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Forget Black Friday, try the Free Shelf

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, because it is generally the biggest shopping day of the year, which puts businesses previously in the “red” financially, into the “black.”

“Buy Nothing Day” (BND) is a movement in opposition to consumerism and commercialism which advocates buying nothing on Black Friday. They have BND-sponsored alternative activities such as hikes and walking around in big box stores with an empty shopping cart in long conga lines.

”Steal Something Day” is an anarchist movement in opposition to BND which asserts that most of the world’s population can’t afford to purchase basic necessities, or even food, let alone anything extra and BND is just insulting. It proposes illegal activities.

My people at the Corner Intelligentsia Table and I were discussing Black Friday and its alternatives. They thought it would be fun to be in a shopping cart conga line, but really liked the bargains the day brings.

Kent thought a local shopping movement should also have a presence. Maureen asked if I knew when people started lining up in front of Wal-Mart — at 3 a.m. or earlier? Yikes. I hope I never know.

The Silver Foxes Den also has an alternative to standard shopping. “The Free Shelf” is located to the left of our piano. It has five industrial metal shelves that are perpetually full.

It works like this: People bring things (not furniture, computer equipment, pharmaceuticals or undergarments) they don’t want anymore. Sometimes it is one shirt or one card shuffler. Sometimes it is a truck load of things. One of the Foxy Ladies or I places the items artfully on the shelves. Then, if a Senior Person spies something he or she wants, he or she can take it home. Sometimes people take one thing, sometimes many.

Don’t need something? Bring it.

Over 60 and need something? Take it.

Easy peasy.

Here are some of the objects available today: baseball caps, coffee mugs, puzzles, picnic plates, food processor, jewelry, cookie cutters, flower pots, sewing material, towels, clothing of all kinds, picture frames, bowls, belts, shoes, and lots of extension cords. By the time this goes to print, the list will be entirely different.

One sweet lady staked out The Free Shelf all year and has completed all of her holiday “shopping.” Archuleta Seniors, Inc. snagged some really cool stuff for their silent auction at their fund-raiser last week and made close to $300.

Come to the Silver Foxes Den where you can have a hot delicious lunch, shop and/or bring your clutter.

Thank you

Thank you, Mountain View Homemakers Club for your generous check for our home delivered meals program.

Thank you, Archuleta Seniors, Inc. for your donation of paper goods.

United Way

Once again, the United Way of Southwest Colorado is offering $25 Dining Certificates. They work like this. Purchase a Dining Certificate from our office. Take it to a participating business. The participating business gives $5 to the United Way to fund programs in Pagosa Springs, including ours. Why not eat out and have $5 donated at the same time?

Participating businesses are the Alley House Grille, Bacci Italian Restaurant, Bear Creek Saloon and Grill, Boss Hogg’s Restaurant and Saloon, Buffalo Inn Restaurant and Bar, Cafe Colorado, Chimney Rock Restaurant and Tavern, D.J.’s Italian Grill, Dogwood Cafe, Elkhorn Cafe, Farrago Market Cafe, Higher Grounds Coffee Company, JJ’s Riverwalk Restaurant and Pub, Kip’s Grill and Cantina, Nello’s Bistro, Ole Miner’s Steakhouse, Pablo’s Diner, Pagosa Baking Company, Pagosa Brewing Company, Plaza Grille, Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant, Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant, The Rose Restaurant and Victoria’s Cafe, Saloon and Grill.

These certificates make great holiday gifts! Stop by our office and purchase some. Questions? Call me, Jodi, at 264-2167.

Senior transportation

With the closing of the downtown City Market, we remind you that we have a Senior Bus that runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call me, Jodi, at 264-2167 for details.


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+ for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give me or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Weekly activities

Friday, Dec. 3 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Tai Chi 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI board meeting 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 6 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.; Cupcake decorating with Alinea, signups required, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 — Yoga 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; holiday music by Beverly Arrendel 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 9 — Administrative day.

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

ASI memberships

Is it time for you to renew or buy your 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, Dec. 3 — Barbecue chicken breast, corn on the cob, poppy seed coleslaw, roll, fresh fruit cup.

Monday, Dec. 6 — Hamburger on a whole wheat bun, lettuce and tomato, oven cooked potato wedges, baked beans.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 — Spinach lasagna, Italian vegetables, tossed salad, garlic bread, strawberry fruit whip.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 — Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, green beans, whole wheat roll, tossed salad, fresh fruit.

Thursday, Dec. 9 — Administrative day.

Friday, Dec. 10 — Beef tacos, lettuce, tomato, salsa, refried beans, Mexicali corn, pears.

Editor’s note: Last week’s SUN included a Senior News column intended for this week. As a result, last week’s activities and menu were incorrect. We apologize for any inconvenience this error caused.