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Signs of Spring

Omar, Charles and Kameron move picnic tables while Julie and Duncan figure out placement

Sometimes spring arrives in Colorado in waves that feel like that bad bus driver, the one who alternately steps on the gas and then lets off, again and again, rocking you forward and back into half-nausea. That’s how it’s been this year – 80 degree days followed by an icy blast of wind and snow and then it starts again. But underfoot (and a couple of times under the snow), the grass is greening and the smell of the damp, warming soil is like a reassuring promise, while overhead in the budding trees robins and sparrows and towhees announce their return.

Even though the center was closed for Good Friday, it was a busy week. Both Omar and Lauren graduated this week. Adrian completed his Drop on Wednesday, and his Monster Route on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Tuesday Seniors group traveled to Boulder to visit the Celestial Seasons herbal tea factory (located, appropriately enough on Sleepytime Drive).

Here are a couple of pics that speak of this spring. One of them is a group of volunteers, under the direction of Director Julie Deden and Senior Services Director Duncan larsen, moving the picnic tables onto our new patio outside the meeting room door. This was a classic “No, I don’t like it there, let’s try it over here” kind of activity. (Those picnic tables are made of steel, just saying.) The patio was put in last year as part of our parking lot and grounds redesign project. It’s the perfect place to enjoy your lunch in the spring sunshine and listen to the birds sing.

Our roof at the McGeorge Mountain Terrace Apartments is new,after the the big January snowstorm revealed serious leakages. The final exterior touches involve painting the roof trim. But while we have the painters up on ladders, we’re doing the necessary maintenance of painting the window trim and changing the colors. Why not? Spring is a great time for fresh new color!

Enjoy the Easter weekend all!

Repainting the trim at McGeorge Mountain Terrace

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College Prep and Falafel @msudenver @ArapahoeCC

Shaun, Davina, Loren, Mikayla and Dan cross at Church and Prince on the way to ACC

Over the past couple of weeks, the college prep class has visited local campuses. Our thanks the staff at Metro’s Access Center and Arapahoe CC’s Student Access Services for sharing their time and expertise with us during our recent visits.

When a blind student leaves high school and goes to college, the world tilts a bit, maybe even seems to wobble slightly on its axis. That’s because the rules change, because the laws governing disability change, and then there’s the part that effects sighted students too. Responsibility shifts more noticeably onto the student’s shoulders than ever before. The sooner students get their feet under them again, the more successful they will be. In college prep class, students learn about these changes, but the best way to begin to understand the truth of it is to visit real professionals at places like Metro and ACC. They both provide access to students with disabilities, but they are different institutions with different missions, and so might have slightly different answers to similar questions about student access. What students gain from this exercise includes an understanding of the kinds of accommodations that are possible and which they may request, practice in asking questions about processes and procedures to request accommodations, and to know what they will need to have equal access in college.

At both Metro and ACC, the staff are always extremely generous in giving their time to CCB students, confirming the reality of college we’ve been discussing in college prep, but also sending the unmistakable message to our students that this is doable, and that self-knowledge and self-advocacy are the starting points.

Mikayla walking in front of the ACC Main Building

These photos were taken on our way to ACC thiss week. But there was one more requirement for college prep class which we’d not been able to fulfill yet. College is also about curiosity, discovery, and greater self-knowledge. To that end, no CCB college prep student completes the class until they have tasted falafelf. (It is surprising how many students have not!) It is a completely arbitrary requirement imposed by the instructor for no other reason than he loves falafel. It is a requirement, nonetheless. Typically, this requirement is fulfilled on the Metro campus, where there is an outstanding Mediterranean food truck. But when we went to Metro a couple of weeks ago, it was spring break and the truck was closed. So Tuesday, after visiting ACC, we jumped on the Route 66 and took it to the Damascus Grill. There, the hunger for knowledge was well-satisfied, if only momentarily.

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April’s FAST Saturday at @DenverArtMuseum #TactileTables

Tactile art at the Denver Art Museum
Hands explore a tactile image at the Denver Art Museum. A sign reads: OK to Touch

Join us for the April Fun Activities and Skills Training (FAST) on Saturday, April 13 at the Denver Art Museum. We’ll be exploring “Treasures of British Art” at DAM’s Tactile Tables. It’s art that is accessible to everyone, except that there is room for only fifteen in our group! Admission to the museum is free.

We will take a van from CCB to DAM, or you can meet us there. Please RSVP and let us know if you will need a ride from CCB or meet us at the Hamilton Building. Here’s a quick schedule for the day:

9:45 Meet at CCB
10:00 Van leaves for the Denver Art Museum
10:45 Gather at the Hamilton Building, which is the south building, between 12th and 13th Avenues (the north building is closed for construction)
11:00 to 1:00 tour of the Tactile Tables with our docent
1:15 depart for CCB
1:45 – 2:00 Pick up students at CCB

Don’t forget to RSVP!

For more information on FAST Saturday, transportation, etc., contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at 303-778-1130, ext. 223 or [email protected]

See you on the 13th!

We borrowed the info below from DAM’s web site:

TACTILE TABLES: TREASURES OF BRITISH ART

Get hands on with art! Through verbal description and tactile graphics, immerse yourself in the places, personalities, and events that tell the story of Britain’s rich cultural history.

11:00am–1:00pm April 13, 2019
HAMILTON BUILDING – LEVEL 2 (between 12th and 13th Avenues)
Tactile Tables are regularly scheduled, bimonthly opportunities to experience art in a hands-on way, facilitated by specially trained docents.

The museum is located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Street. Please note:
• The Hamilton Building is open 7 days a week.
• The North Building is currently closed for a renovation project.
• There is a lot of building construction happening in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Please allow extra time for traffic and parking.

For more info on location or maps, visit

DAM Hours and Location

Here’s the schedule of upcoming Tactile Tables at DAM.