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Run, Walk or Donate to the 2019 #6DotDashCO to Support Braille Literacy #ComeRunwithUs

6 Dot Dash 5K Logo

Bring the whole family and #comerunwithus #6dotdashco. You can Read more about this year’s 6 Dot Dash 5K, or Go Straight to the Registration Page.

The National Federation of the Blind of Colorado and the Colorado Center for the Blind are partnering again for our 2nd 6 Dot Dash 5k, June 29! Our first year was a big success with 191 runners (and/or walkers) and netting more than $5000 for our Braille literacy and scholarship programs. Not bad for the first lap! Besides, it was a lot of fun.

This year is shaping up to be even bigger and better, with more kid activities, local food vendors, live music and more beer, just to name a few of this year’s additions. It’s a great way to spend a mid-summer Saturday morning!

The “6 Dot” refers to the six dots that make up each Braille cell. And it’s the combination of these dots that make the letters of the alphabet and punctuation that blind people read by touch.

This summer we will hold three Confidence/BELL Camps ;in Colorado for blind kids ages 5 to 11, where blind kids can learn that learning Braille is fun. Your participation in the 6 Dot Dash 5K will help bring the lifelong gift of literacy to kids from Littleton to Grand Junction.

It’s summer fun for the future of blind Colorado kids – you can’t go wrong!

Register Now! You can sign up as an individual, build a team or just make a donation!

Some more of this year’s highlights:

Collectable Race Medal with Braille and Print
The medal is part of a three year series that, when combined, makes up a beautiful mountain range. YEAR ONE SAYS Live The Life you Want in both Print and Braille, Year Two says Nobody Can Stop You, and Year Three says Shoot for the Sun. You’ll want to collect all three, which means you need to Register Now to get the 2019 medal!
Awesome tank style race tee!
This year we will have a great new design and color for our race shirts, which of course are part of each racer’s great swag!
More Activities for the Kids
We’re really excited about our kids activities this year, including face painting, a bouncy house, cotton candy, and popcorn all for FREE! We will also have Harley’s hot Dogs and Kona Ice in the house for more treats for the whole family.
FREE BEER
Blind Faith Brewery and St. Patrick’s Day Brewery will be returning to pour up their brews for tasting by everyone over 21. We’re excited to report that Littleton’s Jackass Hill Brewery will join them this year. So, you’ll definitely want to wet your post-5K whistle, but don’t forget to bring your ID.
Bigger and Better Event Expo
We will have great exhibitors including 5 Wellbeing Spa (they are bring a sound resonance chair for everyone to enjoy), chair massage, essential oils, Tupperware, paparazzi jewelry, 31, Dot Dot Smile, Oroweat Organics, Ameritech Windows, Lula Roe, and much more. Many of our vendors are donating a portion of their proceeds so come ready to shop!
Live Music
We claim this band as our own, and you’ll love them too! Stray Dog will begin their live performance at 10:30. You’ll want to stick around to hear this great local group, and maybe you’ll become a Dog-Head too!
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Kansas Comings & Goings Today at CCB

Luther Fuller of Kansas reads Braille before leaving for the National Braille Challenge

The NFB of Kansas President dropped by for a quick visit and tour this afternoon. Tom Page and his friend Nicole are in the area with Tom’s string band, the Haymakers. They played in Colorado Springs last night and will be in Denver at Cervantes’ Other Side tonight. Though a number of Kansas students have come to CCB for training over the years, this was Tom’s first chance to see the Center.

“The energy is amazing,” he said.

Tom and Nicole bumped into another Kansan this afternoon while visiting. Luther Fuller is part of the Summer for Success (College Prep) Program this summer. He’s just graduated from high school and is off to college in the fall to major in Music and Computer Science on the side.

But Tom almost missed seeing Luther. the younger Kansan is flying to Los Angeles in the morning to compete in the National Braille Challenge at the Braille Institute, representing Kansas of course. It’s Luther’s 7th trip to the competition – and his last. He ages out of the competition this year.

So if you’ve read this far you’ll be delighted that we recognize our longest-standing connection to Kansas – Tom and Linda Anderson. Tom and Linda came to Colorado in 1987 to help open the doors of CCB in January, 1988 – 30 years ago! That’s back when CCB was an upstart start-up in the world of rehabilitation training for the blind. But our founding staffers knew where we were going with training blind people, and Tom Anderson was rock-steady as a teacher, mentor, role model and rock-climber. Tom retired in 2015 after 27 years as Braille Instructor, when he and Linda returned to Kansas. They are both active in the NFB of Kansas, and pretty darn busy for retired people!

So, here’s your shout out Dr. Dots! May the Kansas Connection Continue!

NFB of Kansas President Tom Page and Nicole with Julie Deden on their 1st Visit to the Center

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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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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!