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So you want to be a web designer?

Do you have a website you'd like to be able to tweek and personalize? What about a blog that has so much potential if you could just break thru the limitations of the host site? Or do you just want to learn a little bit about web design? Come down to the Central library for our class series on HTML and CSS, you'll be surprised what you can do!

We have a three part series on HTML and CSS occurring over the next three weeks.

Monday, April 16, 5:30 - 7:30p: Learn what HTML is and how to format text, insert images, and create links in HTML.

Monday, April 23, 5:30 - 7:30p: Learn what CSS is, how it relates to HTML, and start styling backgrounds, texts and fonts.

Dear Mondo: Could you save me a seat in your lifeboat?

Mondo Guerra

You made it into a lifeboat. Check. But now you're seated just a few feet away from Denver's fashion impresario Mondo Guerra. Quick -- what kinda small talk are you going to make with Mondo? Especially since you know the answer to, "So, how are you enjoying the trip so far?"  Here are some clever conversation starters for you.

Jot these down; you might need them if you bump into Project Runway All Stars champion Mondo Guerra at Frock Out -- Fresh City Life's Titanic-inspired fashion show extravaganza where Mondo will reprise his role as our Special Guest Judge.

1. "Hi Mondo. So....ice we've got. Vodka we need." - only use if iceberg is still in visual range.

2. "Do you find that wearing shorts during a transatlantic crossing is warm enough?"

3. "Just between you and me, I never liked Gretchen."

Get Ready for Mother's Day with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Things to Make for Mother's Day

It seems far away, but are you ready for Mother's Day? We have programs coming up that will help give mom (or grandma!) the best day ever!

Mother's Day and brunch go together like toast and jam! Start planning her memorable Mother's Day Brunch NOW at the Spring Brunch Demo at Bear Valley on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Get ideas to surprise Mom with a special brunch that the whole family will enjoy--recipes and samples included!

Learn Something New by Watching these Great Documentaries

Marwencol

If you're like me, you love learning about new ideas and people by watching documentaries. I'll admit it, I am a documentary nut! Here are just a few of the documentaries that I have seen lately that I think are noteworthy.

Marwencol is about a man who is brutally attacked outside of a bar and suffered severe brain damage. Unable to afford therapy, he builds a scale model World War II-era town called Marwencol, where he lives out his fantasy life. When I was watching this documentary, I couldn't help but feel how real the movie felt. Many times, when I watch documentaries about people, I feel that they sugar-coat the darker side of peoples' lives.

The Cat That Heard an S.O.S.

Sometimes, when you need a helping hand, a helping paw presents itself.

The Fresh City Life office is buzzing with preparations for our big 2012 fashion event -- Frock Out. Our friend Ann Myhre, who teaches fibers workshops at Fresh City Life, and owns the cool yarn and fabric store Knitty Cat in Centennial, has been helping with many aspects of the runway show. Most importantly, Ann has been consulting with all of our designers -- as our Tim Gunn -- making design suggestions and cheering our designers on.

Party Planning Online

evite

Now that my whole family is on the email bandwagon, planning parties, potlucks and holidays is super easy! Free online tools like Punchbowl and evite help hosts and hostesses keep track of who is attending and who is bringing what -- or whom! I encourage you to try one out, maybe for a big Memorial Day potluck!

If you have a big family or lots of friends, you've probably experienced the agony of planning a potluck. Was Jenny bringing pecan pie? Or did she say coleslaw? I've been bombarded with emails to the effect of, "What can I bring? I was thinking ham." But Dad already agreed to bring ham, so then it's a phone call, text messages or emails to Dad and Jenny, and some Advil.

Hugo Nominees Announced!

Among Others

The nominees for the Hugo Award, given in 15 categories by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention, were recently announced. For the complete list, check the Hugo website.

Here are some of the nominated novels, works of nonfiction, and films that the Denver Public Library owns:

Best Novel:

Among Others, Jo Walton

A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin

Deadline, Mira Grant

Embassytown, China Miéville

Craft, Meditate, Use Your Intuition, Have Brunch!

All About Breakfast & Brunch

What's your pleasure or passion this week? Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming will take you there!

If you're a crafter, options abound:

Sit 'n Knit at Bear Valley on Tuesday, April 10 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. is a group for knitters of all levels--come to share your knowledge, to learn something new, or just for the good company! Fiber hosts: Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

Library Love Story: Judy Montero

Judy Montero

In our continuing series, City Councilwoman Judy Montero talks about the importance of libraries in the community.

Councilwoman Judy Montero has been a library lover since she was a young child. She spent much of her adolescence visiting the bookmobile and the Smiley Branch Library in Northwest Denver. To this day she finds herself at the Central Library holding meetings or checking out books. She feels that, "Libraries are truly the heart and soul of Denver, and reading opens up the world of possibilities for Denver’s citizens.

Grants for Nonprofits: Free Workshop

Nonprofit Workshop

Is your nonprofit ready for a grant? Come to a free nonprofit workshop at Central and find out!

WHERE: Central Library, Level 4 Training Room
WHEN:Thursday, April 26, 2012, 10 a.m.-12 noon
Contact Lisa to register at Nonprofit Workshop or call 720-865-1363

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