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Make plans to attend the Festival of Trees

The sixth annual Festival of Trees event will be held Dec. 2.

There will be entertainment, hors d’ oeuvres from local restaurants and a cash bar. Come to The Ross Aragon Community Center and vote on your favorite tree or organization from 6-7 p.m. The top 10 trees will go to live auction. This is a great time and way to show support for the nonprofit organizations in Archuleta County.

There will be a free public viewing of the trees on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4-8 p.m. You can enjoy music, hot chocolate and cookie decorating, view all the trees and make your silent auction bids.

Tickets are on sale now at the Ross Aragon Community Center and Made in Colorado Shoppe. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Know a family that needs a Christmas tree?

If you know a family that is in need of a little holiday cheer, come by the community center and fill out an application for a donated tree from the Festival.

Deadline for applications is Dec. 2, at noon.


The Ross Aragon Community Center will be closed during the Thanksgiving holiday, on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25.

Free programs

Duplicate Bridge. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Call Stan, 731-2217, or e-mail Stan at

Hoopsters. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. Warren and the guys are waiting for you to come out and play. They will play with just about anyone. The Hoopsters are a great group of guys getting out there twice a week for a good game of b-ball.

Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Call the center with any questions, 264-4152.

Belly Dancing. We offer a beginners class, 1-2:30 p.m.; and an intermediate class from 2:30-3:30 p.m., on Wednesday. Learn this beautiful art; it is great exercise and lots of fun. Contact Carla for more information, 731-3117.

Pickleball. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-10 a.m. If you need a pickleball fix, join us. Loaner paddles are available. If you would like to learn the game of pickleball, join us from 9-11 a.m. to learn this fun and exciting game. Contact Fran if you have any questions, 884-3184.

The Ancient Art of Hand Drumming. Percussionist Carla Roberts teaches drumming every Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. This is a beginner to intermediate instruction on the goblet-shaped hand drum. Call the center for more information, 264-4152.

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

Meditation on the Breath. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11-11:30 a.m. Call the center for information.

Al-Anon: Meets Thursdays at noon at the Ross Aragon Community Center. For information, contact the center, 264-4152

Let’s Dance. Temporarily meeting at the community center, Monday, 9 a.m., and Tuesday, 7 p.m. Line dancing, Monday 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, 6 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 24: Closed for Thanksgiving.

Friday, Nov. 25: Closed for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, Nov. 27: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Nov. 28: Gym closed for Festival of Trees. Yoga, 10-11 a.m.; Meditation on the Breath, 11-11:30 a.m.; Let’s Dance class, 9 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Gym Closed for Festival of Trees. Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.; Let’s Dance class, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Gym closed for Festival of Trees. Dance for Life-Vinyasa Flow, 10-11 a.m.; Meditation on the Breath, 11-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Belly Dancing: Beginner, 1 p.m., Intermediate, 2:30 p.m.; Ancient Art of Hand Drumming, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1: Gym closed for Festival of Trees. Yoga, 10-11 a.m.; Meditation on the Breath, 11-11:30 a.m.; Al-anon, noon-1 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.; public tree viewing, 4-8 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 $90 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 and Sunday by appointment only.

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

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