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Colorado Author Carol Berg at Schlessman This Sunday!

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Berg at Schlessman on Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 p.m.

Carol Berg is a former software engineer who can't quite believe her own story. Since her 2000 debut, she's been flown to Israel, taught writing in the U.S., Canada, and Scotland, and answered mail from New Zealand, Kuwait, the slopes of Denali, and beneath the Mediterranean Sea.

Acrylic Painting with My Art Workshop--Sign Up Today!

There are still a few spaces left in the Fresh City Life My Branch Beginning Acrylic Painting Class with My Art Workshop! The class is on Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch. Reserve your space today: 720-865-0000.

In this class, you'll learn the basics of acrylic canvas painting with step-by-step artist led instruction. No prior painting experience is necessary to create this blowing tree masterpiece. All supplies and instructions included!

Books, Bikes, and Astrology This Week!

Join in on a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

First up, on Tuesday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch, the Between the Covers book discussion group talks about Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls.

Grey Gardens Forever: An Etsy Crafting Party

 Little Edie's style lives on in fashion, decor and crafting.

"This is the best thing to wear for today, you understand. Because I don't like women in skirts and the best thing is to wear pantyhose or some pants under a short skirt, I think. Then you have the pants under the skirt and then you can pull the stockings up over the pants underneath the skirt. And you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape. So I think this is the best costume for today." -- Little Edie, Grey Gardens

Wandering Jews: Traditional Sephardic Cooking

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Our favorite chef brings home great Jewish foods from the Iberian Peninsula

KitchenCue's Chef Shellie Kark is presenting a selection of Jewish regional cuisines and recipes in the month of May. Past weeks have included Eastern European and New York specialties. 

This Sunday 5/15 at 1:30 p.m., Chef Kark will explore the cuisine of the Sephardic Jews -- the foods that sprang from the region of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).

Art Is Primordial and For Everyone

 ArtSkool debuts with a workshop that highlights one of the first art mediums: Mud!

pri·mor·di·al,  adjective

1. Existing at or from the beginning of time, primeval -- the primordial oceans

2. (esp. of a state or quality) Basic and fundamental -- the primordial needs of the masses

While it's unlikely that the first sea creature to give land a try looked back at its tracks and noted the artistic pattern they made in the mud -- clay was and remains one of our primordial materials for making art.

M is for the Million Things She Gave Me

Still from The Donna Reed Show

“There has always been a food processor in the kitchen. But once upon a time she was usually called the missus or Mom.” -- Sue Berkman

 

This Sunday, we're throwing a little party in honor of Moms everywhere. We hope that you can come -- and bring your Mom!

First, Chef Shellie Kark is going to take us on a tour of New York Jewish Deli cuisine, with her demo and sampling of traditional knishes. YUMMM.

But that's not enough! Our friends at Whole Foods Market have chipped in so that we can serve a sweet deli finish -- like rich cheesecake. And we just might have a surprise or two for our Mom's.

Tea Crafts: A Happy Repose

A delicate, pedestaled teacup just filled with lightly scented soy wax.

Our Craftinatrix Trish Tilly held crafters in sway at our Tea Painting and Tea Cup Candlemaking workshop.

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.  ~George Gissing

Last Saturday, the Fresh City Lounge at Central Library was buzzing with crafters on a mission -- to make some adorable candles and then create handpainted tags to go with them. One of the most interesting elements of the class is that the delicate paintings were made using steeped teas as the medium. And even though crafters were not relaxing over a cup of tea, a sense of tea-induced tranquility seemed to infuse the students.

The Origins of Gaslighting

Ingrid Bergman at the height of her allure in Gaslight.

You're not paranoid; people really are messing with you. Go ask Ingrid.

 gaslight -- (verb) gaslights (third-person singular simple present), gaslighting (present participle), gaslighted (simple past and past participle).

1. (slang; origin UK) To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own sanity.

Hail and Farewell, Professor!

Jani and me on our last night of knitting salon.

Our beloved knitting teacher, Jani Fellows, is moving to Los Angeles to be near her family -- and Fresh City Life and all of our knitting students wish her a bon voyage!

Jani Fellows was there at the beginning of our knitting program. In the fall of 2004, before Fresh City Life had a name, when it was still just a pilot project, I put together our first knitting class to see what kind of response we'd get for fibers workshops. Thirty-five people came the first night and Jani was a bit surprised by the turn-out. 

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