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Mini health fair at the community center

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The promotora of San Juan Basin Health, along with the Ross Aragon Community Center, invite you to a mini health fair at the center on Aug. 15.

You can get screenings for diabetes, hypertension and oxygen saturation just by walking in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If you are interested in getting your cholesterol or your triglycerides checked, call 335-2062 to make an appointment, as you will need to fast overnight before this screening.

All of the screenings above are free to the public and will also focus on the Spanish speaking community.

Summer Crush

Registration is now open for this coed, eight-team minimum softball tournament scheduled for Aug. 17-18. It is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 16.

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

This tournament will also offer a free admission event Aug. 17 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, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Calendar

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

Friday, Aug. 2: 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, Aug. 4: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Aug. 5: Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Pagosa Bridge for Fun, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 6: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 9-10:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 7: 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, 5-6p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 8: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; rubber stamping class, 12:15-1:15 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 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 August 1, 2013.