Popping Balloons & Validating Ideas Lunch Talk with Jesse Lawrence
Jan
18
12:00 PM12:00

Popping Balloons & Validating Ideas Lunch Talk with Jesse Lawrence

The idea of popping balloons is to metaphorically throw darts at ideas based on reasons why the ideas won't make it in the marketplace (testing problem-market fit). Good solutions pop with effort, bad solutions pop easily, and the best solutions are hard to pop.  Jesse has built and refined a system of ideating and validating scalable concepts. He will share his theory and methods on how to get to the best ideas.

Jesse founded Boulder Bits - Colorado's Startup Studio - to build companies and work with entrepreneurs.

Jesse's Bio: At Boulder Bits, I identify and validate untapped business opportunities. Then I build teams around the best opportunities. When a team aligns with each other and the scalable solution, I form and fund the company and support the team. While vetting opportunities takes a lot of time and effort, the most important feature is vetting team. I spend much of my time seeking new co-founders and working with recent portfolio companies. The following are a few sectors we’re investing in: Video Technology, e-Commerce, Life Hacks, Embedded Systems, Human Safety & Wearable Devices.
Interesting Tidbits: I spent 5 months in Antarctica over a three year period doing some pretty amazing science. Yes, it is cold there, especially when you live in a tent. My fourth-grade teacher nearly flunked me, yet I became a professor at Stanford. Go figure! I spent 15 years as an earthquake seismologist innovating new signal processing techniques, studying the Earth's interior, and creating a highly successful social-cyber-seismic network called the Quake-Catcher Network.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

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Weekly | Member Monday
Jan
22
12:00 PM12:00

Weekly | Member Monday

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Steve Smith. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Member Monday 1/22: Awesomeness

Once upon a time the word “awesome” carried special meaning, suggesting something so magnificent, so stirring, that time itself seemed to stop (as distinguished from its more emasculated usage in today's world, say, that of a waiter commenting on the diner’s menu choice). It is a state to which many, maybe most, people can only aspire — a vicarious thrill of the imagination. An engaging written account, however, can sometimes provide a glimpse.

A Water-Based Religion is about awe in that true sense. Read this angler's account as meditation, as a kind of prayer, “What I love almost best about fishing is another property it shares with reading and writing: it concentrates the mind, while at the same time liberating it. It is much less about catching a fish than releasing the fisherman. This ecstatic dreamtime lies within the reach of anyone able to bait a hook and is what many of us, really, are angling for – a settled but excited state of mind in a place of outstanding beauty.”

It's not about the sport. It’s about the poetry. It's about the connection, whether it be to another, to nature, to struggle, to spirit, to oneself. You may recall from your high school days (continuing with the fishing theme) all such dimensions were on display in Hemingway’s The Old Man And the Sea through Santiago’s relationship with the marlin. Has connection at that level been relegated to works of fiction or is there still room for awe in today's hyperkinetic world ? 

So let's start by teasing out examples of our own truly awesome life experiences -- times we were able to untangle ourselves from what we normally are not. Recall the reverie, the suspension of time, how the excellence of the moment itself seemed to carry with it the prestige of the infinite. Surely that must be replicable. 

Delicious Lunch and Program in the Library

Members $20

Member paid for Guests $25

Self Paying Guests $30

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How America Got Its Guns Lunch Talk with Bill Briggs
Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

How America Got Its Guns Lunch Talk with Bill Briggs

The American gun debate is contentious, emotional, multidimensional, and it’s not likely to subside soon. This discussion will focus on some of the legal, political, cultural, and psychological issues associated with guns in America. Is there some middle ground that will allow us to make progress on the real goal, which is to reduce or eradicate gun violence? I will make some suggestions.

Bill is a Boulder native who strayed away for ten years before finding his way home. After a career teaching mathematics, in part at CU-Denver for 23 years, he continues to write textbooks, play in the mountains, and do volunteer work in Boulder.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

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Barolo Wine Seminar with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman
Jan
23
5:30 PM17:30

Barolo Wine Seminar with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman

  • Highland City Club Dining Room or Grand Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a special seminar featuring exclusively wines produced from Barolo using 100% Nebbiolo.  We will examine the region, its influences, and the various styles of wine produced depending on area and production method.  The temperatures are cold and Nebbiolo is the perfect way to warm up.  We will have a very limited number of seats available, so reserve quickly.  The event will take place at the Highland City Club from 5:30-7:00 pm.  The cost is $50 per person with wines that will not disappoint.  Call the Boulder Wine Merchant to reserve a spot today (303) 443-6761 or RSVP with Highland City Club at adminteam@highlandcityclub.com.

Born and raised in Colorado, Brett Zimmerman discovered his passion for wine while working his way through the University of Colorado, first as a busboy and then a waiter. The owners of Boulder’s Laudisio and Flagstaff House saw his potential and introduced him to all aspects of the business. Zimmerman soon found that he enjoyed cooking and food far more than the summers he spent on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Following graduation, he decided to apply the same professional approach he had learned as a Business Administration major to finding a job in the culinary industry. He set his sights high, and was soon accepted for a sommelier position at the highly acclaimed Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago.

At Trotter’s, Zimmerman found a wine program steeped in the rich tradition of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Working with other Masters, he began to expand his knowledge and appreciation of fine wine. He continued this education after relocating to San Francisco to serve as sommelier for celebrated restaurant Aqua, before ultimately deciding to return to his native state and open his own restaurant, Mateo.

A popular Provençal-style restaurant, Mateo flourished under Zimmerman’s leadership. After three years, he left the restaurant business in order to focus on his true passion – fine wine – taking a position as Colorado’s General Manager of the American Fine Wine Division of Southern Wine and Spirits. This dedication to his craft culminated in the spring of 2007, when Zimmerman successfully passed his Masters Examination and earned the highly coveted distinction of Master Sommelier

In August of 2010, Master Zimmerman purchased the Boulder Wine Merchant from fellow Master Sommeliers Wayne Belding and Sally Mohr. In this current role, Zimmerman is able to combine his expertise in fine wine with his passion for excellent customer service honed while working in world-renowned restaurants, providing his clients with an unparalleled experience.

Master Zimmerman currently lives in Boulder with his wife, a co-owner of the Wine Merchant, and their son.

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Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Weekly | Movie Night

Movie night will strive to showcase films previously viewed and endorsed by members, motivated by the desire to share their experience with others. The primary criterion is that the story itself takes precedence over the cast, the budget, the outside reviews, or the special effects. The films may be contemporary or classic. We seek the overlooked gems. We look to share your favorites.

This Week's Feature: Twelve Angry Men

Hosted by Steve Smith

Every Wednesday (except when the monthly sustainable movie night occurs)

Admission: Free

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City Club Social
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

City Club Social

City Club Social - Thursday nights 6-8 PM @ Highland City Club

It's not quite the weekend, and you are craving something different. Not a bar, and not something formal; just somewhere in between. Something new, something exciting. A place to laugh, relax, and ruminate with friends and colleagues. Somewhere that feels like home, but is not.

City Club has got the answer.

Starting every other week on Thursday, January 11, please join us for small bites, drinks, and amuse. We invited Boulder's finest bartenders from Tasting House to offer a tasteful selection of refreshing cocktails, beer, and wine. 

Feel free to invite a friend. RSVP at this link.

Dates: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22

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Jan
26
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Founder's Lunch

A monthly Social Lunch with Sina Simantob to brainstorm and share future plans for the club, while addressing members' questions and concerns.

Delicious Lunch and Program in the Library

Members and Member Guests $15

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Weekly | Member Monday
Jan
29
12:00 PM12:00

Weekly | Member Monday

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Steve Smith. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Delicious Lunch and Program in the Library

Members $20

Member paid for Guests $25

Self Paying Guests $30

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Weekly | Movie Night

Movie night will strive to showcase films previously viewed and endorsed by members, motivated by the desire to share their experience with others. The primary criterion is that the story itself takes precedence over the cast, the budget, the outside reviews, or the special effects. The films may be contemporary or classic. We seek the overlooked gems. We look to share your favorites.

This Week's Feature: 

Hosted by Steve Smith

Every Wednesday (except when the monthly sustainable movie night occurs)

Admission: Free

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
Feb
7
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
Mar
7
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
Apr
4
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
May
2
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
Jun
6
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
Aug
1
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
Sep
5
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
Oct
3
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
Nov
7
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley
Dec
5
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Weekly | Movie Night
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Weekly | Movie Night

Movie night will strive to showcase films previously viewed and endorsed by members, motivated by the desire to share their experience with others. The primary criterion is that the story itself takes precedence over the cast, the budget, the outside reviews, or the special effects. The films may be contemporary or classic. We seek the overlooked gems. We look to share your favorites.

This Week's Feature: Locke

Hosted by Steve Smith

Every Wednesday (except when the monthly sustainable movie night occurs)

Admission: Free

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Weekly | Member Monday
Jan
15
12:00 PM12:00

Weekly | Member Monday

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Steve Smith. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Member Monday 1/15: Social Engineering

“In a perfectly efficient society man is redundant” Len Barron, quoted at an audience talk-back at the World Affairs Conference some decades ago

The man behind that quote will join us for Member Monday (1/15). Many of you know Len Barron as Boulder’s own educator, playwright, director, writer, and dancer, whom most recognize for that one-man Einstein performance -- the one celebrating that physicist's deep sense of humanity marked by fairness, beauty, and playfulness. Those are words not commonly associated with efficiency.

So let us then reflect back on that quote as we discuss man’s standing in a world increasingly seduced by efficiencies, the efficiencies of technology that is. We are accorded a front row seat to such spectacle by way of “Inside China’s Vast New ExperimentIn Social Engineering”. The venue may be overseas but the phenomenon most assuredly is not. It’s America’s embrace as well.

We, of course, have long become accustomed to the world of credit tracking, purchases recording, and GPS locating. Many have even become quite comfortable voluntarily giving up so many details of their daily lives, all in the interests of “connecting.”  These are among the seemingly small trade-offs we willingly or unwillingly make with little thought to consequences.

Well, then, behold China. Witness the consequences on display there even now — man slowly reduced to an algorithm. Private data aggregators triangulate countless input streams — what you buy, the degrees you hold, the credit scores of both you and those of your friends, your driving habits, your travel patterns, complaints lodged against you — to score you in a unified system. Life perks are then extended or withheld accordingly. And that’s just the private sector.

It’s then a simple extrapolation to catch a glimpse of its merger into the public sphere. The People’s Bank of China, eyeing an equity stake in the major technology companies, has ordered certain companies to feed their data into a central government clearinghouse. Data feeds then widen in scope to incorporate even broader behavior parameters. That which can be measured can be controlled. Man devolves into a piece-part. That’s the ultimate efficiency part.

So what happens to things like beauty and playfulness? They're not part of the algorithm. It’s the number that is you. And you are the number. Those other things are redundant.

 

Delicious Lunch and Program in the Library

Members $20

Member paid for Guests $25

Self Paying Guests $30

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City Club Social
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

City Club Social

City Club Social - Thursday nights 6-8 PM @ Highland City Club

It's not quite the weekend, and you are craving something different. Not a bar, and not something formal; just somewhere in between. Something new, something exciting. A place to laugh, relax, and ruminate with friends and colleagues. Somewhere that feels like home, but is not.

City Club has got the answer.

Starting every other week on Thursday, January 11, please join us for small bites, drinks, and amuse. We invited Boulder's finest bartenders from Tasting House to offer a tasteful selection of refreshing cocktails, beer, and wine. 

Feel free to invite a friend. RSVP at this link.

Dates: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22

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Evolving our Governance System with Rights of Nature Lunch Talk with Grant Wilsom
Jan
11
12:00 PM12:00

Evolving our Governance System with Rights of Nature Lunch Talk with Grant Wilsom

Climate change, water scarcity and other global threats are increasingly illustrating the limits of our existing environmental laws to stem degradation. This talk posits that environmental declines will continue until we address a fundamental assumption underlying our legal system: that humans are separate from the natural world and may treat it as property to be exploited, rather than as a connected ecological partner. In particular, the talk will focus on the growing movement to establish legal rights for rivers and lakes, including recent victories in New Zealand, Mexico, and elsewhere.

Grant Wilson is the Directing Attorney at Earth Law Center. He has advanced environmental campaigns in the United States and worldwide, from representing island nations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to National Land Policy work in Kenya. As Directing Attorney of Earth Law Center, Mr. Wilson works to advance the rights of nature in law, and in particular focuses on ensuring that our rivers thrive. Grant earned a degree in Environmental Policy from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, and a J.D. with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

Delicious Lunch and Program in the Library

Members and Member paid for Guests $25

Self Paying Guests $35

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Sustainable Movie Night
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly | Sustainable Movie Night

Thriving and Sustainability themed Monthly Movie Night

Co-hosted by Aaron Perry and the Y on Earth Community

This month's movie: CHASING CORAL

Admission: Free!

First Wednesday of the month in the Dining Room

Dates: January 10, February 7, March 7, Apr 4, May 2, Jun 6, no July movie at this time due to HCC's week of 4th of July closure, Aug 8, Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, and Dec 5

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Monthly | Y On Earth Book Club with Aaron Perry
Jan
9
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Y On Earth Book Club with Aaron Perry

Author, speaker and consultant Aaron William Perry will guide a chapter by chapter exploration and discussion of the 33 chapters in Y on Earth. Reading and discussing 3 chapters per month, this book club series will cover the entire book in 11 sessions. This book club will start with an introduction on January 9 and then cover the entire book through December.

Delicious Lunch and Program in the Library $25

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

Dates: January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, Jun 5, no July lunch at this time due to HCC's week of 4th of July closure, Aug 7, Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, and Dec 4

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Weekly | Member Monday
Jan
8
12:00 PM12:00

Weekly | Member Monday

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Steve Smith. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Member Monday: The Making Of a Congressman

In a quote attributed to Bismarck, "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made." Well, fair enough, but how about watching the making of one who makes the laws?

We are honored this next Member Monday (1/8) to welcome Mark Williams, candidate for the second Congressional District district seat (includes Boulder County), the one vacated by Jared Polis who, in turn, is running for the governorship. The winner of the democratic primary to be held this June will most assuredly win the seat in November.

The session is designed for us armchair every"men" to explore what it's really like to run for national office. Don't confuse Mark with Everyman, however. Mark has been with us twice before, once to take us through the training, the challenges, and the actual combat experience of an F-15 pilot who flew in the first sortie of the Iraq war. Red Baron then morphed into Buddha (the subject of a previous Member Monday) as this retired pilot later attended Naropa and developed mindfulness training programs for the civilian world. It was a transformation truly to behold.

And so it would be with this next act. Mark's campaign headquarters is housed at the Highland City Club, thus providing us with the perfect place from which to witness the realities of the political process. Let us simply set the stage at this first Member Monday session of the year by exploring with Mark the reasons he decided to run, the challenges he sees ahead, and his feelings about the prospect of being a public persona. Such a session will at the very least provide us with our own vicarious thrill as we imagine ourselves -- being, of course, of equally pure of body, mind and spirit -- at the starting block.

Then, ideally, we shall re-engage with Mark as the campaign unfolds towards the June primary. What, then, have become the (non-confidential) unexpected hurdles, compromises, and changed ideals? The beauty in all this is we can better understand the realities of hardball politics. All of us will then be in a much better position to appreciate what it must be like to make sausages. 

Delicious Lunch and Program in the Library

Members $20

Member paid for Guests $25

Self Paying Guests $30

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Jan
5
9:30 PM21:30

How America Got Its Guns Lunch Talk with Bill Briggs

Abstract: The American gun debate is contentious, emotional,
multidimensional, and it’s not likely to subside soon. This discussion
will focus on some of the legal, political, cultural, and
psychological issues associated with guns in America. Is there some
middle ground that will allow us to make progress on the real goal,
which is to reduce or eradicate gun violence? I will make some
suggestions.

Bio (edit as you like): I am a Boulder native who strayed away for ten
years before finding my way home. After a career teaching mathematics,
in part at CU-Denver for 23 years, I continue to write textbooks, play
in the mountains, and do volunteer work in Boulder.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch - Knowledge of and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel with Kevin Townley
Jan
3
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly | Practical Western Mysticism Lunch - Knowledge of and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel with Kevin Townley

City Club Member and Scholar in Residence Kevin Townley is an author, teacher, and student of the Western Mysteries and Ageless Wisdom for nearly 30 years. He began his studies in a Carmelite Seminary at the age of 13 and from there was drawn to study the Ageless Wisdom. He completed the 13 year curriculum with the Builders of the Adytum, a comprehensive study in the western Mysteries which includes the Qabalah, Tarot, Tree of Life, Alchemy and Astrology.Kevin worked for two years in a full-time position at a laboratory dedicated to the practical study of alchemy and spagery. He has conducted workshops on Qabalah, Spagyrics, Alchemy, and Tarot in the United States and in Europe. He co-founded the Hermetic School, The Philosophers of Nature, which has a seven-year curriculum in laboratory alchemy and Qabalah. Kevin's teachings include classes on the Western Mysteries at The Colorado Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Boulder College, Sancta Sophia Theological Seminary and Naropa University where he remains a part time faculty member. He has an integrative approach to the several esoteric subjects and blends these teachings in his classes.

Delicious Lunch and Discussion the Library

$25 for Members and Member paid Guests

$35 for Self-paying Guests

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Highland City Club Closed
Dec
23
to Jan 2

Highland City Club Closed

Dear Highland Tenants,

As many of you know, we have a tradition of closing City Club during the holiday season so that our staff can take time off to rest and vacation. You see, City Club has a small staff and it takes all of us to run it properly, so the only way we can take time off is by doing it together.

Highland will be open, lights on and mail delivered. The only thing not available is phone reception and lunches at City Club.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

Highland Staff

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THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES: THE ENNEAGRAM, NEUROSCIENCE AND THE POWER OF INTENTION
Dec
20
12:00 PM12:00

THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES: THE ENNEAGRAM, NEUROSCIENCE AND THE POWER OF INTENTION

Do you ever wonder why things don’t happen the way you wanted and then wondered why? And are you wondering what the Enneagram has to do with that?

Our personalities (as described so accurately by the Enneagram) determine the thoughts, feelings and actions we engage most often. Because it’s so easy and natural for us to think, feel and act in these ways, they have become unconscious habits. These habits may not be what our intentions need from us.

If you find yourself frustrated, that your team isn’t getting along or producing the way you want, you’re not reaching your goals, you’re more nervous than expected when giving a talk or performing, or relationships aren’t working out the way you had hoped, it could be that the habits of your personality are getting in the way.

If what you want isn’t the same as what you’re getting, join us and learn how embodying some of the gifts of the others Enneagram types could shift that for you. You can create new habits or patterns that will support your intentions. And then guess what? Maybe you can have the life of your dreams.

 

Andrea Isaacs is an emotional intelligence and mindset coach and trainer. She has been on the cutting edge in the field of emotional intelligence bridging body wisdom, the Enneagram and neuroscience since 1994. She is the creator of EnneaMotion, Somatic Focusing and The EQ Quiz. 

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Weekly | Member Monday
Dec
18
12:00 PM12:00

Weekly | Member Monday

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Steve Smith. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Member Monday 12/18 with Steve Smith:
Social Media: Once Upon A Swipe


One remembers that some primitive peoples feared being photographed because they thought the camera would make off with their souls. That notion may have prefigured dating in today’s social media world: soulless images uploaded to interact with other soulless images as the real souls are left out to dry, becoming mere residue in this virtual carnival world of the contemporary mating dance.

The idea of a character becomes imprisoned in an image, whether in the form of a picture or of a calculated narrative. The root power at play is one of projection. The mind needs its illusions. Applied to the dating world, a projected image hangs out there awaiting judgment, often rendered by way of an instantaneous left/right swipe reflex. Nothing personal. It’s not you, it’s your facade. You know, it’s just a numbers game.

We welcome to the discussion Aude-Olivia, a relationship coach who assists clients as they seek out the heart amongst the numbers. She has chronicled her personal experiences in "Once Upon A Swipe" with a view to assist others navigate their digital dating life. Aude invites us to come back to the truth of our heart as we seek to re-integrate romance into the digital world.

The myth-making associated with images transcends social media and the dating world, of course. One thinks of the story of a mother walking with her child. A stranger exclaims, "What a lovely girl!" The mother replies, "That's nothing, you should see her picture!”

The problem with much of social media in general lies in the way it has exploited its addictive power and our own egocentricity in the most cynical of ways. Founders and early investors are themselves coming around to recognizing social media's dark side in the way it damages the very soul (link: The End Of the Social Era). The primitives could have told them that.

Lunch and Member Program

Members $20

Member paid for Guest $25

Self Paying Guest $30

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Holiday Happy Hour
Dec
15
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Happy Hour

City Club Holiday Party!

Join us for a special Holiday Happy Hour filled with food, music, and cheer! 

Special musical guest Grupo Chegando Lá! 

Highland City Club
Friday December 15th
5:30pm-8:30pm

Members & Member paid Guests $20
Self paying Guests and Visitors $30

Based out of Boulder, Colorado under the leadership of Francisco Marques, Grupo Chegando Lá is an eclectic bunch of musicians of all ages that comes together weekly to play and study the music we love. Their repertoire includes mainly traditional samba music but they also dabble in bossa nova, baião and funk.

 

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Lunch Talk: Israel & Colorado: Water Nexus with Gili Elkin
Dec
14
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch Talk: Israel & Colorado: Water Nexus with Gili Elkin

With 1400 new startups a year, Israel is only second to the Silicon Valley in number of startups and first per capita. There are many factors that contribute to Israel’s entrepreneurial DNA such as the amount that the government spends on R&D and the society’s tolerance for failure. Israel’s necessity for water combined with this entrepreneurial DNA is what turned Israel into a powerhouse and world leader in water innovation. However, Israeli entrepreneurs face challenges while trying to penetrate the US market. These challenges are the result of geographic distance, business cultural gap and others. Colorado as one of the more arid states in the country has a great need for water innovation. The ICI Fund’s goal is to bridge between the Israeli innovation and the US market through Colorado.  The fund identifies leading Israeli technologies, bring them to Colorado, open offices for them in Colorado and help them scale up locally through the Innosphere program. Some examples of exciting Israeli innovation will be shared. 

Gili is the General Partner of the Israel – Colorado Innovation Fund, investing in Israeli startups in water/energy/transportation and connecting them with the US market through Innosphere. Previously Gili was the Managing Director, Strategic Growth of SynTech Bioenergy, a waste-to-energy company located in Colorado.  She is active in promoting the collaboration between Israel and Colorado in the water and energy and transportation fields by facilitating the conversation between two governments. Gili serves on the Board of Directors of the B’nai B’rith of the Rockies. Gili is an Israeli lawyer, worked at Naschitz Brandes, consulted at Ernst & Young to global venture capital firms investing in Israeli companies and was the founder and CEO of wordprom.com. She has served in the Israeli Defense Forces in a classified unit. Gili earned her LLB and BA (in Law and Business) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. 

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Weekly | Member Monday
Dec
11
12:00 PM12:00

Weekly | Member Monday

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Steve Smith. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Member Monday 12/11 with Steve Smith:
The Middle East: A New General War?

In a perfect follow-on to last week's discussion of "The Fate of Empires" we'll see the dynamics at work for new alignments and new empires. Member Monday will, in a sense, be a continuation of last week as we address current affairs in the Middle East in the context of the formation and reformation of empires that make up world history. 

Please read ex-diplomat, John Jenkins' assessment of the likelihood of a new general war in the Middle East, with Israel and Saudi Arabia on one side, Iran and Hezbollah and the other. “What we are seeing is the eruption of a previously submerged rivalry between an expansionist Iran and a historically cautious Saudi Arabia that has been years in the making. The rivalry flows from Lebanon through Syria and Iraq, across to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen and up the Red Sea. It also affects Pakistan and Afghanistan”

Lunch and Member Program

Members $20

Member paid for Guest $25

Self Paying Guest $30

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Enchanted Evening - Boulder Symphony Orchestra at Highland City Club
Dec
8
5:30 PM17:30

Enchanted Evening - Boulder Symphony Orchestra at Highland City Club

Enchanted is the perfect word for the mouthwatering buffet dinner of global flavors,* the magical and mingling nature of the season, plus Boulder Symphony strings in the traditional setting of the historic Highland Building at 885 Arapahoe Avenue.

100 VIP Tickets available at $65 which include a Gourmet Buffet Dinner and 1 Concert Ticket to any Boulder Symphony performance this season (a $20 value).

Buy VIP Tickets before November 15th and get 2 Concert Tickets (a $40 value).

Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/aJingleMingle

*Spiced Coconut Chicken with Organic Vegetables, Gingered Sweet Potato and Black Lentils, Spanish Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins, Lebanese Hummus, Classic and French Cheeses, Various Salads, and Fresh Vegetables.

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Thriving & Sustainability - Two Pillars for Cultivating the World We Really Want
Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Thriving & Sustainability - Two Pillars for Cultivating the World We Really Want

In his Y on Earth framework, author and consultant Aaron Perry presents a unique, informative and inspiring approach to enhancing our health and well-being while acting in a radical ethos of regeneration, healing and sustainability at the global scale. Recognizing that regeneration and sustainability are an "inside out job," Aaron discusses how a deliberate re-orientation to and connection with soil, food and drink, movement, nature and practices of well-being are essential to resolving the complex ecological and economic challenges facing our species and global society.

Y On Earth author, Aaron Perry is an expert in natural food, sustainable agriculture, permaculture, renewable energy, social finance and triple bottom line management, and is a leading visionary in the Century of Sustainability.

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Weekly | Member Monday
Dec
4
12:00 PM12:00

Weekly | Member Monday

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Steve Smith. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Member Monday 12/4 with Steve Smith:
The Fate of Empires


Invest even a modest amount of time and effort in this remarkable twenty-four page essay and you will be rewarded with a renewed appreciation of history, presented not as discrete and disconnected segments but as the sweeping, interconnected story of the dynamics powering the rise and fall of empires over the last four thousand years. This wide-angle lens captures ten such representative empires -- Assyria, Persia, Greece, Roman (pre- and post-Augustus), Arab, Mameluke (Egypt, Syria), Ottoman, Spain, Romanov Russia, Britain -- each served up not so much for individual analysis but as exemplars of the organic flow characterizing human development.

Behold the four stages of the historic empire life-cycles: the breakout phase on the part of a previously-obscure race that achieves rapid conquest through reckless bravery and daring initiative; the absorption of those conquered with such consolidation giving rise to the tremendous benefits of transportation and commerce; the age of affluence; and then, finally, the age of intellectualism with the subsequent path to disintegration, decadence and despair. Empires collapse and reform. Ten generations of twenty-five years each make up a typical life-cycle.

Such as it has always been and shall always be. This panoramic perspective addresses the question once posed by Thomas Merton, "How did it ever happen that, when the dregs of the world had collected in Western Europe, when Goth and Frank and Norman and Lombard had mingled with the rot of old Rome to form a patchwork of hybrid races, all of them notable for ferocity, hatred, stupidity, craftiness, lust, and brutality -- how did it happen that, from all this, there should come the Gregorian chant, monasteries, and cathedrals, the poems of Prudentius, the commentaries and histories of Bede . . St. Augustine's City of God?" Contrary to the vanity of any particular age, no empire (superpower) has ever remained linearly ascendent. Each is but a way-station in the flow of history.

Those in the advanced class may be tempted to jump ahead and search for lessons from this forty-year-old piece that are applicable to our own day and age. It's not so much the advancing age of our own Republic (nearing the end of the typical 250 year life-cycle) as the lessons learned from previous empires that provide the most helpful clues to our own maturation.

We see from each empire the insidious way that wealth saps the ancient virtues of courage, energy and patriotism necessary to defend borders. Greed replaces duty and public service as the respective empires become more defense oriented.

We learn later-stage empires are actually marked by the rise of intellectualism (e.g. the flowering of Arab and Persian intellectualism occurred after their respective political collapses) as the ambition of the young, once directed to the pursuit of adventure and military glory, is channeled to the accumulation of wealth and then to the acquisition of academic honors. No amount of intellectual sophistication can replace the sense of duty and self-sacrifice necessary for empire preservation.

But the most jaw-dropping symptoms of the late-stage imperial decline rests with civil dissension, the influx of foreigners (PC alert: this relates only to the atavistic impulses demonstrated throughout history and is no reflection on the people per se), and a preoccupation with frivolity -- heroes of a declining nation are always the same, "the athlete, the singer or the actor." The author notes the accounts of tenth-century Baghdad and feels he's reading a then-current edition of The Times.

May we engage in a healthy discussion of contemporary America in the context of the historical narrative, recognizing, however, discussion absent action is itself a last-stage indicator.

Lunch and Member Program

Members $20

Member paid for Guest $25

Self Paying Guest $30

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Special Consumer Rhône Tasting with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman
Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Special Consumer Rhône Tasting with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman

Join us for an evening featuring over 50 wines from the Rhône Valley and a preview of the highly rated 2015 vintage,  plus special pricing for attendees. This event is designed to help you stock your cellar with gems from a few epic vintages in the Rhône Valley.    There will be plenty of amazing wine to taste. 

$25 per person
Call BWM for tickets at (303) 443-6761 or RSVP with Highland City Club at adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

Born and raised in Colorado, Brett Zimmerman discovered his passion for wine while working his way through the University of Colorado, first as a busboy and then a waiter. The owners of Boulder’s Laudisio and Flagstaff House saw his potential and introduced him to all aspects of the business. Zimmerman soon found that he enjoyed cooking and food far more than the summers he spent on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Following graduation, he decided to apply the same professional approach he had learned as a Business Administration major to finding a job in the culinary industry. He set his sights high, and was soon accepted for a sommelier position at the highly acclaimed Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago.

At Trotter’s, Zimmerman found a wine program steeped in the rich tradition of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Working with other Masters, he began to expand his knowledge and appreciation of fine wine. He continued this education after relocating to San Francisco to serve as sommelier for celebrated restaurant Aqua, before ultimately deciding to return to his native state and open his own restaurant, Mateo.

A popular Provençal-style restaurant, Mateo flourished under Zimmerman’s leadership. After three years, he left the restaurant business in order to focus on his true passion – fine wine – taking a position as Colorado’s General Manager of the American Fine Wine Division of Southern Wine and Spirits. This dedication to his craft culminated in the spring of 2007, when Zimmerman successfully passed his Masters Examination and earned the highly coveted distinction of Master Sommelier

In August of 2010, Master Zimmerman purchased the Boulder Wine Merchant from fellow Master Sommeliers Wayne Belding and Sally Mohr. In this current role, Zimmerman is able to combine his expertise in fine wine with his passion for excellent customer service honed while working in world-renowned restaurants, providing his clients with an unparalleled experience.

Master Zimmerman currently lives in Boulder with his wife, a co-owner of the Wine Merchant, and their son.

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Weekly | Member Monday
Nov
27
2:00 PM14:00

Weekly | Member Monday

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Howard Snooks. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Member Monday 11/27 with Howard Snooks:
Is Neuroplasticity Really A Thing?


The accompanying article provides an easily-understood explanation of the conceptual framework of Neuroplasticity. In this discussion we will talk about it in terms of its implication for treatment methods for diseases, however, I recommend we stretch our minds and think about it in terms of what it means to our own identities/selves/egos/beings. Are we who we are in some identifiable, stable way or are we infinitely malleable as long as we activate our neural “plasticity”? What does this mean to us in terms of our sexual and gender identities, our personality types, our enneagrams, our values and morals?

On November 13, our discussion was about about power, domination and sexual behavior as it applies to gender relationships, Weinstein/Trump, consent, and the Rape of the Sabine Women. Hopefully we can merge these subjects in the tradition of our lively discussions.

Lunch and Member Program

Members $20

Member paid for Guest $25

Self Paying Guest $30

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Highland City Club Closed
Nov
23
to Nov 26

Highland City Club Closed

Dear Highland Tenants,

We have a tradition of closing City Club during the Holiday season so that our staff can take time off to rest and vacation.  You see, City Club has a small staff and it takes all of us to run it properly, so the only way we can take time off is by doing it together.

Highland will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th. We will not be receiving mail, the phones will forwarded, and we will not be providing lunch nor happy hour. Business as usual will resume Monday, November 27th.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

Highland Staff

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Weekly | Member Monday with Roger Briggs
Nov
20
12:00 PM12:00

Weekly | Member Monday with Roger Briggs

Member Monday 11/20 with Roger Briggs (Steve is in Cuba!)
The Evolutionary Dialogues, Part Five:
Higher Consciousness and the Future of Humanity


In the first four installments of this series we looked at the grand evolutionary story of the Universe that brought us to the present.  In the most recent chapters of this story Humanity emerges and evolves through distinct stages of culture that can be traced through the archeological record. The most important stage for us to understand today is the one that began some 5,000 years ago with the emergence of civilization and all it’s trappings: powerful rulers, social hierarchy, war, patriarchy, divisiveness, and the wholesale exploitation of the Earth. For this is the stage we are still in, and we are now seeing widespread collapse of nearly all of our systems, both in the biosphere and the human sphere. This old civilizational model is clearly not working for us anymore and is ending one way or another - but do we face widespread chaos and dystopia, or can we transition into a new stage of civilization and a new world where all of life can flourish? As Einstein said, we cannot solve a problem from the mindset that created it, so we will explore the possibility that a new humanity is awakening on the planet, and a new stage of consciousness is emerging - and none too soon!

 

EVOLVING WORLD VIEWS

by Roger Briggs

 

The Mechanical Universe  (Scientific Materialism)

  • The universe is a vast collection of separate material objects interacting predictably according to the laws of classical physics; for every effect there is a cause, so the universe is deterministic; scientific materialism can eventually explain everything.

  • Causality and the laws of classical physics also govern humans because we are part of the mechanical universe.  This essentially makes us automatons with no free will or self-responsibility because everything we are and everything we do was caused by something earlier, extending back to before we were born.

  • The Earth and its human inhabitants are such miniscule specks of matter on the grand scale of the universe that we cannot possibly have any significance or importance.  

  • Consciousness is solely the result of physical processes in the brain, such as electromagnetic impulses, chemical reactions, and protein synthesis.  Therefore we will eventually be able to explain every aspect of consciousness – thinking, feeling, memory, intuition, creativity, etc – with classical physics and chemistry.  When the brain dies, consciousness is gone with it.

  • Humans are here today because of many random mutations over billions of years that provided survival advantages. There is no meaning to life. When you die it’s over and your molecules are recycled. Humans are just another animal and we will probably go extinct, as most species do.

  • Concepts like God, the Creator, the Divine Mover, the Great Spirit, the Omega Point, and so on, are human fabrications that help us get through challenging times. Natural selection probably favors such illusory concepts because they provide survival advantages.

 

The Conscious Universe

  • The Universe is a vast unfolding phenomenon that is continually moving toward greater complexity and higher consciousness.  This Mega-Evolution, and can now be seen to have three aspects: the evolution of the cosmos which eventually produced the Sun and Earth, the evolution of life which eventually produced Homo sapiens, and the evolution of consciousness which underlies all of human history and culture.

  • The Earth and its human inhabitants are the rare and special products of Mega-Evolution.  We now know that planets are very common, but that very few planets are Earth-like and capable of supporting complex life; and of those planets, very few could have produced beings with evolving self-aware consciousness (it took 4 billion years on Earth, and lots of things could have gone wrong).

  • Self-aware consciousness is an emergent property of the Universe.  Although it seems to be strongly associated with the human brain, we will not be able to explain it solely as a result of material brain processes.  

  • As vessels of self-aware consciousness humans are special and important.  We are aware of ourselves, we are aware of our awareness, and through us the Universe is aware of itself.  This is a significant threshold in the evolution of the universe, thus humanity is important; yet we should not overestimate ourselves, but should assume that there are other beings in the Universe with self-aware consciousness, perhaps even at much higher levels that ours.

  • Humans are capable, to some extent, of making free choices that can affect themselves and the world.  That is, humans possess some degree of free will and control over themselves and the world. (This aligns with the Heisenberg interpretation of quantum mechanics, in contrast to Newtonian mechanics)

  • Human consciousness is evolving, and for the last 100 years or so we have been making the transition to a new structure of consciousness, that has been called the Integral structure.  This transition is essential if we are to flourish.

  • We still do not know why the Universe is evolving toward greater complexity and higher consciousness.  For many people the answer is contained in concepts like God, the Creator, the Divine Mover, the Great Spirit, the Omega Point, and so on.  Yet for others, these concepts have no use or meaning. This must remain an individual’s choice.

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Lunch Talk: What is the Bible and How Should We Read It? - Samuel Boyd Lunch Talk
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch Talk: What is the Bible and How Should We Read It? - Samuel Boyd Lunch Talk

In this talk, we will look at recent theories on the development of the Torah (or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible). This section of the Bible has been inestimably influential in art, literature, and music, and understanding its historical context and origins offers great insight into the human journey. We will also address the issue of genre as it relates to biblical laws, and ask whether or not an accurate understanding of law codes in history should frame how we use biblical law in society and politics in America.

Samuel Boyd, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, is a scholar of biblical texts and the ancient Near East. He researches the Bible through various critical methods and in light of wider historical contexts to understand both the production of these documents as well as their history of interpretation.  His particular areas of research include the development of the Pentateuch (or first five books of the Hebrew Bible), law collections in the ancient Near East, language ideology in the ancient world, and ritual theory applied to biblical texts. He also has interests in archaeology, Semitic philology and linguistics, and Late Antiquity (Rabbinic biblical interpretation, Ethiopic Christianity, and the advent of Islam). Professor Boyd was the recipient of the 2016 Society for Biblical Literature Regional Scholars award, served as a Martin Marty Junior Fellow at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and was awarded a dissertation fellowship through the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2014.

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THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES: THE ENNEAGRAM, NEUROSCIENCE AND THE POWER OF INTENTION
Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES: THE ENNEAGRAM, NEUROSCIENCE AND THE POWER OF INTENTION

Do you ever wonder why things don’t happen the way you wanted and then wondered why? And are you wondering what the Enneagram has to do with that?

Our personalities (as described so accurately by the Enneagram) determine the thoughts, feelings and actions we engage most often. Because it’s so easy and natural for us to think, feel and act in these ways, they have become unconscious habits. These habits may not be what our intentions need from us.

If you find yourself frustrated, that your team isn’t getting along or producing the way you want, you’re not reaching your goals, you’re more nervous than expected when giving a talk or performing, or relationships aren’t working out the way you had hoped, it could be that the habits of your personality are getting in the way.

If what you want isn’t the same as what you’re getting, join us and learn how embodying some of the gifts of the others Enneagram types could shift that for you. You can create new habits or patterns that will support your intentions. And then guess what? Maybe you can have the life of your dreams.

 

Andrea Isaacs is an emotional intelligence and mindset coach and trainer. She has been on the cutting edge in the field of emotional intelligence bridging body wisdom, the Enneagram and neuroscience since 1994. She is the creator of EnneaMotion, Somatic Focusing and The EQ Quiz. 

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An Evening Talk and Book-Signing with John Nichols
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening Talk and Book-Signing with John Nichols

John Nichols is a veteran political correspondent at The Nation and author of Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America.  John will discuss his new book, the war on journalism and what it really means for war and peace.  The talk will be followed by a book signing.
Suggested Donation: $10, All proceeds to benefit KGNU Community Radio

Space is limited. RSVP Here.

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

The Enneagram Series: The Enneagram, Neuroscience and the Power of Intention

Do you ever wonder why things don’t happen the way you wanted and then wondered why? And are you wondering what the Enneagram has to do with that?

Our personalities (as described so accurately by the Enneagram) determine the thoughts, feelings and actions we engage most often. Because it’s so easy and natural for us to think, feel and act in these ways, they have become unconscious habits. These habits may not be what our intentions need from us.

If you find yourself frustrated, that your team isn’t getting along or producing the way you want, you’re not reaching your goals, you’re more nervous than expected when giving a talk or performing, or relationships aren’t working out the way you had hoped, it could be that the habits of your personality are getting in the way.

If what you want isn’t the same as what you’re getting, join us and learn how embodying some of the gifts of the others Enneagram types could shift that for you. You can create new habits or patterns that will support your intentions. And then guess what? Maybe you can have the life of your dreams.  

Andrea Isaacs is an emotional intelligence and mindset coach and trainer. She has been on the cutting edge in the field of emotional intelligence bridging body wisdom, the Enneagram and neuroscience since 1994. She is the creator of EnneaMotion, Somatic Focusing and The EQ Quiz. 

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Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

Flowing Water, Standing Rock: Filmmaker Jeremy Rubingh Discusses His Latest Project

Flowing Water, Standing Rock is a documentary about a canoe journey with Native
American paddlers following the Missouri River from its starting point in the
mountains of Montana to Standing Rock, North Dakota at the site of the conflict
between water protectors and law enforcement over the proposed Dakota Access
Pipeline. The film follows the paddlers and the water on traditional dugout canoes
at the onset of winter through beautiful landscapes and into the ice, turmoil,
violence, hope and resistance that made up the most diverse indigenous protest in
history. This film digs into indigenous rights, our sacred relationship with water,
and the unexpected cultural revival, political activism, and healing that the
reemergence of these canoes is bringing native communities.

Director
Jeremy Rubingh is an award-winning documentary director, filmmaker and visual
artist. His films have screened in a wide variety of film festivals, on TV and for the
web. His first documentary, which he directed, produced, shot and edited, Red Lady:
The Battle for Your Mountains, won awards at festivals across the United States. In
addition, it was given to every member of congress and has screened from Alaska to
Antarctica. Most recently, Jeremy conceptualized and executive produced
Unacceptable Risk: Firefighters on the Frontlines of Climate Change, a film that has
screened at hundreds of venues and film festivals and aired on Rocky Mountain PBS.
He was recently a recipient of a Colorado Creative Districts art grant for a sculptural
project that he completed in his hometown of Crested Butte in the winter of
2016/2017. He is currently directing a project with a group of Native American
canoe paddlers, detailing their journey down the Missouri River to Standing Rock,
ND.

Jeremy comes from a conservation and political background where he developed
media strategy and diverse voice engagement for a variety of national issues. For the
past several years he was a program manager for a national political think tank and
foundation. His travels, expeditions and work in remote regions of the planet have
also led to liaison roles in international development projects through the Aspen
International Mountain Foundation and the U.N. His degree in Environmental
Studies and Journalism gives him a strong background for documentary storytelling.

 

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Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch Talk: Indigenous Human Rights and Land, Securing Sacred Order

The recent 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples offers an opportunity to reflect on the human rights principles that have profoundly influenced international jurisprudence in the past decade. From this legal landscape, we may more honestly examine personal perceptions of land, identity, property, and ownership, and situate them within the global climate dialogue.
 
Speaker Alexandra Bray Kinsella is an International Indigenous Rights Lawyer and has been in in Colorado since 2015. She currently works with the Maya communities of the Toledo District of Belize to protect their judicially recognized land rights.

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Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch Talk: Meditation, Materialism, and Freedom

The meditation taught by the Buddha, and by authentic masters in the 2500 years since his lifetime, is a path to inner freedom.  It is not a religion, nor a search for a higher power, nor an attempt to console oneself with lofty ideas about spirituality. Rather it is a direct investigation of our state of being in the present moment, requiring integrity, courage, and unconditional kindness.

The challenge the modern West faces in assimilating the Buddha’s method of awakening is deep and all pervasive. It centers on our materialism—our attempt to translate the spiritual path into experiences that will reassure and fortify the ego rather than challenging and dismantling it.  Ego can manipulate anything for its own purposes—including meditation.

Materialism is a path to security and comfort on a superficial level, but never to freedom. How we understand meditation—and how we practice it—will determine which path we take.

Members and their guests can RSVP at adminteam@highlandcityclub.com / Visitors are welcome to purchase a ticket here

 

About the Speaker

Frank W. Berliner grew up in New York and was educated at Yale, where he received his BA in 1967, and Naropa University, where he earned an MA in Transpersonal Counseling in 1994.

He has studied, practiced, and taught meditation for forty-three years as a close student of the founder of Naropa, the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. 

Mr. Berliner began his training in 1974, when he moved to Trungpa Rinpoche’s residential retreat center in Vermont, and lived there for the following four years, immersing himself in the study of Buddhadharma and the practice of sitting meditation.  

Over a twelve-year period from 1980-1992, and at the request of Chogyam Trungpa, Mr. Berliner served as National Administrative Director of Shambhala Training, and Executive Director and Resident Teacher of the Berkeley Shambhala Center.

During this time, he taught several hundred programs in meditation and Buddhist philosophy and psychology throughout the United States and Canada. He also engaged in solitary meditation retreats annually.

From 1995-2015 he served as an Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University, where he taught Buddhist and Western Existential Psychology, and the practice of meditation, to BA and MA students. He retired from his teaching position there in 2015.

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