DUI campaign targets prom season
The Heat Is On, an anti-impaired driving campaign led by the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies, will be staged throughout the state through May 18 to crackdown on impaired driving during prom season.
Using alcohol or marijuana is illegal for anyone younger than 21 could result in the loss of a driver’s license.
These tips can help ensure teens have a safe prom:
Don’t get into a vehicle with a driver who may be drunk or high.
Have an emergency transportation plan ready, including someone to call if teenagers find themselves in a dangerous situation.
Call 277 or 911 if someone is impaired and behind the wheel.
Many schools offer an alcohol-free after-party. Durango High School, Bayfield High School and Ignacio High School will all host after-prom parties.
For more information, visit www.coloradodot.info/programs/alcohol-and-impaired-driving.
Christian school to host open house
Columbine Christian School, 1775 Florida Road, will host an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
It will include a presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a tour and question/answer session. Participants will meet teachers in an informal setting with no pressure. Columbine Christian encourages creative education for students from prekindergarten to eighth-grade.
For more information, call 259-1189 or email email@example.com.
Animas High School announces events
Animas High School will host these events:
Registration for the 2014-15 school year continues. Students interested in attending AHS can email Maureen Truax at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 247-2474, ext. 2307. All current AHS students should have received their re-registration packet March 21 by email. Students who have not received it should email Truax. The deadline for re-registration packets is Friday.
Prospective students can shadow AHS students by making a reservation. To make a shadow experience or schedule a tour, call 247-2474 or email email@example.com.
A college night for juniors, called “Into the Wild: Finding the Right College Fit,” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the AHS commons. The AHS College Advising team will discuss the college admissions process, creating a college list, testing and the importance of the college visit. Parents are encouraged to attend.
A college night for freshmen and sophomores, called “Gearing Up,” will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. April 22 in the AHS Commons.
Continuing-education classes available
Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these classes:
“Expansive Thinking” will be offered by Ellen Babers and Mark Rowland on the evenings of April 22 and 24. This course is specifically designed to train individuals and teams in the art of creative participation and innovation. Through activities, challenges and discussions, participants will explore how each person’s natural tendencies can enhance a team’s ability and add synergy to group problem-solving. The cost is $69 for two classes.
“Local Medicinal Trees” with Anna-Marija Helt will be offered Friday evenings April 25 and May 2. The first class covers the uses, science and folklore around medicinal trees. In the second class, students will learn how to identify 10 medicinal trees, how to appropriately harvest medicine from them, the proper uses, dosage and contraindications. The cost is $54 for two classes.
Advance registration is required. To register by next week and save $5, call 247-7385 or visit www.fortlewis.edu/ContinuingEd.
The Liberty School announces events
The Liberty School, 215 E. 12th St., will host these events:
The Liberty School’s Visitors Day will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
To access featured films of the 2014 School Film Festival visit www.thelibertyschool.org
Volunteers are needed to listen one-on-one with children as they read from 12:25 to 12:50 p.m. every Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 385-4834.
9-R to offer preschool, kindergarten sign-ups
Durango School District 9-R will host preschool and kindergarten registration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at these elementary schools:
Sunnyside will take place today.
Riverview will be held Thursday.
Fort Lewis Mesa will take place Friday.
Needham will be held Tuesday.
Participants should check in at the front office and bring proof of address, birth certificate and copy of the child’s immunization.
Park Elementary to host book fair
Park Elementary School will host its Book Fair through Friday in the school’s library.
Foundation’s fundraiser to benefit 9-R schools
Durango Education Foundation is raising money for Durango School District 9-R through its Community Action for Education (CAFÉ) campaign.
Community members are encouraged to help raise money in a variety of ways. People can attend a fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio. The cost is $75 per person or $600 per table of eight.
For more information, visit www.durangoeducationfoundation.org.
Students to present playground proposal
Ninth-grade Basecamp students from Durango High School will present their inclusive playground proposal to Cathy Metz, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at 5 p.m. today in the Windom Room at Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.
Durango district schools to be closed April 18
Durango School District 9-R schools will be closed for a Professional Development work day April 18.
Park Elementary School to take student pictures
Park Elementary School will take group and individual pictures at 8:15 a.m. on these days:
Kindergarten, April 21.
First- and second-grade, April 22.
Third- to fifth-grade, April 23.
Preschool, April 24.
Riverview to host Scholastic Book Fair
Riverview Elementary School will host the Scholastic Book Fair from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. today and Thursday in the Riverview Media Center.
The theme for the book fair is “Book Fair Fiesta!” Riverview students and families are invited to attend and shop
For more information, call 247-3862.
Durango school board will meet Tuesday
The Durango School District 9-R School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room in the administration building, 201 E. 12th St.
Riverview Elementary School will be the school highlight.
DHS English Department to host poetry slam
The Durango High School English Department will host the annual Poetry Slam competition from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 16 at Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.
This event promotes literacy and encourages teens to use the power of words to bring attention to the everyday issues of their lives.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. All area high school students interested in competing should sign up by 5:15 p.m. in Durango Arts Center’s theater.
This year’s prizes have been donated by Maria’s Bookshop and Mild to Wild Rafting.
Parents Night Out set for Saturday
The Special Education Advisory Committee, San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Durango School District 9-R, Community Connections and Tri-County Head Start invite parents of children with any disability to attend a Parents Night Out from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lost Dog Bar & Lounge, 1150 Main Ave.
The topic will be “Summer Activities for Children with Disabilities.”
Agencies that serve students across the disabilities spectrum will talk to parents about their programs.
TAMBO is available during this time at the Mason Center but requires advance registration. To make a reservation, call 382-1742.
For more information and to RSVP, call Traci Rock at 769-4797.
‘Taste of Music’ slated for April 17
Music in the Mountains Goes to School, a curriculum partner with Durango School District 9-R, will present “Taste of Music” on April 17 in conjunction with the Fort Lewis College Music Department.
Third- and fourth-graders from Durango, as well as regional schools, have been invited to the Community Concert Hall for a program that demonstrates different instruments and musical styles through performance.
FLC music students will perform their concert twice, at 9 and 10:30 a.m., at the concert hall for more than 1,000 students.
Health Careers Camp will be held in June
Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center announces the Health Careers Camp for teenagers will be held June 11, 12 and 13 at Fort Lewis College.
The camp is open to eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students from Archuleta, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel counties.
Students will explore the many fields within the health-care industry and experience hands-on learning activities, including application of sutures, checking vital signs and learning CPR.
Students also will participate in clinic site visits and tours while shadowing professionals.
A mock trauma event by local emergency response organizations will be staged.
The camp will offer information about the educational requirements necessary to pursue a degree or certification in a health profession as well as share information about financial resources.
The camp will be limited to 50 students. The registration fee is $125. Scholarship awards based on financial hardship are available.
To register, visit www.swcahec.org and click on the “Health Careers Camp Register Here” button.
For more information, call 375-3250.