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Colorado MahlerFest is NOW!

book cover The Mahler Symphonies

The 24th annual Colorado MahlerFest is happening now in Boulder through May 22 with performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 5 at Macky Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday.

My good friend Al wrote: "Conductor Herbert von Karajan said that when one hears Mahler's Fifth, 'you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.' " As an amateur musician, I can say from my personal experience, that this was true for me. The Littleton Symphony Orchestra, of which I am a member, just recently performed this gargantuan symphony with 5 movements.

Apocalypse Now...maybe..

Some say that the Rapture will be happening in a few days. Those of us who are still here are in for a pretty rough ride, apparently. Here are some movies that might help distract you from the inevitable worrying....

 It got me to thinking about all my favorite dystopian movies and how many bad endings can be imagined..there is The Rapture, starring Mimi Rogers, that might make you think twice about wanting to be one of the elect who get "raptured." Terry Gilliam directed Brazil, in which we all drown in bureaucratic paperwork, and in Idiocracy we all drown in our own

Bridging the Gap

Shelly

New books on marketing are emphasizing the role of technology especially social media in helping organizations market their services. The Library knows that in addition to new technology, quality time with a knowledgeable staff member like Shelly strengthens the "unity" found in Denver's community.

Shelly, a Librarian at the Central Library, recently bridged generations making an outreach call to Drehmoor Apartments, a housing option serving the senior population in Denver. Shelly was able to field questions on the services available at the Library and help the senior attendees make the personal connection to library cards, collections, and programming. Face time with Shelly was more valuable to this community than Facebook.

Looking Towards the Weekend

Easy Composting

No plans for the weekend yet? Educate, inform, and entertain yourself at the library with a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Ready to get your garden growing? Learn to feed it well with Introduction to Composting on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Learn to garden the way nature intended!

Grad Gift Guide

The North Star by Peter H. Reynolds

Looking for a gift for the new graduate in your life? While cold hard cash is useful, books make great gifts! Whether you are looking for something inspirational or practical to give, books are always the right size!

Inspirational and Humorous Graduation Gifts

Fresh City Living: A great week of events!

Tommy Lee Jones in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men.

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Are you ready for some fun this week? We think so.

 

 

 

Tonight, we've got two films: No Country for Old Men at 6 p.m. in the B2 Conference Center. And for KnitFlix, we're showing an end of the school year special -- The Breakfast Club. This film starts at 5:30 p.m., Level 1 Fresh City Lounge.

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, Craftinatrix Trish Tilly turns a few materials and supplies into gorgeous, modern Pom Pom Flowers. We've saved a seat for Elvis and we're pretty sure he won't make it, so sign up and join Trish for this fun DIY.

 

Celebrate Brain Awareness Day Saturday May 21!

Celebrate National Brain Awareness Day with LearningRx on Saturday, May 21 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. There will be a different program every hour! Come for one, or stay all day!

 

  • 9:30 a.m.  Smart Toybox: A parents’ guide to improving cognitive skills through play with Andrea Pitman, Educational Consultant
  • 10:30 a.m. Nutrition for a Healthy Brain, Erin Allgeier, RN
  • 11:30 a.m. The Danger Zone Vortex of Stress, Joanne Hudson, MA
  • 12:30 p.m.  The Impact of Working Memory on Attention and Literacy, Christina Sevilla, MS, OTR
  • 1:30 p.m.

Colorado Author Carol Berg at Schlessman This Sunday!

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Berg at Schlessman on Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 p.m.

Carol Berg is a former software engineer who can't quite believe her own story. Since her 2000 debut, she's been flown to Israel, taught writing in the U.S., Canada, and Scotland, and answered mail from New Zealand, Kuwait, the slopes of Denali, and beneath the Mediterranean Sea.

Rainy Day Music

Norah Jones

Do you get the blues when it's cold and overcast for days on end? I certainly do, so I was thrilled to find just the fix for it during our recent cold spell. What's your favorite music to listen to when spring seems like winter all over again?
 

Norah Jones' 2007 album Not Too Late is like a big mug of tea in a cozy coffee shop, only it's magically portable.

Acrylic Painting with My Art Workshop--Sign Up Today!

There are still a few spaces left in the Fresh City Life My Branch Beginning Acrylic Painting Class with My Art Workshop! The class is on Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch. Reserve your space today: 720-865-0000.

In this class, you'll learn the basics of acrylic canvas painting with step-by-step artist led instruction. No prior painting experience is necessary to create this blowing tree masterpiece. All supplies and instructions included!

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