Recognize your needs, and wants

Well, we’ve had some beautiful weather, but we need more snow.

Did I really say that?

I know my heart wants beach, but my head and pocketbook are thinking snow.

I came from a small town that survived because of the beach, weather and tourism. You could really feel when slim times were upon us. It really does affect everyone: stores close, jobs are lost, and neighbors move on to find something better. I guess, too, it makes you think about what really is important, about whether something is a need or just a want. I know needs and wants sometimes run together, and I keep trying to tell the difference. I can’t say that I follow that thinking 100 percent of the time, but I’m working my way to it. I’m about at 45 percent. Oh my, it snowed.

Valentine’s Day

We have a great way for you to celebrate the evening on Valentine’s Day and help a local organization at the same time. A percentage of the proceeds made that evening will go directly to the Southwest American Red Cross Chapter. Hors d’oeuvres, beer provided by Pagosa Brewing Company, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. DJ Dude will whisk us away with, C&W, R&B, rock, oldies and goodies.

Come spend the evening with us, and help a local organization that helps so many. You can purchase tickets at Higher Grounds Coffee, 731-3666, and the community center, 264-4152. Tickets are $12 single and $20 couples in advance, and $15 for singles at the door.

Soup for the Soul

The fifth annual Soup for the Soul event will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 12, and it promises to warm body and soul as some of the finest restaurants and caterers in Pagosa Springs feature delicious soups, appetizers and desserts to benefit Hospice of Mercy.

Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets soon — $25 per person. You can purchase tickets at Moonlight Books (cash, checks only), the Chamber of Commerce (cash, check only), or by calling the Mercy Health Foundation, 764-2800.

Participating restaurants include Alley House Grille, Boss Hog’s Restaurant and Saloon, Pagosa Brewing Company, Eddie’s Uptown Grille, Farrago Market Cafe , Higher Grounds Coffee, JJ’s Riverwalk Restaurant and Pub, Mountain Spirits Liquor and Wine, Dorothy’s Restaurant, Pagosa Baking Company, The Floured Apron Bakery and Victoria’s Parlor.

Program ideas

That’s what we are looking for. Maybe a book club, a dining adventure night (show a film on a country or state, and dine on its cuisine). I know you have more ideas, let me hear from you — call 264-4152.

Free programs

Mandarin Chinese. Are you interested in learning Mandarin Chinese? If you are, call the center. Xie Lin (Sha Lin) would love to teach you. Classes are free, and will be offered Fridays or Saturdays, 1-3 p.m or 2-4 p.m., depending on the response.

Swing dance class. If you are interested in taking free swing dance classes, call the center at 264-4152. The instructor will be Elizabeth Howey. Classes will be held in the evenings, starting around 5:30 or 6 p.m.

Preschooler’s playgroup. Thursday mornings from 10 a.m to noon. Bring clean shoes with non-marking soles, as well as balls, ride-on toys and bikes with clean tires. A parent or guardian needs to stay, so no drop-offs, please. This is a great opportunity for both kids and their adults, as the weather gets colder. Contact Gwen Taylor with questions or suggestions at 731-0305.

Couples and line dancing class. The couples group is hot in January. We have some Rumba, Waltz and Jitterbug steps looking good. There are some pretty hot ladies as well, not to mention the Italian Stallion, Ed the Paramedic, Jim the Rhythm Man, Jack ( or “Tank” as he is known to the group), Jere, Mr. Cool, Richard our man about town, and Harris, the Electric Slide King. I think I heard Karen giggling as she danced with Harris Thursday morning, so all is well in Danceland at the moment.

Welcome to Tammy and Jack, Alan and Marie who have joined us for the last two weeks. Three new couples — Frank and Elaine, Jim and Debbie, Elizabeth and John — promise to bring energy and humor to the group.

Line dancing continues with some great new dances, some easy, and some challenging but fun. Join us Monday, 9:15 a.m. couples, line dancing 10:15 a.m. Cost is a big smile.

Check out Let’s Dance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the PLPOA Clubhouse. You will find a great new look, new people, new program. Try it out. It’s free, easy and fun.

Indoor soccer. We begin a full schedule Jan. 31 10 a.m.-noon. Indoor Soccer will be held on Saturdays through March or April (depending on weather). If we get more interest from players junior high and older, we will set up additional times for play. Give us a call if you are interested. There will be no soccer on Feb. 14 and 21.

For more information, call Matt, 903-8663.

Hoopsters. Join us Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. The group welcomes all. Call the center, 264-4152, or Larry, at 731-3984 or, 264-1024, for more information.

Yoga. Join our class in the gym every Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m. Bring a mat or thick towel.

Weight Watchers. Free registration. Make a resolution to control your weight. Meetings are Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.

Duplicate Bridge. Tuesdays, 5:30-10 p.m; Fridays, 12:30-4 p.m. Meet other Duplicate Bridge enthusiasts. We welcome all players. Call the center for more information, 264-4152 or Stan, 731-2217

Pagosa Bridge. Meets Mondays and Fridays, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the center.

Alateen. Every Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the East Conference room. If you need someone to talk to or have questions, please attend. Hope Walker is the instructor. Call the center if you have questions, 264-4152.

Mens open gym basketball. Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. The gym is open to basketball play only.

Volleyball for Fun. If you are junior high age and want to play volleyball, join us at the center Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, from 1:45-3 p.m. The teams are growing.

Scrapbook Club. Meets the second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m-3 p.m. in the North Conference Room. Free to anyone who wants to attend. All participants are asked to bring some kind of snack or munchies to share; drinks are provided.

Please bring your own scrapbooking supplies — paper, adhesive, and any embellishments. Scheduled dates: Feb. 7 (Valentines Day is Feb. 14) Mar. 14, April 11 and May 9. Call Melissa Bailey at least one day in advance to let her know what items you might need, or with any questions, 731-1574 after 4:30 p.m.

Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 29 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; C Team basketball, 3:15-5:15 p.m.; youth basketball, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30 — Men’s open gym, noon-1:30 p.m.; Volleyball for Fun, 1:45-3 p.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31 — Indoor soccer, 10 a.m.-noon.

Sunday, Feb. 1 — Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon; Wyndham, 6 -8 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2 — Casey & Casey, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; line dancing, 9:15-11:15 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; Dept. Natural Resources, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; school district, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Casey & Casey, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4 — Weight Watchers, 4:45-6:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; AARP Tax Help meeting, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; SJOC. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Make the Community Center your next meeting place. The center’s hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. We have a variety of reasonably priced rooms to meet your event needs — for 20, 40, 50, 90 or 500 people. Call 264-4152 or, e-mail us at communitycenter@centurytel.net.