Fresh City Life Blog

The Origins of Gaslighting

Ingrid Bergman at the height of her allure in Gaslight.

You're not paranoid; people really are messing with you. Go ask Ingrid.

 gaslight -- (verb) gaslights (third-person singular simple present), gaslighting (present participle), gaslighted (simple past and past participle).

1. (slang; origin UK) To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own sanity.

Listen to Audio eBooks While Knitting or Decorating a Cake!

Fresh City Life My Branch has programs for the crafty adults out there as well as those of you with questions about downloading eBooks and eAudios and using DPL's databases.

Want to learn how to knit or improve your skills? Join the Sit 'n Knit group at the Bear Valley Branch on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. This is a group for both experienced knitters willing to share their knowledge and newbies wanting to increase their knitting know-how. Fiber hosts are Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

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.

Crafting Through Colorado History...With Bees

What does Fresh City Life My Branch have in store this week, you ask? The answer, as usual, is something for everyone!

The choices for your crafting and educational pleasure this week include:

Felting Fun on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch. In this introduction to needle felting you'll learn to make a basic chick and a more challenging rabbit. All supplies will be provided, and you'll go home with your own felted critters! Registration is required, call 720-865-0135 or stop by the reference desk to register.

Hail and Farewell, Professor!

Jani and me on our last night of knitting salon.

Our beloved knitting teacher, Jani Fellows, is moving to Los Angeles to be near her family -- and Fresh City Life and all of our knitting students wish her a bon voyage!

Jani Fellows was there at the beginning of our knitting program. In the fall of 2004, before Fresh City Life had a name, when it was still just a pilot project, I put together our first knitting class to see what kind of response we'd get for fibers workshops. Thirty-five people came the first night and Jani was a bit surprised by the turn-out. 

Colorado Authors Visiting Schlessman

I see Your Dream Job

Got plans for the next 3 Saturdays? You do now — with the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series at the Schlessman Family Branch!

First up this Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. is Paula Reed, who writes historical fiction and romance. Her newest book, Hester, is a continuation of The Scarlet Letter that follows Hester Prynne to England and an encounter with Oliver Cromwell. Come and be carried away to the 17th century in this story of family, love, and desire.

ArtSkool debuts this Spring

Curiosity skilled the cat. And the freshness just keeps coming.

Fresh City Life debuts its new monthly series: ArtSkool. This arts exploration is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of visual and performing arts, while at the same time building a bridge between students and Denver’s vibrant arts community. ArtSkool “students” will build an appreciation for an art form with which they previously had little or no experience. As with all of our events and workshops, Fresh City Life will partner with talented individuals and organizations to bring exciting programs within reach of our community.

You can't teach taste, but you can knit chic

Chris Loffelmacher demos finishing techniques for this scarf

 Color palettes became one of the important aspects of a recent knitting workshop.

 I got to use my color theory training a little bit during our Stripes and Bobbles Scarf workshop. Well-attended by a group of beginning and intermediate knitters, the pattern called for students to choose one space-dyed yarn and combine other solid yarns with it to create their stripes.

FRESHEST: What's New at Fresh City Life

Some samples of coil baskets from Professor Tilly.

In the spirit of Fresh City Life, new events debut this year!

Denverites maybe never had it so good. Fresh City Life is offering up new and retooled events for you this year. In successive posts, I'll let you in on some of the cool stuff that is booked and some of the things that are in the works -- but not fully-baked (just yet).

Fresh City Life My Branch: What's Your Pleasure This Week?

Whether you want to take a virtual trip around the world or expand your craft skills or mystery book knowledge, FCL My Branch has an event for you this week!

Learn about healthy lifestyle changes that you can make on Monday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch with Certified Personal Trainer and Licensed Sport Nutritionist Melissa Anderson. She'll help you get your groove on!

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