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Friday’s Festival of Trees benefits local non-profits

The Festival of Trees auction is tomorrow, Dec. 3, at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

If you are not able to attend, you can still place your bid today between 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the center.

Please, serious bidders only: the non-profit organizations participating depend on it. Early bidders must pay in full today by 5:30 p.m.

On auction night, you can look forward to a festive evening of hors d’ oeuvres catered by Alley House, a cash bar, the auctioneering prowess of Jake Montroy and a great evening of socializing and fun.

This year, we have 17 trees to auction. Here’s a list of our organizations: Colorado Mounted Rangers Troop F, Oxford House, Archuleta County Ruritan Club, Pagosa Destination Imagination, Seeds of Learning, Archuleta County SW Chapter Red Cross, Archuleta Seniors Inc., Pregnancy Center, Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Our Savior Lutheran Preschool, Hospice of Mercy, Archuleta County Victims Assistance, Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Pagosa Waldorf Initiative, CARE and the Pagosa Springs Youth Center.

These wonderful organizations are counting on you tomorrow. Purchase tickets at the Ross Aragon Community Center for $10 advance or $12 at the door.

Please come and support our local non-profit organizations, and make this holiday season the best one yet.

Free programs

Pagosa Bridge. Mondays 12:30-4 p.m. For more information, contact the community center, 264-4152.

Computer class. Becky Herman will teach a beginning computer class, the basics. If you would like to take the eight-week course, contact Becky at 264-2171. The course is set to begin in January. You must register to participate.

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 age 12 to 17, from 3:30-5 p.m. The classes started Sept. 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.

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. Be sure to join the ladies this season. Call the office, 264-4152, for more information.

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.

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.

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.

Morning yoga. The first Tuesday of each month is geared toward 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 the best spot in town.

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

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.

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 that will meet on Wednesdays. The SFPG will begin Dec. 1. and run through April 2011.

This play group is designed for youngsters 18 months to 3 years and will meet every Wednesday from 9:45-11 a.m. at the center. Other ages are welcome as well. We will offer light arts and crafts, followed by play in the gym. Bring your bikes, scooters and tricycles to ride. The center will provide other physical fitness games focusing on developing the large motor skills.

Join in all the fun this winter and meet other Pagosa moms and dads and their children in this relaxed atmosphere. Please plan on supervising your children while at the play group.

Call the center for more information, 264-4152.


Thursday, Dec. 2 — SJOC, 6-9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3 — Festival of Trees auction, 6-8:30 p.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Duplicate Bridge, 12-4 p.m.; Oil lady, 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4 — Help Portrait, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Scrapbook Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon; Loma Linda HOA, 1-6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 6 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; TOPS Sport Event, 5-9 p.m.; Division of Wildlife, 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jong Club, 1-3 p.m.; TOPS basketball, 5-9 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Small Fries Play Group, 9:45-11 a.m.; Dance for Health, 10-11:30 a.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; TOPS Sport Event, 5-9 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 9 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; TOPS basketball, 5-9 p.m.; Chimney Rock, 6-8 p.m.; TOPS meeting, 6-8 p.m.; Alpha Rockridge, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Ross Aragon Community Center has the space you 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