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Proceeds from Valentine’s dinner to benefit Senior Center

Bring your sweetheart(s) to or meet a sweetheart at the Ross Aragon Community Center and celebrate Valentine’s Day a tad early.

Enjoy a romantic setting while dining to the soft piano tunes of Dennis Driscoll.

Proceeds benefit the Senior Center meal programs. Our programs are more than a meal; we are here to help older people retain their independence with dignity while remaining in their own homes and communities.

Who are our seniors? They are your neighbors, friends, family and loved ones. Show your support; come join us on Thursday, Feb. 9, 5-7:30 p.m. in the Community Center Dining Room, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

And for those of you who miss Jodi, she’ll be here to serve you.

The menu includes spaghetti,?meatballs, vegetarian option, Caesar salad,?garlic roll, sherbet and a Valentine’s cookie.

Cost: adults $10, children age 12 and under $5.

?Special events

Dog Guardians. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 12:30 p.m. Meet Dina Liniger and her furry friends, along with local veterinarian Polly Thibault.

Dog Guardians focuses on rescuing “the forgotten dogs” — good dogs placed on death row awaiting euthanasia in high-kill shelters through no fault of their own. Senior dogs and dogs with medical concerns are given priority. Dog Guardians Animal Rescue is a nonprofit Colorado corporation. They are not a shelter and do not operate out of a central boarding facility. All rescued dogs are housed in loving foster homes until adopted. Over 25 years of research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets can help lower their human friend’s blood pressure and lessen anxiety; they also boost our immunity. Join us and learn how you can adopt one of these loving pets and/or become a foster home.

?Habitat for Humanity. Monday, Feb. 6, at 12:30 p.m. Executive Director Cindi Galabota along with volunteer coordinator Terry Pickett, will share information on their new program. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a program that helps preserve home ownership by partnering with homeowners struggling to restore and maintain a safe and decent place to live. When basic expenses exceed income month after month, home maintenance is the usual casualty. Years of deferred maintenance can cause a downward spiral of home deterioration and unsafe living conditions.

• Have you had to choose between paying for food, medication, taxes and basic utilities?

• Are you facing city code violations or insurance cancellation due to the condition of your home?

• Income must be below 50 percent of the area median income; depending on family size, this is approximately between $20,000 and $35,000.

Learn how Neighbors Helping Neighbors can help you.

Nutrition education. Cooking for One or Two plus bonus Q & A session with registered dietician Jenny Pritchard, Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 12:30 p.m.

?Bus service

Lonely? Need to hang out with us? Not driving anymore? Car in the shop? Get to where you need to go with our bus 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 you 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, Feb. 3 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10: a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk,

Monday, Feb. 6 — 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 12:30 p.m. Habitat for Humanity presentation; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 — 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for healing.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checks; 12:30 p.m. nutrition education.

Thursday, Feb. 9 —Closed for administrative day, but come to the spaghetti dinner.

Friday, Feb. 10 — 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, Feb. 3 — Porcupine meatballs, whipped potatoes, almond peaches, peas and carrots, whole wheat bread, tossed salad.

Monday, Feb. 6 — Grilled ham and cheese on whole wheat bread, homemade chunky tomato soup, whole wheat crackers, salad, banana slices with OJ.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 — Spinach lasagna, Italian vegetables, Italian bread, salad, strawberry fruit whip with banana slices.?

Wednesday, Feb. 8 — Beef tacos, refried beans, salsa, fiesta corn, winter fruit salad.

?Thursday, Feb. 9 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, Feb. 10 — Crunchy baked fish, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, creamy coleslaw, banana.

Arboles senior meals

Lunches are served in Arboles on the first and third Thursdays of each month, weather permitting, in the basement of the Catholic Church. Reservations are required the Monday preceding. The suggested donation is $3 for age 60-plus. Call 264-2167 for more information, or to make a reservation.

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