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Tomato Aspic: Party like it's 1929

KnitFlix pays tribute to depression-era partying with Dinner at Eight.

There are a lot of themes and motifs in the film Dinner at Eight (1933, directed by George Cukor). With a huge cast of Hollywood notables, and taken from a hit stage play, Dinner at Eight is a microcosmic look at everything that was going wrong in the United States during the depression -- and even a few things that were going right.

Great Balls of Hair

photo from blog: The Journals of Giddy Giddy

In the middle of a long, hot summer, I'm in the mood for a little joy, a little lighthearted make and do. Craftinatrix Trish Tilly has got ebullience in the bag -- creating mod stuff with felted wool balls. For those of you who own cats, yes, it's related to the 'craft' projects your little Felix makes on occasion -- except these are on purpose -- and pretty cool.

There are lots of crafters experimenting with sculptural works that utilize felted sheep's wool. Felting is the process of agitating animal fibers through heat, moisture and motion to create a firm fabric. If you've ever washed a wool sweater accidentally only to remove it from the washing machine stiff and shrunken, then you know the end product of felting.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Cara Lopez Lee

They Only Eat Their Husbands

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Cara Lopez Lee this Saturday, August 13, at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Cara Lopez Lee is the author of They Only Eat Their Husbands: A Memoir of Alaskan Love, World Travel, and the Power of Running Away. She grew up in Los Angeles, earned her journalism degree from CU Boulder, and became a TV reporter in Alaska. Her memoir explores her 9 years in Alaska, where she landed in a love triangle with 2 exciting alcoholics, and the year she ran away to backpack around the word alone. She has written for HGTV, Food Network, The Los Angeles Times, and the Denver Post. Ms.

Traveling Cheap, Living Cheap, and Living Your Dream

They Only Eat Their Husbands

Whether you want to travel on a shoestring budget, live within your means, or get inspired by a woman who backpacked the world alone, Fresh City Life My Branch has it for you this week!

On Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch, travel through Guatemala by Chicken Bus. Local librarian Anna Winkel spent the fall of 2008-spring of 2009 traveling, studying, and volunteering in Guatemala. This slide show is for you whether you're an armchair travel fan or if you have questions about making the most of your trip to Guatemala! Journey from the old capital of Antigua to the shores of Lago Atitlan to the mountains of Alta Verapaz.

Going Raw: Health and Nutritional Benefits of a Raw Food Diet--Cancelled

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Going Raw program scheduled for this Saturday at Smiley has been canceled.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check the Fresh City Life My Branch listings for other exciting programs, and look for more from Denver Urban Homesteading in the future!

Prelude To a Vampire's Kiss

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Mucho Mojo author event opens the Denver RomCon!

I never think I may have lost my mojo until someone brings up the idea of mojo (that magic spell or essence  that makes people attractive to each other). Once the subject comes up, I feel my posittraction levels start to plummet. But what can be had and lost can also be recaptured.

Picnics, Sewing, and Parenthood!

Sewing Techniques

Hungry for some picnic food? Or just for some information? Either way, Fresh City Life My Branch has you covered this week!

Start your week by dreaming of the picnic you'll have on your next day off! Enjoy the great Colorado outdoors (if it ever cools off!) with these creative recipes for your picnics or hikes that will have you forgetting that you ever settled for sandwiches and chips! Recipes and samples included! Picnic Foods, Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiley Branch.

Bodies, Rest and Motion

Tai Chi

Truth: A body in motion stays in motion.

Though I have never witnessed a Tai Chi demonstration in real life, I've always loved the scenes in films of Tai Chi practitioners all moving in synchronized and poetic slow motion -- an oddly pastoral scene for an urban setting. The setting for these scenes is usually the park of a large metropolitan city. This adds to its mystic of being not only good exercise, but also a way to decompress from stresses of big city life.

Mojo Lost and Found

Fangs

mo·jo/mōjō/Noun

1. A magic charm, talisman, or spell.
2. Magic power.

RomCon is coming to Denver on the weekend of August 5-7. Romance Conventions showcase more than just traditional romance fiction; it also celebrates the genres within romance fiction. Categories like Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance are steadily gaining in popularity and have a growing fan base.

Knitting, Technology, and Helping Your Kids

Heresy by S.J. Parris

Whether you want to improve your knitting, learn about downloading books, bond with your unborn baby, or help the child in your life with literacy skills, Fresh City Life My Branch has a class for you this week!

Start off your week with a visit with Mark Twain on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Full details here.

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