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KIDS summer programs start next month

SUN Columnist

The Ross Aragon Community Center, in conjunction with the Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department, is pleased to announce a new summer program called KIDS — Kickin’ It During the Summer.

The summer programs you can sign up for will consist of archery classes, Summer of Science, sand volleyball classes, arts and crafts classes and golf classes.

Registration for the archery class and Summer of Science have started and will end May 17. Space is limited for these two classes, so hurry in to register before time and space run out.

For further information, contact the Ross Aragon Community Center at 264-4152.

TIPS training

The Ross Aragon Community Center will hold a TIPS training on May 16 for anyone interested in certifying servers. Cost for the class will be $50 per person. Please contact the center for more information.

Rummage sale cancelled

The Spring Rummage Sale at the Ross Aragon Community Center has been cancelled. If you need information, call the center at 264-4152.

Free programs

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 to the session with a bottle of water and some flat-soled shoes. Class is open to anyone and no experience is necessary.

Duplicate Bridge. Tuesday and Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Call Stan, 731-2217 or e-mail Stan at sunset1310@aol.com for more information on this game.

Yoga. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Come, rejuvenate with us. Please bring a mat or towel. Call the center with questions, 264-4152.

Beginning 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 Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call for information at 264-4152.

Youth archery classes. In this archery program, we try to instill sportsmanship, honesty and a sense of accomplishment in young participants. 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 you have learned. When a child puts a bow in their hand, it empowers them and with that comes responsibility which, in turn, creates responsible young people.

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 body. The exercise opens the energy pathways to facilitate good health. The exercises are gentle, but over time have a positive effect on the body. Please stop by the center on Mondays to join in on this program. Call the center for more information.

Beginning and intermediate computer classes. Taught by Becky Herman. Please call her at 264-2171 or 903-0788 for more information.

Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 1-3 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 from 9-10 a.m. to learn this fun and exciting game. Loaner paddles are available. Contact Fran if you have any questions, 884-3184.

Pagosa Bridge 4 Fun. Mondays, 12:30-4 p.m. For more information contact the center, 264-4152.

Hoopsters. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. The Hoopsters are a great group of guys getting out there twice a week for a good, old-fashioned game of basketball. If interested, drop in and check it out.

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 at 264-4152.

Calendar

Thursday, May 9: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; beginning computer class, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 10: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; beginning guitar class, 2-3 p.m.; intermediate guitar class, 3-4 p.m.

Saturday, May 11: Scrapbooking Club, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, May 12: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, May 13: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Quigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Pagosa Bridge 4 Fun, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; intermediate computer class, 10 a.m.-noon; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; beginning dulcimer, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; belly dancing, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 16: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; beginning computer class, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.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 May 9, 2013.