Active Minds events for August / September

We have lots of great events coming your way! Here are Active Minds events in the Denver Area for August/September. These events are FREE.

* * * Special Event * * *
Monday, August 5, 2013, 1:00-3:00 pm (1:00 reception, 1:30 program)
The River Nile
Flowing through eleven countries and for over 4,000 miles, many regard the Nile as the most important river in the world because of its role in the development of ancient civilizations. Join Active Minds as we explore this great river, visiting its winding path through history as well as its current relevance in the world.
Location: Sunrise at Flatirons, 400 Summit Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-466-2422

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 10:15-11:15 am
The Evolution of Libya
Gaining its independence in the aftermath of World War II, Libya struggled for 42 years under the totalitarian regime of Muammar Qaddafi. Vast oil reserves created enormous wealth, much of which Qaddafi spent on paramilitary and terrorist groups throughout the world. Declared a “state supporter of terrorism” at one point by the United States, Libya is now at a pivotal moment. The civil war that resulted in Qaddafi’s death has positioned the country to write a new chapter in its history. Join Active Minds as we review the story of Libya and where it may head from here. This event is sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living and Senior Class Homecare.
Location: Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP not required; for info, call Lil Shaw: 303-316-6359

Tuesday, August 6, 3:00-4:15 pm (program at 3:15)
Songs of Summer
The feelings generated by hot days and warm nights seem to bring out the best in composers. Berlioz captured the pleasant comforts of evening in his “Summer Nights” songs, as did American composer Samuel Barber in his gently nostalgic “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” Not surprisingly, the world of pop music embraced the freedom and joy of the summer vacation in some toe-tapping radio hits from the glory days of rock ‘n’ roll. Expect some warm-weather surprises in this Active Minds survey of music that captures the pleasures of Summer.
Location: Atria Applewood, 2800 Youngfield St, Lakewood, CO 80215… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-233-4343

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 1:00-3:00 pm (1:00 reception, 1:30 program)
Venezuela
With the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the future of this important country has become more uncertain. Over the years, Venezuela has become increasingly at odds with the United States. While both countries share a mutual interest in Venezuela’s oil reserves, Chavez opposed U.S. foreign policy efforts, a point underscored by his efforts to strengthen relations with Iran. Join Active Minds as we explore the origins of this escalating conflict and where it may go from here.
Location: Vita Flats, 101 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 720-242-7804

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:00-8:00 pm
Iran
Join Active Minds for an in-depth look at the country of Iran. We will discuss the thorny issue of Iran’s nuclear program, the relationship between Iran’s religious and political leadership, and challenges presented by regional turmoil. In particular, we will discuss how the rest of the world is responding to the various challenges presented by Iran. This program is sponsored by Juniper Village at Aurora.
Location: Stapleton Master Community Association, 2823 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Monday, August 12, 2013, 3:00-4:00 pm
The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Join Active Minds for a program describing Lewis & Clark’s expedition that opened the West. We will discuss the achievements and challenges of the expedition as well as the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis. Building upon the experiences from the expedition, we will also discuss the evolution of our country’s relationship with Native Americans.
Location: Parker Assisted Living, 18900 E Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80134… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-805-0818

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
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 is viewed by Pakistan as belonging to them. So strong is this conflict that it 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: First Presbyterian Church of Lakewood, 8210 W 10th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 12:30-1:30 pm
Iraq
Ten years after a US-led invasion toppled the government of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still in the process of maintaining itself as a stable, self-governing nation. Since the US military formally ended its mission in December, 2011, Iraq has experienced an uptick in sectarian and ethnic violence. Join Active Minds as we look at the path for Iraq to stand on its own as well as the strategic role that the new Iraq plays in the region. This event is sponsored by Sound Relief Hearing Center and Life Care Center of Stonegate.
Location: Tattered Cover, 9315 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
Info: 303-470-7050

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:30-3:30 pm
The History of Horses & Racing
Join Active Minds for a look at the history of horses including one of the most extraordinary examples of the breed–the thoroughbred racehorse. We will begin with horse domestication and their use in agriculture, the military, and other arenas and end with a review of some of the greatest racehorses and races of all time.
Location: Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80226… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-742-4800

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 3:00-4:00 pm
The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Join Active Minds for a program describing Lewis & Clark’s expedition that opened the West. We will discuss the achievements and challenges of the expedition as well as the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis. Building upon the experiences from the expedition, we will also discuss the evolution of our country’s relationship with Native Americans.
Location: RiverPointe, 5225 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80123… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: RiverPointe: 303-797-0600

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 9-11 am (9:00 program, 10:00 potluck brunch)
Loving Brahms
Born to a working class family, young Johannes Brahms showed a modest musical talent that quickly blossomed into a career of immense potential. Loudly promoted as the next Beethoven, he struggled to live up to the hype, destroying more music than he published, while often enduring harsh criticism. Today, the world embraces his brilliance with performances in grand concert facilities and intimate recital halls. Learn about his extraordinary life and music in this Active Minds presentation.
Location: Stapleton F15 Swimming Pool, 2831 Hanover St, Denver, CO 80238… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: Stapleton Master Community Association: 303-388-0724
Please note: This is an outdoor event. Shade/shelter will be provided.

* * * Member Only Event: Bus Tour * * *
Monday, August 19, 2013, 11:30-3:30 pm (lunch at 11:30, bus departs at 12:30)
Denver Architecture Bus Tour
Presented by Active Minds, this tour is for folks who have an eye for architecture, or those who would like to! We’ll look at the various decades in Denver’s architecture, showing you the lovelies and perhaps not-so-lovelies. Much of Denver’s Victorian heritage was torn down during urban renewal, but there are pieces left to be found. Fancy some Art Deco? We’ve got it! How about some Brutalist, Post-Modern, International Style, or Richardsonian Romanesque? Confused? We’ll clear it up as best we can, and along the way you’ll have an architectural smorgasbord. Join us for the Denver Architecture Tour! This event is only open to Active Minds Members and is sponsored by MorningStar at Dayton Place, Balfour at Riverfront Park and Senior Helpers.
Location: Lunch and departure/return location is at the Cottages at Dayton Place, 2032 S Dayton Ct, Denver, CO 80247…VIEW MAP
Cost: $10 and you must be a paying Active Minds member. To become a member click here.
To register: Mail check to Active Minds, 990 Krameria St, Denver, CO 80220. Space is limited to 55, so send your check early to ensure your spot.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 1:30-2:30 pm
Affirmative Action
In the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of affirmative action in the area of higher education admissions, join Active Minds for an in-depth look at the origins, history, and future of affirmative action in the United States. Born out of the legacy of slavery in the U.S., affirmative action has been a part of our culture for decades. Proponents claim it is necessary to even the playing field given past disadvantages while others argue that it just creates a new uneven playing field. We will examine both these arguments and more as we attempt to understand this complicated and important issue. This event is sponsored by Zounds Hearing-Aurora.
Location: Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-733-4643

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 1:45-3:30 pm (program at 2:00)
The Korean War
Join Active Minds for a look at the origins, key events, and the lasting legacy of this conflict. We will also examine the role played by the United States, China, and the Soviet Union as part of the broader Cold War.
Location: Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St, Westminster, CO 80021… VIEW 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.
RSVP: 303-403-2205

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:30-7:30 pm
North Korea
Join Active Minds for a discussion of the history of North Korea and the development of the North Korean nuclear program. We will cover the successes and shortcomings of diplomatic efforts between North Korea, the United States and other countries. 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 the transition from Kim Jong-Il to his youthful son Kim Jong-Un. This program is sponsored by Vi Living.
Location: Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-791-7323

Friday, August 23, 2013, 10:00-11:00 am
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 JFS At Home and the Law Offices of John H. Licht.
Location: Malley Senior Center, 3380 S Lincoln St, Englewood, CO 80110… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-762-2660
Misc: If parking in the lot, get pass from inside center

Monday, August 26, 2013, 2:30-3:30 pm
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Reflecting on Roosevelt’s presidency, his biographer commented that FDR “brought the United States through the Great Depression and World War II to a prosperous future. He lifted himself from a wheelchair to lift the nation from its knees.” Join Active Minds as we look at the life and leadership of one of our nation’s most admired presidents and examine how his legacy is currently viewed (for better or worse) through the lens of our recent challenges.
Location: Springbrooke, 6800 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80224… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP Required: Springbrooke: 303-331-9963
Misc: Limited seating. No groups please.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 5:30-6:30 pm
Affirmative Action
Join Active Minds for an in-depth look at the origins, history, and future of affirmative action in the United States. Born out of the legacy of slavery in the U.S., affirmative action has been a part of our culture for decades. Proponents claim it is necessary to even the playing field given past disadvantages while others argue that it just creates a new uneven playing field. We will examine both these arguments and more as we attempt to understand this complicated and important issue.
Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80206… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
Info: 303-322-7727

Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 10:15-11:15 am
The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Join Active Minds for a program describing Lewis & Clark’s expedition that opened the West. We will discuss the achievements and challenges of the expedition as well as the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis. Building upon the experiences from the expedition, we will also discuss the evolution of our country’s relationship with Native Americans. This event is sponsored by JFS At Home and Brookdale Senior Living.
Location: Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP not required; for info, call Lil Shaw: 303-316-6359

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 1:00-3:00 pm (1:00 reception, 1:30 program)
Fracking
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a controversial method of extracting previously unavailable oil and gas reserves from the ground by fracturing rock by injecting pressurized fluids. Proponents claim that it opens up vast amounts of natural gas within the U.S. and could play a key role in the United States gaining energy independence within the not too distant future. Opponents claim that the chemicals used in fracking represent a significant environmental risk to ground water and other elements of the environment. Join Active Minds as we explore the risks and benefits of fracking and put it into the broader context of U.S. Energy Policy.
Location: Vita Flats, 101 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 720-242-7804

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
The Great Depression
Join Active Minds for a look back at the Great Depression. We will examine the origins of the depression and its legacy as well as take a look at it through the lens of our current economic environment.
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Lakewood, 8210 W 10th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 12:30-1:30 pm
North Korea
Join Active Minds for a discussion of the history of North Korea and the development of the North Korean nuclear program. We will cover the successes and shortcomings of diplomatic efforts between North Korea, the United States and other countries. 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 the transition from Kim Jong-Il to his youthful son Kim Jong-Un.
Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80206… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
Info: 303-322-7727

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 2:30-3:30 pm
Colombia: A Powder Keg?
The government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is in the midst of a number of delicate and dangerous situations, most prominently the peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Colombia continues to experience high levels of violence between leftist rebels, right-wing paramilitary groups, as well as between drug cartels and the government forces trying to quell their activity. Extreme economic disparities and a Free Trade Agreement with the United States whose long-term costs and benefits for Colombians are as of yet unknown add to the already great uncertainty of Colombia’s path forward. Join Active Minds as we examine these tensions and what they portend for Colombia’s future.
Location: Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80226… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-742-4800

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 3:00-4:00 pm
Putin’s Russia
Having influenced the country far beyond the term of his first official Presidency and now having returned to the role and consolidated his power, Vladimir Putin’s leadership of Russia suggests a return to an authoritarianism that, for some, feels similar to the days of Soviet control and the Czars of old. Join Active Minds as we examine the story of Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin.
Location: RiverPointe, 5225 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80123… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: RiverPointe: 303-797-0600

Thursday, September 12, 2013, 7:00-8:00 pm
The Challenges of Mexico
Join Active Minds for an in-depth look at Mexico. We will cover Mexican history and recent events as we seek to understand how this country fits in the regional puzzle of North, Central and South America. We will examine key issues in Mexican relations with the U.S. such as violence associated with drug trafficking, trade agreements and immigration.
Location: Stapleton Master Community Association, 2823 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 2-4 pm (program at 2:30)
The Kurds
The Kurds are an ethnic group of approximately 30 million with origins in a part of the Middle East that has been surrounded by the historic powers of the region. Today, the traditional lands of the Kurds are divided into parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. As a minority in each of these countries, the Kurds have long sought their own sovereign nation or at least more autonomy, with mixed results. As some of these nations have become increasingly unstable, many Kurds see an opportunity for greater control over their own destiny. Join Active Minds as we explore this complicated dynamic and seek to understand the Kurdish people and their struggle.
Location: Emeritus at Green Mountain, 12791 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80228… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-237-5700

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:30-2:30 pm
The History of Denver
Come learn the stories of the Mile High City. You will learn how our city was founded and the roles played by William Larimer, John Evans, and others. We will trace the development of this resilient city that has enjoyed tremendous booms and weathered debilitating busts. Bring your favorite Denver trivia to share! This event is sponsored by JFS At Home.
Location: Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-733-4643

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:45-3:30 pm (program at 2:00)
The History of Radio
Throughout human history there have been a number of inventions that have fundamentally changed how people communicate. One of the most influential was the advent of radio. Although the technology was discovered in the 19th century, radio really came into the popular culture in the first half of the 20th century. Even today, radio continues to reach nearly 250 million Americans on a weekly basis. Join Active Minds as we trace the history and impact of this important technology.
Location: Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St, Westminster, CO 80021… VIEW 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.
RSVP: 303-403-2205

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 2:00-3:00 pm
The Kurds
The Kurds are an ethnic group of approximately 30 million with origins in a part of the Middle East that has been surrounded by the historic powers of the region. Today, the traditional lands of the Kurds are divided into parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. As a minority in each of these countries, the Kurds have long sought their own sovereign nation or at least more autonomy, with mixed results. As some of these nations have become increasingly unstable, many Kurds see an opportunity for greater control over their own destiny. Join Active Minds as we explore this complicated dynamic and seek to understand the Kurdish people and their struggle. This event is sponsored by Springbrooke and Zounds Hearing-Aurora.
Location: Windsor Gardens, 597 S Clinton St, Denver, CO 80247… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free

Monday, September 23, 2013, 2:30-3:30 pm
Bandits, Thieves, & Outlaws
Join Active Minds as we visit some of the most notorious outlaws in history. We will tell the stories of Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and others. Bring your posse and help us round up the bad guys.
Location: Springbrooke, 6800 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80224… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP Required: Springbrooke: 303-331-9963
Misc: Limited seating. No groups please.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 1:30-2:30 pm
Germany
As the European Union struggles with a variety of complex issues, many of them financial, Germany has emerged as a critical player in the development of economic policy for the region. Recent elections in Germany served as a referendum on how the German government, under the leadership of Angela Merkel, has performed in the eyes of Germans. Join Active Minds as we explore the role of Germany in the world as well as how the process of German reunification has evolved, especially given Merkel’s roots in the government of the former Communist East Germany.
Location: The Inn at Greenwood Village, 5565 S Yosemite St, Greenwood Village, CO 80111… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-327-7340 (Limited seating. Call for availability.)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 5:30-6:30 pm
The Nobel Prize
Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the Nobel Prize in his will in 1895. For over a century the prize has stood for extraordinary accomplishment in a variety of fields throughout the world. Join Active Minds as we trace the history of the Nobel Prize, highlighting notable laureates, notable omissions, and a controversy here and there. We will also take a look at recent and possible future winners and the political impact the prize can have in the world.
Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80206… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
Info: 303-322-7727

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6:00-7:00 pm
The Story of Beer
Join Active Minds as we tell the story of beer. We will discuss the origins and history of beer, how it is made, different types of beer, as well as the rise of several great American brewers and beer families. We will end with a discussion of the current trends of microbrews and craft beers and their strong Colorado connections. Cheers!
Location: Cherry Creek Library, 305 Milwaukee St, Denver, CO 80206…VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7:00-8:00 pm
Mount Everest
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 Everest—both triumphs and tragedies—and examine different perspectives on the mountain’s past, present, and future. This program is sponsored by Juniper Village at Aurora.
Location: Stapleton Master Community Association, 2823 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required

Friday, September 27, 2013, 10:00-11:00 am
The Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect 150 years ago, changed the course of the United States while it was embroiled in the Civil War. In it, President Abraham Lincoln exercised his constitutional authority as commander in chief of the armed forces, to proclaim all slaves in Confederate territory to be forever free. Join Active Minds as we explore what this historic proclamation did and did not do. We will examine its impact, both immediate and longer term, from the perspective of slaves, slave owners, Northerners, Southerners, and the country as a whole.
Location: Malley Senior Center, 3380 S Lincoln St, Englewood, CO 80110… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-762-2660
Misc: If parking in the lot, get pass from inside center

Friday, September 27, 2013, 2:30-3:30 pm
Putin’s Russia
Having influenced the country far beyond the term of his first official Presidency and now having returned to the role and consolidated his power, Vladimir Putin’s leadership of Russia suggests a return to an authoritarianism that, for some, feels similar to the days of Soviet control and the Czars of old. Join Active Minds as we examine the story of Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin.
Location: Dayton Place, 1950 S Dayton St, Denver, CO 80247… VIEW MAP
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-751-5150

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