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Register now for new kids’ classes at center

By Traci Bishop
SUN Columnist

The Ross Aragon Community Center, in conjunction with the Town of Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation department, is pleased to announce two new classes.

Brittany Twiss, certified Children’s Fitness Instructor, is bringing many unique ideas to the Mommy and Me class and the Overcoming Obstacles class.

Mommy and Me helps teach your child how to make healthy choices and introduces your child to fitness fun. This class starts on May 7 and will run through May 28 on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for ages 2 and under, and Tuesdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. for ages 3-4.

Overcoming Obstacles introduces your child to health and nutrition, in ways that are easy for a toddler or baby to comprehend. This class also includes age-appropriate obstacles to help enhance balance, cardiovascular fitness and spatial awareness. This class starts on May 9 and will run through May 30 on Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for ages 2 and under and Thursdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. for ages 3-4.

Both classes consist of four sessions for $32; if you are interested in all eight sessions, the cost will be $55.

Both classes consist of parent and child participation. Class size is limited, so hurry in to register or call for more information at 264-4152.

Perfeccion De Chimayo 

Mark your calendars for May 3, as the one-and-only Perfeccion De Chimayo is coming to town.

Don’t miss this Cinco De Mayo celebration event.

Doors and cash bar will open at 7:30 p.m.; music by the band and dancing will start at 8.

This is a 21-and-older event, however, child care for children 3-12 will be available at the center for no additional cost, donations only. Light snacks will be available during this event as well.

Tickets are on sale now for $12 at the center and at Chavolo’s restaurant. Tickets will be $15 at the door. For further information, call 264-4152.

Rummage sale

It’s that time again to start to clean out those closets, basements, garages and attics.

The annual Spring Rummage Sale at the community center is sneaking up on us. This year’s Spring Rummage Sale will be a two-day event, May 10 and 11. Applications have started coming in and spaces are filling up fast.

If you are interested in reserving a 10×10 space at the sale for $35, call us at the center, 264-4152, or stop by and see us.

Free programs

Youth archery classes. In this archery program, we try to instill sportsmanship, honesty and a since 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.

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.

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.

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.

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, April 25: Hoopsters, 8- 9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; beginning computer class, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Friday, April 26: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Tia Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; beginning guitar class; 2-3 p.m.; intermediate guitar class; 3-4 p.m.

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

Monday, April 29: Pickleball, 8-10 a.m.; Quigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Pagosa Bridge for fun, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Youth Archery, advanced, 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; intermediate computer class, 10 a.m.-noon; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Youth Archery, beginner, 4-5 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1: 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 2: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; rubber stamping class, 12:15-1:15 p.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 April 25, 2013.