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Join the Army, See the World: World War II edition

"This isn't a tourist guide, full of the delights of moonlit nights, tropical seas, and lovely maidens. Its purpose is to give you information, concisely and without frills, about the people and their land..."
United States. War and Navy Departments, A Pocket Guide to Netherlands East Indies Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943.

During World War II, many young men traveled abroad for the first time, courtesy of the U.S. Army and Navy. The Special Service Division of the War Department, a kind of educational and morale-boosting public relations agency, issued a series of small travel guides that were part Fodor's and part Why We Fight. They were intended for the use of soldiers and sailors, describing the U.S.

Before the Parade of Lights, Warm Up at Central with Music and a Hot Beverage

Don't get caught out in the cold when you come downtown for the Parade of Lights this Saturday. We're holding a comfortable spot for you to enjoy a holiday concert before you venture out for the parade. And we'll keep the home fires burning all winter with terrific programming and community -- keep up to date with our event listings on our Fresh City Life calendar.

Fresh City Life's 6th annual holiday concert showcasing The Denver Gay Men's Chorus happens this Saturday. And our wonderful crew of baristas at DPLs The Coffee Mug want to pitch in on the holiday spirit. Anytime on Saturday, from 10a-4p, wander into their cozy coffee shop just inside the east entrance and take 10% off your beverage order by simply saying "Parade of Lights." A great deal and sure to warm you up on a cold day. Pick something up on your way to the concert.

Based on a True Story

Poster: Dallas Buyers Club

Real life stories have always been a source of great entertainment and there have been quite a few successful films that got their start as newspaper and magazine articles.

The just released Dallas Buyers Club is based on a true story first published in the August 9, 1992 Sunday magazine section of the Dallas Morning News. The story "Buying Time" by Bill Minotaglio is about Ron Woodroof who diagnosed in 1985 as HIV positive, tracks down drugs not available in the USA and starts a buyers club to sell them. Mr. Woodroof died only a month after the story was published.

Two Paws Up: Training and bonding with a rescue dog

Our last dog, a docile German Shepherd, lived to be 13 years old, so it had been a while since we had to shop for a new canine companion. In those long-ago days, we simply went to a shelter (in this case the MaxFund) and picked one out to take home.

Today, not only does every shelter have a website, so do all of the breed rescue groups, prison dogs and guide-dog school dropouts. Then there's Petfinder, a sort of clearinghouse that allows you to specify breed, gender, compatibility with children, cats and other dogs, and geographic proximity to your zip code.

Did Someone Say Cheese?

After learning that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had teamed up with a winemaking family in Provence and created the award-winning Chateau Miraval Rosé 2012, my first thought was what kind of cheese the fabulous couple would pair it with.

 

It turns out that a Rosé is best complemented by a milder, soft cheese, such as Brie or Camembert, according to Fiona Beckett's Cheese Course (2009). This beautifully photographed volume also includes over 40 recipes, as well as tips for entertaining with, selecting and storing cheese.

Thanksgivukkah! Huh?

Thanksgivukkah

Yes, Thanksgivukkah. For the first time since 1888, the all-American harvest celebration and the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights coincide, on Thursday, November 28. There's even a Facebook page about it, from which we've borrowed the Woodstock-ish image.

Jonathan Mizrahi, a graduate student in quantum physics (and no relation to the designer Isaac Mizrahi, as far as I know), has calculated that this convergence of the Gregorian (secular) and Jewish (religious) calendars won't happen again until the year 79811. The redoubtable Steve Morse (mentioned in a previous post about calendars) arrived at a date slightly different from Mizrahi's, but everyone agrees that this is an extremely rare event, not to be repeated in our lifetimes.

Trends in Grantmaking: Panel Discussion for Nonprofits, November 14

Join us for this lively forum and learn about:

Emerging trends and new directions in foundation giving

Insights into the people in our community who work in them

Tips and advice on the grantwriting process

  • The most important part of the grant proposal
  • Deal breakers
  • Why the budget is so important

The focus will be on human services and health, but anyone is welcome to attend.  

Panelists include:

Is Your Family Frazzled by Homework?

If so, you're not alone.

Although the amount of homework assigned to American students has fluctuated over the years (for example, it increased in 1957 after Russia launched Sputnik, then in the mid 80's and once again in recent years), no one can agree whether or not there's been an overall increase -- or if hours spent on homework equal a better education.

Time is running out to finish your GED!

General Educational Development certificate

Did you know that on January 2, 2014, there will be a new GED (General Educational Development) test?

The current GED test consists of five subject areas: social studies, science, reading, mathematics, and writing.  If you've passed some sections of the GED test but not all five, now is a great time to focus on passing the sections that you still need, because any GED scores earned before 2014 will expire at the end of this year.  The Denver Public Library has many resources to help you pass the GED.

Medicare and the Affordable Care Act

Connect for Health Colorado

October 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment for Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance plans. For individuals without insurance, the open enrollment period provides millions of Americans with the opportunity to purchase health insurance for the first time.

Insurance exchanges, also called marketplaces, are the only place to enroll in ACA insurance plans and to take advantage of possible tax credits. In Colorado, individuals and small business owners will use the Connect for Health Colorado site. In addition to providing low cost insurance plans, the ACA has also expanded Colorado's Medicaid program and the services provided by Medicare.

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