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Don’t fall for the Medicare card scam

Scammers are doing what they do best … scamming.

Medicare card scams are still occurring.

Callers claim that Medicare cards are being replaced, and the consumer’s address, phone number and Medicare number are needed.

These are happening locally, here in Colorado. Remember that cold calls from Medicare are exceptionally unlikely, and legitimate callers should not mind being asked for a number for a return call.

Utility assistance and other more local scams are prevalent.

Scams are arising around the country focusing on the fact that the Obama administration has created new assistance for people struggling with utility costs (you know the rest: “all I need from you is …”).

The media is also covering the proliferation of scammers who come out in communities following disasters, such as the Waldo Canyon fire.

Here is an excellent resource related to disaster and claims for damage:

Reservations, please

You 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 take time to 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. 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; please visit, select County Departments and then Senior Services and 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 and change often, so reserving a seat more than a week in advance could create no-shows, putting us right back to the problem 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 Wi Fi, courtesy of the Ross Aragon Community Center. Beat the heat, join us for lunch and enjoy free Wi Fi while you’re at it.

Thank you

Lorna Fox, you are the best. Thank you for taking on our ongoing library project and welcome aboard.

Sandy Oliver (from Bayer) donated a bunch of vitamins and Aleve. Thanks, Sandy!

Special events

Wednesday July 11, 18 and 25, and Aug. 1, 1 p.m. Senior Movie Choice: “The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans–Seas of Life” (eight episodes). 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” is 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 farmer’s 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. The mission of “Heart and Soil” is to inspire and gently inform millions of people to act on behalf of local agriculture. Through your advocacy, this family friendly film can have broad impact toward the imperative to grow and protect a safe, reliable and healthy food source.

Help out

We are 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, we need you, and several of you at that. We’d love to have you aboard.

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 delivery program is available four days per week to those living closer to town, with frozen meals 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 $4 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

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.

Monday, July 23 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta; 1 p.m. Movie: Heart and Soil.

Tuesday, July 24 — 12:30 p.m. Taking Your Medications Safely; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, July 25 — 11 a.m. Blood Pressure Check; 1 p.m. Free Movie and Popcorn: The Blue Planet episodes 5 and 6.

Thursday, July 26 — 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pancake Breakfast.

Friday, July 27 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Book Club; 12 p.m. Picnic in the Park; 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. Call 264-2167, Ext. 27, for reservations.

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 $10. 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, July 20 — Teriyaki chicken, couscous with almonds and cranberries, peas, tomato/cucumber salad, pineapple upside down cake, banana.

Monday, July 23 — Chicken Alfredo, Harvard beets, cranberry sauce, whole wheat bread, salad, fruit salad.

Tuesday, July 24 — Crunchy baked fish, tartar sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, creamy coleslaw, whole wheat roll, mixed vegetables, banana.

Wednesday, July 25 — Spinach lasagna, Italian vegetables, salad, strawberry fluff with sliced bananas.

Thursday, July 26 — Roast turkey with Swiss on hoagie roll, Caesar salad with tomato, strawberries with blueberries.

Friday, July 27 — Picnic in the Park. Barbecue pulled pork on whole wheat bun, macaroni salad, savory black beans with cilantro, carrot and celery sticks, watermelon, orange.

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