Active Minds Denver Metro Area – Feb 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm
The History of Tea
Other than water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and one of the oldest, tracing its roots (so to speak) to at least the 5th century BCE. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of tea, including the role it played in colonial empire building, the different types of tea, how it is grown and processed, who grows and drinks the most (which are not the same), and much more.
Location: Virginia Village Library, 1500 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80222
RSVP: Not required

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 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: Hampden Library, 9755 E Girard Ave, Denver, CO 80231
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

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Monday, February 6, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm (1:00 reception, 1:30 program)
Philippines
The Philippines is fighting a brutal war on drugs that some have termed “out of control.” Recently elected President Rodrigo Duterte campaigned on a promise to fight drugs in the country and is leading a bloody crackdown that many say is encouraging vigilante execution of drug dealers and addicts. Join Active Minds as we review the history of the Philippines in an attempt to understand the context for the current situation and gain insight into where this important U.S. ally in the region may be heading in the future.
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, February 7, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am
Muhammad Ali
Born Cassius Clay, the professional boxer known as Muhammad Ali was widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and controversial sports figures of the 20th century. Known for his outspoken approach, Ali fought for Civil Rights in both words and actions. He was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and was banned from boxing for over three years for refusing to be inducted after being drafted. Despite losing these years in the prime of his career, Ali’s accomplishments in the ring remain unmatched. Join Active Minds as we review the life and legacy of the man often referred to simply as “The Greatest.” This program is sponsored by Rosemark at Mayfair, Home Care Resources, 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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm
Malcolm X
As we mark over 50 years since the death of Malcolm X this February, join Active Minds for a review of the life and legacy of this controversial civil rights leader. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, but his detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. We will examine how Malcolm X’s efforts impacted history and how his ideas continue to influence our society today. This event is sponsored by Cherry Creek Retirement Village, Garden Plaza of Aurora, Porter Adventist Hospital, and Next Step for Seniors.
Location: Heather Gardens (Auditorium), 2888 S Heather Gardens Way, Aurora, CO 80014
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-751-1811

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 3:00-4:00 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: RiverPointe, 5225 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80123
Cost: Free
RSVP: RiverPointe: 303-797-0600

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:45-7:45 pm
Australia
Australia, or The Land Down Under as it is affectionately known, is a country, an island and a continent. It is a land of diverse physical beauty, unique wildlife and many historical similarities to the United States. Join us as we explore the history and landscape of this key U.S. ally. We will review Australia’s beginnings as a prisoner settlement, its role in numerous global conflicts and its modern challenges to protect its unique features. 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

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm
Salem Witches
In 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts an extraordinary series of events coupled with the hysterical reaction of the community, resulted in what is referred to as the Salem Witch Hunt. Hundreds of individuals were tried for the crime of witchcraft and many were executed as a result. Join Active Minds as we seek to understand this astounding moment in our country’s early history.
Location: Central Library, 10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 12:30-1:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln
As we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, join Active Minds for a look at the man and the legend. He is rated by many as the greatest president in our country’s history, yet there are as many fascinating myths as there are great true stories of his life. We will tell a few of these tales as well as reflect on how he changed history in ways that continue to this day. 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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 1:30-2:30 pm
The History of Tea
Other than water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and one of the oldest, tracing its roots (so to speak) to at least the 5th century BCE. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of tea, including the role it played in colonial empire building, the different types of tea, how it is grown and processed, who grows and drinks the most (which are not the same), and much more. This program is sponsored by Alexander Properties.
Location: Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-733-4643

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm (6:30 reception, 8:00 program)
Muhammad Ali
Born Cassius Clay, the professional boxer known as Muhammad Ali was widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and controversial sports figures of the 20th century. Known for his outspoken approach, Ali fought for Civil Rights in both words and actions. He was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and was banned from boxing for over three years for refusing to be inducted after being drafted. Despite losing these years in the prime of his career, Ali’s accomplishments in the ring remain unmatched. Join Active Minds as we review the life and legacy of the man often referred to simply as “The Greatest.”
Location: Welcyon Fitness After 50, 3140 S Wadsworth Blvd, #120, Lakewood, CO 80227
Cost: Free
RSVP: 720-210-9342

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm
Brexit: What Does the Future Hold for the UK and the European Union?
This past 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 event is sponsored by Springbrooke, DeLoia Wealth Management, Paradyme Mortgage, and Friends For Life.
Location: Windsor Gardens, 597 S Clinton St, Denver, CO 80247
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm
Philippines
The Philippines is fighting a brutal war on drugs that some have termed “out of control.” Recently elected President Rodrigo Duterte campaigned on a promise to fight drugs in the country and is leading a bloody crackdown that many say is encouraging vigilante execution of drug dealers and addicts. Join Active Minds as we review the history of the Philippines in an attempt to understand the context for the current situation and gain insight into where this important U.S. ally in the region may be heading in the future.
Location: Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80226
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-742-4800

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 3:00-4:00 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: Ross-University Hills Library, 4310 E Amherst Ave, Denver, CO 80222
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Monday, February 20, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm
Muhammad Ali
Born Cassius Clay, the professional boxer known as Muhammad Ali was widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and controversial sports figures of the 20th century. Known for his outspoken approach, Ali fought for Civil Rights in both words and actions. He was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and was banned from boxing for over three years for refusing to be inducted after being drafted. Despite losing these years in the prime of his career, Ali’s accomplishments in the ring remain unmatched. Join Active Minds as we review the life and legacy of the man often referred to simply as “The Greatest.”
Location: Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge, 11180 Irving Dr, Westminster, CO 80031
Cost: Free
RSVP: Keystone Place: 303-465-5600

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Wednesday, February 20, 2017, 1:45-3:30 pm (program at 2:00)
Turkey
A failed coup attempt last 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: 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, February 23, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm
Muhammad Ali
Born Cassius Clay, the professional boxer known as Muhammad Ali was widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and controversial sports figures of the 20th century. Known for his outspoken approach, Ali fought for Civil Rights in both words and actions. He was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and was banned from boxing for over three years for refusing to be inducted after being drafted. Despite losing these years in the prime of his career, Ali’s accomplishments in the ring remain unmatched. Join Active Minds as we review the life and legacy of the man often referred to simply as “The Greatest.”
Location: Castle Rock Senior Center, 2323 Woodlands Blvd, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-688-9498

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:45-7:45 pm
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 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, February 24, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am
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! 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

Monday, February 27, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm
Yemen
The various conflicts in the mid-east are both troubling and complex. Recently, the country of Yemen has emerged as another stage upon which sectarian warfare is being played out. At its roots is the animosity between Sunni and Shia Muslims which, in turn, brings the involvement of other regional powers, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt (Sunni) as well as Iran (Shia). Join Active Minds as we seek to understand Yemen’s current situation and the broader implications for the region.
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.

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Monday, February 27, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm (program at 6:30)
Philippines
The Philippines is fighting a brutal war on drugs that some have termed “out of control.” Recently elected President Rodrigo Duterte campaigned on a promise to fight drugs in the country and is leading a bloody crackdown that many say is encouraging vigilante execution of drug dealers and addicts. Join Active Minds as we review the history of the Philippines in an attempt to understand the context for the current situation and gain insight into where this important U.S. ally in the region may be heading in the future.
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.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm (program at 2:00)
The Soviet Union: The Road After Collapse
What was known as the Soviet Union dissolved twenty-five years ago this past December. Join Active Minds as we explore the history of the Soviet Union as well as the causes of its failure. In addition, we will discuss the continued relevance of the Russian Federation, the influence of Vladimir Putin, and ongoing challenges to democracy in the region.
Location: Garden Plaza of Aurora, 14221 E Evans Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-750-0820

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:00-6:00 pm
New Orleans: Biography of a City
Often referred to as the “most unique” city in America, New Orleans is famous for its cuisine, French Creole influence, jazz music, and of course Mardi Gras! Join Active Minds as we explore the colorful history, culture and people of the “Big Easy,” including the unique challenges of living in a coastal city where nearly half the land is below sea level! Bring your colored beads and your jazz trumpet. It’s the next best thing to being there! 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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