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10 Reasons to Come Downtown This Weekend

"The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it." -- Charles Baudelaire

​Downtown Denver offers up fantastic art, good eats, great music, free films, and some eccentric crafting for the urban adventurer. Here's a short list of 10 things to do at the library or mere steps away.

10. Hear French Metro-inspired accordion music played by a real live Frenchman. (Sunday, 2p, Central Library) ('Frenchman' is an exaggeration as accordionist is actually from New Zealand)

9. Find a rare first edition of The DaVinci Code or an ABBA cd amongst the treasures at the Denver Public Library Used Book Sale. (Thursday-Sunday, hours and info, Central Library) (The DaVinci Code not rare)

FCL My Branch--Tech, Yoga and Totes--Plus, Brunch and Intuition!

Brunch

Make time for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week, and add a bit of something to your life!

If you want to try out the benefits of yoga but are intimidated by visiting a studio, try it at the library, with Beginning Yoga at the Bear Valley Branch on Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. Get your questions about yoga answered, and try it out! Wear clothing that allow for movement, and bring a mat or towel if you have one.

James Beard Foundation Book Awards--The Best in Food Writing

Blood, Bones, and Butter

The 2012 James Beard Foundation Book Awards were recently announced. These awards celebrate books about cooking in various categories. Check out these award winning titles the next time you're looking for a new recipe to try, or you just want to read about the wonderful world of food!

Cookbook of the Year, Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Modernist Cuisine, Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

Cookbook Hall of Fame: Home Cooking and More Home Cooking, Laurie Colwin

A Weekend for the Birds...or the Crafters!

More Than 36 Days

Whether you're an aspiring bird watcher or crafter, cook or card maker, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you on Saturday, May 12!

For all of you crafters out there, try these:

Felting with Wynne Reynolds, 10 a.m. at Schlessman: Learn the art of needle felting and go home with a cute bird! All supplies provided. Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Knitting, Our Courts, and Planning for the Weekend--With Fresh City Life My Branch

felted animals

Whether you want to learn to knit or learn about our courts, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week! And if you need something to do this weekend, check out the list! Many programs require registration, so plan now!

Join the Sit 'n Knit group at Bear Valley on Tuesday, May 8 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. --this is a group for both beginning and experienced knitters. Learn something new, or share your knowledge!

Keep Celebrating!

Schlessman birthday cake

Thanks to everyone who helped to celebrate the Schlessman Family Branch's 10th birthday over the weekend! Keep celebrating by attending another Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

The birthday celebration continues tonight, Monday, March 12 6:30 p.m. at Schlessman with Monica Kadillak teaching us how to make Homemade Ice Cream and Toppings! Come get great ideas for your next sundae! Recipes and samples included!

Feeling lost when it comes to technology? You have a few opportunities to learn at the Ross-University Hills Branch this week:

Explore, Paint, and Explore Some More!

Do your weekend plans include a Fresh City Life My Branch program? They will after reading about the offerings over the next few days!

Wanting to explore, but don't want to go very far from home? We have 2 travel programs to take you away:

Explore Siberia on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch: This slide show will give you a tour through this remote land, including architecture, ruins, the countryside, and the Lake Baikal region. Presented by Margaret Donaven, retired DPS teacher with a passion for travel and photography.

Coffee, Dinosaurs, and Appetizers!

How about a cup of coffee with your appetizers? Or your dinosaurs! Fresh City Life My Branch has all that and more!

Tired of the same old coffeemaker, or want to save money by brewing your own at home? Learn brew methods you may not be familiar with and how to make a delicious cup of coffee at home using both classic and new contraptions during Strange Brew! Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org. Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch.

Intuition, Crafts, and Food!

Sharing Mountain Recipes

Before Fresh City Life My Branch programming takes a bit of a break for the holiday season, enjoy one of these programs this week!

Tonight, Monday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Schlessman, Man of 1,000 Songs Rob Wivchar is back to soothe your winter stress with his holiday stylings! Stop by and listen for a while!

On Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. you have many craft choices:

Fatty McButterpants' Holiday Survival Party Mix

If the temptations of holiday snacking are too much for you, be a game changer and make some healthy, tasty party mix to munch on.

Oscar Wilde wrote, "I can resist anything except temptation."

True enough, especially this time of year. Those of you who know me know that I'm a big guy. I always reach for crunchy carbs when I want to snack, so I decided to try and make a party mix that I can eat without guilt and without popping buttons. Yesterday's snow was a perfect opportunity to get in the kitchen and experiment. Here's my first two versions:

 

Holiday Survival Party Mix Version 1 (super simple)

6 cups shredded wheat squares

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