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A warm, fuzzy feeling at Stitchin’ in the Kitchen

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Photo courtesy Musetta Wollenweber Stitch’n in the Kitchen partygoers are having a great time at The Den. From left are Karen Bynum, Bernie Sautel and Kathy Fulmer. Stitch’n in the Kitchen is one of the many programs offered at the Senior Center.

Photo courtesy Musetta Wollenweber
Stitch’n in the Kitchen partygoers are having a great time at The Den. From left are Karen Bynum, Bernie Sautel and Kathy Fulmer. Stitch’n in the Kitchen is one of the many programs offered at the Senior Center.

What a sight it was as I walked into our dining room a few Fridays ago and saw 18 ladies stitching away.

I just love the warm, fuzzy feeling of our Friday mornings.

Generally speaking, Stitchin’ mornings is a bring in your project, hang out, eat goodies, drink coffee or tea, tell recreational lies and oh, yeah, work on your project kind of time.

This particular Friday, a few of our ladies had taken it upon themselves to teach others how to make those fabulous, popular twirly scarves; the room was buzzing and I got to meet new peeps, but not one person left me their new scarf.

Hmmpf.

Even if you don’t stitch, come on in and feel the warm fuzzy of The Den. You’ll be glad you did.

Medicare fraud and abuse

The Den will host a Medicare fraud and abuse presentation.

What is a Medicare Summary Notice anyway and how do I use it?

All attendees will receive a free personal healthcare journal. Join us Wednesday, March 6, at 12:30 p.m.

Driver safety

Good news: The AARP Driver Safety Program has returned to Pagosa Springs and will be available at the Silver Foxes Den Senior Center, located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

This class is a nationwide DMV-accredited driver safety class, designed to help drivers 50 and older recognize and compensate for naturally occurring, age-related changes that can affect driving.

The State of Colorado has approved a significant auto insurance discount for students age 55 and older attending this class. Check with your insurance agent for the exact discount; savings vary by insurance carrier, vehicle and coverage selected.

The class certificate is good for three years.

Cost for AARP Members is $12, non-members pay $14. The one-day course is being offered Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Call Lois O’Dell to register, 259-5589.

Income tax 

Income tax assistance is available through AARP Durango for people with income up to $50,000.

Call Durango Senior Center at 382-6428 for an appointment on a Monday, or the Adult Education Center in Durango at 385-4354 for an appointment on a Saturday.

Hurry up

Make it snappy … before time is up!

Do you go out to eat? If so, why not use one of United Way’s gift certificates to pay for your meal? You can get a $20 gift certificate for use at most restaurants in Pagosa Springs. The restaurant will donate $4 to United Way and The Den is one of the lucky participants in United Way programs.

Join us at The Den for lunch and purchase a gift certificate while you’re here. And hey, the certificates don’t expire until March 31.

For more information, call Musetta at 264-2167.

Activities at The Den

Friday, March 1 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Brain injury support group; 12:30 gym walk.

Monday, March 4 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Tuesday, March 5 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, March 6 — 12:30 Medicare fraud and abuse presentation.

Thursday, March 7 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, March 8 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, March 1 — Lemon chicken, oven browned potatoes, broccoli, split pea soup, whole wheat bread, chocolate pudding.

Monday, March 4 — Beef stuffed peppers, rosemary peppers, steamed carrots, vanilla yogurt with strawberries.

Tuesday, March 5 — Macaroni and cheese with ham slice, tossed salad, peas, bran muffin, bananas and Mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, March 6 — Baked chicken, black-eyed peas, orange beets, orange wedges, whole wheat roll.

Thursday, March 7 — Closed, administrative day

Friday, March 8 — Savory meat loaf with beef gravy, whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, Jell-O with fruit.

Menu subject to change; 1 percent milk served with all meals.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. You can make your reservation up to one week in advance or through our website at www.archuletacounty.org, select departments and at the Senior Center. 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 individual donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $12.85. 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 February 28, 2013.