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August — an imperial, triumphant month

Did you know the month of August was named after an emperor?

Like a lot of you out there, we learned this information years ago, in grade school. Fourth or fifth grade I think it was — or it could have been earlier. Anyway, I was happy to be reunited with this memory. The name comes from Augustus, grandnephew of Julius Caesar. I’m on an anything-and-everything Roman holiday kick at this time, so please enjoy the ride.

Well, we hope August (Augustus) stays true, and brings great triumph to us all!

Benefit class

Elizabeth Young, from Finishing Touches Hair Salon, will teach classes on how to maintain your family’s and friends’ great hairstyles. The classes are limited to 20 people and admission cost is $40 (combs and clips included). You can bring tools you use to trim hair, or there will be professional scissors and capes for sale at the classes. Be sure your model’s hair is clean and product-free before you come to class.

There are two classes — Aug. 24 and Aug. 26, both at 6 p.m. Space is limited, so please call the community center now to make your reservation.

Proceeds from the classes will be donated to the Ross Aragon Community Center and will be used to purchase new computers. So far this year, the computer room has had 1,801 users and 3,095 hours clocked in. So, please come and join Elizabeth on one or both days.

Free programs

The center is proud to announce that the Dance for Health Class with Karma Raley, Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m., will continue to be held as one of our free programs.

With this class, you can exercise mind, body and creativity, while sharing in Karma’s love of dance. The class consists of a warmup, followed by dancing and meditation. The use of yogic awareness, ballet/jazz/modern dance technique, adds fun to create a full body workout. Class is geared to the older adult, but we are open to everyone that wishes to participate.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing; bring a mat and large towel or throw, and let your inner dancer free.

Israeli Dance Come join Kim Hartfiel on Aug. 11, 18 and 25, 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) and basic troubleshooting. You can contact Garrett at (970) 398-0136 for class information.

Morning Yoga. The first Tuesday of each month will be geared toward beginners with much individual instruction, but everyone is welcome at all classes. The following Tuesday will move more quickly. Tuesday 10-11:30 a.m. are class hours, please bring a mat or towel. Come refresh, relax and rejuvenate at the best spot in town.

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.

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.

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, Aug. 5 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; SJOC, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 6 — Duplicate Bridge, 12-4 p.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 7 — Pinon Condos HOA, 10 a.m.-noon.

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

Monday, Aug. 9 — Dance group, 9-11:45 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 10 — Archuleta County, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jong, 1-3 p.m.; TOPS Planning Commission, 5-8 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 11 — Dance for Health, 10-11:30 a.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; folk dance class, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 12 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Chimney Rock, 6-8 p.m.; Alpha Rockridge, 6:30-7:30 p.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