Center to host a night at the park

SUN Columnist

Join us for a night at Yamaguchi Park on Aug. 17, from 4-10 p.m. There will be kids’ activities, food, live music and a beer garden at the park.

This is part of the first Summer Crush Co-ed Softball Tournament.

The gathering at the park and the tournament are great ways to get friends and family together and have some fun before the end of the summer.

Call the Ross Aragon Community Center for more information or if you would like to help volunteer, 264-4152.

All proceeds from both events will benefit the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Summer Crush

Early registration is due for this eight-team minimum coed softball tournament.

It is open to anyone and everyone age 16 years-plus.

Team registration is $250 early registration until Aug. 9. After that it will be $275 per team.

Mini health fair 

The Promotora of San Juan Basin Health along with the Ross Aragon Community Center would like to invite you to a mini health fair on Aug. 15.

From 8 a.m.-4 p.m., you can undergo screening for diabetes, hypertension and oxygen saturation just by walking in.

If you are interested in getting your cholesterol or your triglycerides checked,call (970) 335-2062 to make an appointment. You will need to fast overnight before these screenings. All of the screenings are free to the public and will focus on the Spanish-speaking community.

Gym closure

The gym will be closed Aug. 12-15 for some light construction. All classes that take place in the gym will be canceled during this time. Please check our website or our calendar for classes, or call us with any questions.

Rummage sale applications 

It’s that time again to start to clean out those closets, basements, garages and attics before winter hits. The center’s rummage sale will be held Sept. 27-28.

Applications are being taken now, and spaces are filling up fast.

If you are interested in reserving a 10×10 spot for $35 for both days, call us at the center, 264-4152, or stop by and see us.

Don’t forget to look at our website,, for upcoming events at the center or “like” our Facebook page for updates on current events and activities happening at the center.

Free programs

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. Advanced players, please come in on Mondays from 10-11 a.m. Contact Fran if you have any questions, 884-3184.

Hoopsters: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. Hoopsters are a great group of guys getting out there twice a week for a good old-fashioned game of basketball. If interested, just drop in and check it out.

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 joint 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.

Hand drum class: Learn to play the hand drum in a free class, Wednesday evenings from 5-6 p.m. Local percussionist Carla Roberts will offer “The Ancient Art of Hand Drumming,” a study of the goblet-shaped hand drum called the doumbek, popular in the dance world. Roberts has played the doumbek professionally for the last 25 years and incorporates a variety of techniques and learning styles to make this free class accessible to beginners, as well as experienced drummers. If you have been curious about drumming and all its benefits, come and experience the joy and challenge of playing percussion in a group. No previous experience is required and experience the joy and challenge of playing percussion in a group. Drums are available if you do not have one. Bring a drum if you do have one. For more information, call Carla Roberts at 903-6478.

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

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 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.

Yoga: Tuesdays 9-10:30 a.m. and Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. Come rejuvenate with us. Please bring a mat or towel. Call the center with questions, 264-4152.

Belly dancing: A pleasant aerobic exercise, dancing brings well-known benefits, such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, weight control and more. Belly dance helps to develop muscle control and isolation, graceful arms and body, conditioning from head to toe. Join Carla Roberts on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Call the center for information, 264-4152.


Thursday, Aug. 8: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Rubber Stamping Class, 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 9: Pickleball, 8 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.; Tia Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; duplicate bridge, noon-5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 10: Scrapbooking Club, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 11: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Aug. 12: Gym Closed All Day; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Paogsa Bridge for Fun, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13: Gym closed all day; yoga, 9-10:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 14: Gym closed all day; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Dulcimer, 2-3:30 p.m.; belly dancing, 3:30-4:45 p.m.; drum class, 5-6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 15: Gym closed all day; mini health fair, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.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 (970) 264-4152, e-mail:

This story was posted on August 8, 2013.