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Register now for Summer Crush Coed Softball Tournament

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The Summer Crush Coed Softball Tournament will be held Aug. 17-18.

Registration is now open for this eight-team-minimum tournament. It is open to anyone and everyone over the age of16.

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

This tournament will also feature a free admission event at Yamaguchi Park. The 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.

K.I.D.S.

“Kickin’ It During Summer” program registration for the Sand Volleyball Clinic, 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, but registration deadline for this class is July 12.

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

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

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

Youth Archery classes: In the archery program, we try to instill sportsmanship, honesty and a sense of accomplishment. It is a sport in which athletic abilities aren’t 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 drums are available if you do not have one. Bring a drum if you do have one. For more information, call Roberts at 903-6478.

Calendar

Thursday, July 18: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 19: Gym closed all day; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; duplicate bridge, noon p.m.- 5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 21: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, July 22: Pickleball, 8-11 a.m.; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Paogsa Bridge for Fun, 12:30-4 p.m.; advanced youth archery, 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; yoga, 9-10:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; beginning youth archery, 4-5 p.m. ; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m.

Wednesday, July 24: 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, July 25: 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 18, 2013.