Full schedule in February at community center

Well, we had a little snow and it was really going for a time there. But it seems the sun wants to come out and play, and I guess there is no way to stop it. It’s been crisp out there in the morning, with blue skies and a little heat, but I would not go out without a jacket of some kind. It kind of reminds me of D.C. Very deceiving, so keep in mind, it’s still winter.

It’s February and we have some great events happening this month at the center so, make sure you take the time to come down and participate. We’d love to see you.

Valentine’s Day

The center is the best place in town for a Valentine’s Day fund-raiser, and a great place for you to enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, beer provided by Pagosa Brewing, wine, a cash bar and non-alcohol beverages. Whisking us away on the dance floor, the DJ Dude will play C&W, R&B, rock, oldies and goodies and more. Come spend the evening with us and help support a local organization that helps so many Pagosans —The American Red Cross.

You can purchase tickets at Happy Trails (264-4260), Higher Grounds Coffee (731-3666), and the community center, (264-4152). Tickets are: $12 single, and $20 couples, in advance, and $15 at the door.

Soup for the Soul

The fifth annual Soup for the Soul event, Feb. 12, 5:30-8 p.m., promises to warm body and soul as some of the finest restaurants and caterers of Pagosa Springs provide 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.

Pagosa Springs Friends of NRA

The NRA Banquet and Auction will be held at the center 5:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21.

Center programs

Mandarin Chinese. Are you interested in learning Mandarin Chinese? Well, if you are, call the community center. Xie Lin (Sha Lin) would love to teach you. Classes are free, and will be offered on Fridays or Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. or 2-4 p.m., depending on the response. Call 264-4152.

Cancer Support Group. If you are interested in becoming part of a cancer support group that would include cancer survivors (as well as family and friends of people who have been impacted by this devastating disease) sharing common experiences, valuable information and fellowship, contact Howard Gross at 264-5100.

By meeting monthly, it is my hope that, together, we can help one another in overcoming the feelings of isolation and despair that sometimes accompanies a diagnosis of cancer, offering each other encouragement and hope in battling this disease and its aftermath.

Preschooler’s playgroup. The community center is supporting Pagosa’s preschoolers by providing use of the gym on Thursday mornings, 10 a.m.-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. Valentine’s Day is almost here, and with it comes the first community center dance of 2009. Tickets are on sale at Happy Trails, Higher Grounds Coffee and the community center. The music will be great (requests welcome) and good friends always make the evening special. I hope to see some familiar faces and maybe even some familiar dance steps.

We will miss Peggy and Dick who are off to California, but welcome Jack and Diane, who are back from California. Wonder if they waved at each other in passing?

Come dance with us Mondays — couples, 9:15 a.m., line dancing, 10:15 a.m.

Indoor Soccer. We will begin a full schedule Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-noon. Indoor soccer will be held Saturdays, through March or April (depending on weather). If we get more interest from players, junior high and older, we will set up additional time for play. Give us a call if you are interested. There will be no soccer Feb. 14 and 21.

For more information, call Matt, 903-8663.

Hoopsters. Join us Tuesday and Thursday, 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. Come join our class in the gym every Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m. Bring a mat or thick towel, that’s all it takes!

Weight Watchers. Meetings are Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.

Duplicate Bridge. Tuesdays, 5:30-10 p.m.; Fridays, 12:30-4 p.m. Come and 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. For more information, call 264-4152.

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. Please call the center if you have questions, 264-4152.

Men’s open gym basketball. Fridays, noon-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, Feb. 6, from 1:45-3 p.m. The teams are growing.

Scrapbook Club. We usually meet the second Saturday of the month from 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, Mach 14, April 11 and May 9. Call Melissa Bailey, at least one day in advance, to let her know what items you may need, or with questions, 731-1574 after 4:30 p.m.

Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 5 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; AARP taxes, 9 a.m-5 p.m.; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; San Juan Outdoor Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6 — Men’s open basketball, noon-1:30 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; Volleyball For Fun, 1:45-3 p.m.; youth basketball, 3:15-7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7 — Indoor soccer, 10 a.m.-noon; scrapbooking, 10 a.m-3:30 p.m.; American Cancer Society, 6-8 p.m.

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

Monday, Feb. 9 — Couples and line dancing, 9:15-11:15 a.m.; San Juan Basin Health, 10-11 a.m.; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.; youth basketball, 3-7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; youth basketball, 3-7 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 —School district, 8 a.m-3 p.m.; youth basketball, 3-7 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:45-6:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; AARP taxes, 9 a.m-5 p.m.; Catholic Initiative Colorado, noon-10 p.m.; PSAAR, noon-1 p.m.; Catholic Initiative, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Chimney Rock, 6-8 p.m.; Alpha Rockridge, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Alateen, 6:30-7:30 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.