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AARP to offer driver safety course at The Den

SUN Columnist

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

This class is a nationwide DMV-accredited driver safety class that is 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 attending this class for students age 55 and older.  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, for non-members $14.

This one-day course is being offered Thursday, Feb. 28,11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and 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 the 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.

Homebound need help

Our home delivery meal program is in need of a volunteer for approximately one hour each Monday. Your rewarding experience requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle and your time. The perks of the job are the service you provide to the homebound and a yummy lunch. Call Musetta ASAP at 264-2167 for more information.

Eating out?

Do you go out to eat? Why not use one of United Way’s gift certificates to pay for your meal?  A mere $20 will get you a gift certificate to 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.

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 is 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.

Special delivery

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? 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 on 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 $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities 

Friday, Jan. 25 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Book Club; 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Monday, Jan. 28 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 — 12:30 p.m. Gym walk, Meditation for healing.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 — 10:45 a.m. stretch and breathe yoga.

Thursday, Jan. 31 — Closed, administrative day.

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

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Jan. 25 — Celebrate January birthdays with chicken fried steak, country gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, cauliflower/broccoli mix, tossed salad with garbanzo beans, citrus cake.

Monday, Jan. 28 — Grilled ham and Swiss sandwich on whole wheat bread, homemade tomato soup, crackers, salad, banana slices in OJ.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 — Baked chicken, black eyed peas, orange beets, orange wedges, whole wheat roll.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 — Spinach lasagna, Italian breadstick, Italian veggies, salad, strawberry fluff with sliced bananas.

Thursday, Jan. 31 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Feb. 1 — Pork chop, roll, roasted sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, applesauce, yogurt berry parfait.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox.

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 $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. Call 264-2167 for reservations.

This story was posted on January 24, 2013.