Active Minds Denver Metro Area – Mar 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6:30-7:30 pm
Cuba: Past, Present & Future 
As U.S. relations with Cuba continue to evolve, join Active Minds for a past, present and future look at our communist neighbor to the south.  We will cover Castro’s revolution, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Guantánamo Bay and current implications of the change in U.S. policy.
Location: Koelbel Library, 5955 S Holly St, Centennial, CO 80121
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-542-7279

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm
The National Parks
2016 marked 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 over 400 units (58 national parks), over 84 million acres of land, and hosts over 300 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: Atria of Applewood, 2800 Youngfield St, Lakewood, CO 80215
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-233-4343

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am
The National Parks
2016 marked 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 over 400 units (58 national parks), over 84 million acres of land, and hosts over 300 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. This program is sponsored by Rosemark at MayfairHome Care ResourcesJFS Senior Solutions, 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, March 8, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm
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.  This event is sponsored by Cherry Creek Retirement VillageGarden Plaza of AuroraPorter 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, March 8, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm
The Soviet Union: The Road After Collapse
What was known as the Soviet Union dissolved twenty-five years ago this 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: RiverPointe, 5225 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80123
Cost: Free
RSVP: RiverPointe: 303-797-0600

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:45-7:45 pm
Peace in Northern Ireland
In July, 2005, the Irish Republican Army announced the end of its armed campaign and called on its supporters to use “exclusively peaceful means.”  Despite deep differences, many of which remain unresolved, a fragile peace appears to have taken root in the region.  Join Active Minds as we explore the historical causes of “the Troubles” in Ireland as well as the potential for a lasting end to the violence. 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, March 11, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm 
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: Central Library, 10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:30-1:30 pm
Music of Aaron Copland and the American West
Join Active Minds for a musical journey into the American West.  We will focus upon works by Aaron Copland who was so instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition with works such as Rodeo and others.  Along the way we will explore some of the cowboy tunes that were important ingredients in some of Copland’s music. This program is sponsored by CarolCARE and Compassionate Senior Guidance.
Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80206
Cost: Free
Info: 303-322-7727

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 1:30-2:30 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. 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, March 15, 2017, 1:45-3:30 pm (program at 2:00)
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.
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, March 16, 2017, 2:00-3:00 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 event is sponsored by SpringbrookePorter Adventist HospitalParadyme Mortgage, and Friends For Life.
Location: Windsor Gardens, 597 S Clinton St, Denver, CO 80247
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm
Take a Bite of the Big Apple
There’s no place in the world quite like New York City.  From Broadway to Wall Street, Little Italy to Central Park, New York has a history and an energy all its own.  Join Active Minds as we virtually visit one of the world’s most important cities.  We’ll explore the city’s past and present, as well as the important people and places that have shaped this unique city.
Location: Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80226
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-742-4800

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm
A Century of Women’s Progress
It’s been nearly 45 years since Title IX became a law prohibiting gender discrimination in any educational institution receiving federal funds.  Join Active Minds as we use this anniversary to reflect on a century of women’s progress in the United States.  From women’s suffrage to the Women’s Liberation movement of the 1960’s to the role of women in the workforce today and the serious consideration of a woman for President, we will examine how far women have come as well as what many claim remains undone.
Location: Ross-University Hills Library, 4310 E Amherst Ave, Denver, CO 80222
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Monday, March 20, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm
Origins of the Blues
Join Active Minds as we look at the early days of the blues, from its roots in African American oral tradition to its rise as a mainstream American musical style.  We’ll explore the role of classic blues and prominent blues musicians in the early 20th century, examine the musical characteristics that make it different, and discuss how the blues has influenced other popular music genres.
Location: Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge, 11180 Irving Dr, Westminster, CO 80031
Cost: Free
RSVP: Keystone Place: 303-465-5600

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm
A Century of Women’s Progress
It’s been nearly 45 years since Title IX became a law prohibiting gender discrimination in any educational institution receiving federal funds.  Join Active Minds as we use this anniversary to reflect on a century of women’s progress in the United States.  From women’s suffrage to the Women’s Liberation movement of the 1960’s to the role of women in the workforce today and the serious consideration of a woman for President, we will examine how far women have come as well as what many claim remains undone.
Location: Castle Rock Senior Center, 2323 Woodlands Blvd, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-688-9498

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6:45-7:45 pm
The Soviet Union: The Road After Collapse
What was known as the Soviet Union dissolved twenty-five years ago this 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. 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, March 24, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am
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. 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, March 27, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm
Vienna – Europe’s Music Capital
Like a magnet, Vienna attracted musicians of all stripes for more than 200 years. While Schubert and Johann Strauss were born there, others were happy to leave their hometowns in Germany, Austria and elsewhere to seek their fortunes in this music-crazy city. Mozart felt the pull, as did Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler and a host of others. In this Active Minds program, we’ll discover a city teeming with beautiful theaters and concert halls, wealthy music patrons, enthusiastic audiences (known for their fickleness) and brilliant players and singers. We’ll hear music stretching over two centuries. There’s no city quite like it. As the song goes, “Heaven, Vienna mine. Laughter and music and stars that shine.”
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, March 27, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm (program at 6:30)
The United Nations
Join Active Minds for a look at the United Nations.  We will examine the origins and history of the U.N. as well as its current and future role in the world.  
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, March 28, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm
Cuba: Past, Present & Future 
As U.S. relations with Cuba continue to evolve, join Active Minds for a past, present and future look at our communist neighbor to the south.  We will cover Castro’s revolution, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Guantánamo Bay and current implications of the change in U.S. policy.
Location: Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S Biscay Cir, Centennial, CO 80015
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-542-7279

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 1:30-2:30 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: The Inn at Greenwood Village, 5565 S Yosemite St, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-327-7340 (Limited seating. Call for availability.)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 5:00-6:00 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! 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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