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Sage Cottage to host carnival

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By Kirsten Laskey

Sage Cottage may normally be an institution of learning, but from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, it will be the center for fun.

A carnival, complete with a jumping house, milk bottle toss, bubble tub, arts and crafts table, face painting and music, will be open to children and their families.

Additionally, a clown is scheduled to make an appearance and a juggler is expected  as well.

Besides the carnival fare, food can be purchased and a silent auction, featuring everything from gift cards to a week’s vacation at a Pagosa Springs condo, will be offered.

Admission is free but some activities will require tickets. Tickets are expected to cost $1 for 10.

The carnival has more than one  purpose, Cheri Host, executive director, said. “Kids and family can come and have fun.”

Plus, it’s opportunity to check out the school and through the silent auction, raise some funds.

Host said the school staff has discussed hosting a carnival for a year.

Now that they have set a date, she said hopefully the carnival will be held every year.

Although this is the first time the school has hosted a carnival, it has had some practice.

Host said for July 4, the school set up a booth with fun stuff for kids. “This will just be on a bigger scale,” she said.

Host encourages people to participate in this large-scale fun event “because it’s going to be fun – a fun day for the community.”

Sage Cottage offers a Montessori and play-based curriculum. Host said the school also bills itself as science-based learning facility.

Students do a lot of ecological activities such as maintaining four gardens at the school and doing outdoor programs. “We really emphasize the science-based play,” Host said.

Sage Cottage has been in operation since the 1970s.

Host and safety engineer Theresa Cull bought the school is 2006 and early this year, it officially became a non-profit. For more information, call 672-0534. The school is located at corner of Rover and Meadow streets in White Rock.