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Start your holiday season with a concert at the center

SUN Columnist

Come celebrate at a pre-Thanksgiving concert on Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.

The Ross Aragon Community Center, in collaboration with Elation Center for the Arts, presents “Holy Water and Whiskey: An Evening of American Folk Music,” featuring an acoustic trio from Albuquerque that specializes in traditional and contemporary folk songs, cowboy songs, gospel and bluegrass.

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees deadline for all applications has been extended until Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The auction and silent auction will be held Dec. 3, from 6.–8:30 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Trees will be on public display at the center Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kids’ play group

Our Children’s Play Group for this season has changed.

Danyelle Leentjes and Nadia Werby will lead the Small Fries Play Group. The SFPG will begin Dec. 1 and run through April 2011.

This play group is designed for kids 18 months to 3 years old, and will meet every Wednesday from 9:45-11 a.m. at the center. Other ages are welcome as well.

We will be offer light arts and crafts followed by play in the gym. Bring your bikes, scooters and tricycles. The center will provide other physical fitness games focusing on developing the large motor skills.

Come join in all the fun this winter and meet other Pagosa moms and dads and their children in this relaxed atmosphere. Plan on supervising your children while they are at the play group. Call the center for more information, 264-4152.

The center would like to thank Gwen Taylor for her help in setting up the play group in prior years. Happy holidays, Gwen.

Free programs

Computer class. Becky Herman teaches intermediate computer class Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please 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 teenager’s age 12 to 17, from 3:30-5 p.m. The classes started September 8. 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 9 -11 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.

Scrapbook Club. Melissa and the ladies will be waiting for you on Dec. 4. This is your chance to meet new people, learn new scrapbook ideas or just escape for the day and enjoy. B sure to join the ladies this season. Call the office, 264-4152 for more information.

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. Monday’s 12:30-4 p.m. For more information, contact the community center, 264-4152.

Hoopsters. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. Warren is waiting for you to come out and play this winter season. The Hoopsters are a great group of guys getting out there twice a week for a good game of b-ball, come join them. Warren will be happy you did; he plays well with others.

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

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


Thursday, Nov.18 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; volleyball, 5-9 p.m.; San Juan River Protection, 5-8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 19: Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Forest Service meeting, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Duplicate Bridge, 12-4 p.m.; Holy Water and Whiskey concert, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 21: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Nov. 22 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; volleyball, 5-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 23 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Volleyball, 5-9 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 24 — Dance for Health, 10-11:30 a.m.; belly dance class, 2-5 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 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