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Buses mean school is back in session

Buses all around.

It must mean the beginning of another school year.

Did you know ancient Rome had schools? Children were taught by their parents. Girls learned from their mothers the importance of knowing how to cook, sew and perform other domestic duties. Sons were taught by their fathers, on matters of maintaining the land and household, politics of the day, swimming and defense. I think it was wrestling.

School was taught by Greek slaves and clergy. Writing, reading and arithmetic were subjects of great importance to ancient Romans. Even though not all children were able to attend school, it was very important that all children knew how to read and write.

So, be careful out there when you see those big yellow transporters. Aboard are the new thinkers for tomorrow.

‘Pianist, Poet, Comedian’

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

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

Free programs

Belly dancing classes. Instructor Carla Roberts offers a beginning class for adults from 2-3:30 p.m., and an after-school class for teenagers, ages 12 to 17, from 3:30-5 p.m. All classes are free and require only comfortable clothing to stretch and move freely.

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.

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

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 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 instructional sessions those same 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 class. Please contact Garrett Stoll regarding beginning classes in the computer lab Tuesdays and Thursdays, at (970)398-0136.

Israeli dance. Join Kim Hartfiel on Wednesday, Sept. 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 please call Howard Gross, 264-5100.

Duplicate Bridge. Every Friday 12-4 p.m., and Tuesday, 5:30-10 p.m. Call Stan at 731-2217 or e-mail .

Pagosa Bridge. Monday’s 12:30-4 p.m. Please call regarding Friday Bridge. For more information, contact the community center, 264-4152

Hoopsters. Tuesday and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. join the guys for an hour or so of fun!

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


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

Friday, Sept. 10 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Archuleta County Ruritan Club, 11 a.m.-noon; Tai Chi Class, 11 a.m.-noon; Duplicate Bridge, 12-4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 11 — Scrapbook Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Please call the center on Friday to see if the club will be meeting, 264-4152.

Sunday, Sept. 12 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Sept. 13 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg Club, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge 5:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 15 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Forest Service, 9-11 a.m.; Dance for Health, 10-11:30 a.m.; Beginning Belly Dance, 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Folk Dance Class, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 16 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, 12:30-5:30 p.m.; TOPS-Lewis Street, 5:30-7:30 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