Senior News: May calendar of classes, music and other fun activities

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    By Cheryl Wilkinson
    PREVIEW Columnist

    May brings a new calendar of widely varied telephone and video chat topics that you can access through our website. These are just a few of the offerings in May:

    • Meditation, Susan Wilkens, certified yoga and meditation instructor, Friday, May 7. Join us for guided meditation to reduce stress, increase resilience and promote calm.

    • “Paintings of the Harlem Renaissance,” Kit Keane, presenter, Friday, May 7. The Great Migration of blacks from the south to the north spawned a cultural revival centered in Harlem in the early 20th century.

    • “Draw Along: Flowers,” Heidi Parkes, textile artist, Thursday, May 13. Join us for a guided exercise in creating art together. Ideal materials include any kind of paper and something to draw with, such as a pen, pencil or marker.

    In addition, you can access lectures, seminars and world-class performances from an esteemed arts and education organization, the Chautauqua Institution. The information for our site is provided below, which provides the full slate of Telephone Topics (download or print) and directs you on how you can register to participate.

    You can learn about Archuleta Seniors Inc. programs here in Pagosa Springs, find resources for wellness and aging, and make reservations with The Community Café for take-out and Meals on Wheels at: http://www.psseniors.org/.

    Meals on Wheels
    volunteers needed

    The Pagosa Springs Senior Center Meals on Wheels program delivers approximately 3,000 fresh and frozen meals a year. We deliver fresh Meals on Wheels five days a week (and provide frozen Meals on Wheels for weekends) to homebound Archuleta County residents to help them stay healthy and independent in their own homes. 

    This program is vitally important because many seniors have little to no access to nutritious meals. They are often too frail or have health complications that prevent them from preparing meals for themselves or from using the Senior Center’s Community Café drive-thru meals pick-up site Monday though Friday. 

    The Senior Center needs volunteer Meals on Wheels Drivers for one day a week (or become part of our substitute driver team). Please join us as part of our driver team and build wonderful relationships with the seniors in our community. Call (970) 264-2167.

    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: DurangoVITA.org. The gross income limit this tax season is $54,000. 

    Take-out meals continue at Senior Center

    In order to continue providing meals, the 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 (970) 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 (970) 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 (970) 264-2167.

    The Community
    Café menu

    Thursday, May 6 — Vegetable soup, leek quiche, boule bread with butter, milk and salad.

    Friday, May 7 — Catfish, rice, sauteed vegetable medley, milk, salad and pistachio fruit salad.

    Monday, May 10 — Chicken Caesar salad, potato salad, strawberries Romanoff, milk and German chocolate cake.

    Tuesday, May 11 — Beef lasagna, cream of mushroom soup, garlic bread, milk and salad.

    Wednesday, May 12 — Salmon with lemon sauce, broccolini sauteed with garlic, dinner roll with butter, milk and salad.

    Thursday, May 13 — Pulled pork sandwich, spaghetti squash with bok choy, milk and peach cobbler.

    Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at (970) 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.