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A new year begins at The Den, Cafe Fox

SUN Columnist

What fun we had ringing in the new year at noon on Dec. 31.

Gerti Dixon was decked out in her bling, with her root tootin’ horn and bottle of sparkling apple cider in hand, while Mable Robinson knocked back a shot of her sparkling apple cider.

I dare you to join in the fun at Cafe Fox!

Thank you

Thank you to Dennis Ford and crew (maintenance dudes at the Ross Aragon Community Center) for keeping Cafe Fox warm while the heat had the hiccups for several days.

Happenings at The Den

We are pleased to present stretch and breathe yoga every Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. Thank you to Margaret Burkesmith for her generosity in offering this free half-hour class. Register by calling 264-2167, Ext. 28.

Winter scams 

With the cold weather upon us, it’s important to be alert and wary of door-to-door scams that crop up in the winter months.

Watch out for these red flags when considering home improvements, whether having your furnace inspected, your chimney swept, your leaky roof repaired, your heating ducts cleaned or snow removed from your driveway:

• Beware of the handyman who stops by unannounced because he was “in the neighborhood.” These scammers like to make a quick or faulty repair and then disappear with your money.

• Never pay up front. You’re making it easier than ever for a fraudster to take your money and run. Some legitimate contractors may require a small deposit to begin the work, but contractors have credit lines for big-ticket items and don’t need your cash up front to purchase materials.

• Beware of special “limited-time offers” that force you into acting quickly. Take the business’ information and do your research through the Better Business Bureau or by checking other independent references before hiring.

• Be suspicious if you are informed that you need a new furnace or a new roof after a brief inspection. It’s a good idea to get a second opinion from another company before purchasing a big-ticket item.

• Regardless of what you purchase in your home, if you want to cancel it, act quickly. The Federal Trade Commission dictates a three-day cancellation allowance for a refund on purchases over $25, with some exceptions.

Prevent financial elder abuse Call us at (800) 222-4444, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A trained staff is here to listen and guide. Recognize, refuse, report.

United Way helps seniors

Local dining gift certificates are available again, and  $20 will get you a gift certificate to one of a great many participating restaurants.

Why should you choose to use one of the gift certificates?

Because, if you go out to eat, why not use one instead of cash; $4 will be donated by the restaurant to United Way at no cost to you, just for using the gift certificate. (Now, how easy is that?) The Senior Center receives funding from United Way.  And, hey, the certificates don’t expire until March 31.

For more information, call Musetta at 264-2167.

Transportation

What are you waiting for, get out in the community and let us do the driving. Get to where you need to go; door-to-door bus service available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

Cafe Fox special delivery

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? If so, let us do the cooking. Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home-delivery program is available to those living closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town may be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $4 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

Friday, Jan. 11 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 12:30 gym walk.

Monday, Jan. 14 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 — 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s support group; 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 — 10:45 a.m. Stretch and Breathe Yoga; 12:30 p.m. Dr. Kurz presents Understanding Memory Loss.

Thursday, Jan. 17 — Closed.

Friday, Jan. 18 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group; 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Jan. 11 — Ground beef tacos, refried beans, fiesta corn, winter fruit salad.

Monday, Jan. 14 — Chicken Alfredo, Harvard beets, cranberry sauce, whole wheat bread, salad, winter fruit salad.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 — Beef and sweet peppers, brown rice, broccoli, salad, whole wheat roll, brownie.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 — Baked salmon, brown rice, California veggies, tomato/cucumber salad, blueberry muffin, half banana, sherbet.

Thursday, Jan. 17 — Closed.

Friday, Jan. 18 — Honey BBQ chicken, oven browned potatoes, spinach, apple, bran muffin.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. Call 264-2167 for reservations.

Suggested donation for older adults age 60 plus is $4, guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $10.50. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

This story was posted on January 10, 2013.