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A party — for the community, by the community

Our Halloween Party/Carnival was truly a great start to all the activities remaining this year.

We had a huge crowd of 932 coming and going during the afternoon As always, and especially this year, without the support of the community we could not provide such a wonderful party for all the kids, mothers and fathers who enjoy this free event.

We were hoping with this years change of hours, we would give everyone a chance to enjoy the festivities offered around town, and give our wonderful volunteers a chance to enjoy their evening.

With that, we’d like to thank P. Miller, L. Page, W. Grams, B. Sandvik, R. Hogrefe, L. Church, G. Smith, B. Kraska, K. Hartfiel, J. Hartfiel, J. Harbison, P. Adams, M. Leist, N. Hay, M. Villalobos, K. Schlan, N. Monjure, L. Johnson, B. Monjure, L. Hay, D. Baird, Frialso, R. Chacey, B. Arrendell, C. W. Webster, T. Horning, D. Spencer, A. Spencer, C. Botman, T. Murphy, Chili, R. Gustafson and the Kiwanis Crew, and the one and only C. Bowdridge.

We must also pass along a thank you to the fabulous businesses and individuals that supplied all the goodies: Pagosa Insurance, PSAAR, Coyote Hills Lodge, Pagosa Liquor, Shell Station, Archuleta Housing, Subway, CenturyTel, Arts Council, Welcoming Committee, Jim’s Locksmith, Alco, Pagosa Artesian Co-Op, Pinewood Inn, Sonic, McDonalds, Bank of the San Juans, Remax, TOPS, Professional Resource Insurance, Hart Construction, Pagosa Dental, Piedra Automotive, Bank of Colorado, Knights of Columbus, New York Life, Citizens Bank, Monogram Plus, Mountain Home Sound & Security, Pagosa Brewing, Alley House and Farrago, Farmers Insurance, Elk Wood Manor, L. Scott, I. Dorgan, M. Falvey, N. Seay, M. and N. McAnelly, P. Rios, C. Young, B. McCooey, D. Baird, P. Theisen, Merlee, L. Church, C. Botman, J. Martinez, C. Warden, J. Cramer, K. Ruth, K. Zilhaver, D. Babillis, E. and R. Mesa, B. Douglas, B and J. Moomaw, J. Geisen.

For always being there to lend an arm and a leg, pot or pan, check or cash, whenever we need it — thank you.

Food drive

The deadline is approaching to drop off non-perishable items for our food drive — Nov. 15 is the day.

Here are the goods needed: canned meat or fish, veggies, fruit, soup or dried soup mixes, pasta, rice, beans, sauces or meal mixes for pasta/rice, (I.e., Hamburger Helper, gravy mix, Sizzle and Stir), boxes of instant pudding, Jell-O, macaroni and cheese, 16-ounce jars peanut butter, saltine crackers, baking mix (Bisquick), 9.6-ounce powdered milk, cereal hot/cold, 2 pounds sugar, 12-ounce dish soap, paper towels and toilet paper. We are trying to reach our goal of 500 items to send to our local food banks.

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees entry deadline is Nov. 16; you only have four more days.

Viewing of the trees takes place Dec. 3, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m, and Dec. 4, 8 a.m-2 p.m. Silent and live auctions will be held Dec. 4. You can purchase tickets at the Ross Aragon Community Center and Chamber of Commerce. Doors open at 6 p.m.

If you know of a family or senior in need of a Christmas tree this year, they can come to the center office, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday until Nov. 16, and fill out an application for a donated tree from the Festival of Trees Auction. There is a limit on the number of trees donated. Please fill out your application as soon as possible.

Groups and events

Scrapbook — Nov. 14; Dec. 5. If you would like join the class, contact Melissa at 731-1574 or 903-4289.

Cancer Support Group — If you are interested in the group, call Howard Gross, 264-5100.

Hoopsters — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. Call Larry at 731-3984 or 264-1024 for more information.

Morning yoga — Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Duplicate Bridge — Regularly scheduled games are Tuesdays 5:30-10 p.m., Fridays 12:30-4 p.m. Call Stan at 731-2217 or e-mail him at

Pagosa Bridge — Mondays and Fridays, 12:30-4 p.m. For more information, contact the center, 264-4152


Thursday, Nov. 12 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; PSAAR, 8 a.m.-noon; Alateen, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Youth Basketball, 5:30-8 p.m.; Chimney Rock, 6-8 p.m.; Alpha Rockridge, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 13 — Men’s Open Basketball, noon-1:30 p.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14 — Scrapbooking, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dick Babillis-meeting, 6-10 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 15 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon; baby shower, 1-2 p.m.; Wyndham Activities, 6-8 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 16 — Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; Youth Volleyball, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; TTC meeting, 4-6 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.; Youth Basketball, 5:30-8 p.m.; Health Product Sales, 6-9 p.m.; Be the Change, 7-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 — Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Youth Volleyball, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Alateen, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Youth Volleyball, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

It is now easy to find us on Facebook, simply go to Facebook and on their site search for “Pagosa Springs Community Center.” This will take you to our Wall which lists all our current/past events and photos. We encourage you to become a “Fan” of our site to receive automatic updates.

The Ross Aragon Community Center has the space your are looking for. We have reasonably priced rooms to meet your event needs — for 20, 40, 50, 90 or 500 people. Call 264-4152 or e-mail us at