Active Minds Denver Area Events – Dec. 2019

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Monday, December 2, 2019, 1:00-3:00 pm (1:00 reception, 1:30-2:30 program)
Artificial Intelligence 
Join Active Minds for an overview of the development of Artificial Intelligence, computer systems capable of performing tasks typically done by a human brain, such as optical recognition, complex decision making, voice recognition, learning, language translation, and more. We will review the evolution of this field as well as current and future applications and issues.
Location: Sunrise at Flatirons, 400 Summit Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021… map

Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-466-2422
Parking: Complimentary parking is available. Please ask the Concierge about the parking when you make your reservation.
 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 10:00-11:00 am
Japan
From imperialist empire to economic power, Japan has a complicated and fascinating history. Join Active Minds as we trace the evolution of the modern Japanese state from its ancient roots to the present. We will cover the impact of Japan’s involvement in World War II as well as their economic recession in the 1990s.
Location: Jewish Community Center, 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required; for info, call Lil Shaw: 303-316-6359
 
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm (program from 2:30-3:30 pm)
The History of Colorado
Come discover the stories of Colorado History. You will learn about the competing claims to Colorado dating back to the Native Americans who originally lived here. We will cover the 15 year struggle to become the 38th state as well as the role of mining and oil in the evolution of the state. Bring your favorite Colorado stories to share!
Location: Brookdale Parkplace, 111 Emerson St, Denver, CO 80218… map.
Cost: Free 
RSVP: 303-744-1950 or dday@brookdale.com
 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5:00-6:00 pm
Zimbabwe 
On November 15th, 2017, the then President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe was removed from power via a military coup. Current President Emmerson Mnangagwa faces a challenging transition following a leader who was both oppressive and beloved by many. Join Active Minds as we review Zimbabwe’s history as a former British Colony, the nominally independent country of Rhodesia, and a 15 year civil war involving complicated race relations. We will also cover where the country may be heading as it seeks to find its path after nearly four decades under the dictatorial rule of Mugabe. 
Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80206… map
Cost: Free
Info: 303-322-7727
 
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm 
Railroads 
This past summer marked the 150 year anniversary of the “Golden Spike” that completed the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Join Active Minds as we review the rich history of railroads in the United States. We will explore the role they played in building a young country as well as the industry titans that emerged to build and control them. We will bring the story all the way up to the present, discussing current freight and passenger train issues and opportunities. All aboard!
Location: Thornton Trail Winds Rec Center, 13495 Holly St, Thornton, CO 80241… map
Cost: Free
Info: 303-255-7850
 
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm
London: Biography of a City
Join Active Minds as we tell the story of one of the world’s greatest cities. From the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons, the Norman Conquest, and more, we will tell the story of London right up to the present day. Along the way, we’ll visit some of London’s most colorful characters and notable places, including the Tower of London, where Elizabeth I was held before becoming queen. Come float with us down the river Thames for a front row seat. It’s the next best thing to being there!
Location: Applewood Place, 2800 Youngfield St, Lakewood, CO 80215… map
Cost: Free
RSVP Required (Limited Seating): 303-233-4343
 
Friday, December 6 , 2019, 5:00-6:00 pm
Baroque Holiday Music
The music of the holidays comes in many varieties, but there is nothing quite like the glorious choral and instrumental music of the Baroque Era. Bach and Vivaldi alternate blazing trumpets and full-throated choruses with quiet moments of reverence. The Paris composers bring a gentle warmth and charm to the music of the season. And, of course, there’s the timeless joy of Handel’s Messiah. Join Active Minds as we sample them all.
Location: Southglenn Library, 6972 S Vine St, Centennial, CO 80122… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-542-7279
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, noon-1:00 pm 
Switzerland
One of the world’s richest countries, Switzerland is known for many things, including banking, chocolate, watches, and more. The country is renowned for its neutrality, yet maintains an impressive state of military preparedness. Join Active Minds as we journey to the Alps to understand the Swiss, their history, and the current challenges facing Switzerland.
Location: Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Dr S, Denver, CO 80224… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 720-865-0610
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 12:30-1:30 pm
Railroads 
This year marks the 150 year anniversary of the “Golden Spike” that completed the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Join Active Minds as we review the rich history of railroads in the United States. We will explore the role they played in building a young country as well as the industry titans that emerged to build and control them. We will bring the story all the way up to the present, discussing current freight and passenger train issues and opportunities. All aboard! This event is sponsored by The Carillon at Belleview Station.
Location: Tattered Cover, Aspen Grove Shopping Center, 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120… map
Cost: Free
Info: 303-470-7050
 
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 10:30 am-12:30 pm (program from 11:00 am-noon)
Artificial Intelligence 
Join Active Minds for an overview of the development of Artificial Intelligence, computer systems capable of performing tasks typically done by a human brain, such as optical recognition, complex decision making, voice recognition, learning, language translation, and more. We will review the evolution of this field as well as current and future applications and issues.
Location: 16 Penn Apartments, 1615 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203… map.
Parking: Free parking north of building, access off alley from 16th Ave 
Cost: Free 
RSVP: 720-269-4380
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm
Railroads 
This past summer marked the 150 year anniversary of the “Golden Spike” that completed the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Join Active Minds as we review the rich history of railroads in the United States. We will explore the role they played in building a young country as well as the industry titans that emerged to build and control them. We will bring the story all the way up to the present, discussing current freight and passenger train issues and opportunities. All aboard! This event is sponsored by Cherry Creek Retirement VillageSpringbrookeFive Star Residences of Dayton Place, and Garden Plaza of Aurora.
Location: Heather Gardens (Auditorium), 2888 S Heather Gardens Way, Aurora, CO 80014… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-751-1811
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm
Alexander Hamilton
The blockbuster musical Hamilton has ignited considerable interest in the man and his story. And it is quite a story. Join Active Minds as we journey back to our nation’s early history and visit the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, his friends, his enemies, and the principles he fought (and perhaps died) for. 
Location: RiverPointe, 5225 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80123… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: RiverPointe: 303-797-0600
 
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm
The History of Colorado
Come discover the stories of Colorado History. You will learn about the competing claims to Colorado dating back to the Native Americans who originally lived here. We will cover the 15 year struggle to become the 38th state as well as the role of mining and oil in the evolution of the state. Bring your favorite Colorado stories to share! This program is brought to you by the Stapleton Master Community Association.
Location: Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required
 
Friday, December 13 , 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm
London: Biography of a City
Join Active Minds as we tell the story of one of the world’s greatest cities. From the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons, the Norman Conquest, and more, we will tell the story of London right up to the present day. Along the way, we’ll visit some of London’s most colorful characters and notable places, including the Tower of London, where Elizabeth I was held before becoming queen. Come float with us down the river Thames for a front row seat. It’s the next best thing to being there!
Location: Castle Rock Senior Center, 2323 Woodlands Blvd, Castle Rock, CO 80104… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-688-9498
 
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm 
The Discovery of the South Pole
December 15th is the anniversary of the discovery of the South Pole by Roald Amundsen, “the last of the Vikings.” The race to the South Pole was one of the greatest international races prior to the race to the moon and was full of tragedy and triumph. It featured tiny, newly independent Norway against the British Empire, upon which the “sun never set.” It was David vs Goliath. Join us as we tell the gripping story of those who perished and prevailed in this epic quest.
Location: Central Library, 10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required
 
Monday, December 16, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm
Artificial Intelligence 
Join Active Minds for an overview of the development of Artificial Intelligence, computer systems capable of performing tasks typically done by a human brain, such as optical recognition, complex decision making, voice recognition, learning, language translation, and more. We will review the evolution of this field as well as current and future applications and issues.

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