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Lend a hand, volunteer at The Den

And the cry gets louder: can you hear me now?

Due to budgetary restructuring, I am in need of a program coordinator (volunteer) at The Den.

Can you help answer phones that ring off the hook, create spreadsheets, enter data, too, come up with presentation ideas and schedule them?

The sky is kind of the limit when it comes to the kind of help I need. You must be able to work at a fast pace and be an awesome multi-tasker with a revolving door at your side.

Your reward for your assistance is the fulfillment of the many needs of our seniors. A free lunch is a bonus!

I am also looking for a writer to help out with this weekly column. One idea for a writer would be to interview our Senior of the Week. Perhaps you or others have ideas.

Like to greet people and lend a hand? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for a few people who 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 me at 264-2167 for an application.

Medicare 101

Are you new to Medicare and lost or confused by all the literature you have received?

Do you know which portions you need to enroll in A, B, C, D?

What the heck are all those letters, anyway?

Did you know you are entitled to certain free services?

Well, we have answers for you in Medicare 101.

Join us for this informative session on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required. Seating is limited, so please call 264-2167.

Thank you

A special thank you to John Egan, Mountain Express director, Raymond Taylor, Veteran’s Service Officer, June Madrid, county clerk, and Natalie Woodruff, county assessor. They dug deep and found some time to help out at our pancake fund-raiser. Thanks for helping us with such a successful event and thank you to all who came out and enjoyed breakfast at Cafe Fox. We raised $493 in support of our meal programs, which equals about 49 of the 10,000 or so meals we serve annually. What should our next fund-raiser be?

New card game

Learn to play Hand and Foot, a card game that is fun and challenging. Any number of people can play, as individuals or as partners. We’re starting a new class on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. Rita Werner and Cathy Van Liere will help get you started. Hope to see you here for an afternoon of cards and conversation.

Flu shots

Roll up those sleeves and get ready for your annual flu shot.

San Juan Basin Health Department staff will be in our lounge on Monday, Oct. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All you need is your Medicare card; the shot is 100-percent covered. High dose is also available. Feel free to stick around and join us for lunch — we’re serving pork chops — but remember to make a reservation at 264-2167. For more information on the flu shot, call the health department at 264-2409.

Art show

It’s time to enjoy our next artist’s work. Who will it be? Do you have photos, paintings, etc. you would like to display on our dining room walls for the senior diners to enjoy? If so, please contact me at 264-2167.

Transportation

Get out in the community and let us do the driving. Door-to-door bus service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details at 264-2167.

Weekly activities

Friday, Sept. 7 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m.; Brain Injury support group 10:30; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, Sept. 10 — 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 — 11 a.m. free massage, by appointment; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Sept. 12 — 10:30 a.m. Medicare 101, registration required.

Thursday, Sept. 13 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Sept. 14 — 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. Call 264-2167.

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 $10.50. 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 for reservations.

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Sept. 7 — Crunchy baked fish, tartar sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, mixed veggies, creamy coleslaw, banana.

Monday, Sept. 10 — Beef tacos, refried beans, salsa, fiesta corn, fruit salad.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 — Baked chicken, black eyed peas, orange beets, salad, whole wheat roll.

Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Macaroni and cheese with ham slice, peas, salad, bran muffin, banana and Mandarin oranges.

Thursday, Sept. 13 — Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, seasoned green beans, breadstick, peaches

Friday, Sept. 14 — Chicken fajita, whole wheat tortilla, lettuce and tomato, cilantro rice, pinto beans, salad, red grapes.

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