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A jazzy, sassy Christmas concert

SUN Columnist

Want to try something new for this year’s holiday kickoff?

If so, the Ross Aragon Community Center has the perfect solution for you.

If you missed the Hazel Miller Band in June, you have a chance to catch this one-of-a-kind band at the center. Come on down and enjoy an evening out as you listen to wonderful Christmas music with a flare on Dec. 12.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $15; they will be $20 at the door.

For more information on this event, call the community center at 264-4152.

Free festival preview

This year, we will kick off the Festival of Trees with a free public viewing, voting and bidding on Thursday, Dec. 5, from noon to 7 p.m.

We encourage everyone to come to the Ross Aragon Community Center and see all the wonderfully-decorated trees. You’ll have a chance to vote and be the first to put in a bid on the trees.

Free hot chocolate, cider and sweets, and Christmas music, will be offered at the public viewing. All proceeds each tree earns go right back to the nonprofit the tree represents.

The Festival of Trees celebration will be held Friday, Dec. 6. Tickets are on sale now for only $15; they will be $20 at the door. This year, we have also added the option to reserve a table for eight people for $150.

Doors at the center will open at 7 p.m. Join us and enjoy hors d’oeuvres as well as a cash bar and some socializing before the live auction begins.

For more information on this event, call the community center at 264-4152.

Free programs

Small Fries Playgroup. This is a group of moms who enjoy getting together during the cold winter months to let their children have play dates. Bring your child’s bike and other outside games or activities, and also enjoy playing inside the gym whenever the weather is too cold. If you are interested, stop by the center 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays.

Mah Jongg: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. and Fridays 12:30-4:30 p.m. Call the center with any questions, 264-4152.

Pickleball: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-11 a.m. If you would like to learn the game of pickleball, or just need a pickleball fix, join us to learn this fun and exciting game. Loaner paddles are available. All you advanced players, come in on Mondays from 10-11 a.m. Contact Fran if you have any questions, 884-3184.

Tai Chi: Join instructors Pam Kircher and Anna O’Reilly every Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. for an hour of Tai Chi. This is a slow, gentle exercise that improves balance, strength, flexibility and lung capacity while reducing stress and increasing an overall sense of well-being. Come on down with a bottle of water and some flat-soled shoes. Class is open to anyone and no experience is necessary.

Duplicate Bridge: Tuesday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, noon-5 p.m. Call Stan, 731-2217, or e-mail Stan at sunset1310@aol.com for more information on this game.

Pagosa Bridge 4 Fun: Mondays, 12:30-4 p.m. For more information, contact the community center, 264-4152.

Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 21: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 22:- Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Small Fries Playgroup, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, noon-5 p.m.; Mah Jonng, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Nov. 25: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Pagosa Bridge for Fun, 12:30-4 p.m.; youth archery, 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 26: Hoopsters 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 27: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; hand drum, 1-2 p.m.; dulcimer, 2-3 p.m.; belly dancing, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28: The center is closed. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the community center.

This story was posted on November 21, 2013.