Education Briefs

Special education committee to meet

The Special Education Advisory Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the San Juan BOCES offices on the third floor of the Durango School District Administration Building, 201 East 12th St.

Parents, educators and community members are invited to attend and learn about advocating for students with special needs in the school system.

For more information, call 769-4797.

Bilingual class to cover today’s Latin America

The Durango Adult Education Center and Jim Fitzgerald, former Fort Lewis College professor, will offer a bilingual English and Spanish seminar series called “Contemporary Latin America” from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays from Set. 26 to Oct. 17.

The class will discuss the student movements and other popular movements in Latin America today. It also will discussion the novel Hora Azul by Peruvian author Alonso Cueto.

This is a bilingual class that is appropriate for any level Spanish/English speaker. The cost is $25 and advance registration is required.

For more information, call 385-4354.

Discovery museum to host tour of garden

“Folk Meds + Future Meds,” a discovery garden field trip, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Durango Discovery Museum garden on the north side of the building at 1333 Camino del Rio.

Clinical herbalist Anna-Marija Helt will lead the walk and talk about the garden’s medicinal plantings.

Participants will learn how to make their own herbal extracts and infused oils. There is a suggested donation of $5.

For more information, visit www.durangodiscovery.org or call 259-9234.

Learning center announces programs

Pine River Community Learning Center will offer these programs:

A “Financial Literacy Class” will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 12 in the Ignacio classroom, 535 Candelaria Drive in Ignacio. Topics will include budgeting, credit and how it works, credit cards, savings accounts and credit scores. The classes will be taught by Ron Dunavant, president of First National Bank of Durango in Bayfield. The cost will be $20 for each class and will include a booklet.

A wine tasting at Fox Fire Farms in Ignacio will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $10.

A horseback trail ride in the Vallecito area will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Participants will meet at the entrance to Vallecito Dam. The cost will be $95 and horses will be provided.

To register for one of these programs, call 563-0681.

DHS alumni invited to participate in parade

The Durango High School Student Council invites DHS alumni to participate in the homecoming parade Sept. 28.

The student council will provide a float for alumni to ride on. Alumni will meet at 4 p.m. outside of the Gaslight Theatre, on the corner of Fifth Street and Main Avenue.

The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. People interested should email or call in confirmation and include name and graduating class year.

For more information or to RSVP, email Meredith Nass at mnass@s.durango.k12.co.us or call 769-7290.

Animas High School announces events

Animas High School will host these events:

Enrollment for the 2012-13 school year continues. Students and families looking to enroll at AHS should visit www.animashighschool.com and complete an intent-to-enroll form. Enrollment will remain open until Oct. 1 or until the school has reached capacity for 2012-13. AHS is currently accepting enrollments for a limited number of openings in the ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade classes. For more information, call 247-2474 or email mainoffice@animashighschool.com.

There will be no school Sept. 28 because of a professional development day.

The Parent Advisory Committee will meet Oct. 8 at Durango Doughworks, 2653 Main Ave.

The ninth- and 10th-grade college night will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

Ignacio FFA to host oyster fry Saturday

The Ignacio FFA Chapter will host its “Rocky Mountain Oyster & Catfish Fry” after the Ignacio High School Homecoming game at 5 p.m. Saturday between the IHS football field and the agriculture shop.

The cost will be $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and younger. The menu will include Rocky Mountain Oysters, catfish, coleslaw, beans, rolls, dessert, tea or lemonade. Proceeds will benefit the Ignacio FFA Chapter.

For more information, call Bridget Roderick at 769-0288.

Spaces available at Mountain Middle

Mountain Middle School has a few remaining spaces in its eighth grade.

To enroll, visit www.mountainmiddleschool.org/enrollment-and-lotteries and follow the instructions to enter the child’s information.

For more information, call Bess Maisel at 828-5600.

Big Brothers, Sisters seeks mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of adult volunteers to act as mentors to kids in Durango School District schools as part of the Study Connection Program.

Mentors spend one hour a week during the school year at a Durango school studying, playing games, talking and having fun with an assigned student.

For more information or to become a Study Buddy, call 247-3720 or visit www.bbig.org.

Continuing education classes available

The Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these programs:

Several nonprofit management courses will be offered and registrations is being accepted for the “Professional Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.” Classes are open to all adults with fees ranging from $49 to $175.

“Discover Your Internet Niche and Create Your Own Automatic Cash Machine,” taught by Doc Roberts, will be held Tuesday evenings from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9. The cost will be $149 for three classes.

Advance registration is required. For more information, call 247-7385 or visit www.fortlewis.edu/ContinuingEd.

Liberty School to host Visitors Day

The Liberty School, on the second floor of 215 E. 12th St., will be open to visitors during its Visitors Day on Tuesday.

Bill O’Flanagan, head of The Liberty School, will lead a real-time tour of the school. The school is a small, private school that maximizes the potential of dyslexic, gifted and twice exceptional (both gifted and dyslexic) children. The school’s specialized curriculum gives one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring where the most help is needed.

For more information or to schedule a tour time, call 385-4834 or email thelibertyschool@live.com.

Herald Staff