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Block Break Programming

Campus Activities, in conjunction with many partners, offers programming over all block breaks and many extended breaks*, such as Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks - *for students with extended break stay approval. The Block Break digests are released third week of each block and will let you know what is being offered for the upcoming break. 

Have an idea for a new Block Break Offering? Want to advertise an opportunity in the Block Break Digest? Email us at campusactivities@coloradocollege.edu

The Campus Block Break Planning Committee is made up of representatives from: Campus Activities, the Butler Center, the Wellness Resource Center, the Chaplains’ Office, Outdoor Ed, the Advising Hub, the Residential Experience, the Career Center, Bemis School of Art, the Collaborative for Community Engagement, and Campus Recreation. If you have suggestions or ideas for events you would like to see over block break, reach out and let us know! 

WINTER BREAK DIGEST

For Dec 16 - Jan 3 

For students with approval to remain on campus over (some or all of) Winter Break*, the Office of Campus Activities, along with many campus partners, has put together the following FREE opportunities, in a variety of formatswe hope that this extended break allows you to rest, relax, and rejuvenate as well as safely connect with yourselves and others. If you are heading home for break, check out the attached Preparing to Go Home handout to learn about navigating changed relationships in your household as you return form college. 

Regardless of your plans, please take care of yourself, as well as those around you, maintain healthy habits: get plenty of sleep, stay active, don’t smoke, stay hydrated and eat nutritious foods, and follow campus risk mitigation protocoland CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID19.  Also, a friendly reminder to clean reusable/replace single-use masks regularly (daily at least!).

Leaving a car behind over break? A permit is not required to keep your car on campus over the break. If your car is parked on a city street, however, it will need to be moved every 72 hours or will be subject to towing by the city parking enforcement. To arrange for your car to be left on-campus, please contact the Campus Safety Parking Office via email (parking@coloradocollege.edu) with the following information: license plate number, license state, color and type of car, location where the car is parked, your name, CCID number and a contact telephone number. If you are leaving a key with someone in town, please also provide their name and telephone number in case of an emergency.  Please do not leave valuables in your car over break. 

*What did I need to do for Winter Break Stay Approval? On the Fall Break Dining Survey as well as the Spring Survey 2021 (due Dec 14), students were asked their plans for Winter Break. Students who indicated they would be remaining on-campus (or in the local Colorado Springs area for off-campus students) will retain card access to Worner and the Fitness Center; students who did not share their plans will have their campus Gold Card access turned off on Dec 18 when the residence halls close. If your plans have changed and you now need to remain on-campus over Winter Break, please reach out to your RLC before Dec 17 or the RLC on-call, listed below, after Dec 18.   

For more information about support resources, special hours, and services over Winter Break scroll down to "Other things to know about Winter Break."

Now that very important information is covered, on to the activities! 

Virtual^: open to all CC students regardless of location/enrollment/test result status; some of these events require pre-registration 

Small Scale/In-Person*: only for students who live oncampus, or have full on-campus privileges. all in-person events and activities are take–away or independent events that follow current campus COVID19 safety protocols. Participants are expected to follow all directions provided by event staff, always wear a mask, and practice social distancing while completing any of these offerings. 

Should event details change, or if new events and services are added, this page will be updated with all the information you need to know as well as post in the student Today @ CC digest next week! Changes will be indicated at (NEW!) and (UPDATED!).

On-Going Winter Break Activities 

For days when there is not an individual or new event scheduled, don't forget about these great on-going and independently led opportunities!

^*Tava Trek Challenge (UPDATED!): Stay tuned for more information about this Winter Breaks Fitness challenge for a good cause! Sign-up here. The AFP will be open several days over break with suggestions on how to complete the final challenge. The further you go, the more we donate to a local charity for those experiencing food insecurity.

*Activity Kits (UPDATED!): Every day, from 9 am – 3 pm at the Worner Desk (including weekends! Except 12/25 and 1/1), offices from the Division of Student Life have sponsored activity kits; a different kit (from DIY Spa Day to Snow Day kits, and from Art to Bonsai kits) will be offered and more information about the daily schedule will be shared with students approved to be on-campus as well as the Today @ CC daily digest.  Daily kits will also be listed below once each day's theme is confirmed.  

  • Dec 18 – Winter Scenes Paint by Numbers
  • Dec 19 - Bonsai Kit
  • Dec 20 - Journal Kit, provided by the WRC
  • Dec 21 - Spa Kits
  • Dec 22 - Tie Blanket (keep it for yourself or return it to be donated to a local non-profit)
  • Dec 23 - Luminary Kit, provided by the Chaplain’s Office
  • Dec 24 - Snow Day Kit, provided by the Butler Center
  • Dec 25 – WORNER DESK CLOSED
  • Dec 26 - Knitting & Crochet Kit
  • Dec 27 – DIY Snow Globes
  • Dec 28 - Lego & Game Night Kit
  • Dec 29 - Puzzles 
  • Dec 30 - NYE Décor & More
  • Dec 31 - Resolution & Goal Setting Kit, provided by the WRC
  • Jan 1 – WORNER DESK CLOSED
  • Jan 2 - Origami Kit

^*FAC Grid Challenge (UPDATED!): Are you interested in getting creative this winter break? Are you ready to connect with others through art? The FAC Student Guides designed a project called Art in Action: A Picture is Worth A Thousand Quarantine Connections for just that purpose! See these PDF for instructions on how to get started and visit the Worner Center (Thurs., Dec 17 from 11 am - 1 pm) to pick up additional art supplies. Share your masterpiece on social media using #FACgridchallenge and email facstudentguides@coloradocollege.edu for a chance to win a gift card from Campus Activities! You can complete this from home with family, from campus with friends, or some combination. Winners of the $100 gift card for the team will be selected at random. 

^Virtual Ticketed Events (UPDATED!): Students, let the Office of Campus Activities treat you to a virtual event screening this December; featuring Cleo Parker Robinson’s Granny Dances to the Holiday Drum (streaming thru Jan. 2 - extended), the FAC’s Holiday Cabaret (streaming Dec. 17 – Jan. 3), Drag out the Holly (Dec 19, 7 pm), and ApocaLips NYE Comedy Show (Dec. 31, 7 pm). Sign-up for tickets here before Friday, Dec 18 or Monday, Dec 21. 

*Discounts at Local Restaurants with your CC Gold Card, Dec 18 – Jan 3: Enjoy discounted meals at local restaurants over break*. A 30% discount is available at Bingo Burger, Panino's, and Stellina Pizza (for Stellina’s Order Online, using the code: CCWINTER2020). You must show your gold card to receive these discounts and please remember to *follow all COVID–19 Risk Mitigation Protocols as well as limiting your interactions when picking up your TO–GO food (ONLY, no dine–in) as much as possible. 

^Winter Break GooseChase, Dec 18 – Jan 3: Explore campus, complete challenges, solve clues, have tons of fun, and complete to win prizes in this break’s Goosechase. Clues provided by Campus Activities, Campus Safety, the Wellness Resource Center, the Residential Experience, and more. It is sure to be the most in depth chase yet! (UPDATED): Download the Goosechase app on your phone; use the code 5DV1PJ to enter the game. You may participate as an individual or as a team for a chance to win prizes (1st - $100, 2nd - $50, 3rd - $25; split amongst your team). Please make sure to follow the CC COVID guidelines while participating. 

Friday, Dec 16 

All times are Mountain. 

^Break the Block? 1 pm, Zoom (968 1088 4240passcode: TBC2020) 

Join the Butler Center staff for the virtual "Break the Block" event on 4th Wednesdays!  The purpose of “Break the Block” is to provide an opportunity for students to “break” from the stress and intensity of the block plan and to reflect, rejuvenate, and relax. All participants are invited to introduce themselves and share a short reflection from the block. For future blocks, if you have a gift or talent (song, poem, etc.) that you would be willing to share at an upcoming "Break the Block" event, please email us at: butlercenter@coloradocollege.edu to express your interest, to share your offering, and/or to ask any questions you may have. 

*AFP open, 1 - 4 pm

Make a reservation and get your sweat on. And complete distances towards your Tava Trek Challenge.  

*Ahlberg Gear House + Bike & Ski Co-op Open, 2 – 5 pm, Outdoor Ed (Yampa Field) 

The Ahlberg Gear House and The Bike & Ski Co-op are excited to host special hours during Winter Break.  Beginning 4th Wednesday, both spaces will be open once a week on Wednesdays from 2 - 5pm until we resume our regular hours in J-Block. If you are looking to rent items for the entire break, be sure to do so by 4th Wednesday! See the Gear House Rental List here; all items are low cost even no, cost to rent. Walk-ups only for the gear house! Need your bike or skis tuned up? No problem; the Bike & Ski Co-op will also be open on Wednesdays over break. Schedule a reservation here to reserve your timeslot; walk-ins welcome on a space available basis.  

Thursday, Dec 17   

All times are Mountain. 

*Art Kits & Yoga Mats, 11 am - 1 pm, Worner Fireside

Come get some supplies to participate in the FAC Grid Challenge or a Yoga Mat to stretch it out over break. 

*AFP open, 1 - 4 pm

Make a reservation and get your sweat on. And complete distances towards your Tava Trek Challenge.  

*Food Pantry, 2 – 4 pm, Sign–Up for Time Slot  

Students with campus access are invited to come get some dried goods, limited fresh produce, and snacks – today's offerings should help you put together a few tasty and healthy meals to help keep you coxy through winter break! Brought to you by Campus Activities and CCSGA. 

*Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym Open, 2 - 4 pm, Reservations required

Come get your climb on! Reservations requiredsign up here for an hour-long timeslot.

Friday, Dec 18

All times are Mountain. 

*30% Student Discounts at Local Restaurants with your CC Gold Card BeginVarious  

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*Ugly Sweater Ice Skating at Honnen, 12  3 pm, Sign-Up Here  

Join Campus Activities and fellow students for Holiday Ice Skating! Come dressed up in your best ugly sweater and have a great time skating around with friends! Please Sign-Up for a slot on Summit, as capacity will be extremely limited to due to COVID safety protocols. You are required to wear a mask, present your CC COVID App, and practice physical distancing. Have any questions? Reach out to Campus Activities (asoto@coloradocollege.edu). 

*AFP open, 1 - 4 pm

Make a reservation and get your sweat on. And complete distances towards your Tava Trek Challenge.  

*Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym Open, 2 - 4 pm, Reservations required

Come get your climb on! Reservations requiredsign up here for an hour-long timeslot.

(UPDATED): Virtual Shabbat with Hillel is on pause for winter break!

Monday, Dec 21 - DIY SPA KITS @ Worner Desk

All times are Mountain.

*Night on the Town Packs, 11 am – 1 pm, Worner Fireside 

Come to the Worner Fireside to pick-up a gift card pack (Jimmy John’s, Josh and John, a Kimball Gift Card – for when they reopen, and a surprise!) and Downtown Partnership Holiday coupon book to support local businesses and score great deals. 

*AFP open, 1 - 4 pm

Make a reservation and get your sweat on. And complete distances towards your Tava Trek Challenge.  

*Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym Open, 2 - 4 pm, Reservations required

Come get your climb on! Reservations requiredsign up here for an hour-long timeslot.

Tuesday, Dec 22 - TIE BLANKET KITS @ Worner Desk 

All times are Mountain.

*AFP open, 1 - 4 pm

Make a reservation and get your sweat on. And complete distances towards your Tava Trek Challenge.  

*Food Pantry, 1 – 3 pm (UPDATED), Sign–Up for Time Slot  

Students with campus access are invited to come get some dried goods, limited fresh produce, and snacks – today's offerings should help you put together a winter feast of your own as well as the regular pantry items to get you through the week! Brought to you by Campus Activities and CCSGA.   

*Random Sample Testing at the Student Health Center, By Appointment 

Students remaining on-campus for Winter Break will be required to participate in random COVID-19 testing.  

*Grocery Store Shuttles, 2 – 5 pm, Schedule Ride with Campus Safety 

Campus Safety will be operating a grocery store shuttle on Tuesdays & Wednesdays of Winter Break. Shuttles are available from 2-5 pm; on Wednesdays, the shuttle will include trips to the Asian Pacific Market. Please contact Campus Safety at 719-389-6707 to schedule a ride.   

Wednesday, Dec 23 - LUMINARY KITS @ Worner Desk

All times are Mountain.

*AFP open, 1 - 4 pm

Make a reservation and get your sweat on. And complete distances towards your Tava Trek Challenge.   

*Grocery Store Shuttles, 2 – 5 pm, Schedule Ride with Campus Safety 

Campus Safety will be operating a grocery store shuttle on Tuesdays & Wednesdays of Winter Break. Shuttles are available from 2pm to 5 pm; on Wednesdays, the shuttle will include trips to the Asian Pacific Market. Please contact Campus Safety at 719-389-6707 to schedule a ride.   

*Ahlberg Gear House + Bike & Ski Co-op Open, 2 – 5 pm, Outdoor Ed (Yampa Field) 

The Ahlberg Gear House and The Bike & Ski Co-op are excited to host special hours during Winter Break.  Beginning 4th Wednesday, both spaces will be open once a week on Wednesdays from 2 - 5pm until we resume our regular hours in J-Block. If you are looking to rent items for the entire break, be sure to do so by 4th Wednesday! See the Gear House Rental List here; all items are low cost even no, cost to rent. Walk-ups only for the gear house! Need your bike or skis tuned up? No problem; the Bike & Ski Co-op will also be open on Wednesdays over break. Schedule a reservation here to reserve your timeslot; walk-ins welcome on a space available basis.  

^Meditation (NEW!), 5 pm, Zoom  

In deep winter, it’s good to stop every so often and rest in silence, breathing the breath of the world and allowing this moment. Join the Chaplain’s Office and Spiritual Life Advisor & Sensei of Springs Mountain Sangha Sarah Bender for Meditation at 5 pm.  

Thursday, Dec 24 - SNOW DAY KIT @ Worner Desk

All times are Mountain.

^Sound Healing, 10 am, Zoom  

Sound Healing Qigong is a practice that moves and transforms emotional energy in the body for greater harmony, health, and wellbeing. Interested in learning more and/or moving emotions? Join Chaplain Kate Holbrook for a Sound Healing Practice. 

*To-Go Winter Fest Meal, 3 - 4 pm, Benji's/West Worner Exit (UPDATED!)Reserve Your Meal Here 

A limited number of free Winter Fest Festive Meals have been ordered to help you celebrate the winter season with a tasty dinner. Reserve your meal for pick-up; a festive holiday menu is being offered including vegan and gluten-free options. Provided by Campus Activities and the Residential Experience.

Friday, Dec 25

All times are Mountain.

*To-Go Winter Fest Meal, 12 - 1 pmBenji's/West Worner Exit (UPDATED!)

Any unclaimed Winter Fest To-go meals from Thursday will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday from 12 - 1 pm n Bemis. Provided by Campus Activities and the Residential Experience. 

(UPDATED): Virtual Shabbat with Hillel is on pause for winter break! 

Monday, Dec 28 - LEGOS & CARD GAMES @ Worner Desk

*AFP open, 1 - 4 pm

Make a reservation and get your sweat on. And complete distances towards your Tava Trek Challenge.  

*Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym Open, 2 - 4 pm, Reservations required

Come get your climb on! Reservations requiredsign up here for an hour-long timeslot.

Tuesday, Dec 29 - PUZZLES @ Worner Desk

All times are Mountain.

*AFP open, 1 - 4 pm

Make a reservation and get your sweat on. And complete distances towards your Tava Trek Challenge.  

*Food Pantry, 2 – 4 pm, Sign–Up for Time Slot  

Students with campus access are invited to come get some dried goods, limited fresh produce, and snacks – today's offerings should help you put together a fall fest meal of your own as well as the regular pantry items to get you through the week! Brought to you by Campus Activities and CCSGA.  

*Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym Open, 2 - 4 pm, Reservations required

Come get your climb on! Reservations requiredsign up here for an hour-long timeslot.

*Random Sample Testing at the Student Health Center, By Appointment 

Students remaining on-campus for Winter Break will be required to participate in random COVID-19 testing.  

*Grocery Store Shuttles, 2 – 5 pm, Schedule Ride with Campus Safety 

Campus Safety will be operating a grocery store shuttle on Tuesdays & Wednesdays of Winter Break. Shuttles are available from 2pm to 5:30 pm; on Wednesdays, the shuttle will include trips to the Asian Pacific Market.  Please contact Campus Safety at 719-389-6707 to schedule a ride.   

^Meditation, 5 pm, Zoom  

In deep winter, it’s good to stop every so often and rest in silence, breathing the breath of the world and allowing this moment. Join the Chaplain’s Office and Spiritual Life Advisor & Sensei of Springs Mountain Sangha Sarah Bender for Meditation at 5 pm.  

Wednesday, Dec 30 - NYE DECOR & MORE @ Worner Desk 

All times are Mountain.

*Random Sample Testing at the Student Health Center, By Appointment 

Students remaining on-campus for Winter Break will be required to participate in random COVID-19 testing.  

*AFP open, 1 - 4 pm

Make a reservation and get your sweat on. And complete distances towards your Tava Trek Challenge.  

*Grocery Store Shuttles, 2 – 5 pm, Schedule Ride with Campus Safety 

Campus Safety will be operating a grocery store shuttle on Tuesdays & Wednesdays of Winter Break. Shuttles are available from 2pm to 5:30 pm; on Wednesdays, the shuttle will include trips to the Asian Pacific Market.  Please contact Campus Safety at 719-389-6707 to schedule a ride.   

*Ahlberg Gear House + Bike & Ski Co-op Open, 2 – 5 pm, Outdoor Ed (Yampa Field) 

The Ahlberg Gear House and The Bike & Ski Co-op are excited to host special hours during Winter Break.  Beginning 4th Wednesday, both spaces will be open once a week on Wednesdays from 2 - 5pm until we resume our regular hours in J-Block. If you are looking to rent items for the entire break, be sure to do so by 4th Wednesday! See the Gear House Rental List here; all items are low cost even no, cost to rent. Walk-ups only for the gear house! Need your bike or skis tuned up? No problem; the Bike & Ski Co-op will also be open on Wednesdays over break. Schedule a reservation here to reserve your timeslot; walk-ins welcome on a space available basis.  

Thursday, Dec 31 - RESOLUTION & GOAL SETTING @ Worner Desk 

*To-Go NYE Meal, 3 - 4 pm, Benji's/West Worner Exit (UPDATED!)Reserve Your Meal Here 

A limited number of free NYE Festive Meals have been ordered to help you celebrate the winter season with a tasty dinner. Reserve your meal for pick-up; a festive holiday menu is being offered including vegan and gluten-free options. Provided by Campus Activities and the Residential Experience. 

^Sound Healing, 4 pm, Zoom  

Sound Healing Qigong is a practice that moves and transforms emotional energy in the body for greater harmony, health, and wellbeing. Interested in learning more and/or moving emotions? Join Chaplain Kate Holbrook for a Sound Healing Practice. 

^Virtual Escape Room with The Residential Experience (NEW!), 5 - 7 p.m., Zoom
Escape campus from the comfort of your room and join the Residential Experience team for a virtual escape room from 5 – 7 pm on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec 31. The escape room is themed around a school of witchcraft and wizardry. Participants are encouraged to take this test to be sorted into their school house and to dress in their house colors. Participants can join the escape room at 5 pm by clicking this link: https://coloradocollege.zoom.us/j/9887631776

*NYE Fireworks (NEW!), 9 pm & 12 am, Outside wherever you can view Pike's Peak From

The annual AdAmAn Club annual tradition is back this year with 2 fireworks shows - one at 9 pm to honor Colorado Springs sesquicentennial (150th anniversary of founding) and a second at 12 am to mark the beginning of the new year. This club annually hikes to the top of the mountain, carrying up the fireworks! 

Friday, Jan 1

*To-Go NYE Meal, 12 - 1 pmBenji's/West Worner Exit (UPDATED!)

Any unclaimed NYE To-go meals from Thursday will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday from 12 - 1 pm for pick-up in Bemis. Provided by Campus Activities and the Residential Experience.

UPDATED: Virtual Shabbat with Hillel is on pause for winter break! 

Sunday, Jan 3 

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Looking for something else to do?    

Check out Eventbrite to see what cool free and virtual events are taking place this coming week.  Or check out these community calendars.  

Or host a virtual party of your own:    

And take some time to connect with yourself and utilize these online campus resources:   

Other Things to Know About Winter Break

Support Resources 

  • RA’s will be on duty and available during the entire Winter Break, you can contact them for assistance by calling the one of following numbers based on where you live on campus: 
    • West Campus (Loomis, WR Apartments, Old Town, Language Houses, Brenton): 7193514678 
    • East Campus (South/Glass House, Mathias/Arthur, East Campus Housing): 7193514627 
    • An RLC will also be on-call each week of winter break. Please first contact the RLC duty phone before reaching out to the RLCs.
  • Front Desks in Loomis, Mathias, and South Hall will also be open during the following hours for Fall Break:
    • Dec. 18 – 24: 11 am – 7 pm  
    • Dec. 25 – Jan. 1: CLOSED 
    • Jan. 2: 11 am – 7 pm 
    • Jan. 3: 11 am – 12 am
  • International Students should contact Campus Safety if they have an emergency involving an immigration matter; Campus Safety will then have on-call ISSS staff get in touch with you.   
  • The Counseling Center will close at 5 pm on Friday, December 18 and reopen with regular hours on Monday, January 4.     
    • There will still be 24/7 coverage by a counselor on call and after–hours phone counselors available at (719389–6093 and press two (2) to be connected with a licensed counselor. Or call Campus Safety.  
  • The sexual assault response coordinator oncall advocates will remain available 24/7 through Fall Break and can be reached at (719) 6020960. 
  • Campus Safety is ALWAYs here (24/7/366) and campus is never fully closed! If you are ever in need of assistance, you can give them a call at the following numbers:  
    • Campus Safety nonemergency number: (719) 3896707 
    • Campus Safety Emergency number: (719) 3896911 

Special Fall Break Hours and Limited Services  

  • Most campus offices will close on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 5 pm and reopen with normal hours on Monday, Jan. 4.   

  • Rastall will close for Winter Break on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7 pm; spring hours and reopening will be announced in early January.    

  • Colorado Coffee will be open 9 am – 3 pm every day of break, except for Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, offering hot to-go lunches, grab and go, and sundries. See above for information on to-go meals passed out on Dec. 24 & Dec. 31.
  • Adam F. Press Fitness Center Winter Break Hours: The fitness center will be closed on weekends and holidays but open for the following dates and times: 
    • Thursday, Dec. 17-Friday, Dec. 18: 1-4 p.m. 
    • Monday, Dec. 21-Wednesday, Dec. 23: 1-4 p.m. 
    • Monday, Dec. 28-Wednesday, Dec. 30: 1-4 p.m. 
  • Mail Services will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days: 
    • Monday, Dec. 21 
    • Wednesday, Dec. 23 
    • Monday, Dec. 28  
    • Thursday, Dec. 31 
    • Please note that the Mailroom does not have refrigerated storage and can only keep perishable packages for one to two days before they must be thrown out; with limited winter break hours, we highly discourage sending perishables to students. The mailroom staff and Colorado College are not responsible for perishable items sent to students.  
  • Gear House & Bike Co-op will be open over winter break for rental and service on Wednesdays (12/23 & 12/30) from 2 – 5 pm. 
  • Worner Campus Center will be open Saturday, Dec. 19-Sunday, Jan. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (including Saturday & Sundays) and closed on Dec. 25 & 31. Worner Center staff will be on hand for COVID App Screening, capacity management, gold card services, and to pass out daily activity kits.   
  • See section above on Support Resources for more information on the Student Health Center, Counseling Services, Campus Safety. 

Whether you are staying on campus or heading away for Winter Breakwe hope you have a restful, rejuvenating, healthy, and SAFE break as well as a Happy New Year. See you in the Spring!