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Lunch Travels: Brazil

Photo by Amanda Parkhurst-Strout

Can't afford a trip to a far off land right now? Join us at the newly renovated Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library on Tuesday, August 3 at noon, for Lunch Travels: Brazil! Enjoy a photo journey through Curitiba, Iguazu Falls, Salvador, and the tiny island of Boipeba.

Brazil is home to one of the three largest waterfalls in the world, Iguazu, as well as the world's largest tropical rainforest. After hearing about the breathtaking scenery, delicious street food, and charming nooks and crannies of Brazil, you may want to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture or prepare for a trip of your own!

Finding Your Next Favorite Book

Looking for something great to read? Need to know what title is next in a series? Where do you look for reviews and author information for your next book group title? Visit us at Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library, Wednesday July 28 at noon for a tour of the library database Novelist.

Novelist is just one of the amazing databases that the library makes available free with your library card. I love helping book club members find that next great title, as well as find supplemental information that takes the conversation deeper when they meet.

Lunch Travels: India

Can't afford a trip to a far off land right now? Join us at the newly renovated Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library on Tuesday, July 27 at noon, for delectable food of the region and riveting conversation during Lunch Travels: India! Visit Mumbai, Pune and the Arabian coast as your guide shares pictures, travel tips and anecdotes from her recent adventure.

Did you know that there are about 3,000 languages, including dialects, spoken in India? The library's language database, Mango Languages, can help you learn the national language of India, Hindu, or even Urdu!

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Brazilian Food from a Professional

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Chef Shellie Kark has been teaching people how to cook at Fresh City Life for four years now, and there's a reason for that. Many people can churn out a delicious feast, but instructing others how to do so is an art form all its own, and that's where Shellie excels.

Her line of cooking instruction DVDs called Kitchencue is phenomenal- rather than focus on specific recipes, this chef tackles cooking techniques instead.  Her three volume video set features sautes & pan sauces, soups & stock, and roasting.  Endless delectable combinations can be made using these simple techniques, from a basic pork loin roast to a complicated roux-based cream sauce.

Downloadable Media

Join us at the newly renovated Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library for some hands-on practice with our renowned downloadable media collection Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m.

If you've ever wanted to know more about downloadable eBooks, audio eBooks or eFlicks and how to transfer these items to your MP3, iPod, or any other handheld device, this is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions of our in-house expert. Not sure if your handheld device is ready for eMedia? Check out the list of compatible devices!

Want more help with your devices? Visit the Community Technology Center or check out any of these great books!

Interactive Goal Setting

Tired of just talking about setting goals? Join us at the newly renovated Ross-Cherry Creek branch library as Jane Diamond helps you get inspired this Saturday, July 17 at 10:30am.

Jane Diamond, owner of Memories, Magic and More, will help you create a vision page using magazines, catalogs, and scrapbooking tools. When you hang this collage in a place where you will see it daily, your goals will begin to take shape!

Learn more about goal-setting, collaging, and scrapbooking with the wide array of materials the library has to offer!

Productivity

Flash Mob!

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We at the Fresh City Life office have been mighty inspired by flash mobs of late. In case you don't know, a flash mob is a spontaneous-appearing choreographed dance in a public place - organizers secretly send out the word via email or text, and when the music starts, the crowd boogies down, surprising

all the unsuspecting onlookers. Flash mobs can be giant, with hundreds of people involved, or small - but either way there's a fierce expression of FUN and that's what we're about. Here's a video of a big flash mob in Stockholm last year - their choice of Michael Jackson is perfect - the King of Choreography (yeah, ok and Pop) lives on in the streets!

 

Wouldn't the library be a perfect place for a flash mob?  Hint hint...;)

Tunes and Tubes this Sunday

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This Sunday's gonna be a great one for Fresh City Life!  Outside we have the venerable Curt Wallach teaching you how to fix your own bike from 1-3, and inside we have the dazzling Esme Collins singing her heart out in the great hall from 2-3. These are two hip young movers and shakers in Denver-

Curt is the owner of The Track Shack and the head of Cheetah Courier- in other words, nothing happens with bikes in Denver that Curt doesn't know about. Covered in tattoos and often sporting a gnarly mullet, Curt is a new mold of Fresh City Life presenter. And Esme, well, Esme is a downright Denver celebrity, comprising one of the three angelic voices in the band Paper Bird- she's got class, she's got style, she's a lady.

Salsaleros from across the Border

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 A chef friend of mine headed south of the border four months ago to expand his horizons, have new experiences, live la vida del Southern Hemisphere and most importantly, explore the food.  He writes a blog called Nunca Acaba de Llegar - Never Stop Arriving, where he documents his culinary adventures.  

 The most recent post is devoted to the very best Salsas he's encountered in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Check it out!  Might give you some inspiration to submit a recipe for The Salsa Wars, our city-wide salsa recipe competition.

No Shushing Allowed! The library is alive with sounds.

This summer, Fresh City Life is hosting Beatwave: a Summer Music Series on Sunday afternoons in June and July.  We've tried hard to put together a group of diverse local musicians who will play tunes in tones you definitely haven't heard before. Take 2GVibe, the West African ensemble will be kicking off the series next Sunday June 6th from 2-3.

Koffi Toudji, the band leader, is a whirlwind of a man, with rhythm like rain and energy like the sun. I first met Koffi through the Cleo Parker Robinson African dance class, where he and his fellow drummers pound out rhythms for people of all ages and types to get down to (and Get Down they do). Koffi takes an athletic approach to drumming, as if it's a full body sport, and the drum is his accomplice.

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