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Be Crafty and Parent Compassionately with Fresh City Life My Branch

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Get a new skill, learn a new craft, and become a better parent with Fresh City Life My Branch programs this week!

The folks from Painting Soiree will introduce you to Acrylic Painting on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Bring home your first masterpiece! Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Lots of choices for Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m.:

Do You Have Your Novel Night Tickets Yet?

Novel Night 2013

Been putting off getting your Novel Night tickets for 2013? Call or stop by the Sam Gary Branch today to show your support for Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming!

What does your $25 Novel Night ticket get you? A fun-filled evening of crafts made from recycled books, light dinner fare, and special desserts provided by popular cooking teacher Monica Kadillak! We'll also be running a book swap with some choice titles--bring two, take one! Leftovers will be donated to good causes! Additionally, your ticket will enter you into prize drawings for gift cards and other treats all evening long.

Explore Colorado Wine!

Exploring Colorado Wineries

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Author Series presents Paula Mitchell, author of Exploring Colorado Wineries on Monday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Mitchell will focus this presentation on wine fundamentals and organizing your Colorado wine tour, and will help you increase your wine knowledge and gain confidence in pairing wine with your favorite foods. Discover the incredible spectrum of Colorado's 125 wineries and tasting rooms. Sharpen your understanding of the "Five S's" of wine tasting. Expand your wine tasting vocabulary through the Wine Aroma Wheel. Learn the fine art of tasting room exploration. She'll make you want to start exploring!

Crafting, Compassionate Communication, and Coffee Shop Treats!

Owl sleep mask

Whether you're feeling crafty or hungry, or want to learn to communicate with more compassion,Fresh City Life My Branch has the weekend program for you!

All you crafters out there, get ready! So many choices in our Make & Take Studio:

Friday, February 8, 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch: Handmade Owl Sleep Mask with Rebecca Hensley from the Denver Craft Ninjas. Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

All of these are happening Saturday, February 9:

Culinary Competition

Knives at Dawn

While television food competitions like Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, and Chopped can be fun to watch, the most prestigious food competition is widely believed to be the Bocuse d'Or, held every other year in Lyon, France.

The 2013 contest was held just this week, and the team from the United States finished a respectable 7th in the field of teams from all over the world. Check out the NPR story on this year's U.S. team and how they trained here.

Whether you aspire to participate in such a competition someday, or just like to read about how cooking contests work, the library has some items to get you started.

February--The Shortest Month, but Packed with Programs!

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February may be the shortest month, but Fresh City Life My Branch still has lots of programs for you to choose from. See the complete schedule here.

Intrigued by thrift store shopping and saving, but don't know where to start? Michelle from Shop My Closet will get you started! Learn how to incorporate thrift stores into your regular shopping rotation, and even get to try out your skills! Saturday, February 2, 1-3 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library.

Love a Good Mystery? Check Out the Edgar Nominees!

Map of Lost Memories

Love mysteries, but don't know what to read next? See if you missed any of the best mystery and crime novels, true crime, and biography of 2012 by perusing the nominations for the Edgar Awards!

The Edgars, given out by the Mystery Writers of America, have been honoring great mystery writing since 1946. This year's awards will be given out on May 2--plenty of time to read the nominees in your favorite category and predict your own winner!

Best First Novel:

Winter Wonders with Fresh City Life My Branch

Novel Night

Whether you're planning for retirement or looking for a job, wanting to talk about books or learn how to download one, this is the week for you to attend a Fresh City Life My Branch event!

Want to know what makes a Good Retirement? Learn about things BESIDES income that affect success and happiness in your retirement years on Wednesday, January 23 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

Novel Night is Coming!

Novel Night

Want to support continued FREE Fresh City Life My Branch programs? Come to Novel Night, make fun crafts, eat great food, and show us the love!

If you came to our first Novel Night last year, you know how much fun it was! This year promises to be even better, with plenty of space at DPL's new Sam Gary Branch Library, fun crafts made from recycled books, and special desserts made by our favorite cooking teacher, Monica Kadillak!

Food, Books, and Blogs!

Are you settling in to 2013? Ready to get the most out of the new year? Let Fresh City Life My Branch help!

If you've resolved to cook more interesting meals, you've come to the right place! On Saturday, January 12 at 2 p.m. at the Smiley Branch, join Monica Kadillak for Great Finds at International Markets. Denver has many specialty markets to help you explore international cuisine! You'll learn where to go, what to look for, and of course, what to do with those new ingredients when you get home! Recipes and samples included.

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