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Fox Trot Challenge at The Den

Woo Hoo! Big Spring Fun is in the works here at the Silver Foxes Den.

We are hosting “The Fox Trot Challenge,” which is a 10-week walking program measured by a pedometer (pedometers measure how many steps are taken in a period of time) provided at no cost by AARP.

Here is the plan:

1. We will have a mandatory kickoff program where we will have pedometer education, a motivational speaker, signing of waivers, refreshments and other activities I will regale you with later. This will be on Wednesday, April 21, from 9 to 11:45 a.m.

2. You will wear your pedometer all day, every day for 10 weeks, record your steps daily, and report them weekly to us. You can walk wherever you want, and you will be setting your own goals. There will be more details about this at the kickoff. Someone, a coach-like person, will check up on you each week.

3. Mid-program free cool T-shirts will be issued to those still participating. The Silver Foxes Den is currently sponsoring a contest at the Pagosa Springs High School for a cash prize for the best T-Shirt Design. The T-shirts are being donated by the “Create the Good” AARP community walking program.

4. Three times a week, we will host “Walk and Talks” at the Ross Aragon Community Center gym during our gym walk time (11:15 a.m. to noon), where we will have local dignitaries and personalities walking with us.

5. If you need someone to walk with, we will help hook you up with someone or join you ourselves.

6. There will be several motivational speakers throughout the 10 weeks.

7. At the conclusion of the 10 weeks, there will be a triumphant huge party.

I know this doesn’t start until later in April, but I have to order the pedometers and T-shirts. Call me at 264-2167, or e-mail me at, if you want to share the health!

Midnight Masquerade

It is a rare occurrence when we get “do overs” in life, and here is our opportunity.

We can attend a Senior Prom without worries of spending too much money and burning a curfew.

Archuleta Seniors, Inc. will host its annual Senior Prom on April 25 from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Pagosa Springs High School in the Commons Area.

The High School Prom happens the night before and the school is leaving the decorations. The theme is “Midnight Masquerade.”

For $5 for ASI members and $8 for non-members, each person receives a corsage or boutonniere, hors d’oeurves catered by “Christine’s Cuisine” and one free prom photo. John Graves will be providing the music, and rumor has it there will be pre-prom dance lessons here at the Silver Foxes Den.

Tickets are $5 for ASI members and $8 for non-members, and will be sold at the ASI membership desk located within the dining room at the Silver Foxes Den on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Senior Spotlight

By Dezzi Ewing.

Myrtle Osborne was born in Carrizozo, N.M. in 1931. Although she isn’t fond of talking about her childhood, she is proud of some of the years she spent on the ranch. When she wasn’t building fences or riding horses, she was teaching herself bookkeeping while she worked at an auto supply store. Later on, she began decorating eggs and was skilled enough to get paid.

As she climbed her way up her career ladder, the Bible became her inspiration and still has much impact on her life today. In fact, the first thing she spoke of was how optimistic she is. “Negativity just brings people down, and I enjoy life.”

She attends the Restoration Fellowship, and her hobbies include cooking, crafting and keeping her happy self busy. She looks forward to picking wildflowers this summer and is very appreciative of the services offered at the Silver Foxes Den.

Her words to me before I left the cozy little building were, “I’ve done a lot of wrongs in my life, and I am trying to improve my thinking and my ways.”

Fox Tales

Nancy did it, Mae did it, Dolores did it, Sammy did it and Musetta did it.

Did what, you ask?

Fall on their posteriors. We might be tired of winter, but that doesn’t make the treacherous ice go away. Please remember to be careful, especially when you get out of your cars.

At one point, 17 people showed up to play and/or watch poker.

Our beloved cooks make our mashed potatoes from scratch. They make everything from scratch, except for one thing and I’m not telling what it is.

Thank you

Thank you to Richard Irland for your donation of a gift certificate for a prize.

Thank you to Archuleta Seniors, Inc. for your gentle and happy support. We really appreciate it.


Are you homebound or know someone who is? Let the Silver Foxes Den help you with your meals. We have expanded our service to the more rurally isolated areas of the county and would like to help you help yourself.

These meals are the same meals prepared in our kitchen by the same cooks who prepare those scrumptious senior center meals. Our hot meal home-delivery program remains available to those closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals on Thursdays. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give me or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Weekly activities

Friday, March 5 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Tai Chi Int. 9:30 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Book Club 10:30 a.m.; Tai Chi Beg. 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m

Monday, March 8 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Seeds of Learning 11:30 a.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 9 — Chair Massage 10 a.m.; Sudoku with Gloria Smith 10:30 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Dennis Driscoll Piano Music 12:15 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 10 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; nutrition education at lunch; AARP Drivers Safety 1 -5 p.m.

Thursday, March 11 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, March 12 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Tai Chi Int. 9:30 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Tai Chi Beg. 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m; ASI board meeting at the Senior Center 1 p.m.; AARP Driver’s Safety Program 1-5 p.m.

Medical expenses

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.

ASI memberships

Is it time for you to renew or buy your 2010 ASI membership? You can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Folks 55 and over will benefit with discounts from many local businesses, including the local hot springs. This is one of the best deals in Pagosa Springs.

This week’s menu

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 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, March 5 — Carrot ginger soup, 1/2 grilled tuna melt, sesame broccoli, apricot and pineapple, garlic biscuit.

Monday, March 8 — Hamburger, lettuce and tomato, baked beans, potato salad, apple, orange and strawberry medley.

Tuesday, March 9 — Orzo with asparagus, mushrooms, onions, lima beans and ham salad, oranges, breadstick.

Wednesday, March 10 — Roast chicken with mushroom sauce, cauliflower and broccoli mix, apple and pear salad, roll.

Thursday, March 11 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, March 12 — Coconut fish, broccoli, grapes, whole wheat roll.