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This Weekend: Yoga, Bees, and Candles

Keeping Honey Bees

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot to offer this weekend, whether you're looking to learn about yoga, beekeeping, want to hear an author read, or make a candle in a teacup! All of these adult events are happening on Saturday, May 7:

Interested in urban beekeeping? Denver beekeeper Siobhan Keleher will talk about helpful books, websites, and local organizations for the beginning beekeeper, along with an overview of bees and equipment. She'll also answer questions about types of hives, styles of beekeeping, and how to decide what's right for you. 1 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Eleanor Brown, Author of The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Eleanor Brown's debut novel, The Weird Sisters, is the story of the Andreas family, whose motto might as well be "There's no problem a library card can't solve." When Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia (named after Shakespeare heroines by their professor father) return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, they love each other. They just don't happen to like each other very much.

Laws of Physics and Fashion: Yo-Yos Do Come Back

Sample of a classic yo-yo quilt.

 "We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." -- Yves Saint Laurent

 

 Yo-yo quilting is a humble craft -- developed by creative Depression-era homemakers to use up bits of fabric for practical objects -- usually quilts and coverlets. (The top photo is a good example of this kind of quilting.) The product is homey, sensible and, in the right hands, can have a wonderful sense of design and movement.

 

Be Smart About Fraud, Knit, and Visit with the Ghosts of Colorado!

Fresh City Life My Branch has exciting programs for you this week!

On Monday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at SchlessmanFamily Branch you can learn how to Outsmarting Investment Fraud. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation will teach you about the basics of safe investing, including questions to ask before making investment decisions, how to verify if an investment product or professional is legitimate, how to identify and report investment fraud, and common fraud tactics and how to avoid them.

M is for the Million Things She Gave Me

Still from The Donna Reed Show

“There has always been a food processor in the kitchen. But once upon a time she was usually called the missus or Mom.” -- Sue Berkman

 

This Sunday, we're throwing a little party in honor of Moms everywhere. We hope that you can come -- and bring your Mom!

First, Chef Shellie Kark is going to take us on a tour of New York Jewish Deli cuisine, with her demo and sampling of traditional knishes. YUMMM.

But that's not enough! Our friends at Whole Foods Market have chipped in so that we can serve a sweet deli finish -- like rich cheesecake. And we just might have a surprise or two for our Mom's.

Awaken Your Body, Quiet Your Soul

Yoga

Yoga Dance is a heart opening, fun-filled journey through the energy centers of your body. Join us on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library for an introduction to this amazing activity.

Listen to the music and move to the rhythm of your soul. Our dance is followed by the deeply restorative practice of Yoga Nidra. You will be guided through body sensing, breath awareness, and visualizations. The combination will both energize and relax you. Brought to you by Margie Krest from local movement studio, Dancing the Soul.

Yoga Nidra:

Nia, Peeps and Restyling Clothes, Oh My!

Peep Entry by Staff Member

Saturday, April 30th is jam packed full of great library activities! Whether you enjoy Nia at University Hills, Peep contest judging at Schlessman or learning about restyling kids' clothes at Smiley - we would love to have you join us!

Peep Your Book Contest: Viewing and Judging

Introduction to Nia!

Fun with Fondant

fondant cake

Polish up your cake decorating skills on Tuesday, April 26th at 6pm at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library with Michelle Bush from Gateaux Specialty Cakes and Pastries as she instructs you in how to create molded fondant animals, tiffany and square bows for present cakes, and cut-out and molded flowers.

Books on Cake Decorating:

Cassoulet: The French Obsession

Cassoulet

France's ancient contribution to the peasant table is now one of the most revered dishes in French cooking.

Its origins track back to the siege of Castelnaudary by the Black Prince, Edward the Prince of Wales, in 1355. The villagers came together to create a large cauldron of beans, meat and herbs to fortify their warriors — and cassoulet was born.

Tea Crafts: A Happy Repose

A delicate, pedestaled teacup just filled with lightly scented soy wax.

Our Craftinatrix Trish Tilly held crafters in sway at our Tea Painting and Tea Cup Candlemaking workshop.

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.  ~George Gissing

Last Saturday, the Fresh City Lounge at Central Library was buzzing with crafters on a mission -- to make some adorable candles and then create handpainted tags to go with them. One of the most interesting elements of the class is that the delicate paintings were made using steeped teas as the medium. And even though crafters were not relaxing over a cup of tea, a sense of tea-induced tranquility seemed to infuse the students.

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