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When wildfire strikes, beware of the scam

With forest fires raging across Colorado this summer jeopardizing numerous communities, many people are asking: “How can I help?”

Such tragedies, unfortunately, also serve to bring out the bad guys — con artists and scammers out to make a buck off of the misfortune of others. A few important reminders, therefore, about charitable giving and disaster relief:

• Never give payment information to anyone calling you.

• If you are contacted, insist the charity mail you printed material on their organization and activity. If the material does not define exactly how the money is used and the percent of donations that actually reaches the given cause, do not contribute.

• Be alert to supposed charities with names that are similar to (but not exactly like) those you know.

• Beware all charities that use a “pitch” filled with a significant amount of emotional words and/or images.

• Don’t give in to pressure or hard-sell tactics. Legitimate charities do not operate that way.

Be especially cautious when contributing in support of emergencies and disaster relief.

To learn how to help those affected by the Waldo, Flagstaff, High Park and other wildfires, consult the centralized list of needs and supporting agencies provided at the state of Colorado’s official relief site:

Remember, too, that financial contributions are the quickest and most effective way to have an impact.

Recognize, Refuse, Report — AARP ElderWatch, (800) 222-4444.

Reservations, please

We are joining the world of elite status; you’ll now need to make reservations to dine at Cafe Fox.

I have received notification from the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging requiring a reservation system be in place in an effort to avoid waste; so plan ahead just a wee bit folks. You’ll now find we have set out about a week’s worth of reservation lists enabling you to sign up in advance. If you are already at Cafe Fox, see Rob at the front desk and he’ll help you with your reservation, or call by 9 a.m. of the morning you would like to join us. If we are unable to make it to the phone, dial Ext. 27 and leave a message.

For you computer savvy folks we have added a link to our website. Visit, select County Departments and then Senior Services where you’ll see the Meal Reservation link.

Please do not ask to sign up more than a week in advance, we will not able to accommodate your request. We also find that seniors have darn busy schedules that change often. Reserving a seat more than a week in advance may create no shows, putting us right back at the possibility of waste. Thanks bunches for your assistance and understanding. Make your reservation today at 264-2167, Ext. 27.

Free Wi Fi

Cafe Fox is pleased to announce the availability of free WiFi courtesy of the Ross Aragon Community Center. Beat the heat, join us for lunch and enjoy free WiFi while you’re at it.

Thank you

A hearty thank you goes out to all those who made our pancake breakfast fundraising event a success. We raised $496 in support of our program; see you July 26 for the next one.

Special events

“The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans-Seas of Life,” Wednesday, July 11, 18 and 25, and Aug. 1, 1 p.m. David Attenborough narrates this definitive exploration of the marine world, from the familiar to the unknown, revealing the sea and its communities at their most fearsome and alluring.

Monday, July 23, 1 p.m. “Heart and Soil,” a family documentary that clips along with the pace of barefoot children and frolicking livestock. The film takes us on a journey into the rich landscape and lives of farmers in the southwest and into the bustling energy of farmers markets and farm to school programs. The farmers are an inspiration for all of us to dig in more, grow our own, or support those who do for our personal and planetary health.

Like to help out?

We are currently accepting applications to assist in our kitchen, library and dining room.

Like to help in the kitchen? Is chopping, slicing, dicing, prepping and stirring your middle name? If so, then we need you and several of you at that. We’d love to have you aboard.

We are also in need of someone that would like to volunteer in our small library about a half-hour every week or two to assist our lead library volunteer. We need help re-shelving books, checking them back in and general tidying up.

Like to greet people and lend a hand? We have the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for a few people that would like to greet our folks, introduce new clients to our services, show them the ropes of the dining room and offer assistance to those needing help filling out our new client form. Please call Musetta at 264-2167 for an application.

At your service

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

Special delivery

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home delivered program is available to those living close to town four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town might be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $4 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

Friday, July 13 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, July 16 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, July 17 — 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, July 18 — 1 p.m. free movie and popcorn.

Thursday, July 19 — Closed.

Friday, July 20 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Brain Injury Support Group; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

This week’s menu:

Reservations required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox.

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $4, 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 $9.55. 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. 264-2167 x 27 for reservations.

Friday, July 13 — Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, gelatin with fruit, whole wheat roll.

Monday, July 16 — French dip on hoagie roll, au jus, mixed vegetables, oven browned potatoes, fresh orange.

Tuesday, July 17 — Baked salmon, brown rice, California vegetables, tomato/cucumber salad, banana, bran muffin, rainbow sherbet.

Wednesday, July 18 — Grilled corned beef and Swiss on rye, chunky tomato soup, carrot-raisin salad, unsalted peanut cup, orange.

Thursday, July 19 — Closed.

Friday, July 20 — Teriyaki chicken, couscous with almonds and cranberries, peas, tomato/cucumber salad, pineapple upside down cake, banana.

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