Exchange program seeks host families
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking host families for international high school boys and girls.
These students are 15 to 18 years of age and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. They 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 his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as be included in normal family activities.
Families can choose their students from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests.
For more information, call (800) 733-2773 or visit http://host.asse.com.
Arts center announces summer classes
Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., will offer these summer classes for kids and teenagers:
“Patterned Paper, Prints, Paintings and Pots” will be held from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8. The morning session from 9 a.m. to noon will be for ages 5 to 7, and the afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. will be for ages 8 to 11. Students will play with patterned landscapes, texture patterns and printed cloth patterns. The cost is $112.50 for members and $125 for nonmembers.
A teen artist retreat will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 to Aug. 13. The cost is $120 for members and $150 for nonmembers. The camp will focus on printmaking processes that include trace monoprints and woodcuts. Denver artist Jennifer Ghormley will cover a brief history of printmaking and the options it entails. Demos, examples, troubleshooting and print quality will be covered.
To register or for more information, call 259-2606, email Sandra@durangoarts.org or visit www.durangoarts.org.
Fall sports, activities to begin at DHS
To participate in Durango High School fall sports and activities, students must obtain a Red Card.
To receive a card, participants must provide a completed physical/conduct form, completed medical consent form and participation fee to the Activities Office. The Activities Office will accept paperwork and participation fees for Red Cards from July 29 to Aug. 1 and Aug. 6 to Aug. 8.
Fees for 9-R students are:
Individuals are $75.
An individual cap is set at $150.
A family cap is set at $200.
Fees for a non-9-R students:
Individuals are $112.50.
An individual cap is set at $225.
A family cap is set at $300.
Athletes/participants should be prepared to pay the fee when they pick up their cards. Students will not be eligible for participation until fees have been paid. Financial hardship should not be a barrier to participation.
If assistance is needed, call Dave Preszler at 259-1630, ext. 2304. For a printable athletic form, activities calendar and schedule, code of conduct, sports by season with coach’s contact information, participation fees and clubs and activities information, visit http://dhs.durangoschools.org and click on the “Extracurricular” tab.
Fall sports and band at DHS will begin on these dates:
Color Guard/Drumline will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 in the Band Room. For more information, email Katharine Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Band Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 to Aug. 15 in the band room and on the practice field. For more information, email Reed. Attendance all five days is required.
Cheer Competition Team will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 11 in the cafeteria. For more information, email Daena Roberts at email@example.com
Cheer Game Team will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in the cafeteria. For more information, email Roberts.
Varsity Dance Team will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 11 in the wrestling room. For more information, email Taylor Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Varsity Dance Team will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 12 in the commons. For more information, email Thompson.
Football will meet from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 11 in the field house. For more information, email David Vogt at email@example.com.
Boys golf will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Hillcrest Golf Course. For more information, email Kirk Rawles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys soccer will meet from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Riverview School Elementary. For more information, email Dalon Parker at email@example.com. Both practices are required.
Boys tennis will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the DHS tennis courts.
Softball will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Fort Lewis College softball field. For more information, email Chelsea Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volleyball will meet from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in the gym. For more information, email Colleen Keresey at email@example.com.
Cross country will meet from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 11 in the DHS stadium. For more information, email David McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants available to child care programs
The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County, a recipient of the Infant and Toddler Quality and Availability Grant (HB 13-1291) and Temple Hoyne Buell Funding, is accepting applications from licensed child care programs (homes and centers) in La Plata County.
Available awards include:
$600 to $1,000 per classroom mini-grants to increase quality care through QRIS ratings and incentives for early care and education providers.
$600 to $1,000 Family Child Care Home Grants to increase infant and toddler slots in La Plata County by offering start-up costs for new family home providers. Prelicensing training and mini-grants available.
To apply, by Sept. 15 mail Heather Hawk, Quality Improvement Manager, P.O. Box 4140 Durango, CO, 81302. For more information, call 247-0760 or email email@example.com.
Football cheerleading registration to be held
Cheerleading registration for Durango Youth Football will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Durango High School football field.
Participants will receive information and can register to cheer for the 2014 Durango Youth Football season.