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K.I.D.S. — ‘Kickin’ It During Summer’


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Register now for K.I.D.S. — “Kickin’ It During Summer” program.

Introduction to Golf, ages 6-12, is now open. This class does not start until August, but registration deadline for the class is July 12.

Arts and Crafts, ages 4-6, is now open. This class does not start until August, but registration deadline for the class is July 17.

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

 Sand volleyball clinic

This clinic is for ages 9-12. The clinic will start July 9 and run through July 30.

This is a great opportunity for your child to learn the game or sharpen up on some skills before school starts up again.

Registration is only $20 and you can get signed up at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Space is limited, so hurry in before time runs out.

Youth archery

Both our free advanced and beginner youth archery programs have been postponed until July 15.

If you are interested in signing up your child for classes, make sure you come in and fill out a registration form and a release of liability. Call the center, 264-4152, for more information.

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. Please 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. For all you 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 fashion 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 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.

Hand drum: 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 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 4: The Ross Aragon Community Center will be closed all day. Happy Fourth of July.

Friday, July 5: Pickleball 8-11 a.m.; TaiChi, 11 a.m.-noon.; duplicate bridge, noon-5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30- 4:30 p.m.; intermediate guitar class, 2-3 p.m.

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 10: 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, July 11: 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 p.m. (computer lab hours, also), Saturday and Sunday by appointment only. The center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Phone 264-4152, e-mail communitycenter@centurytel.net.

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.

This story was posted on July 3, 2013.