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Invest in Your Dog, Invest in Your Craft Time, or Just Invest!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a program for you this week, whether you want to learn about investing your money, training your dog, or just sit back and create a craft!

Our Introduction to Investing will be on Saturday, October 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Bear Valley. This 3-hour beginner-level class describes the fundamental investment principles and how they contribute to investment success. You'll learn basic financial terms, where to do research, what data is important in sources like Value Line, and how to find it. You'll learn commonly used terms that are important for any investor to understand.

Get FRESH This Week!

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Ready to travel to Africa, connect with your crafty side, go to a free concert, or learn to read tea leaves? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

Travel to another continent without leaving Denver on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Traveling Librarian: African Safari. Pictures and stories included!

Weekend Travel, Crafts, and Nutrition

Hand Sewn Felt Bunny

Want to travel to Guatemala, create a craft, or learn about how nutrition can affect AD/HD? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Start your weekend off at Bear Valley on Friday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. with a virtual trip to Guatemala by Chicken Bus. Local librarian Anna Winkel recounts her time in Guatemala in 2008-9 and will share slides and stories covering the old capital city of Antigua, the shores of Lago Atitlan, and the mountains of Alta Verapaz.

Weekend: Meditate, Travel, Create, Can

Tao of Letting Go

Join Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend: learn to meditate, travel to Guatemala, create a magnet, or learn to preserve your garden's vegetables to enjoy all winter!

All these events are happening on Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. How will you decide?

Needing a way to quiet your body, mind, and thoughts? Be introduced to Taoist Meditation at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch. Be introduced to the basic methods of sitting, quieting the mind, focusing the breath, and finding stillness. Basic theory of Taoist meditation and the concepts of Jing, Qi, and Shen, and the three treasures of the human body will also be explored.

Crafts, Food, and Books!

Picnics

Have the rest of your week planned yet? Add some of these Fresh City Life My Branch events to your calendar!

Maybe you have a piece of furniture lying around in your basement or garage that you've been meaning to restore. Don't let it languish any longer! Learn about Restoring Your Old Wood Furniture with Denver Urban Homesteading expert Irina Bertini. You'll learn about bringing new life to antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets, as well as sandpapers, electric sanders, handsaws, stains, and where to get inexpensive materials.

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.

Weekend and Beyond

Got plans for the next few days? Try out a free Fresh City Life My Branch event at your local library!

Explore space at the family-friendly A Whole New World: Dawn at Vesta event on Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch. NASA's Dawn spacecraft will arrive at asteroid Vesta this month. Learn about the faster than fast ion engine literally propelling the mission, science instrumentation, and how Dawn will contribute to our understanding of the Solar System.

Journey to Space, Health, or Crafts--And Take a Picnic!

wire and stone heart craft

Join Fresh City Life My Branch for food, a journey, or a craft this week!

There are offerings for whatever you want to learn this week through Fresh City Life My Branch! Hungry? Try Picnic Foods tonight, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Schlessman. Learn to liven up your picnics or hikes with dishes that everyone will love! Recipes and samples included! Or maybe you're thinking of changing the way you eat.

Love Books? Make Your Own!

The Art of the Book

Love books and want to both learn about the history of the art of the book and how to make your own? Join us! Basic Book Arts: Creating Your Own Books on Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

In this 2-hour class, you'll learn the basic tools, terms, history, and experience of book arts. You'll hand bind 2 or 3 different kinds of books, and explore Japanese stab binding, the accordion fold book, and more! We'll discuss and experiment with everything from cover design to using unique materials to the contents of your books (poetry, photos, drawings, etc). You will leave with at least 2 finished books and the knowledge of how to make books at home.

Book Club or Book Arts? Save a Tree, or Keep Chickens?

Playing With Books

Whether you want to talk about books or make them, restore your old furniture or learn about keeping chickens, Fresh City Life My Branch has the answer for you this week!

Have an old piece of furniture or a door hanging around that you keep thinking you'll restore, but have never gotten around to it or don't know how? Get inspired with Restore Your Old Wood Furniture (and save a tree!) on Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 at the Bear Valley Branch. Irina Bertini of Denver Urban Homesteading will teach you about how to best restore antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets.

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