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Halloween Carnival Saturday at the community center

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The annual Halloween Carnival at the Ross Aragon Community Center takes place this Saturday and is free to anyone and everyone.

There’s a haunted house, a costume contest and many games and activities at this popular event.

The costume contest includes several age brackets: 0-4, 5-9, 10-14 and 15-older. So, make sure to dress your monsters, ghosts and witches for this one-of-a-kind celebration.

Doors open at the center at 4 p.m. and the carnival continues to 6 p.m.

For more information, or to help with this event, please stop by the community center or call 264-4152.

Festival of Trees

We are accepting applications from those wishing to sponsor a tree at the Festival of Trees.

If you would like to help local non-profits, but are not sure how, this is a great opportunity to show your passion for the season and help a local organization at the same time.

Applications are due back to the community center no later than Nov. 22. If you are interested, or if you would like more information, stop by the Ross Aragon Community Center or call us at 264-4152.

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.

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 join 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.

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.

Sozo Yoga: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sozo Yoga is a Christ-centered flow class that moves from one pose to another with fluidity. This class is held to Christian music; it begins with a scripture and relaxing warm-up, and then flows into a series of poses that increase the heart rate, detoxify the body, strengthen the muscles, and, finally, finishes with deep relaxation. Students are encouraged to go at their own pace and no prior yoga experience is required. Call the center for information, 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.

Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 24: Gym closed. Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 25: Gym closed. Tai Chi, 11 a.m.–noon; Duplicate Bridge, noon– 5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30–4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Halloween Carnival, 4–6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Oct. 28:  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, Oct. 29: 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. 30: Pickleball, 8–11 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.–noon; Dulcimer, 2-3 p.m.; belly dancing, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; hand drum, 5–6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 31: Hoopsters, 8–9 p.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.  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 24, 2013.