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Soup's On! and Introduction to Tai Chi

Get out of the cold and try new things with Fresh City Life My Branch! Come explore the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, or learn how to make your own homemade soup.

Maybe you want to move your body in a new way in the cold weather. Try Tai Chi at the Bear Valley Branch Library on Saturday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of exercises used to build energy (qi) and vitality for improved quality of life and longevity. These exercises are accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Come explore the benefits of energy based exercise and learn daily movements from Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Dao Yin.

Restore Your Old Wood Furniture (and save a tree!)

Restore Furniture

Have some old furniture that you really don't like any more but may have another life in it? Come learn how to be green and beautify your home at the same time!

Irina Bertini, part-owner of Denver Urban Homesteading, will talk about the best ways to restore antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets. Learn about sandpapers, electric sanders, handsaws, stains, varnishes, and where to get inexpensive materials. Bring your questions to Schlessman on Sunday, January 23 at 3 p.m.

Want to read more about how you can give wood new life?

Guatemala by Chicken Bus

Ever thought about visiting Guatemala? Or just want to take a virtual trip to someplace warm during the cold weather? Join us as we journey to Guatemala with Anna Winkel!

In the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009, Anna, a local librarian, spent 8 months traveling, studying, and volunteering in Guatemala. In this travel slide show, you'll journey by chicken bus from the old capital city of Antigua to the shores of Lago Atitlan to the mountains of Alta Verapaz. Bring your questions about where to go, what to see, and how to get around--by chicken bus or otherwise! Food samples will be included!

Introduction to Feng Shui

Ever wanted to learn more about the art of Feng Shui? Here's a program for you!

During my first week as a librarian, I had a young man ask me for books about "fun joy" decorating. We eventually figured out that he really wanted books on Feng Shui. If you too are curious about this art that examines how the energy of space and objects impacts everyday life, join us on Wednesday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek branch for this one-hour introduction.

Easy Steps to Managing Money for Financial Success

Dr. Taffy Wagner

Does your money work for you or against you? Join us to find out how to make your money work for you!

Money is a tool that everyone uses every day. But are you using it in the best way? Join Certified Educator of Personal Finance, Dr. Taffy Wagner, and learn how to make your money work for you! This event is happening on Sunday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Want to read more about personal finance? Try the 332 section of your local library, or look for some of these titles:

Stitch the World Together

Knit Hats

Sylvia Montoya, former owner of Posh, a Yarn Boutique, returns with "fiberlicious" ideas for knitting with purpose. She'll show you projects to make and tell you about some local organizations that accept them. Bring size 7 or 8 needles (double point or 16 inch) on Saturday, January 15 at 1 p.m. to the Bear Valley Branch Library and Sylvia will help you get started on a hat.

Some knitting books are all about making hats and caps. Next time you are in your Library, look for the call number 746.43204!

Around the World Trip

What do you do with an around the world plane ticket? Come find out how to plan such a big trip and see photos from the various destinations visited by Kevin Ward and Jennifer Speer on Thursday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Planning your own adventure? Browse your local library's Travel section for all the latest travel guides from Frommer's, Fodor's, Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Eyewitness, Rick Steves and more! Can't afford a trip? Travel the world from your couch with a Travel DVD or memoir!

Around the World Voyage Memoirs:

Blood Drive at Bear Valley

Helen Bonfils & George Somnes, Call Number: Rh-1241, WHG Collection

Give the gift of life - donate blood. Each week, Bonfils Blood Center needs more than 4,000 donors to meet the needs of our community and to be prepared in case of an emergency. Give blood on Thursday, January 6, 1:00-6:30 p.m at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

To schedule an appointment, please call (303) 363-2300 or visit their website.

Sit and Knit

Join a group that is sure to please any fiber maven on January 4, 2011 from 10-12 a.m. at the Bear Valley Branch Library. If you are an experienced knitter, this is your opportunity to share your knowledge and if you’re a beginner, this is your chance to increase your knitting know-how. Fiber hosts: Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

The library has books for knitters of all skill levels!

It Was a Very Good Year- in the Fresh City Life kitchen!

Colorado Trout waiting to by fried up by Chef Daniel

Last cooking demo of the year, Saturday, December 18, 1:30 p.m. in the B2 Conference Center.

Fresh City Life has an early holiday present for you! We've added all of the 2010 cooking demo recipes to our denverlibrary.org/recipes website as downloadable PDFs you can now view, print off and make at home!

This year has been full of amazing chefs teaching delightful dishes, and now you have access to those dishes whether you attended the class or not.

Here are some highlights of the 2010 cooking demos:

New Irish Cuisine Cooking Series in February and March- Chef Jessica Gaydos taught us about the potato famine, soda bread, and boxty, a very starchy yet delicious fried potato dish.

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