Senior Center announces Creative Community

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By Rose Chavez | PREVIEW Columnist

Join our Creative Community without leaving home. We have a unique opportunity for you: We’ll mail you a free Creative Community kit with the necessary materials and step-by-step recipes for creating 10 unique fiber art projects, plus one bonus project.

You’ll enjoy working with fabric, yarn, paper and more using techniques that are variations on traditional methods. By the way, no previous art experience is required to create a beautiful product.

Projects include tissue paper dyeing on silk, Shibori dip-dyeing with color pigment, an eco-print scarf, fabric-wrapped jewelry and seven more.

We’ll guide you through each project with an online learning session and you can also join a community on Facebook and Instagram dedicated to participating artists — a great opportunity to share your work, ask questions and build connections with other Creative Community members.

A limited number of kits are available. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 23. If you’d like to participate, we request that you commit to using your Creative Community kit, provide feedback and participate on Zoom or Facebook to learn more about the projects.

To sign up for your free Creative Community kit, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-community-kits-tickets-502597000157.

COVID-19 test
kits available

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

Text reservations

Text us at (970) 264-2167. Don’t forget that we also offer a convenient texting service for you to communicate with us. 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 Pagosa 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. We have eliminated Monday bridge due to lack of consistent participation and will be replacing it with different programming in the new year. 

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

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.

Pictures needed

Engaging pictures are needed from seniors and their families who live, work and play their best lives in Archuleta County. We are looking for pictures that convey people’s active lifestyles, families, culture and more. We would like to use these pictures in our grant applications, on social media and our website. Please email all pictures to rosa@psseniors.org or feel free to drop them off.

Kitchen and desk
volunteers needed 

The Community Cafe at the Senior Center is requesting volunteers to help with kitchen tasks and substitutes for our Meals on Wheels drivers. Please call or text us at (970) 264-2167 to volunteer or for more information.

Board vacancies

The Archuleta Seniors Inc. (ASI) Board of Directors has multiple vacant positions. Terms are three years with an option to renew for an additional term. Potential candidates should be at least 55 years of age or older and must have a passion for adult and aging services.

Community Cafe menu

Thursday, Jan. 12 — Chicken Marsala, baked potato, roll, garden salad, fruit and milk. 

Friday, Jan. 13 — Crispy cod with tartar sauce, sweet potato fries, broccoli, garden salad, fruit and milk. 

Monday, Jan. 16 — Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday Jan. 17 — Beef spaghetti with garlic bread, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Wednesday, Jan. 19 — Cajun shrimp, jamba rice, broccoli, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Thursday, Jan. 20 — Pork tenderloin with chokecherry sauce, scalloped potatoes, dinner roll, garden salad, fruit and milk. 

Friday, Jan. 21 — Turkey tetrazzini with egg noodles, sauteed squash, garden salad, fruit and milk. 

Grab-N-Go meals

Grab-N-Go meal 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 $10 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

ASI 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/.