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Center presents seventh annual Halloween Carnival

October is upon us and the goblins are coming out to play.

It must be that time of year again — Halloween Carnival time that is. What else would it be this time of year? Everyone will get a chance to double their Halloween treats this year, because the center will celebrate its seventh annual, free Halloween Carnival, Saturday, Oct. 30, from 3-5 p.m. We will have games, treats and trophies.

If you would like to volunteer to run a booth, for setup/takedown, or to donate candy, cakes, cupcakes or money, we would appreciate anything you can give.

Last year our door count was 1,000 and we are hoping to accommodate even more this year.

So, please give generously. Every gesture goes a long way.

Festival of Trees

As one celebration passes, another begins.

We would like to announce that we have applications for the Festival of Tree’s available at our office. Please come and get your application before spaces are no longer available. There is not a theme this year, so let your imagination take you away.

We hope to see all non-profit organizations represented this year. If you are unable to present a tree, come and bid on a tree or two, or on the wonderful handmade items available on our silent auction tables, on Dec. 3, 6–8:30 p.m.

The trees will be on display for the public Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free programs

Belly dancing classes. Instructor Carla Roberts has a beginning class for adults from 2-3:30 p.m., and an after-school class for teenager’s age 12 to 17, from 3:30-5 p.m. All classes are free and require only comfortable clothing to stretch and move freely. 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 is a lot like tennis, except with less running. 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 are tennis shoes and a willingness to have fun. Contact Sharon Athey, 731-1719, (480) 529-3748 or and Fran Brown, 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. Wear flat-soled shoes and bring water. Class is open to everyone.

Dance for Health Class. 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!

Israeli dance class. Join Kim Hartfiel on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 7-9:30 p.m. No experience necessary. Bring water to drink. You can contact Kim at 946-7285 or

Scrapbook Club. October 2, Nov. 13, Dec. 4. Melissa and the ladies will be waiting for you. This is your chance to meet new people, learn new scrapbook ideas or just escape for the day and enjoy. Please be sure to join the ladies this season.

Cancer Support Group. If you are interested in the group please 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 Stan at 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. Join the guys for an hour or so of fun.

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. Class hours are 10-11:30 a.m. Please bring a mat or towel. Come refresh, relax and rejuvenate at best spot in town.


Thursday, Sept. 30 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 1 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Duplicate Bridge, noon-4 p.m.; Gloria Drayer yoga class, 5-6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2 — Scrapbook Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Archuleta County Democratic Party, 1-10 p.m.; private party, 3-10 p.m.; Gloria Drayer yoga class, 3-5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Oct. 4 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; PERA, 5-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 5 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; PERA, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 6 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; White Cloud Initiative, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dance for Health, 10-11:30 a.m.; belly dance class, 2-5 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; folk dance class, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 7 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; White Cloud Initiative, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; SJOC, 6:30-8:30 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