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.
While many departments offer extended trips away from campus over breaks, the activities offered by Campus Activities are typically low-key day trips opportunities that allow you to use your break to rest, relax, and rejuvenate between busy blocks. If you are interested in trips further afield for block break, keep your eyes on student digest as well as the Collaborative for Community Engagement and the Outdoor Education Summit Portals.
Have an idea for a new Block Break Offering? Want to advertise an opportunity in the Block Break Digest? Email us at email@example.com
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!
Block Break ONE Digest
This block break is, as is everything this year, a little unusual; we recognize many folks may be heading back home, while others are moving to campus for the first time (and will be under enhanced social distancing while awaiting test results), and still others will be having a more typical block break experience.
Therefore, the Office of Campus Activities, along with many campus partners, has put together the following FREE opportunities, in a variety of formats, for you to take part in regardless of your individual circumstances; as always, the goal for our block break activities is that you can rest, relax, and rejuvenate before the new block begins.
Regardless of your plans for this Block Break, please take care of yourself, as well as those around you, maintain healthy habits: get plenty of sleep, stay active, stay hydrated, and eat nutritious foods, and follow campus risk mitigation protocol and CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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 on-campus, or have full on-campus privileges, and have received negative COVID-19 test results (not under enhanced social distancing or in quarantine/isolation). All in-person events require advance registration to manage event capacity. Prior to attending, students must complete the CC app “Covid Check” daily screener - being cleared for entry - and come having recently washed their hands; during the duration of in-person events, students must maintain appropriate social distancing, wear a mask, and practice appropriate hand and respiratory hygiene.
Should event details change, or new events be added, we will update that information here with everything you need to know as well as post in the student Today @ CC digest!
Wednesday, Sept. 16
All events are mountain time.
- ^Athletic Facility Hours: Our fitness facilities are open with COVID-19 protocols in place so that you can stay active. The Pool and Fitness Center require advanced registration using the links below:
- *Break the Block,1 p.m., Zoom (991 5231 2526)
Join the Butler Center staff for 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: firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest, to share your offering, and/or to ask any questions you may have.
- *^Voter Registration, On-Going, In-Person & Online
It is not too late to register to vote in Colorado (yes, you do qualify with 22 days residency) or your home state. RA Voter Registration Liaisons will be assisting residents will registration today, but you can also email email@example.com with questions or to receive more information. No matter where you are, please register and vote if you are able!
- ^Campus Activities Center Take-a-Away Kits, 2 p.m., Worner Desk
Stop by the Worner Desk beginning at 2 pm and until supplies run out to grab an activity for you to take back to your room to complete. Options include: embroidery kits, paint by numbers, clay kits, spa night kits, or 4 pieces of sidewalk chalk. 1 item per person; quantities are limited and will be passed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Tag Campus Activities on Instagram (@cc_campusactivities) to be entered to win a prize.
- ^Walking Tour of Downtown, 2 – 4 p.m., Sign-up here
Enjoy a leisurely 2.5-mile round trip walking tour of downtown to the Pioneers Museum and back. Space is extremely limited so we can actively socially distance from each other and avoid crowds; register here. Sponsored by Campus Activities.
Thursday, Sept. 17
All events are mountain time.
- *Morning Meditation,8 – 8:30 a.m., Zoom (926 9907 0368)
An opportunity to connect with and ground oneself in stillness before the start of the day through meditation from 8-8:25 a.m. on Thursday mornings. No experience necessary. Come as you are and feel free to (BYOM) bring your own muffin. Please contact Chaplain Kate Holbrook at if you have questions. Sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office.
- *Advising Hub Open Student Hours,M – F, 8:30 – 10 a.m., Online
Student Success Specialist are available to connect with you to answer questions and, address concerns, or just to chat. If you would like to connect 1:1 please schedule time using this link.
- ^Outdoor Qigong,10 – 11 a.m., Register on Summit
Come experience and learn about Wisdom Healing Qigong, a practice of moving energy in the body through sound, visualization, meditation, and movement for greater health and wellbeing. Space is very limited but more sessions made be added based on interest. Contact Chaplain Kate for more information!
- *International LGBTQ+ Film Club Discussion Group, 12 – 1 p.m., Pre-Register on Eventbrite
Join an online discussion about The Way He Looks, a beautiful Brazilian coming of age story about friendship and the complications of young love. The film club discussion group is held monthly and prior to each film club session there will be an opportunity to watch the film for free on a sharing platform. Each film club session is an opportunity to engage in a group discussion on the most recently watched film - in a fun, creative and sociable LGBTQ+ online space. For more information and the event link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org; this event is not a CC event and just looked like something cool we found online.
- ^Two-Day Wheel Throwing Workshop, 1– 3 p.m., Bemis School of Art
The Fine Arts Center's Bemis School of Art and CCSGA are offering a FREE on-campus clay wheel throwing session; all skill/experience levels welcome. Five (5) students maximum, registration is required to participate in the session. Enrollees are expected to attend both days (unless sick). To register, please email Jeremiah Houck. The first five (5) respondents will receive email confirmation that they are enrolled in the class. If you have any questions, please call 719-475-2444.
- ^Food Pantry, 2 – 4 p.m., Sign-Up for Time Slot
Students living on campus are invited to come get some dried goods, limited fresh produce (featuring local Pueblo Chiles in honor of the Chile & Frijoles Festival), and snacks. This will be a weekly initiative moving forward, unless announced otherwise. We ask that students utilizing the food pantry, sign-up no more than twice a month max so that as many people as possible can have access. Brought to you by Campus Activities and CCSGA. Students living off-campus in Colorado Springs, please contact Antonio Soto or Amy Hill if you would like to have supplies dropped off on your porch.
Exact Times TBD; The Collaborative for Community Engagement will be recruiting volunteers next week to assist with the collection of furniture items, clothing, and other physical goods (including unopened, non-perishable food items!) that students are looking to get rid of during the move-out process over BB1. Please check our website to sign up for a midday shift on Thursday, Friday and/or Sunday for item sorting, or reach out to the CCE (email@example.com) for more information.
- ^E-Bike Ride: Loop the Springs!,1 – 3 p.m. Register on Summit
Join us for a relaxed, fun bike ride on bike paths around central Colorado Springs. The path is generally flat and makes for easy riding while traveling through a few local parks and green spaces. If you can ride a bike, and you are looking for a bit of fun, trip is for you. Outdoor Ed has a fleet of brand new, super fun, e-bikes that we will use for this trip! Come try one out! It's hard to not smile while cruising around on these bikes! Space is limited; register on Summit.
- *Trivia Night,7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Zoom link will be shared in Today @ CC
An opportunity to be in community, connect with friends over a trivia night. Come and meet new friends or bring a team, and spend an hour testing your knowledge on random facts. Sponsored by Young Life College Ministries, A Spiritual Life Group.
Friday, Sept. 18
All events are mountain time.
- ^Garden of the Gods Electric Bike Tour,9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Register on Summit
Join us for an awesome bike tour of Garden of the Gods by Electric (Pedal Assist) Bike! We will be taking our NEW Pedal Assist (Electric) Bikes from campus all the way to Garden of the Gods where we will do a fun bike tour of the park to see all of the beautiful vistas! We will ride about 20 miles total through Colorado Springs! Not sure if you have the energy to bike all the way to the Garden and back? Don't worry! The Bikes have pedal assist and will give you a boost when you need it! E-Bikes and helmets will be provided! Make sure to bring a small backpack to carry extra layers, water, snacks – AND YOUR MASK! This trip is for anyone and everyone, so all ability levels are welcome; you just need to know how to ride a bike and be comfortable taking a guided bike ride on both paved bike path as well as streets. Space is limited; register on Summit.
- *The Shift Network Summit & Music Festival: An Epic Online Gathering of Visionary Changemakers,Sept 18, 9 a.m. – Sept. 21, 5 p.m., Register for Free Here
The Shift Summit & Music Festival is a 4-day online conference of inspiring visionaries and uplifting musical artists. The “live from home” event begins Friday, September 18 at 8:00am Pacific Time and runs through the weekend, culminating on Monday, September 21 for the International Day of Peace. Featuring musicians like Michael Franti, Rising Apalachia, Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, Ajet Tina Malia, Nattali Rize, Mose; and speakers like Dolores Huerta, Jane Goodal, Deepak Chopra, and many others. Not a CC event, just something cool we found happening online.
- *“Breaking Though our Blocks During Block Break,”10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Zoom (960 1987 9008; password: rest)
Join together to co-create time for reflection, meditation and discussion, aimed at resetting our whole being toward: community, meaning, purpose and joy with Prof. David Gardiner of the Religion Department. Sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office.
- ^Two-Day Wheel Throwing Workshop,1 – 3 p.m., Bemis School of Art
Description under Thursday! Attendees must commit to attending both days.
Exact times TBD; description above under Thursday!
- *Follow Me – Nature Calls Escape Room,4 – 5 p.m., Sign-up Here
Join the Dinner Detectives for their Nature Calls virtual escape room experience. Space is limited; sign-up here.
- *Virtual Shabbat Hillel, 6:30 p.m., Zoom(915 6012 1041)
Join us tonight at 6:30 p.m. for a virtual Shabbat service for Rosh Hashanah. SEE YOU THERE! Love, Your Hillel Leaders
- CANCELLED due to low interest: *Carla’s Quince,7 p.m., Sign-Up Here
Even a global pandemic can’t stop birthday girl Carla from celebrating her Quinceañera. Music? Check. Dancing? Check. Gifts? Just one. Carla would really, really, really like you to register to vote! CARLA'S QUINCE is a bilingual immersive virtual experience that invites audiences to become guests at Carla's Zoom Quinceañera. With the aim of increasing Latinx participation in the United States' electoral process, this non-partisan English/Spanish extravaganza will inform on the voting process, break down some of the issues at stake this election year, and provide space for individuals to reflect on how their voting choices affect their communities. Those who identify as Latinx are especially encouraged to attend! Brought to you by the Office of the Performing Arts, the Butler Center, Campus Activities, and CC Votes. Space is limited; pre-register here.
Saturday, Sept. 19
All events are mountain time.
- *Zen Meditation, 6:30 – 8:30 a.m., Zoom (820 1858 2966; password 696189)
Come start your day with Zen Meditation with Springs Mountain Sangha. No experience needed. Meditation sessions will be about 30 minutes long; so please plan to join on about 5 minutes before the half hour; you can join during the 5 min. before any period, so 6:55, 7:25, 7:55.
- ^Campus Activities Center Take-a-Way Kits, 1 p.m., Worner Center
Stop by the Worner Desk beginning at 1 p.m. and until supplies run out to grab an activity for you to take back to your room to complete. Options include: embroidery kits, paint by numbers, clay kits, origami paper, spa night kits, or 4 pieces of sidewalk chalk. 1 item per person; quantities are limited and will be passed out on a first-come, first-served basis.
- POSTPONED due to low interest: *Creating Restoration After Grief – A Yoga Practice with Skukura Woods,3 – 4:30 p.m., Sign-up Here
As we constantly view the exploitation of Black death in the media, it can raise a variety of emotions such as anger, grief, sadness, helplessness, confusion and a loss of sense of safety. It is imperative that we collectively find ways to constructively express and release difficult feelings and restore our spirits to clarity, hope and determination and allow our bodies to rest. The Butler Center is excited to welcome Skukura Woods, M.S.C.P., founder/ceo of Intimate Ascension, LLC, for an afternoon of spiritual activism through a beginner-level yoga and meditation to facilitate healing. Space is limited; sign-up here.
Join a professional dance instructor and host for an online dance class and Salsa party like no other! No partner necessary; join from the comfort of your room in your PJs or something more festive! Presented by Cecelia K-Dance, Dance Workshop, and the Office of Campus Activities.
Sunday, Sept. 20
All events are mountain time.
- ^Donation Drive with BreakOut!Times TBD
Description above under Thursday!
- *President’s Council Applications Due, by 5 p.m., Apply here
The President’s Council application is open! President’s Council is a representative body of students that serves in an advisory role to the president of the college, and as ambassadors for the college. Members of President’s Council have the unique opportunity to make valuable connections with fellow students, faculty, staff, administrators, and distinguished visitors at Colorado College. The Council meets with the President and/or various college and community leaders once or twice per block. This application has been shortened significantly from previous years, and we encourage you to apply. Apply and learn more here.
- *Catholic Community Mass,9 p.m., Zoom (893 7114 8759)
For more information, please contact the Chaplain's Office and student leader, Zoë Voettiner '22 at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Take a deep breath, spend some time relaxing and getting centered as Block 2 starts tomorrow!
Looking ahead to Block 2...
- CCSGA First-Year Representative Elections! Contact VP of Internal Affairs, Ian Roberson, if you are interested to learn more.
- First Mondays with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha(Sept. 21) author of Common Read What the Eyes Don’t See
- Several other great events already listed on the campus calendarand Today @ CC