By Rose Chavez | PREVIEW Columnist
Take time to focus on your personal wellness with our virtual programs. It’s easy to join a class that can calm your mind, spark your creativity or guide your learning.
New programs for March and April include Mindful Chair Yoga, the discussion and creativity series All about Self-Love and Care, and Mindful Eating. These and many more ongoing programs start the first week of March. All are online, and all are free. Choose topics that best support your unique wellness journey, and sign up to try something new.
Mindfulness and Brain Health includes: Boost Your Brain and Memory, Mindful Chair Yoga, Mindful Eating, Intro to Mindfulness Meditation, Guided Mindfulness Meditation, Creative Mindfulness Part 1 and Creative Mindfulness Part 2. Reduce stress and calm your mind with one of our mindfulness programs, or practice strategies for keeping your brain healthy — or try both.
Creative Arts includes: Virtual Art Making Part 1 and Virtual Art Making Part 2. This series of hands-on classes gives you the opportunity to stretch your creative muscles. No experience is needed; we’ll give you step-by-step instructions in each class. When you register, we’ll ask for your mailing address so we can send you the necessary materials ahead of time, at no charge.
Aromatherapy includes: Aromatherapy 101, Aromatherapy 2.0, Aromatherapy Garden Club, Aromatherapy Garden Club Part 2 and Aromatherapy 3.0. Each series offers learning and discussion, as well as hands-on creation of specific beneficial aromatherapy mixtures. Attendance at earlier programs is not a requirement. When you register, we’ll ask for your mailing address so we can send you the necessary materials ahead of time, at no charge.
Discussion groups include: All about Self-Love and Care, Gather in the Gallery (virtual), and Documentary and Discussion.
Try All about Self-Love and Care and slow down, explore aspects of self-care, create visual art pieces and writing, and practice meditation. When you register, we’ll ask for your address so we can send you materials, at no charge. Or, check out Gather in the Gallery (virtual) (formerly titled Meet Me at the Museum) to share your unique perspective on art while learning about masterpieces from around the world. The Documentary and Discussion series focuses on short documentaries about a different work of art that was lost, stolen or destroyed. We’ll watch together, then join a guided discussion.
To review and register for programs, visit: http://www.psseniors.org/mather.html
Join us Feb. 27 at 9:30 a.m. for a first in a series of Senior conversations with local Bill Salmansohn. He will lead the group through a mindfulness exercise and discussion of various topics pertaining to aging in Archuleta County. Explore and discover for yourself answers to your questions and concerns.
The first group will be Feb. 27 at the Pagosa Senior Center in the dining hall.
COVID-19 test kits
Stop by the Senior Center to pick up a pack of six 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 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
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 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
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.
Kitchen and admin
The Community Cafe at the Pagosa Senior Center is requesting volunteers to help with our front desk pickup meals and in the office in administrative tasks. Please call or text us at (970) 264-2167 to volunteer or for more information.
Community Cafe menu
Thursday, Feb. 23 — Singapore coffee barbecue pork ribs with rice, sauteed squash, garden salad, fruit and milk.
Friday, Feb. 24 — Chicken Dijon with glazed carrots and dinner roll, garden salad, fruit, milk and banana pudding.
Monday, Feb. 27 — Chicken piccata, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots, focaccia bread, garden salad and milk.
Tuesday Feb. 28 — Pork tenderloin with harvest chutney, sweet potatoes, green salad, whole-wheat roll, garden salad and milk.
Wednesday, March 1 — Veggie marinara over spaghetti squash, focaccia bread, garden salad, brownie and milk.
Thursday, March 2 — Chicken curry with jasmine rice, roasted cauliflower, garden salad.
Friday, March 3 — Seafood Veracruz with cod and shrimp, quinoa, garden salad, fruit and milk.
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.
Archuleta Seniors Inc. (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/.