In the middle of a long, hot summer, I'm in the mood for a little joy, a little lighthearted make and do. Craftinatrix Trish Tilly has got ebullience in the bag -- creating mod stuff with felted wool balls. For those of you who own cats, yes, it's related to the 'craft' projects your little Felix makes on occasion -- except these are on purpose -- and pretty cool.
There are lots of crafters experimenting with sculptural works that utilize felted sheep's wool. Felting is the process of agitating animal fibers through heat, moisture and motion to create a firm fabric. If you've ever washed a wool sweater accidentally only to remove it from the washing machine stiff and shrunken, then you know the end product of felting.
Got plans for the next few days? Try out a free Fresh City Life My Branch event at your local library!
Explore space at the family-friendly A Whole New World: Dawn at Vesta event on Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch. NASA's Dawn spacecraft will arrive at asteroid Vesta this month. Learn about the faster than fast ion engine literally propelling the mission, science instrumentation, and how Dawn will contribute to our understanding of the Solar System.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Celebrate summer with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!
Does summer mean relaxing with a good book? Then try the Between the Covers Book Discussion Group on Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. We'll be discussing Spooner by Pete Dexter.
Feeling a bit crazed with everything going on in your life? Come relax at a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!
Maybe you're worried about your money, and whether you're investing it in a legitimate place. Ease your mind with Outsmarting Investment Fraud presented by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation on Thursday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Learn questions to ask and how to find out if an investment product or professional is legitimate.
There are still a few spots left in our upcoming Fresh City Life My Branch Mobiles for Fun and Learn to Knit classes! What are you waiting for--sign up today!
In Mobiles for Fun, you'll create a piece of moving sculpture from found materials. The parts will move in various directions setting up rhythms of motion or reverse motion. Materials could include: metal, plastic, wood, paper, found objects, and wire. If you have wire cutters and/or needle nose pliers, bring them along, but we'll have tools for you to use. Bring any objects that you want to incorporate into your mobile, too! Presented by artist Karole Sharpe. 2 dates to choose from: Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m.