. This is the 20th         will be doing your part to conserve Colorado’s
year in a row Golden has received the award, which is given        water. The inspection takes about two hours
to recognize environmental improvement and encourage               and inspections run from June until August.
higher levels of tree care throughout America. The City               If you receive water from the City of Golden
also received the Growth Award, which demonstrates that            AND you have an operating underground
a community has gone above and beyond the average in               irrigation system, you can complete the request
demonstrating a commitment to tree propagation and care.           form online at www.ConservationCenter.org
                                                                   or call 303-999-3820 x217.

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          Environmental                                                       Issues
Let’s Talk Trash
O
         ver the                        one of three service levels. Each
         p a s t                            service includes weekly                   Our Town, Our Future

         year,                                 trash service, bi-weekly          ACCOLADES FOR 2030
City     Council                               recycling service, lease
has considered
a variety of
                                               of two carts, and twice-
                                              annual pick up of yard
                                                                                C    ongratulations to the
                                                                                     Golden Vision 2030 Group
                                                                                for winning the Silver Award
programs to                                   waste. Prices are estimated       in the category of Community
improve      the                              as monthly charges but            Outreach/Public Education by
current system of trash and                 would be billed quarterly:          the Denver Regional Council of
recycling collection in the city.       • 32-gallon trash cart plus 96-         Governments (DRCOG). The
After soliciting bids from local          gallon recycling cart = $5.04         award celebrates ways in which
waste haulers and an unprecedented      • 64-gallon trash cart plus 96-         local governments inform and
amount of public input, Council           gallon recycling cart = $9.79         involve the public in projects
will hold a public hearing to           • 96-gallon trash cart plus 96-         and issues. Each year DRCOG
amend the City’s trash ordinances         gallon recycling cart = $15.59        takes time to celebrate the
and consider contracting with           In comparison, Golden residents         outstanding achievements of
EDS Waste Solutions to provide        who were not part of a homeowner’s        its member governments and
service to Golden’s low-density       association paid an average of            other partners. Golden Vision
residential areas. The public         $25.07 each month for trash and           2030 was honored at an awards
hearing is scheduled for Council’s    recycling services in January. So the     ceremony on April 28.
May 13 meeting and residents are      savings with a single hauler could
encouraged to attend and provide      be substantial.                         would have the option of joining
input to Council.                       Optional services would include       the City’s program.
   If approved, households (single-   a curbside green waste pickup             For additional information on
families, attached homes, and         ($5.85), tags for extra trash ($2.65)   the proposed program, please
townhomes) would be billed for        and large-item pickup. Because          visit   www.cityofgolden.net/solid
trash and recycling service through   many homeowners associations            wasteandrecycling or call Chris
the City’s existing water billing     have existing trash contracts,          Naber, Environmental Services, at
process. Residents may choose         homes within an active HOA              303-384-8117.


     ENERGY EFFICIENCY REBATES                        Last Chance for Waived Fees
         ARE FINALLY HERE!
  As part of a $20 million statewide                        for Solar Permits
  energy efficiency program, the Colorado
  Governor’s Office will be offering cash
  for your clunker appliances and rebates
                                                 T   he Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB)
                                                     is offering waived permit fees for all residential solar
                                                 photovoltaic and solar thermal installations until May 31.
  for energy efficiency improvements              CSAB will waive all plan review and permit fees for solar
  for your home. Check out www.                  projects, although homeowners will still be responsible for
  RechargeColorado.com to find out what           the building use tax. The fee waivers can reduce the payback
  appliances and remodeling efforts qualify      period of a solar investment by about one year. Call a local
  for the rebates and how to apply.              solar installer or Xcel Energy to find out if solar is right for
                                                 your home.
The Golden Informer                                                                            May 2010 Page 9
  GOLDEN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Through May 23                        May 6                                JSO Fantastique,
The PinchHitter                       Ladies Only! Sample Tour             Special Mother’s Day Concert
A baseball comedy complete with       A girl’s night out on the town       The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
an actual game of baseball in         with more than 40 merchants          will have its season closing concert
the audience. Dinner and a show       in downtown Golden. 4 to 8           at 3 p.m. at The Green Center,
or show only. Heritage Square         p.m. Tickets are $12.50 per          Colorado School of Mines, 924
Music Hall, 18301 W. Colfax Ave.      person. Purchase tickets at the      16th St. Tickets are $17 with
Dates and ticket prices vary. For     Golden Visitor’s Center, 1010        discounts for seniors and students.
information, call 303-279-7800 or     Washington Ave.                      $5 off Mom’s ticket. For more
visit www.hsmusichall.com.                                                 information call 303-278-4237 or
                                      GHS Community Concert                visit www.jeffsymphony.org.
Through May 31                        The Golden High School
Thin Air: An Exhibit on               Percussion Ensemble and Drum         May 10
                                      Line will host a Community          Arts & Commerce Golf Tournament
Altitude and Oxygen
                                      Concert at 7 p.m. in the school     The “Arts & Commerce” Golf
Come explore the relationship
                                      gymnasium, 701 24th St. Tickets     Tournament will be at Rolling Hills
between altitude, oxygen, energy
                                      are free but donations are greatly  Country Club, 15707 W. 26th Ave.
and endurance at the American
                                      appreciated. For more information,  All proceeds benefit the Foothills
Mountaineering Museum, 710
                                      contact Dr. William Graves at       Art Center and the Golden
10th St. Also, discover how your
                                      wgraves@jeffco.k12.co.us.           Chamber of Commerce. Individual
body reacts to altitude! Visit www.
                                                                          entry fee $175. Tournament info at
mountaineeringmuseum.org for
                                      May 7                               Golf Shop 303-279-7858. Register
admission and ticket information.
                                      Golden Civic Foundation Birthday at Chamber of Commerce, 1010
                                      The Golden Civic Foundation is      Washington Ave.
Through July 10                       celebrating its 40th birthday by
Robin Hood                                                                May 10 through June 18
                                      holding the 19th annual Good
The Heritage Square Children’s
                                      News Social from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Boot Camp Challenge
Theatre presents Robin Hood.          American Mountaineering Center,     A six week fitness program
Fun for kids of all ages. Tickets     710 10th St. For more information   designed for all levels of fitness.
are $6. Heritage Square Music         or to make a reservation, call      Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Hall, 18301 W. Colfax Ave. For        Chuck Baroch at 303-278-9697.       from 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. at the
information, call 303-279-7800 or                                         Golden Community Center. Cost is
visit www.hsmusichall.com.            May 8 and 9                         $240. For information, contact Kim
                                      Mother’s Day Galloping Goosefest Cragg at 720-628-2901 or kim@
May 5                                 Enjoy Mother Goose stories, a Wild bootcamp-challenge.com.
Benefit Concert                        Goose egg hunt and the famous
Girl Scout Troop 1967 will            Galloping Goose railcars. 9 a.m.    May 12 and 13
hold a concert with local bands       to 5 p.m. at the Colorado Railroad  Pops Concert
to raise money for Habitat for        Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave. Adult Golden High School’s Vocal and
Humanity. 7 p.m. at the Golden        admission is $12. Admission for     Instrumental Music Program
High School auditorium, 701 24th      Mom is free. For more information presents its Pops Concert at 7 p.m.
St. Tickets are $5. For tickets or    call 303-279-4591 or visit www.     in the school theatre, 701 24th
more information, contact Kate at     coloradorailroadmuseum.org.         St. Tickets are $3 at the door. For
720-233-2791 or email benefit_                                             more information, contact Ms.
concert@yahoo.com.                    May 9 Mother’s Day                  Angela Becker at 303-982-6306 or
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Dr. William Graves at wgraves@
jeffco.k12.co.us.
                                                         MAY 2010
                                                Kyffin Elementary Cougar Tracks
                                                Cougar Tracks is a 1K kids race
                                                                                               FREE Use
                                                                                               Sales and
                                                and a timed 5K fun run. 8 a.m.
May 15
Confluence Concert
                                                at Kyffin Elementary, 205 Flora
                                                Way. To register visit www.
                                                                                               Tax Workshops
Golden Community Choir’s                        active.com/running/golden-co/                  The City of Golden is hosting FREE
Confluence world premier concert.                kyffin-cougar-tracks-2010.                      Sales and Use Tax workshops taught
                                                                                               by our professional staff of auditors
7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal                  Registration is $20, students are              and geared toward individuals who
Church, 9200 W. 10th Ave.,                      $15. Registration closing date is              need to learn sales and use tax
Lakewood. Tickets are $15 with                  May 13. For more information,                  concepts on an in-depth level.
discounts for kids, students and                contact Lorie at lorie.callahan@                The workshops will be held in the
seniors. For more information, visit            omnibussystems.com.                            Golden City Hall Conference Room,
www.goldencommunitychoirs.org.                                                                        City Hall, 911 10th St.
                                                May 29                                           June 2, 2010 ............ 8 to 10 a.m.
May 15 and 16                                   The Splash Opens
Relay For Life of Golden                        The Splash Water Park at Fossil                  July 7, 2010 .............. 8 to 10 a.m.
A fun-filled overnight event                     Trace, 3151 Illinois St., opens for              Sept. 1, 2010 ............. 8 to 10 a.m.
designed to celebrate survivorship              the season on Saturday, May 29. 10               Although these classes are free,
and raise money to help the                     a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For information,                       space is limited.
American Cancer Society. 5 p.m. to              rates and hours of operation visit                  Please call 303-384-8024
7 a.m. at Bell Middle School, 1001              www.splashingolden.com.                               for your reservation.
Ulysses St. For more information
visit www.relayforlife.org/                     May 31



                                                                                               FREE
goldenco or email Carla at Carla.               Memorial Day
Maniscalco@gmail.com.

May 16                                          Tell them you read about them
                                                    in the Golden Informer!
Mozart “Requiem”
The Golden Concert Choir will                                                                  Building Use
perform the Mozart “Requiem”
with the Loveland Orchestra
                                                                                               Tax Workshops
                                                                                               The City of Golden is hosting FREE
at 3 p.m. at the Golden High
                                                                                               Building Use Tax Workshops taught
School Auditorium, 701 24th St.                                                                by our professional staff of auditors.
Tickets are $15 with discounts                                                                 Classes are geared toward individuals
for kids, seniors and students.                     For more up to date information            who need to learn about building use
For more information, visit www.                    or other things to do in Golden,           tax concepts on an in-depth basis.
goldencommunitychoirs.org.                           visit www.2HourVacation.com.
                                                                                                 The workshop will be held in the
                                                                                               Golden City Hall Conference Room,
  Information is subject to change. Please use contact information to confirm the details of           City Hall, 911 10th St.
  an event. To list a community event happening in Golden here, please send your listing to:     May 6, 2010 .............. 8 to 10 a.m.
         Golden City Hall, Communications Dept., 911 10th St., Golden, CO 80401,                 Aug. 4, 2010 ............. 8 to 10 a.m.
        or by e-mail to ktilley@cityofgolden.net. Listings should include the date(s),
                                                                                                         Classes are free,
    the event name and a brief description of the event, which may include cost, location
   and contact information. Submissions must be received by the first of the month prior
                                                                                                       but space is limited.
       to the issue you would like them printed in (i.e., Jan. 1 for the February issue).           Please call 303-384-8024
                  Call 303-384-8132 with questions or for more information.                            for your reservation.

The Golden Informer                                                                                                    May 2010 Page 11
      Retail Success Helps Improve Golden



Golden Town Center retail project opened in 1999.



I
    f you lived in Golden about 10     such as public safety, parks
    years ago, you might remember      maintenance and snowplowing
    discussions about two new          and street maintenance. A large
retail projects that have since        percentage of the sales taxes also
become established elements in our     went to capital improvement
community. Both the Golden Town        projects such as U.S. 6 bike path,
Center at Ulysses Street and South     aesthetic improvements for the
Golden Road (the site of the King      Washington Avenue bridges over
Soopers), and the Interplaza stores    Highway 58 and Clear Creek,
on Colfax (the site of the Home        public art and museum expansion.
Depot and Kohl’s) only occurred        The funds also paid for one third
with the help of economic incentive    of the construction costs for Fire                Interplaza retail project opened
sales tax sharing arrangements         Station #1 (911 10th St.) and the                 in 2000.
approved by the City Council at the    sustainability, “walkability” and                 Totals:
time. Given that there was a certain   “bikeability” improvements.                       Sales Tax Collected Through 2009
amount of controversy about the two      From when the stores opened in                    .................................$30,180,578
agreements, you might also wonder      1999-2000 through 2009, the results               Rebated Amount............$7,107,216
how they worked out economically       of the agreements were as follows:                Net sales tax to Golden
for the City.
                                       Project Name                                        .................................$23,073,362
  Both were sales tax sharing
agreements where the City did not      Interplaza                                          Of this $23 million dollars of sales
provide any up front assistance to     (including Home Depot and Kohls)                  taxes that we would not otherwise
the two projects. Rather sales taxes   Sales Tax Collected Through 2009                  have received, over $10 million went
were remitted by the businesses in       .................................$19,093,978    to our capital improvements fund to
the two projects, with one third       Rebated Amount............$3,700,000              build community projects, and about
of the sales tax returned back to      Net sales tax to Golden                           $13 million was used in the general
the individual projects to help          .................................$15,393,978    fund to provide services.
repay the extra development                                                                In addition to the tremendous
costs associated with the projects.    Golden Town Center
                                                                                         amount of sales taxes these projects
There was a cap on the maximum         (including King Soopers)                          have generated and will continue to
amount for each agreement and a        Sales Tax Collected Through 2009                  generate for many years, they also
time limit for the rebate as well.       .................................$11,086,600    pay significant amounts of property
Both agreements are completed,         Rebated Amount............$3,407,216              taxes each year, and have provided
and all sales taxes are now kept       Net sales tax to Golden                           hundreds of full and part time jobs
by the City to provide services          ...................................$7,679,384   for the community.
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    MUNITY PRIDE DAYS
  OMSaturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2
 C
As part of the City of Golden’s Community Pride Days event, Golden residents may use the following coupons, good for one free
hazardous chemical drop at the Rooney Road Recycling Center, and one free curbside appliance pick up from Complete Recycling.
Use the City Shops drop-off site at 1300 Catamount Drive for other rubbish.




                         2010 City of Golden                                                                     Golden residents only

                         FREE HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL DROP
                         Good for one FREE household hazardous chemical drop.                                            Value of $20 for up to
                         75 pounds of hazardous household chemicals, 10 gallons of latex paint, 4 fluorescent bulbs, unlimited volume of motor
                         oil, and unlimited car batteries. A per-pound fee will be charged depending on material type and amount for all items
                         over 75 pounds total — call for more information or pricing.
        You can bring:
        Antifreeze                     Drain cleaner                  Lacquers/paint        Radiator flushes
        Automotive batteries           Furniture polish               Oven cleaner          Rodent poison
        Batteries                      Floor cleaner/wax              Paint thinner/remover Waste oil
                 Rooney Road Recycling Center, 151 S. Rooney Road                                     Some limitations apply.
                          www.rooneyroadrecycling.org
            NO DROP OFFS WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT • Wed. & Sat. only                                DROP OFF FROM:
       RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Call 303-316-6262                                                  MAY 5 TO MAY 29, 2010


                        2010 City of Golden                                                                      Golden residents only

                        FREE APPLIANCE PICKUP
                        Good for one FREE curbside appliance pickup and recycling.

   Appliances and Items accepted include:                                       Call Complete Recycling for details
   Washers          Microwaves        Air conditioners   Stoves
                                                                                        at 720-219-9604
   Dryers           Grills            Water heaters      Ovens                           (You may have to leave a message.)
   Dishwashers      Refrigerators     Scrap metal        Propane Tanks
   Compactors       Freezers          Barbeques          Batteries
                                                                         PICKUP MUST TAKE PLACE BY MAY 16, 2010
The Golden Informer                                                                                                          May 2010 Page 13
Special Mother’s Day Concert
T
       he Jefferson Symphony           which he wrote to commemorate
       Orchestra (JSO) will be         Golden’s 150th birthday. The score
       presenting     “Fantastique”,   was presented to the Golden City
a special Mother’s Day Concert         Council on Oct. 22, 2009. At the Feb.
on May 9, which will include a         21 concert this year, Golden Mayor
special performance of the Golden      Jacob Smith proclaimed, “Golden’s
Overture.                              sincere gratitude to Dr. David
  Guest cellist, Rodney Farrar, will   Ackerman, Dr. William Morse,
be joining the 90-member orchestra.    Chair Dennis Orr and the entire
Farrar was involved in developing      Jefferson Symphony Orchestra for
the Suzuki Method of cello teaching    your contribution to Golden’s 150th
in this country. This is a teaching    anniversary celebration and your
style which minimizes judgment         continued musical regalement of
and brings the pure joy of musical     the Golden community.”
expression to the student.               “Fantastique” will be performed at Rodney Farrar, Guest Cellist
  JSO will be performing retired       3 p.m. on May 9 at the Green Center, tickets, or to make a donation call
Associate      Conductor      David    Colorado School of Mines, 924 16th 303-278-4237 or visit the new JSO
Ackerman’s       Golden    Overture    St. For more information, to buy website at www.jeffsymphony.org.


                                                   Beverly Heights in the Loop
                                                         on i-Neighbors
                                                                                  “Suddenly we are real neighbors to
                                                                                  a lot more folks!”
                                                                                  i-Neighbors lets you:
                                                                                    • Find neighbors with similar

                                       T    hanks to Councilor Marjorie
                                            Sloan and a handful of
                                       local residents, the people
                                                                                      interests.
                                                                                    • Share information on local
                                                                                      companies/services.
                                       of Beverly Heights are using                 • Organize and advertise local
                                       www.i-Neighbors.org to stay
                                                                                      events.
                                       informed about goings-on in their
  BUFFALO BILL DAYS CALL               neighborhood.
                                                                                    • Offer opinions on local projects.
   FOR PARADE ENTRIES                     i-Neighbors is a free service              Members          can        access
  Due to the absence of                that increases social contact and          neighborhood email lists, local
  records, the Buffalo Bill Days       participation at the neighborhood          directories, shared photo albums,
  Committee is asking all              level. Golden’s own Beverly Heights        a neighborhood messaging system,
  organizations       who       had    has used the site to keep tabs on things   an opinion polling tool and a
  entries in last year’s parade        like the neighborhood calendar,            carpooling tool.
  to contact them regarding            perennial planting exchanges and              City Council may pursue this
  an application for the 2010          mountain lion sightings. Residents         e-outreach tool in other neighbor-
  parade. The deadline for entries     can use the site in many ways,             hoods of Golden. If you’re interested
  is July 1. Please call Bart Jones    including announcing garage sales          in participating in i-Neighbors, you
  at 720-988-7041 or email             and advertising babysitters. The           can contact City Council at council@
  Bart_Jones@mcafee.com.
                                       site has elicited reactions like,          cityofgolden.net.
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                          Become a Leader in Golden
ARE YOU:                                 to create more informed citizens         a graduation dinner.
  • Ready to get involved with your      and to build for them a network             The presenters for the sessions
    city                                 of information resources. The            are city and county officials, county
  • Interested in meeting new            Leadership Golden program consists
                                                                                  school officials and other members
    people                               of a series of seminars that provide
                                         the participants with knowledge          of the community, depending on the
  • Wondering how the city
    functions                            of the relationship between              subject of the session. The class size
  • Have questions about the arts,       government, education, business          is limited to 20, in order to provide
    recreation and justice systems       and the community of Golden.             a better opportunity for group
    in Golden                              The seminar series includes a
                                                                                  interaction with the presenters.
   If you answered yes to any of         Leadership retreat and City facilities
                                                                                     For more information about the
these, then Leadership Golden may        tour, presentations on Golden
                                         history, government, education,          program, brochures and applications,
be for you!
   The Leadership Golden program         arts and recreation, participating       visit www.leadershipgolden.org, call
is offered once a year and runs from     in the community, justice, public        303-279-7243 or 303-886-5795, or
August to May. Anyone who lives          finance, growth and development           go to any of the following locations:
in Golden, has a Golden address,         and an experience in governing in
                                                                                  Avenue Gifts, Creekside Jewelers,
works or has a business within the       the form of a mock City Council
                                         meeting. The emphasis is on these        Golden Community Center and the
city limits is eligible to participate
in this tuition-free program.            areas as they function within            Golden Visitors Center. The deadline
   Leadership Golden is designed         Golden. The series culminates with       for applications is August 1.


                                Linking Golden to the World
A    unique system of language
     learning is happening in our
community, and it has become a
                                                                                     The     Interlink
                                                                                  takes place on four different
                                                                                  campuses world-wide, and
                                                                                                          Program


program of solidarity for world                                                   CSM is the U.S. headquarters. It
citizens visiting our city.                                                       provides international students
   Conversation,       a     joint                                                in the program with English
program offered by the                                                            as a Second Language (ESL)
Golden Community Center’s                                                         training, cultural orientation
Front Porch and the Interlink                                                     and academic preparation
Language Center at the
                                                                                  to assure a successful and
Colorado School of Mines
                                                                                  memorable            educational
(CSM), gives older adults
                                                                                  experience in the U.S.
the chance to help Interlink "Conversation" participants building friendships.
students practice English and                                                        Participation in Conversation
                                       have made the students feel welcome
enjoy new friendships that grow in Golden, and the students are              is required in the Interlink program.
during the sessions.                   learning from the experience of Conversation runs on Thursdays at
   The program began 12 years ago social bonding and cultural sharing. 10:30 a.m. when college classes are
as a way to meet students’ requests to Students leave Golden with the in session.
talk with Americans while attending impression of generosity and warmth         If you wish to get involved in
their nine week term.                  from the citizens, and the volunteers Conversation and be placed on the
   The older adult volunteers from the love the interaction and ask to call list, please contact the Front
Front Porch who attend Conversation participate on a regular basis.          Porch at 303-384-8130.
The Golden Informer                                                                                 June 2009 Page 15
                         Golden Community Center
                            activities calendar
               Check out the programs offered at the Community Center
                                  To register, visit www.goldenrec.com
Russian Kettlebell                        play and outdoor play. Each week        Guide to Chemical Contaminant-
Russian Kettlebell classes will be        will have a different theme and         Free Grocery Shopping
arriving at the Golden Community          snacks are provided. Registration       Learn which chemical
Center this summer. A 'kettlebell' or     is open first come, first served, and     contaminants may be lurking in
‘girya’ is a traditional Russian cast     continues until the program is full.    the food you buy. Attend this
iron weight and is considered the         This activity is not available for      workshop and take steps to protect
ultimate tool for extreme fitness.         online registration. The registration   your health, drinking water and the
There is a separate fee for this class.   and emergency forms are available       environment. The workshop has
For more information contact Guest        on-line at www.cityofgolden.net/        no registration fee, but you must
Services at 303-384-8100.                 parksandrec, select Recreation          register and pay a material fee
                                          and then Preschool. Turn in the         directly to the instructor.
Golden Sun Preschool Camp                 registration form, immunization           Age: 13 years and older
Your child will enjoy a variety of        record and Emergency Packet in            Tuesday, May 18
activities including arts and crafts,     order to be processed.                    6 to 7:15 p.m.
circle time, stories, interactive            Age: 3-5 years                         $10 Material Fee -
                                                                                    payable directly to instructor

      ABRAKADOODLE®                                                               Wilderness First Aid
     SPARKS CREATIVITY                                                            Learn practical skills and drills in
                         ®                                                        self-reliant medical training for
  T    he Abrakadoodle creative
       arts program will arrive at
  the Golden Community Center
                                                                                  emergency or disaster preparedness
                                                                                  in the wilderness or foreign setting.
  in June for ages 18 months                                                      A test will be administered at the
  through adult. Abrakadoodle®                                                    end of class and a card is awarded
  is dedicated to cultivating                                                     for those who pass. You must attend
  creativity, taking a different                                                  all three classes to get the card. The
  perspective      in    exposing                                                 class meets requirements for Scouts,
                                     Abrakadoodle creations.
  participants to creativity in the                                               camps, guides and experiential
  world of color. The program offers classes for painting, sculpture, collage,    teachers and is approved by the
  mosaics, digital design and more. The classes ignite the imagination, but       American Camping Association
  also build motor, language, social and cognitive skills.                        and is an appropriate lead-in to
     Established in 2002, Abrakadoodle® has a partnership with Crayola®           Wilderness First Responder.
  and uses only the finest art materials in classes. According to the                 Age: 14 years and older
  Americans for Arts (www.americansforthearts.org), young people                     Tuesday and Thursday,
  who participate in the arts for at least one full year are three to four             May 4 and 6
  times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, excel                   5 to 9 p.m.
  in creative writing and related pursuits, participate in math and science          Saturday, May 8
  fairs and become student leaders.                                                    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     For more information on Abrakadoodle visit www.abrakadoodle.                    $150 Resident, $155 Non-resident
  com or rec.cityofgolden.net to register for an upcoming session and                (registration within two weeks
  get creative!                                                                      of class)
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                                                                                            For more information:
                                                                                          • Stop by The Front Porch,
                                                                                            upstairs at the Community
                                                                                            Center, 1470 10th St.;
                                                                                          • Call 303-384-8130;
                                                                                          • Subscribe to the Front
                                                                                            Porch Newsletter ($8/year);
                                                                                          • Check out the Recreation
   Check out the Golden Community Center’s Front Porch -                                    brochure; or
       designed specifically for people 50 and older.                                      • Visit www.cityofgolden.net/
The Front Porch offers respite and entertainment, coffee, healthy snacks and cookies.        page.asp?navid=334
There is a full schedule of games, sports, social events, trips and volunteer activities.
Shoot some pool, surf the internet, work on a puzzle, or just relax before you hit your next fitness class.

                        Here’s what’s happening this month:
Celebrate Health!                                             11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fridays, May 7 and June 4                                     Free – Registration required.
Free blood pressure checks and healthy goodies; chair       Bring your favorite pen, a pad of paper or a special
massanges, reflexology sessions and footcare with            journal and an open mind!
Chalyce for minimal cost.                                   “Murder in Hollywood!”
Call 303-384-8130 to make your appointment.
                                                            Adams Mystery Playhouse - #15175
Receive the Front Porch News online!                          Friday, May 14 -
Visit www.cityofgolden.net (Active Older Adults)              Register/Cancel by May 10
or email frontporchnews@cityofgolden.net to get               5 to 10:30 p.m.
on the email list.                                            $55 (van, dinner)
                                                            Join us on the set for the filming of a major
WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH….                                     Hollywood movie where YOU are an "extra" in the
Caring for Your Parent, Caring for Yourself                 "big dining room scene." Costumes are encouraged!
A presentation to identify some of the typical
healthcare, mental health, insurance, housing and
                                                            Denver Firefighters Museum Tour - #15180
other issues that adult children will face in planning        Wednesday, May 19 -
for their parents’ future and well being.                     Register/Cancel by May 12
  Saturday May 15                                             9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  10 to 11:30 a.m.                                            $15 (van, admission, bring $$ for lunch)
  Free, registration required                               Learn about Denver Fire Station One and firefighting
                                                            in Denver, past and present. Lunch at the Old
Coots and Codgers Club                                      Spaghetti Factory.
Gentlemen 50+ here’s a chance to socialize and
join with like-minded geezers in the pure pursuit of        Body Worlds, Denver Museum of Nature & Science -
frivolity. Plan to meet, to socialize, create and plan      #25040
activities. $2 for light refreshments. First Thursday of       Thursday, May 27 - Register/Cancel by May 20
each month.                                                    3:15 to 9 p.m.
   Starting Thursday, May 6                                    $26 (bring $$ for early dinner downtown)
    7 to 9 p.m., Meet in the Front Porch                    BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart, an
                                                            all-new exhibition, will reveal – through the
     MAY EVENTS
                                                            lenses of anatomy, cardiology, psychology and
           Women’s Writing Workshop - #15170                culture – how the heart nourishes, regulates
            Thursday, May 6 - Register/Cancel by May 4      and sustains life.

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                                                                           2010 Claim Form for
                                                                           2009 Sales Tax Refund
            The sales tax refund is limited to senior, low-income or disabled individuals
            who have lived within the city limits of Golden for at least 90 consecutive days
            in 2009 and cannot be claimed as a dependent on any other person’s tax return.
The refund amount for 2009 is $50. This will be adjusted for partial year residency in Golden.
Please check one box only:
   Senior Refund (must be 65 years or older)
   Low Income Refund
       Proof required. Attach a photocopy of one of the following:
         • State of Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate approval notification
         • Proof of Medicaid benefits
         • Proof of LEAP eligibility
         • Proof of eligibility for food stamps
   Disabled Refund
       Proof required. Attach a photocopy of one of the following:
         • State of Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate approval notification
         • Proof of full benefits from Social Security Disability Income, SSI or the Department of Human Services
         • Proof of total disability from a public or private insurance plan
Please print or type:
      Name: Mr(s).
      Age:                                        Date of Birth:
      Name: Mr(s).
      Age:                                        Date of Birth:
Address:                                           Golden, CO       ZIP:
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How many months did you reside in the city limits of Golden during 2009?    months
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                                         Sacrificing for Beauty

Y
         ou may have
         noticed that as
         soon as the snow
melted at Fossil Trace
Golf Club, the fairways
and tees were covered
with ugly brown holes.
What you may not know,
is that this process, called
aeration, is a temporary
sacrifice the course must
make to be beautiful the
rest of the season.                                                                            Above: The picturesque
   To maintain the superior                                                                    Hole #18.
playing surfaces for Fossil                                                                    Left: A member of the
Trace guests, greens are aerated                                                               Fossil Trace Turf Care
in the spring and fall. Spring                                                                 Crew.
aeration took place in April.
During aeration, beautiful                                                                       and promotes deeper
turf surfaces get a chance to                                                                    rooting, thus helping
take a deep breath and get                                                                       the grass plants stay
some much needed water and                                                                       healthy. In most cases,
nutrients. Unfortunately, this                                                                   it’s done by removing
maintenance practice temporarily         have deep, healthy roots. Good            1/2-inch cores (those plugs you
causes unsightly greens and rough        roots demand oxygen. In good              sometimes see near a green or in
playing surfaces. If this is the case,   soil, they get the oxygen from tiny       fairways) from the compacted soil,
why does Fossil Trace aerate twice       pockets of air trapped between soil       allowing for an infusion of air and
per season?                              and sand particles.                       water that brings a resurgence of
   Preventative maintenance is an          Over time, the traffic from              growth. The spaces are then filled
integral part of successful golf         golfers’ feet (as well as mowing          with sand “topdressing” that helps
course management. Golfers view          equipment) tends to compact the           the soil retain air space and makes it
aeration as an inconvenience             soil under the putting green –            easier for roots to grow downward.
that takes the perfect greens out        imagine 40,000 guests walking                Now that spring aeration is over,
of quality play for a week or so,        through your back yard. When              our beautiful plush green “country
pulling cores from the greens and        soil becomes compacted, the air           club” conditioned course beckons
leaving holes that can affect putting    pockets on which the roots depend         all players.
for up to 10 days before healing.        are crushed, and the roots are               Lesson and clinic dates and
   Like so many things, the quality      essentially left gasping for air.         times can be found at the Golden
of a good putting green is more than     Without oxygen, the grass plants          Community Center website, rec.
skin deep. In fact, the condition of a   become weaker and will eventually         cityofgolden.net, Fossil Trace
green has a lot to do with what goes     wither and die.                           clubhouse, 3050 Illinois St., or the
on below the surface. In order for         Aeration is a mechanical process        Fossil Trace Golf Club website,
grass to grow at 1/8-inch, it must       that creates more air space in the soil   fossiltrace.com.
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