Education Briefs

After-school program to begin in Ignacio

Southern Ute Community Action Programs announces the start of a new, free, projects-based after-school program called “Curiosity,” which will be held at Ignacio Junior High and is available to all Ignacio School District and Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Students from Ignacio Intermediate School will be able to ride the school bus to the junior high. Transportation from the academy can be arranged if needed. The program will be held from the completion of the school day to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the school year.

The program will include snacks, homework tutoring, projects and activities. Enrollment packets are available at Ignacio Intermediate School, Ignacio Junior High and the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy.

For more information, call Audra Snow at 903-7973 or email

Learning center to offer programs

Pine River Community Learning Center will offer these programs:

The “Tour de Pine River” bicycle ride will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. The start and finish will be at the Joe Stephenson Memorial Park in Bayfield. The ride is free.

The class “Practical Information on How to Afford a Horse” will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Ignacio classroom, 535 Candelaria Drive. The cost will be $20.

“Financial Literacy” classes will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 12 at the Ignacio classroom. The cost will be $20 for each class and will include a booklet.

A wine tasting at Fox Fire Farms in Ignacio will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20. The cost is $10.

A horseback trail ride in the Vallecito area will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23. Participants will meet at the entrance to the Vallecito Dam. The cost will be $95, and horses will be provided.

To register for any of the programs or for more information, call 563-0681.

Job fair to be held at FLC Student Union

Fort Lewis College’s Career Services will host its annual Fall Job Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Student Union Building’s Ballroom, Room 212.

Participants will meet local, regional and national employers from federal agencies, for-profits and non-profit companies. People may find internships, part-time and full-time jobs, practice interviewing or have resumes reviewed. The fair is open to students, alumni and community members.

For more information, visit or email Jill Kolodzne at

Animas High School announces events

Animas High School announces these events:

Enrollment for the 2012-13 school year continues. For more information and to complete an online intent-to-enroll form, visit Enrollment will remain open until Oct. 1 or until the school has reached capacity for 2012-13. AHS is currently accepting enrollments for a limited number of openings in ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade classes. For more information, call 247-2474 or email

A back-to-school picnic will be hosted by senior families from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Rotary Park. This will be an opportunity to mingle with friends, meet teachers and hear from Head of School Michael Ackerman.

There will be no school Sept. 28. It will be a professional development day.

Writer’s workshop to be held at FLC

Fort Lewis Continuing Education will offer a writer’s workshop called “Make Good Writing Great!” on Tuesdays from Sept. 18 to Oct. 23.

This will be a supportive group of fellow authors committed to improving their work. Instructor Lynn Kuntz will teach specific strategies for turning good writing into great writing.

Kuntz’s credits include five books for children, a feature family film and magazine and newspaper articles for a variety of publications. Kuntz has received a number of awards.

For more information, call 247-7385 or visit

Bank to sponsor student art project

Pine River Valley Bank will sponsor a student art project as part of the Bayfield Heritage Days celebration.

This contest is open to area students, and based on the theme “Heritage Days and Sheep Trailing: It’s Wild & Woolly.” Students are encouraged to find inspiration in the area’s history. Judging will be in four age groups, as well as best overall.

The deadline for the contest is Sept. 27. Entries must not be larger than 8½ inches by 11 inches. They should be delivered to either bank location and include the name, phone number and age of the student.

Craft fair to benefit Relay for Life team

The Ignacio School District Relay for Life team will host the fair “Curing Cancer with Crafts” on Nov. 3 at Ignacio High School.

The cost for booth space is $10. To reserve a booth or for more information, call 563-0661.

FLC is offering continuing education

Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will host these programs:

“Songwriting and Performance” workshop with Caitlin Eddins Cannon will be held Tuesdays from Sept. 25 to Oct. 30. This class is recommended to people who have never written or finished a song, who think they can’t write a song because they don’t play an instrument or any avid songwriter/performer. The cost $149 for six classes.

“Selling Your Nonprofit Successes: Measuring Outcomes” will be presented by Carol Rhan on Sept. 24 and 26. Participants will learn practical outcomes measurements that will enable them to convey their success to donors, volunteers and the community. The cost is $49 for two classes.

An early registration discount is available when people register this week. Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, call 247-7385 or visit

Liberty School to visit Colorado’s Capitol

Liberty School students will leave for Denver at noon today to spend three days visiting the state Capitol, visit museums and other hands-on learning opportunities. The students will encounter firsthand the people, places and things that influence the state’s history.

The school is a small, private school that maximizes the potential of dyslexic, gifted and twice exceptional (both gifted and dyslexic) children.

For more information, call Bill O’Flanagan at 385-4834 or email

Herald Staff