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Shootin’, eatin’, learnin’ and having fun

The women’s firearms safety class is over and, well, we made it; no one got hurt so that’s a great plus.

I had the best time around firearms than I would have ever imagined. I had a real fear when it came to guns, thinking that somehow if I touched one it would go off.

I think the noise of the gun also contributed to that, as did the fear of hurting myself and others around me.

But, I felt very much at ease at the shooting range. The night before we had a great dinner, served by some pretty good looking men (always a plus), a tutorial about safety, types of guns, bullets, loading, holding and — most important — the safety button.

I was in the Saturday group and it was a beautiful day, nice and clear. I think there were seven booths in all, with different weapons, and all the instructors were great. You were not pushed or hurried, very easy going, so that made it real comfortable. There was breakfast, lunch, prizes and a silent auction, and that made the day even better. Everything about the day turned out to be really special.

I want to thank all the sponsors — you put on a fun-filled event. And all the hard work you put into the two days was not in vain. We loved it and will encourage all our friends to take the workshop. We look forward to next year.

Free programs

Israeli Dance Come join Kim Hartfiel on Wednesday, July 28, 7-9:30 p.m. No experience necessary. Bring water to drink. You can contact Kim at 946-7285, e-mail

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

Computer classes. For the more advanced class, you will need to know the basics of using the Web and a Windows operating system. The first class will cover some interesting websites you might not be aware of. These sites can organize your information, manage your finances, order a wake up call to any phone at any time, send a fax, manage a PC remotely, etc. Other topics will be discussed and decided upon at the first class session.

Some possible topics are PC security, home networks, word processing, spreadsheets, installing hardware and hardware drivers, OS cleanup and,of course, many others. Call Becky with your questions at 264-2171.

Beginning computer classes will begin in August. Garrett Stoll will be teaching the classes. The classes will comprehensively cover basic computer skills, including, program use, e-mail, internet, basic maintenance/troubleshooting, and others; Computer theory (how computers work), powering on and off, mouse/keyboard use, files/folders and organization, program theory/use, Internet theory/use (e-mail included), basic troubleshooting. You can contact Garrett at (970) 398-0136 for class information.

Bridge Foundation Class. Class is July 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. For beginners and intermediate players.

Friday Duplicate Bridge. Fridays 12:30-4 p.m. and Tuesdays 5:30-10 p.m. Please call regarding Friday bridge. Call Stan at 731-2217 or e-mail him at to check if games are going to be held.

There will be a Bridge Tournament to benefit the Archuleta County Ruritan Club’s Dialysis Transportation Program. The tournament will be held on July 30, 12:30-4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Contact Stan Church at 731-2217 or 398-0156, or Michelle Jamison at 264-4152 if you would like to attend

Pagosa Bridge. Mondays 12:30-4 p.m. Call regarding Friday bridge. For more information, contact the community center, 264-4152

Hoopsters. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. We have indoor courts, so come and join the fellas. 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 at the best spot in town.

If you have an idea of an activity you would like the community center to sponsor, please call 264-4152 and ask for Michelle. We are always looking for new ideas


Thursday, July 22 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Payne Auction Company, 6-10 p.m.

Friday, July 23 — Forest Service, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, noon-4 p.m.

Sunday, July 25 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, July 26 — Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, July 27 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, July 28 — Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Bridge Class, 6:30-8 p.m.; folk dance class, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 29 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.

The Ross Aragon Community Center has the space you 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: