Archuleta Seniors Inc. participating in Festival of Trees, Colorado Gives Day

Vote for the Archuleta Seniors Inc. (ASI) tree at the 17th Annual Festival of Trees at the Ross Aragon Community Center today, Thursday, Nov. 30, from noon to 6 pm. 

Friday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. is the auction with live music, food and a cash bar. Tickets are $30, available through the Community Center.

Southwest Colorado Gives Day is on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Colorado comes together to raise funds for local nonprofits, and ASI is participating. 

Every gift is tax-deductible. Early giving is open now. You can donate by visiting, clicking the link to the Colorado Gives website, or using the following to go there directly: Thank you for your generosity.

There is also another way to donate. 

Are you 70.5 years old or better? Do you have an IRA from which you need to take a distribution? Did you know you can make charitable donations directly from your IRA without paying taxes on the distribution, up to $100,000 per year? The donation from the account would be payable to Archuleta Seniors Inc. and sent to PO Box 344, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. This gift option is called the IRA charitable rollover or qualified charitable distribution.

December art classes

There will be two free art classes in December because there are two wonderful Christmas projects and both need to be created. 

On Monday, Dec. 4, we will be making a small box suitable for giving a gift card. We will be using old Christmas cards, so bring some if you have them. But, there will be plenty of cards if you don’t. Everyone will end up with at least one very special gift card box.

On Dec. 14, we will be making a globe out of old Christmas cards. This involves cutting 20 circles, all the same size, and gluing them together in a specified way. It’s easy to do and the results are gorgeous, so come join in on the fun. 

Both classes will begin at 1:15 and are free to attend. All supplies will be provided. No reservations are required, but space is limited, so be sure to be there by 1:15.

Our teacher will be Denise Fisk, who is a retired elementary art teacher from Iowa. She loves sharing art techniques with her classes. So, come to the Pagosa Senior Center with a friend and see how your old Christmas cards can be turned into useful pieces of art.

Senior conversations

Join us Mondays at 1:15 p.m. for a series of “Senior Conversations” with local Bill Salmansohn. 

He will lead the group through mindfulness exercises and discussion of various topics pertaining to aging in Archuleta County. Explore and discover for yourself answers to your questions and concerns. 

The meeting will be held in the Senior Center in the dining hall. Snacks will be provided.

Share lunch Monday through Thursday

Join us at the Silver Fox’s Den, aka the Community Cafe, in person for daily hot/cold meals Mondays through Thursdays at the Community Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. It is open to all. Pickup is available all week, including Fridays. 

Our dining hall is open to all ages and welcomes you all with kindness and warmth. We provide hot/cold meals for anyone in the community interested in a nutritious and delicious meal. For those 60 or older we request a suggested donation of $10, but no one will be turned away. There is a $10.50 charge for guests under the age of 60. 

Meals include a main course, side dish, fruit/dessert, garden salad plus beverage. Some popular menu items include Frito chili pie, pork tenderloin with harvest chutney, Singaporean pork ribs, vegetarian lasagna, Hawaiian shrimp with coconut rice and always a beautiful green salad. Many of our items are locally sourced and organic. 

Our chef works with a team of local food professionals to hand-prepare your meal for dine-in service in our cozy dining room (with an amazing view of the San Juans) or for takeout (via our convenient drive-through). Our menu changes daily. 

To reserve your meal for the day, please make your reservation via text or phone call to (970) 264-2167 by 9 a.m. weekdays.

Community Cafe menu

Thursday, Nov. 30 — Beef pot roast with root vegetables, creamed spinach, garden salad, fruit, milk and bread pudding with rum sauce.

Friday, Dec. 1 — Stuffed portabella mushroom caps with veggies, feta and Gruyere cheese; Brussels sprouts; garden salad, fruit and milk.

Monday, Dec. 4 — Shredded chicken tacos, tortillas, Spanish rice, refried beans, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Tuesday, Dec. 5 — Pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy, roasted butternut squash, creamed spinach, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Wednesday, Dec. 6 — Perfect 10 codfish, broccoli, dinner roll, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Thursday, Dec. 7 — Eggplant Parmesan, asparagus, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Friday, Dec. 8 — Tuscan soup with pork, white beans and kale, focaccia bread, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Grab-N-Go meals

Dine-in and 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. For ages 59 and younger, the cost is $10.50. No one will be turned away for their inability to donate. 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.

Text reservations

Don’t forget that we offer a convenient texting service for you to communicate with us. Text us at (970) 264-2167. When texting, please include your name, phone number and the days you want a meal. If you are canceling a reservation, please include your name, phone number and the days you want to cancel. 

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


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, the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging helps with parts A, B and D. They can also help you with fraud concerns and troubleshooting any billing issues you may be having. By appointment only. Please call the Medicare line at (970) 264-0501, ext 2. 


The longest-played bridge game in Archuleta County takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:15 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

Whether you are new to hand and foot or interested in learning, please join us most Thursdays at 1:15 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.