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Due to COVID-19, most Active Minds programs are being delivered as virtual (webinar) programs. Please join us for the programs listed below. Please click here to view additional programs (listed on the Denver Upcoming Events page). If it is your first time joining a webinar, click here to watch a short video to help you get started.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
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 event is sponsored by Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501... map; 303-651-8411
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

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Monday, December 7, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm Mountain Time
(program from 1:30-2:30) (webinar)
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 over 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. 
Brought to you by: Sunrise at Flatirons, 400 Summit Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021... map; 303-466-2422; video
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. Please only do this as a backup, as you will not be able to see the visuals. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
London: Biography of a City
Join Active Minds as we tell the story of one of the world’s greatest cities. From the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons, the Norman Conquest, and more, we will tell the story of London right up to the present day. Along the way, we’ll visit some of London’s most colorful characters and notable places, including the Tower of London, where Elizabeth I was held before becoming queen. Come float with us down the river Thames for a front row seat. It’s the next best thing to being there! This event is sponsored by The Carillon at Boulder Creek and Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: West Age Well Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302... map; 303-441-3148
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 3:00-4:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
History of Skiing  
There is evidence that humans have been skiing as far back as 6300 BCE. Skiing has been a means of transportation, utilized in combat, enjoyed for recreation, and an international competitive sport. Join Active Minds as we review the origins and history of skiing as well as explore current issues facing the industry. We will also discuss the emergence of Colorado towns as ski resorts and how that impacted them.
Host: Brookdale Longmont, 2240 Pratt St, Longmont, CO 80501... map; 303-525-9408
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 1:30-2:30 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
Holiday Traditions & Customs
Why do we have Christmas trees? Or for that matter holiday lights, egg nog, holly or mistletoe. Join Active Minds we seek to explain the origins of a wide variety of holiday traditions and customs. Our focus will be mostly upon secular winter holiday traditions, many of which are associated with the winter solstice.
Host: Eagle View Adult Center, 1150 Prairie Center Pkwy, Brighton, CO 80601... map; 303-733-4643
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Monday, December 28, 2020, 3:00-4:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
Iraq
January 2020 saw missile attacks from Iran targeting American forces in Iraq, sparking the latest round of tensions in a country that has a long history of internal and external struggles. Join Active Minds as we review the history of Iraq with an eye toward U.S. involvement that has resulted in an American military presence in the country since the 2003 invasion that toppled the government of Saddam Hussein. We will overlay the complex tensions between Sunni and Shi’a factions of Islam as we seek to understand Iraq’s past, present, and future. This event is sponsored by Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: West Age Well Center, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder, CO 80303... map; 303-441-4150
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
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 event is sponsored by Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501... map; 303-651-8411
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
Germany
Germany is the most populous country in the European Union and is the EU’s largest economy. Since the debt crisis of 2008, Germany has taken on a dominant position as a de facto leader of the EU. Now, with long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel not seeking re-election and the EU’s second largest economy (the United Kingdom) on its way out the door, Germany is at a crossroads. These circumstances, combined with a resurgent German far-right and the Coronavirus pandemic, place Germany in uncertain territory. Join Active Minds as we discuss Germany’s tumultuous history and nebulous future. This event is sponsored by The Carillon at Boulder Creek and Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: West Age Well Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302... map; 303-441-3148
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 3:00-4:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
Sugar
Sugar occupies a unique place in cultural and culinary landscapes. It has graduated from an esoteric ancient crop to an omnipresent part of modern food consumption. Sugar’s history, however, is not always a sweet story, and it poses contemporary health concerns as well. Join Active Minds as we explore the fascinating world of sugar. 
Host: Brookdale Longmont, 2240 Pratt St, Longmont, CO 80501... map; 303-525-9408
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

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Thursday, January 21, 2:00-4:00 pm Mountain Time (program from 2:30-3:30) (webinar)
Magellan
Ferdinand Magellan was one of the most significant explorers of all time. Five hundred years ago, his three-year voyage (which he did not survive) was the first successful circumnavigation of the globe.  What ensued was the expansion of European exploration and colonization of Asia, Africa and the Americas: the so-called Age of Discovery. Magellan’s life represents a fascinating case study of this pivotal moment in world history. Join Active Minds as we discuss the historical context, life, and legacy of one of the most influential navigators ever. 
Host: Brookdale Meridian Boulder, 801 Gillaspie Dr, Boulder, CO 80305... map; 303-494-3900; video
Cost: Free
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To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Monday, January 25, 2021, 3:00-4:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
The History of Minstrel Songs
“Oh, Susanna!,” “Dixie,” “Camptown Races”…these are all familiar tunes that many schoolchildren learned as folk songs, not knowing where they came from or how they were originally performed. Yet their history is mired in issues of race, representation, and cultural appropriation. In this class we’ll examine the history of minstrelsy in American popular music. We’ll discuss the music's origins in the 1830s and its development via racial stereotypes including performance by white entertainers in blackface in so-called “minstrel shows”.  We will delve into the lasting and complicated legacy of this form of popular music. This event is sponsored by Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: West Age Well Center, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder, CO 80303... map; 303-441-4150
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
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 event is sponsored by Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501... map; 303-651-8411
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

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Monday, February 1, 2021, 1:00-3:00 pm Mountain Time
(program from 1:30-2:30) (webinar)
China’s Belt & Road Initiative
In 2013, China announced a massive $1 trillion international transportation and trade infrastructure construction program known as the Belt & Road Initiative. This program, which is well underway, aims to finance, build, and supply material for roads, bridges, tunnels, railway lines, sea ports, and airports for over 100 countries in the world. China is billing this as a modern version of the ancient Silk Road. Join Active Minds as we explore the history of the Silk Road as it informs an understanding of this contemporary effort. 
Brought to you by: Sunrise at Flatirons, 400 Summit Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021... map; 303-466-2422; video
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. Please only do this as a backup, as you will not be able to see the visuals. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
Switzerland
One of the world’s richest countries, Switzerland is known for many things, including banking, chocolate, watches, and more. The country is renowned for its neutrality, yet maintains an impressive state of military preparedness. Join Active Minds as we journey to the Alps to understand the Swiss, their history, and the current challenges facing Switzerland. This event is sponsored by The Carillon at Boulder Creek and Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: West Age Well Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302... map; 303-441-3148
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 3:00-4:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
The Roots of Rock ’n’ Roll
Emerging as a powerful force on the American music scene in the 1950’s, Rock music has evolved with the decades and now includes many variations that sound pretty different from the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and the recently deceased Little Richard. Join Active Minds as we return to the roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll and trace its history and cultural impact through the years.
Host: Brookdale Longmont, 2240 Pratt St, Longmont, CO 80501... map; 303-525-9408
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Monday, February 22, 2021, 3:00-4:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
The U.S. Electric Grid
Many have described the United States electric grid as antiquated and potentially vulnerable to cyber-attack. It is arguably the largest machine in the world, comprised of many different systems of almost unimaginable complexity that, taken together, make life as we know it possible. The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy has further complicated the system in ways that are still being determined. Join Active Minds as we explore how this system works, its current challenges, and its future opportunities. This event is sponsored by Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: West Age Well Center, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder, CO 80303... map; 303-441-4150
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
New Orleans: Biography of a City
Join Active Minds for a virtual visit to this iconic place. 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!  We will 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 event is sponsored by Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501... map; 303-651-8411
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm Mountain Time (webinar)
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. This event is sponsored by Brookdale Meridian Boulder.
Host: Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501... map; 303-651-8411
Cost: Free
To Join Program: A few minutes before the program start time click here to join the live webinar (when prompted to join audio, select computer or internet audio).
Other: If for any reason you are unable to use the webinar link above, it is possible to join by phone with audio only. For info on dialing in using your phone click here for audio only dial-in instructions.

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