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Join us for ‘The Kennedy’s,’ baby/young child photo contest at the center

It was a great couple of days off with two wonderful girlfriends. Our main goal was just simply to stay out of jail, we met our goal.

We stayed quite busy as we be bopped around. A trip to Williams Lake was, of course, in order. The dogs had a blast retrieving sticks over and over again while we soaked in the beauty of our surroundings.

The 12 years I’ve lived here I’ve wanted to see a bear, not too close up of course. I’ve never seen a bear in the “wild.” I’ve been out on evening drives with my daughter and any other poor soul I can trap in my car, still no bear sightings. So, as always I had my eyes peeled on our adventure to Williams Lake, nary a one once again, sigh.

Now I remember the story of a trip near Gunnison to a ghost town. My brother Phil got out of the car in the drizzling rain and began his wandering; only his wandering didn’t last long. His voice rang out, “Boo, Bear!” (Boo is my daughter’s nickname), he came dashing towards the car, but his sister had loving words for him, “Phil, dog!” Yes, dear brother Phil, it was our dog. I won’t let him live that story down, it’s an older sisters’ job to torment the little brother is it not? I buy him anything bear every year. Sorry Phil.

Okay, back to the story …

My friends and I made several stops during the day: yarn shopping for Peggy, a toothbrush for Deb, a new mattress was appreciated by Deb, the futon needs to go. We were all clad in our pickle t-shirts for dinner late in the evening; strange that no one asked why we were all in pickle t-shirts. Don’t ask me, you won’t get a truthful answer, just a smirk.

The following day was even busier. We accompanied my daughter to her mid-wife appointment; after all, my grandson needs three grandmas to be involved in everything, doesn’t he? Next, we were off to a late breakfast, more yarn shopping, thrift store baby shopping, health food store, etc., etc. and, lastly, dinner. Isn’t nine o’clock supposed to be early? Sure felt late to me!

Winding down into the next day, I naturally needed to show the girls Café Fox; one of items on the wall was Peggy’s and she made the mistake of leaving it behind one year. Café Fox scored on that mistake. I needed to pop into work for a webinar while they enjoyed the hot springs. Deb beads, and her artistry is for sale at Made in Colorado; so, of course, I insisted she meet the folks up there. Next on the list was a quick visit with a local friend, a trip to the pharmacy, a stop for chips and salsa and finally home again. The evening was spent watching the movie Forks over Knives. I’ve seen it once, but found it so impactful I wanted share. Then came the heated debate after the movie. I’ll leave the debate alone at this point, however, I did give Deb my book by Tess Challis when we were through. I have a spare. At any rate, I’m getting tired reliving the days.

Five a.m. was not my friend their last morning here. I couldn’t sleep, but mass quantities of coffee was my buddy. I bid the girls a fond ta ta for now and remembered our second day together during this visit …

On our way into downtown Durango, Deb saw something on the bike path just around the corner from Mercy Medical Center; good eye, Deb, I finally saw a bear!

Girlfriends are a necessary part of life.

Movie

‘The Kennedys,’ an eight-part series. Twentieth-century America’s most storied political family gets the epic treatment in this mini-series that spans three decades of Kennedy history. The chronicle begins with Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s power plays and ends with his son Bobby’s assassination. Cast: Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Diana Hardcastle, Kristin Booth, Ava Preston, Rachel Wilson, Serge Houde and Jonathan Whittaker. Beginning Friday, May 4 and each Friday through May 25, we’ll show two episodes at 1 p.m. in the lounge of The Den.

Special events

We’re getting quite a few of your baby/young photos for our photo contest. Bring in your favorite photo (of yourself), and we’ll make a copy of it for our, “name that baby/young child photo contest” in June. Keep ‘em coming. I dug up a prize for the one that has the most correct guesses.

Alerts

AARP ElderWatch Fraud Fighters — has received information that there is a new scam circulating around Colorado. This scam involves a telephone call during which the person on the other end indicates that they work with either Microsoft Systems or Apple Computers (there might be other variations as well) and that they were alerted by your computer that it’s carrying a harmful virus. They indicate that they are calling everyone with computers that are affected to help wipe it away. They instruct you to do some things on your computer which then actually allows them access to your computer at which time they are either putting harmful software on your computer and/or they are demanding payment for these services.

• Do not give any personal information over the phone to anyone.

•?Do not allow access to your computer to anyone that you do not know or when the call was not initiated by you.

• If you think your computer has a virus, call your service provider or another reputable IT troubleshooting service for assistance.

Thank you for reporting these scams to them. By reporting them early to AARP ElderWatch Fraud Fighters, they can help educate others and hopefully prevent financial loss.

Please call 1-800-222-4444, option 2, if you would like information on this scam or others.

Library

We are in need of someone that would like to volunteer in our small library about a 1/2 hour every week or two to assist our lead library volunteer. We are in need of help re-shelving books, checking them back in and general tidy help, please call Musetta at 264-2167 for more details.

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

Don’t hitchhike; let us do the driving. Get to where you need to go; door to door bus service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

Food delivered to your door

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Senior Center meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal home delivered program is available to those closer to town four days per week, and 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

Friday, May 25 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Book Club; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. The Kennedys Episodes 7 and 8.

Monday, May 28 — Closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing

Wednesday, May 30 — 1 p.m. Free Movie and Popcorn: Rango (PG) Rango is a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt — a lawless outpost populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures — the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt... until he starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be. Starring Johnny Depp and Ned Beatty.

Thursday, May 31 — Closed

Friday, June 1 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk

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 begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, May 25 — Spinach lasagna, Italian vegetables, salad, Italian bread stick, chocolate cream pie with banana slices.

Monday, May 28 — Closed for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 29 — Senior Choice: Swedish meatballs, green beans, parsley carrots, tropical fruit salad, whole wheat roll.

Wednesday, May 30 — Oven roasted turkey with gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli florets, tossed salad with sunflower seeds, wheat roll, magic bar.

Thursday, May 31 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, June 1 — Pork chops, roasted sweet potatoes, applesauce, whole wheat roll, berry parfait.

Arboles senior meal program

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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