Bell Tower to offer adult, children’s classes in May, June

The Bell Tower Cultural Center, 201 E. Second St. in Florence, is alive with creative energy this spring and the months of May and June are no exception. There are both children and adult classes offered in a number of different of subjects, from painting and pottery to theater and music lessons. Classes include:

Violin class: with Jean Whitmore, starting on June 10 for five weeks (June 10, 17, 27 and July 1, 8). Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. For ages 8 and older. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

How to Paint and Draw What You See: develop an artist’s eye by painting and drawing still lifes. With Jan Fead on consecutive Wednesday mornings (May 6, 13, 20, and 27). Maximum of seven students. For adults ages 16 and older. Students must provide their own supplies. Cost is $60 for members and $65 for non-members.

Hand-built Pottery Class: with Paula Collins on Tuesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. June 2, 9, 16, and 23. Students will be able to choose from a variety of projects. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members, plus a materials fee. Maximum of six students.

Wheel Throwing Pottery Class: with Paul Villegrana at his studio. Call Peg at 784-2303 for more information.

Voice Lessons: learn to sing and breathe correctly, with Jean Whitmore. Five consecutive Wednesdays (June 10, 17, 24 and July 1, 8) from 11 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Two-Week Theater Class for Children: participants ages 6 and older will spend two weeks learning a musical performance with singing and speaking parts, with Doris Petro and Sharon Whelan. From 1 to 3 p.m. June 15 to 19 and 22 to 25, with a performance at the Bell Tower Performance Hall at 1 p.m. June 26. Cost is $10 for one student or $15 per family.

Kids Summer Art Camp: participants will learn a variety of art techniques, including painting, sculpture, Batik, sewing, silk painting and much more, taught by Pat Wiles and Anita Dewitt. For ages 7 to 17 divided into two groups. Sign up for a specific week or for all four. Times are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (June 2 through 4, June 9 through 11, June 16 through 18 and June 23 through 25). Participants must bring a sack lunch, but snacks will be provided. Cost is $15 per week.

Make a Mask of Yourself: one-day class for ages 7 to 17. From 9:20 to 2 p.m., date to be announced. Cost is $5.

Watercolor Your Way: this is an ongoing class where participants from all artistic levels will learn drawing and painting techniques and paint from a chosen photograph, taught by Pat Wiles. Every Monday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pay for four classes at a time and continue as long as you want. Bring your own supplies or bring 9X12 paper and use the instructor’s brushes and paints. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members

Needle Felting: participants will learn the art of needle felting, including flowers and critters. Taught by Diane Del Duca. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, plus materials fee.

Music Lessons: beginning violin, guitar and voice lessons taught by Jean Whitmore. Also private music lessons with violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano. Call (719) 431-2685 to register.

Stitch Group: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Bring your hand work, quilting, embroidery, hardanger and rug hooking and enjoy some camaraderie and a few laughs. Bring your own brown bag lunch and stay the whole time. Everyone welcome.

Yoga With Christine: from 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Join at any time. Only $1 per session.

For more information or to sign up for any of these classes, contact the Fox Den (719) 784-2303 or stop by 123 W. Main St. in Florence. Register early so that instructors can prepare and some classes have a minimum and maximum number of students. There are instructors available to teach sewing skills, cross-stitch, embroidery, Spanish language and accordion, so sign up to get on a waiting list.

Penrose Apple Day Queen Pageant on June 20th

Apple Day is just around the corner and so is the Penrose Apple Day Queen Pageant, which will take place on June 20th, 2015 at the Red Barn Pavilion at Jenkins Farm in Penrose.

This year there are 4 Contestants, from Florence High School, that will be battling for the title of Apple Day Queen! The names of the four lovely ladies competing this year are Samantha Gallegos, Brooke Hoxie, Shelby Hoxie and Nicole Bunker. The Pageant will begin at 7pm and it is a free event open to the public!

New regional dispatch center at the Fremont County Judicial Center coming soon.

Florence City Council members and the Fremont County Board of Commissioners took the opportunity at their monthly workshop meeting to tour the space being renovated on the 4th floor of the Fremont County Judicial Center for the new regional dispatch center. Under-sheriff Ty Martin, the project manager, told the officials that radio consoles will be installed this week. Once that work is completed Martin said the detail work of running cables and wiring to each dispatch console will begin.

Dispatch supervisor Kris Meredith explained that he continues to work on the management details of the center including personnel policies, finance issues, and training of dispatchers.   Meredith said that because Florence dispatchers currently use computer aided dispatch software produced by the same company chosen to provide software to the new dispatch center those dispatchers will train first in the new center to be followed by training of the Cañon City dispatchers.    

Meredith and the Under-sheriff said they still hope that the complete transition for the new center to start operating independently will take place in July

The five agencies that came together over the past three years to make the dispatch center a reality include the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, the Fremont County E 9-1-1 Authority, the City of Florence, the City of Cañon City, and the Cañon City Fire Protection District.

7-7 Series Graduation

Thirty-five Canon City and Florence residents had an enjoyable time celebrating their completion of the “7-7 Series” at a graduation ceremony Tuesday evening, May 12th. The ceremony was a combined graduation of classes held at the First United Methodist Church in Florence and the First Baptist Church in Canon City. Graduates included students from other churches as well. The 7-7 Series is a 7 month study of 7 subjects related to the Bible and the Christian life. It is offered by The Resource Connection in Canon City.

Ages of participants ranged form 11 to those in their 80’s with a wide variety of vocations and backgrounds. Some had considerable previous knowledge of the Bible, while others had little prior exposure to scripture. The interesting mixture of generations, church affiliations and interests generated great discussion.

Eight students and former graduates spoke briefly at the ceremony, telling about the benefits they received by participating in the program, some describing it as “life-changing.” The course included an overview of the Bible, how it is put together and how it fits into history. In addition, “The Story of the Church,” surveyed the fascinating story of the beginnings of the church, why there are so many denominations, and how they are different. Five other subjects basic to understanding the Christian life were included.

The Resource Connection is in its 20th year of offering a variety of Christian education courses to local residents representing many different churches and denominations. Offices are located in the Sunflower Bank building, 831 Royal Gorge Blvd. In Canon City.IMG_0339

Florence Library Friends seek parking lot sale donations

Clean out those junk drawers, closets and garages because the Friends of the John C. Fremont Library group is collecting donations for their annual parking lot sale scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at the library, 130 Church Ave. in Florence.

Items donated in the past include books, clothes, household items, tools, toys, Christmas decorations, lawn mowers, workout equipment, and a variety of miscellaneous. All proceed from the sale will benefit the library from purchasing new books and equipment to bringing in special presenters.

All items can be brought to the library the first week of June or the morning of the sale, June 6. Volunteers are also needed to help set up and run the sale.

For more information, contact Friends President Judy DeHaven at (719)598-8673.

Hotel St. Cloud Updates

Future of Yesterday would like to thank all of you for your continued support over the last year. Most especially Becky Walker, our project manager and grant writer. The roof grant funds have finally come in. We were slightly delayed due to mortar samples that were required in order to repair the roof properly. We are currently reviewing bids for the repair of the roof. This is a meticulous job and requires a true craftsman’s skill; we shall review each bid carefully and choose wisely. It is very important to us that we work with local contractors to help us with this project.  Elaborate historical assessments have been performed. We intend to follow them to the letter. Our goal is to bring the hotel to its original glory.

We have submitted a grant application April 1, 2015 for structural reinforcement of the foundation. Next grant round an application will be submitted for the exterior improvements. Your support promises to bring this hotel to life. Our extremely active and hands on board promises that your Tax deductible donations are strictly earmarked for restoration, Our board and event planners Erica Koenig and Ashlee Sack donate their time freely. In today’s dollars it will take approximately three million to restore the hotel. Grants will pay for 2.25 million we need to match 25% or $775,000.00. We have raised approx. $100,000 of that with our communities support. Only $675,000 to go sooooo…..See you at Bird Millman’s Summer Soiree!

Dora Maude Esarey

Dora Maude Esarey passed into the presence of God on May 13, 2015 at 92 years of age. The daughter of John and Emma (Neal) Esarey, she was born November 17, 1922 in Branchville, IN.

Dora is survived by her sister, Dessie (Esarey) Simpson of Gentryville, IN; and numerous nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy (Esarey) Blackford; brothers, Dale and Donald; one niece; and two nephews.

Interment will be at New Freidensberg Mennonite Cemetery south of Vona, Colorado, to rest near those of just some of her dear family. Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home.unnamed (4)