Senior News: Get into the swing of spring with some fun programs


    By Cheryl Wilkinson
    PREVIEW Columnist

    Here are some of the fun, educational and social opportunities that you can access through our website this month. 

    There are options for both online Zoom and telephone-only events. There is no need to register in advance. Here are a few of the happenings in March:

    • The Stein Siblings

    Dave Williams, presenter.

    Friday, March 5, 12:30 p.m. PT, 2:30 p.m. CT, 3:30 p.m. ET.

    Join Williams as he explores the lives of Gertrude and Leo Stein, advocates for modern European art during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Steins introduced Matisse, Picasso and many other great artists to American collectors.

    • The Legacy of Sitting Bull

    Ernie Lapointe, great-grandson of Sitting Bull, presenter.

    Tuesday, March 16, 12:30 p.m. PT, 2:30 p.m. CT, 3:30 p.m. ET.

    Lapointe is the only living descendant of Sitting Bull. He’ll discuss his book about the legacy of his great ancestor and his new book about Native Americans and the future.

    • The Luck o’ the Irish

    Steven Frenzel, film historian, presenter.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2 p.m. PT; 4 p.m. CT; 5 p.m. ET.

    Enjoy a collection of classic film clips featuring Irish actors and the Emerald Isles, including “The Quiet Man,” “The Seven Little Foys” and other timeless favorites.

    You can look through the whole month’s offerings on our website, You can also browse and register through Mather’s website. Mather also provides support to ASI that links our community to its resources on aging well and the Chautauqua Institution (CHQ), the esteemed arts and education organization. 

    CHQ offers unique access to:

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

    • Speakers, sermons and interfaith dialogue.

    • Lectures, courses, book clubs and discussions.

    You can sign up for free for telephone topics and can try out CHQ for free for 90 days (no need to provide any credit information for that trial period). Professional caregiver, family caregiver and other up-to-date information is available on both the ASI and Mather websites.

    You can learn more about The Community Café, take out and Meals on Wheels reservations and other ASI programs on our website,

    VITA tax preparation

    Due to COVID-19, the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will not be coming to Pagosa Springs to prepare federal and state income tax returns this year. 

    VITA will be preparing 2020 tax returns at no charge as part of the VITA program in Durango. Please register at: The gross income limit this tax season is $54,000. 

    Take-out meals continue at Senior Center

    In order to continue providing meals, the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is 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, March 4 — Lasagna, focaccia bread with butter, milk, salad and cheesecake.

    Friday, March 5 — Pulled pork sandwich, pinto beans, milk, salad and German chocolate cake.

    Monday, March 8 — Ham and cheese sandwich, potato salad, milk, salad and dessert.

    Tuesday, March 9 — Lasagna, focaccia bread with butter, milk, salad and brownies.

    Wednesday, March 10 — Hot chicken salad, buttered peas, milk, salad and cornbread with butter.

    Thursday, March 11 — Mediterranean tuna sandwich, broccoli salad, milk, salad and dessert.

    Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at 264-2167 by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to drive through and pick up a meal. 

    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.