Homemade Trick or Treat

Popcorn Balls

Nostalgia alert: we're bringing back popcorn balls.

When I was a young 'un, Halloween signified the beginning of the kid calendar. It was a fun, escapist holiday -- and a great break from the routine of a new school year. Mom would counsel my brother and I on our costumes, and help us select a variety of retired clothes that we could use to make our costumes. One year my brother went as a pirate and I went as a devil. Mom found a set of red long underwear for me and Dad built me a makeshift pitchfork. It was the best Halloween ever.

Denver Jewish Community Reads Preview

Day After Night

Fresh City Life My Branch is proud to partner with the Mizel Arts and Culture Center to preview their Denver Jewish Community Reads 2011 selection.

On Sunday, October 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch, join us as we preview and talk about the historical context of Anita Diamant's Day After Night, the Mizel Arts and Culture Center's Denver Jewish Community Reads selection for this year. The presentation and discussion will be led by Dr.

Cassowaries, Quetzels, and . . . Elves?


A recent after hours lecture at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science yielded a bit more than stuffed animals. The world class dioramas include a bit of whimsey by one artist.

Usually painters sign their work with their name but Kent R. Pendleton, one of the diorama artists, painted elves (some argue they are leprechauns) into his work. The Museum staff know visitors with binoculars usually mean one thing: elf hunt!

Interested in learning more about the role and history of nature and science museums in the United States?

The following books will get you started!

Spending Time with The Boss

Springsteen and the E Street Band

After years of hearing respected musicians and music-loving friends laud Bruce Springsteen, I've finally resolved to give him a chance.

My previous experience with Springsteen is limited at best.  I know most of the hits, his rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" actually stops me from flipping past the Christmas radio station, I own a well-worn vinyl copy of Nebraska, and I had a brief, but intense love of Born In the USA during elementary school (although mostly just the song, "Da

You're not a player? We think you are.

 September's Game Night is top heavy like Jenga!

 We've got gamers covered for tomorrow night's Game Night at MadWine Bar and Novo Coffee -- and our night is going to be so top heavy with games and giveaways, that it's kind'f like a Jenga game -- wobbly, threatening to topple, and a ton of fun!

As always, we got games galore. Pursuit, Scrabble, Boggle, Balderdash, Yahtze, card games, Operation, Clue and many more. You can bring your favorite, too, and strike up a match. 

Our hosts, MadWine and Novo will be ready to make you something nice to sip, so bring a few bucks to show them some love.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Caroline Dow: Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

The Colorado Authors Series is happy to present Caroline Dow on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m at Schlessman. 

She will present a talk based on her book Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners: Your Fortune in a Teacup. Along with a demonstration, she'll discuss how to choose and brew tea, herbal teas for health, and the history of tea. Refreshments will be served. Please join us, and see other Fresh City Life My Branch events here.

Is there strength in the bond between human beings and animals?

The Elephant Keeper Book Cover

Explore the bond between animal and human in all its depth and beauty . . .

I love animals, and my heart has a special spot for the mighty, intelligent elephant. As I browsed through the stacks one day, I found The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson. What a treasure!

Facebook Changes that Help You Protect Yo'self

If you use Facebook you’ve noticed some pretty big changes in the function and layout of your page-especially your newsfeed. You can learn about the whole host of changes at the Facebook help center but I wanted to give you a quick rundown on how the new digs affect your ability to protect your privacy.

And I have good news- in my opinion, things have improved. Here’s why:

Get FRESH This Week!

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Ready to travel to Africa, connect with your crafty side, go to a free concert, or learn to read tea leaves? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

Travel to another continent without leaving Denver on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Traveling Librarian: African Safari. Pictures and stories included!


What do Night of the Iguana, James and the Giant Peach, Breakfast at Tiffany's, West Side Story and Barack Obama have in common? They're all eligible for an AARP card because they turned fifty this year.

Long before Harry Potter or the Baudelaires and their Series of Unfortunate Events, Roald Dahl wrote James and the Giant Peach, the story of a small boy who is orphaned when his parents are eaten by a rampaging rhinoceros. He is then sent to live with his two horrible aunts and finally escapes by entering a giant peach and having surreal adventures with its insect inhabitants.

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