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FAST (Fun Activities & Skills Training) Kicks Off the Year with Family Movie Night Friday #BlindYouth

Movie and Pizza for our first FAST Friday!
That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Even better is that we’ll be watching an audio-described version of the all-time favorite, “Toy Story.” It’s Martin’s favorite movie!

Audio description provides information to blind and visually impaired viewers that would otherwise be inaccessible to them – short descriptions of on-screen scenes, action, gestures and facial expressions slipped in during gaps in the dialogue.

What:

 

Toy Story and Pizza

 

When:

 

Friday, September 21, 5:30 p.m.
Where:

 

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120

 

How:

 

Please contact Martin Becerra-Miranda so we’ll know how many pizzas to order:
303-778-1130, x223
email: [email protected]

Here are a couple of other things to keep a watch out for this school year:

  • October 13, a trip to the Makers Fair
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  • October 25 – 28, 2018 NFB of Colorado Convention 
  • December 15 NFB of Denver Christmas Party
  • January 24 Metro Area Braille Challenge

 

We’ll have more details on these and even more activities this year, including our annual shark Dissection with Arapahoe Community College Biology Professor Terry Harrison and the NFB of Colorado’s 2nd Annual 6 dot dash in June.

To infinity and beyond!

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Youth Services

Reminder: FAST Friday Fast Approaching!

Do You Dream in Color? PosterMarch 9 will be Movie Night And our next FAST Friday at the Colorado Center for the Blind – our monthly activity for blind youth and their families. We’ll kick the evening off with pizza, then watch the documentary film, “Do You Dream in Color?” It follows four California high school students who are blind as they strive to follow their dreams. 1 hr 14 min with audio description. Popcorn provided. Discussion will follow.

Watch the trailer for “Do You Dream in Color?”

April 13 will be Contact theAstronomy
Constellations! we’ll have Arapahoe Community College Astronomy Instructor Jennifer Jones and her students work with us to understand the night sky, stars, constellations and everything! The evening will feature dozens of tactile graphics and 3D representations. The time will be determined, so stay tuned.

For questions or more information contact Brent Batron at 303-778-1130, x222, or [email protected].

See you in the movies!

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Senior Programs

Seniors Attend Audio-described Production of “Mama Mia”

Seniors around a long table, laughing and talking with food

Here’s a pic of some of our seniors at Chili’s last Saturday, after attending the audio-described performance of “Mama Mia” at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The Seniors used it as a fund-raiser, raising over $200. They keep a small donation fund going to help out with the expenses of various Senior activities for those who may come up short – things like bowling or movies. The money raised will go into that pot.

For the audio-described performances, blind and theater-goers check out a small FM receiver and headphones over which they receive the live audio description of action on the stage. DCPA offers at least one performance with this accessibility service, as well as sign-language interpreters, for each production.

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Youth Services

Summer Students Spoof Their Summer Counselors

Unheard of, we know. But our 2016 summer students gained so much confidence they decided to spoof their summer counselors and Brent in an imagined staff meeting. Shockingly accurate …

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Independence Training Program Senior Programs

A Holiday Gift from the 2016 CCB Choir

This year our CCB Choir formed itself in about a week under the direction of student Julie McGinnity, then went caroling at the Littleton Light Rail Station, outside Romancing the Bean Coffee shop. The next day they gave a performance at the Seniors’ Holiday Party. Mostly students, but with a couple of staff voices as well, they did a lovely job, On their behalf, and indeed from all the students and staff at CCB – here’s a holiday gift!

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Not Exactly Winding the Year Down

A group of CCB students pose around a cart with six large trays of goodies to give out
We’re in our final week – final days, really – of the 2016 year at the Colorado Center for the Blind. It’s not exactly like winding down, but more like an all-cylinders-open surge for the finish line.

Alejandro went on a support drop yesterday, and is cooking a big meal tomorrow. Ryan served his mini-meal – fifteen people and French onion soup – while down in the gym another class punched, kicked and potato-tossed each other on their way to earning their orange belts in Karate from Karate Denver. We also delivered holiday cookies and other holiday treats to Littleton police, fire and planning personnel, as well as to the shopping assistants at the Neighborhood Wal-Mart.

Alejandro peels apples for baked apple dessert for his Graduation Meal
Ryan making Giro wraps for his mini meal
Martial Arts with their orange belts and certificates

The Seniors’ annual Holiday Party was nearly a mob scene, with 50 attending, sharing pot luck and a lot of laughter. This year’s ITP student choir is the best in memory. They sang outside Littleton Light Rail Station’s Romancing the Bean Monday afternoon, and gave a lovely and lively performance to the Seniors Tuesday as well.

And that’s just one day this week, though I’m sure I’m forgetting a couple of things!

Looking down the line at the food table at the Senior Christmas Party - Anahit is serving and Gary is holding a a nice plate full of goodies
ITP Student Choir Caroling at the Senior Party
Duncan stands in front of a large group of Seniors at the CCB Christmas party while people introduce themselves
A Fire Fighter holds a tray of goodies presented by a group of CCB students
At the City Manager's Office Chaz presents a tray of Goodies and Joy is presenting a Card
Dan and Libby give a tray of goodies to a representative from the City Planner's Office

Two police officers pose with a group of CCB students who brought them a large tray of goodies and a Christmas Card

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Events General Colorado Center Information

CCB & ACC Partner to Bring Acclaimed New Orleans Musician Henry Butler to Littleton

Henry Butler performance

Date and Time: Thursday, 02/18/2016 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Littleton Campus – Waring Theatre (M2900)

Arapahoe Community College and the Colorado Center for the Blind will welcome acclaimed musician Henry Butler to the ACC Littleton campus on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Waring Theatre.

Henry ButlerThe evening will begin with a “meet the artist” session from 6:30 – 7:10 p.m., followed by Butler’s performance from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Butler will tour the Colorado Center for the Blind earlier in the day.

Considered the premier exponent of the great New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition, Butler is a ten-time Pinetop Perkins (formerly W. C. Handy) Best Blues Instrumentalist Award nominee.  A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace.

Blind as a result of glaucoma since birth, Butler has been playing the piano since he was six years old, and arranging, composing and performing professionally since he was 12.  For over 40 years, Butler has conducted workshops, clinics and master classes throughout the country.  He also developed a camp for blind and visually-impaired teen musicians.

Also an accomplished photographer, Butler’s work was featured in HBO’s documentary entitled “Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers”. A collection of Butler’s photos are scheduled to be on display in the Waring Theatre on Feb. 18.

This event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per person (ACC students receive free admission).  Proceeds will benefit the ACC Student Emergency Fund and the Colorado Center for the Blind.

For more information, or to inquire about accommodations, please ACC Student Life Coordinator Stephanie Beecher at [email protected] or 303.797.5665.  You may also call Dan Burke at the Colorado Center for the Blind, 303-778-1130. PHOTO BY: TIM ELLIS

The Waring Theater is located in M2900, on the second floor of Main just down the hall from the Disability Services office. The ACC Littleton campus is at: 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80120-1801

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A Little More About Cafe Americana

(Mosaic, our 2014 fund-raising event, will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, September 5 here at the Center. We’re especially excited out our main musical guests, Café Americana, and we want you to be excited too! Here’s a bit more about them, and don’t forget to buy your tickets using the link on this page!)

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We’ve captured a few strays from the Denver area acoustic roots band Stray Dog: Eric Woods, Zac Cottrell & Anne and Joe Rigley. From numerous original songs, acoustic interpretations of classic rock tunes, 1940’s jazz standards, all the way to bluegrass and blues, they put their own mark on a broad, eclectic mix of music. Eric’s unique touch on the guitar over Joe’s classy bass backs Anne’s remarkably sweet, pure and honest voice, all while riding Zac’s magical percussion on the Cajón.

Audiences consistently remark that the unique hallmark of this group is their ability to make you feel as if you are sitting around the coffee table with them in the basement making music, with as much focus on enjoying the music as playing it.

So on September 5 come to the Center for art and cuisine, then have a seat and enjoy!

Purchase your Mosaic tickets now!