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"Killer" Foods to Avoid

Learn about how food additives and colorings can sneak into your daily food intake and make you ill on Thursday, February 10 at 6 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

Catherine Boe, founder and owner of Bliss Baking Company, shares her journey to a diet free of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, caffeine, and preservatives, and gives you an overview of the possible health benefits to making these changes yourself. Brought to you by Denver Urban Homesteading.

Want to learn more about how your diet can affect your health? Check out the 641.5638 and 664 sections of your local library!

Herbal Love Potions

Join MoonDance Botanicals for this Herbal Love Potion workshop at the Schlessman Family Branch Library on Sunday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Create blends sure to start some fire in your body or soul. Space is limited, register now by calling 720-865-0000 or register in person at the Schlessman reference desk.

Singles Mixer Friday February 11! Register Now!

Find love in the stacks! By RSVP only, enjoy a fast-paced evening with other book- loving singles on Friday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Each area of the library will have questions to get the conversations flowing. In the DVD area you'll talk about your favorite movie. In the children's area you'll share a favorite childhood memory. In the fiction area, you can tell a whopper of a tale! Coffee and light refreshments will be served. By registration only. Call 720-865-0000 or stop by the Schlessman reference desk to register.

Guitarist Laurie Dameron

Guitarist Laurie Dameron will be performing at the Schlessman Family Branch Library on Sunday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Laurie Dameron is a Billboard Magazine award recipient, and has been playing guitar for over 40 years. She has performed at hundreds of venues both in and outside of Colorado, and her versatile selections include folk, instrumental, country, blues, and jazz music.

Colorado Authors Series: Carol Denker

Carol Denker

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Denker, author of Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love After 50 on Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library.

When Denver author Carol Denker fell deeply in love at age 62, she was startled to see how nothing in society reflected her experience. Not one image of an older couple in love! For almost three years, she traveled the U.S. seeking couples who had found true love in the second half of life--and photographers to take their pictures. The result is a paean to ordinary people who never gave up. Inside Autumn Romances' pages are beautiful black and white photos of mature couples and true tales of courage, coincidence, happiness, and healing.

Soup's On! and Introduction to Tai Chi

Get out of the cold and try new things with Fresh City Life My Branch! Come explore the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, or learn how to make your own homemade soup.

Maybe you want to move your body in a new way in the cold weather. Try Tai Chi at the Bear Valley Branch Library on Saturday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of exercises used to build energy (qi) and vitality for improved quality of life and longevity. These exercises are accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Come explore the benefits of energy based exercise and learn daily movements from Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Dao Yin.

Restore Your Old Wood Furniture (and save a tree!)

Restore Furniture

Have some old furniture that you really don't like any more but may have another life in it? Come learn how to be green and beautify your home at the same time!

Irina Bertini, part-owner of Denver Urban Homesteading, will talk about the best ways to restore antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets. Learn about sandpapers, electric sanders, handsaws, stains, varnishes, and where to get inexpensive materials. Bring your questions to Schlessman on Sunday, January 23 at 3 p.m.

Want to read more about how you can give wood new life?

Popular Science

2010 was a great year for accessible science writing. If you want to learn something and be entertained at the same time, try out some of these recent popular science and natural history titles.

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean, Susan Casey

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, John Vaillant

Guatemala by Chicken Bus

Ever thought about visiting Guatemala? Or just want to take a virtual trip to someplace warm during the cold weather? Join us as we journey to Guatemala with Anna Winkel!

In the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009, Anna, a local librarian, spent 8 months traveling, studying, and volunteering in Guatemala. In this travel slide show, you'll journey by chicken bus from the old capital city of Antigua to the shores of Lago Atitlan to the mountains of Alta Verapaz. Bring your questions about where to go, what to see, and how to get around--by chicken bus or otherwise! Food samples will be included!

Introduction to Feng Shui

Ever wanted to learn more about the art of Feng Shui? Here's a program for you!

During my first week as a librarian, I had a young man ask me for books about "fun joy" decorating. We eventually figured out that he really wanted books on Feng Shui. If you too are curious about this art that examines how the energy of space and objects impacts everyday life, join us on Wednesday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek branch for this one-hour introduction.

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