Month: October 2016

  • Birding by Ear at CCB

    Birding by Ear at CCB

    Group shot - The class listens to bird sounds while CG looks at a mount of a Great Horned Owl
    It was feathers and bird calls Tuesday morning in our first Birding by Ear class with Alie Mayes, Outreach Coordinator at Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in Brighton. Alie brought casts of bird skulls as well as mounts, giving everyone a sense of various differences in bird anatomy, size and aerodynamics. Then we got down to identifying a couple of dozen bird calls we might hear in the Littleton area this time of year, such as canada geese, crows and chickadees, as well as others that come and go around the calendar.

    Suzi looks at a mount of a Great Horned Owl
    Lynn looks at the skull of a flicker
    Mike looks at an Owl wing

    Next time, we’ll take our newly practiced ears outside to find some of our neighbors.… Read the rest “Birding by Ear at CCB”


  • The Excited Hostess: Hindley’s Mini-meal

    The Excited Hostess:  Hindley’s Mini-meal

    Hindley didn’t really cook when she first arrived at the Center. She’d never used a hot oven. That’s all changed, as her mini-meal clearly demonstrated:


  • Tactile Art Exhibits Coming to @ArapahoeCC & UCAR @ArtACunningham

    Tactile Art Exhibits Coming to @ArapahoeCC & UCAR @ArtACunningham

    ACC and CCB staff and students around the Mandala

    Tactile art and art shows are in the works this fall, with collaboration and coordination from the Colorado Center for the Blind’s Ann Cunningham as the common medium.

    First, Arapahoe Community College’s now-annual “Shared Visions” tactile art show will open with a reception on November 10 at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts from 5 to 8 p.m. The show , which will be open to the public until November 18, will feature tactile and sensory art from ACC Painting and Ceramics students, as well as works from CCB students and staff in several media. CCB’s Ann Cunningham teaches classes each week to Independence Training Students and to Seniors.… Read the rest “Tactile Art Exhibits Coming to @ArapahoeCC & UCAR @ArtACunningham”


  • High Fives at Mile High Academy #MeettheBlind #HowEyeSeeIt

    High Fives at Mile High Academy #MeettheBlind #HowEyeSeeIt

    Ryan High-Fives with the students after shooting some hoops
    Ryan at the Mic at Mile High Academy
    Ryan shoots some hoops with a group of students from Mile High Academy

    We are always excited to be invited to talk at schools in the area about what it really means to be blind. It’s a great chance to dispel myths and stereotypes and to teach kids that blind people are just folks, too. So, we were delighted when we received a call from Diane Harris, a parent and administrator at nearby Mile High Academy. It turned out that the 7th grade English students were reading Michael Hingson‘s book, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust, Mike’s story of his escape from the World Trade Center on 9/11 with his guide dog, Roselle.… Read the rest “High Fives at Mile High Academy #MeettheBlind #HowEyeSeeIt”


  • Body Pads and Karate Punches: Tuesday’s Orange Belts

    Rachael flies through the air as Steve flips her to the ground
    Another round of testing for the Martial Arts class on Tuesday was followed by an awards ceremony. The entire Center turned out in the gym as five students and Travel Instructor Steve Patten all received orange belts from Karate Denver instructors Rachel and Travis. Steve is a bit of a ringer, of course, since he already has a black belt in Judo and competed internationally.

    Brittany throws Travis flat on his back on the mats
    Warren holds on to his cane while throwing elbow jabbs at the pads
    Jimmi throws Rachael to the ground while keeping hold of his cane

    Each class meets for eight sessions in our gym, learning any number of defensive strategies and moves, punches, kicks and holds. This class included Jay, Jimmy, Warren, Brittany, warren and Courtney C along with Steve.… Read the rest “Body Pads and Karate Punches: Tuesday’s Orange Belts”


  • Green Tomatoes and Ripe Pumpkins: Last Days in the Garden

    Green Tomatoes and Ripe Pumpkins: Last Days in the Garden

    Looking through the garden arches at a group of CCB students and staff working in the garden against a wall of Fall colors
    The mornings are cool and the colors turning. There were still loads of tomoatoes, green to read, not to mention the ripe pumpkins on wat may be one of the last weeks our sudents work in our Legacy Garden with the Arapahoe Master Gardeners.

    Master Gardener shows new student (David) around the garden
    A row of pumpkins on the garden wall
    Chris Parsons enjoys a large ripe tomato

    This week it was the first-hour Tech Classes who got to work in the garden. From veterans like Tech Instructor Chris Parsons (who breakfasted on tomatoes directly off the vine, to brand-new students like David in his first day at the Center, it was a festive mood bringing in so much produce before the first frost hits.… Read the rest “Green Tomatoes and Ripe Pumpkins: Last Days in the Garden”