It’s time for co-ed volleyball

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Starting Wednesday, Jan. 8, adult co-ed volleyball will be offered from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Friendly, non-competitive games are open to all skill levels.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact the center at 264-4152.

Monday Tai Chi

Don’t have time to make it to the Tai Chi Class offered during the day?

If so, the Ross Aragon Community Center is happy to announce a Tai Chi class offered in the evening. Starting Monday, Jan. 6, come to the center by 5:30 p.m. and join this free program offered by Roxanne Jewell.

For more information, or if you have questions, call the center at 264-4152.

Monday play group

Starting Monday, Jan. 9, bring all your little ones in from the cold to come and play inside the Ross Aragon Community Center gym from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your bike, trikes and any other toys your children like to play with. We also offer a play group on Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. If you are interested in either play group, stop by the center on Monday or Friday.

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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 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 Mondays or 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.

Mah Jongg: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. and Fridays 12:30-4:30 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 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. An evening Tai Chi class is offered on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. by Roxanne Jewell. 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. The 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 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 and Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. Rejuvenate with us. Please bring a mat or towel. Call the center with questions, 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.

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.

Hand drum class: Learn to play the hand drum in a free class, Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. Local percussionist Carla Roberts offers “The Ancient Art of Hand Drumming,” a study of the goblet-shaped hand drum called 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, Jan. 2: Gym closed. Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 3: Pickleball 8-10 a.m.; Small Fries Play Group, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Duplicate Bridge, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 5: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Jan. 6: Pickleball 8-10 a.m.; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Small Fries Play Group, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Pagosa Bridge 4 Fun, 12:30-4:00 p.m.; youth archery, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.; Tai Chi, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 7: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; drum class, 1-2 p.m.; co-ed volleyball, 1-3:30 p.m.; dulcimer, 2-3:30 p.m.;belly dancing, 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9: 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

This story was posted on January 2, 2014.