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Breaking Up with Netflix?

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Are you one of the Netflix customers affected by the recent rate increase? Instead of switching to another movie-by-mail service, consider all the free films the library offers!

In addition to our DVDs, the library also has a collection of eFlicks that can stream on your computer or mobile device.

I prefer the library to Netflix because:

Dinner and a Show at FCL

Free fun to share!

If you're at a loose end this weekend, Fresh City Life has a couple events for you.

Weekend and Beyond

Got plans for the next few days? Try out a free Fresh City Life My Branch event at your local library!

Explore space at the family-friendly A Whole New World: Dawn at Vesta event on Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch. NASA's Dawn spacecraft will arrive at asteroid Vesta this month. Learn about the faster than fast ion engine literally propelling the mission, science instrumentation, and how Dawn will contribute to our understanding of the Solar System.

Three Film Fiestas left in July!

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Three free Film Fiestas remain in July at Su Teatro at the Denver Civic Theater! On the remaining Wednesdays in July--July 13, 20 and 27--see movies, performers and food related to various Latino cultures.

Plus, Byers Branch Library has related book displays and some children's activities during their regular hours.

All events are FREE and open to the public, except for parking in some cases. Free parking is available on the street for those that arrive early. Lots are available for $3.00 on the north and south sides of the theater.

Poster Art and Native American Displays

Charley Harper Poster

Two displays at the Central Library highlight the art of Charley Harper and Native American artifacts and documents.

An eye-catching display of posters from the Federal Documents collection are featured behind the new Information Desk in Schlessman Hall at the Central Library. These posters highlight the art of Charley Harper, American Modernist (1922-2007). Harper was commissioned to illustrate a series of ten posters for the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, each showcasing one national park, from Glacier Bay, Alaska to the Atlantic Barrier Islands.

WHEN THERE'S SOMETHING STRANGE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Use these resources to find out demographics, psychographics, how much your neighbors paid for their house or haunted places in your community.

Things you want to know:

DPL's Creating Your Community website features picture galleries, history, famous people and historic buildings for seven Denver neighborhoods. The myDENVER section is a place for you to share your Denver history by uploading photographs and stories and engaging in conversations to enrich your Denver community.

VaVoom, and How

Vivienne VaVoom photographed by Dan Jahn

Denver's favorite hostess and burlesque queen, Vivienne VaVoom, takes on Stag Social Club.

The Denver Post writer Bill Husted once opined, and I paraphrase, -- in Denver, everything is six degrees of Vivienne VaVoom (aka Michelle Baldwin). I take that to mean that if you want to be near the sizzle and sparkle of the culture quake in Denver, then Vivienne VaVoom is your epicenter.

Preston Sturges: Hollywood's Everyman

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.

Journey to Space, Health, or Crafts--And Take a Picnic!

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Join Fresh City Life My Branch for food, a journey, or a craft this week!

There are offerings for whatever you want to learn this week through Fresh City Life My Branch! Hungry? Try Picnic Foods tonight, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Schlessman. Learn to liven up your picnics or hikes with dishes that everyone will love! Recipes and samples included! Or maybe you're thinking of changing the way you eat.

Q: What's in a Name? A: Fame.

Doris Day and Rock Hudson (Doris Kappelhof and Roy Fitzgerald)

Want to go see a movie starring Roy Fitzgerald and Doris Kappelhof? Have you ever seen Reginald Kenneth Dwight in concert? Would it make you quake if Marion Morrison rode into town to restore justice?

A lot of actors, musicians and even politicians have played the name game -- changing up their name for something more befitting someone whose star is destined to rise. Hollywood movie star Joan Crawford built a formidable career after the studio held a contest in which fans got to choose a new name for starlet Lucille LeSueur. It's very possible Barry Manilow found it easier to write the songs that make the whole world sing after he legally left Barry Alan Pincus behind. John Denver may have felt Henry John Deutschendorf was bumming his Rocky Mountain High.

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