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Madame Defarge University for Knitters

Designed by Ann Myhre

When Fresh City Life talked to our expert fibers teacher, Ann Myhre, (Knitty Cat) about a knitting workshop that would incorporate multiple knitting and finishing techniques, she dreamt up this sweet little bag that allows knitters to rack up a lot of new skills in a compact project.

Finish this great purse in our June workshop and you'll move to the head of the class at Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon. Rarely does a knitting pattern offer up this many chances to practice new techniques, and with our dedicated knitting teachers for your tutors, you'll be graduating from intermediate to advanced knitter this summer. Grow your knitting skills for better fall crafting!

In the Clutch: Zippered Handbag Workshop

Movies, Crafts, and Scandals!

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Ready for another Fresh City Life My Branch program? Get involved this week!

Local author Wayne Omura discusses his book Movies and the Meaning of Life: The Most Profound Films in Cinematic History on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Saturday, April 20 brings many opportunities for crafting, learning, and cooking:

Bridges, Bunnies, and Peeps!

Hand sewn bunny

Knitting or cooking, planning your garden or coming together to share stories--join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Saturday, March 16:

Celebrate spring by making a Hand Sewn Felt Bunny! There's still space in this class at Schlessman at 10 a.m., register today: 720-865-0000 or

Madame Defarge University for Curious Knitters

FCL's Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon is designed to keep knitters and crocheters learning about their craft. March workshop features technique based knitting for professional finishing (and beginning). 

A Cast On of Thousands: All the Ways to Cast On and Bind Off
Mondays, March 4, 11 and 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

Be Crafty and Parent Compassionately with Fresh City Life My Branch


Get a new skill, learn a new craft, and become a better parent with Fresh City Life My Branch programs this week!

The folks from Painting Soiree will introduce you to Acrylic Painting on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Bring home your first masterpiece! Please register: 720-865-0975 or

Lots of choices for Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m.:

Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft go toe-to-toe in The Turning Point

The famous fight scene

Revisit this 1970s gem that holds the Academy Awards record for the most nominated film that didn't win a single Oscar.

Knitting en Pointe: Movie and Knitting Workshop hosted by the Colorado Ballet.

The Turning Point (1977)
Thursday, January 31, 7:15-10:15 p.m.
Colorado Ballet Academy, 1278 Lincoln Street, Denver, 80203

Winter Wonders with Fresh City Life My Branch

Novel Night

Whether you're planning for retirement or looking for a job, wanting to talk about books or learn how to download one, this is the week for you to attend a Fresh City Life My Branch event!

Want to know what makes a Good Retirement? Learn about things BESIDES income that affect success and happiness in your retirement years on Wednesday, January 23 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

First, when there's nothing but a slow glowing dream

Marine Jahan as Jennifer Beals as Alexandra Owens in Flashdance

We're putting on our toe shoes -- for a film night at the Colorado Ballet


We’re excited about our renewed community partnership with the coolest cultural group in the neighborhood – Colorado Ballet! Together, we’ll be creating wonderful opportunities for you to learn about dance in the city and enjoy the best that the Denver performance scene has to offer. 

Madame Defarge: From French Revolution to Knitting Evolution

Film still of women knitting while watching the beheadings of the revolution.

Perhaps one of Dickens's most notorious and intense characters, Madame Defarge makes her knitting count.

Madame Therese Defarge (A Tale of Two Cities) knits her vengeance into her knitting; and for good measure, she knits the names of the victims of the guillotine right into her knitting as well. This all happens while she watches the beheadings of the French Revolution.

Sign Up Now for Fun January Classes!

Upcycle Men's Shirts

Have you seen the diverse January & February offerings through Fresh City Life My Branch yet? Start planning your January fun now!

Get some creative ideas for old clothing in Upcycle: Men's Shirts at Schlessman! Bring your own, or we'll have some to choose from. 2 sessions, come to one or both (yes, there will be different projects at each session!). 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 5 and Saturday, January 19. Please register: 720-865-0000 or

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