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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.

Books & Chocolate: What More Do You Need?

Blood Memory

Whether you want to discuss books or find out how chocolate can fit into your healthy lifestyle, Fresh City Life My Branch has an event for you this week!

Book discussions bring people together and give us a chance to talk about that book that we loved--or hated! Get ready to chat, make new friends, and join in to any or all of these groups:

Between the Covers, Tuesday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Ross Cherry Creek. This month's book is Lost Lady by Willa Cather.

What is the Rocky Mountain Land Library?

Rocky Mountain Land Library

The Rocky Mountain Land Library's simple mission is to encourage a greater awareness of the land and access to stewardship tools so that we may work together to preserve our land.

Its 20,000 + volume natural history library is especially focused on the land and communities of the Rocky Mountains. The Land Library is currently engaged in a site search to provide both the shelves and proper environment for a truly unique residential land-study center.

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.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Carol Batrus

When Elephants Fly

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Batrus on Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Batrus, Columbia University graduate and Wall Street survivor, shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of many in her memoir When Elephants Fly: One Woman's Journey from Wall Street to Zululand. Unsatisfied with her life even after much success, Batrus traveled to Africa, where she learned to live without the gifts of modern infrastructure.

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