Active Minds Denver – Dec 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm
Holiday Traditions Unwrapped
Why do we have Christmas trees? Or for that matter holiday lights, egg nog, holly or mistletoe. Join us as we seek to explain the origins of a wide variety of holiday traditions and examine how they have evolved and changed over time.
Location: Eugene Field Library, 810 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80209
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm
Pearl Harbor: The Day that Lives in Infamy
December 7, 1941 brought an attack upon the United States the likes of which had never been seen before. Join Active Minds 75 years later as we tell the story from both the Japanese and the U.S. perspective. We will cover not only how the Japanese planned and executed such a bold attack, but also how the U.S. could have been caught so completely unaware. We will also examine the impact this had on World War II and the American psyche.
Location: Woodbury Library, 3265 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

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Monday, December 5, 2016, 1:00-3:00 pm (1:00 reception, 1:30 program)
Turkey
A failed coup attempt earlier this year and a flood of refugees have challenged the leadership of Turkey’s President Erdogan. A strong U.S. ally during the Cold War, Turkey is now one of the world’s largest Muslim democracies. Join Active Minds as we explore Turkey’s past and current challenges, including its struggles with its Kurdish minority, its role in the rise of ISIS, and what appears to be its warming relations with Russia.
Location: Sunrise at Flatirons, 400 Summit Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021
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 6, 2016, 10:00-11:00 am
Pearl Harbor: The Day that Lives in Infamy
December 7, 1941 brought an attack upon the United States the likes of which had never been seen before. Join Active Minds 75 years later as we tell the story from both the Japanese and the U.S. perspective. We will cover not only how the Japanese planned and executed such a bold attack, but also how the U.S. could have been caught so completely unaware. We will also examine the impact this had on World War II and the American psyche. This program is sponsored by Rosemark at Mayfair and Next Step for Seniors.
Location: Jewish Community Center, 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required; for info, call Lil Shaw: 303-316-6359

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:45-7:45 pm
Brexit: What Does the Future Hold for the UK and the European Union?
In June British voters elected to exit the European Union, sending global stock markets sharply down and provoking global reactions running the gamut from horror to congratulations. Join Active Minds as we place this pivotal event in its historic context and explore where this high stakes path may lead, not only for the UK, but also the EU and the rest of the world. This program is brought to you by the Stapleton Master Community Association.
Location: Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

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Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm (program at 6:30)
Women of Denver History
The city of Denver was shaped by the efforts of many great people. Join Active Minds as we focus on the women of Denver and their contributions to the city and the state. We will cover some familiar names as well as some lesser known figures as we trace the impact of these women and their place in history.
Location: Charter Financial Resources Memory Lane, 9335 Commerce Center St, #B5, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-468-2820
Note: This location is in a light office/storage park. Within the building is an amazing collection of 50’s memorabilia (Memory Lane) that you will be free to explore as part of this event. Ice cream and refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 12:30-1:30 pm
Pope Francis
Pope Francis has a favorability rating that is among the highest in modern papal history. Join Active Minds as we seek to understand why Catholics and much of the non-Catholic world find Pope Francis so appealing. We will cover his background as the first pope from the Americas, his impact so far since becoming pope in 2013, and what the future may hold for the Catholic Church under his leadership. This event is sponsored by Vi Living and Gardens at Columbine.
Location: Tattered Cover, Aspen Grove Shopping Center, 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120
Cost: Free
Info: 303-470-7050

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm (6:30 reception, 8:00 program)
The Story of Salt
The word “salary” comes from “salt” and indicates the historic value placed on this important commodity. Used as a method of trade and currency, the role of salt in the history of civilization cannot be overstated. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of salt, from its key role in preserving food, to its influence in political conflict, to modern angles including gourmet salt and health concerns surrounding high blood pressure. It’s a salty tale indeed!
Location: Welcyon Fitness After 50, 3140 S Wadsworth Blvd, #120, Lakewood, CO 80227
Cost: Free
RSVP: 720-210-9342

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm
Winston Churchill
As one of the key architects of the Allied victory in World War II, Winston Churchill is widely regarded as one of the most important political leaders of the 20th century. Join Active Minds as we examine Churchill’s life before becoming prime minister of England, his years in the job, and his lasting impact on his country and the world. This event is sponsored by Cherry Creek Retirement Village, Garden Plaza of Aurora, Charles Lewis Insurance, and Olinger Mortuaries & Cemeteries.
Location: Heather Gardens (Auditorium), 2888 S Heather Gardens Way, Aurora, CO 80014
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-751-1811

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm
The National Parks
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. The world’s first national park, Yellowstone, was created by an act of Congress in 1872. Today, the national park system includes 392 sites (58 national parks), over 83 million acres of land, and hosts over 250 million visitors per year. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of the development of our national parks system and highlight some of the more notable parks and their stories.
Location: RiverPointe, 5225 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80123
Cost: Free
RSVP: RiverPointe: 303-797-0600

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm
Chocolate
The story of chocolate is a “rich” tale indeed. It involves aristocracy and slavery, innovation and coincidence. Pivotal roles were played by both Christopher Columbus and Hernando Cortéz. Join Active Minds as we describe how extremely bitter cacao beans are transformed into one of the world’s most sought after flavors and tell chocolate stories such as the rise of the luxury chocolate industry in Switzerland and the origins of the Hershey company. This event is sponsored by Springbrooke, MorningStar at Dayton Place, and Next Step for Seniors.
Location: Windsor Gardens, 597 S Clinton St, Denver, CO 80247
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 2:30-3:30 pm
The Refugee Crisis
Millions of refugees are fleeing from danger zones in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere, creating a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. Many are dying in transit and the nations receiving them are being overwhelmed. Join Active Minds as we explore how the migrants and the international community are struggling to cope with these challenges.
Location: Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80226
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-742-4800

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 3:00-4:00 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: Ross-University Hills Library, 4310 E Amherst Ave, Denver, CO 80222
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:45-7:45 pm
Benjamin Franklin
As perhaps one of the most colorful Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin lived a life of lasting impact. As politician, publisher, inventor and diplomat, Franklin left his mark on all he touched. Join Active Minds as we trace the life of this extraordinary man and tell some of the stories that mark his legacy. This program is brought to you by the Stapleton Master Community Association.
Location: Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:00-11:00 am
Venezuela
Venezuela is in crisis. There is not enough food, let alone other goods. Hospitals are crumbling and the health care system is completely broken. Electricity blackouts have become routine and crime is rampant. 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 perfect storm and explore what the future holds for this important South American country. This event is sponsored by Porter Adventist Hospital.
Location: Malley Senior Center, 3380 S Lincoln St, Englewood, CO 80113
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-762-2660
Misc: If parking in the lot, get pass from inside center

Friday, December 16, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm
Venice: Biography of a City
Perhaps no other city in the world conjures such distinct images as the gondolas plying the canals of Venice. Join us for a virtual tour of this beautiful and historic city that is visited by more than 20 million tourists each year. We will cover the story of the city, the most notable features, and end with a look at what the future holds for this city which is both sinking and shrinking as the waters rise and the full time residents move away. This program makes a great accompaniment to a visit to the Venice program running at the Denver Art Museum now through February 12th.
Location: Virginia Village Library, 1500 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80222
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Monday, December 19, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm
Mount Everest
On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake in Nepal triggered the deadliest avalanche in the history of Everest climbing. As the tallest mountain in the world, Everest holds a special place in the minds and hearts of many. It has religious significance for inhabitants of the region; additionally, it captivates the many mountaineers who have attempted to summit it and thus stand “on top of the world.” Join Active Minds as we explore the stories of EverestÑboth triumphs and tragediesÑand examine different perspectives on the mountain’s past, present, and future.
Location: Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge, 11180 Irving Dr, Westminster, CO 80031
Cost: Free
RSVP: Keystone Place: 303-465-5600

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 1:30-3:30 pm (program at 2:00)
American Popular Musics in the 19th Century: Street, Stage and Home
Popular music in the United States is a big industry with a long history. But what was this music like before the days of radio, recordings, and digital technologies? Who were the pop stars of yesteryear, what did they perform, and who was listening? Join Active Minds in exploring 19th century American popular music, focusing on the places and spaces that such music was made available to the public: the street, stage and home. We will listen to a wide variety of music, from parade bands and Sousa marches, to minstrel variety shows, musical theatre and parlor songs by Stephen Foster.
Location: Brookdale Green Mountain, 12791 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80228
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-237-5700

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 1:30-2:30 pm
The Story of Salt
The word “salary” comes from “salt” and indicates the historic value placed on this important commodity. Used as a method of trade and currency, the role of salt in the history of civilization cannot be overstated. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of salt, from its key role in preserving food, to its influence in political conflict, to modern angles including gourmet salt and health concerns surrounding high blood pressure. It’s a salty tale indeed!
Location: Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-733-4643

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 1:45-3:30 pm (program at 2:00)
The Story of Salt
The word “salary” comes from “salt” and indicates the historic value placed on this important commodity. Used as a method of trade and currency, the role of salt in the history of civilization cannot be overstated. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of salt, from its key role in preserving food, to its influence in political conflict, to modern angles including gourmet salt and health concerns surrounding high blood pressure. It’s a salty tale indeed!
Location: Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St, Westminster, CO 80021. 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, December 22, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm
The National Parks
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. The world’s first national park, Yellowstone, was created by an act of Congress in 1872. Today, the national park system includes 392 sites (58 national parks), over 83 million acres of land, and hosts over 250 million visitors per year. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of the development of our national parks system and highlight some of the more notable parks and their stories.
Location: Castle Rock Senior Center, 2323 Woodlands Blvd, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-688-9498

Monday, December 26, 2016, 2:30-3:30 pm
A Musical Salute to Winter!
Composers have always been inspired by the world around them, particularly the ever-changing whims of nature. In the hands of these music-makers, winter becomes more than a few months of cold. The beauty of snowfall, the introspective gloom of gray days, the quiet of a forest, the bareness of trees, the longing for life to be renewed are all captured in great works by Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Peter Tchaikovsky, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert and others (including Paul Simon!). We’ll sample a number of these, so be sure to bundle up.
Location: Springbrooke, 6800 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80224
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.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 5:00-6:00 pm
Spices
From the bland diets of Europeans in the early 16th century to the myriad of culinary flavors available today, spices have had a huge impact in the world. Join Active Minds as we trace the rise of spices from colonialism and the spice trade to the hundreds of varieties that are commonly stocked in nearby supermarkets. This program is sponsored by Rosemark at Mayfair.
Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80206
Cost: Free
Info: 303-322-7727


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