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Pancakes, budgets, and pie in the face

Pancakes, oh yeah!

We invite you to join us today, Sept. 1, from 7:30-11 a.m. For just $6, you’ll start your day off right, enjoying homemade pancakes slathered in warm syrup, served with bacon, an egg casserole, orange juice and coffee or tea.

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, but I’ll do my best to avoid serving you in the lap, and I’ll serve from the right, or is it the left?

A delicious breakfast and good company is promised. All proceeds benefit the Silver Foxes Den Nutrition Program.

Budgets and pie

It will be quieter this week, in terms of our activities, as I come up for air from preparing the 2012 budget.

Will we serve more seniors this year?

Will the state and federal monies be less? (I think we have a good guess here.) Will donations be up or down?

My head hurts.

I finished the budget, relieving the headache at a pie-eating contest at our grand finale picnic in the park.

Approximately 106 folks enjoyed a perfect day for a picnic. Jack Collinsworth entertained the masses with county western music until it was time to start the contest. Six brave souls, myself included, sat down at table number two. Tart size pies — lemon, chocolate and vanilla adorned in whipped cream — sat on the table. The rules were recited, mostly as I made them up: “Hands behind your back,” I said and the call was made by Jack, “Go!”

I peeked up as I chased that little lemon tart across the table, noticing quite the circle had formed cheering us on. Smiling while stuffing my mouth was challenging. Judy was across from me, having nibbled only the tip of the whipped cream off, while I had most of the pie on my face and not so much in my mouth. I wasn’t sure how the four guys were doing. The cheers of the crowd satisfied my curiosity: Steve Bainer had downed his pie first.

As we passed the paper towels around the table, I cleared my nostrils of lemon filling and decided our little pie eating contest would be an annual event, a great way to close the summer.

Congratulations, Steve, and my thanks go to our awesome kitchen staff, office staff and volunteers, for yet another great picnic.

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 is $2 per day. Call for details, 264-2167.

ASI memberships

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

Is it time for you to renew or buy your ASI membership? You can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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.

Home meal delivery

These meals are the same meals prepared in our kitchen by the same cooks who prepare those scrumptious senior center meals. Our hot meal home-delivery program remains available to those living close to town four days per week, with frozen meals on Thursdays and weekends. 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.

Weekly activities

Friday, Sept. 2 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5 — Closed for Labor Day.

Tuesday, Sept. 6 — Gym walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 — No scheduled activities.

Thursday, Sept. 8 — Administrative day.

Friday, Sept. 9 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI meeting 1 p.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, Sept. 2 — Crunchy baked fish, whipped sweet potatoes, creamy coleslaw, whole wheat roll, mixed vegetables, banana.

Monday, Sept. 5 — Closed for Labor Day.

Tuesday, Sept. 6 — Chicken Alfredo, Harvard beets, cranberry sauce, whole wheat bread, tossed salad, fruit salad.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 — Ground beef tacos, refried beans, salsa, fiesta corn, peaches.

Thursday, Sept. 8 — Closed.

Friday, Sept. 9 — Lemon chicken, oven browned potatoes, broccoli, whole wheat bread, split pea soup, chocolate pudding.

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

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