Gilpin County Community Center 

Parks and Recreaction

New & Upcoming Classes

To register for classes please stop by the front desk.

Payment is expected at time of Registration.

Pottery - Youth Dance - Stitchers

To register for CSU Extension classes call (303)582-9106.


Thursday Evening Pottery

Clay and Glass Mosaic Design: all levels. Come and create beautiful pieces combining clay tiles, clay carvings and glass into mosaic items of your imagination! They can be two dimensional wall hangings or something as spectacular as building a vase! 

  • 6 Week Class
  • 7/6 - 8/10
  • 5:30 - 8:00p
  • $100/members - $115/non-members

Instructor: Gabrielle Gewirtz

Wednesday & Saturday Morning Pottery - Summer

Lids & Pots      

Students in this 4-week class will learn to make several styles of lids for a variety of clay containers, from honey pots to casseroles to fanciful handbuilt pieces.  At the first meeting, assorted pots will be available for immediate lid creation. Students are also encouraged to have pots of their own if they choose.  Both thrown and handbuilt pots and lids.

Experience helpful but not required.      

Instructor: Steve Briggs

Section 1: 6/10 - 7/1    Saturday, 9:30a - 12:00p         Member: $65      Non-member:  $75

Section 2: 6/14 - 7/5    Wednesday, 9:30a -12:00p     Member: $65      Non-member: $75

Garden Sculpture      

For 8 weeks, this class will create a wide ranging  group of sculptures to go in the Sculpture Garden outside the Clay Studio.  Both thrown and handbuilt.  Mixed media. Kinetic. Silly.   Come with ideas. 

Experience helpful but not required.      

Instructor: Steve Briggs

Section 1:  7/22 - 9/9      Saturday, 9:30a - 12:00p          Member: $135    Non-member: $155

Section 2:  7/26 - 9/13    Wednesday, 9:30a -12:00p      Member: $135    Non-member: $155

Pottery Open Lab Time

Studio Guidelines:

  • Open Lab Punchcard: 10 punches for $135. Each punch can be up to a 4 hour session.
  • No more hourly drop-ins.
  • Participants must use only clay purchased through GCPR.
  • Glazes are to be used only when cleared first with the instructor.
  • Firing of pieces made in Open Lab are typically done with regular class firings. Exceptions include large or numerous pieces for which a firing fee will be assessed.
  • To access the Clay Studio, always sign in at the Front Desk. 
  • Lab time is FREE for current pottery students.
  • Between classes: In a short period, 2-3 weeks (between Winter & Spring, Spring & Summer) a student may work in the clay Studio without charge, if registered for the next session. In longer periods, 6-8 weeks (between Summer & Fall, Fall & Winter), a Studio fee of $35 will be charged. Purchase of clay extra.
  • End of session: At the end of a typical 8 week session,students have 1 week to complete their project.

Youth Dance Classes


  • 4:30 - 5:30p: Pre-School Combination Ballet, Tap & Acrobatics - Ages 3-5
  • 5:30 - 6:30p: Beginning & Advanced Tumbling Combined for Summer


Cost per Visit: $12/members, $14/non-members

Cost per 4 Punch Card: $32/members, $40/non-members


Ballet is the foundation for all types of dance. It teaches self discipline, poise and grace. Each class will include a warm-up at the barre, Ballet techniques in center floor, and progressions across the floor such as turns, leaps and a Ballet combination. Songs and dances will be taught for ages 3-5.

Acrobatics will improve large motor skills and build strength and flexibility. Young students will learn basic exercises and tumbling. Older students and those with previous acrobatic or gymnastic experience will be taught according to their ability.

Tap is an enjoyable way to learn rhythm and coordination. The students will learn basic to advanced Tap technique, progressions across the floor, turns and a Tap combination.

Instructor: Leslie Ann Chiucchi Dysart

Stitchers Get-Together:

 Dates: Every first and third Thursday of the month

Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm

Cost: Drop-in fee to the Rec

ALL Stitchers wanted: sew, quilt, needlework, knit, crochet.... beginners welcome! Looking for Stitchers interested in getting together twice a month to finish those UFO's, learn something new, share your knowledge, get to know other stitchers. Bring your projects and show'n'tells!


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CSU Extension Classes & Events:  

Call (303)582-9106 to register.


4-H STEAM Robotics programs will continue through the summer at the library – register through the library (303-582-5777). For ages 8-10, meet every 1st and 3rd Thursdays 3:30-5:00 (6/15, 6/29, 7/20 and 8/3) and for ages 10+, meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday 3:30-5:00 (6/8, 6/22, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10).

Nature Journaling: Deepen your experience with nature and hone your observations skills. Registration required 303-582-9106. $5/class. For adults and families with interested children.  Aug 9 6-8 pm (evening experience) - Sept 27th 9-11 am (fall colors!)

Collecting and sowing wildflower seeds.

$5. Sept 16th at 2:00 pm at the Extension office lobby.   Learn how to (legally) collect wildflower seeds, know when they are ready to be collected, and how to sow for best success.  Part of the class will be outside, so dress for the weather.


The CPR classes are all full; we are working on setting up a first aid class, and scheduling another CPR class in the fall.

If you have property in Gilpin County, and have any of the following noxious weeds: musk, Canada, scotch or bull thistles, oxeye daisy, scentless chamomile, mullein, Chinese clematis, orange hawkweed, leafy spurge, wild caraway, and spotted or diffuse knapweeds, you can use our free weed-spray checkout program. If you don’t know how to recognize these weeds, take the class (above). The herbicide is low-toxicity, and you don’t need to use very much for it to be effective. We take a $100 fully-refundable deposit, and teach you how to use the herbicide and the sprayer (both included). You have three business days to work on your project. Call to reserve your best time in advance – 303-582-9106.

Save Some Money

Check out our Home Energy Audit Loan Kit for FREE to help you figure out ways that you can save energy and money in your home.  Kit features a kilowatt meter, an air leak detector (infrared thermometer) and thermometers for your freezer and hot water heater to make sure they're at the most efficient settings.

Improve My Home Forest Quality

Reforest, plant for wildlife, diversify or plant a windbreak with low cost seedling trees. .  Some species have already sold out, call for availability and for advice on what to plant.

The Gilpin Archwood 4-H Club is in full swing with several activities currently available for youth ages 8-18. All prospective members are welcome to visit and explore several topics.

Regularly scheduled 4-H Club meetings (prospective members are welcome to check these out before enrolling) at the Extension Barn (230 Norton Drive).

Dog Agility: Every Thursday 6:30-8p

Business Meeting: First Tuesday 6:30-8p

Archery: Second Tuesday 6:30-8p

Air Rifle: Third Tuesday 6:30-8p

Robotics: Fourth Tuesday 6:30-8p

The Gilpin County Archwood 4-H Club is having an open house for prospective new members (ages 8-18) on Sept 6th at 5:30 pm at the Exhibit Barn (230 Norton Dr, by the Gilpin Community Center).  Come learn about the fun projects you can do, as well as the other fun events (barn dances, rodeo shows, marksmanship competitions in archery and air rifle).  Meetings are held in the Exhibit Barn on Tuesday evenings with the goal of providing positive youth development in our area while encouraging learning, community service, and leadership. For more information, email [email protected].

Many think that if they do not have animals, there may be little else to do in a 4-H club. That is a common myth and in fact, the 4-H club is committed to helping foster positive youth development in our community in many ways.  This is an inspiring factor behind a new series called "Show-Me 4-H" where youth ages 8-18 can come check out some of the thousands of topics available in the 4-H of today (no enrollment necessary)! Young people and their parents are invited and welcome.  Please note: RSVPs to [email protected] are required so that enough materials and supplies can be made available for every participant. 

Do you have a special trade, skill, hobby or passion that you might like to share with our area youth for a couple of hours? Please share with us! You can contact Organization Leader Heather Worrell at [email protected] or by calling (720)323-9228 to receive more information about sharing or participating in the Gilpin Archwood 4-H Club as a potential youth member, parent or community volunteer.