Gilpin County Community Center

Parks & Recreation


To register for classes please stop by the front desk.

Payment is expected at time of Registration.


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

Adult Programs

Pottery

Over the Holidays Bridge Session: December 2, 2018 - January 23, 2019

Winter clay classes begin January 23, 2019.  A bridge session is offered between the end of the current Fall classes and the beginning of the Winter ones. 

The Clay Studio is open to participants, with glazes and firing provided. Clay must be purchased at $10/25 lb. for new clay, and $5/25 lb. for Mark's recycled clay.   

Check-in at the Front Desk always required. 

Some clay experience preferred.    

Resident:  $45         Non-Resident:  $55


Wednesday Mornings: 9:30am-12:00pm, 1/23/19-3/13/19

OR

Saturday Mornings: 9:30am-12:00pm, 1/26/19-3/16/19

In this eight week session, students with clay experience will start out making the pieces that are easiest for them, the ones made with some ease and facility. Beginning students will learn simple techniques to also make some nice clay pots. 

In addition we are going to do some testing. We will make some glaze experiments using both test tiles and the pieces made by each student using the method most comfortable to them.  Simple line blends will be used as well as more involved testing methods. Hopefully, we will discover new combinations and maybe beautiful glazes that will fill new buckets in the glaze room. 

And we will take those easy pots and try to stretch them out in a different direction. 

Instructor: Steve Briggs

Session Cost: Resident: $120     Non-resident: $140

       Fees include:  class instruction, glazes, firings, extra studio time

       Clay costs: New clay:  $10/25# (fire clay, lower-fire red clay, and white stoneware)  

                          Recycled clay:  $5/25#


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Thursday Nights: 5:30pm-8:00pm,  6 Week Class- 12/6, 12/13, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24  NO CLASS 12/20 or 12/27

Creating Mosaics

Presentation for what's to come and for inspiration will be given on Tuesday Nov 20th at 6:30 pm. Attendance is optional - but encouraged.


Learn the basics and not-so-basics of creating mosaics from clay, glass and found objects. We will work on wall pieces, sculptural pieces, tile, pieces -whatever you like. No previous ceramic experience needed - BUT we will be working with clay for sure.

Instructor: Gabrielle Gewirtz 

Session Cost: Resident: $90     Non-resident: $105

       Fees include:  class instruction, glazes, firings, extra studio time

Clay costs: New clay:  $10/25# (fire clay, lower-fire red clay, and white stoneware)  

                  Recycled clay:  $5/25#


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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.


Dog Obedience

No new sessions scheduled at this time.


Dogs and their owners will learn and practice basic commands including sit, stay, heel, come, down, tricks, canine health, owner responsibility, dealing with bad habits and socialization.


Instructor: Casey Newman


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!



CSU Extension Classes and Events

Call (303)582-9106 to register.


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. http://www.extension.colostate.edu/gilpin/hort/tree.shtml .  Some species have already sold out, call for availability and for advice on what to plant.


STEAM Afterschool & Youth Camp Programs with CSU Extension

We offer youth age 5 – 13 fun and exploration on Mondays & Wednesdays during the Gilpin Parks & Recreation Afterschool program 4-6 pm and on Fridays from 10-12 .  Register for the afterschool/youth camp program at the front desk or online for your child to attend.  Thursday Tech program in collaboration with the library is every Thursday from  4:30 – 6 pm, and is for ages 8 & up – register with Kirsten Springer, 4-H Youth Development associate ( 970-389-4833 or email Kirsten.springer@colostate.edu).  Registration forms canalso  be picked up at the library or Gilpin Community Center (ask for Kirsten). A shuttle picks kids up on Thursdays at the Rec center from the school bus drop off, pick up by parents is at the library at 6 pm. We have to have the registration in advance for a child to ride the shuttle.


Our afterschool/youth camp kids have been having a lot of fun building paper airplanes to learn about aeronautics and the physics of flight, using the Energy kit and building alternative energy powered horns and lights and making microwave magic.  As we continue into Fall and winter our Monday afternoon program will be blasting off building different kinds of rockets and rocket powered machines.  Wednesdays will enter the wacky and weird world of “Steve Spangler” science explorations and on Fridays we will continue making magic with the microwave moving into complete meal entrees.  Who knew you could make bar cookies in a microwave?    Currently at the Thursday Tech program at the Library, we are building robots from the very basic to an elephant that walks and moves its trunk!  We are moving into making adaptations and free form building and will be concentrating on programming.  Come join our explorations and make magic!


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 gilpinarchwood4h@gmail.com 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 gilpinarchwood4h@gmail.com 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.