Community Events

September

Photo of a woman with a yarn tattooSeptember Freestyling Edition
Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Freestyling happens all this month. Grab a portable handwork project and come stitch with like-minded makers. Free and open to the public, this fun night is a chance to create and socialize. Our expert knitting teacher, Janny Potter will be on hand to help you with any knitting or crochet questions, too. And in October, she hosts an insanely fun and simple class on creating a knitted plaid for a cowl or scarf or tailored runner  -- from a vintage pattern called Princess Mary Plaid. Sign up info soon for the plaid workshop; no sign-up required for freestylin’.

Photo of crochet rhinoWild Rhinos in RiNo: Fiber Sculpture Workshop
Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Our generous host for Madame Defarge’s Knitting Salon, RiNo Art District Headquarters has been keeping us in the neighborhood for almost a year! So we are paying tribute to this amazing, creative group by creating even more rhinos. We are gathering around our work table in September to teach you how to crochet this amazing, cuddly and artful rhinoceros. Talented crochet expert, Janny Potter, will be on hand to help you every step of the way. And we’ll send you notes on materials and supplies once you’ve registered for this fun, free workshop. Register online or call 720-865-1205. 

Rhino Teaching Echidna to Knit drawing by morganobrienartBeginning Knitting: Curious Classes
Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Every Thursday night, we welcome walk-in students who'd like to learn how to knit. Our teacher, Margaret Williams, will host up to six beginning students, first come-first served. No materials or tools or registration needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return on successive Thursday nights until they are 'freestyling,' too! Free and open to the public.
image © morganobrienart

October

Photo of plaid knitting patternPrincess Mary Plaid
Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Don’t be intimidated by the royal moniker. Princess Mary Plaid is a fun and even relaxing knitting pattern that begins as simple strips and is transformed into an extravagant plaid fabric utilizing a weaving technique during finishing. This is a beginning/intermediate level course, so if you can cast on, bind off and knit, you are all set. You can turn your Princess plaid into a cowl or scarf or even a chic table runner. We are using a vintage pattern from the Minerva Yarn company that dates to the 1940s. Join us for this fun, free workshop. Materials list will be sent with registration confirmation. Register online or call 720-865-1205. 

Rhino Teaching Echidna to Knit drawing by morganobrienartBeginning Knitting: Curious Classes
Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Every Thursday night, we welcome walk-in students who'd like to learn how to knit. Our teacher, Margaret Williams, will host up to six beginning students, first come-first served. No materials or tools or registration needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return on successive Thursday nights until they are 'freestyling,' too! Free and open to the public.
image © morganobrienart

Photo of a woman with a yarn tattooOctober Freestyling Edition
Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Freestyling happens all this month. Grab a portable handwork project and come stitch with like-minded makers. Free and open to the public, this fun night is a chance to create and socialize. Our expert knitting teacher, Janny Potter will be on hand to help you with any knitting or crochet questions, too. And in November, she hosts our popular series of one night classes called PresentKnits. Each week features a simple and chic knitted item to make for yourself or to give as a gift. Sign up info soon for PresentKnits; no signup required for freestylin’.

Photo of Dixie CrystalsDixie Crystals and Drag Queen Story Time: First Friday in RiNo
Friday, October 6, 6-9 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Pull up a chair and listen to Dixie Crystals read charming and wholesome children’s stories -- with a wink! In some cultures, the name Dixie Crystals is synonymous with delightful, double entendres and mirthful good times. Put a Little Golden Book in front of her, and she goes from zero to hilarious in five seconds. Find out at Denver Public Library’s first ever Drag Queen Story Time. Ms. Crystals entertains while we serve up appropriate snacks for your story hour. 

Photo of Caitlin DoughtyFrom Here to Eternity: Caitlin Doughty: Author Talk and Book Signing
Saturday, October 21, 7-9 p.m.
Postmodern Company, 2734 Walnut Street, 80205

Los Angeles author and mortician Caitlin Doughty thinks that Americans have too much distance between themselves and death. Whether our standoffish nature regarding death is compelled by fear of the unknown or just the mechanics of corporate greed, Caitlin has made it her mission to get us all comfortable with death.

Cover image for From Here to EternityHer first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, was a memoir of how a young woman found herself working in a crematorium. From Here to Eternity reveals a selection of death practices and rituals from around the world. A deathtination guide -- as it were. In this beautifully written and illustrated book, Caitlin explores the varied world traditions around death and, at the same time, she writes eloquently about reforming Western attitudes about death, funerals and mourning. Death can be, for the living, revelatory, sad, deeply meaningful, cathartic and even humorous. And Caitlin captures all of this in her insightful and witty prose. Join Denver Public Library for this fascinating author event. Book signing to follow. Seating is limited. Register online or call 720-865-1205.

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