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Spring is here: The phoenix rises

My people told me winter would be a frozen Armageddon of snow shoveling, cold, mud and misery and that it would last two years beyond an eternity.

I believed them and bought toasty long underwear and a stash of knitting supplies. Guess what?

It wasn’t that bad. I was kept warm by the food and mischief here at the Silver Foxes Den, the love of new friends and a kickin’ space heater in my office.

However, my people and I are very glad to have winter end, however slowly it happens. I asked the Foxy Ladies (the table of ladies at the front), the Dog Pound (the hat wearing gentlemen at the side table) and the Corner Intelligentsia (the issue-arguing philosophical table at the back) “What do you love about spring?” Here are my top 10 favorites.

No. 10. “This is my grandson.”(She gives me a picture, then gives me a sparkly pen.) “Check out my pretty pen.”

No. 9. “Wear less clothes.”

No. 8. “No firewood.”

No. 7. “Spring. Hmph. I don’t love nothin.’”

No. 6. “Feeling younger.”

No. 5. “The renewal of life, thunderstorms, smells of spring. The phoenix rises again.”

No. 4. “The bulbs blooming. Can you believe Tennessee lost by one point?” (NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament).

No. 3. “Get out in the yard in my BVD’s and scream, “It’s warm!”’

No. 2. “Ditching work every day so I can be in my yard.”

No. 1. Kent, in a sing-song voice recited, “Spring has sprung the grass has riz I wonder where the $#^%&@@ Robins is.” The usually gentlemanly gentleman to his right responds, “That’s not how it goes. It goes “Spring has sprung, the grass is riz I wonder where the #%$%^^&* %^^**()&%%)_(&*&%$@! is.”

Fox Trot challenge

The Fox Trot Challenge 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 (American Association of Retired Persons). The Silver Foxes Den is hosting this program for anyone age 55 and over. Please call me, Jodi, at 264-2167 to enroll or to ask questions.

Our kickoff is Wednesday, April 21, for everyone who has enrolled. We will have tables in the community center gym from 9 to 11 a.m. that include pedometer training, forms, “Create the Good Community Walking Program Information,” blood pressure check, and nutrition counseling. This entire program is free of charge, complete with cool T-shirts and it will be fun.

Senior Free Day

The Springs Resort and Spa is graciously hosting a “Senior Appreciation Day.” It is a free day of soaking in their hot springs on Thursday, April 22. Anyone who is age 55 and over can soak for free by just showing their ASI membership card or driver’s license. The Springs Resort is also offering anyone age 55 and over an annual pass for $250. The daily rate for seniors is $7.75 with ASI membership.

Craft and jewelry sale

On Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we are having a craft and estate jewelry sale in our dining room. Booths will be $25, so start making stuff and going through your old jewelry. We will also be selling refreshments including cinnamon rolls. Yummmm. Interested? Space is limited, please sign up early. Call me, 264-2167.

ASI Rummage Sale

By Lynnzie Sutton, ASI vice president.

Archuleta Seniors Inc. will have a booth at the community center Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 10, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. We are asking you to help us raise money for seniors by donating gently-used items. We need items that would sell well at the sale; no clothing please.

You can never start too early when it comes to collecting items for the sale. If you keep a large box in a corner at home before the sale, you will be ready. When you come across a nice item you no longer need or want, put it in the box; don’t wait until the day before the sale. This will make your accumulation of items easy.

If you have large furniture items we ask that you bring a photo of your items to display at the booth the day of the sale and leave the large items in your truck where they can be easily viewed and picked up by the buyer.

Bring items to the community center on Friday, April 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. We will be happy to help you unload your car!

All proceeds go to the Archuleta Seniors Inc. medical assistance program.

Midnight Masquerade

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’oeuvres catered by “Christine’s Cuisine” and one free prom photo. John Graves will provide the music, and rumor has it there will be pre-prom dance lessons here at the Silver Foxes Den. Tickets 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.

Services

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 at The Den:

Friday, April 9 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Tai Chi 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 12 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.; the Beach Party has been cancelled, due to way too much fun.

Tuesday, April 13 — Kitchen Herbs with Lake McCullogh 10 a.m.; bloodp ressure checks 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.; Healthy Living Class No. 1 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 14 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; poker 1 p.m.; Sky Ute Casino 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 15 — No lunch, administrative day, Art in the Den 5:30-7 p.m.

Friday, April 16 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Tai Chi 11:00 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 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 may 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, April 9 — Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, bread, strawberry and whipped topping..

Monday, April 12 — Hawaiian chicken salad, confetti slaw, brown rice, peaches, coconut cream pie.

Tuesday, April 13 — Chicken fried steak, country gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, seasoned cauliflower and broccoli, apple, biscuit.

Wednesday, April 14 — Teriyaki beef, brown rice, spinach mandarin salad with sesame vinaigrette, bread.

Thursday, April 15 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, April 16 — Meatloaf, brown gravy, cheesy potatoes, seasoned green beans, pineapple, roll.