Dance for disaster relief on June 7

By Traci Bishop
SUN Columnist

Dance the night away at the Ross Aragon Community Center on June 7 for disaster relief.

This event will host seven local nonprofits in Archuleta County that help out 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 and the San Juan Mounted Patrol.

There will be a vote and the top three nonprofits will each receive a third 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 the event.

Tickets are on sale now at the center for $12, and they will be $15 at the door. This is an 18-plus event.

Hazel Miller Band

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

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 now at the Ross Aragon Community Center and Bank of the San Juans.

Kids fit classes 

The Ross Aragon Community Center, in conjunction with the Town of Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce new classes for kids, from infant to 9 years of age.

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

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. They will each 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. This class is offered on Wednesdays for ages 4-6 from 11:45 p.m. and for ages 7-9 from 2-2:45 p.m. The class consists of four sessions and the cost is $24. Class space is limited, so hurry in to register at the Ross Aragon Community Center, or call for more information.

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

K.I.D.S. — Kickin’ It During Summer

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

Registration for the Sand Volleyball Clinic, ages 9-12, is now open. The clinic will start July 9 and run through July 30. The registration deadline is June 14.

Registration for Introduction to Golf has started as well, for ages 6-12. This class does not start until August but the 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, 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.

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.

Duplicate Bridge: Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Call Stan, 731-2217 or e-mail Stan at for more information.


Thursday, May 30: 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, May 31: Gym closed. Tai Chi, 11 a.m-noon; duplicate bridge, noon-5 p.m.

Sunday, June 2: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, June 3: Pickleball, 8-11 am; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Paogsa Bridge for Fun, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, June 4: 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, 4-5p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; beginning dulcimer, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; belly dancing, 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Thursday, June 6: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; rubber stamping class, 12:15-1:15 p.m.; beginning computer class, 1-3 p.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.-5:30 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 May 30, 2013.