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Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Ready to travel to Africa, connect with your crafty side, go to a free concert, or learn to read tea leaves? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

Travel to another continent without leaving Denver on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Traveling Librarian: African Safari. Pictures and stories included!

Tina Darling, Mommie's Home!

 Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.

 It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order:

Let us bow our heads -- and write

Art from Ashes, Denver's great home for creative writing and poetry, teams up with Fresh City Life each month for our WordShop series!

Consider one of our writing workshops to get you involved in the arts. They're two-night events and you have a chance to learn new writing prompts and explore your own ideas around a theme each month. Check out these upcoming workshops and grab your composition book.

Ghosts in the Attic

Weekend Travel, Crafts, and Nutrition

Hand Sewn Felt Bunny

Want to travel to Guatemala, create a craft, or learn about how nutrition can affect AD/HD? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Start your weekend off at Bear Valley on Friday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. with a virtual trip to Guatemala by Chicken Bus. Local librarian Anna Winkel recounts her time in Guatemala in 2008-9 and will share slides and stories covering the old capital city of Antigua, the shores of Lago Atitlan, and the mountains of Alta Verapaz.

Come To Judge the Quick and the Bread

Four talented chefs, four spectacular, moist and delicious breads -- but only one will be crowned the winner. 

 Fresh City Life is bringing together food entrepreneurs and chefs for Battle Quick Bread – including Ellen Daehnick of Helliemae’s Salt Caramels. Though Ellen has a legion of fans who love her caramel sauces and candies, she jumped at the chance to compete for the bragging rights of Best Quick Bread. When asked about the competition, she said, “Look, I’ve got excellent recipes for quick breads with caramel in them, but maybe I’ll mix it up and do something chocolatey or with a touch of booze.

Books & Chocolate: What More Do You Need?

Blood Memory

Whether you want to discuss books or find out how chocolate can fit into your healthy lifestyle, Fresh City Life My Branch has an event for you this week!

Book discussions bring people together and give us a chance to talk about that book that we loved--or hated! Get ready to chat, make new friends, and join in to any or all of these groups:

Between the Covers, Tuesday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Ross Cherry Creek. This month's book is Lost Lady by Willa Cather.

Money (That's What I Want)

 "The best things in life are free. But you can give them to the birds and bees. I want money." -- The Flying Lizards

Social workers are notoriously underpaid and most of them have copious student loans to pay off while working relatively thankless jobs and trying to make ends meet. Emily Anderson fit that description perfectly – finding herself financially strapped much of the time – until she went on a spending fast. Emily shares the ins and outs of money fasting this month at the Denver Public Library:

Weekend: Meditate, Travel, Create, Can

Tao of Letting Go

Join Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend: learn to meditate, travel to Guatemala, create a magnet, or learn to preserve your garden's vegetables to enjoy all winter!

All these events are happening on Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. How will you decide?

Needing a way to quiet your body, mind, and thoughts? Be introduced to Taoist Meditation at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch. Be introduced to the basic methods of sitting, quieting the mind, focusing the breath, and finding stillness. Basic theory of Taoist meditation and the concepts of Jing, Qi, and Shen, and the three treasures of the human body will also be explored.

Retirement, Academic Fitness, and Travel Tips!

Smart Travel Tips

Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week, whether you're thinking about retirement, want to make sure your kids (or grandkids) are ready for school, or want some insider travel tips!

Tonight, September 12 at 5:00 p.m. at Schlessman representatives from the Social Security Administration and from Waddell & Reed, Financial Advisors will answer your questions in Social Security and Retirement: What You Need to Know. Learn how to estimate your Social Security benefits, if there is a "best age" to start receiving benefits, and if you can work and receive benefits at the same time.

Be Green: Grow Food, Commute by Bike, and Read Books!

Sarah's Key

Looking for ways to be green in your life? Fresh City Life My Branch has ideas for you this weekend!

What's greener than reading a book & sitting down to discuss it? Slow down your life with Bear Valley's Saturday Morning Book Club this Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Join the group for a cup of coffee and a discussion of Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Seen the movie? Come discuss the differences!

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