Fresh City Life Blog

Gardening & Denver History, All Wrapped Up...

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park

Want to experience a piece of Denver history, get inspiration for your garden, or express your creativity? Look no further than a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Here are your choices for Saturday, April 13:

At 11 a.m., volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery at the Sam Gary Branch. Riverside is home to more than 1,200 Civil War veterans, including three Medal of Honor recipients, soldiers who fought with the "Colored Troops," and even some Confederates. Come learn some of their stories!

Wear Your Love Shines

Little Sister Jewelry photographed by Nancy Loffelmacher

Learn something new at Crafts for the Masses. Our Modern Locket workshop takes the old idea of wearing a reminder of someone special and gives it a fresh spin.

Turn any image into a keepsake piece of jewelry by glazing it onto a glass tile. Talented jewelry maker, Mitzi Loffelmacher (who creates under the name Little Sister Jewelry), guides this workshop. Perfect as a gift for Mother's Day or as a remembrance of someone you love or miss, making these chic lockets are a crafter's dream. 

Mitzi will share all her tips and techniques for creating a professional jewelry piece. Register now and join us for Crafts for the Masses:

Amazing April with Fresh City Life My Branch

Exploring Colorado Wineries

Start off your April by being educated, informed, or entertained by aFresh City Life My Branch program!

On Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. our partnership with The Colorado Ballet's Light Project continues with Animal Abuse and the Violence Connection, presented by the Denver Dumb Friends League at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch.

Peeptastic Programs!

Peeps on the Prairie--an entry from 2011

It's the last day (Thursday, March 28)  to enter the Peep Your Colorado contest! Check out the details here and get your Peep on!

Then join us at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. for the viewing and judging! Vote for Audience Favorite! Thanks to History Colorado for partnering with Fresh City Life My Branch for this contest!

Imagine Denver 2020: Become an Owner of Your Creative Community

This morning, at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, a great meeting was held to discuss the future of Denver's arts and culture. The huge room was filled with some of the brightest movers and shakers in Denver.

And me.

I was honored to add my salient thoughts to the abundance of ingenious ideas being shared. And soon enough, you will be asked to share your good ideas for Denver's cultural horizon. It will be a significant moment in which Denver asks it's citizens to become shareholders -- stewards -- of our cultural growth and integrity. 

Get Your Garden On!

Butterfly Pavilion

Spring is coming! Add gardening tips, painting skills, music, and crafts into your life with Fresh City Life My Branch!

On Thursday, March 21, join the Butterfly Pavilion for a double session at the Bear Valley Branch--Butterfly Gardening at 2 p.m. and Busy Bees at 3 p.m. Learn what it takes to attract butterflies to your garden, and then hear all about the lives of honey bees, including a honey tasting, seeing a honeycomb, and feeling beeswax. Come for one or both sessions!

Bridges, Bunnies, and Peeps!

Hand sewn bunny

Knitting or cooking, planning your garden or coming together to share stories--join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Saturday, March 16:

Celebrate spring by making a Hand Sewn Felt Bunny! There's still space in this class at Schlessman at 10 a.m., register today: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Microfinance explained. Let's have a Kiki! (also, kiki explained)

Photo: The Art of Entertaining, Cinn. Ohio

Microfinance: A development approach which provides very small loans directly to poor individuals or families in poor areas so that they can start small businesses or expand their already-existing businesses. -- (From Routledge.com)

Kiki: A party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress and generally fighting ennui. -- (From UrbanDictionary.com)

It's good to do good. It's good to meet new people, hang out and listen to music, and sample excellent local beers. It's a kiki when all of those things converge for one amazing night.

Micro Brews for Microfinance
Saturday, March 23, 6-10 p.m.
McNichols Building at Civic Center Park, 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80202

A Novel Thank You!

Somewhere South of Tuscany

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our 2nd annual Novel Night on Friday at the new Sam Gary Branch!

A wonderful time was had by all, hundreds of crafts were created from recycled books, amazing desserts by Monica Kadillak were consumed, books were donated (and traded), prizes were won, and, most importantly, Fresh City Life My Branch programming at the Denver Public Library was supported! Special thanks to these sponsors:

Monica Kadillak, for her wonderful desserts--look for more cooking classes with Monica in the months to come!

The Denver Botanic Gardens

Starbucks

Books & Authors, (Not) Well Behaved Women, and Cakes!

One Land Two Stories

After you recover from our Novel Night fundraiser on Friday, Fresh City Life My Branch continues to serve up a diversity of adult cultural programs for your learning pleasure!

We all know that Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Learn about some of the great female Colorado troublemakers in this presentation by the Fairmount Heritage Foundation on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Sam Gary. Encore presentation on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

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