Festival of Trees: Beauty and fun for a good cause

I know for the last several weeks I’ve written about the Festival of Trees every chance I had and, yes, I am trying to get people involved in this great event, to help benefit their local nonprofit of choice.

But, I would also like for everyone to come to the event and see the trees. Viewing is free, and it is such a spectacular experience — no two trees are the same, and with all the lights, it’s a Christmas Tree Parade just for you. It is the most beautiful sight you’ll ever see. It is truly magical.

The Festival of Trees is Dec. 5 and Kate Kelley, with present and former students, will head the entertainment for the evening.

Applications can be picked up at the community center on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Decorating will take place Dec. 1-3 with the tree auction and silent auction on Friday, Dec. 5.

Any entity or individual may sponsor a tree, but proceeds must be designated to go to an Archuleta County non-profit organization. We encourage all clubs, groups and individuals to sponsor a tree. Our goal this year is to have at least 25 trees entered.

For information, call Janis Moomaw at 264-3010, Nancy Strait at 731-3427, or the community center at 264-4152.

In November

Women’s Civic Bazaar, at the community center 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 Saturday.

• Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27. We hope everyone can find a new friend to add to their celebration, and an old friend who needs to be remembered.

Preschooler’s Playgroup. The Community Center is once again supporting Pagosa’s preschoolers by generously providing use of the gym on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m to noon. Bring clean shoes with non-marking soles, as well as balls, ride-on toys and bikes with clean tires. A parent or guardian needs to stay, so no drop-offs please. This is a great opportunity for kids and their adults, as the weather gets colder. Contact Gwen Taylor with questions or suggestions at 731-0305

Line dancing. Line Dancing classes are on Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m. There will be no couples dance until further notice. Peggy and Beverly will lead the class. Call the center if you have questions, 264-4152

Indoor soccer. Starts on Saturday, Nov. 29. This is for anyone who would like to come kick the ball around; all ages welcome. We will play some scrimmage games, practice soccer and learn some techniques. Non-mark soled shoes will be required, skateboard shoes not recommended. Next date will be Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-noon. In January we will start full schedules, with play on most Saturdays through March or April (depending on weather). For more information, call Matt, 903-8663.

Scrapbook Club. The Scrapbook Club will meet Dec. 13, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. We have a nice big room in which to spread out, and let our imaginations roam. Melissa Bailey is the instructor, so please call her if you would like to join the class, 731-1574.

Hoopsters. Want to get some exercise in a nice warm place, with some pretty cool guys? Well, we have the room for more players. Join us Tuesday and Thursday, 8-9 a.m. The group welcomes all newcomers. Call the center, 264-4152, or Larry at 731-3984 or 264-1024, for more information.

Yoga. Come join our class in the gym every Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. You and a friend can join in at any time. Bring a mat or thick towel, that’s all it takes.

Weight Watchers. The holidays are approaching; we can help you through them with cheer and encouragement. Be sure to take part in our Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. meetings.

Duplicate Bridge. There’s no reason to sit at home, so come join us. We meet every Tuesday, 5:30-10 p.m; Friday, 12:30-4 p.m. We welcome all players. Call the community center for more information, 264-4152.

Pagosa Bridge. Pagosa Bridge meets, Monday and Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m at the center. For more information, contact the center, 264-4152.

Alateen. Every Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m in the East Conference room. If you need someone to talk to, or have questions, come to a meeting. Hope Walker is the instructor. Call the center if you have questions.

Activities

Thursday, Nov. 13 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; PSAAR classes, 8 a.m.-5 p.m; C Team basketball, 3:15-5:15 p.m; youth basketball, 5:30-8 p.m; Chimney Rock, 6-8 p.m; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 14 — Pueblo Community Collage, 11 a.m-1 p.m; setup for Women’s Civic Bazaar, noon; Duplicate Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m; vendor setup , 3-7 p.m; PSHS Cross Country, 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 15 — Women’s Civic Bazaar, 9 a.m-4 p.m; Echo Canyon HOA, 4-6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 16 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 10 a.m-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m-noon; Dave Harbur, 4-5 p.m; Wyndham Activities, 6-9 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 17 — Line dancing, 9-11:30 a.m; Casey & Casey, 9 a.m-5 p.m; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m; C Team basketball, 3:15-5:15 p.m; ski meeting, 6-8 p.m; youth volleyball, 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 18 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; PSAAR, 8 a.m-5 p.m; Jim Denvir, 9 a.m-noon; Audubon Society, 6-8 p.m; Casey & Casey, 9 a.m.-5 p.m; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m; 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m; C Team basketball, 3:15-5:15 p.m; TTC meeting, 4-6 p.m; youth basketball, 5:30-8:30 p.m; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10:30 p.m; Audubon, 6-8 p.m; Pagosa Pines Unit 4, 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 19 — Casey & Casey, 9 a.m-5 p.m; C Team basketball, 3:15-5:15 p.m; Weight Watchers, 4:45-6:45 p.m; youth volleyball, 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; Humana Insurance, 10 a.m-noon; Ruritan Club, noon-1 p.m; C Team basketball, 3:15-5:15 p.m; youth volleyball, 6-9 p.m; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Make the community center your next meeting place. The center’s hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10-4 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 communitycenter@centurytel.net.