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Jazzy Sassy Christmas Concert tonight at center

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Want to try something new for this year’s holiday kick off?

If so, the Ross Aragon Community Center has the perfect solution for you.

If you missed the Hazel Miller Band in June, here is your chance to catch this one-of-a-kind band. Come on down and enjoy an evening out listening to wonderful Christmas music with a flare.

Doors open today at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale before the concert for $15. They will be $20 at the door.

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

Gift wrapping

Don’t have time to wrap all those gifts this year?

The Ross Aragon Community Center is here to help you through this crazy holiday season. All you have to do is bring your gifts to the center in boxes and we will get them wrapped up in no time for you.

We will be offering this service until Dec. 23. All wrapping services are by donation only and all the proceeds earned go right back into the Ross Aragon Community Center.

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

New Year’s Eve dance

Have any plans for the New Year’s evening yet? If not, come on down and get your boot, scoot and New Year’s boogie on here at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Dec. 31.

This event will feature the country band Two Mile Train from 8 p.m. to midnight. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available during this spectacular evening

Pre-sale tickets are $30 per couple, $20 for a single. Tickets at the door will be $50 per couple or $30 for a single. You can also purchase a table for eight people for $150. All tickets include champagne for a toast along with some party favors.

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

Don’t forget to look at our website, http://racc.co, for upcoming events at the center or “like” our Facebook page for updates on current events and activities happening at the center.

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 10:30 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 12: Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Hazel Miller Jazzy Sassy Christmas Concert, 6:30-9: p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Small Fries Playgroup, 10:30 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.

Saturday, Dec. 14: Scrapbooking Club, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Dec. 16, 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, Dec. 17: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 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, Dec. 19: 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@pagosasprings.co.gov.

This story was posted on December 12, 2013.