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A12 — The Pagosa Springs SUN — Thursday, August 8, 2013


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Center to host a night at the park By Traci Bishop SUN Columnist

Join us for a night at Yamaguchi Park on Aug. 17, from 4-10 p.m. There will be kids’ activities, food, live music and a beer garden at the park. This is part of the first Summer Crush Co-ed Softball Tournament. The gathering at the park and the tournament are great ways to get friends and family together and have some fun before the end of the summer. Call the Ross Aragon Community Center for more information or if you would like to help volunteer, 264-4152. All proceeds from both events will benefit the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Summer Crush Early registration is due for this eight-team minimum coed softball tournament. It is open to anyone and everyone age 16 years-plus. Team registration is $250 early registration until Aug. 9. After that it will be $275 per team.

Mini health fair The Promotora of San Juan Basin Health along with the Ross Aragon Community Center would like to invite you to a mini health fair on Aug. 15. From 8 a.m.-4 p.m., you can undergo screening for diabetes, hypertension and oxygen saturation just by walking in. If you are interested in getting your cholesterol or your triglycerides checked,call (970) 335-2062 to make an appointment. You will need to fast overnight before these screenings. All of the screenings are free to the public and will focus on the Spanish-speaking community.

Gym closure The gym will be closed Aug. 1215 for some light construction. All

classes that take place in the gym will be canceled during this time. Please check our website or our calendar for classes, or call us with any questions.

Rummage sale applications It’s that time again to start to clean out those closets, basements, garages and attics before winter hits. The center’s rummage sale will be held Sept. 27-28. Applications are being taken now, and spaces are filling up fast. If you are interested in reserving a 10x10 spot for $35 for both days, call us at the center, 264-4152, or stop by and see us. Don’t forget to look at our website,, 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 oldfashioned game of basketball. If interested, just drop in and check it out. 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. 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. Mah Jongg: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. and Fridays 12:30-4:30 p.m. Call the center with any questions, 264-4152. 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

Scott Spoede takes helm of football program By Ed Fincher Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs Pirate high school football team is gearing up this month for a fresh season with a new head coach who has some innovative ideas about student leadership and the direction he would like to take the team. “My whole plan with this program is to raise up their character and integrity,� Scott Spoede explained. “That’s my plan with these guys, and I want to win some football along the way. Don’t get me wrong; that’s still a big part of it, but football games come and go. The life lessons we pull from it are what stays with us forever, so when these boys graduate from high school what I want them to have is more depth of character and a sense of integrity that will guide

Gray Wolf memberships due by Aug. 30 By David Lopez Special to The SUN

The Gray Wolf Ski Club reminds all current members and prospective members 50 years and older that membership forms, with dues for the 2013-2014 ski season, must be received no later than Aug. 30, 2013, in order to receive the Wolf Creek Ski Area season pass discount. Membership forms can be downloaded from the Gray Wolf Ski Club website at

their lifestyle and choices.� Spoede has been in Pagosa Springs for two years and was an assistant coach last year under head coach Olin Garrison. He has taught seventh-grade math at the middle school and coached the football program there. He was the defensive coordinator for the high school’s varsity team last year, and this year he will be the offensive coordinator as well as the head coach. Spoede moved here two years ago from Houston, Texas, where he taught math and coached football, so this will only be his fourth year as both a teacher and a coach — a rather quick rise to the head coach position. “A couple of the guys will be familiar faces,� Spoede said as he described his new coaching staff. “My defensive coordinator is Mike Kelly, and then Todd Shulda will be the JV’s offensive coach. He volunteered last year, and then we hired him on this year. Then we got a new guy in town named Zach Wood. He’ll be the JV defensive coach, but all of us will be coaching on both sides of the ball.� The team just wrapped up its summer camp last week, which included a scrimmage against Monte Vista. The camp included participation by approximately 25 to 30 boys, who got a good taste for what they will be doing this year. “I think I was pretty fortunate as far as when I got to step into the program,� Spoede confessed. “Last year, we graduated two seniors, so we had essentially all sophomores and juniors playing last year. I’ve got a lot of experience coming back, so I feel like I am inheriting a pretty strong team.� The team has been without a coach for nearly six months, since

Garrison retired last year, after a fairly dismal season that included only one win and eight losses. It was only his second year as the Pirates’ head coach. During the six months since Garrison’s retirement, a number of the players moved or decided not to play football. Now, however, things are changing. “You can tell this group of seniors is pretty focused and motivated,� Spoede said. “They have been in the weight room all summer. We have been going down to the field after our weight room time and just going over some drills and stuff. They want to get in the reps. That’s something I didn’t really see last year; the student leadership just wasn’t really pushing it. This year, it doesn’t seem like we have to pull any strings; they’re self-motivated. I think I fell into a great spot, into something pretty sweet.� Spoede also coached wrestling at the middle school last year, so he already has a good relationship with students moving up to the high school and has been able to recruit a fairly strong team. “I’ve got some new guys coming up this year that haven’t played since middle school or have never played before,� the coach explained, “so I’m trying to get a picture of how they will do. It’s hard to get a feel for how your team is going to do at this point. I will know a little bit more after two-a-days.� Two-a-day practices will start Aug. 12. All high school athletes are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting on Aug. 15. Then the regular season kicks off with an away game against Centauri on Aug. 31.

Recreation n Continued from A11

recreation initiatives. Individuals interested in applying for a seat on the commission should be knowledgeable about the town’s current recreation programming, be keenly interested in town development issues and have applicable experience. The commission typically meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall, but meets more frequently if required. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to the Town of Pagosa Springs Recre-

ation Department no later than Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. Letters may be sent via mail to PO Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Letters can also be sent to tcarosello@ For more information, contact Tom Carosello at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Horseshoes Horseshoe pitching will continue through the summer at South Pagosa Park. Players of all abilities (ages 12 and up) are welcome. This activity is for anyone wanting to

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 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. 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. Belly dancing: A pleasant aerobic exercise, dancing brings wellknown 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.

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Calendar 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. Friday, Aug. 9: Pickleball, 8 a.m.11:00 a.m.; Tia Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; duplicate bridge, noon-5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10: Scrapbooking Club, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon. Monday, Aug. 12: Gym Closed All Day; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Paogsa Bridge for Fun, 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Gym closed all day; yoga, 9-10:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14: Gym closed all day; 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, Aug. 15: Gym closed all day; mini health fair, 8 a.m.-4 p.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., Saturday and Sunday by appointment only. The center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Phone (970) 2644152, e-mail: communitycenter@



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