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Paris on the Platte: A Mayor's Vision for Denver: In Glitter

Denver at dusk -- our Paris on the Platte.

One of Denver's most controversial Mayors, Robert Speer, had big plans for Denver. He envisioned Denver as a grand European city. Fresh City Life celebrates our City of Lights with a memorable party. Please come if you Can-Can-Can.

The dream of Mayor Robert Speer (1855-1918) to make civic Denver into a world-class city is all around us. The City Auditorium, which housed the historic 1908 Democratic National Convention, still stands as a testament to Speer's endeavors. As does the beautiful Civic Center Park. Even Speer Blvd is a tease of what might have been -- a spectacular street for an American Paris.

Father's Day Ideas from Fresh City Life My Branch!

Father's Day is Coming

Father's Day is coming up in just a few weeks! Get an idea for a gift with a Fresh City Life My Branch program, or give Dad the gift of time and go to one of these great upcoming programs together!

Does your dad get frustrated with tech gadgets? Wish he could use eBooks or navigate the library web site? Steer him towards the Tech Open House at the Ross University Hills Branch on Monday, June 4 from 11 a.m. until noon. Have him bring his gadgets and/or questions, and he'll get one-on-one help from a librarian!

Oklahoma has a state meal. For real.

Sure, Colorado has its state bird: the Lark Bunting; and its state insect: the Colorado Hairstreak; flower: Columbine. Colorado also claims a state flag, gemstone, fossil, tree, reptile and even a state song or two. But we haven't got a state meal. Only Oklahoma has a state-sanctioned, legislature-approved meal. And it sounds pretty good.

I know that knowing that Oklahoma has a state meal is teetering on the edge of Cliff Clavin'ism: "It's a little known fact that Oklahoma's state meal is..." But the truth is even stranger -- that there really is an Oklahoma state meal. And here's how I found out:

All Doris, All Day: A Film Tribute

An early studio portrait of Doris Day.

Doris Day, the reluctant movie star, stopped making films in 1968, and yet she remains one of the most popular film actresses in the world. Not bad for little Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff of Cincinnati.

Hers is a life worthy of a Hollywood movie. Doris longed for a simple life of marriage and kids, but a mother with aspirations toward dancing and singing pushed Doris into performing. By the time she was 17, she was singing on a local radio station and was discovered by bandleader Barney Rapp, who changed her last name to Day.

Culture, Crafts, and Chocolate!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of events this week, whether your taste for culture runs to opera or to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Kick off your summer by making sure you'll know how to use that new eReader when your vacation comes around! Access library materials 24/7, and never worry about turning something in late! Get all the info you need to start downloading eBooks or eAudios at eBooks 101 on Wednesday, May 30 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Come when we're going to be talking about YOUR questions:

5 p.m. - Audio eBooks

Pre-Holiday Fun with Fresh City Life My Branch

Feng Shui Garden

While you're making your Memorial Day weekend plans, take a mini break this week with a Fresh City Life My Branch event!

If you're planning on working in your garden this weekend, why not apply some Feng Shui principles? Lorrie Webb Grillo of Thriving Spaces will be presenting Feng Shui in the Garden twice this week:

Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch

Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch

It hasn't been a Norman Rockwell painting, but it's been a fun trip

Norman Rockwell's Family Vacation

I often looked at Norman Rockwell paintings and felt a twinge of jealousy -- wishing that those perfect scenes had been a part of my life story. Then I found out that even Norman Rockwell wished that the scenes he painted had been a part of his real life.

In truth, Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894 and lived a hard-scrabble childhood on the wrong side of the tracks. So his paintings of scrubbed up Americana are really just his own yearnings for a life he never had. The life he did have was exciting and full of creativity and he left a lasting artistic legacy in the hundreds of paintings he did for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Life and other magazines.

Money, Public Speaking and...Geeks?

Denver Mint

What's your pleasure on Saturday with Fresh City Life My Branch? A craft? Zombie book club? And, since we know you might have to work up your courage, we have Public Speaking 101 on Sunday!

Events for Saturday, May 19:

If you'd like to make a Fused Glass Pendant at Smiley at 2 p.m., please register now (720-865-0260 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org).

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.

Hi Ms. Streep. Have I got a script for you!

Meryl Streep

Just like EVERYONE else, I've got a screenplay in me. A friend and I have been dreaming about writing a perfect film script for Meryl Streep. Dreaming, not doing. But maybe 2012 is our year.

Okay, I won't give you our elevator pitch on our film idea -- because we don't have one. I also won't tell you that we have any connections to Meryl Streep -- except that my friend and co-dreamer, Mary, and I both regard her as the epitome of an actor -- and we both think she'd like to have a beer with us.

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