‘Give a Gift, Get a Gift’ party at The Den

Tasty holiday appetizers provided by Archuleta Seniors, Inc. will set the holiday festivities in motion for our annual “Give a Gift, Get a gift” on Friday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.

John Graves, along with other musicians, will add the final touch to this holiday season with their festive holiday music at noon. To participate in the “Give a Gift, Get a Gift” bring a new gift ($10 or less), label it either for a man or a woman, or unisex, and place it under the tree. We’ll begin our gift exchange at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Eliminate junk mail

Tired of all that junk mail? Here are some suggestions to eliminate all that unwanted mail.

Steps to junk mail freedom:

• The Direct Marketing Association has a mail preference service which can stop a consumer’s name from being sold to most large mailing list companies. You can contact this resource by phone at (212) 768-7277.

• Or you can add your name to the do-not-mail list by registering online at www.dmaconsumers.orci/ccii/offmailincilist (for a $5 fee) or download a mail-in form. You can also send a letter, along with $1, with your name(s) and address to the DMA asking to be removed from their mailing list. Note that mail addressed to “resident” or “occupant” cannot be stopped through the DMA.

Mail all requests to: Mail Preference Service

Direct Marketing Association

P.O. Box 643

Carmel, NY 15012-0643

• The Consumer Credit Industry has set up an opt in, opt out hotline specifically for credit card mailing lists, (888) 567-8688.

• Look for any of the following phrases: forwarding service requested; address service requested; change service requested.

If you find any of these phrases, write “refused, returned to sender” on the unopened envelope. Also, mail sent to TTResident,TT TTCurrent Resident,TT or TTCurrent OccupantTT can be refused if it contains one of the above endorsements, or is sent First Class.

Nobody wants to see their mailbox filled with unwanted and unsolicited mail. Not only is it bad for the environment, but its just plain aggravating. It’s almost impossible to eliminate all of it, but you can substantially reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by following these few simple steps.

(Courtesy EIdert — a program with the Colorado Attorney General and the AARP Foundation.)

Nutrition information

With our grocery dollar shrinking, more of us are motivated to be sure we’re getting the most nutrition for our money. One important nutritional guideline to remember is to include adequate fiber in our diets to lower the risk of certain chronic diseases. Once older than 50, the amount of fiber needed decreases because our calorie needs decrease as we age. Women need 21 grams and men of the same age need 30 grams.

What we need and what the average American gets don’t always match because most Americans consume about half the recommended amount of fiber.

All fiber is not the same; for more tips on fiber, join us for a program on Monday, Dec. 15, and receive an informative placemat and learn how to incorporate fiber into your diet.

Weekly activities at The Den

Gym Walk — Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 11:15 a.m.; keep up your cardiovascular systems.

Canasta — Mondays at 1 p.m. in the lounge.

Meditation for Healing — On Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Sarah Barbara hosts the weekly Meditation for Healing program and will teach you how to meditate and reap the healing benefits of the practice. This program is free.

Dance for Health — On Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Karma Raley, the dance instructor, enjoys sharing her love of dance and blends basic ballet and modern jazz with yoga awareness to create a full body routine which makes it possible to work out to the degree you want and/or need to. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel. This program is free.

Geezers — Are you a geezer? For stimulating conversation and an opportunity to meet and greet other geezers, drop by for coffee on Friday mornings at 9 a.m.

Monthly activities at The Den

Alzheimer’s Support Group. Please note the regularly scheduled meeting on the last Wednesday of every month has been canceled this month due to the holiday and the group will meet again Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. For more information regarding this group, call The Den at 264-2167.

Silver Foxes Den Piano

If you love to play the piano and miss having an audience, we have a piano at the Silver Foxes Cultural Center just waiting for you. Drop by any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday between 10:30 a.m. and noon and play for our local seniors. For more information, call 264-2167.

Nails by Jolyne

Cost ranges from $10 for a nail clip and file (toenails, too) to $20 for a full manicure. ASI provides three $10 nail care scholarships for members who may need the financial support. For an appointment Monday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. call 264-2167.

Sky Ute Casino Trip

After a hearty lunch at the Silver Foxes Den, head down to Ignacio Tuesday, Dec. 16, with a bus load of your friends for an exciting afternoon of fun and games. Sky Ute Casino provides free transportation with limited seating. The Sky Ute bus leaves The Den at 1 p.m. and returns approximately 5:45. This is a popular trip, so be sure to call and sign up early.

Free movie and popcorn

Come enjoy popcorn and the heart warming holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.

ASI board meeting

Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI) meets the second Friday of every month at 1 p.m.; this board also serves as the Local Council on Aging and supports many of the activities at The Den. In addition to their support of The Den, they are also a non-profit organization providing support to seniors who may need additional financial support in areas such as medical needs. See their membership packet available at The Den for further information. ASI encourages your attendance at the board meeting, Friday, Dec. 12.

Sounds of Assurance

The Sounds of Assurance have been singing together for five years. They enjoy both Christian and patriotic music and perform for various churches and community functions throughout the Pagosa area. They will be leading a sing-along of your favorite Christmas music. You won’t want to miss lunch on Friday, Dec. 12. See you at 12:30 p.m.

Meals on Wheels

Archuleta County Senior Services is proud to announce the expansion of their Meals on Wheels Program. Frozen meals may be ordered for once-a-week delivery. Our goal is to reach those who are isolated in rural locations and unable to participate in our regular route of the Meals on Wheels program. The suggested donation for these meals is $3 each. To find out if you qualify for this program, or for more information, call 264-2167.


Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus and kids 12 and under is $3; guests $5. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $6. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon.

Friday, Dec. 12 — Sloppy joes, spaghetti, squash, peas and carrots, tropical fruit.

Monday, Dec. 15 — Chicken fried steak, broccoli and cauliflower mix, garlic mashed potatoes, sliced apples.

Tuesday, Dec. 16 — Hungarian goulash, zucchini and onion, spinach with vinegar, banana, and whole wheat roll.

Wednesday, Dec. 17 — Sweet and sour chicken, brown rice, Chinese veggies, strawberry applesauce, dinner roll and birthday cake.

Thursday, Dec. 18 — Meal served in Arboles.

Friday, Dec. 19 — French dip, oven browned potatoes, mixed veggies, strawberry applesauce.