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Be Social! Grill It! Sniff It!

What does your weekend look like? Add a Fresh City Life My Branch program to the picture to make it look fun!

Events on Saturday, August 25:

Social Networking 101, 10 a.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. What's all the hype about Facebook? Do you want to know what tweeting is? Learn what a social network is, why people do and don't use them, check out the latest examples, and learn how to get started if you want to!

Ice Pop Summer

Perfect Pops

The July/August issue of Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine led me to this recipe for fudge bars, and a summer long obsession with creating fun, refreshing, and tasty ice pops! (the lemon ice recipe in that issue was a hit, too!).

While it seems that summer will soon be over, with school starting up soon and the weather cooling down a bit, it's still warm enough to crave an ice pop after work or school on a hot day! They can be as simple as blending together fruit, water, sugar, and lemon juice and freezing it or as creative as strawberry basil or any other combination that sounds good to you! They can be healthy or decadent, or even just for grown ups!

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child!

My Life in France

Julia Child, who many people consider the original celebrity chef, would have turned 100 on August 15. She inspired many to try their hands at cooking, make mistakes along the way, and have fun doing it!

The Denver Public Library has many of Julia's cookbooks, along with biographies of her and books written by those she worked with and inspired, not to mention DVDs of her show The French Chef. Julia came to cooking later in her life, and her years before she moved to France and learned to cook are also interesting to read about. How will you celebrate Julia's birthday?

DVDs:

Julia Child, The French Chef

Fresh City Life My Branch This Week--Community, Jewelry Making, and Remembering to Geek Out!

Moonwalking with Einstein

Whether it's making recycled jewelry, connecting with your community, or geeking out with the Geeks Who Read, Fresh City Life My Branch wants YOU this week!

Start off with some fun Soda Can Jewelry that's easy to make! Join us at Smiley on Wednesday, August 15 at 6 p.m. and learn how to fashion a pair of earrings or a pendant using an aluminum can! Please register: 720-865-0260 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

What's the Plural of Apocalypse?

The Road

The Atlantic recently published a list of their favorite post-apocalyptic novels in anticipation of Peter Heller's new one, Dog Stars, which they predict will become a classic.

I've read 8 out of 11 (I'm embarrassed to admit that the ones I haven't read are the "classics"). How many have you read? Did they get the list right? Would you take any out? What would you add? And, most importantly, which one of the ones I haven't read (in bold) should I read next? Maybe we'll make it a Geeks Who Read Book Club selection for 2013!

Learn About Fort Logan This Weekend!

Commander & Builder of Western Forts

You have 2 chances to hear Dr. Jack Ballard talk this weekend through Fresh City Life My Branch! Put together both lectures and get a complete picture of Fort Logan!

On Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch, Dr. Ballard will be discussing his book Commander and Builder of Western Forts: The Life and Times of Major General Henry C. Merriam, with particular emphasis on General Merriam's relationship with nearby Fort Logan. Merriam was the first real commander of Fort Logan, and had the longest tenure as fort commander.

Feeling Crafty? How About Wizardly?

Whether you like to make things by hand or craft spells a la Harry Potter, Fresh City Life My Branch has an event for you on Saturday, August 4!

Start your day with Fun in the Sun T-Shirt Embellishing at 10 a.m. at Schlessman. Bring your own t-shirt, and be amazed by the transformation it will undergo! Show off your summery new look later! Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

From Urban Homesteading to Miniature Crafting & Personal Safety--We've Got It This Week!

IMPACT Personal Safety

Fresh City Life My Branch has many offerings to help you feed and grow both your body and mind this week!

On Wednesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch, join Sundari Kraft, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading, and learn what urban homesteading is, how it looks in Denver, and how you can get started!

Spend Your Saturday with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Beekeeping

Need to make some weekend plans? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program on Saturday, July 21 and Grow Your Mind!

Do you have a little horse lover in your life? Join us for a family-friendly author talk by Peg Sundberg, author of the Cowgirl Peg series at Schlessman at 10 a.m. Her series uses horses and dogs to deliver character building messages to young readers. Dress in your best Western wear!

Yes, Chef?

Yes, Chef

One of the summer's hottest memoirs is Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef. If you want another culinary memoir to read while you're waiting for this highly acclaimed book, check out some of these other tales of cooking education & life in the kitchen.

Life, On the Line, Grant Achatz

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School, Kathleen Flinn

Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef's Memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood, and the Family Meal, Gillian Clark

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