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Be careful when you spend your tax refund

Did you receive a large tax refund?

If so, watch out for scammers trying to take it.

Many consumers find themselves flush after receiving their tax returns and offers are made by businesses to capitalize on the spending trend. However, do your research before you sign your name or give your hard earned money away.

Some of the more popular solicitations to be aware of include:

• Special financing on vehicles/furniture.

• Alarm/security systems.

• Chimney or gutter cleaning.

• Investments.

• Home repair or modification.

• Special financing on electronics/appliances.

Keep in mind the following:

1. Don’t do business on the spot. You can, and should, always get a second opinion or another bid.

2. Remember that a receipt is worth nothing unless the business is valid and reputable.

3. Read what you are signing; do not take their word for it.

4. Ask for a copy of the “deal” before you sign it or pay for it.

5. Request a written “rain check” so that you may take advantage of the deal after you do your research.

6. Don’t be afraid to offend someone by not doing business with them.

7. If you feel that you are in a high pressure situation, take a step back and do your research. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see what their rating is, check business license numbers, and verify promises they have made.

Special events

Dr. Kurz will be at The Den Wednesday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss the importance of a good night’s sleep. Are you irritable, have memory problems or are forgetful? Feel depressed, have more falls or accidents, feel very sleepy during the day? Learn the possible causes and how to get a good night’s sleep.

We’ll have a free movie and popcorn, Wednesday, March 28, at 1 p.m. How about some great laughter? Join us for “Cowboys and Aliens” (PG-13). A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. Starring Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wild.

?Library

Come on in to The Den and check out our library. We have quite the collection of books, including some large print, as well as books on tape/CD, videos, DVDs and audio tapes for you to borrow.

At your service

Not driving anymore? Car in the shop?

Get to where you need to go; door to door bus service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

Delivered to your door

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 living closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town 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, March 23 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Book Club; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, March 26 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, March 27 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, March 28 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checks; 1 p.m. Free Movie and Popcorn: Cowboys and Aliens (PG-13).

Thursday, March 29 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, March 30 — 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, guests $6, kids 12 and under $3. 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, March 23 — Lemon-baked fish, oven-browned potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, vanilla ice cream with bananas and strawberries, whole wheat roll.

Monday, March 26 — Sloppy Joe on whole wheat roll, mixed vegetables, spinach-mandarin salad, brownie.

Tuesday, March 27 — Chicken parmesan, whole wheat spaghetti, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, tropical fruit.

Wednesday, March 28 — Vegetable soup, roast beef sandwich, lettuce and tomato, Waldorf salad, fresh orange wedges.

Thursday, March 29 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, March 30 — Birthday meal: roast beef with gravy, tossed salad, whole baby carrots, dilled red potatoes, winter fruit salad, chocolate cupcake with frosting.

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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