Education Briefs

Scholarships for women to be discussed Oct. 16

A “Girls Fun-ding Night Out,” showcasing the possible educational scholarships and loans for women, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Eolus Room of the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.

The local chapters of the PEO Sisterhood will sponsor the event, and participants will learn about the possibilities available through the international organization’s projects. The scholarship offered by the Women’s Resource Center also will be discussed.

For more information, email

Child care provider classes available

The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County, in collaboration with the Southwest Office of Child Care Resource & Referral, will offer classes for individuals interested in becoming licensed home child care providers in the state of Colorado.

Pre-licensing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20. The cost will be $50.

For more information, call Shannon Bassett at 247-5960, ext. 25, or email To register online, visit

An introduction to tarot scheduled

The Durango Adult Education Center will offer “Introduction to the Tarot” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 701 Camino del Rio, Suite 301.

The class will cover the basic elements, enabling students to perform readings for themselves. Different tarot decks will be provided for instruction, but students are encouraged to bring their own decks. The cost is $30 and advance registration is required.

To register, call 385-4354.

Spanish classes to be offered

The Durango Adult Education Center, 701 Camino del Rio, Suite 301, will offer these Spanish classes beginning Monday:

Six levels and three conversational Spanish classes will be available. A placement test is required before enrolling. Classes will run eight weeks from Oct. 8 to Dec. 6.

Travel Spanish for people wanting to learn useful words and phrases will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays from Oct. 9 to Dec. 4.

For more information, call 385-4354.

Learning center announces classes

Pine River Community Learning Center will offer these classes:

“Basics of Computers” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Ignacio center, 535 Candelaria Drive. The cost will be $10. Registration is needed by Monday.

Adult dance class will begin Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pine Valley Senior Center, 111 West South St. in Bayfield. Students will learn how to salsa, waltz and tango. There will be eight sessions. The cost will be $95. Registration is needed by Tuesday.

“Everything You Wanted to Know About Money and How to Manage It” will begin Oct. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will discuss credit cards, debit cards, savings accounts, budgets and more. There will be three or four sessions. The cost will be $20. Registration is needed by Oct. 15.

“Introduction to Photoshop Elements” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 16. The cost will be $15. Registration is needed by Oct. 15.

“Introduction to Excel” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24 at the Ignacio center. The cost will be $20. Registration is needed by Oct. 15.

“Introduction to Knitting” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25 at the Bayfield center, 54 East Mill St. The cost will be $20. Registration is needed by Oct. 17.

For more information or to register, call 563-0681.

Social-work program to host lecture Oct. 17

The University of Denver Four Corners Master of Social Work Program will host a continental breakfast and lecture from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 17 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio.

The lecture, called “Building Knowledge for School Social Work Practice: Current Evidence and Opportunities,” will be given by Susan Stone, Catherine Mary and Eileen Clare Hutto, who is the chairwoman for Social Services in Public Education at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley

To register, call Angela Carpenter at 247-9773 or email For more information about the program, visit and click on “Programs of Study.”

FLC featured scholar will be honored

Erin Lehmer, assistant professor in the Fort Lewis College Biology Department and the recently named 2012-13 FLC Featured Scholar, will be honored at a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the FLC President’s Office foyer in Berndt Hall.

The Featured Scholar award recognizes an FLC faculty member’s accomplishments in research and scholarship.

Lehmer’s research into wildlife diseases, particularly sin nombre virus, has earned her national renown. Her recent work has been published in scientific journals and written about in media outlets.

Continuing education offered at Fort Lewis

The Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these programs:

“Casual Geology of the Four Corners Area: Understanding Your Landscapes” with Jeff Brame will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from Oct. 8 to 31. Participants will learn the basic geology and Earth processes responsible for creating local landscapes. The cost is $199 for eight classes including materials.

“WordPress Made Simple: How to Easily Create Your Own Website or Blog” with Doc Roberts will be held Tuesday evenings Oct. 16 and 23. Participants will learn how to create a site from scratch with WordPress tools. The cost is $99 for two classes including workbook.

Advance registration is required. For more information, call 247-7385 or visit

Ignacio to host school groundbreaking

Ignacio School District will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ignacio Middle School at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the new school site on County Road 320 across from the intermediate school.

The community is invited to attend. There will be a performance by the music students. Work on the new school will start immediately. The school should be ready for occupancy in August 2013.

Participants are asked to park in the intermediate school parking lot and walk across the road.

Animas High School announces events

Animas High School announces these events:

The Parent Advisory Committee will meet at noon Monday at Durango Doughworks, 2653 Main Ave.

Ninth- and 10th-grade College Night will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the school. Judy Rosenthal will present an overview of the high school experience, terminology related to the college admissions process, and a timeline for college admissions.

The junior humanities class will host its exhibition Oct. 25 at Durango Joe’s. More information will follow.

LEGO Robotics workshop slated

Durango Parks and Recreation will offer a LEGO Robotics workshop for children ages 7 to 13 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through December at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.

These are open-ended, noncompetitive activities for LEGO enthusiasts and anyone interested in learning how to design, build and program robots using the LEGO NXT system. All equipment and instruction will be provided. To register, visit the recreation center front desk or visit

The Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., also will host a free demonstration of LEGO creations from 3 to 6 p.m. today .

For more information, call (970) 317-0380.

Herald Staff