Mountain lion exhibit opens Saturday
The Center of Southwest Studies and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, in partnership with the San Juan Mountains Association, the Southern Ute Tribe, Sorrell Sky Gallery and Durango Nature Studies, will be opening an exhibit titled "Mountain Lion!" on Saturday at the Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.
This exhibit will run through Oct. 2010, and the center invites teachers to consider taking their students to the exhibit as a field trip.
To make arrangements or for more information, visit http:// swcenter.fortlewis.edu.
Animas High School announces the following events:
- The school's final 2009 registration event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave. Discussion will include the student handbook, transportation and discussion of logistics. Participants will complete any outstanding registrations.
The free public charter school, will be starting ninth grade classes Monday at 3206 Main Ave
For more information, visit AnimasHighSchool.org, or e-mail Head of School Michael Ackerman at Michael@animashighschool.com.
- Charitable contributions such as tile, carpet or drywall installation and carpentry still are needed. Families and students are needed for cleanup and as gophers for the skilled labor.
For more information, e-mail mailto:MindExpanseChildren@yahoo. com. com.
Continuing education announces classes
Fort Lewis College Continuing Education announces the following classes:
- Introduction to Mushroom Identification with Dean Mullen will be held evenings today and Aug. 26. Field trips will be held Saturday and Aug. 29. The cost is $109, and registration is needed today.
- A Historic Durango Walking Tour with Ann Butler will be held Aug. 29. The walking tour will take place downtown and on East Third Avenue. Participants will visit landmarks and hear about Durango history from Butler, a lifelong resident and journalist. The cost is $24. The preregistration deadline is Monday.
For more information or to register for either class, call 247-7385 or e-mail http://continuinged @fortlewis.edu.
Fort Lewis College announces the following events:
- Fall Convocation, where incoming freshman gather to be recognized and welcomed, will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Whalen Gym. This year the speaker will be David Baron, author of The Beast in the Garden. Baron is an award-winning journalist and radio personality. A picnic will be after in the area surrounding the FLC Amphitheatre.
- The Small Business Development Center will offer the NxLevel for Entrepreneurs Course in September. This 12- session training program is designed to encourage business expansion in the community. The course focuses on teaching the art of better business practices, while producing a comprehensive business plan. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 3 in the Education Business Hall, Room 118. Tuition is $280 for the entire course or $435 for the course plus college credit. Individual classes are $50.
For more information or to register, visit http://soba.fortlewis.edu/sbdc/seminar.htm.
PERA listing tour to be held today
The Public Employees Retirement Association is conducting listening tours and are scheduled to be in Durango from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio.
A webcast of the event also will be on PERA's website. It is hoping to get input from its members about what should be done to solidify PERA. Current contributions will not fully cover the plan's obligations to current and future retirees and PERA cannot invest its way to sustainability in the current economic climate.
This is why PERA is encouraging its members to attend the listening tour meetings and exploring what legislation should be supported that will address PERA's shortfall. This affects all public employees. The Legislature will consider PERA legislation in January.
For more information, visit http://www.copera.org.
The Durango Adult Education Center, 701 Camino del Rio, Suite 301, announces the following classes:
- Fall GED classes will begin Monday. They will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 to
8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. ESOL classes will start on Aug. 31.
- New Spanish and French classes will begin Monday. Preregistration and prepayment are required for all classes. The center will offer Spanish, travel Spanish, medical Spanish and conversational French.
Mountain Middle School is accepting Intent to Enroll forms as support for its application for a charter. A strong showing of support by filling out an Intent to Enroll form is imperative to receiving a charter. Submission of this form is not binding for enrollment.
The proposed middle school is intended to open the 2010-11 academic year with sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The school will use the High Tech Middle School curricular model.
For a copy of the Letter of Intent or for more information, e-mail MountainMiddleSchool@yahoo.com. The deadline for submittal is Aug. 31.