Become a free lunch seminar monitor

Do you receive “Free Lunch Seminar” invitations?

You are probably getting even more during tax season when these invitations promise no-risk investments and ways to avoid all taxes.

At these types of events, people like you may fall prey to deceptive marketing tactics or talked into making an investment purchase that is not appropriate for you.  But you can help improve the safety of “free lunch” investment seminars by becoming a Free Lunch Monitor (FLM).  If you are looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity, you can become an AARP Volunteer free lunch monitor. Here’s how:

• Visit the AARP Free Lunch Monitor Web site,, and learn how to become a monitor. It’s easy and helps keep the marketplace safer for all investors.

• Print the “What to Listen For” checklist at and take the checklist to any “Free Lunch” investment event you plan to attend.

• Send your completed checklist so we can compare your experience with others and share it with your state’s securities regulator. Send it to AARP, Financial Security Free Lunch Mailbag, 601 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20049 S11-176. Or scan and e-mail it to

Send us your free lunch investment seminar invitations. It helps us learn more about these seminars. (same addresses as above)

Refer your friends to the Free Lunch Monitor Web site so they too can get involved.

“Senior” Senior prom

We’ll have music, dancing, food, drinks and just a lot of fun 3-6 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the high school commons area.

A king and queen will be crowned and everyone will receive a corsage. Photos will be taken. You can purchase tickets at the senior center in the dining room at the ASI membership desk on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through today, April 16. All seniors of Archuleta County are welcome to attend.


Did you know studies show that people who volunteer one to two hours a week are healthier, live longer and are more satisfied with their lives? We’re looking for outgoing, friendly, volunteers to help at our front desk by answering phones, checking people in and welcoming everyone to The Den. If you’re interested in working three to four hours a day for two to four days a week, contact Julia at 264-2167 or stop in at The Den. This opportunity will begin in April.

Weekly activities

Friday, April 17 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi for Arthritis, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; book club, 10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Healthier Living (last class), 12:45 p.m.

Monday, April 20 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; cowboy poetry with Bill Downey, 12:45 p.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for healing, 1 p.m.; Sky Ute Casino, bus leaves at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22 — Dance for health, 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 23 — Administrative day.

Friday, April 24 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi for Arthritis, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; birthday celebration, noon.

Cowboy poetry

Cowboy poetry has been around as long as cowboys themselves. For lack of better things to do after a hard day on the range, cowboys of the Old West would sit around the campfire at night and entertain one another with poems, tall tales or just plain ol’ stories. Join Bill Downey at The Den for some old-fashioned cowboy poetry on Monday, April 20, at 12:45 p.m. Bill has been writing cowboy poetry since the early ’90s. He enjoys horseback riding in the backcountry and his poetry reflects the lifestyles and values of cowboys along with life in the outdoors.

Medical expense assistance

 The Silver Foxes Den, in cooperation with Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI) may be able to help with excess medical expenses.  Items covered might be prescription copays, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care. Qualifying amounts are based on income and need. Recipients must be current members of ASI. Dues are $5 per year. For more information about how we might help you or your family, please contact Musetta at 264-2167.

Silver Foxes Book Club

Do you love to read? Do you have a desire to discuss what you read in a group setting of inquiring minds? If so, we have just the thing for you. Kathy Hamilton from the Sisson Library hosts the Silver Foxes Book Club on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Den. Kathy can also obtain books on CD, cassette, and in large print. Stop by the Silver Foxes Den to sign up or call 264-2167. (Please note change for April: the club will meet the third Friday of the month.)

Meals on Wheels

Archuleta County Senior Services is now offering frozen meals for once-a-week delivery to reach those who are rurally isolated 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.

Increase in prices

Beginning Jan. 1, 2009, there was an increase in our medical shuttle and non-senior meal charges. The price is now $35 for medical shuttle services. If you are an Archuleta Seniors Inc. member the charge is $10. Our non-senior meals price increases to $6.


Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, and Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $9.75. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon.

Friday, April 17 — Citrus chicken, baked potatoes, peas, acini di pepe, bread.

Monday, April 20 — Chicken alfredo, beets, cranberry sauce, fruit, bread.

Tuesday, April 21 — Baked ham, sweet potatoes with apples, green beans and mushrooms, roll, vanilla pudding.

Wednesday, April 22 — Spinach lasagna, salad, seasoned green beans, fruit roll.

Thursday, April 23 — Administrative day.

Friday, April 24 — Beef and sweet peppers, brown rice, broccoli, raisin applesauce, roll.