Baby, It's Not Cold Outside. But we need a little Christmas anyway.
The term Christmas in July can be traced to Southern hemisphere celebrations -- for countries that celebrate Christmas but where the winter months fall around July. In the U.S., sponsoring a Christmas in July celebration became popular at summer camps for children in the 1920s and 30s. But it took a Hollywood film directed by Preston Sturges to turn the phrase into a part of the vernacular of the common people.
Does summer mean relaxing with a good book? Then try the Between the Covers Book Discussion Group on Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. We'll be discussing Spooner by Pete Dexter.
There are still a few spots left in our upcoming Fresh City Life My BranchMobiles for Fun and Learn to Knit classes! What are you waiting for--sign up today!
In Mobiles for Fun, you'll create a piece of moving sculpture from found materials. The parts will move in various directions setting up rhythms of motion or reverse motion. Materials could include: metal, plastic, wood, paper, found objects, and wire. If you have wire cutters and/or needle nose pliers, bring them along, but we'll have tools for you to use. Bring any objects that you want to incorporate into your mobile, too! Presented by artist Karole Sharpe. 2 dates to choose from: Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Are you ready to take your knitting to the next level? Join us for Beyond theBasics Knitting on Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.
This class will guide you through the mysteries of checking gauge, help you with pattern reading skills, and teach you how to pick a project and match the correct needles and yarn. Increasing and decreasing will also be demonstrated. This class is suitable for new knitters looking to take on a challenge or intermediate knitters looking to learn some new skills. Bring yarn and needles to practice your new skills!
On Monday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at SchlessmanFamily Branch you can learn how to Outsmarting Investment Fraud. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation will teach you about the basics of safe investing, including questions to ask before making investment decisions, how to verify if an investment product or professional is legitimate, how to identify and report investment fraud, and common fraud tactics and how to avoid them.
Fresh City Life My Branch has programs for the crafty adults out there as well as those of you with questions about downloading eBooks and eAudios and using DPL's databases.
Want to learn how to knit or improve your skills? Join the Sit 'n Knit group at the Bear Valley Branch on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. This is a group for both experienced knitters willing to share their knowledge and newbies wanting to increase their knitting know-how. Fiber hosts are Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.
The choices for your crafting and educational pleasure this week include:
Felting Fun on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch. In this introduction to needle felting you'll learn to make a basic chick and a more challenging rabbit. All supplies will be provided, and you'll go home with your own felted critters! Registration is required, call 720-865-0135 or stop by the reference desk to register.
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.
Color palettes became one of the important aspects of a recent knitting workshop.
I got to use my color theory training a little bit during our Stripes and Bobbles Scarf workshop. Well-attended by a group of beginning and intermediate knitters, the pattern called for students to choose one space-dyed yarn and combine other solid yarns with it to create their stripes.