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No Kid Hungry at the Pagosa Springs Nurturing Family Center

Hunger Free Colorado’s summer food program for children and teens, ages 1-18, has a new distribution site for southwest Colorado at the Pagosa Springs Nurturing Family Center. Lunches will be provided at noon; however, there are additional activities between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Youth, and parents, have several fun activities to choose from. Please bring a lunch mom and dad. No Kid Hungry snack and lunches, and classes begin Wednesday, June 13.

On Mondays, Liz Alley will facilitate Yoga Calm for Children. This program includes systematic training in five basic areas: breathing, exercise, meditation and positive thinking, lifestyle choices and relaxation. Trained in Hatha Yoga since 1974 when pregnant with her second child, Liz is excited to teach more than the physical exercise component of Yoga. Yoga Calm serves even greater purposes in the young individual and his community — those of personal discovery, wellness and self-mastery.

Tuesdays will be a quick trip to Growing Spaces, parental transportation required, to help nurture all the wonderful veggies, herbs and flowers that are growing in one of the domes dedicated to families who frequent Pagosa Springs Nurturing Family Center. We now have banana, papaya, lemon, lime, kumquat and passion fruit trees.

Wednesdays will alternate every other week between Expressive Art Workshops 4 Families with Ursala Hudson, and visits to Ruby Sisson Library for Story Hour with Youth Services’ Kristine MacNeill. Wednesday Story Hour is for children 3 through kindergarten, but all youth are invited to pick up a book or two. Dates of Wednesday art workshops are: June 13 — School Glue Batiks, June 27 — Mess Painting, July 11 — Group Wire Mobiles, July 25 — Painting with Wool, and August 8 will be a paper-making class.

Thursdays are equally special as San Juan National Forest — Pagosa Ranger District, San Juan Mountains Association and Audubon specialists will be leading children’s hikes on Forest Service Public Lands, as well as at the wetlands behind Pagosa Springs Town Hall. Not all Thursdays are filled, so be checking in with us for updates. Parental transportation to hiking sites will be necessary.

Fridays will be morning snack and lunch only; however, be sure to pop over to Ruby Sisson Library for Based on the Book films. Youth films are at 10:30 a.m.; teen films will run at 12:30 p.m.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to join their children in all our activities, or can relax in our new coffee “meet and greet” room with free Internet. Pagosa Springs Nurturing Family Center also has two children’s rooms for young children as long as they have supervision.

Volunteers are always welcome to help, as are cash donations to help continue programs at Pagosa Springs Nurturing Family Center.

Pagosa Springs Nurturing Family Center, a nonprofit dedicated to promote the overall growth and well-being of individuals, families and community by offering programs and activities designed to enhance nurturing, to care for self as well as others, is located at 802 Rosita and N. 8th streets, directly across U.S. 160 from Ruby Sisson Library. Contact us at 507-7093, or email at psnurturingcenter@yahoo.com. Our new website is coming soon.

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