Valentine’s Day dance at center Saturday

A friend asked me, “Why were you hoping for snow?” I know his reason — too much plowing. He does a good job keeping us snow and ice free here at the community center. I was just thinking we needed snow for water, recreation and tourism.

I must say it is beautiful to wake up and see that the sun is shining, and the glistening of the snow makes everything seem a little magical.

At home, we have horses, and I think deep snow has them a little puzzled. They are afraid to venture out to their favorite tree, which is a hundred yards or more from their barn. The snow is about belly high for them, maybe three or so feet deep. So, I can’t blame them too much; I’m afraid to go out there, too. It looks like it would be fun, falling in the snow, rolling around, day dreaming, but something deep down says, “Don’t do it!” So I won’t. Plus, mister coyote is out and about, and I don’t want to be his treat of the day.

You can now get applications for the Spring Rummage Sale and the Arts and Craft Show at the center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m-4 p.m. on Saturday.

Valentine’s Day dance

The center is the best place in town to enjoy an evening featuring hors d’oeuvres, beer provided by Pagosa Brewing, wine, a cash bar and non-alcohol beverages. And whisking us away on the dance floor will be DJ Dude, with 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: Southwest American Red Cross. You will also be able to smile for the camera and take home a souvenir photo, courtesy Pagosa Photography.

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 — $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 in 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 Café, 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.

Program ideas

That’s what we are looking for. Maybe a book club, a dining adventure night (show a film about a country or state, and dine on its cuisine). I know you have more ideas, so let me hear from you. Just give me a call, and I’ll see what we can get started on. Call Michelle at 264-4152.

Power of Positive Thinking

A Richwiser Course presented by Richard Reed will be held at the community center, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7-8 p.m. The course will touch on subjects such as stress, healthy habits, positive thinking, and all the distractions we deal with on a daily basis. This is a free course, sponsored by the center. Call the center if you have any questions, 264-4152 and ask for Michelle.

Free programs

Evening yoga class. The center is sponsoring an evening yoga class. Sherry’s yoga instruction incorporates a foundation in alignment and sequencing, but still inspires a sense of lightheartedness and playfulness. Her technical knowledge combines with her compassion, encouragement and communication skills in such a way that her students can really learn and benefit from their sessions with her. Tone your body, reduce stress, increase energy, build great postures and feel great.

This class is designed to serve students of any experience level or ability, from children to seniors, and can benefit those with special therapeutic needs as well as advanced practitioners.

Please bring a mat. The class is Monday and Wednesday, 5:15-6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, call the center, 264-4152.

Mandarin Chinese. Are you interested in learning Mandarin Chinese? Well, if you are, call the 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.

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

By meeting monthly, 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 center is supporting Pagosa’s preschoolers by providing use of the gym on Thursday mornings from 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. The dance class will meet Feb. 16 at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse, 9 a.m. Many thanks to our advance dancers for stepping in to help and welcome new couples. It is very much appreciated and what a pleasant way to make new friends. Some of the more unique moments in dance class are in the first 10 minutes, which are sometimes spent discussing which body parts are currently working (or not) and the remedies being applied to those that don’t work. It’s never dull.

Gold stars for Harry and Marcie, who are back after several months away from dancing, and they still remember everything. Well, almost everything. We are all happy to see Richard and Jim back to normal after some scary health moments. Bob and Sharon leave a great hole on Monday mornings when they are not with us. Hurry back.

The Valentine’s Dance is Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays are great fun at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. Informal lesson and dancing, 7-9 p.m., cha cha, waltz, cowboy swing, nightclub two-step — one dance each week.

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

Indoor Soccer. We will begin a full schedule Feb. 28, 10 a.m-noon. Indoor soccer will be played on Saturdays through March or April (depending on weather). If we get more interest from players junior high age and older, we will set up additional time 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 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. 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. Free registration. Control your weight. Meetings are Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.

Duplicate Bridge. Tuesday, 5:30-10 p.m; Friday, 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.

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-1:30 p.m. The gym is open to basketball play only.

Scrapbook Club. Meets 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, adhesives, and any embellishments. Scheduled dates: March 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 any questions you may have, 731-1574 after 4:30 p.m.

Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 12 — Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; AARP taxes, 9 a.m-5 p.m; preschool playgroup, 10 a.m-noon; SAAR, noon-1 p.m; Soup for the Soul, 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.

Friday, Feb. 13 ——Duplicate Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m; Pagosa Bridge, 12:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14 ——Valentine’s Day Dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 15 ——Grace Evangelical Free Church, 8:45 a.m-noon, Church of Christ, 10 a.m-noon; youth basketball, 3-7 p.m; Wyndham, 6-8 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16 —Youth basketball, 3-7 p.m; yoga, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17 ——Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m; youth basketball, 3-7 p.m; TTC meeting, 4-6 p.m; Duplicate Bridge, 5:30-10 p.m; Audubon Society, 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18 ——Youth basketball, 3-7 p.m; Weight Watchers, 5-6 p.m; yoga, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19 ——Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m; AARP taxes, 9 a.m-5 p.m; preschool playgroup, 10 a.m-noon; youth basketball, 3-7 p.m; Fort Lewis entrepreneurial class, 6-9 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, 10-4 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.