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Prelude To a Vampire's Kiss

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Mucho Mojo author event opens the Denver RomCon!

I never think I may have lost my mojo until someone brings up the idea of mojo (that magic spell or essence  that makes people attractive to each other). Once the subject comes up, I feel my posittraction levels start to plummet. But what can be had and lost can also be recaptured.

Picnics, Sewing, and Parenthood!

Sewing Techniques

Hungry for some picnic food? Or just for some information? Either way, Fresh City Life My Branch has you covered this week!

Start your week by dreaming of the picnic you'll have on your next day off! Enjoy the great Colorado outdoors (if it ever cools off!) with these creative recipes for your picnics or hikes that will have you forgetting that you ever settled for sandwiches and chips! Recipes and samples included! Picnic Foods, Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiley Branch.

Bodies, Rest and Motion

Tai Chi

Truth: A body in motion stays in motion.

Though I have never witnessed a Tai Chi demonstration in real life, I've always loved the scenes in films of Tai Chi practitioners all moving in synchronized and poetic slow motion -- an oddly pastoral scene for an urban setting. The setting for these scenes is usually the park of a large metropolitan city. This adds to its mystic of being not only good exercise, but also a way to decompress from stresses of big city life.

Mojo Lost and Found

Fangs

mo·jo/mōjō/Noun

1. A magic charm, talisman, or spell.
2. Magic power.

RomCon is coming to Denver on the weekend of August 5-7. Romance Conventions showcase more than just traditional romance fiction; it also celebrates the genres within romance fiction. Categories like Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance are steadily gaining in popularity and have a growing fan base.

Knitting, Technology, and Helping Your Kids

Heresy by S.J. Parris

Whether you want to improve your knitting, learn about downloading books, bond with your unborn baby, or help the child in your life with literacy skills, Fresh City Life My Branch has a class for you this week!

Start off your week with a visit with Mark Twain on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Full details here.

As a matter of fact -- Art Happens

One of the Haiku prints produced by students at ArtSkool: Typositors.

ArtSkool: Typositors @ Matter Graphic Design

Our new monthly event, ArtSkool, went on a field trip yesterday. We all met at Matter Graphic Design to learn about creating type, copy and art using antique printing presses. The results were pretty amazing. Matter's Rick Griffith opened the event with a brief introduction to the history and uses of printing type and then things got really interesting.

Grasshopper, it's time to move.

 Wrap up your summer with an outdoor tai chi workshop.

 Mearl Thompson, master tai chi instructor from the Ancient Harmony studio, will be leading our tai chi workshop this August. We'll be meeting every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on the north lawn of the library (at the corner of 14th Ave. and Broadway). I've always wanted to experience this aesthetic form of exercise, so I'm really looking forward to this workshop. More info. 

Farm Fresh City III

We're bringing the harvest to you this Saturday.

I really hope you'll come to our Harvest Days cooking demo this Saturday. It will be the largest and most spectacular demo we've ever hosted. Chef Shellie sent me a note this morning to remind me what she'd be preparing -- pickled beets, beet green and walnut pesto and roasted Kohlrabi with Parmesan Cheese...Yummm! And, yes, she is making enough for you to try it, too!

Create, Learn, Discuss!

Mahjongg

Fresh City Life My Branch has an event for you this week, whether you want to talk books, get recipes for your picnics, learn mahjongg or flower arranging, or hear about the history of NASA's Apollo program.

There are 2 opportunities to join in on a book discussion this week:

Between the Covers at Ross-Cherry Creek will discuss In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin on Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Colorado Authors Series: Dom Testa at Schlessman

Dom Testa

Award winning Colorado author, speaker, broadcaster, and philanthropist Dom Testa will be at Schlessman this Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m.

Testa hosts a top-rated morning radio show, speaks to schools and professional organizations all over the country, writes the best-selling Galahad book series for young adults, and oversees the non-profit educational foundation The Big Brain Club. He has won numerous awards for his writing and his radio program. The latest book in the Galahad Series is The Dark Zone. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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