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Some samples of coil baskets from Professor Tilly.

In the spirit of Fresh City Life, new events debut this year!

Denverites maybe never had it so good. Fresh City Life is offering up new and retooled events for you this year. In successive posts, I'll let you in on some of the cool stuff that is booked and some of the things that are in the works -- but not fully-baked (just yet).

Colorado Authors Series: Jacqueline St. Joan

Local author Jacqueline St. Joan will be at the Schlessman Family Branch on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss her novel My Sisters Made of Light.

In her novel, St. Joan draws from her extensive travels and research to share with readers a compelling portrait of the compelling, heartbreaking, and sometimes terrifying lives of the women and men in the social, political, and religious maze that is Pakistan. St. Joan is an award-winning poet, travel writer, teacher, and lawyer. She has worked as a county judge, a law professor, and a child and human rights advocate. My Sisters Made of Light is her first novel.

Coming This Week: Knitting, Needle Felting, Chickens, and More!

ABC of Poultry Raising

Whether you're interested in crafts, safe driving, helping others by donating blood, or learning how you can keep chickens in your yard, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week!

There are several options for you crafty folks. On Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m., the Bear Valley Branch will be hosting Sit 'n Knit, a group sure to please any fiber maven. Both experienced knitters and beginners are welcome to share their knowledge and learn something new. Fiber hosts are Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

Extend Your Growing Season with Cold Frames

Earthly Delights

Want to have fresh lettuce all year round? Learn how on Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. at the Ross-Univeristy Hills Branch.

Denver Master Gardener Barbara Masoner will share how she grows food throughout the year. Learn how to build a cold frame in your own yard. It's cheap, it's easy, and it provides fresh greens even during the winter!

Want to learn more about growing your own food, either throughout the year or in a small space? Check out some of these titles:

Author Series: Jewell Parker Rhodes Visits Schlessman

Recent Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award winner for her children's novel Ninth Ward, Jewell Parker Rhodes will be speaking at the Schlessman Family Branch on Saturday, February 26, at 2 p.m.

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Easy Steps to Managing Money for Financial Success

Wish you were better with your money? Come learn strategies and tips on Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

Money is a tool that all of us use every day. Local Certified Educator of Personal Finance, Dr. Taffy Wagner, will explain how to manage your money and make it work for you instead of against you.

Want to read more about taking control of your finances? Try some of these books:

Sourcing Local Food Supplies: Farm to Table

Ever wonder how a food store or restaurant gets its food? Find out on Thursday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library.

Lindsay Karson, owner of Greater Good Foods, LLC, will answer your questions about how food travels from the farm or factory to the consumer and help you make informed decisions while shopping local food businesses in Colorado. Brought to you by Denver Urban Homesteading.

Want to learn more about the farm to table philosophy of shopping, cooking, and eating? Check out some of these titles:

The Gluten Response

Have questions about gluten? Get them answered on Tuesday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

Do you or a loved one have questions about gluten? What is it? Who is affected by it? What are the medical implications of undiagnosed gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease? ;These questions and more will be answered in this presentation by Lindsay Karson, owner of Greater Good, LLC. She will answer your questions and increase your awareness about this common protein.

Want to learn more about gluten-free diets or find some recipes? Try these:

Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Balance and Health

Learn and experience the benefits of Tai Chi for improving balance, increasing vitality, and calming the mind on Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Want to learn more about Tai Chi? Try some of these books or DVDs:

The Big Book of Tai Chi: Build Health Fast in Slow Motion, Bruce Frantzis

"Killer" Foods to Avoid

Learn about how food additives and colorings can sneak into your daily food intake and make you ill on Thursday, February 10 at 6 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

Catherine Boe, founder and owner of Bliss Baking Company, shares her journey to a diet free of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, caffeine, and preservatives, and gives you an overview of the possible health benefits to making these changes yourself. Brought to you by Denver Urban Homesteading.

Want to learn more about how your diet can affect your health? Check out the 641.5638 and 664 sections of your local library!

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