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Planning a picnic for Celebrate America program

Another week and things seem to be looking a little better. Go, sun!

We have been working on the Ross Aragon Community Center’s Celebrate America program, scheduled July 1, and this year we have decided to change our venue, just a little.

We think a family-style picnic is as American as apple pie, so our twist is an indoor picnic. That means you can bring the entire family, with your favorite picnic goodies, sit on the floor or at the picnic tables, and join in on all the singing, dancing, and all-around great entertainment featured at the annual event.

We have a great lineup of entertainment this year: line dancers, Israeli folk dancers, a marimba ensemble-Zimbabwean drums, live World music, and our great sing-a-long with DJ Dude.

This is one celebration the entire family can participate in. This is our seventh year bringing Celebrate America to the community. It is a free event; the center will supply punch, something sweet, water and coffee, and, of course, we’ll all share in the fun!

So, start exercising those vocal cords, and set those hurricane movements loose. We do have something to celebrate, so let’s celebrate together.

Free programs

Mah Jongg. Have you ever wanted to learn how to play Mah Jongg, or are you just curious to see what it’s all about? Join a group of beginners at the center in an informal, casual and fun atmosphere. Class will be taught by Linda Hogan who has over five years experience with several different groups of players. Call (720) 840-4203 for days and times.

Beginning Computer Class. June 2, 9, 16 and 23. If you are interested in the class, call Becky to get your name on the list. The classes are small, so please get your call in at 264-2171.

Israeli Dance Class. Come join Kim Hartfiel on June 2, 9, 16, and 23, 7-9 p.m. No experience necessary. Ages 13 and up recommended. Bring water to drink. You can contact Kim at 946-7285,

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

Duplicate Bridge. Tuesdays 5:30-10 p.m. Call Stan regarding Friday Bridge at 731-2217 or e-mail Stan at to check if games are going to be held.

Pagosa Bridge. Mondays (call regarding Friday play), 12:30-4 p.m. For more information, contact the Community Center, 264-4152.

Hoopsters. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. Join the fellas if you can. For more information, call Larry at 731-3984 or 264-1024.

Morning yoga. Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Bring a mat or towel. Refresh, relax and rejuvenate.

If you know of an idea for an activity you would like the community center to sponsor, call and ask for Michelle. We are always looking for new ideas


Thursday, May 27 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; fiber fest class, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Archuleta County Schools, 2:45-3:45 p.m.; San Juan River Protection, 5-8 p.m.; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 28 — Fiber fest, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 29 — Fiber fest, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Sunday, May 30 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, May 31 — Memorial Day, closed.

Tuesday, June 1 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Archuleta County Schools, 9-11 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, June 2 — Computer Class, 10 a.m.-Noon; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; folk dance class, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 3 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Archuleta County Commissioners, 10 a.m.-noon; Natalie Carpenter, 1-4 p.m.; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; SJOC, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Southwest Land Alliance, 7-8 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 community center hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m-3 p.m.

The center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Phone 264-4152, e-mail: