Start your new year with something new

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By Rose Chavez | PREVIEW Columnist

Calm your mind, post-holidays, with a creative mindfulness online class, create a fresh (smelling) start by trying your hand at Aromatherapy Garden Club or resolve to explore the artistic world by joining a like-minded discussion group.

We have free, ongoing virtual programs starting early next month — some as early as Jan. 2, 2023. Each is designed to support your personal wellness journey, offering an opportunity to try something new and connect with your fellow learners. 

To register for these programs, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/mather-41382754623.

COVID-19 tests

Stop by the Pagosa Senior Center to pick up a pack of five free COVID-19 tests kits for your personal use. These kits are available to anyone in the public that needs affordable access for health promotion and disease prevention. 

Text reservations

Text us at (970) 264-2167. The Community Cafe is now accepting text messaging for meal reservations, cancellations and/or communication of any kind. When texting, please include your name, phone number and the days you want a meal. If you are calling to cancel a reservation, please include your name, phone number and the days you want to cancel. 

Texting services are available for dining-in meal reservations, Grab-n-Go meals and Meals on Wheels recipients.

Mobile food pantry service available for seniors

The Senior Center would like to remind the community about our mobile food pantry services we provide in partnership with Archuleta County MET to seniors age 60 and older throughout most areas of Archuleta County. 

In order to participate in this program, community members must visit with Barbara Noriega at the Senior Center, located in the Ross Aragon Community Center, to fill out an application to qualify for the mobile pantry service. 

The application, called the dining assessment form, is also available on our website at the bottom of the Community Cafe page: http://www.psseniors.org/community-cafeacute.html. For more information, contact us at (970) 264-2167.

Mahjong

Mahjong is a 19th century Chinese tile-based game that is commonly played with four players. Each player receives 13 tiles with a goal to make matching sets and pairs (like poker). To win, a player must form four sets and one pair. Come to the Senior Center to learn or play every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.

Medicare call by
appointment 

For anyone who needs help enrolling and navigating Medicare plans, we help with parts A, B and D. We can also help you with fraud concerns and troubleshooting any billing issues you may be having. By appointment only. Please call our Medicare line at (970) 264-0501, ext 4. 

Bridge 

The longest-played bridge game in Archuleta County takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Bridge is a four-player card game with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. It is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. Come alone or bring a partner.

Hand and foot card game

The hand and foot card game is going to start up again at the Senior Center. Whether you are new to hand and foot or interested in learning, please join us most Thursdays at 1:15 p.m. at the Senior Center. This card game involves four rounds of playing until the final round is reached — some two to three hours later. Plan to stay and meet some new friends or catch up with those you have missed over the last couple of years. No experience is necessary so come willing to learn.

Community Cafe menu

Thursday, Dec. 29 — Seafood Vera Cruz with rice pilaf, dinner roll, garden salad, fruit, milk and pistachio pudding cake.

Friday, Dec. 30 — Pork posole soup with garnishes, tortilla, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Monday, Jan, 2 — Closed for New Year’s holiday.

Tuesday Jan. 3 — Chicken Parmesan over egg noodles, green beans, garlic bread, salad, fruit and milk.

Wednesday, Jan. 4 — Beef barley soup with focaccia bread, garden salad, broccoli salad, fruit and milk.

Thursday, Jan. 5 — Shrimp scampi with polenta cake, stuffed mushrooms, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Friday, Jan. 6 — Hawaiian pork and peppers, coconut rice, fortune cookies, garden salad and milk. 

Grab-N-Go meals

Grab-N-Go meals reservations and cancellations are required. Please call or text by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you want to pick up a meal. A suggested donation of $5 helps to sustain our program. No one will be turned away for their inability to donate. For ages 59 and younger, the cost is $10.50. Please call or text us at (970) 264-2167 to make a reservation.

Meals on Wheels

We deliver fresh Meals on Wheels five days a week (and provide frozen Meals on Wheels for weekends) to homebound Archuleta County residents. Call or text us at (970) 264-2167.

Requesting donations

Archuleta Seniors Inc. has an immediate monetary need to support ongoing operations and programming that provide critical services to some of the most vulnerable in Archuleta County. Please consider donating. 

You may mail your donation to P.O. Box 3444, Pagosa Springs CO 81147 or please visit our website: http://www.psseniors.org/. Donation checks can be written to: Archuleta Seniors Inc. We are located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. 

For more information about ASI, please visit http://www.psseniors.org/.