Start planning now for Festival of Trees

Just a reminder: The Festival of Trees will be held at the community center in December.

Decorating of the trees will take place Dec. 1-4. Judging for the People’s Choice award will end Dec. 4.

The auction will be held 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5.

This is one of the best fund-raising events of the year at the Pagosa Springs Community Center, giving all organizations a chance to participate. All monies made from the tree sales go to the organization that created the tree.

We hope all our local nonprofit and civic organizations will participate this year. If you have any questions, call me at 264-4152.

There is no theme this year. Just decorate guided by your love of the holiday.

In October

Archuleta Seniors Inc., will be hosting its annual OctoberFest, Oct. 11, 4:30-8:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the Chamber of Commerce, the community center and The Plaid Pony.

Come dance the night away at the Harvest Dance, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 17, featuring Tim Sullivan & Narrow Gauge. Tickets are available at Higher Grounds Coffee and the community center. This will be a night to remember. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. If you have any questions, call 264-4152.

The Upper San Juan EMT Association will host a fund-raiser, “Medical Mayhem,” 7-11 p.m. Oct. 25. This is a 21 and over event. The fund-raiser will include an auction with many wonderful local and Four Corner area donations. There will be door prizes, a costume contest, live music by Brooks & Friends, with dancing, food catered by the Alley House and Pagosa Candy Company, and a cash bar. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. The Upper San Juan Association is a 501(c)(3), Non-Profit Organization started by EMTs to raise money for continuing education, community awareness, and support for all EMTs of the Upper San Juan Health Service District. Tickets are $20 pre-event, available at The Choke Cherry, Higher Grounds, Farrago’s Restaurant, Dorothy’s Restaurant, Summit Ski and Sport, and your local EMTs. There will be a limited number of tickets, so purchase early. We hope you will join in and support your local EMTs for a night of food, dancing and fun. For additional information or to reserve a table, call Molly at 903-4487.

Center programs

Couples and line dancing. Join us for this free program Mondays, 9 a.m. for couples, and 10 a.m. for line dancing. For more information call Gerry Potticary at 731-9734

Scrapbook Club. The Scrapbook Club will meet on Oct. 18, Nov. 8, and Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Melissa Bailey is the instructor. Call her at 731-1574 if you would like to join the class.

Hoopsters. Tuesday and Thursday, 8-9 a.m. You just have to join the guys! The group welcomes all newcomers. Call the center, 264-4152, or Larry at 731-3984 or 264-1024, for more information.

Yoga. Join the classes in the gym every Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This class is not to miss. You and a friend can join in at any time. Bring a mat or thick towel — that’s all it takes.

Weight Watchers. With a little laughter, cheer and encouragement, we can help you reach your goal. Weight Watchers has free registration until Oct. 18. Be sure to take advantage of this offer, and make sure to take part in our Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. meetings.

Duplicate Bridge. There’s no reason to sit at home. Come join us. Our group is fun and friendly. We meet every Tuesday, 5:30-10 p.m; Fridays, 12:30-4 p.m. We welcome all out-of-town players. Call the community center for more information, 264-4152, or Stan, 264-4152

Pagosa Bridge. Pagosa Bridge is a small but fun group that plays Monday and Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m at the center. The season is changing and this is a great time to get in on the fun. For more information, contact the center, 264-4152


Thursday. Sept. 2 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; PSAAR, 9 a.m-4 p.m; Mercy Hospice, 10 a.m-noon; SJOC, 6:30-8:30 p.m; Dulce Soccer Club, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 3 — Police Department, 7 a.m-4 p.m; Duplicate Bridge, 12:30- 4 p.m; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4 — Mounted Rangers, noon-5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m-noon; Wyndham Activities, 6-8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 6 — Line dancing, 9-11:30 a.m; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 7 — SWAP, 8:30 a.m-1:30 p.m; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m; Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; Online School Training, 8 a.m-2 p.m; Yoga, 10 a.m-12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8 — Weight Watchers, 4:45-6:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; Rio Grand National Forest Service, 5-8 p.m; Chimney Rock, 6-8 p.m.

The center’s hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. We have a variety of reasonably priced rooms to meet your event needs — for 20, 40, 50, 90 or 500 people.

Call 264-4152, or e-mail us at