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Roman holidays and belly dance classes

As you have read for the last two to three weeks I’ve had Rome, Italy, on my mind.

I’m planning a trip there next year, and I want to know if anyone out there has been to Rome in the last year or two? There are so many areas to stay in, and so many hotels listed. It’s been about 20 years since my last visit, and I can’t even tell you what I did or where I went three days ago.

So, if anyone would like to share their memories of a Roman holiday, e-mail me at, I would love to hear about your experience.

John Graves

On Sept. 17 the Ross Aragon Community Center and Elation Center for the Arts are bringing you “Pianist, Poet, Comedian” John Graves, with collaborators DC Duncan, Johnny K and Natalie Oman. Doors open at 6 p.m. We will have a cash bar and sweet and savory treats to delight you.

Tickets in advance are $10 and at the door $12. Kids 18 and under are free. You can purchase tickets at the center and Higher Grounds Coffee.

Free programs

Belly dancing class. Have you ever wanted to take a class? Instructor Carla Roberts will hosta beginner class from 2-3:30 p.m. for adults, and from 3:30-5 p.m., an after-school class, for teenagers ages 12 to 17. The classes will start Sept. 8. All classes are free and require only comfortable clothing to allow you tostretch and move freely.

Call Carla Roberts at 731-3117 for more information. Carla directs and choreographs for a local dance troupe going into its third year.

Belly dance is a wonderful way to develop muscle control and isolation, graceful arms, and body conditioning from head to toe.

In this eight-week course, students will learn the basics of a dance style that can trace its history back to Mesopotamia, over 6,000 years ago.

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. We are bringing Pickleball to the community center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 -11 a.m. If you have never played we will hold instructional sessions those mornings at 8 a.m. All you need is tennis shoes and a willingness to have fun. 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.


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

Friday, Sept. 3 — Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Duplicate Bridge, 12-4 p.m.; Concert — Folk Festival, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4 — Concert — Folk Festival, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5 — Grace Evangelical Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Tuesday, Sept. 7 — 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. 8 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Dance for Health, 10-11:30 a.m.; belly dance class, 2-3:30 p.m.; belly dance class, 3:30-5 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; folk dance class, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 9 — 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 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