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The Ross Aragon Community, in conjunction with the Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department, is pleased to announce a new summer program called K.I.D.S.-Kickin’ It During the Summer.

The summer programs will include archery, Summer of Science, sand volleyball, arts and crafts, and Golf.

Registration for archery and the Summer of Science has begun and will end May 17. Space is limited for these two classes, so hurry in to register before time and spaces run out.

For further information, contact the Ross Aragon Community Center at 264-4152.

Kids Fit classes 

The Ross Aragon Community Center, with the Town of Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce two new classes for kids 2 and under to 4 years of age.

Brittany Twiss, certified children’s fitness instructor, is bringing many unique ideas to the Mommy and Me and Overcoming Obstacles classes.

Mommy and Me helps teach your child how to make healthy choices and introduces your child to fitness fun. This class has started and will run to May 28 on 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 also be offered June 4-25.

Overcoming Obstacles introduces your child to health and nutrition in ways that are easy for a toddler or baby to comprehend. This class also includes age appropriate obstacles to help enhance balance, cardiovascular health and spatial awareness. This class has started and will run till May 30 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 also 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 register now, or call for more information, at 264-4152.

Four Corners Children’s Fitness

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 just want a healthy and fun activity for your child, Four Corners is a terrific opportunity. This class is offered Wednesdays for ages 4-6 from 1-1:45 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.

Walk and Talk Fitness

Come and join us in a feat to run, walk, skip or jump around an assigned track! Instructor Brittney Twiss will provide encouragement and help the child set achievable goals. We will continuously compare their cumulative distance completed on the planned track to the length of the Yamaguchi Park Riverwalk. Each session will end with the children having participated in creating a healthy snack. At the end of all four sessions, the kids and parents will take a field trip to walk along the Riverwalk together. This class is offered on Wednesdays for ages 4-6 from 3-4 p.m. and for ages 7-9 from 4-5 p.m. Registration has started; the cost for four sessions is $32 and space is limited. Call the center for registration or for more detail.

Free programs

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 to the session with a bottle of water and some flat-soled shoes. Class is open to anyone and no experience is necessary.

Duplicate Bridge. Tuesday and Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Call Stan, 731-2217 or e-mail Stan at sunset1310@aol.com for more information on this game.

Yoga. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Come, rejuvenate with us. Please bring a mat or towel. Call the center with questions, 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 to the center Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call for information at 264-4152.

Youth archery classes. In this archery program, we try to instill sportsmanship, honesty and a sense of accomplishment in young participants. 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 the skills you have 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 body. The exercise opens the energy 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.

Pickleball. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-10 a.m. If you would like to learn the game of pickleball, or just need a pickleball fix, join us from 9-10 a.m. to learn this fun and exciting game. Loaner paddles are available. Contact Fran if you have any questions, 884-3184.

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

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

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.

Calendar

Thursday, May 16: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; beginning computer class, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 17: Gym closed; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.- noon; beginning guitar class; 2-3 p.m.; intermediate guitar class; 3-4 p.m.;

Sunday, May 19: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, May 20: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Quigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Pagosa Bridge for fun, 12:30- 4:30 p.m.; advance archery class, 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21: 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, May 22: 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, May 23: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; beginning computer class, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 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 communitycenter@centurytel.net.

This story was posted on May 16, 2013.