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



Thursday Evening Clay: Basic Throwing and Hand Building

Session I - Hand-building intensive 4 week class: learn the basics through to intermediate hand-building techniques in clay and create functional or sculptural pieces (your choice).  Wrap your head around the surface and color of your creations while making them.  Bring a sketch book to class and plan to get a little messy.

  • Dates: 6/16 - 7/7
  • Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $67.50/members  -  $77.50/non-members

Session II - Wheel-throwing intensive 4 week class: learn the basics through to intermediate throwing on the potter's wheel.  We will focus on throwing larger forms (3lbs. of clay and up) such as vases and pitchers and if we are lucky your favorite serving bowl.  Wrap your head around the surface and color of your creations while making them. 

  • Dates: 7/21 - 8/11
  • Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $67.50/members - $77.50/non-members

Instructor: Gabrielle Gerwirtz


Wednesday and Saturday Morning Pottery Classes 

Session I - Basics/Throwing Pots: Each week will focus on one of the following basic forms: cylinder, bowl, plate & bottle. 

Session II - Basics/Glazing: Each week will focus on different glazing techniques including: dipping/pouring, wax resist, painting, sgrafitto, washes, staining and spontaneity vs. precision.  Note: students should have bisque pieces that are ready to glaze the first week.

Session III (Saturday only) Larger Pots: Garden & Home.


Wednesday Morning Clay

  • Dates: Session I: 6/15 - 7/6 - Session II: 7/20 - 8/10
  • Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $67.50/members - $77.50/non-members

Instructor: Steve Briggs


Saturday Morning Clay

  • Dates: Session I: 6/18 - 7/9 - Session I: 7/23 - 8/13 - Session III: 8/27 - 9/17
  • Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $67.50/members - $77.50 non-members

Instructor: Steve Briggs



Sunday Morning Clay

Learn how to hand make decorative tiles with 3D accents.  We will first learn how to make flat tiles that can be used for decorative accents in your home or garden.  Then 3D accent tiles will be introduced to go with the flat tiles to make a backsplash or tile border more interesting.  A variety of decorating methods will be discussed.  Please bring your ideas and we will determine the best way to achieve your vision.

  • Dates: 6/26 - 7/17
  • Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $67.50/members - $77.50 non-members

Instructor: Sherrill Cannon


Children's Pottery

Check back soon for details!

Instructor: Gabrielle Gerwirtz 





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.

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Summer Dance Classes:

Tuesdays beginning 6/7

4:00 - 5:00p: Combination Ballet, Tap & Acrobatics - Ages 6-8

5:00 - 6:00p: Acrobatics - Ages 9 & up

6:00 - 7:00p: Teen/Adult Tap

Wednesdays beginning 6/8

4:00 - 5:00p: Pre-School Combination Ballet, Tap & Acrobatics - Ages: 3-5

5:00 - 6:00p: 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

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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:

Creating a Weed Plan for your Mountain Property

Free - Saturday 6/18 - 10a - 12p - at the Exhibit Barn (230 Norton Dr.).  Create your own week control plan including thing to consider, monitoring, week ID and timing of control.  MUST RSVP by 6/16 (303)582-9106.

Plants and Pollinators Walk

$5 - Saturday 6/18 - 1p-2:30p - Leave from the Exhibit Barn (230 Norton Dr.) In honor of pollinator week, we will be taking a slow, easy wildflower stroll.  We will identify plants and discuss the different ways in which plants attract pollinators.  We will see how many different pollinators we can find on the plants.

Weed ID & Control Class

Free - Saturday 7/9 - 1p-3p - Exhibit Barn (230 Norton Dr.) This will be an easy and even fun class to help you identify and control weeds on your property. Bring in any plants you have questions about for identification and advice.  We will have live plant samples as well.

Living in the Mountains 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. 

Upcoming Monthly Show-Me 4-H Events:

  • Canning Salsa: We will be canning some salsa for everyone to take home. Saturday 4/16 from 2-5p at the kitchen of Christ the King Community Church at 971 HWY 46. RSVPs required by Thursday 4/14.
  • Geocaching (Two-part session): with Robert Sacco: Part one will be an introduction to geocaching on Wednesday, 5/25 from 6:30-8p where kids will be taught basic skills. These skills will be put to use in the local area with part two on Saturday 5/28 from 8:30-11:30a.  The first part will be held and the second will start at the extension barn.

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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