New & Upcoming Classes

To register for classes please stop by the front desk.

Payment is expected at time of Registration.

Pottery - Youth Dance - Stitchers- Dog Obedience

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

Adult Classes


Vases and Flower Pots

Dates:  Wednesdays: 9:30am - 12pm,  4/4 - 5/23            

            Saturdays: 9:30am - 12pm,  4/7 - 5/26

Session Cost:  Members $135  Non-Members $155

Spring is here. Let's think floral, say daffodils, and ceramic containers to hold them. Classes will first focus on vases, both thrown on the potter's wheel and handbuilt. Tall vases (stretching existing personal limits) and small bud vases. Decorative flower pots will be considered, as well as specialty items like ikebana pots for flower arrangement. Come to class with ideas, come with drawings and pictures, and come with enthusiasm. Winter is on its way out! The approaches of the Saturday and Wednesday sessions will vary somewhat depending on individual interests and skills. All levels of experience will be able to produce finished pottery pieces. Each session is 8 classes which includes 50lbs of clay, glazes and firings. 

Instructor: Steve Briggs

Hand-Building Big!

Dates:  Thursday: 5:30pm - 8pm,  4/5 - 5/24

Session Cost:   Members $135  Non-Members $155

Get ready for spring and get your hands dirty with Hand-building in clay! We will be focusing on techniques for building big! Sculpture and/or functional pieces. Learn about coils & slabs, gaining height fast and surface decoration as part of the planning process. Bring ideas, pictures, drawings, you name it. First class will have a presentation and then get to work! All skill levels. Each session is 8 classes which includes 50lbs of clay, glazes and firings in both the electric and gas kilns.

Instructor: Gabrielle Gewirtz

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.

Dog Obedience 

No new sessions scheduled at this time. Check the CSU Extension for classes. 

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


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!

Youth Classes

Youth Dance Classes 


  • 4:30 - 5:30p: Pre-School Combination Ballet, Tap & Acrobatics - Ages 3-5
  • 5:30 - 6:30p: BeginningTumbling 
  • 6:30 - 7:30p:  Advanced Tumbling

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

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. .  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 [email protected]).  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 [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.

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