Dance, have fun, help a local non-profit

Come down to the Ross Aragon Community Center on Oct. 11 and dance the night away with DJ Dude, while supporting our local nonprofits.

This event will host seven local nonprofits that make a difference in our community: Archuleta County Seniors Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Justice Ministries, Mercy Home Health, Archuleta County Crime Stoppers, Pagosa Springs Head Start and Archuleta County Veterans for Veterans.

Voting will take place and the top three nonprofits will each receive a third of the total proceeds from this event. No silent auction, no live auction — just a night of dancing and fun with great people and representatives of our wonderful non-profits.

Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available during the adult (18-plus only) event.

Tickets are on sale now for $12 at the Ross Aragon Community Center, or from one of the listed agencies. Tickets will be $15 at the door.

Halloween donations/volunteers

It’s that time again! The Ross Aragon Community Center is starting to gear up for the 10th annual Halloween Carnival, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

The carnival is free to anyone and everyone. A haunted house, costume contest and many games and activities are offered at this event.

If you are interested in donating candy, make sure it 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 at the event itself, call us or stop by the Ross Aragon Community Center to get signed up.


Thursday, Oct. 3: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Rubber Stamping Class, 12:15-1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4: Gym closed. Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon.; Duplicate Bridge, noon-5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Oct. 7: Pickleball, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Pagosa Bridge for fun, noon-4 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Pickleball, 8-10:30 a.m.; 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, Oct. 10: Gym closed. Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.

Free programs

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, a slow, gentle exercise that improves balance, strength, flexibility and lung capacity while reducing stress and increasing 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: Tuesdays, 5-10 p.m. and Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Call Stan, 731-2217 or e-mail Stan at for more information.

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

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

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

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

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, 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 and experienced drummers. If you are curious about drumming and its benefits, come experience the joy and challenge of playing percussion in a group. No previous experience is required and drums are available if you do not have one. Bring a drum if you do have one. For more information, call Roberts at 903-6478.

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 3, 2013.