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Tues, Oct. 15, “Golden Beer Talks” at the Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave., Golden. “Expand your mind with a beer in your hand”. Held (usually) on 2nd Tuesdays. Doors open at 6; Talk begins at 6:35; Intermission – 7-7:15; Q&A/clean up 7:15-8. Here is the schedule for the Fall; for more info see

Oct 15,  Donald Sweetkind, Geologist, USGS, “From Uravan to Rulison: Tales from Colorado’s Nuclear Past”

Nov 12, Bob Raynolds, Geologist, CSM Adjunct Prof and DMNS Research Associate, “Australopithecines to the Anthropocene: A Geologist’s View of Where We Came from and Where We Are Going

Dec 10, Barb Warden,, “Funiculars of Golden Colorado”.


Wed., Oct. 16, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Celebrate National Fossil Day at the CU Museum of Natural History; North Entrance, Henderson Building, CU campus, 15th & Broadway, Boulder,  11 a.m.-5 p.m. Stop by the north entrance of the museum to design your own trilobite cookie while learning amazing facts about these diverse creatures from really, really looong ago. Explore real trilobite fossils, make a trilobite magnet and piece together a trilobite puzzle. Don't miss out on the fossilized fun!”

Oct. 13-19 is 2019 Earth Science Week, sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and numerous sponsor and partner organizations, including the USGS. We at USGS have copies of a free ESW Teacher Packet (contains posters, calendar, booklets, etc.; the 2019 ESW theme is “Geoscience for Everyone”) to give to teachers or anyone involved in some aspect of formal or informal earth science education. Sorry, we are not able to mail these out, but some are available at the USGS Library (Denver Federal Center, Lakewood, Building 41, hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, phone 303-236-1015), or they can also be ordered directly from AGI, see, free but with a $8.50 postage & handling charge.  


Thurs., Oct. 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m., “Critical Metals for the Future”, Yasushi Watanabe, SEG International Lecturer, Akita University. Van Tuyl Lecture Series at Colorado School of Mines. Free and open to the public, every Thursday (except during term breaks) at 4 p.m., in Berthoud Hall Room 241. For the full Fall schedule see


Thurs., Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m., Geology: It's not just for scenery anymoreThe National Park Service Geologic Resources Inventory, by Tim Connors, National Park Service; and Brooklyn Mine Geophysical Investigations, Bonita Peak Mining District, Silverton, Colorado, by Beth Burton, USGS.  Colorado Scientific Society monthly meeting, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood; social time at 6:30, program at 7:00; all welcome.


Sat., Oct. 19,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m., “Girl Scout Day” at Dinosaur Ridge. Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center, 16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465. “Dinosaur Discovery Days are FREE outdoor events hosted by Dinosaur Ridge at the Main Visitor Center Complex and along the Ridge Trail. Volunteers are stationed along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail at significant interpretive sites, while many others staff booths and activities at the Main Visitor Center Complex for kids of all ages. Visitors can hike at their own pace or take the shuttle bus for a small fee on these special days.

            “Join us for Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge. Scouts of all ages will have a fun-filled day of geology and paleontology. Girl Scouts of all levels can complete requirements toward merit badges and spend the day learning about paleontology, geology, and women in sciecne. There will be amazing vendors such as: Mr. Bones, Western Interior Paleontological Society, USGS, Wildlife Experience, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory plus Dinosaur Ridge Volunteers at the paleontologic sites along the Ridge as well as manning hands-on activities such as gold panning, metal detecting, track painting, and fossil sifting.” See full information at Girl Scouts who plan to attend for the badge activities should register at

Sat., Oct. 19, 12 noon-3:30 p.m., Littleton Gem and Mineral Club Silent Auction, at Heritage United Methodist Church [new location], 7077 S. Simms St., Littleton.  All are welcome. Seller setup at 11 a.m., silent auction begins at noon, verbal auction at 1 p.m., checkout starts at 3:30 p.m.


Mon., Oct. 21, 10 a.m., the next in a continuing series of “Everything Dinosaur” talks for the fall season at Dinosaur Ridge will be Talk #6: Thyreophora Part 2 (Ankylosaurs). This sixth talk focuses on tank dinosaurs—the ankylosaurs. “This 12-part public lecture series is meant to introduce visitors and volunteers to the amazing world of dinosaurs! Dinosaur Ridge’s Education Manager, Erin LaCount, delivers fun and educational talks about paleontology all year long.  Attend as many as you would like in any order. Registration is $2 per person, per talk.

Location: Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 W Alameda Pkwy, Golden, CO 80401 (west side of Dinosaur Ridge, at Red Rocks Park north entrance). Questions: contact ErinLaCount. For a full list of the scheduled program series see


Mon., Oct. 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Sciences Colloquium, Physical processes in carbonate sediments: Ooids, mud, hurricanes, and more, by Lizzy Trower, CU Boulder. All are welcome. VIP Room at DMNS.


Thur., Nov. 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Evolution of topography in the southern and Patagonian Andes, by Mark Brandon, Yale. Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Sciences Colloquium. All are welcome. VIP Room at DMNS.


Fri., Nov. 8, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Colorado Science [Teachers’] Conference for Professional Development, at the Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Expo Hall  Aimed mainly at classroom science teachers, anyone may register to attend this conference. There will be more than 100 different presentation sessions and more than 50 commercial and non-profit exhibitors. There is an early registration discount for preregistration made by Oct. 18. The registration fee is $60 through Oct. 18,  $75 thereafter, and $20 for students, pre-service and first-year teachers, and retirees ($30 after Oct. 18).  Full information and online registration info for the Conference are at: and .


Tues. Nov. 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Sciences Colloquium, 400 Million Years on Six Legs: Evolution of the Insects, by Michael Engel (University of Kansas); see . VIP Room, all welcome.


Thurs., Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m., Archaeology of Peru’s North Coast: The Moche Culture and Beyond, by

Michele Koons, Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Colorado Scientific Society monthly meeting, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood; social time at 6:30; all welcome.


Thurs., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Gold: A journey from the Big Bang to the forest of the Amazon, by Dr. Terry Wallace, Director Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory. At the bimonthly meeting of Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter; Berthoud Hall Room 109, Colorado School of Mines campus, Golden. All are welcome.


Fri.-Sat.-Sun., Nov. 15-17, Gem and Mineral Show, Jefferson County Fairgrounds; 10-5 Fri. & Sat., 11-4 Sun., 15200 W. 6th Ave., free parking & admission.


Fri.-Sat.-Sun., Dec. 13-15, Flatirons Gem & Mineral Show, “Rocks & Rails”, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont CO, Main Exhibit Building. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Held in conjunction with the Boulder County Model Railroad Club Show.

Thurs., Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m., Colorado Scientific Society Annual Meeting, 2019 President’s Address (Tom Casadevall, USGS), and potluck dinner. Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood; all welcome.


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For more lecture series during the year see:


Colorado Beer Talks (2nd Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.), Windy Saddle Café, 1110 Washington Avenue, Golden, “Golden’s grassroots version of TED talks, Expand your mind with a beer in your hand”,

Colorado Café Scientifique in Denver, monthly lectures on science topics held either at Blake Street Station or Brooklyn’s, Denver; open to the public, no charge other than refreshments you may choose to purchase; see .

Colorado Scientific Society (3rd Thursday, 7 p.m.), see . Meets at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO, except when noted.

CU Geological Science Colloquium (Wednesdays, 4 p.m.) see

CSU Dept. of Geoscience Seminars (Fridays, 4 p.m.), see

Van Tuyl Lecture Series, Colorado School of Mines, (Thursdays, 4 p.m.):

Denver Mining Club (Mondays, 11:30), see .

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Earth Science Colloquium series, 3:00-4:00 p.m., VIP Room unless noted, day of the week varies. Museum admission is not required; see

Denver Region Exploration Geologists Society (DREGS; 1st Monday, 7 p.m.),

Florissant Scientific Society (FSS); meets monthly in various Front Range locations for a lecture or field trip; meeting locations vary, normally on Sundays at noon; all interested persons are welcome to attend the meetings and trips; see for details and schedules.

Nerd Night Denver is a theater-style evening featuring usually 3 short (20-minute) TED-style talks on science or related topics; held more-or-less monthly at the Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver; drinks are available; for ages 18+.  Admission is $6 online in advance, $10 at the door. See .

Rocky Mountain Map Society (RMMS; Denver Public Library, Gates Room, 3rd Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.),

Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS); beginning January 2019, WIPS will meet on the 1st Monday of the month, 7 p.m., at Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Denver. See .

Thanks to Peter J. Modreski for keeping us up to date!
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