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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!

wire and stone heart craft

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.

This Just In: Free Veggies from CSA/Grant Family Farms

Farm Fresh City cooking demos begin 7/9

It's true: Grant Family Farms is bringing two share boxes of veggies to our cooking demo "What the hell is this?" -- and you could take one home. Eligibility? Just be in the audience! And Chef Kark is making Lettuce Wraps and Red Curry for you to sample.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center, 1:30 p.m.

Love Books? Make Your Own!

The Art of the Book

Love books and want to both learn about the history of the art of the book and how to make your own? Join us! Basic Book Arts: Creating Your Own Books on Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

In this 2-hour class, you'll learn the basic tools, terms, history, and experience of book arts. You'll hand bind 2 or 3 different kinds of books, and explore Japanese stab binding, the accordion fold book, and more! We'll discuss and experiment with everything from cover design to using unique materials to the contents of your books (poetry, photos, drawings, etc). You will leave with at least 2 finished books and the knowledge of how to make books at home.

Farm Fresh City

The farm is at your fingertips with Community Supported Agriculture.

Are you guilty of filling your fridge crisper with veggies and then ignoring them until they’re well-past their use-by date? Our Chef Shellie Kark, from KitchenCue, has teamed up with our friends at Whole Foods Market and the dedicated farmers from Grant Family Farms for a cooking demo series to inspire you to seek out the best produce for your table.

The view is spectacular from the Top of the Town

 Fresh City Life is Denver's best date night!

 Since 2004, Fresh City Life events and programs have offered many ways to become acquainted with Denver's vibrant and intellectual organizations, groups and individuals. One of the comments that I hear most often from people after attending an event is (and I'm paraphrasing), "Thanks for giving me the opportunity to spend time with my community." 

Book Club or Book Arts? Save a Tree, or Keep Chickens?

Playing With Books

Whether you want to talk about books or make them, restore your old furniture or learn about keeping chickens, Fresh City Life My Branch has the answer for you this week!

Have an old piece of furniture or a door hanging around that you keep thinking you'll restore, but have never gotten around to it or don't know how? Get inspired with Restore Your Old Wood Furniture (and save a tree!) on Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 at the Bear Valley Branch. Irina Bertini of Denver Urban Homesteading will teach you about how to best restore antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets.

Ready to Live on the Cheap?

It Pays to be Cheap

Join us for How to Live on the Cheap: Thriving in the Recession this Saturday, July 2, at 1:00 p.m. at the Ross University Hills Branch.

Laura Daily, co-owner of MileHighontheCheap will share tips for saving money during these tough economic times. During this free event, she'll talk about ways to save on groceries (wait 'til you see her coupon system!), dining out, shopping, travel, and attending local cultural events. She'll also explain the ins and outs of deal of the day sites, how to find free and low-cost classes and workshops, and safely join and navigate e-Clubs and other online loyalty and savings web sites.

Mark Your Calendar Now: Fresh City Life My Branch in July

Dom Testa: The Cassini Code

Time to get all those Fresh City Life My Branch events onto your calendar for July! Whether you want to do some crafting, meet a Colorado author, arrange flowers, eat some picnic food samples, or hear about the space program, we've got the event for you!

See the complete listing here. Some highlights include:

Colorado Authors Series:

Dom Testa, author of the Galahad Series and local radio personality, Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman

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