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Facebook Changes that Help You Protect Yo'self

If you use Facebook you’ve noticed some pretty big changes in the function and layout of your page-especially your newsfeed. You can learn about the whole host of changes at the Facebook help center but I wanted to give you a quick rundown on how the new digs affect your ability to protect your privacy.

And I have good news- in my opinion, things have improved. Here’s why:

Blog! Blog! Blog! Learn how to Blog!

blog

What is a “blog” anyway?  For starters, you’re reading one right now.  Denverlibrary.org has several blogs, and they seem to be popping up all over the internet; they have been for years.  But what are they?

“Blog” is short for “web blog.”  Typically a blog will have some sort of theme, whether it’s an organization’s blog like this one, a blog about a specific topic (say, cats saying absurd things, or things to do in Denver when you're broke) or a personal  diary (not too personal though because it’s being shared with the public).  Some blogs are text-based while others tend to post videos and images.&n

What the heck is a Docent, and why do you really want to be one?

Docent with student

UPDATE: Thank you to all of the wonderful applicants we've seen as a result of this blog post. We are currently at capacity, and will not be accepting more Docent applications at this time. Check back later!

At DPL, “Docent” is a fancy word for a highly-trained volunteer with special skills, and here at the Community Technology Center, docents are basically the glue that holds the place together.

They teach one-on-one lessons to customers who need help with topics like email, internet searching, word processing and job seeking, as well as downloading music and even advanced topics like designing websites. They also work the help desk with staff, answering phones and customer questions with intelligence, courtesy and a healthy sense of humor. Some docents even teach classes.

Tonight! Truffle & Wine Tasting at the Overdue Love Club

Chocolate Lab jalepeno pop rocks truffle

Finding that special someone is a lot like finding the perfect special ingredients to mix together for an ideal taste experience. Along this line of thinking, we've prepared a very special Overdue Love Club for you at tonight's singles mixer, from 6:30-8 p.m. at MadWine Bar.

You'll meet other single Denverites while sampling wine and truffles provided by our hosts at MadWine and our event sponsor, Chocolate Lab.

Golly Gee! Vintage Boardgames at WordNerds this Wednesday night!

On the last Wednesday of every month Fresh City Life offers WordNerds, which is a night of word-game-playing fun. We set out Scrabble, Boggle, Balderdash, Apples to Apples and many other word games across the tables of Novo Coffee and MadWine, and as the night progresses

the tables fill up with friends old and new pitting their vocabularies against each other.

Sassy New Hostess for the Overdue Love Club

The Overdue Love Club has a new hostess! Vivienne VaVoom, one of Denver's top burlesque entertainers, comes to the singles night for intelligent people brimming with enthusiasm and ideas on how to get Denver singles to meet other Denver singles.

And it definitely involves glitter.  See her work her magic this Friday, February 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Michelangelo's Wine and Coffee Bar on Broadway & Ellsworth.  Here she answers a few questions about love, nerdiness, burlesque and The Vamp.

 

So how did you get your start in burlesque, and what’s your favorite thing about it?

It Was a Very Good Year- in the Fresh City Life kitchen!

Colorado Trout waiting to by fried up by Chef Daniel

Last cooking demo of the year, Saturday, December 18, 1:30 p.m. in the B2 Conference Center.

Fresh City Life has an early holiday present for you! We've added all of the 2010 cooking demo recipes to our denverlibrary.org/recipes website as downloadable PDFs you can now view, print off and make at home!

This year has been full of amazing chefs teaching delightful dishes, and now you have access to those dishes whether you attended the class or not.

Here are some highlights of the 2010 cooking demos:

New Irish Cuisine Cooking Series in February and March- Chef Jessica Gaydos taught us about the potato famine, soda bread, and boxty, a very starchy yet delicious fried potato dish.

Shut Up! Holiday Appetizers That Will Make People Talk

When was the last time you had caviar? Unless it was a few orange roe eggs sprinkled on top of some sushi, it's probably been awhile; after all, it's fare for celebrations.

This Saturday KitchenCue Chef Shellie Kark will be demonstrating how to make a variety of delicious and indulgent holiday appetizers, including Roasted Baby Beets and Gently Steamed Potatoes with House Made Creme Fraiche and American Sturgeon Caviar. Now doesn't that sound fancy? You don't have to go to a five star restaurant to taste this earthly delight- learn how to make it yourself and wow your party guests while you're at it!

Saturday December 4, 1:30-3 p.m., Level B2 Conference Center of the Central Library

Be Creepy! Learn how to write scary stories that really scare

Sometimes the passages we like to read most are the hardest ones to write- especially those stories that make your palms sweat, your hackles rise and your pupils dialate. I'm talking about scary stories!  This October we're proud to welcome author Mario Acevedo to Fresh City Life for 

October's WordShop: Boo! Scary Stories that Really Scare, where you'll learn how to write scenes filled with tension, action and passion.  

Chef Daniel is an Avocado

Chef Daniel (image)

We're very excited to present you with the RootDown cooking demo series every Saturday in August from 10:30-12 in the B2 Conference Center.

RootDown is one of Denver's best healthy fine-dining restaurants, and Chef Daniel Asher is ready and willing to teach us how to make a fancy four course RootDown-style meal using local organic products! I recently had the opportunity to ask Daniel some personal questions about food, childhood and vices. Read on, reader:

You are undeniably passionate about ethical, healthy food. How did you eat as a kid? Did your passion start then, or later?

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