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10 Reasons to Come Downtown This Weekend

"The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it." -- Charles Baudelaire

​Downtown Denver offers up fantastic art, good eats, great music, free films, and some eccentric crafting for the urban adventurer. Here's a short list of 10 things to do at the library or mere steps away.

10. Hear French Metro-inspired accordion music played by a real live Frenchman. (Sunday, 2p, Central Library) ('Frenchman' is an exaggeration as accordionist is actually from New Zealand)

9. Find a rare first edition of The DaVinci Code or an ABBA cd amongst the treasures at the Denver Public Library Used Book Sale. (Thursday-Sunday, hours and info, Central Library) (The DaVinci Code not rare)

FCL My Branch--Tech, Yoga and Totes--Plus, Brunch and Intuition!

Brunch

Make time for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week, and add a bit of something to your life!

If you want to try out the benefits of yoga but are intimidated by visiting a studio, try it at the library, with Beginning Yoga at the Bear Valley Branch on Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. Get your questions about yoga answered, and try it out! Wear clothing that allow for movement, and bring a mat or towel if you have one.

Paris on the Platte: A Mayor's Vision for Denver: In Glitter

Denver at dusk -- our Paris on the Platte.

One of Denver's most controversial Mayors, Robert Speer, had big plans for Denver. He envisioned Denver as a grand European city. Fresh City Life celebrates our City of Lights with a memorable party. Please come if you Can-Can-Can.

The dream of Mayor Robert Speer (1855-1918) to make civic Denver into a world-class city is all around us. The City Auditorium, which housed the historic 1908 Democratic National Convention, still stands as a testament to Speer's endeavors. As does the beautiful Civic Center Park. Even Speer Blvd is a tease of what might have been -- a spectacular street for an American Paris.

Father's Day Ideas from Fresh City Life My Branch!

Father's Day is Coming

Father's Day is coming up in just a few weeks! Get an idea for a gift with a Fresh City Life My Branch program, or give Dad the gift of time and go to one of these great upcoming programs together!

Does your dad get frustrated with tech gadgets? Wish he could use eBooks or navigate the library web site? Steer him towards the Tech Open House at the Ross University Hills Branch on Monday, June 4 from 11 a.m. until noon. Have him bring his gadgets and/or questions, and he'll get one-on-one help from a librarian!

Oklahoma has a state meal. For real.

Sure, Colorado has its state bird: the Lark Bunting; and its state insect: the Colorado Hairstreak; flower: Columbine. Colorado also claims a state flag, gemstone, fossil, tree, reptile and even a state song or two. But we haven't got a state meal. Only Oklahoma has a state-sanctioned, legislature-approved meal. And it sounds pretty good.

I know that knowing that Oklahoma has a state meal is teetering on the edge of Cliff Clavin'ism: "It's a little known fact that Oklahoma's state meal is..." But the truth is even stranger -- that there really is an Oklahoma state meal. And here's how I found out:

Culture, Crafts, and Chocolate!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of events this week, whether your taste for culture runs to opera or to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Kick off your summer by making sure you'll know how to use that new eReader when your vacation comes around! Access library materials 24/7, and never worry about turning something in late! Get all the info you need to start downloading eBooks or eAudios at eBooks 101 on Wednesday, May 30 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Come when we're going to be talking about YOUR questions:

5 p.m. - Audio eBooks

The Subtleties of Hyperbole

Hyperbolic crochet sculpture created by Chris Loffelmacher

This blog about Fresh City Life's newest  obsession, hyperbolic crochet, is genius and will likely be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize! Is this an example of hyperbole or overweening ego? Yes.

It seems fitting that a fibers technique so extravagant and exaggerated as this would carry the name hyperbolic crochet. The name is based not only on the over-the-top quality of these sculptures, but also the hyperbolic geometry that informs the shapes and designs of this craft.

Opera, Anyone?

Central City Opera

Whether you're an opera aficionado or are just curious about what opera is all about, you can expand your knowledge while having fun with Fresh City Life My Branch and Fresh City Life programs in June!

Central City Opera is the 2nd oldest annual professional opera festival in the country, located right here in Colorado! Each summer, they present three productions, including an opera favorite, a lesser known work, and an American work. One of summer 2012's offerings is Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw, based on the novella by Henry James. Set in a 19th century English country house filled with ghosts and mystery, this work is sure to set your spine tingling!

Pre-Holiday Fun with Fresh City Life My Branch

Feng Shui Garden

While you're making your Memorial Day weekend plans, take a mini break this week with a Fresh City Life My Branch event!

If you're planning on working in your garden this weekend, why not apply some Feng Shui principles? Lorrie Webb Grillo of Thriving Spaces will be presenting Feng Shui in the Garden twice this week:

Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch

Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch

It hasn't been a Norman Rockwell painting, but it's been a fun trip

Norman Rockwell's Family Vacation

I often looked at Norman Rockwell paintings and felt a twinge of jealousy -- wishing that those perfect scenes had been a part of my life story. Then I found out that even Norman Rockwell wished that the scenes he painted had been a part of his real life.

In truth, Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894 and lived a hard-scrabble childhood on the wrong side of the tracks. So his paintings of scrubbed up Americana are really just his own yearnings for a life he never had. The life he did have was exciting and full of creativity and he left a lasting artistic legacy in the hundreds of paintings he did for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Life and other magazines.

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