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Thanksgiving (Dysfunction Palooza) 2011

Norman Rockwell's Freedom From Want

Are Norman Rockwell's images portrayals of the world he lived in or are they wishful painting?

One year for Thanksgiving, I begged my mom to bring the roasted turkey to the table uncarved so that we might participate in a tableau vivant of Norman Rockwell's painting Freedom From Want. As a middle class kid interested in art, I was familiar with many of Rockwell's beloved illustrations and I was convinced that this Thanksgiving scene should be acted out. Here's how it went down:

Mythical Programs @ Fresh City Life My Branch

It's no myth--Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of programs for you to choose from this week, including one on mythical geography!

If you want to improve your knitting skills, share your knowledge, or just find a great group of folks to share your hobby with, try the Sit 'n Knit group at Bear Valley, Tuesday, November 8 from 10:30-12:30. Fiber hosts: Kathy Orth & Charlotte Updike.

Hey Pilgrim, Let's Party Like It's 1621

An early publicity shot of Marilyn Monroe as Pilgrim. MM loved Thanksgiving.

Does our contemporary Thanksgiving menu bear any resemblance to the original?

The first Thanksgiving feast was launched by the Pilgrims in the autumn of 1621 to celebrate having made it through their first winter and a summer growing season helped along by their friends in the Wompanoag tribe. But does our contemporary Thanksgiving dinner have any connection to that first celebration?

Coloradans Who Saved America: Veterans Remembered

Fairmount Heritage Foundation

Fresh City Life My Branch and the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present Coloradans Who Saved America: Veterans Remembered on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Learn about the rich military history of Denver's two oldest cemeteries, Fairmount and Riverside, going all the way back to the Civil War, including eight Medal of Honor recipients, the Spanish-American War, and Nisei. Bring an unopened toiletry item to be donated to the Denver Veteran's Hospital for veterans in need. Presented by Fairmount Heritage Foundation volunteers Garry & Joan O'Hara.

Look for more Fresh City Life My Branch programs here!

Remember, Remember -- Poppies for November

Guest Blogger Trish Tilly gets us sorted out on the ubiquitous poppies of November.

 

On Remembrance Day in Great Britain, the Queen lays a wreath made of poppies on the Cenotaph, a monument in Whitehall that commemorates all the dead in all wars in which British soldiers have fought.

This day of remembrance coincides with similar ceremonies in the United States, Canada, France and all British Commonwealths. Americans call it Veteran's Day.

Preparing for the Holidays & Living Well Always

Yes, it's that time of year already--time to start thinking about the winter holidays! How can Fresh City Life My Branch make your holiday season bright this year?

Start off this Wednesday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays. Learn how to make your own evergreen wreaths, cinnamon pine cones, and seed bomb gift bags. Reuse items that the land has to offer to make the winter season brighter for your family and friends. Presented by Kelly Watson of The Permaculture Project.

Soar Into the Weekend!

The Source of All Things

Discussing mysteries, volunteering, hearing authors, learning about Colorado's aviation history. What makes your mind soar?

Fresh City Life My Branch's offerings this weekend aren't scary, just fun and thought-provoking. Join us for a program this week!

From the File: Where Are They Now?

The children of the village of Midwich, England. Don't make them mad.

Just in time for the season of scares, I've researched the Village of the Damned kids. They are apparently all doing nicely on a Paris runway.

Enquiring minds want to know. So I tried to track down the actors who played the oddly empowered kiddies in the cult flick Village of the Damned. Where do you go, career-wise, after you've lit up the big screen with glowing eyes and mind powers that can enslave an entire English village?

According to this photo of a recent Paris fashion show, you go on to become an expressionless runway model. Same hair, but glowing headlights on dim.

So Many Authors, So Little Time...

The Fourth Perspective

With so many accomplished Colorado authors visiting DPL branches this weekend, you're sure to find a presentation that fits your interests through Fresh City Life My Branch.

On Saturday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch join Sara Avant Stover as she discusses The Way of the Happy Woman: Lving the Best Year of Your Life. Ms. Stover knows that millions of women are trying to do it all, all the time, and end up feeling depleted and defeated.

Give Me the Creeps

The Bride of Frankenstein

Every generation seems to get the monster they deserve -- in film anyway.

If the phrase "Art imitates life" is true for cinema as well, it means that our film represents our culture and society at the time the film is made. It might then follow that horror films represent our nightmares or our worst fears.

The posters and lobby cards for these films are as imaginative and chilling as the films themselves. Highly sought after by collectors, in good condition these posters can fetch upwards of five-ten thousand dollars. And much more.

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