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  Operation giving back
  Photos by Cara Lord-Geiser

   Isaiah Berberette, age 13, of Falcon started Operation Christmas Giving Back to help children in need of Christmas gifts when he was just 6 years old. His mother, Sara Berberette, and their doggy-elf, Frankie, helped Isaiah raise funds through a bake sale.
   
   Partnering with them this year is Warriors Warehouse and IKEA. If Operation Christmas Giving Back reaches $3,000, then IKEA will give $2,000 and match two toys for every one toy purchased at IKEA. Way to go Isaiah!
   
   

   Isaiah and his mother, Sara Berberette, and their doggy-elf, Frankie.
  
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  New Calhan library open house
  Photos by Cara Lord-Geiser

   The Pikes Peak Library District celebrated the opening of its new Calhan branch in November. The new library is at 600 Bank Street.
   
   The new library will be open four days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Mondays and Tuesdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For more information, visit https:// ppld.org/calhan-library.
   
   
Peyton Keiter, age 6, and sister Averi, age 7, of Calhan enjoyed refreshments at the grand opening and showed their excitement about the new space. Mom Andrea Keiter is the library supervisior.Brother and sister, Sukhmanjit Kaur Bisla, age 9, and Sahibjot Bisla, age 8, of Calhan are shown signing their new library cards.
The new staff of the Calhan library pose for a group shot at the November grand opening: (from left to right) Christian Byrd, Liz Willhoff, Liz Phillips, Andrea Keiter and Tasha Ryan (seated).
  
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  D 49 mobile lab ribbon cutting
  Photos by Cara Lord-Geiser

   El Paso County Colorado School District 49 held a ribbon cutting ceremony in November for the new zSpace bus/virtual learning lab. The lab was funded by a Department of Defense Education Activity grant.
These six people worked hard to get the bus up and running as a mobile lab (from left to right): Deb Hall, Aaron Villescas, Lea Holland, Sam Dosen, Dee Dickson and Melissa Dashner.
Because of a DoDEA grant received in 2018, D 49 was able to convert a retired school bus into a mobile learning lab. Students submitted artwork that was used to give the donated bus a fun look.
The D 49 mobile lab is equipped with multiple work stations, providing students an opportunity to learn in a 3D virtual environment.
  
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  Alpaca event

   
Judy Glaser is spinning llama fiber at the annual holiday Alpaca Extravaganza festival at the Black Forest Community Club on Nov. 30. Judy and Kurt Glaser own Rockwood Llamas/Rockwood Designs; they are from Kiowa, Colorado.Peter Ziek brought two of his alpacas, Black Beard and Phoenix. to the Alpaca Extravaganza. He wanted people to pet them and see their gentle and sweet nature, and ask questions about them. Peter and Barbara Ziek own Wild Hair Alpacas LLC in Black Forest.Sylvia Gibbon from Aristocrat Alpacas in Parker, Colorado, is wearing a hat she made from alpaca fiber. She said all of her items are handmade and she does not use a mahine. She is holding dryer balls, and can match each ball with the alpaca, according to their color. Three of her alpacas are Princess, Rose Godiva and Candy.

   
  
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