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Flights of fancy, on paper planes

You could hear a pin drop in the dining room as Bill McKown, Archuleta County airport manager, gave instructions on how to make paper airplanes.

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such an attentive group here; I believe I was witnessing the youth popping out (a fun thing).

Bill must have given instruction on at least five different types of planes, all of which had some cool name I don’t remember. A fold here, a fold over there — it was best I “supervised” and didn’t participate. I did find it quite interesting that I was the practice target for several of the contestants. Hmmm.

Several of our contestants couldn’t take the pressure; stepping into the hallway to test their aircraft before the show and returning to fine tune a bit (it didn’t help I might add).

After a good half hour of hard work, it was time for the air show. Seventeen brave souls marched their way to the community center gym; all lined up and, one at a time, whoosh went our contestants’ crafts. The gym is now filled with the sound of crashing paper airplanes, laughter and applause.

Congratulations to Jerald Weatherman for making the distance ... but you didn’t hit me!

Pancakes

Oh yeah, it’s pancake time again, which means you better get here early since Jodi seems to think she can consume all the pancakes we make. We invite you to join us on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 7:30-11 a.m. For just $6, you’ll start your day off right by enjoying homemade pancakes slathered in warm syrup, served with bacon, an egg casserole, orange juice, and coffee or tea.

Come join us at the Senior Center located in the north end of the Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Celebrate the Four Corners Folk Festival and bring the whole family or staff, and don’t forget your hearty appetite! I promise you I will not be a decent waitress, I’ll do my best to avoid serving you with food in the lap and I will serve from the right, or was it the left? A delicious breakfast and good company is promised. All proceeds benefit the Silver Foxes Den Nutrition Program.

Social Security

The Durango Social Security office now closes at 3:30 p.m. daily. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.

While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face service with the visiting public without incurring the cost of overtime. Congress provided Social Security with nearly $1 billion less than the President requested for the budget this fiscal year, which makes it impossible for the agency to provide the amount of over time needed to handle service to the public as they have in the past.

Most Social Security services do not require a visit to an office. Fox example, anyone wishing to apply for benefits, sign up for direct deposit, replace a Medicare card, obtain a proof of income letter or inform us a change of address or telephone number may do so at www.socialsecurity.gov or by dialing their toll free number, (800)772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY number, (800) 325-0778.

AARP Driver Safety

Take the four-hour classroom refresher course especially designed for drivers age 50 and over. You may even be eligible for an auto insurance discount. AARP members $12, non-members $14.

The course will be offered Monday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in Durango, at the fairgrounds in the Pine Room.

To register, call Bryce at 946-6037.

Pagosa Springs does not currently offer this course, however, if you are interested in becoming an instructor, call Musetta at The Den, 264-2167.

Upcoming events

Celebrate as the end of summer nears with an ice cream social, immediately following lunch, Monday, Aug. 29, 12:45-ish.

Poker-Texas Hold ’Em style. Last call to play. Monday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. Beginners welcome.

Dig around in your dresser and find your craziest T-shirt to wear to lunch and then watch our free movie “August Rush,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his guitar, enjoy free popcorn, too. Friday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m.

Art in the Den

We didn’t have any, but now we do!

Thank you Kay Lang for displaying your lovely paintings on our walls; just in case you can’t make it another day without her art, they are for sale, so check it out! Our dining room walls will need your help again once Kay’s display comes down. Do you have a display you could share with us for a month or so, or know someone who does? We’ve enjoyed quilts, photographs, art work from the schools. Please help us out. Contact Musetta at 264-2167.

Medicare open enrollment

The 2011 General Enrollment for Medicare Prescription Plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage Plans has changed to Oct. 15–Dec. 7, 2011

Transportation

Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation $2 per day. Call for details, 264-2167.

Weekly activities

Friday, Aug. 26- Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; book club 10:30 a.m.; Picnic in the Park and pie eating contest, noon (reservations required for picnic and pie eating).

Monday, Aug. 29 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; ice cream social 12:45 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 30 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.; Poker 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 31 — Crazy T-shirt Day. Blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; movie and popcorn, “August Rush.”

Thursday, Sept. 1 — Administrative day.

Friday, Sept. 2 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.

Menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and 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 $11.51. 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.

Friday, Aug. 26 — Picnic in the Park. Barbecue beef brisket, ranch beans, coleslaw, fruit cobbler, reservation required.

Monday, Aug. 29 — Ham and black eyed peas, broccoli, red grapes, wheat bread.

Tuesday, Aug. 30 — Meat lasagna, tossed salad, green beans, apricots, wheat roll.

Wednesday, Aug. 31 — Clam chowder, baked chicken breast, baked potato, peas and carrots, whole wheat roll, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Sept. 1 — Closed.

Friday, Sept. 2 — Crunchy baked fish, whipped sweet potatoes, creamy coleslaw, whole wheat roll, mixed vegetables, banana.

The Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s website: http://www.archuletacounty.org/Seniors/seniors.asp.

Archuleta Seniors Inc.

A wonderful organization, but not the same as the senior center. Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI) is a non-profit organization for folks age 55 and older. The Senior Center works very closely — so close, that ASI sets up in our dining room to sell their memberships.

Is it time for you renew or buy your ASI membership? You can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Folks 55 and over will benefit with discounts from many local businesses, including the local hot springs. This is one of the best deals in Pagosa Springs.

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