Fresh City Life Blog

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.

Madame Defarge University for Curious Knitters

FCL's Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon is designed to keep knitters and crocheters learning about their craft. March workshop features technique based knitting for professional finishing (and beginning). 

A Cast On of Thousands: All the Ways to Cast On and Bind Off
Mondays, March 4, 11 and 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

Be Crafty and Parent Compassionately with Fresh City Life My Branch

Herbs

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.:

Unbounded: Denver's Brightest Voices In Two Upcoming Concerts

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau

As part of the citywide Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, the Mizel Museum and Fresh City Life will host concerts that bring our communities together in a spirit of unity and celebration of diversity.

Unbounded: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery
Tuesday, February 19, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Created by Marta Burton, this free concert is a multi-media performance which draws upon the music, historical narratives and images of Jewish and African American experiences of oppression and slavery, to raise awareness of those enslaved globally today. After the performance, meet with representatives of local organizations and individuals that work to end current day slavery.

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.

Your Words Shape Your World

Molina Speaks photographed by Ric Urritia

Critically acclaimed Colorado poet and rapper, Molina Speaks, brings his spirited voice to Other Places, Other Voices -- a community workshop exploring spoken word poetry focusing on discrimination and human rights.

In collaboration with the Mizel Museum, Fresh City Life is hosting Denver's most audacious spoken word artist -- Molina Speaks. One of his recent projects is Bronze Future: Letters for 2045 -- a spoken word video chapbook – a digital diary to the future.  This work is the first of its kind.

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:

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