Community center dance Friday night

By Traci Bishop
SUN Columnist

Dance the night way tomorrow at the Ross Aragon Community Center, to benefit disaster relief.

The event will host seven nonprofits in Archuleta County that provide relief in some of the most extreme situations: Pagosa Fire Auxiliary, Colorado Mounted Search and Rescue, Salvation Army, Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, Red Cross, Upper San Juan EMT Association, San Juan Mounted Patrol.

A vote will be taken and the top three nonprofits will each receive a share of the total proceeds from this event.

What a great opportunity to say thank you or show your support to these everyday heroes in Archuleta County.

Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available during this event.

Tickets are on sale at the center now for $12, and will be $15 at the door.

This is an 18-plus event.

 Hazel Miller Band 

The Ross Aragon Community Center and Music That Matters present an evening with the Hazel Miller Band, with opening act Jeff Dysinger, on June 13.

This concert is a fund-raiser for Relay for Life. Doors and cash bar open at 6 p.m.; the show will start at 7. Light snacks will be available during this event.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available for purchase at the Ross Aragon Community Center and Bank of the San Juans.

Kids’ fit classes 

The Ross Aragon Community Center, along with the Town of Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce new classes for kids up to age 9.

Brittany Twiss, certified children’s fitness instructor, is bringing many unique ideas to the center with her new fitness classes.

Mommy and Me helps teach your child how to make healthy choices and introduces your child to fitness fun. This class is held Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for ages 2 and under and Tuesdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. for ages 3-4. This class will be offered until June 25.

Overcoming Obstacles introduces your child to health and nutrition, in ways that are easy for a toddler or baby to comprehend. This class includes age appropriate obstacles to help enhance balance, cardiovascular and spatial awareness. This class will run on Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for ages 2 and under and Thursdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. for ages 3-4. The class will be offered June 6-27.

Both classes consist of four sessions for $32. If you are interested in all eight sessions, the cost will be $55. Both classes consist of parent and child participation. Class size is limited so hurry in to register, or call for more information at 264-4152.

Help your child achieve a healthy start in life with Four Corners kids’ fitness class. Children will be led in a group setting in a fun and safe environment. The kids will be introduced to a variety of age appropriate exercises while participating in a team setting. They will all have a chance to lead and become more confident in their fitness abilities. Whether you want your child to become more active or simply want a healthy and fun activity for your child, Four Corners is a terrific opportunity. The class is offered on Wednesdays for ages 4-6 from 1-1:45 p.m. and ages 7-9 meet from 2-2:45 p.m. This class consists of four sessions, with a cost of $24. Class space is limited. Register at the Ross Aragon Community Center or call for more information.

Have the kids join us to run, walk, skip or jump around a track. Instructor Brittney will provide encouragement and help the child set achievable goals. We will continuously compare their cumulative distance completed on the planned track on the Yamaguchi Riverwalk. Each session will end with the children creating a healthy snack. At the end of the four sessions, kids and parents will take a field trip along the riverwalk. The class is offered on Wednesdays for ages 4-6 from 3-4 p.m. and ages 7-9 meet from 4-5 p.m. Registration has started; the four sessions are $32 and space is limited. Stop on in or call the center for registration or for more detail.


Register the youngsters for the “Kickin’ It During Summer” Program.

If you missed out on the registration for the Summer of Science, maybe one of these three classes might fit into your schedule.

Registration for the Sand Volleyball Clinic, ages 9-12, is now open, with a registration deadline of June 14. The clinic will start July 9 and run through July 30. Registration for Introduction to Golf has started as well for ages 6-12. This class does not start until August but registration deadline is July 12. Arts and Crafts class is for ages 4-6 and registration is now open. Deadline for registration is July 17. All classes are limited on space so hurry in to the Ross Aragon Community Center to get registered.

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

Youth Archery classes: With the archery program, we try to instill sportsmanship, honesty and a sense of accomplishment. It is a sport where athletic abilities aren’t a part of the equation and everyone is equal. We are about competing, but it is not about winning or losing; it’s about doing your best and trying to improve on skills learned. When a child puts a bow in their hand it empowers them and with that comes responsibility, which in turn creates responsible young people.

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 positive effect on the body. Please stop by the center on Mondays to join in on this program. Call the center for more information.

Beginning and Intermediate computer classes: Taught by Becky Herman. Please call her at 264-2171 or 903-0788 for more information.

Mah Jongg: Tuesdays, 1-3 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. Please come with a bottle of water and flat-soled shoes. Class is open to anyone and no experience is necessary.

Pagosa Bridge 4 Fun: Mondays, 12:30-4 p.m. For more information, contact the community center, 264-4152.

Beginning 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 on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call the center for information at 264-4152.


Thursday, June 6: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; beginning computer class, 1-3 p.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 7: Gym closed. Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon.; duplicate bridge, noon-5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Dance for Disaster Relief, 6:30-10 p.m.

Saturday, June 8: Scrapbooking Club, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, June 9: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, June 10: Pickleball, 8-11 am; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Pagosa Bridge for Fun, 12:30-4 p.m.; advanced youth archery, 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 9-10:30 a.m.; intermediate computer class, 10 a.m.-noon; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; beginner archery class, 4-5 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; beginning dulcimer, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; belly dancing, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Thursday, June 13: Gym closed. Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; beginning computer class, 1-3 p.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Hazel Miller concert 6-10 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.-5:30 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 June 6, 2013.