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United Way dining certificates help Pagosa seniors

Awesome news: United Way dining gift certificates are available again! Twenty dollars will get you a gift certificate/stocking stuffer to one of the following participating restaurants, but first …

Why should you choose to use one of the gift certificates? Because, if you go out to eat, why not use one instead of cash? Four dollars will be donated by the restaurant to United Way at no cost to you, just for using the gift certificate (now how easy is that?).

The Senior Center receives funding from United Way. And, hey, the certificates don’t expire until April 30, 2012.

Here are the restaurants:

• A Chivalrous Shark.

• Alley House Grille.

• Austin’s BBQ.

• Bacci Italian Restaurant.

• Bear Creek Saloon and Grill.

• Boss Hogg’s Restaurant and Saloon.

• Boulder Coffee Cafe.

• Buffalo Inn Restaurant and Bar.

• Cafe Colorado.

• Chavolo’s Mexican Restaurant.

• Chimney Rock Restaurant and Tavern.

• DSP Pizzeria.

• Elkhorn Cafe.

• Farrago Market Cafe.

• Higher Grounds Coffee Company .

• Kip’s Grill & Cantina.

• Nello’s Bistro.

• Pagosa Baking Company.

• Pagosa Brewing and Grill.

• Pagosa Peaks Pizza.

• Plaza Grille.

• Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant.

• San Juan Road House.

• Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant.

• Thai Chilie.

• The Pines Restaurant at Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

• The Rose.

For more information, call Musetta at 264-2167. On behalf of our seniors, thank you.

Holiday help

“How can I do the holidays when I’m still grieving?”

Grief comes in different forms. It could be due to the loss of a loved one or a pet, or because of a divorce.

Losing a loved one can make us feel like our world has turned upside down.

The holidays can add to that feeling.

You are invited for gathering to learn and share ideas for connecting with the holidays in a way that you feel most comfortable. There will be a time for talking.

Hospice of Mercy staff will share some practical tips and some meaningful rituals and guidance for these difficult times.

We look forward to your joining us on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 2-4 p.m. at the Senior Center. Refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. to 764-3532 or 264-2167.

Transportation service

Not driving anymore? Car in the shop?

Get to where you need to go. Our service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation, $2 per day. Call for details, 264-2167.

Home meal delivery

These are the same meals prepared in our kitchen by the cooks who prepare 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 and weekends. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

Friday, Dec. 2 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Book Club; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, Dec. 5 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 — Noon Nutrition Education; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 — 11 a.m. blood pressure check.

Thursday, Dec. 8 — Closed for administrative day.

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

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 via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $11.51. 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. 2 — Hamburger on whole wheat bun, lettuce and tomato, potato salad, baked beans, fruit salad.

Monday, Dec. 5- Tahitian chicken, Waldorf salad, bran muffin, brown rice, mixed vegetables, orange juice.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 — Chicken fried steak with country gravy, broccoli/cauliflower, garlic mashed potatoes, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, fresh apple.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 — Grilled turkey and swiss on whole grain bread, homemade chunky tomato soup, whole wheat crackers, salad, banana slices with orange juice.

Thursday, Dec. 8 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Dec. 9 — Lemon baked fish, oven browned potatoes, peas and carrots, salad, whole wheat roll, vanilla ice cream with banana and strawberries.

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