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Ed Center presents Fabulous Fridays at middle school

This school year brings a wonderful new opportunity for middle school students on Friday afternoons.

Why be bored when you could be involved with fascinating opportunities? With the leadership of Jenna Gregory, middle school students, grades five to eight, will bring fresh offerings to explore concepts not available anywhere else in Pagosa on Friday afternoons.

• November will feature an art and theater class called, “Becoming A Star.” Sue Hagan will facilitate the weekly workshop that will include drama, scripts, costumes and sets, while helping the students develop good decision making, self-awareness and focus in entertaining ways. Archuleta County Education Center is partnering with the Nurturing Center and Pagosa Springs Youth Center where the classes will be held. The workshop will run Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30 from 2-5 p.m. for the low price of $50.

• In December, Elizabeth Baldwin will present jewelry making classes, just in time for holiday parties or gifts. Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in metalsmithing and jewelry design from the University of North Texas and has her creations in several Colorado towns. Three sessions will give you all the instruction, materials and inventory you need to create original designs for yourself or friends. Classes will be held Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 1:45–3:45 p.m., for $45.

• January and February. “Cooking Matters” offers those who have a desire to spend more time in the kitchen nutritious, inexpensive tricks of the culinary world. “Share Our Strengths, Cooking Matters” is a national, groundbreaking nutrition education program that helps families help themselves by teaching them how to prepare healthy low-cost meals. Professional chefs and nutritionists volunteer their time and expertise. The class will be offered from 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 18 and 25, and Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at no charge to the students. Donations would be appreciated.

• March will allow us to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects. STEM is one of the most important steps we can take to prepare our youth to compete in the global workforce. It has recently been stated that, “America is projected to be short 280,000 math and science teachers in 2015.” Students will have time to do fun, hands-on experiments that will stimulate each one to learn more about the opportunities STEM can offer. Classes will be held at the middle school from 1:45-5 p.m., on March 1, 8, 22 and 29. The cost will be $50.

• In April, we will once again offer our ever-popular Babysitters Workshop. The four classes cover how to handle finicky eaters, keep kids calm, prepare easy kid-friendly snacks and please the parents. A handbook/kit is provided that includes 18 business cards, client address book, list of favorite kids’ books, movies and more. First aid/emergency situations and job etiquette are also covered. Classes will be held at the middle school from 1:45-3:45 p.m. on April 5,12,19 and 26, for $30.

For all of these classes, please register at Archuleta County Education Center at the corner of 4th and Lewis streets, or online at, one week in advance. Questions? Call 264-2835 for more information.

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