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Johnny Depp reads to me

Life by Keith Richards

Oh, yes, I've been spending a lot of time with Mr. Depp.

Ok, so I might be stretching the truth just a bit. The truth is I recently began listening to Keith Richards' autobiography, Life, read by Johnny Depp and I don't think there could be a more perfect reader. Depp's droll tone conjures Richards (except Depp is easy to understand!) and when he slips into a British accent it doesn't sound fake (a must for me).

Salads & Mysteries!

Salads or mysteries? Either way, Fresh City Life My Branch has you covered this week!

Tired of iceberg lettuce and want to enliven your summer dinners? Join us for Summer Salads at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. or at the Smiley Branch on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. You'll learn how to introduce more vegetables into your diet with these creative salads. Your kids will love them, and they'll fill up even the hungriest eater in your family!

Bicycle Commuting Classes

Commuter Bike

Dust off that bicycle languishing in your garage!

Come learn and share tricks and techniques for commuting to work on your bike! Learn how to be safe, find the best route to take, and have tons of fun, all while becoming healthy, wealthy and wise!

Bicycling improves quality of life. It gets you outside, relieves stress, makes you feel better, and creates a way to spend time with family and friends. Best of all, it’s convenient, flexible and free. Whether for recreation, transportation or competition, bicycling offers a lifetime of health and fun.

Learn to Maintain Your Home Computer

It is important to perform routine maintenance to keep your computer running smoothly and virus free.  Here are some simple steps that can help:

 

 

Fresh City Living: Food & Fun

Denver's favorite hostes Vivienne Vavoom

 Good fun for singles or doubles this weekend!

Smart singles will be heading down to MadWine & Novo Coffee tonight for our singles night: STAG. This social club is guided by Denver's enchanting author, burlesque artist and hostess -- Vivienne VaVoom. STAG offers Denver singles a chance to connect with other interesting people in a relaxed setting. Vivienne always brings a little magic to each gathering and tonight will be no exception. One drink minimum please. Time and info.

Illustrations are NOT just for children!

world of edward gorey

There is a movement right now of novels being turned into graphic novels, and I would like to tip my hat to those who create illustrated novels.

I am a huge, huge fan of picture books for adults, if it was good enough for Dickens then it's good enough for me! Ok, I'm not sure what I mean by that besides the fact that I get all mooshy for an illustrated novel. There are some excellent ones out there, and here is a list of a few of my favorites:

Colorado MahlerFest is NOW!

book cover The Mahler Symphonies

The 24th annual Colorado MahlerFest is happening now in Boulder through May 22 with performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 5 at Macky Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday.

My good friend Al wrote: "Conductor Herbert von Karajan said that when one hears Mahler's Fifth, 'you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.' " As an amateur musician, I can say from my personal experience, that this was true for me. The Littleton Symphony Orchestra, of which I am a member, just recently performed this gargantuan symphony with 5 movements.

Apocalypse Now...maybe..

Some say that the Rapture will be happening in a few days. Those of us who are still here are in for a pretty rough ride, apparently. Here are some movies that might help distract you from the inevitable worrying....

 It got me to thinking about all my favorite dystopian movies and how many bad endings can be imagined..there is The Rapture, starring Mimi Rogers, that might make you think twice about wanting to be one of the elect who get "raptured." Terry Gilliam directed Brazil, in which we all drown in bureaucratic paperwork, and in Idiocracy we all drown in our own

Bridging the Gap

Shelly

New books on marketing are emphasizing the role of technology especially social media in helping organizations market their services. The Library knows that in addition to new technology, quality time with a knowledgeable staff member like Shelly strengthens the "unity" found in Denver's community.

Shelly, a Librarian at the Central Library, recently bridged generations making an outreach call to Drehmoor Apartments, a housing option serving the senior population in Denver. Shelly was able to field questions on the services available at the Library and help the senior attendees make the personal connection to library cards, collections, and programming. Face time with Shelly was more valuable to this community than Facebook.

Looking Towards the Weekend

Easy Composting

No plans for the weekend yet? Educate, inform, and entertain yourself at the library with a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Ready to get your garden growing? Learn to feed it well with Introduction to Composting on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Learn to garden the way nature intended!

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