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AARP Tax-Aide Program in Pagosa cancelled

We have some disappointing news to bring you regarding the AARP Tax-Aide Program in Pagosa Springs.

The program is being cancelled due to the limited number of volunteers who stepped forward. There must be enough volunteers to maintain the high standards the program requires to conduct screening and interviews of taxpayers, preparing accurate returns and doing quality reviews of the returns. This year, those standards could not have been maintained.

We know there are many out there who have used this free service since its conception. We would like to thank all the volunteers for giving their time to help fellow Pagosans through a sometimes stressful period.

Valentine Masquerade

Come outand support our fund-raiser — our St. Valentine’s Day Masquerade, 6:30-11 p.m. on Feb. 12.

Masquerade melodies will be in the capable hands of Neil Nelson and Steel Rodeo. This fund-raising event is for the Archuleta County American Red Cross and the Ross Aragon Community Center. Tickets are $15 in advance and at the door. There will be a cash bar and sweet temptations.

This is a 21-and-oldervcelebration; mask are optional.

Tickets will go on sale Jan. 25 at Happy Trails and the community center.

Groups and programs

Israeli dance class. Join Kim Hartfiel 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, for the first dance class. Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. No experience necessary. Ages 13 and up recommended. Bring water to drink.

You can contact Kim at 946-7285 or e-mail

Play group. Please note correction: the Play Group hours are 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Thursday. Kim Galecsic will head the group. If you have questions, call 264-4152.

Scrapbook Club. The club will meet, Feb. 13, March 13, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4. If you have any questions, call 264-4152.

Aikido class. Aikido of the San Juans is a member of Takemusu Aikido Association. Instructors Lisa Jensen and Bill Trimarco each have over 20 years training, and have been teaching in Pagosa Springs for seven years. Classes will begin Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2-3p.m. This will be a four-week beginners program for adults and seniors. You will need to sign up for the class. Call 264-4152 or go to the center’s front desk.

Aikido is a traditional, non-competitive Japanese martial art. Students will learn basic body movements and techniques to neutralize various attacks. Aikido does not use physical strength, and is enjoyed by people of all ages and physical abilities. Look for youth classes in the near future.

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. Please call Stan at 731-2217 or e-mail him at to check if games are going to be held..

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

Indoor Tennis. If you are interested, contact the center for more information.

Volleyball for Fun. Mondays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Open to all junior high and high school volleyball players. Contact August at 264-6216

If you know of an activity you would like the community center to sponsor, please call Michelle, 264-4152.


Thursday, Jan. 21 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Preschool Play Group, 10:30-11:30 a.m; Archuleta County Schools, 2:45-3:45 p.m; Volleyball for Fun, 3:30-5:30 p.m; Youth Basketball, 6-9 p.m; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22 — Indoor Tennis, 6:30-11:30 a.m; Archuleta County Schools, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Men’s Open Basketball, noon-1:30 p.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.(call to check play) Duplicate Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.(call to check play) Youth Basketball, 2-6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 23 — Indoor Soccer, 9-11 a.m.; Meeting-D. Babillis, 10 a.m-6 p.m.; TOPS Police, noon-8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 24 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon; Wyndham Activities, 6-8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 25 — Indoor Tennis, 6:30-11:30 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; Volleyball for Fun, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Youth Basketball, 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Archuleta County Schools, 2:45-3:45 p.m.; Youth Basketball, 4-8:30 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.; Choc Mountain Town, 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27 — Indoor Tennis, 6:30-11:30 a.m.; Re-election P. Gonzalez, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Aikido Class, 2-3 p.m.; Archuleta County Schools, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Youth Basketball, 4-8:30 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; Interstate Wildlife, 10 a.m-noon; Preschool Play Group, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Archuleta County School, 2:45-3:45 p.m.; Volleyball for Fun, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; TOPS Meeting, 5-8 p.m.; Youth Basketball, 6-9 p.m.; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Ross Aragon Community Center has the space your are looking for. We have reasonably-priced rooms to meet your event needs. Our rates range from $6 to $72 per hour. Room sizes for 20, 40, 50, 90 or 500 people.

The center’s public hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10-3.