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FAST Scavenger Hunt: It’ll be a spooky good time… Or will it? Bwahahaha, come and find out for yourselves Oct. 10

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2019 – 2020 FAST Program

(Fun Activities & Skills Training)

A Haunted Scavenger Hunt

Can’t wait for Halloween to get here? Want something to do on a Friday night? Never been on a scavenger hunt? Well, come and join CCB for a Friday night of fun! We’ll have plenty of activities to test your problem solving skills, mental mapping techniques, spatial awareness, and most of all, your Cane Travel abilities.

We hear tails of what lies beneath the poolroom, or where that screeching down the north hallway comes from, but don’t let those minor obstacles stand in your way. After all, you have goals to achieve, places to be and treats to find.

We’ll have:

  • A fun and spooky scavenger hunt.
  • Bobbing for apples, a fun twist on a good old classic.
  • Pumpkin decorating
  • Mummy Wrapping, not a rapping mummy.
  • A presentation for parents on the ins and outs of independent travel techniques.

And we’ll have pizza, too!

For questions or to RSVP please contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at [email protected] or at (303)778-1130 Ext: 223

Blind students of all ages and their families.
CCB’s FAST Program.
Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave
Littleton CO, 80120<
Friday October 11, 2019
from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.
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Happy New Year from the Colorado Center for the Blind!

Looking across a snow covered landscape at the Colorado Center for the Blind

Yes, we got a little snow for the New Year, and a lot more cold! Temps dropped below zero in some places, but have been rising steadily since the ball dropped at midnight to start the New Year! Things are looking great for 2019, and we look forward to our students’ return on Friday, January 4!

Seniors groups start up again next week.

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Ending the Year with a Holiday Party at CCB

Stephannie, Brett, Myra and Delfina wrapping final gifts

The Colorado Center for the Blind students, staff and seniors were deep into the holiday spirit for the final three weeks before the holiday break. We all wish the happiest of holidays to all in our CCB family!

Even as this was being written, our Martial Arts teacher from ATA Karate Denver, Rachel, delivered a box of cookies and home-baked breads for everyone! She nearly had to remind everyone that those martial arts moves she taught them were for self-defense, not for fighting your way to the front of the line.

Last Friday afternoon we delivered cookies and such to the City of Littleton Police , City Manager, Economic Development and Public Works offices. Another group headed north on Federal Blvd. to the Federico F. Pena Clinic to drop off some more treats. Our students have been using the Pena Clinic this year for all the standard reasons – colds, flu, etc.

Secret Santas served up stealth and sweets for the past three weeks. Every day brought new surprises to someone at the Center – candy, cookies or an ornament. And in the center of the flurry was our own Ironic Elf, Robert Dyson. The culmination was Wednesday, our final day before the break. That’s when we gathered for awesome breakfast burritos from Littleton’s own GraceFull Community Cafe, and the final gifts were distributed from under the tree. This year, Brett and Mayra were the morning’s Santas. Recipients make up to three guesses about the identity of their Secret Santa. By tradition, Julie Deden warns that anyone who fails to guess after three tries forfeits their final gift to her. Of course, that never happens, but this year it seemed like there was a higher percentage of correct guesses.

By the way, we have five graduations since Thanksgiving: Kirk and Brad last week, Faye the week before, and the week before that Annette and Abdi graduated.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Finally, motivated by Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman’s call to help, students and staff collected $308.00 to assist the residents of the Windermere Apartments in Littleton, who have all been displaced because of a November 17 fire. The CCB Student Association gave $150.00 and the rest was collected from individuals. As our students prepared to leave Littleton to return to their own homes elsewhere, the thought of our neighbors being displaced from their homes for the holidays touched a chord. Donations can be made through three groups at this link. Along with the money, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Windermere residents this holiday season!

Students will start back on January 4. Happy Holidays all!

Myra passses Saul his final Secret Santa gift
Duane beams as he opens his final Secret Santa gift - a Denver Broncos blanket


Stephanie P. and Delfina arrange trays of home made cookies, candy, muffins and other treats before breakfast
Jodi reaches for a breakfast burrito


Stephannie B. opening her Secret Santa gift with Brett and Myra
Rudy gets a wide smile when he opens his Secret Santa gift - an Echo Dot


Decorating happened when Robert was out, and this is his chair decorated with bright colored ribbon and gold bells

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#FAST Programs for Blind Youth: NFB of Denver’s Holiday Party for Youth Dec. 15

Ho! Ho! Ho! Don’t miss our Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Colorado Center for the Blind!  CCB’s FAST program is teaming up once again with the NFB of Denver Chapter for this event, which will include gift-wrapping for the kids, holiday arts and crafts, and a visit from our blind Santa.  He may have gifts for the kids, too!

We’ll serve lunch and cider and perhaps sing a few rounds of carols before the day is done! So, make sure it’s on your Holiday Calendar!

CCB Tree decorated with hand made ornaments and strings of popcorn and cranberries
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How to get full, really and thankfully full on FAST Saturday!

Brittany not only volunteered on FAST Saturday, she also volunteered her best-ever mashed potato recipe. Here she has three high school students slicing the spuds.

Saturday, November 10 was a full day – full of learning and, by about 1:30, we were all just full. Twenty-four came for our FAST (Fun Activities and Skills Training) Thanksgiving meal. A mix of blind youth, parents, teachers, staff and volunteers (and one little brother) made an early Thanksgiving meal, substituting chickens for a turkey. Everybody got a hand in the preparations and the feast that followed! Four parents also took the opportunity to practice skills under sleepshades, doing everything from slicing carrots to taking pies from the oven.

Yes, we’re full of thanks for all who came, for the teenagers hanging out by the piano after it was all put away, and for the leftovers, naturally!

Parents got in on the learning Saturday, too. Julie explains and then demonstrates how to safely remove a pumpkin pie from a hot oven to a dad in sleepshades.

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Before Departing, One Last Meal & Secret Santas Revealed #ShareLittleton

Justin opens a gift as Vicki and Nick watch and Holly and Steve stand next to the Christmas Tree ready to pass out two more presents

Here we are with a white Christmas in Colorado when it was looking pretty dusty and dry. Naturally, the Center closed for the holidays, but we finished up in the spirit last Tuesday. Our traditions involve a breakfast together, provided by the GraceFull Cafe in downtown Littleton consisting of very large and very delicious breakfast burritos. (Yes, that’s a recommendation for the burritos and the GraceFull Cafe!)

Following that is the culmination of the Secret Santa gift exchange. The tension, the curiosity and the excitement had been building for weeks of course, and the final gifts and three guesses from each recipient as to the identity of their Santas brought a lot of laughter and surprises. Our own Stevie P and student Holly presided as distributing Santas for the activity.

And then everyone chipped in to clean up the kitchen and meeting room, take down all the holiday decorations and the tree before students and staff disperse for the corners of Colorado and, indeed, the United States.

And so now it’s Christmas, and a happy one to all of our students and staff and friends and neighbors here in Littleton!

Steve with a gift bag next to the Christmas Tree
Holly wears a colorful elf hat with bells and smiles while standing next to the Christmas Tree


Daniel and Steve in their Santa Hats
Ravi smiles and holds up a T Shirt that says kpop made me do it


Maureen wearing her Santa hat opens her gift while David looks on
Julie reaches down under the Christmas Tree to retrieve a gift


Large group in the meeting room participating in Secret Santa gift exchange
Chris H. opens his gift


A line of people snakes its way through the large kitchen as people fill their plates with goodies

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Sixty Attend Senior Holiday Party 2017 #ShareLittleton

Festive Senior Christmas Party montage featuring 2 views of the Senior Party over a background of the CCB Christmas Tree with hand strung popcorn and cranberries - Also a Braille Christmas Card and Snowman and Santa decorations

Last Friday’s Senior Holiday Party brought together members of all three of our weekly Seniors groups that meet at the Center – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – along with sighted and unsighted spouses (insider’s joke), and both old and new friends. There were adult children and grandchildren There. was plenty of food, lots of laughs and thanks for our great Seniors staff. But really, what everyone was celebrating was one another. The thing that makes a difference in the lives of newly blind people is other blind people to help them to understand that blindness need not hold us back. And then, a little farther down the road, the once-newbies are passing it on to the next round of new ones.

Happy Holidays!

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Tuesday’s Seniors Prepare for Senior Holiday Party on Dec 15 #sharelittleton

Blanca and Priscilla wearing festive colored aprons prepare a rack of home made powdered sugar cookies

Friday, December 15 is the annual senior Holiday Party at the Colorado Center for the Blind, and the Tuesday group got into the kitchen this week to bake cookies for the event. Among the cookie corps was CCB founder and Chair of our Board of Directors, Diane McGeorge. Also our Volunteer Extraordinaire, Diane is often here twice a week to assist with Braille classes and to participate in Senior group meetings and activities.

The Senior party will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. here at the center. Lunch will be served and attendees are welcome to bring additional treats and goodies which are already cut for serving.

For lunch info, please let Duncan know if you plan to come either by phone, 303-778-1130 or email [email protected].

Mary Ann cracks eggs to use in the batter for home made cookies. Diane looks on with encouragement
Dee works with trays of home made cookies hot out of the oven

Dee rolls dough in sugar and cinnamon for home made cookies. Mary Ann rolls the dough into balls
Mary Ann, Priscilla and Blanca in the Serving window with lots of finished trays of cookies wrapped up and tied with ribbons

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One Whole Day for Holiday Art & Ornaments #sharelittleton

Art teacher Ann Cunningham works with seniors and ITP students

Tuesday is art day anyway, but this week it was art day all day long. Every student and staff member worked in the art room with Ann Cunningham and Jenny Callahan making ornaments, holiday cards or what ever else suited their fancy. Without a doubt , everyone enjoyed the break from regular classes and the chance to get into the holiday spirit!

Marqus glazes the clay on a lazy suzan for a votive candle holder he is making
Showe holds up a clay ornament she made that spells out Trela with a heart underneath


Michael holds up a couple of Braille Christmas Cards he made
Justin holds up a clay dog ornament he made from memory in the likeness of a favorite dog that is no longer with us


Mickey just finished decorating a clay gingerbread man ornament with gumdrops sequens and glitter
Jen is working on making a clay ornament of Thomas the Train for her son


Judi fits a tall white candle into a clay base she is shaping into a candle holder
Ann shows Holly and Tyler how to use the pasta machine to flatten out clay to make ornaments

Ann works with the Travel staff, Steve, David, Daniel and Martin on decorating cinnamon baked modeling clay ornaments - samples of the finished pieces are inset above.jpg

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Holiday Treats for City of Littleton

Casey, Mickey, Brent and Holly in the CCB lobby holding trays of cookies to be delivered to our City Offices

The holidays are here! Today Students and staff set out to deliver treats to our friends across the City of Littleton. Of course, the cookies andpeppermint bark were all made by our very own students. Blind people give back, too!

The first deliveries were to the City of Littleton’s City Manager’s office, Public Works and Police Departments. Assistant Director Brent Batron led that expedition to say thanks to officials of the city that has welcomed us for the past 18 years.

Later in the afternoon, Home Management Instructors Maureen, Delfina and Dishon took treats to staff at Target on West Bowles Ave. Our students regularly shop there. In fact, after the delivery they did some holiday shopping with their instructors.

Tomorrow Chris Kinney will deliver some more treats to Bed, Bath and Beyond which has generously given us a grant of weekly boxes of goods. This has helped us get all new pillows in our apartments, shower curtains and sheets.

Back at the Center today, there was a flurry of other activities. We’ll share those in the next couple of days.

Delivering plates of cookies, Brent, Holly, Mickey and Casey are pictured with members of the City Manager's staff
Brent, Casey, Holly and Mickey deliver a plate of cookies to the Public Works department
Casey, Brent Mickey and Holly deliver a tray of cookies to the Police Department

Brent shakes hands with a staff member from the Public Works Department while Holly presents a tray of cookies