Education briefs

Florida Mesa to host Harvest Carnival

The Florida Mesa Elementary School will host its Harvest Carnival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 216 Colorado Highway 172.

The event will feature games, a silent auction and food. Tickets for games start at 50 cents. Games will include pumpkin bowling, dart throw, football toss, duck dip and others.

Other activities will include the Spooky Maze, cakewalk, cupcake walk, fortune teller, Wheel of Fortune and a silent auction with more than 60 items.

Participants are invited to wear their costumes. Food will be served along with treats such as cotton candy, popcorn and ice cream. All money raised will support the Parent Teacher Organization.

For more information, call 247-4250.

Driver’s education classes available

Four Corners Safety Association will offer the next 30-hour driver’s education classes on Nov. 17, 19-21 and Jan. 2-5.

The cost for the class plus the six hours of driving required by the state is $385.

For more information and registration, call Tim Cunningham at 375-1230. Classes are limited to 25 students.

Destination ImagiNation to offer event Oct. 26

Destination ImagiNation will sponsor DI After Dark, a Halloween-themed event for middle school students from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Escalante Middle School.

Participants may bring a team or join a team for the night. All middle school students are welcome even if they haven’t participated in the program before. Advance registration is required.

An informational meeting also will be held at 6 p.m. during the event for team managers and people interested in learning more about the program.

Destination ImagiNation is an extracurricular program that focuses on teaching creativity, teamwork and problem-solving. The program is open to kindergarten to 12th-grade students.

For more information and to register, visit or email Lynn Schneider at

Representative needed for exchange program

World Heritage, a noprofit student exchange program, is seeking a local area representative to provide support to high school students from several countries around the world.

Representatives screen potential host families, plan annual orientations, meet with local high schools, provide support counseling for participants and visit exchange students and families on a monthly basis.

Training is provided, and representatives are reimbursed for their expenses. The ideal candidate should enjoy fostering new international friendships, be community-minded and enjoy working with teenagers.

For more information, call (866) 939-4111 and visit

FLC Native American Speaker Series offered

The Fort Lewis College Native American Center Speaker Series will present “Ecological Genocide: Environmental Assaults on Native America Lands” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Center of Southwest Studies.

The reception will begin at 4:45 p.m. Nichlas Emmons, a new faculty member in the Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies, will present the talk. He will address contemporary environmental problems on Native American lands and address solutions for environmental justice.

For more information, email Yvonne Bilinski at or call 247-7222.

Introduction to knitting to be offered Thursday

Pine River Community Learning Center will offer an “Introduction to Knitting” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 25 at 54 East Mill St. in Bayfield.

The instructor will be Rob Matyska. The cost will be $20. Registration is needed by today.

For more information, call 563-0681.

Sunnyside will host Halloween Carnival

Sunnyside Elementary School will host its Halloween Carnival on Oct. 27 at the school.

Money raised will benefit the Parent Teacher Association. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. Games and booths will be open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is one baked good per family. Games will start at 25 cents each.

Continuing education available at FLC

Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these classes:

“Beginning Italian” will be taught by Paul Boyer on Monday and Wednesday evenings from Oct. 29 to Dec. 12. This course is designed for beginning students as well as students who would like to refresh their abilities with the language. The cost is $199 for 12 classes.

“Advanced Fundraising for Nonprofits” will be presented by Jack Alexander, president of the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation, and Daniel Harris, senior vice president of philanthropic services for Wells Fargo, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 24. Participants will learn about two fundraising strategies for organization sustainability and fundraising diversification: building an endowment and building a planned giving program. The cost is $69.

Advance registration is required.

For more information, call 247-7385 or visit

Animas High School announces events

Animas High School will host these events:

The ninth-grade humanities students will present their “Socialization and Identity” project exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.

The 11th-grade humanities exhibition will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Durango Joe’s, 732 College Drive, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the 40 Town Plaza location across from Natural Grocers. Students’ proposals for how the government should resolve various political issues – not based on what Democrats or Republicans espouse, but based on what is morally and politically just – will be discussed.

Fort Lewis Mesa to host Halloween Carnival

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School will host its annual Halloween Carnival on Oct. 27.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. There will be a haunted house, carnival games, bingo, a cake walk, a book walk, family pictures and a preschool room for children younger than 6. A costume contest will be held at 5:45 p.m., followed by a carved pumpkin contest at 6:30 p.m., a LEGO creation contest at 6:45 p.m., and the raffle winner will be announced at 7 p.m.

Herald Staff