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SUN photo/Terri House The Festival of Trees will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center Friday, Dec. 6. Applications are being accepted from those wishing to participate in the Festival of Trees; only the first 20 applicants will be accepted into this year’s event. Applications can be picked up at the Ross Aragon Community Center and are due back no later than Nov. 22.

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The Festival of Trees will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center Friday, Dec. 6. Applications are being accepted from those wishing to participate in the Festival of Trees; only the first 20 applicants will be accepted into this year’s event. Applications can be picked up at the Ross Aragon Community Center and are due back no later than Nov. 22.

The Festival of Trees will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center Friday, Dec. 6.

Tickets are on sale now for $15; they will be $20 at the door.

This year we have added an option that allows you to reserve a table for eight people for $150.

Doors that evening will open up 7 p.m. Come down and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, as well as a cash bar and some socializing before the live auction starts.

For more information on the event, call the community center at 264-4152.

Participants

Applications are still being accepted from participants for the Festival of Trees. Only the first 20 applicants will be accepted into this year’s event.

Applications can be picked up at the Ross Aragon Community Center and are due back no later than Nov. 22.

If you are interested in helping sponsor a tree in this event, stop by the community center or call us at 264-4152.

Free programs

Small Fries Playgroup. This is a group of moms who enjoy getting together during the cold winter months to let their children have play dates. Bring your child’s bike and other outside games or activities, and also enjoy playing inside the gym whenever the weather is too cold. If you are interested, stop by the center 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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 this instrument, come to the center on Wednesdays 2-3:30 p.m. Call the center for information at 264-4152.

Youth archery. 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 the skills that they have learned. When a child puts a bow in their hand, it empowers them and with that comes responsibility. This class is offered for advanced students on Mondays from 4-5 p.m. Call the center for more information.

Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 14: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 15: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon.; Small Fries Playgroup, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, noon-5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Nov. 18: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Pagosa Bridge for Fun, 12:30-4 p.m.; youth archery, 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 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. 20: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; 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. 21: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; 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 November 14, 2013.