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Much to do in this town — for free

My people are bored. Some complained at lunch there was nothing to do in this town that didn’t cost money. I resisted my motherly impulses to give them all jobs like scrubbing the kitchen floor, sorting books in the library and washing all of the dining room chairs. My son Sam told me he was bored once right before he found himself picking up dog poop in our backyard.

I haven’t been bored ever. One time I thought I was getting bored but it was just a little gas. My overactive imagination has saved me from this particular affliction, allowing me to sit through classes (transformational generative grammar? I made up my own grammar), sermons (Who was riding that camel through the needle eye? Was the needle a geographical formation?), charity events(daydreaming about creating my own micro-foundation), and political meetings (decorating my wicked cool Intergalactic Headquarters and shopping for outfits to match while saving the universe from evil). But what if my people aren’t blessed with a mind that regularly travels through alternate realities like I have not been blessed with a sense of direction? I can’t find my way out of a paper bag and it feels terrible.

Armed with a new compassion and noble purpose, I searched our corner of paradise for free fun opportunities. Here is what I found:

Adult programs at the Ruby Sisson Library: In addition to access to books, periodicals and on-line services, the library offers free tech support on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with Tessa Michaelson, the Adult Services Librarian. The Monthly Movie Matinee is An Affair to Remember and it will be Friday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. (They serve free popcorn!) The Craft Circle (informal needlecraft) will be Thursday, Feb. 24th from 1-3 p.m. The library allows you to bring in drinks, too. Tessa Michaelson also comes to the Senior Center monthly to present current library-related issues. The extra awesome friendly staff can be reached at 264-2209.

Pagosa Springs Middle School: Unlike the High School, the Pagosa Springs Middle School does not charge for entrance to their activities, sports or otherwise. Throughout the month of February there are numerous basketball games. The website for the Archuleta School District is www.pagosa.k12.co.us , choose the middle school prompt in the upper left corner, then the schedules on the left. They host A, B and C teams and I am told the kids are amazing. There will be concerts in the spring, too.

Ross Aragon Community Center: Our Senior Center and the community center are one and the same building. We rent space from the community center which makes eating lunch here and attending their programs a logistical breeze. Here is a list of their activities in our building which many of my people already attend: Pickleball (a tennis like game), bridge, duplicate bridge, basketball, yoga, Mah Johngg (a fun board game), Dance for Health, and Tai Chi. Call the community center at 264-4152 for more information.

The Silver Foxes Den Senior Center (Archuleta County Senior Services): I saved the best for last, of course. Our lunches and transportation have suggested donations of $3 and $2 respectively. All other activities have no cost and we mean to keep it that way. We have regular music, speakers and these monthly activities: book club, Canasta, chair massages, Geezers (distinguished gentlemen meet to drink coffee and tell recreational lies), gym walk (time available to walk around the gym), Meditation for Healing, poker, Stitchin’ in the Kitchen, (bring your needlework and tell recreational lies) and Writing for Generations (writer’s group documenting family stories). Next month, we are adding a recipe club, movies and a long term fitness program. Call me at 264-2167 for more information on any of these activities or ones you would like to attend.

Thank you

Thank you, Richard Lindblad and Kathy Keyes of the Pagosa Baking Company, for taking over lunch and delighting the crowd with your entertaining talk of Turkey Soup and Bread. The cooking tips were as awesome as your food.

Thank you, Christine Maestas, for your service to our home delivered meal people.

Weekly activities

Friday, Feb. 4 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 7 ­— Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Mike Legoski “Emergency Management — What is it?” 12:45 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 8 — Chair Massage 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; piano music by Michael Monk 12:45 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 — Blood Pressure 11 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 10 — Closed.

Friday, Feb. 11 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI Board Meeting 1 p.m.

The Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s Website: http://www.archuletacounty.org/Seniors/seniors.asp. Look it up!

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, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contribution s 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 begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 4 — Sloppy joe on a bun, mixed vegetables, salad, brownie.

Monday, Feb. 7 — White chili with chicken, whole wheat crackers, cooked cabbage with red pepper, carrot and celery sticks, whole wheat tortilla.

Tuesday, Feb. 8 — French dip on a hoagie roll, oven browned potatoes, mixed vegetables, fresh orange wedges.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 — Macaroni and cheese, ham slice, peas, mandarin oranges and sliced bananas, bran muffin.

Thursday, Feb. 10 — Closed.

Friday, Feb. 11 — Oven fried fish on a wheat bun, tartar sauce, creamy coleslaw, glazed carrots, pineapple chunks.