Festival of Trees application deadline nears

SUN Columnist

If you would like to help local non-profits but are not sure how to go about it, the Festival of Trees at the Ross Aragon Community Center is a great opportunity for you to show your passion for the season and help support a local non-profit all at the same time.

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s event and are due back to the community center no later than Nov. 22.

The Festival of Trees event will be held Friday, Dec. 6.

If you are interested, or if you would like more information on this event.,

Tuesday yoga

A reminder: starting Tuesday, Nov. 5, the yoga class will take place 10-11:30 a.m. Please remember, all of our programs are free to anyone and everyone and there is no sign-up for these classes. All you have to do is show up at the listed times and enjoy the class.

If you have any questions, or if you need more information on any of the classes, call the community center.

Hand drum class

Starting in November, the hand drum class will be offered on Wednesdays from 1–2 p.m., instead of at night. For further information, contact the center.

Youth archery

Youth Archery is back at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The advanced class is offered Mondays from 4–5 p.m. and the beginner class is offered Wednesdays from 4–5 p.m. Call the center for more information on this wonderful opportunity for the kids.

Free programs

Computer Class: Becky Herman has put together a new, free Excel class. Learn how to navigate, how to create a spreadsheet, or how to insert mathematical formulas into your documents, as well as how to share your Excel creations. She is also helping those who have a tablet and aren’t sure how to get the most out of it. Call Becky for details at 264-2171 or 903-0788, or e-mail her at becky.herman98@gmail.com.

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

Duplicate Bridge: Tuesday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, noon-5 p.m. Call Stan, 731-2217, or e-mail Stan at sunset1310@aol.com 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.

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.

Yoga: Tuesdays 10-11:30 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 this instrument, come to the center on Wednesdays 2-3:30 p.m. Call the center for information at 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.

Hand drum class: Learn to play the hand drum in a free class Wednesdays from 1-2 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, 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 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.


Thursday, Oct. 31: Hoopsters, 8–9 a.m.; yoga, 10–11:30 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 1: Gym closed. Tai Chi, 11 a.m.–noon; Duplicate Bridge, noon–5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30–4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Nov. 4: Pickleball, 8–11 a.m.; Qigong, 10 a.m.– noon; Pagosa Bridge for fun, noon–4 p.m.; advanced youth archery, 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 5: Hoopsters 8–9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1–3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5–10 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 6: Gym closed. Tai Chi, 11 a.m.–noon; hand drum, 1–2 p.m.; Dulcimer, 2-3 p.m.; belly dancing, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7: Gym closed. Yoga, 10–11:30 a.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 264-4152, e-mail communitycenter@centurytel.net.

This story was posted on October 31, 2013.