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Lunch at The Den — connecting with friends

What a delightful surprise: our dear friends from Pine Ridge joined us for lunch. It was wonderful to see them all, and quite the reunion. We even met some new folks.

One of the gals was a wee bit of a tattletale; she let me know that Tom plays the piano. Your little secret is out, Tom. Thank you for playing, and we expect more of it, sir.

Betty in Arboles, thank you for your advice on how to prepare liver. I still think it’s gross.

Dining certificates

We still have the United Way dining gift certificates available. Just $20 will get you a gift certificate to use at one of almost 30 participating restaurants right here in our community. But, first …

Why should you choose to use one of the gift certificates? Because, if you go out to eat, why not use a dining certificate instead of cash? Four dollars 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 April 30, 2012.

For more information, call me at 264-2167. On behalf of our seniors, I thank you.

Special events

Free movie and popcorn, Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. The movie: “Secretariat.” When Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s thoroughbred stable, she transforms from housewife to horse breeder — and owner of the colt that will take the 1973 Triple Crown. The film explores Chenery’s bond with “Big Red” and depicts her rise to greatness as the “first lady of racing.” John Malkovich plays trainer Lucien Laurin, and Fred Dalton Thompson co-stars as big-shot breeder Bull Hancock.

Poker-Texas Hold ’em style returns the last Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. — this month, Tuesday, Jan. 31. Get ready for some great competition; all levels welcome.

Any other card games you’d like to play? Let us know.

Transportation service

Lonely, need to hang out with us? Not driving anymore? Car in the shop? Get to where you need to go by using our transportation service, available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Call for details, 264-2167.

Home meal delivery

Are you homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Senior Center meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal home-delivery program is available to those closer to town, four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living further out of town might 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. 20 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, Jan. 23 — 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Jan. 24 — 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for healing.

Wednesday, Jan. 25 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checks; 1 p.m. free movie and popcorn.

Thursday, Jan. 26 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 27 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Book Club; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

This week’s 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, Jan. 20 — Grilled ham and cheese, homemade chunky tomato soup, salad and banana slices in orange juice.

Monday, Jan. 23 — Chili con carne, whole wheat crackers, yellow squash, fresh apple and cornbread.

Tuesday, Jan. 24 — Lemon chicken, oven browned potatoes, broccoli, whole wheat bread, split peas soup, chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, Jan. 25 — Meatloaf with beef gravy, whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, pineapple.

Thursday, Jan. 26 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 27 — Birthday meal: barbecue brisket, tossed salad, baked beans, fresh orange wedges, bread pudding with topping.

Arboles meal program

Lunches are served in Arboles on the first and third Thursdays of each month, weather permitting, in the basement of the Catholic Church. Reservations are required by the preceding Monday. The suggested donation is $3 for age 60-plus. Call 264-2167 for more information or to make a reservation.

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