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.
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.
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.
Fresh City Life My Branch is proud to host 2 Colorado authors in the next 2 weeks! Please join us for these events!
This Wednesday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cherry Creek Branch, Sue Frederick will be discussing her book I See Your Dream Job. Ms. Frederick is a career intuitive and will help you tap into your powerful intuition see the mission you came to accomplish, and move forward fearlessly--even when reinvention is required. During her presentation, Ms.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Our new monthly event, ArtSkool, went on a field trip yesterday. We all met at Matter Graphic Design to learn about creating type, copy and art using antique printing presses. The results were pretty amazing. Matter's Rick Griffith opened the event with a brief introduction to the history and uses of printing type and then things got really interesting.
Wrap up your summer with an outdoor tai chi workshop.
Mearl Thompson, master tai chi instructor from the Ancient Harmony studio, will be leading our tai chi workshop this August. We'll be meeting every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on the north lawn of the library (at the corner of 14th Ave. and Broadway). I've always wanted to experience this aesthetic form of exercise, so I'm really looking forward to this workshop. More info.