Exchange program seeks host families for students
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking host families for international high school boys and girls.
These students are 15 to 18 years old and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester.
The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester.
Each student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in typical family activities.
Families can choose their students from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests.
For more information, call (800) 733-2773.
Scholarship available through P.E.O. chapter
The educational scholarship sponsored by P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter BR is available to any local graduating senior girl who has shown academic promise and leadership potential, has served her community and has at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Any applicant attending a trade school, community college or university is eligible for consideration.
This $500 scholarship is available to applicants by contacting a high school counselor or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bayfield learning center announces new classes
The Pine River Community Learning Center will offer these classes:
Learn to knit from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, March 19 and March 26 at the Bayfield center, 54 Mill St. Participants will learn the basic knit and purl stitches, increases, decreases and how to follow a pattern. This class is taught by Rob Matyska who has been knitting and crocheting for many years. The price is $40. Participants must register today.
People can learn how to budget, understand credit card debt and how to save money to avoid living paycheck to paycheck from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and March 25. The class is $40. Participants must register by Tuesday.
An introductory class about Facebook will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 24. Privacy settings and why they are important will be discussed. This class is designed for people who are not on Facebook or have set up a profile and don’t know how to use it. The class is $40. Registration is needed before or on March 23.
For more information and to register, call 563-0681.
Wheat Growers offer two $1,000 scholarships
The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers will award two $1,000 scholarships to Colorado high school seniors.
The applicants’ parents, grandparents or legal guardians must be current or new members of the association, or the applicant must be nominated by a current sponsor of the association.
For a list of sponsors, call (970) 449-6994 or visit the scholarship page at www.coloradowheat.org/scholarship.
One scholarship is funded by the association, and one is the “Friends of Wheat” scholarship, funded by donations in memory of several wheat supporters.
These scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to attend an accredited college, university, junior college or community college. Students intending to major in agriculture related fields are urged to apply.
Applicants must fill out and return the scholarship form no later than April 1. Two one-page essays are required. The recipients will be announced in May. The scholarships will be distributed in the summer of 2014.
For more information, call the number or visit the website above.
Community college seeking comment on strategic plan
Southwest Colorado Community College will conduct Conversations Days this month to give its students, instructors, staff members and community members an opportunity to comment on the college’s strategic plan.
Specifically, people attending will be able to provide ideas about what strategies the college should focus on between now and June 30, 2015, to fulfill its strategic plan.
Conversation Days will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Durango conference room and from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 19 at the Mancos/Cortez Learning Center.
Refreshments will be provided.
Big Brothers, Sisters seek student mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado is looking for high school students in Durango to volunteer as mentors to elementary school students for the 2014-15 school year.
Young people can be a positive role models for children while earning community service hours.
For more information, email email@example.com, call 247-3720 or visit www.bbig.org.
Animas High School announces programs
Animas High School will host these programs:
Enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is open. Spots are available for ninth, 10th and 11th grades. An enrollment form is available at www.animashighschool.com.
Prospective students can shadow AHS students by making a reservation. To schedule a shadow experience or tour, call 247-2474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An information night will take place at 5:30 p.m. today.
The exhibition by the statistics class of Kat Ghadami will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the school. The exhibition is called “The Statistics and Probability of Casino Card Games.”
The exhibition “Model United Nations” by the freshman humanities class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in Noble Hall at Fort Lewis College. The ninth-grade students will try to come to a consensus on unsolved issues between the Palestinians and Israel.
Advanced Earth science students participated in the Siemen’s Corp. “We Can Change” scholarship challenge. They designed and executed an original scientific study that explored sustainable solutions to Colorado coal mine waste revegetation. For more information, visit http://biocharandexcelsior.weebly.com. Presentations are available upon request.
Discovery museum announces events
Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio, announces these events:
“The Spring Beakers” workshop series will be held March 24-28. Students, ages 7 to 11, will experience a different interactive, in-depth topic each day of the week. The cost is $50 per day or $225 for the five-day series. For a schedule and registration, visit www.DurangoDiscovery.org.
“Parties for Pi” will be held Friday. Starting at 3:14 p.m., Pi Day will kick off with hands-on activities, followed by pie tasting at 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place at 4:45 p.m., with a free family membership being awarded to the first-place pie. Community members are invited to enter pies in the contest. For more information or to register a pie, email email@example.com or call 403-1864.
Continuing-education classes available at FLC
Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these classes:
“Wine Tasting: Bubbles” with Alan Cuenca will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Participants will learn the differences between Prosecco, Cava, Champagne, Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noir and more. The cost is $39 and includes wine and snacks.
“Casual Geology of the Four Corners Area: Understanding Your Landscapes” taught by Jeff Brame will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Tuesday to April 10. Students will learn the basic geologic processes responsible for creating landscapes. The cost is $199 for eight classes, including materials.
Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, call 247-7385 or visit www.fortlewis.edu/ContinuingEd.
The Liberty School to host Visitors Day
The Liberty School’s Visitors Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday.
People can stop by for a tour of the school, 215 E. 12th St.
Also, The Liberty School Film Festival will take place at 6 p.m. March 20 at Grace Church. The public is invited.
For more information, call 385-4834.
Homemaker guild offers scholarship
The Colorado Master Farm Homemaker Guild will offer a $500 scholarship to a Colorado woman with an agriculture background.
Known by the guild as the “Second Chance Scholarship,” it will be given to someone who has had her college education interrupted or postponed and is hoping to attend a college, trade school or a secondary education institution.
Homemakers are encouraged to apply. Requirements are: three names of reference, biographical statement of work history, community involvement, future goals and a statement about why the applicant deserves the scholarship. All applications must be returned by May 15. The award must be used in the year it is received.
Applications are available from county CSU extension offices and Colorado Master Farm Homemaker Guild Scholarship Chairman, Elsa Mae Reynolds, 23526 WCR 66, Greeley, CO 80631.
Grace Preparatory accepting applications
Grace Preparatory Academy of Durango is accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year.
Grace is Durango’s private college preparatory high school and a member of the National Association of University Model Schools.
For more information or to schedule a shadow day, call 385-7544, 903-0880 or visit www.gpacademy.com.
Fort Lewis College board will meet Thursday
The Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College will conduct a special meeting by teleconference at 2 p.m. Thursday in the President’s Conference Room, Berndt Hall 2503 at FLC, for the purpose of discussing pending litigation.
Executive session may be convened for purposes of discussing Smith v. Fort Lewis College, et al., Case No. 2010CV479. No public comment will be taken.
For more information, call Peggy Sharp at 247-7437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Encaustics workshop to be held March 29
An encaustics workshop with Michael Billie will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 at Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.
Encaustic painting is a technique of painting with beeswax mixed a resin and pigments. In this introductory workshop, students will learn how to make their own wax mediums and mix colors and what materials are required to do so. Explorations using a hot box, embedding objects and fusing will all be covered.
A $10 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor on the day of the workshops. All skill levels including beginners are welcome. The cost is $120 for members and $150 for nonmembers.
For more information, visit www.durangoarts.org/spring-adult-art-classes.
Sunnyside to host St. Patrick’s Day event
Sunnyside Elementary School will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
The event is sponsored by the Sunnyside Independent Parent/Teacher Association to raise funds that will help to pay for tablets for students.
The event will feature home-cooked corned beef or smoked brisket with all the sides, dance music, “Green Games” for kids and the Sunnyside Cake and Pie Auction.
Tickets are available at the door of the elementary school, 75 County Road 218. Dinner tickets are $10 for adults, $5 kids 6 to 12 years old and free to kids 5 and younger. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. One $5 stamp will give kids a chance to play green games from 6:15 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call 259-5249 or Janet McCoy at 247-0711.
DHS Theater to present ‘The Sound of Music’
The Durango High School Theater Department will present “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. The box office is open from 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily in The Commons at DHS, and at 5:30 p.m. on show nights.
For more information, call 259-1630, ext. 2141.
Durango school board to meet March 18
The Durango School District 9-R School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the administration building, 201 E. 12th St.
Park Elementary School will be the school highlight.
Destination Imagination to be held Saturday
Southwest Region Destination Imagination will be held Saturday at Durango High School.
Many Durango School District 9-R elementary schools will compete.
Spectators should check in at the front desk at DHS to find out where to go. People should arrive early before challenges begin. Once the doors are closed, people will not be able to enter.
The first challenge will begin at 8 a.m.
9-R to host preschool, kindergarten registration
Durango School District 9-R will host preschool and kindergarten registration on these dates from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m:
Animas Valley Elementary School, April 2.
Florida Mesa on April 3.
Park Elementary School, April 8.
Sunnyside Elementary School, April 9.
Riverview Elementary School, April 10.
Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School, April 11.
Needham Elementary School, April 15.
Participants should check in at the front office and bring proof of address, birth certificate and a copy of the child’s immunization records.
Durango School District to host Title VII potluck
Durango School District 9-R will host its Title VII Spring Potluck Feast for Native American students and parents today at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building, 2500 Main Ave.
Participants should bring a side dish. There will be a cultural presentation and entertainment.
For more information, call Lucinda Long-Webb at 946-1751 or Teri Nuhn at 946-1197.