By Rose Chavez | PREVIEW Columnist
Archuleta Seniors Inc. (ASI) and Pagosa Senior Center would like to say a big thank you to the amazing Shelley Low and her team for helping us put together an amazing fundraiser last Friday night. We saw so many familiar faces and new faces that night that we couldn’t be more grateful to be part of this special community.
Thank you to our community for supporting us as we continue to provide our essential services for nutritious meals delivered and in-person (pickup or dinner), educational/social programs and more.
Just a reminder that we are now open Monday-Thursday for in-person dining and Monday-Friday for pickup and delivery.
Although we no longer have vaccination requirements to participate in our services, we are asking people to stay home if you are feeling sick and have a delivery instead.
Programming from the comfort of your own home
Looking for ways to network, have fun, and try new things from the comfort of your home? View a wide range of talks, hands-on art projects, guided fitness classes, sing-alongs and more from our partner Mather. Visit https://www.mather.com/programs. One thing these offerings have in common is that they offer endless opportunities to explore.
Discuss with us current research results on the connection between mindfulness meditation and wellness. We’ll focus on mindfulness practices and pranayama breathing techniques, and you’ll learn to develop breath control and improve your overall well-being. Visit the website below for details and a selection of upcoming dates. Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/mindful-meditation-1183369.
Researching museum experience
Look at art in a new way and explore your insights. We will share rich, museum-quality imagery and performances to create an immersive experience. Rather than receiving one-sided information from an expert, research-based experiences invite participants to apply “visual literacy.” You will be invited to share your perspective, help shape the direction of the group discussion, and make your own connections to the material. Our research-based experiences are often followed by a hands-on experience that invites even greater engagement. Visit the following website for details and a selection of upcoming dates: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/inquiry-based-museum-experience-1183399.
Forgot women’s history
In each of the four sessions, we focus on a different pioneer who has been left out of most history books, with a 10-15 minute presentation of her work and contribution, followed by an interactive discussion and a “hands-on” exercise based on that discussed material. Visit the following website for details and a selection of upcoming dates: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/women-history-forgot-1183379.
Here’s an enticing topic. Join us as we explore different uses of aromatherapy and potential benefits for your well-being. Sessions cover the basics of aromatherapy and essential oils, medicinal uses, ways to integrate aromatherapy at home, and reflexology. Visit the following website for details and a selection of upcoming dates: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/aromatherapy-101-1183389.
Enjoy a free trial of world-class online programs through the Chautauqua Institution – a partner of organizations like the Smithsonian, PBS and National Geographic. To learn more, visit https://www.mather.com/chq.
The Senior Center would like to remind the community of our mobile pantry services that we offer in partnership with Archuleta County MET for seniors age 60 and older in most areas of Archuleta County.
To be eligible for this program, community members must visit Barbara Noriega at the Senior Center at Ross Aragon Community Center to complete an application to qualify for the hot meal delivery service and/or mobile grocery service. The application, called the Food Evaluation 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.
Coupons for the farmers market
If you enjoy shopping at the farmers market, are 60 or older, or live 200 percent poverty, please call Debbie at (970) 403-2164 at the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to have your name added to the list $50 vouchers to redeem for local groceries.
Then, visit the Pagosa Farmers Market every Saturday during the growing season (ending the first weekend in October) to pick up your $50 voucher to support local food artisans and growers in southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico.
The Pagosa Farmers Market is located on the third row of the East Side Market and is only open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm through October 1st.
Write to us at (970) 264-2167. The Community Cafe now accepts text messages for meal reservations, cancellations, and/or notices of any kind. If texting, please include your name, phone number, and the days you would like a meal. If you are calling to cancel a reservation please include your name, phone number and the dates you would like to cancel.
SMS services are available for restaurant meal reservations, takeaway meals and meal-on-wheels recipients.
Mahjong is a 19th-century Chinese tile game commonly played with four players. Each player is dealt 13 tiles with the aim of making matching sets and pairs (like poker). To win, a player must make four sets and a pair. Come to the Senior Center every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. to learn or play
For anyone needing help registering and navigating Medicare plans, we’ll help with Parts A, B, and D. We can also help with any fraud issues and troubleshoot billing issues you may be having. Only with an appointment. Please call our Medicare hotline at (970) 264-0501, ext. 4.
Archuleta County’s longest-playing bridge game is on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Bridge is a four-player card game in which partners sit opposite each other at a table. It is a trick card game with a standard deck of 52 cards. Come alone or bring a partner.
We plan to implement new programs in the future and rely on the insights and expertise of the community to expand our offering. We’re looking for volunteers to help us coordinate new play, craft, wellness, and cross-generational opportunities. If you are interested please contact us at (970) 264-2167.
The community cafe at the senior center is asking for volunteers to help greet customers. Please call or text us at (970) 264-2167 to volunteer or for more information.
Vacancy of the ASI board
The ASI Board of Directors has a vacancy for financial oversight and policy implementation for the organization and senior center staff. The term is three years with an option to extend for another term. Potential candidates should be at least 55 years of age or older and have a passion for adult and elderly services.
Community cafe menu
Thursday, Sept. 29 – Beef Stroganoff with egg noodles, asparagus hollandaise, garden salad and fruit.
Friday, September 30 – Chicken enchiladas, spanish rice, black beans with peppers, garden salad and fruit.
Monday, October 3rd – Pork ziti noodles with marinara sauce, sautéed cabbage, garlic bread, garden salad and milk.
Tuesday, October 4th – Baked tilapia with asparagus hollandaise, couscous, garden salad, milk, fruit and chocolate cake.
Wednesday, Oct. 5 ——Have chicken salad with croissant, macaroni salad, milk and fruit.
Thursday, October 6th – Corn and potato soup, wilted spinach, garden salad, milk, carrot cake and fruit.
Friday 7th October – Cottage pie with mushroom sauce, roasted cauliflower, garden salad, milk and jelly.
Meals to take away
Grab-N-Go meals must be reserved and canceled. Please call or write by 9am on the day you wish to collect a meal. A suggested donation of $5 helps keep our program going. Nobody is turned away because they can’t donate. For those under the age of 59, the cost is $10. Please call or text us at (970) 264-2167 to make a reservation.
ASI has an immediate financial need to support ongoing operations and programming that are providing critical services to some of Archuleta County’s most vulnerable individuals. Please consider donating to ASI.
You can send your donation to PO Box 3444, Pagosa Springs CO 81147 or please visit our website at http://www.psseniors.org/. Donation checks may be made payable to Archuleta Seniors Inc. We are located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. For more information about ASI, visit http://www.psseniors.org/.