Center plans spooktacular Halloween Carnival

SUN Columnist

Our spooktacular Halloween Carnival is free and open to anyone and everyone.

There will be a haunted house and costume contest, and many games and activities are planned for this event.

The costume contest includes many age brackets — 0-4, 5-9, 10-14 and 15-older. So, make sure to dress up all of your monsters, ghosts and witches for this one-of-a-kind event.

The doors at the Ross Aragon Community Center will be open 4-6 p.m. for the carnival on Saturday, Oct. 26.

For more information, or if you would like to help with this event,stop by the community center or call us at 264-4152.

Halloween donations/volunteers

It’s that time again, when the Ross Aragon Community Center is gearing up for the annual Halloween Carnival.

If you are interested in donating candy, please make sure all candy is wrapped individually. Candy donations can be dropped off at the Ross Aragon Community Center, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.

If you are interested in helping decorate or assisting at the event, call us or stop by the Ross Aragon Community Center to get signed up.

Youth archery classes

The Ross Aragon Community Center, along with Jeff and Cory Dysinger, announces that the youth archery program is back.

Starting Monday, Oct. 21, advanced youth archery will be offered at the center. Beginning youth archery will be offered starting Wednesday, Oct. 23.

If you are interested in getting your child involved, stop by the center or call us for more information.

Festival of Trees

We have now started accepting applications from those wishing to sponsor a tree at the Festival of Trees.

If you would like to help out local non-profits, but are not sure how, this is a great opportunity to show your passion for the season and help out a local organization at the same time.

Applications are due back to the community center no later than Nov. 22. If you are interested, or if you would like more information on this event, stop by the community center or call us at 264-4152.

Free programs

Computer Class: Becky Herman has put together a new, free Excel class. Learn how to navigate, how to create a spreadsheet, or how to insert mathematical formulas into your documents, as well as how to share your Excel creations. She is also helping those who have a tablet and aren’t sure how to get the most out of it. Call Becky for details at 264-2171 or 903-0788, or e-mail her at

Qigong: This is one of the oldest known health systems, dating from 700 BC. Lynnis Steinert is a Tai Chi master and has been teaching Qigong and Tai Chi for 14 years. She started studying Tai Chi and Qigong 20 years ago with several teachers and masters of this ancient Chinese exercise. The purpose of Qigong is to maintain and improve health, improve strength and balance, and encourage stillness in both mind and body. The goal in this class is to open and stretch every join and muscle group in the entire body. The exercise opens the energetic pathways to facilitate good health. The exercises are gentle, but over time have a very positive effect on the body. Stop by the center on Mondays to join in on this program. Call the center for more information.

Dulcimer: The dulcimer is an entry folk instrument, not as difficult as the guitar to learn. If you would like to learn to play this instrument, come to the center on Wednesdays 2-3:30 p.m. Call the center for information at 264-4152.


Thursday, Oct. 17: Gym closed all day; no classes are offered today.

Friday, Oct. 18: Gym closed all day; no classes offered today.

Sunday, Oct. 20: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Oct. 21: Pickleball, 8–11 a.m.; Qigong, 10 a.m.–noon; Pagosa Bridge for Fun, noon–4 p.m.; Advanced Youth Archery, 4–5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 22: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 9-10:30 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 1–3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5–10 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Pickleball, 8–11 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.–noon; Dulcimer, 2-3 p.m.; Belly Dancing, 3:304:30 p.m.; hand drum, 5–6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24: Gym closed all day; yoga, 10–11:30 a.m.

The Ross Aragon Community Center has the space you are looking for. We have reasonably priced rooms to meet your event needs. The community center hours are Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday by appointment only. The center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Phone 264-4152, e-mail

This story was posted on October 17, 2013.