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A wonderful tradition with the Pagosa Peak 4-H Club

I’m not quite sure how long we’ve had the tradition of the Pagosa Peak 4-H club serving our seniors’ holiday meal in December.

It started when Sandy Caves was at the helm of the club and my daughter was a club member in high school; Pagosa Peaks members, leaders and parents have been joining in all that time.

Once again this December, I witnessed the caring and service these great kids shared; I stood back and watched as the younger set meticulously carried the plates brimming with food to the tables. The older set carried and served the hot and cold beverages and refilled on request. A couple of the older gals gently touched the shoulders of individuals asking if they could take their plate or refill their beverage. The adults of the group guided the children when needed; they have the routine down pat.

And that’s not all. The past few years, the Colorado Kids 4-H club and a few adults have added even more delight to the festivities by providing great holiday cheer through their songs.

The Loma Linda Home Owners Association donated lovely poinsettia centerpieces to the Senior Center; what a beautiful addition they made.

Thank you to all for your generosity.

Dining certificates

Awesome news: the United Way dining gift certificates are available again. Just $20 will get you a gift certificate to use at one of almost 30 participating restaurants right here in our community. But, first …

Why should you choose to use one of the gift certificates? Because, if you go out to eat, why not use a dining certificate 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.

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

Medicare 101

Are you new to Medicare and lost or confused by all the literature you have received? Do you know which portions you need to enroll in, A, B, C, D? What the heck are all those letters anyway? Did you know you are entitled to certain free services? Well, we have the answer for you in Medicare 101.

Medicare 101 is for those that are new to Medicare or about to venture into the new world of Medicare.

Join us for this informative session on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required; call 264-2167. All you need is an empty head, because we are going to fill it up.

Transportation service

Not driving anymore? Car in the shop? Get to where you need to go with our service, available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Call for details, 264-2167.

Home meal delivery

Are you homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Senior Center meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal home-delivery program is available to those closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. For those living further out of town, they may be eligible for the frozen meal program. 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 at The Den

Friday, Jan. 6 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, Jan. 9 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 — 10:30 a.m. Medicare 101; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checks, nutrition education.

Thursday, Jan. 12 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 13 — 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, Jan. 6 — Oven-fried fish with tartar sauce, steamed brown rice, creamy coleslaw with pineapple, glazed carrots, wheat roll, bread pudding.

Monday, Jan. 9 — Ground beef tacos, refried beans, salsa, fiesta style corn, winter fruit salad.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 — Chicken cordon bleu, brown rice pilaf, seasoned asparagus, broccoli salad, apricots, oatmeal.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 — French dip on hoagie roll, au jus, mixed vegetables, oven browned potatoes, fresh orange wedges.

Thursday, Jan. 12 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 13 — Smothered chicken, cornbread stuffing, plums, peas, creamy coleslaw, whole wheat roll.

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