Active Minds Denver Area Events – Sept. 2019

Active Minds Partner Events
(Please see our sponsor information below on the right for more details
● Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery – August 19 (Denver) 
● Breast Cancer Support Group – August 20 (every 3rd Tues in Lone Tree) 
● Stroke Survivors Support Group – August 21 (every 3rd Wed in Lone Tree) 
● Breast Cancer Support Group – August 21 (every 3rd Wed in Denver) 
● Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group – August 21 (every 3rd Wed in Lone Tree) 
● Breast Cancer Partner Support Group – August 22 (every 4th Thurs in Lone Tree) 
● Weight Loss Seminar – September 5 (monthly in Lone Tree) 
● Wellness Fair – September 7 (Greenwood Village) 
● Cancer Prevention Expo – September 7 (Aurora) 
● Colonoscopy Saturday – September 7 (every 1st Sat in Lone Tree) 

 
 
 
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm
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 1990’s. This event is sponsored by SpringbrookeGarden Plaza of AuroraFive Star Residences of Dayton Place, and All the Comfort of Home.
Location: Windsor Gardens, 597 S Clinton St, Denver, CO 80247… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required
 
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 2:30-3:30 pm
Climate Change 
Scientists are predicting a global average temperature increase of 2.5 to 10 degrees over the next century. Likely impacts include more droughts and heatwaves as well as stronger and more frequent hurricanes. Sea levels are predicted to rise 1-4 feet by 2100, submerging vast areas of land. Join Active Minds as we examine the predictions and the politics given the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.
Location: Lakewood Reserve, 555 S Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80226… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-742-4800
 
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm
China’s Human Rights Struggle
Thirty years ago, China’s human rights issues were showcased to the world by the bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters in Tiananmen Square. Join Active Minds as we look at how modern China’s economic growth has often come at the expense of human rights. We will highlight the ways in which the Chinese has repressed political dissent, as well as ways in which ethnic minorities have been negatively impacted.
Location: Ross-University Hills Library, 4310 E Amherst Ave, Denver, CO 80222… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required
 
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm
Railroads 
This May 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!
Location: Kelver Library, 404 E Front St, Byers, CO 80103… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-542-7279
 
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm
North Korea
Tensions between North Korea, the United States, and much of the East Asian region continue to escalate without any clear path for resolution. Join Active Minds for a discussion of recent developments as well as a review of North Korean history. We will cover the dynastic leadership of the Kim family as well as the country’s ongoing development of nuclear weapons. North Korea’s place in the world relative to global issues such as international trade and human rights issues will also be addressed as well as what the future may hold as this situation continues to unfold. 
Location: Bear Valley Library, 5171 W Dartmouth Ave, Denver, CO 80236… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required
 
Monday, August 19, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm
Space Exploration: From the Moon Landing to Today and Beyond 
Fifty years ago this July, the United States landed the first manned space mission on the moon. Join Active Minds as we reflect on President Kennedy’s challenge, the space race, the Apollo Mission, and the role NASA has played since the lunar landing. We will bring the topic up to date by discussing the current political context for NASA and the rise of private space companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and others.
Location: Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge, 11180 Irving Dr, Westminster, CO 80031… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Keystone Place: 303-465-5600
 
Monday, August 19, 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm
Leonardo da Vinci 
Inventor, artist, scientist, engineer, architect, philosopher, and more. Leonardo da Vinci was a true “Renaissance Man” and a clear creative genius. Join Active Minds as we review his life, work, and lasting impact. This program makes an excellent primer to a visit to the da Vinci exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science running March 1 through August 25, 2019.
Location: Bemis Public Library, 6014 S Datura St, Littleton, CO 80120… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required
 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm
Railroads 
This May 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 Cherry Creek Retirement Village.
Location: Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S Biscay Cir, Centennial, CO 80015… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-542-7279
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 1:30-2:30 pm
China’s Human Rights Struggle
Thirty years ago, China’s human rights issues were showcased to the world by the bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters in Tiananmen Square. Join Active Minds as we look at how modern China’s economic growth has often come at the expense of human rights. We will highlight the ways in which the Chinese has repressed political dissent, as well as ways in which ethnic minorities have been negatively impacted.
Location: Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required; for info, call 303-733-4643 x100
 
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 1:45-3:30 pm (program from 2:00-3:00)
Kashmir
Since the formation of India and Pakistan in 1947, both countries have fought over the region known as Kashmir. Containing a Muslim majority, but ruled by Hindu dominated India, Kashmir has been the trigger of two separate wars between India and Pakistan, and even drawn China into the conflict. Add to the mix, the nuclear arsenal of both countries and it’s not difficult to see the potential flashpoint that Kashmir represents in the region. Join Active Minds as we explore Kashmir and seek to understand its pivotal role in South Asia. 
Location: Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St, Westminster, CO 80021… map. CRC does not discriminate pursuant to the Fair Housing Act.
Cost: Free
Misc: Doors open at 1:45; please arrive and be seated by 2:00 for the start of the program.
 
Thursday, August 22, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm
Brexit: What Does the Future Hold for the UK and the European Union?
In 2016 British voters elected to exit the European Union. With new deadlines looming, the future is full of uncertainty. Join Active Minds as we place this important transition in its historic context and explore where the path may lead, not only for the UK, but also the EU and the rest of the world. 
Location: Castle Rock Senior Center, 2323 Woodlands Blvd, Castle Rock, CO 80104… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-688-9498
 
Thursday, August 22, 2019, 6:30-7:30 pm
Climate Change 
Scientists are predicting a global average temperature increase of 2.5 to 10 degrees over the next century. Likely impacts include more droughts and heatwaves as well as stronger and more frequent hurricanes. Sea levels are predicted to rise 1-4 feet by 2100, submerging vast areas of land. Join Active Minds as we examine the predictions and the politics given the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. All aboard! 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, August 23, 2019, 10:00-11:00 am
Brazil
The early 2000s was a time of immense optimism and growth in Brazil under the leadership of Presidents Luiz Inácio da Silva and his successor Dilma Rousseff, both of the Brazilian Workers Party. Corruption scandals, however, led to the impeachment of Rousseff in 2016 and the imprisonment of Lula in 2018. In January 2019, Jair Bolsonaro became President of Brazil, marking a significant shift to the right in Brazilian politics. Join Active Minds as we explore Brazil’s bumpy political ride and what it may suggest for the future of the largest nation in South America. This event is sponsored by HighPointe Assisted Living.
Location: Malley Senior Center, 3380 S Lincoln St, Englewood, CO 80113… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-762-2660
Misc: If parking in the lot, get pass from inside center
 
Monday, August 26, 2019, 2:30-3:30 pm
Leonardo da Vinci 
Inventor, artist, scientist, engineer, architect, philosopher, and more. Leonardo da Vinci was a true “Renaissance Man” and a clear creative genius. Join Active Minds as we review his life, work, and lasting impact.
Location: Springbrooke, 6800 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80224… map
Cost: Free
RSVP Required (Limited Seating): Springbrooke: 303-331-9963
Important Special Note: This location always fills up. Attendees need to RSVP well in advance and it is unlikely there will be spots for folks that do not RSVP. No groups please.
 
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm (program from 2:00-3:00)
Classical Jazz
Europe sent classical music to America – but America introduced jazz to the world. It grew out of the rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean, blossoming in cities from New Orleans to New York. That free-spirited sound soon found its way into the concert hall, and voilà! Classical jazz was born. In this Active Minds program, we’ll sample ragtime, Gershwin and even a fun taste of Broadway – Russian style!
Location: Parkside Village Retirement Resort, 14501 E Crestline Dr, Aurora, CO 80015… map.
Cost: Free 
RSVP: 720-214-8899
 
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm (program from 2:00-3:00)
The Legacy of World War I: A Flawed Peace
As we mark the hundred year anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles and the end of World War I, join Active Minds for a look at how the agreements made at the Paris Peace Conference after “the Great War” sowed the seeds of conflict soon thereafter, as well as to the present day. 
Location: Garden Plaza of Aurora, 14221 E Evans Ave, Aurora, CO 80014… map.
Cost: Free 
RSVP: 303-750-0820
 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 5:00-6:00 pm
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 1990’s.
Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80206… map
Cost: Free
Info: 303-322-7727
 
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm (program from 2:00-3:00)
Chicago: Biography of a City
Join Active Minds for the story of the Windy City. We will begin with the French explorers, missionaries, fur traders and Native Americans that inhabited the region in the early 1800s. We will cover the Great Chicago Fire and how it impacted the development of the city. And as we bring things all the way up to the present, we’ll cover the politics, crime, food, culture, and architecture of the “City of Broad Shoulders.” It’s the next best thing to being there!
Location: Park Regency Thornton, 12610 Hudson St, Thornton, CO 80241… map.
Cost: Free 
RSVP: 303-350-5820 x2, or 720-644-5402
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 10:00-11:00 am
The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Join us for a program focusing upon Lewis & Clark’s expedition that opened the West over 200 years ago. We will discuss the achievements and challenges of the expedition as well as the legacies it left for the young nation. Building upon the experiences from the expedition, we will also discuss the evolution of our country’s relationship with Native Americans and the lands they inhabited. This program is sponsored by JFS Senior Solutions.
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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Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm (program from 2:30-3:30)
Venezuela
Venezuela is in an economic and political crisis. Food shortages, rolling electricity blackouts and a crumbling healthcare system have triggered an exodus of millions out of the country and led political opponents, led by Venezuelan Parliament leader Juan Guaido, to seek the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro. Join Active Minds as we explore how this once promising economy and evolving democracy has wound up in shambles. We will look at how the price of oil, the policies of the late President Hugo Chavez, and other factors converged to create this crisis and explore what the future holds for this important South American country.
Location: Brookdale Meridian Englewood, 3455 S Corona St, Englewood, CO 80113… map.
Cost: Free 
RSVP: 303-761-0300
 
Thursday, September 5, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm
Railroads 
This 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: Applewood Place, 2800 Youngfield St, Lakewood, CO 80215… map
Cost: Free
RSVP Required (Limited Seating): 303-233-4343
 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:30-1:30 pm
Hillbilly Records & Early Country Music
In the early 20th century, American folk music was being influenced by a number of factors. Among them were music collectors and record companies, both of whom shaped the music in important, lasting ways. Join Active Minds as we explore this dynamic and learn about the commercialization of folk music and how this relates to the roots of country music. We will listen to and discuss music by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Leadbelly and others, and describe how this also influenced later country music and folk revivals. This event is sponsored by Rosemark Senior Living.
Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80206… map
Cost: Free
Info: 303-322-7727
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm
Brexit: What Does the Future Hold for the UK and the European Union?
In 2016 British voters elected to exit the European Union. With important deadlines looming soon, the future is full of uncertainty. Join Active Minds as we place this important transition in its historic context and explore where the path may lead, not only for the UK, but also the EU and the rest of the world. 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, September 11, 2019, 3:00-4:00 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!
Location: RiverPointe, 5225 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80123… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: RiverPointe: 303-797-0600
 
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm
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. 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
 
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm 
Climate Change 
Scientists are predicting a global average temperature increase of 2.5 to 10 degrees over the next century. Likely impacts include more droughts and heatwaves as well as stronger and more frequent hurricanes. Sea levels are predicted to rise 1-4 feet by 2100, submerging vast areas of land. Join Active Minds as we examine the predictions and the politics given the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.
Location: Central Library, 10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204… map
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

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