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Homemade Trick or Treat

Popcorn Balls

Nostalgia alert: we're bringing back popcorn balls.

When I was a young 'un, Halloween signified the beginning of the kid calendar. It was a fun, escapist holiday -- and a great break from the routine of a new school year. Mom would counsel my brother and I on our costumes, and help us select a variety of retired clothes that we could use to make our costumes. One year my brother went as a pirate and I went as a devil. Mom found a set of red long underwear for me and Dad built me a makeshift pitchfork. It was the best Halloween ever.

Denver Jewish Community Reads Preview

Day After Night

Fresh City Life My Branch is proud to partner with the Mizel Arts and Culture Center to preview their Denver Jewish Community Reads 2011 selection.

On Sunday, October 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch, join us as we preview and talk about the historical context of Anita Diamant's Day After Night, the Mizel Arts and Culture Center's Denver Jewish Community Reads selection for this year. The presentation and discussion will be led by Dr.

You're not a player? We think you are.

 September's Game Night is top heavy like Jenga!

 We've got gamers covered for tomorrow night's Game Night at MadWine Bar and Novo Coffee -- and our night is going to be so top heavy with games and giveaways, that it's kind'f like a Jenga game -- wobbly, threatening to topple, and a ton of fun!

As always, we got games galore. Pursuit, Scrabble, Boggle, Balderdash, Yahtze, card games, Operation, Clue and many more. You can bring your favorite, too, and strike up a match. 

Our hosts, MadWine and Novo will be ready to make you something nice to sip, so bring a few bucks to show them some love.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Caroline Dow: Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

The Colorado Authors Series is happy to present Caroline Dow on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m at Schlessman. 

She will present a talk based on her book Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners: Your Fortune in a Teacup. Along with a demonstration, she'll discuss how to choose and brew tea, herbal teas for health, and the history of tea. Refreshments will be served. Please join us, and see other Fresh City Life My Branch events here.

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!

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Buzzy Jackson: Shaking the Family Tree

Shaking the Family Tree

Join the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series for Buzzy Jackson and James Jeffrey tonight, Monday September 26, at 6:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Jackson is the author of Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist. Learn about her genealogical journey, what she discovered about her own family, and the interesting community of genealogists she encountered. Joining her will be DPL's own in-house genealogy specialist, James Jeffrey.

Tina Darling, Mommie's Home!

 Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.

 It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order:

Let us bow our heads -- and write

Art from Ashes, Denver's great home for creative writing and poetry, teams up with Fresh City Life each month for our WordShop series!

Consider one of our writing workshops to get you involved in the arts. They're two-night events and you have a chance to learn new writing prompts and explore your own ideas around a theme each month. Check out these upcoming workshops and grab your composition book.

Ghosts in the Attic

Come To Judge the Quick and the Bread

Four talented chefs, four spectacular, moist and delicious breads -- but only one will be crowned the winner. 

 Fresh City Life is bringing together food entrepreneurs and chefs for Battle Quick Bread – including Ellen Daehnick of Helliemae’s Salt Caramels. Though Ellen has a legion of fans who love her caramel sauces and candies, she jumped at the chance to compete for the bragging rights of Best Quick Bread. When asked about the competition, she said, “Look, I’ve got excellent recipes for quick breads with caramel in them, but maybe I’ll mix it up and do something chocolatey or with a touch of booze.

Colorado Authors Coming Soon!

Walking Denver

Want to walk Denver or be inspired to research your family tree? Get information on either or both with these upcoming Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series events at Schlessman.

On Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m., Mindy Sink will discuss her latest release, Walking Denver: 30 Tours of the Mile High City's Best Urban Trails, Historic Architecture, River and Creekside Paths, and Cultural Highlights. Hear her talk and then get out and explore your city in this beautiful fall weather! Mindy is also the coauthor of Colorado Organic: Cooking Seasonally, Eating Locally.

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