Child care providers can apply to councilThe Early Childhood Council of La Plata County is accepting applications from licensed child care providers (centers and homes) who will or have recently expanded their capacity of infant and toddler care in the five-county region.
Applications can be found at www.ecclaplata.org under the “Professionals” tab followed by “Child Care and Early Learning.”
The application deadline is July 7.
For more information, call Kimberlie Brown at 247-0760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbine Christian enrolling new studentsColumbine Christian School, a private elementary and middle school in Durango, is now enrolling new students for the 2016-17 school year.
A new, discounted tuition rate and scholarships are available.
For a tour of the school or to schedule a shadow day, email email@example.com or call 259-1189.
Local students honored at athletics banquetThe 2015-16 Fort Lewis College winter and spring student-athlete award winners were announced April 20 at the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee banquet.
Brooke Milliet of Durango was honored with the Jan Wilson-Hetzler Outstanding Female Senior Athlete Award. Milliet’s major is exercise science – exercise physiology option.
This award is presented to the most outstanding senior female athlete at FLC. On the field, Milliet earned all-region and all-conference accolades for soccer, while competing at a high level in indoor and outdoor track and field.
Robert Marks of Durango was honored with the Athletic Training MVP Award. Marks’ major is athletic training. This is the second consecutive year Marks has earned the Athletic Training MVP Award.
Jessica Thulson of Durango was honored with the Women’s Golf MVP Award. Thulson’s major is history. She paced the Skyhawks this season with the lowest stroke average (82.00) while competing in all 18 rounds. She set the lowest round by a Skyhawk (74), which was recorded Sept. 22, 2015, at the Western New Mexico University Fall Intercollegiate.
Brennan Buiso of Durango was honored with the Cycling Top Performer Award – BMX. Buiso’s major is business administration.
Know Your Dough to host program for 11th-gradersKnow Your Dough, a nonprofit that provides financial wellness programs for local youths and young adults, will host a program at Durango High School for 11th-graders the week of May 16.
The program is linked to the Colorado Academic Standards for personal finances, which is included in state-mandated assessments.
For more information, email Allison Andersen, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two meetings scheduled for pre-nursing students Southwest Colorado Community College’s nursing faculty will have two short information sessions for pre-nursing students to address applications and questions.
These sessions will allow students to come in and be advised by nursing faculty about their courses, transcripts, grades and more so they can be prepared to take the classes they need for the program.
All students are welcome if they are considering a nursing career.
Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m., in Room 120 on the Mancos Campus, 33057 U.S. Highway 160.Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m., in Room 218 on the Durango Campus, 701 Camino del Rio.For more information, call Maggie LaRose at 564-6221.
Southwest studies center announces summer hoursThe Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College has moved into summer hours.
The museum, library and archives are free and open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment by calling 247-7456.
Mountain Middle offers program for home-schoolersMountain Middle School will offer an enrichment program for home-schooling students beginning in August for students in grades six to eight.
The “Mountain Options” program will be designed to support parents who choose to educate their children at home while having access to the school’s enrichment opportunities.
Enrollment will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information or to enroll, call 828-5600 or visit www.mountainmiddleschool.org.
DurangoLearns offers numerous coursesDurangoLearns will offer these courses:
“Photoshop Unmasked: For the Ultimate Beginner,” by Khara Wolf; 5:30-7 p.m. for four Thursdays, beginning Thursday. “French Cooking with Julia,” by Julia Hastings-Black; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.“How to Fire Your Financial Advisor and Do a Better Job,” by Daniel Wiggins; 6-8 p.m. for four Mondays, beginning Monday.“How to Get the Most Out of Your WordPress Site,” by Marcy Mitchell; 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.“Facebook for Business: Taking it to the Next Level,” by Lindsay Nyquist; 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.“Managing Human Resources 101,” by Allison Morrissey; 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 11 and 12.“Slow Moving Pilates Class,” by Lakshmi Van Atta; 6-8 p.m. May 12.“Mansions of the Soul,” free session, by Peggy McMahan; 3:30-5:30 p.m. May 15.“Let’s Talk Interior Design/Decorating,” by Nancy Ann Hibbs; 6-8 p.m. May 16 and 18.“Hashtags and Friends,” by Lindsay Nyquist, 6-7:15 p.m. May 17.“Dyslexia Informal Talk,” free session, by Yvonna Graham; 6:30 p.m. May 17.“Gluten Free Baking,” by Amber Davis; 6-8 p.m. May 19 and 21.“Dyslexia Tool Kit: How to Help a Struggling Reader,” by Yvonna Graham; 6:30-8 p.m. May 24 and 26.For more information about course prices and locations and to register, visit www.durangolearns.com.
Park Elementary School announces eventsPark Elementary School announces these events:
Today, National Bike to School Day.Today, Children’s Water Festival, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Fort Lewis College.Thursday, Music Festival, 5:45-7 p.m., Durango High School.May 18, Ballroom Dancing Contest, 4-6 p.m., Park Elementary.DHS students to present ‘Shattered Constellations’“Shattered Constellations” is an original production by the upperclassmen of Durango High School Troupe 1096.
The production was crafted using personal experiences to create fictional stories, which explore the darkness of human nature.
Directed by Ben Mattson and Erin O’Connor, the show is made up of a series of vignettes, where metaphoric patients fight against their darkness to find light, connection and love.
“Shattered Constellations” show dates are Friday, Saturday, May 12, May 13 and May 14. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the DHS auditorium, 2390 Main Ave.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students.
For more information, call 259-1630, ext. 2141, or visit www.dhstroupe1096.com.
Two Fort Lewis Mesa groups to meet May 17Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization will meet at 3 p.m. May 17 followed by the Student Accountability Committee at 4:30 p.m.
Both meetings will be held in the conference room at the school.
Escalante music groups receive honors at festivalEscalante Middle School music students performed April 20 at the Large Ensemble Festival in Bayfield.
The advanced orchestra received an “Excellent” rating on sight reading and two “Superior” ratings and one “Excellent” rating on its performance.
The beginning orchestra received a “Good” rating on sight reading and three “Superior” ratings for its performance.
The choir received an “Excellent” rating on sight reading and two “Superior” ratings and one “Excellent” rating for its performance. The band received a “Good” rating for sight reading and three “Excellent” ratings.
Fifth-grade music festival set for Thursday at DHSFifth-grade orchestra and choir students from Durango School District 9-R elementary schools will perform from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Durango High School.
Sunnyside Elementary announces events Sunnyside Elementary School will host these events:
3:30 p.m. Thursday, Student Accountability Committee meeting.7:30 a.m. Friday, SIPTA meeting.5 p.m. May 12, Sunnyside Spring Music Performance grades.May 19-24, book fair.1:45 p.m. May 20, Kindergarten Parent Tea. May 23-25, Incoming Kinder Shadow Days.May 26, Sunnyside Field Day.1 p.m. May 31, Fifth Grade Celebration.June 1, Sunnyside Got Talent Show.June 2, last day of school and River Walk.Florida Mesa to host Mesa Madness yard saleFlorida Mesa Elementary School will host the annual yard sale “Mesa Madness” on May 21.
Booth space is $15; trailer space is $20. People interested in a space can stop by the front office at the school for more information and to sign up.
Stillwater Music offers summer camps for kidsStillwater Music’s summer program will include several one-week camps for youths in June.
In the Sound Engineering Camp, students will explore and practice various aspects involved in amplifying, mixing and recording instruments and vocals in both live and studio settings. Students will have the opportunity to perform and engineer for each other and will produce finished recording samples to take home at the end of the week.
This camp will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. June 13-17 and is open to students ages 11-18. No experience is necessary.
The Music Theory and Improvisation Camp will introduce students to many elements of theory, the language of music and improvisational techniques.
This camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 13-17 and is open to students 11 and older who have at least one year of playing experience.
The Ukulele Camp is appropriate for beginning to intermediate students who are interested in learning to play the ukulele or improve their ukulele skills. Students will learn how to play fun tunes while focusing on musicianship skills such as basic music theory, strumming patterns, singing and playing simultaneously and playing in an ensemble.
This camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 20-24 and is open to students ages 8-13.
For more information, visit www.stillwatermusic.org or call 247-5095.
Swearingen to graduate summa cum laude at CUThe Honors Council of the University of Colorado-Boulder has voted to award Blair Swearingen the degree designation summa cum laude in neuroscience.
The Honors Convocation will be held at 8 a.m. Friday in the Glenn Miller Ballroom of the University Memorial Center. Blair will be presented with a medallion and certificate.
She will also graduate With Distinction from the College of Arts and Sciences. This honor is for students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher.
Blair is the daughter of Rod and Lana Swearingen. She graduated from Durango High School in 2011.
Title VII parent committee to meet Monday at DHSThe Native American Education Title VII Parent Advisory Committee will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Durango High School, upstairs in Room 2070.
The public is invited to come for dinner and conversation. Free child care will be provided.
For more information, call Lucinda Long-Webb at 946-1751.
Animas High School announces eventsAnimas High School announces these events:
The board of directors will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at AHS. This meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome.The AHS Parent Advisory Committee will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Carver Brewing Co.The public is invited to the All School Exhibition from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The campus will be transformed into a multi-faceted performance space celebrating student work from all grades across academic disciplines. Students will present their learning through a wide variety of interactive activities including a poetry slam, a Socratic seminar, an Oxford-style debate, artwork displays, cooking demonstrations, story readings, dance lessons and more.Ignacio 4th-, 5th-graders to plant trees at VallecitoThe San Juan Mountains Association will sponsor a tree planting with Ignacio Elementary School on May 11 at Vallecito Reservoir.
Fourth- and fifth-graders will plant ponderosa trees, weather permitting.
For more information, email email@example.com.