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Rummaging, aromatherapy, Soup and more

We have spaces available for our upcoming Spring Rummage Sale. The Rummage Sale is set for Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Setup is on Friday, April 8, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Rental space cost is $25 for a 10’x10’ space. The Rummage Sale is held in the center’s 7,000 square foot multi-purpose room.

Don’t forget to stop by the center and pick up your tickets for the “Pagosa Sounds” concert, Friday, Feb. 4. Advance tickets are $10 and $12 at the door. A social hour will start the colorful evening at 6 p.m. and the concert will follow at 7 p.m.

Queen Bee Skin Care Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. —  Join us to create and learn about skin care products made with the best botanical ingredients from around the world. If you ever wondered what all those chemical names mean, come ask The Queen Bee. She has been learning and teaching for years and has a commercial line of skin care products. You are welcome to bring a buddy and whatever food or drink you would like.

You will create one or two products to take home. We provide the fresh ingredients, the recipes, and the materials to customize the packaging so it’s clearly fresh and handmade.

The class will run approximately one hour. Our goal is to make it fun and simple to learn about the ingredients in your everyday skin care products. Kids over 10 are welcome to attend. Contact Lynne at (970) 316-BUZZ (2899), e-mail or visit for more information.

“An Introduction to Aromatherapy” is a free class presented by Candace Newman, The Oil Lady, Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 12-1 p.m. You will learn what true aromatherapy and pure essential oils really are. Find out why they work and how to use them, along with safety precautions. You will experience your own nose-brain connection, showing how they work through brain chemistry and skin absorption. Only genuine essential oils (no synthetic fragrances) will be used. Candace holds a master’s degree in teaching, is a licensed massage therapist and a national educational provider, and is the founder of The Touch With Oils Aromatherapy work. She has been practicing Aromatherapy for 20 years, and can be reached at or 731-1589.

Please contact Candace if you are interested in participating in this free class.

Soup for the Soul Enriches the Lives of Hospice Patients — local restaurants, businesses and artists will come together to help make a difference Thursday, Feb. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Tickets can be purchased at Moonlight Books, the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hospice of Mercy/Mercy Home Health office or by calling the Mercy Foundation at 764-2800. Please pay with cash or checks only. For more information, visit

Earthsense Herbals and Gift Gallery, Lake McCullough, a certified herbalist and co-owner of Earthsense Herbals and Gift Gallery, will present a free series of classes on the principles of herbal healing. Classes will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays — Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8 — from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Both novices and experienced herbalists are welcome and can attend any one class by itself or all three. The goal of the class is to provide a fun and interesting introduction to different perspective on healing with herbs and to give the knowledge necessary to make and use herbal products confidently and safely.

The first class, entitled “How Herbs Work,” will address just that question, introducing foundational concepts of herbology with a focus on personal and family wellness. Types of herbal preparations, such as tinctures, teas, and salves will be discussed, as well as the best situation in which to use each product. The class will also highlight a practical sequence for selecting and using the most appropriate herb for a given situation.

The second class, “Common and Effective Herbs,” will focus on building a repertoire of direct and practical knowledge about individual plants. The class will explore how to use each herb in the most effective way based on its unique chemical components and mode of action on the body.

The third and most technical class in the series, “Herbs for the Healthy Body,” will put together information about anatomy and physiology with the herbal experience gained in the previous classes to paint a picture of how plants can impact the body in certain common conditions. The mechanisms of liver-cleaning, immune-supporting, nervine, and antioxidant herbs will be discussed and put into perspective with their physiological effects.

If you are interested in attending, please contact McCullough at 264-0884.

Weight Watchers meets every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Join the group as they teach you new ways to keep yourself on point and into the new you.

Free programs

Mah Jongg. Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. is when you can join in on a game of Mah Jongg. Every Tuesday, don’t forget. Please call the center for any questions.

Small Fries Play Group. This play group is designed for 18 months to 3-year-old toddlers and will be meeting every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the center. Other ages are welcome as well. Bring your bikes, scooters, and tricycles to ride. Please plan on supervising your children while at the play group. Call the center for more information, 264-4152.

Tai Chi. No experience is necessary. Join instructors Dr. Pam Kircher and Anna O’Reilly. Classes are Fridays from 11 a.m.-noon. Please wear flat-soled shoes and bring water. Class is open to everyone.

Scrapbook Club. The group will meet the second Saturday of the month. Kathy Ruth will be your contact person. Please call her for all information, 264-2853. The group does more than just scrapbooking, there is also card making. Please give Kathy a call, she would love to hear from you.


Thursday, Feb. 3 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11 a.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 4 — Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; yoga, 10-11 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; boxing class, 1:45-5 p.m.; “Pagosa Sounds” concert, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 5 — Indoor soccer, 9 a.m.-noon; Archuleta County Democratic Party, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 6 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:30-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Feb. 7: Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; yoga, 10-11 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; TOPS basketball, 5-9 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 9: Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; computer class, 10 a.m.-noon; Small Fries Play Group, 10 a.m.-noon; Dance for Health, 10-11:30 a.m.; belly dance class, 2-5 p.m.; boxing class, 3:45-5 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 4-6 p.m.; TOPS basketball, 5-9 p.m.; Fort Lewis SBD class, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Queen Bee, 6-8 p.m.; Folk Dance class, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 10 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; yoga, 10-11 a.m.; Archuleta County Schools, 11:30-1:30 p.m.; TOPS basketball, 5-9 p.m.; Chimney Rock, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.; Alpha Rockridge, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Community Center has the space your are looking for, for those special events: weddings, baptismal, birthday, anniversary, wedding rehearsal dinners, weddings, company meetings, depositions, auctions, cooking classes, nonprofit, personal/individual/private and all your business needs. We have reasonably priced rooms to meet your event needs. Our rates range from $6 to $72 per hour. Room sizes accommodate 20, 40, 50, 90 or 500 people.

If you have an idea of an activity you would like the community center to sponsor, please call or stop by. We are always looking for new ideas.

Community center hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday by appointment only.

Address: 451 Hot Springs Boulevard; phone: 264-4152; e-mail: