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Start the Fourth of July holiday at the center

Celebrate the independence of our country and honor those who have fought for that freedom at the free picnic extravaganza at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Free fun and entertainment for the entire family is yours at the eighth annual Celebrate America Night 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

Come to the center to enjoy patriotic music, a community picnic, free dessert, free lemonade and $1 hot dogs, or bring a picnic.

You’ll enjoy interactive entertainment provided by the Israeli folk dance group, square dancers and musical performers. Solo entertainment will be provided by Brooke Bowdridge and Samantha Hunts.

Emcee Al Wylie is sure to tell you stories that will put you in the mood for fun and kick off your Fourth of July holiday.

Kids activities

We have free summer activities for kids 9-110 years old.

You can play dodgeball on Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m., and volleyball on Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Come to the center and play. Kids from 9-110 are welcome. Program will run until Aug. 26. If you have any questions, call the center at 264-4152.

Free programs

Pickleball. Pickleball is a game for all ages. Classes are Monday, and Wednesday mornings, 8-10 a.m. Contact Sharon Athey, (480) 529-3748 or or Fran Brown, (970) 884-3184, if you would like to play.

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

Yoga. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m. Come, rejuvenate with us. Please bring a mat or towel. Call the center with questions, 264-4152.

Belly dancing. We offer a beginners’ class, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; and an intermediate class from 2:30-4 p.m. on Wednesday. Come learn this beautiful art; it is great exercise and lots of fun. Contact Carla for more information, 731-3117.

Zumba. Dance and exercise zumba style. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Contact Debbie for more information, 731-6132.

Meditation on the Breath. Relax and calm with this meditation class on Monday and Thursday 11-11:30 a.m. For more information, call the center, 264-4152.

The Ancient Art of Hand Drumming. Percussionist Carla Roberts teaches drumming every Wednesday, 4:15-5:15 p.m. This is a beginner to intermediate instruction on the goblet-shaped hand drum. Call the center for more information, 264-4152.

Dodgeball. Whether you have played a little or a lot, come on over and play dodge ball, for kids 9 and up. Teams will be split by age groups. Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. Call the center for more information, 264-4152.

Volleyball. Open court volleyball, Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 9 and up and all skill levels welcome. Call the center for more information, 264-4152.


Thursday, June 23: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11 a.m.; Meditation on the Breath, 11-11:30 a.m.; zumba, 11 a.m.-noon; TTC meeting, 4-6 p.m.; kids’ art show, showcase 5-6 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Friday, June 24: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; volleyball, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, June 26: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, June 27: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; yoga, 10-11 a.m.; Meditation on the Breath, 11-11:30 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge For Fun, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; zumba, 11 a.m.-noon; dodgeball, 1-3 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; yoga, 10-11 a.m.; computer class, 10 a.m.-noon; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; beginners’ belly dancing, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; intermediate belly dancing, 2:30-4 p.m.; Ancient Art of Hand Drumming, 4:15-5:15 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 5-6 p.m.; folk dance, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 30: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11a.m.; Meditation on the Breath, 11-11:30 a.m.; zumba, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; TTC meeting, 4-6 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.; Celebrate America Picnic Extravaganza, 7-9 p.m.

The center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Phone 264-4152, e-mail:

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