Gilpin County Community Center

Parks and Recreaction

New & Upcoming Classes

To register for classes, please call the front desk at 303-582-1453 or stop in.

For CSU Extension class registration, please call 303-582-9106.

 Pottery | Youth Dance | Stitchers Get-Together | Martial Arts |

CSU Extension Classes


Returning Students' Session

For students returning for the Fall Sessions.

  • Dates: 8/15 – 10/1
  • Cost: $35  **Clay cost is extra** 


Gas Kiln Firing Class

This 4 week class will focus on firing our catenary arch reduction kiln. Some experience in making pieces for the firings is necessary. Experience in firing gas kilns is helpful, but not required. We will have an Introductory/Organizational meeting (8/27), three scheduled firings (8/31, 9/11, 9/14) and other to-be-arranged meetings for glazing. The first meeting we will cover basics of lab procedures, safety, Cone 10 glazes and loading and firing the gas kiln. Firings take 6-7 hours. Loading is particularly labor intensive. Students need to take part in some, but not all, of the firings. Studio work time is available whenever the Community Center is open, Monday - Saturday.

  • Dates/Times: Sat 8/27 (9:30a-12p), Wed 8/31, Sun 9/11, Wed 9/14 (9a-3p)
  • Cost: $67.50/members - $77.50 non-members

Instructor: Steve Briggs

Pottery Open Lab Time

Studio Guidelines:

  • If not enrolled in a class, you must receive permission in advance from the pottery staff. Call 303-582-1453 for contact information.
  • The Clay Studio may be used for throwing and hand building during regular GCCC hours if a pottery class, or some other GCPR activity, is not scheduled.
  • 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, sign in at the Front Desk.

Cost: $6 per hour. Lab Time is FREE for current pottery students.

  • Drop-in pottery punchcard: 20 hours of studio time for $100 + $10 materials fee.


Youth Dance Classes


  • 4:30 - 5:30p: Combination Ballet, Tap & Acrobatics - Ages 6-8
  • 5:30 - 6:30p: Acrobatics - Ages 9 & up
  • 6:30 - 7:30p: Teen/Adult Tap


  • 4:15 - 5:15p: Pre-School Combination Ballet, Tap & Acrobatics - Ages: 3-5
  • 5:15 - 6:15p: Teen/Adult Ballet-Jazz


Cost per Month (one class): $40/members, $50/non-members

Cost per Visit: $12/members, $14/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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Martial Arts:

Tae Kwon Do

Tuesday/Thursdays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Cost for Adults:

  • 8 class punchcard: $48 member / $63 non-member
  • Cost per class: $8 member / $9.50 on-member

Cost for Youth:

  • 8 class punchcard: $40 member / $50 non-member
  • Cost per class: $8 member / $9.50 non-member

The tenets of order and simplicity is applied in this Korean martial art. Tae Kwon Do emphasizes increased coordination, balance, mental awareness, confidence and overall fitness. These family-oriented classes are ideal for children and adults.

Private/Semi-Private Tae Kwon Do Lessons with Layla Theriot

  • Ages: 4 and up 
  • Private: $15/student
  • Semi-Private: $10/student
  • Call to schedule (303)582-1453

Kinder Kix

Cancelled until Fall 2016

  • Saturdays from 9:15am - 10:15am
  • Ages: 4 yrs - 7 yrs
  • Cost/class: $6 member / $7.50 non-member
  • Cost/4 class punchcard: $20 member / $26 non-member

This is an on-going, drop-in class. Kids will have fun learning basic Tae Kwon Do blocks and kicks, while also improving their coordination, balance, self-confidence and discipline.


Visit for more information.

CSU Extension Classes:

The CSU Extension in Gilpin County offers classes that provide valuable information for a variety of different topics which may include: energy conservation, pine beetle control, noxious weeds and more. 

For more information on classes please contact the Colorado State University Extension, Gilpin County Office at 303-582-9106 or email at or visit the CSU Extension website:

Living in the Mountains Class

Whether you've been living here for just a few months or many years, you'll want to come to the FREE "Living in Gilpin County?" class on August 13th at the Gilpin County Community Center (250 Norton Dr).  We will have a variety of speakers on subjects on all you need to know about living up here.  Plus, at lunch, you'll have the opportunity to sit down with county people you need to know. Bring your own lunch, desserts and beverages will be provided.  Come for part of the day or come for all of the day:

9:00a: Emergency preparedness with Kevin Armstrong from the Sheriff's Office and Glenn Levy from Timberline Fire. Are you ready for a fire? Evacuation? Floods?  The next 7 foot snow?
10:30a: Living with wildlife (especially bears and moose). The more you know, the more we can all coexist peacefully - with Irene Shonle, CSU Extension.
11:15a: Local resources  - do you know who to call if a dog is loose? How to register to vote or license your cars? If you see smoke? If your road develops a sink hole?  What other groups are up here? 
Noon: lunch with County folks. Bring your own lunch and meet Commissioners, Mayors, County Officials, our CSFS District Forester and more.  Dessert and drinks provided.  There will be plenty of time to mingle and ask questions and get to know a variety of important people in this unique, interactive opportunity.
1:30p: Forest Health: learn what you can do to be the best steward of your land and keep your woods in good shape. Allen Owen, District Forester, Colorado State Forest Service.
2:30p: Maintaining your well and septic system: Craig Sanders and Gilpin County Public Health.
3:30p: Radon in the mountains: how to test your home and protect you and your family from lung cancer: with Irene Shonle, CSU Extension.

RSVPs appreciated: 303-582-9106.  
Please help spread the word to your neighbors and friends; it can be a great way to welcome a new neighbor into the hood by introducing yourself and letting them know about this important class!

8/13 - We will cover a wide range of topics, from septic/well to evacuation/emergency preparedness and more.


Native Plant Master Courses

There is a wonderful and expanded selection of Native Plant Master Courses this year- check them all out and register at Irene will be teaching two of these classes- the Native Plant Landscaping class on 5/4 and the Field Class at East Portal in July.

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.


Fun 4-H science-oriented afterschool programming at the Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please call the Rec Center to register (303) 582-1453. Cost is $6/day per child. The school bus will take your child to the Rec Center, you can pick them up at 6pm or earlier.

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

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 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 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.


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