Senior News: Feeling a bit shut in? Here’s a fresh new way to connect


By Cheryl Wilkinson
PREVIEW Columnist

If you’re looking for new and exciting ways to connect with others, we announced last week that we now have a whole host of world-class performances, lectures, seminars and live topical discussions that you can join. No need to register in advance. 

Just a few of the offerings available this month include: 

• “Coloring and Conversation” presented by Vivian Visser. Use any materials you have on hand and unwind with new friends. 

• “Songs of the Seasons” with Madeline Morgan.

• “Virtual Tech Explorations for Advanced Users” facilitated by Vivian Chazen.

• Aretha Franklin with Brian Salgado presenting — learn more about the Queen of Soul.

• “Creative Voices Poetry Reading Series” with Caroline Edasis.

• “Active Adult Exercise” led by Paige Corley.

• “Tai Chi” with instructor Lin Shook. 

• “Professional Caregiver, Family Caregiver” and other up-to-date information are available every month. 

November performances and so much more: Our new alliance with Mather allows easy access to the Chautauqua Institution’s online performances and so much more. Discover something new or enjoy something old: 

• The arts — theater, music, dance, symphonies. 

• Education — lectures, courses, book clubs, discussions. 

• Religion — speakers, sermons, interfaith dialogue. 

There are download printable resources, as well as a link to sign up to enjoy a bevy of virtual (online or phone) fun, educational and social opportunities. You can learn more about these programs, our organization and meal reservation options at our website:

Temporary dining room closure continues

The Pagosa Springs Senior Center is continuing its temporary closing of the congregate dining room due to coronavirus concerns. 

In order to continue providing meals, we are offering take-out hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center. 

These meals will be available Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for lunch for those age 60 and better. If you need to have your meal delivered, please call 264-2167 to see if this option is available in your area. 

The cost per meal for the public age 59 and under is $8.50. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread. 

Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We are also continuing our Meals on Wheels program. 

There will be no games, classes, or presentations during this time. The staff will be available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.

The Community
Café menu

Thursday, Nov. 19 — Beef short ribs, mashed potatoes with gravy, sauteed zucchini, tomatoes and onions, milk, salad and peach cobbler.

Friday, Nov. 20 — Pork zuppa Toscana, glazed carrots, focaccia bread with butter, milk, salad and German chocolate cake.

Monday, Nov. 23 — Cod and white bean cassoulet, braised greens, milk, salad and coconut cake.

Tuesday, Nov. 24 — Turkey with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, salad and pumpkin pie.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 — Roast beef caprese on ciabatta with pesto, roasted red pepper soup, milk, salad and cranberry salad.

Thursday, Nov. 26 — Closed for Thanksgiving.

For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always pick up. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days. We want to thank everyone for their support by observing our reservation policy. This helps ensure that everyone with reservations receives a meal and enables us to provide additional and healthier meals.

Due to COVID-19, food supplies have been affected. Substitutions will be made accordingly.