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K.I.D.S.: Kickin’ It During Summer program

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Register for K.I.D.S. now.

The registration period for Sand Volleyball Clinic for ages 9-12 has been extended Class will start in August. Registration deadline is July 29.

Introduction to Golf: ages 6-12 is now open. This class does not start until August.

Arts and Crafts for ages 4-6 is now open. This class does not start until August.

Space in all classes is limited, so hurry in to the Ross Aragon Community Center to get registered.

Summer Crush 

Registration is now open for the Summer Crush Coed Softball Tournament, Aug. 17-18. This is an eight-team minimum tournament. It is open to anyone over the age of 16.

Registration is $250 per team early registration, $275 per team after Aug. 9.

This tournament will also offer a free admission event at Yamaguchi Park starting at 4 p.m. This event will include kid activities, live music, food and a beer garden. What a great way to get people together and have some fun.

Call the Ross Aragon Community Center for more information, or if you would like to help volunteer, 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

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 8-11 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. Advanced players, please 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. Come 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 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, Wednesday evenings from 5-6 p.m. Local percussionist Carla Roberts will offer “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 experience the joy and challenge of playing percussion in a group. Drums are available if you do not have one. Bring a drum if you do have one. For more information, call Carla Roberts at 903-6478.

Calendar

Thursday, July 25: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 26: Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Tia Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; duplicate bridge, noon-5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 28: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, July 29: Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Pagosa Bridge for Fun 12:30-4 p.m.

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

Wednesday, July 31: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; dulcimer, 2-3:30 p.m.; belly dancing, 3:30-4:45 p.m.; drum class, 5-6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 1: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.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.-5:30 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 July 25, 2013.