By Susan Gibson
TARA Community Center
So many new things are happening in Arboles at the TARA Community Center:
• TARA has resumed indoor senior luncheons, facilitated by Ignacio Senior Center, on the first and third Thursdays of each month and has been gratified to see more and more people attending and enjoying the food and the company. Attendees simply call (970) 563-4461 in advance of the date to reserve a seat.
• TARA has hosted four free COVID vaccine days facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon.
• The MET van from Pagosa Springs is still popular, with folks from Arboles enjoying the ride in, the time in Pagosa and the ride back. It is a very appreciated service.
• A card/game night has been added to the agenda for the community center. It is held every Wednesday night at 6 p.m., with potluck munchies and beverages. Old-fashioned bingo will join the options soon, with small prizes for all winners.
• TARA’s food pantry hosted an “Eat Your Garden Food Demo” on Aug. 18. Sponsored by the Food System/Food Equity Coalition and Archuleta Food Pantry Network, all participants learned how to prepare a meal with fresh ingredients and then take those ingredients home to try themselves.
• The nonprofit TARA Community Thrift Store, opened on April 22 of this year, is reporting great success. Operating during the same days and hours as the food pantry and library (Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon), the little store is generating enough monthly income to soon translate into gravel and landscaping work, a fund to complete the lake-view deck on the TARA Community Center and other projects to keep the Community Center at its very best for the residents of the community and surrounding areas.
• The Historical Division of TARA is the happy recipient of a donation of two glass display cases. Work can now begin on displays of artifacts, joining the collection of photos, tapes and scrapbooks of the history of the region.