Tiptoeing Towards the Holidays

While Halloween is behind us, there are many more holidays coming up to celebrate connections, honor our ancestors, and thank our military. Use Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming as a jumping off point for (or a break from) your fall & winter celebrations!

You'll have several opportunities to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in the next few days:

Dia de los Muertos with Museo de las Americas, Friday, November 2 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch: celebrate the Day of the Dead by honoring your ancestors and decorating a sugar skull as a personal remembrance. There will be both information about the Mexican holiday along with the hands on activity. Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

"Sugar" Skulls on Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch: Create modern folk art! Make a felt calavera (the highly decorated sugar skulls popular during this time of the year), embroidered to look like the real thing! Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Is history your thing? Celebrate Colorado history & Colorado veterans with these offerings:

The Quilt that Walked to Golden with the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Saturday, November 3 at 11 a.m. at Schlessman: A Museum representative in period dress will show and tell the story of the quilt that walked to Golden, an actual piece from the Museum's collection which has been immortalized in Sandra Dallas's book of the same name (a children's version has also recently been published). The story is a peek into the life of the Burgess family, among the first people to settle in the young territorial capital.

Ghosts of Colorado, Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m. at Sam Gary: Join us for a fast-paced photographic tour through a variety of Colorado ghost towns and narrow gauge railroads. Today, many of these historical places and railways no longer exist, while a few have been developed into large commercial ventures.

Veterans Remembered with the Fairmount Heritage Foundation: Learn about the rich military history in Denver's two oldest cemeteries, Fairmount & Riverside, going all the way back to the Civil War. Honor our veterans of today by bringing an unopened toiletry item that will be donated to veterans in need. Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m. at Schlessman (note time change to accommodate football fans!)

What are holidays without food? Start planning your menu with one of these programs:

Strange Brew, Saturday November 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch. Learn about traditional and new brew methods to get your morning started! Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Coffee Shop Treats, Monday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Schlessman: Are you tempted by those coffeehouse pastries, but don't want to spend the extra money for them? Learn to make your own scones, muffins, breads, and other treats at home with Monica Kadillak! Recipes & samples included.

Are you trying to have healthier holidays? Folks from Sugar Mama Bakeshop will demonstrate some guilt-free goodies in Gluten Free Vegan Holidays on Tuesday, November 6 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

What other holiday wonders await? Check out the full November/December schedule for more food, crafts, music, entertainment, education, and book clubs!! See you at My Branch!

Written by Becker on November 1, 2012

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