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The Play's the Thing

FCL Event

Cheaper, faster, more fun than Shakespeare!

In March of this year, stage director and producer, Brenda Cook Ritenour, launched OFF THE SHELF, a play-reading series designed to breathe life into plays that are produced rarely, if ever, in Denver. This month, Ritenour teams up with ArtSkool, (Fresh City Life's newest community event centered on the visual and performing arts of Denver) to bring you two exciting events!

Our Country's Good

by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Monday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.

Sporting PRIDE

White baseball hat with PRIDE decal.

If you're a sports fan, chances are good you've heard some trash-talk at sporting events.  Athletes are now bringing their A-game to promote tolerance.

The San Francisco Giants have made sports history with their contribution to Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth with the promise that their futures will be brighter. The National Basketball Association along with its partners has promoted Think B4 You Speak during the NBA finals.

Oversized Treasures

Emily Dickinson's Herbarium. Houghton Library, Harvard University

Books, like plants, come in varied shapes and sizes. An "oversize" book requires more shelving space to insure easy access and browsing.

The Central Library's oversize collection located on the second level features many treasures including a facsimile of Emily Dickinson's Herbarium. A popular activity during the Victorian age, Dickinson notes her own work on a herbarium at age 14. Her love of flowers and their symbolic imagery is reflected in much of her poetry throughout her life.

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood!

Clint Eastwood

Born on this day in 1930, Clint Eastwood has wowed audiences for decades with his acting and directing talents. Proving that age is not a deterrent to success, Mr. Eastwood was not nominated for an Academy Award, as an actor or a director, until he was 62.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Michael Sabbeth

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Michael Sabbeth on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m at Schlessman.

Mr. Sabbeth is a practicing lawyer who has taught classes on moral reasoning in Denver area public and private schools for twenty years. His book, The Good, the Bad, and the Difference: How to Talk with Children About Values, is a guide for parents and for other people working with children on how to talk with children about ethics and values and how to teach moral reasoning. Books will be available for sale.

Spring into June!

Yes, folks, it's technically still spring! Time for rebirth, renewal, and starting new things! The perfect time for a Fresh City LIfe My Branch event!

If you haven't been to one of Monica's fun, informative, and tasty cooking demonstrations, this is your chance! If you've tried some of the recipes from her appetizers or soups class, you know you want more! Learn to create tasty Summer Salads that will keep your family happy and healthy on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiely Branch.

The Epic Novel

infinite jest

Summer is supposed to be a time of long sunny days and carefree fun. Why in the world would anyone want to bog themselves down with a thousand-plus page novel? A valid question for sure, but I don't think I'm alone in taking on an epic novel this summer.

My poison of choice, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, a polarizing brick of a book full of nonsequential chapters, more characters than you can count, and 100 pages of fictional footnotes.

New Classes! Social Security & Managing Your Finances Online

SS Online Logo

It's possible to do just about anything online these days, including applying for Social Security benefits and managing your personal finances.  Our community partners, the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union, will show you how in back-to-back classes this Thursday, June 2, at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The Community Technology Center is pleased to welcome instructors from the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union, who will teach two new classes this coming Thursday, June 2.

Introduction to Social Security Online

Thursday, June 2, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Cotton Mill Girls

Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls

Browsing the new biography section at the Central Library led me to discover a collection of personal histories of women living and working in Southern mill towns, a surprising link to my own family history.

My great grandmother Zella was a child employee for the  Eureka Cotton Mill in Tennessee.  She was nearly 102 years old by the time I discovered this fact.  Zella wasn't tall enough to reach her work so she was hoisted on boxes and tied in place, making sure she wouldn't fall into the dangerous equipment.  Job safety being what it was, some of her friends weren't as fortunate.  She wouldn't say much about this experience other than she and her family had been grateful for the work.

May is Zombie Appreciation Month

World War Z by Max Brooks

May is Zombie Appreciation Month, here's a list of Zombie novels that are not to be missed!

Zombies Zombies everywhere and not a brain to eat!

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