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To the bath: Follow the ancients

I was thinking about baths and hot springs, and did you know the Romans not only made bathing an art that spread through places like England, but they also knew the benefits of their hot springs?

The men made the baths a place to conduct business and discussed current affairs, and I’m sure they also used it as place to just get away, as I’m sure that is why this practice has stood the test of time in many countries around the world.

You would think that bathing was something you did at home, and often, but that would not be true; bathing was once something most people did as little as possible. It was thought that bathing could lead to illness, and it was also a luxury to have a bath at home, much less, running water.

It is only in our modern times that we demand a bath in our homes, and indoor plumbing. Thank goodness for the late 20th century.


The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs presents it’s 16th annual Auction for the Animals at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Friday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. .

You can purchase tickets for $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the auction at the Humane Society Thrift Store, Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Home Sound and Security.

For more information, call 264-5549, or go to

Free programs

What in the world is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a game for all ages. It can be played indoors or outdoors on a court that is the size of a badminton court. It is a lot like tennis, except with less running.

Pickleball was invented in 1965 in Washington State by two dads of some very bored children.

Why Pickleball? The famous “Dad, I’m bored” turned into “Pickles, come back here.” The family cocker spaniel, Pickles, would steal the ball and hide it. He wasn’t very popular with the kids, but he did get a game named after him.

In 1972, the dads, Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard, decided to copyright the rules and form the USAPA. Since that early beginning the USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) estimates that there are now 40,000-50,000 players worldwide. The game is currently very popular in senior communities and in schools.

We are bringing Pickleball to the community center for everyone. Join us on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9 -11 a.m. to play.

If you have never played, we will hold introductory sessions those mornings at 8 a.m. All you need is a pair of tennis shoes and a willingness to have fun.

Please contact Sharon Athey, 731-1719, (480) 529-3748 or, or Fran Brown, (970) 884-3184 if you would like to play.

Tai Chi. No experience is necessary; join instructors . Pam Kircher and Anna O’Reilly. Classes are Friday from 11 a.m.-noon. Please wear flat-soled shoes and bring water. Class is open to everyone.

Dance for Health. Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m... Class is geared to the older adult, but we are open to everyone. Wear loose, comfortable clothing; bring a mat and large towel or throw, and let your inner dancer free!

Beginning Computer. Garrett Stoll has started our beginning classes in the computer lab Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. If you are interested in taking the class, contact Garrett, no drop-ins please. Contact Garrett at (970) 398-0136.

Israeli Dance. Come join Kim Hartfiel Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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 call Howard Gross, 264-5100.

Duplicate Bridge. Every Friday noon-4 p.m. and Tuesday 5:30-10 p.m. Call Stan at 731-2217 or e-mail .

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

Hoopsters. Tuesday, Thursday, 8-9 a.m. We have indoor courts, so join the fellas. For more information call Larry at 731-3984 or 264-1024.

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. 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.


Thursday, Aug. 26 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Elizabeth Young fund-raiser, 4:30-9:30 p.m.; San Juan River Protection, 5-8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 27 — Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Duplicate Bridge, 12-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 28 — Pagosa Pines, 1-3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 29 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Aug. 30 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 31 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 1 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Dance for Health, 10-11:30 a.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 2 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Four Corners Folk Festival concert, 5:30-10 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