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Volunteers needed for annual Halloween Carnival

The seventh annual free Halloween Carnival is coming soon.

This year, everyone will get a chance to double their Halloween fun since the Ross Aragon Community Center will celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 3-5 p.m.

As in past years, the carnival will feature a variety of games, treats and trophies.

If you would like to volunteer to run a booth, for setup and takedown, to donate candy, cakes, cupcakes or monies, we would appreciate hearing from you.

Last year’s event brouight more than 1,000 people to the center, and we are hoping to accommodate even more this year.

So, please give generously; every gesture goes a long way.

Festival of Trees

We have applications for the Festival of Trees available at the community center office.

Pick up your application before spaces are no longer available. There is no theme for this year’s festival, so let your imagination run wild.

We hope to see all of our local non-profit organizations represented with a tree this year. If you are unable to contribute a tree, come and bid on a tree or two, or on the wonderful handmade items available on our silent auction tables.

This year’s Festival of Trees will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 3,

6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

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

Free programs

Computer class. Becky Herman will begin a series of intermediate computer classes beginning Wednesday, Oct. 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Contact Becky at, 264-2171 for class information. You must register to take classes.

Belly dancing classes. Instructor Carla Roberts has 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. 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. Classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 911 a.m. to play. Teaching sessions are the same mornings at 8 a.m. All you need is tennis shoes and a willingness to have fun. Please 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. 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!

Israeli Dance Class. Come join Kim Hartfiel on Wednesday, Oct. 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. November 13 and 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, 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. Monday’s 12:30-4 p.m. Please call regarding Friday Bridge. For more information please 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 toga. 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 — 10-11:30 a.m. are class hours. Bring a mat or towel. Come refresh, relax and rejuvenate at best spot in town.

If you have an idea of an activity you would like the community center to sponsor, call 264-4152 and ask for Michelle. We are always looking for new ideas


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

Friday, Oct. 8 — Pickelball, 8-11 a.m.; White Cloud Institute, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Duplicate Bridge, noon-4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 9 — White Cloud Institute, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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

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

Tuesday, Oct. 12 — 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, Oct. 13: — EMS/fire training, 6 p.m.; School District, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; computer class, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Dance for Health, 10-11:30 a.m.; belly dance class, 2-4 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; folk dance class, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 14 — EMS/fire training, 7 a.m.-6 p.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