Classes

 Mondays
Chess Club
Guild House Games
Mondays | 6:30 - 9:00 Come play some chess upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.   Free!  Drop in! 
Happy Hour Yoga
Ska World HQ
Mondays | 5:30 - 6:30 | $10 gets you one hour of yoga + a pint! Yoga taught by the great Brady Wilson, then a pint. Yoga first!
Monday Middle/High School After School Art
Durango Arts Center
Mondays | 10 Classes | 4:00 - 5:30 | Jan 8 - March 11 Art influences society by changing opinions and translating experiences across space and time. Join us for this class session where students will create expressive artwork, influenced by their ideas, values, and their culture. The Arts can improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork! You will find that here at The Durango Art Center where our classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.   For questions, please email Deena Carney, at deena@durangoarts.org or Mr.B, at ben@durangoarts.org.   Scholarships are always available. 10 Classes.
Mud-day Madness
Durango Arts Center
Mondays | 10 Classes | 6:00 - 8:00 | Jan 15 - March 18. Mondays will become your favorite day of the week (Yes, you did read that right)! In this fun-filled muddy class, students will focus on two modes of creating functional ware and sculpture, through hand building and wheel throwing. Learn the entire clay process and see what it takes to become a successful potter, with two amazing instructors by your side in a non-judgemental, artistic environment.    *space is limited to accommodate a small student to teacher ratio. For questions or concerns, please contact Ben Dukeminier at ben@durangoarts.org
Aikido for Beginners
DSBK Dojo
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | 8:00 - 10:00 | Ends March 4 Aikido boosts self-discovery through self-defense. Registration is now open for Durango Aikido's Intro Aikido series on Mondays 6-8pm starting March 4th. Explore Japan's youngest martial art, also known as the art of peace. Develop better balance, poise, and confidence. Register online at durangoaikido.com or text/call questions to 970-426-5257.   Durango Shin Budo Kai Aikido (501c3) has offered affordable classes in the art of peace since 2002.
Music Together! in Bayfield
The Community Treehouse
Mondays | weekly | 10:00 - 10:45 | Feb 19 - April 22 In Music Together class, students ages 0-5 and their caregivers are led by a trained Music Together teacher in an inspiring and energetic mixed-age class where you'll sing and dance and have a blast!   Classes are held weekly from 10-10:45am   Registration required.
 Tuesdays
After School Art, Making the World a Better Place Through ART
Durango Arts Center
Tuesdays | 10 Classes | 3:30 - 5:00 | Jan 9 - March 12 | Ages 8 - 11 Art gives meaning to our lives and helps us understand our world. Join us for Making the World a Better Place Through Art! Students will explore ceramic clay, sculpture, college, and painting. The Arts can improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork! You will find that here at The Durango Art Center where our classes offer fun, noncompetitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.   For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Arts, Education and Gallery at deena@durangoarts.org or Mr.B, our Assistant Director, at ben@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are always available.
Art of the Heart
The Hive DGO
Tuesdays | 4:00 - 5:30 | This dynamic art class covers different arrt mediums each week! Join us for one class or the whole series. Collage, Painting, drawing, resin, and more!    Check the website for more details!
Figure Drawing with Mike Scieszka
Durango Arts Center
Tuesdays | 10 Classes | 6:00 - 8:00 | Jan 16 - March 19. With a live model, and an excellent instructor, where all supplies are included   Figure drawing is the practice of drawing from a live model in different poses. It trains your eye to see things that photographs just can't capture. This makes you more perceptive in all of your work—The biggest reason to practice with the human figure is because it has so much to offer. Mastering the figure is about more than just shapes and muscles and bones.    For questions or concerns, please email Deena Carney at deena@durangoarts.org
Fused Glass Workshop
Sun Sapphires
Classes held daily between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Noon on Sundays. Closed Mondays.    Explore our diverse range of glass art supplies and unleash your creativity! Join us for a fun and unique activity suitable for all ages, where you can craft fused glass art in various forms such as wall decorations, window pieces, bowls, plates, and more. Enjoy complimentary instruction and the first two hours on us! Simply pay for the size of your creation and any additional time. Fused glass entails arranging and layering colored glass pieces into designs, then heating them in a specialized kiln. Under the guidance of our experienced glass artist, discover the fundamental techniques of fused glass and experiment with vibrant colors to bring your vision to life. While you can't take your artwork home the same day, we do offer shipping options.
Start-Up Support
Center for Innovation
Every Thursday | noon - 10:00 The Center for Innovation in Durango is launching entrepreneurs with a free, weekly workshop. Gain the knowledge to kickstart your podcast, from crafting your concept to mastering editing software. This workshop equips you with the skills needed to turn your startup dream into a reality.
 Wednesdays
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Weekly Meeting
La Plata County Senior Center
Every Wednesday | 8:30 - 10:00 Join us at the weekly TOPS in-person weight-loss support group meeting! The TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) support group (8:30 weigh in, 9-10am meeting)    Virtually everyone is welcome. TOPS is available to men, women and children from age 7 to 100+. No cookie-cutter diets. No gimmicks. No trendy shortcuts. It's the old-fashioned approach to health and wellness: A lifestyle, for a lifetime. At TOPS, you're throwing yourself a lifeline. Founded in 1948, TOPS is the first of its kind noncommercial weight-loss support group, with ties to the medical community and thousands of chapters in the U.S. and Canada.    Your first in-person meeting is free (Membership starts at $49/year). You can listen in and observe at first, or jump right in and start participating. With TOPS, you call the shots.
After School Art Making Mania
Durango Arts Center
Wednesdays | 9 Classes | 3:30 - 5:00 | Jan 10 - March 13 | Ages 8 - 11 Art has the power to change the way we see the world, showing us new perspectives, ideas, and values. Join us for Art Making Mania, where each class, students will create extremely unique and very expressive artwork, influenced by the ideas and values of your student. This class will focus on a variety of drawing, painting, sculpture and collage projects. Our classes offer fun, encouraging, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Arts, Education and Gallery at deena@durangoarts.org or Mr.B, our Assistant Director, at ben@durangoarts.org. We Have Scholarships!    No class the week of November 20th.
Durango Youth Theatre - DYT Company Middle School+
Durango Arts Center
Wednesdays | 4:00 - 6:00 | Jan 10 - May 19 Students will take their theatre skills to the next level in the DYT Company Class. The DYT Company members will make up the principal cast of the MAY DAC mainstage production 5/17-19/2024.(Title TBD) *There will also be extra rehearsals on SATURDAY 5/11 and the week of May 13th leading up to opening night.   Along with rehearsing for the show, the cast will polish and work on their theatre skills through lessons and exercises geared towards character development, vocal qualities and techniques, Improv, focus, and physical movement.
Gentle & Slow Yoga
Neighborhood Florida Grange
Wednesdays | 9:00 - 10:30 | Gentle & Slow Yoga class for 55+ men and women at the nearby Florida Grange. This is an ongoing class. Everyone is welcome! We focus on stretching, strengthening and balance while utilizing warmups, sun salutations and yoga poses. We will include breathwork, modifications and chair support in our yoga practice. Keep moving and increase your flexibility with us!   Florida Grange at 656 Highway 172 near Elmore's Corner in the Quonset Hut. Bring your mat. Cost is $65.00 for a 10 punch pass or $10.00 drop in.
The ART of Painting - Our Lives on Canvas
Durango Arts Center
Wednesdays | 10 Classes | 10:00 - noon | Jan 17 - March 20. Express yourself through painting and develop your artistic style in this inspiring class! Art has always been a creative way to preserve history, presenting various views and scenarios through the ages. In this session we will use our paintings to preserve our own history while working to create memories of our lives on canvas. Come and join us each week, with Deena Carney and learn how to paint using different painting mediums, from January to March! Students will be exposed to a variety of tips, tricks and techniques used in creating masterpieces in acrylic, oils, gauche, and watercolor. Beginners are welcome! This class is also perfect for students with previous painting experience or have taken this class before. Give yourself time and space to paint, laugh, and make new friends in an educational, non-judgemental environment! All supplies are included!   For questions or concerns, please email Deena Carney at deena@durangoarts.org
Adult Pottery Classes
Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center @ The ELHI
Classes and Open Studio Wednesdays | 3-5 week sessions | Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center Adult Pottery Classes are back! We have pottery options for all levels including Introduction to Clay and Handbuilding for beginners, Wheel Throwing for beginners and intermediate potters, Open Studio Memberships for current students and experienced potters and individual wheel throwing instruction with one of our experienced pottery instructors.    A class schedule and more information is available on our website at www.dscac.org For more information, contact Shawna at pottery.dancingspiritgallery@gmail.com or by calling 801-381-5760
Beginner Stained Glass Class
Sun Sapphires
Wednesdays | 11:30 - 4:00   In this comprehensive 4-hour workshop, you'll dive into the world of stained glass crafting and take home your masterpiece the same day. Get ready to learn essential skills as we provide guidance on workspace setup, safety measures for glass cutting and grinding, and a list of fundamental materials. You'll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of patterns, with room for skill advancement. Throughout the class, you'll master techniques such as pattern transferring, copper foiling, & soldering. All materials are included, so you can focus on unleashing your creativity. By appointment only, secure your spot and embark on a journey of artistic exploration with us!
West Coast Swing
By the West Slope Westies (The Smiley Building)
Wednesdays | 6 sessions | 6:15 & 7:30pm | Feb 21 - March 27 The West Slope Westies invite the public to swing into spring in the upcoming West Coast Swing 6-week class series. Discover a dance built on boing, stretch, and constant creativity between partners. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes are on Wednesday nights starting at 6:15 & 7:30pm.    Full details and registration are at westslopewesties.com. Call or text questions to Nash at 970-880-1565.
 Thursdays
Afternoon Art for Teens - Advanced Art Projects
Durango Arts Center
Thursdays | 10 Classes | 4:00 - 5:30 | Jan 11 - March 14. This class session offers a variety of advanced, open-studio, projects including ceramic clay, sculpture, drawing and painting. The Arts can improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork! You will find that here at The Durango Art Center where our classes offer fun, noncompetitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.   For questions, please email Deena Carney, at deena@durangoarts.org or Mr.B, at ben@durangoarts.org.  Scholarships are always available.
Durango Youth Shakespeare (DYS) 5th Grade+
Durango Arts Center
Thursdays | 4:00 - 5:30 |Jan 11 - May 4 Students will learn the fundamentals of Shakespeare's language, history and performance techniques. Shakespeare veterans and rookies from grades 5+ are able to register for this fun class at the DAC. There will be a main stage performance Friday & Saturday 5/3 and 5/4 of a fully staged 1-act version of a Shakespeare Play (title tbd) on the DAC mainstage. **There will also be a few extra rehearsals the 2 weeks before their performance weekend.
Magical Art and Happiness!
Durango Arts Center
Thursdays | 6 Classes | 6:00 - 8:00 | Jan 18 - March 7. Welcome to a 6-week introductory class into the World of ART! This class introduces the fun and relaxation of drawing in both pencil and ink, acrylic painting and ceramic clay. Leave your stress and anxiety behind. All supplies, laughter and instruction included!
Citizens Police Academy
Durango Public Library
Thursdays | 10 sessions | 6:00 - 9:00 |March 7 - May 9 The Durango Police Department will begin the 24th session of the Citizens' Police Academy. The CPA is an interactive, 10-week class providing insight into the operation of the Durango Police Department and its role in keeping the community safe.    The Academy is designed to increase understanding through education between citizens and police. We intend to acquaint citizens with law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system and provide an increased awareness and overview of police work. As a caution, the Academy is not designed to make its participants certified police officers. The contents of the course are informative only, and it is not intended that the participants have the authority of or act as police officers.    The sessions include information about domestic violence, gangs, patrol operations, traffic problems, community policing, tactical response, investigations, and a little history about where we are and where we are going. In one of the sessions, participants will have the option of firing several different weapons. They will also have the option of participating in an unarmed self-defense training session. Each participant will "ride along" in a patrol car to see first-hand what officers see and hear and what they are trained to do in various circumstances. Participants may also observe the Central Communications Center and listen to calls for service and dispatch activity. Throughout the Academy, participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics with members of the Department.   Take advantage of this unique opportunity to better understand the Durango Police Department. Apply online or pick up an application at the Department.    The application deadline is February 22nd. Contact Jess Hayden at (970) 375-4701 or Sergeant Will Sweetwood at (970) 375-4786 for more information.
 Fridays
Free Friday Yoga
Lively (a boutique)
Fridays | 8:30am  We have a rotation of local yoga instructors who teach to all skill levels. Bring a mat and a friend! Sign Up on our website.
Fabric Fridays
The Hive DGO
Fridays | 4:00 - 5:30 | Did you know you can do your own screen printing?! Fabric Fridays we have great opportunities available to create your own screen print and make your own clothes unique AND you can learn how to use a sewing machine! Learn how to make scrunchies, quilts, lanyards, how to follow a pattern, bags and more! Come join us! Ages 5+   Check the website for more details!
Learn To Square Dance - Beginner Lessons
La Plata County Senior Citizens Main Building
Fridays | 8 sessions | 6:00 - 7:00 | Jan 12 - March 1 The San Juan Square Dance Club of Durango invites you to get out of the house and do something good for your mind and body! We will be offering Beginner Square dance lessons starting Friday evening, January 12, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.   This is an 8-week session of lessons that will have you up and dancing the first night. The first lesson is FREE, so you have nothing to lose, after that lessons are only $5.00 per person. Lessons last one to one and a half hours, and require NO special clothing, just wear comfortable shoes. A partner is preferred, but not required. Everyone is welcome! Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn something new with a group of fun, non-judgmental, people in a safe environment.   We dance in the main hall of the LaPlata County Senior Center next to Durango High School. No registration required. Call Carrie at 281-923-7155 if you have any questions.
Durango Dancing Fridays
VFW Post 4031
Fridays | 7:00 - 10:00 | Join us every Friday at 7pm (6pm Leads class) for the public lesson followed by 2 hours of dancing. We play East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Salsa, Country 2-Step, Cha Cha, Waltz, Tango and even Bachata.
Toddler Art Class
The Powerhouse
Fridays in April | 3 Classes | 9:30 - 10:30 April 12th, 19th, + 26th Introduce your 2-5 year old to a world of creative possibilities! All art supplies are included, along with admission to the exhibit gallery for the day. $25/adult + child.   Drop in's welcome!   $25/child, members receive 20% off. Not a member? Join today!   Thank you to our art class sponsor - Durango Cabinet Company
 Saturdays
Homebuyer Education Class
Fort Lewis Campus
Saturdays | 3 Classes | 8:30 - 4:30 | Jan 20, Feb 10, March 9 Tired of renting? Join our Homebuyer Education Class. Learn what it takes to become a homeowner and gain access to local down payment assistance funds. Topics covered include: Budget, Credit, Insurance, Lending, Down payment Assistance Programs, Real Estate, Inspection, and Home Maintenance. Space is limited. To register please visit: www.homesfund.org.
 Sundays
Beginner Stained Glass Class
Sun Sapphires
Sundays | 12:00 - 4:00    In this comprehensive 4-hour workshop, you'll dive into the world of stained glass crafting and take home your masterpiece the same day. Get ready to learn essential skills as we provide guidance on workspace setup, safety measures for glass cutting and grinding, and a list of fundamental materials. You'll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of patterns, with room for skill advancement. Throughout the class, you'll master techniques such as pattern transferring, copper foiling, & soldering. All materials are included, so you can focus on unleashing your creativity. By appointment only, secure your spot and embark on a journey of artistic exploration with us!
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