Education Briefs

Music in the Mountains to host program Feb. 4

Music in the Mountains Goes to School and the Fort Lewis College Music Department invite fifth-graders to a free musical program called “Band Concert” from 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

This is a concert performance, and each year two schools are invited to participate in an “Instrument Petting Zoo” either before or after the concert performance. Students can touch, blow on and play with instruments.

“Band Concert” is designed to inform and encourage students to become involved in their school’s music program as they move into middle school.

FLC music professors and students will demonstrate a variety of instruments and musical styles as well as concert hall etiquette.

For more information, call Angie Beach at 385-6820 or email

Discovery Museum announces programs

The Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio, will host these programs:

Enzyme Detectives will be held at 3:33 p.m. today.

Snowflake Science will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Powerhouse.

Family Friendly Geek Theatre, nerdy activities for the whole family and science-infused food and drink will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 1.

For more information, visit or call 259-9234.

Crow Canyon to offer course for educators

Kindergarten through 12th-grade educators and college graduate students are invited to explore human culture and society in the context of the Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest from June 30 to July 20 at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

This professional-development opportunity – a three-week institute called “Bridging Cultures: Diversity and Unity in the Pueblo World” – is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The endowment provides stipends that cover most expenses, including travel and living costs.

This year’s faculty will include Crow Canyon archaeologists and educators, as well as American Indian scholars.

During the institute, Pueblo scholars and archaeologists will lead 25 educators into the Pueblo world, traveling to archaeological sites and modern and ancestral Pueblo villages.

Educators will gain an understanding of how Pueblo culture formed and how it has endured, and they will return to their classrooms with curricula developed in relation to the institute’s theme.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 4.

For more information, visit, email or call (800) 422-8975.

Child care available for Native Americans

Parents who are members of any recognized Native American tribe may be eligible for child care assistance.

If non-Native American parents have a child who is enrolled in a federally-recognized tribe, they also may be eligible for child care assistance.

The types of assistance available are: paying for child care with a provider who charges fees, establishing more child care providers in the community and providing training to current child care providers.

This service is managed by the Southern Ute Community Action Programs Inc.

For more information, call Julie Goodman or Brandi Archuleta at 563-4566, or visit Head Start, 279 Capote Drive, in Ignacio.

Mountain Middle opens lottery enrollment

Mountain Middle School announces that its lottery enrollment is open.

Parents can register students for the 2013 school year for grades sixth, seventh and eighth.

The lottery closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 8.

Driver’s education available in February

Four Corners Safety Association will offer the next 30-hour driver’s education class from Feb. 18 to 21.

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

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

Methodist Thrift Shop offers scholarship

The Methodist Thrift Shop Board has established a scholarship fund for the purpose of helping local people advance their educations.

Applicants are considered for their church involvement, leadership, community service, extra-curricular activities and personal attributes.

Participants may pick up an application at the Methodist Thrift Shop, 986 East Second Ave., or at high school counseling offices in January.

The application deadline is March 15.

Child care provider classes offered

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

Pre-licensing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9. The cost is $50.

For more information, call Shannon Bassett at 247-0760, ext. 25, or email To register online, visit

Animas School High announces programs

Animas High School announces these events:

Enrollment for the 2013-14 school year is open. Students interested in enrolling can find an intent-to-enroll form at

Potential students and their families can learn more about the school through information nights, weekly tours and student shadow experiences beginning in January. The January information night sessions will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 31 on the campus.

Student Shadow experiences are available to interested students on Fridays throughout the month. Shadow space is limited. To register, call 247-2474 or email

An online exhibition of the freshmen fiction and Photoshop projects is available at A collaboration between humanities and digital arts, this project turned students into fiction writers and graphic designers.

Durango Mountain Resort will host a Locals Benefit Day for Animas High School on Feb. 10. Tickets will be $40 for adults, $32 for students and senior citizens and $25 for children. People must present a Locals Day coupon to get the discounted tickets which can be found in early February on the AHS website, AHS Quill and The Durango Telegraph.

Continuing education available at FLC

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

“Writing Your Wild Life” with Rachel Turiel will be offered Wednesday evenings from Jan. 30 to March 27. Participants will discuss techniques for mining their own life for details and inspiration, tips for effective editing and in-class critique of weekly writing assignments. Registration is needed by Thursday. The cost is $174 for six classes.

“Beginning Italian” will be taught by Paul Boyer on Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 4 to March 20. This course is designed for beginning students as well as students who would like to refresh their abilities with the language. The cost $204 for 12 classes.

“Brand Marketing Basics for Nonprofits & Small Businesses,” presented by Mandy Mikulencak, will be held Feb. 4 and 11. This course takes a look at the value of brands, how to develop and protect a brand, and how to market a product or services to different audiences. The cost $59 for two classes.

Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, call 247-7385 or visit

Kindermusik to be presented Thursday

A free presentation called “Music and Your Child’s Brain Development” will be presented by Sharon Neufeld and Nancy Heleno at 9 or 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Suzuki Academy Studio, Room 21 of the Smiley Building, 1309 East Third Ave.

The presentation will explain Kindermusik, which is a research-based early childhood program using music, movement, story time and group activities to aid in physical, emotional, cognitive, language, social and musical development. This program is designed for children newborn to 7 years old.

To RSVP, call 903-5777 or email

Herald Staff