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Beware: The scamming never stops

What makes the office phone ring off the hook lately?

Reports of scams happening right here in our very own county.

The latest nuts are attempting to get you to send money to a so-called relative in trouble. (I’ve seen this via e-mail, too.)

Folks, always confirm who you are talking to, get a callback number and don’t assume it is someone you know; callers will lead you into a conversation that you fall prey to. Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it!

Always ask questions if you are unsure, otherwise just hang up — period, end of question.

Kudos to those of you who recognized a problem and thanks for letting us know so we could share your story.

Call your local law enforcement to report suspicious activity. Here in Archuleta County the non-emergency number is 731-2160. To report fraud or financial elder abuse, seek consumer information, obtain referrals and assistance or locate local Better Business Bureau. You can also contact the ElderWatch Consumer Hot Line at (800)222-4444.

On another note, the AARP ElderWatch program, sponsored by the Colorado Attorney General’s office, dropped by information on Identity Theft the other day. What is identity theft, how do thieves get your personal and or financial information, what do they do with it? — and 10 steps to take if you become a victim. I’m hogging these publications in my office. Stop by and pick one up. Protect yourself from thieves!

Special events

• “Carrier.” Filmed during a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of ground troops, this in-depth documentary takes an insider’s tour of the?U.S.S. Nimitz, one of America’s most storied aircraft carriers. Strong language.

“Carrier” (episodes 3 and 4) Monday, April 9, at 1 p.m.

“Carrier” (episodes 5 and 6) Monday, April 16, at 1 p.m.

“Carrier” (episodes 7 and 8) Monday, April 23, at 1 p.m.

“Carrier” (final episodes 9 and 10) Monday, April 30, at 1 p.m.

• Attorney Mike Greene, Wednesday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m. Mr. Green is going to discuss general legal topics that will “delight” (his word).?

• Audubon Society: Monday, April 16, 12:30 p.m.

Ever wonder what type of bird that is out your window and why you only see it certain times of the year? Birding offers a chance to enjoy your own yard, getting active in habitat conservations, or anything in between. See the Canada Geese nesting on the wetlands pond behind the community center, as we speak. Join like-minded people at the Weminuche Audubon meeting Wednesday night and go on field trips with them. Help with fall elementary school education programs at the Hershey Ranch. Birds are everywhere you go. Enjoy them, learn about them, help them.

?Library

Come on in to The Den and check out our library. We have quite the collection of books, including some large print, as well as books on tape/CD, videos, DVDs, and audio tapes for you to borrow.

At your service

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

Food delivery

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are 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 living closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals 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 at The Den

Friday, April 6 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; Closed following lunch.

Monday, April 9 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta; 1 p.m. “Carrier” (episodes 3-4 of 10).

Tuesday, April 10 — 11 a.m. chair massage; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, April 11 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checks; 12:30 p.m. Mike Greene: general legal topics presentation.

Thursday, April 12 — Closed.

Friday, April 13 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

This week’s menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, guests $6, kids 12 and under $3. 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, April 6 — Crunchy baked fish, whipped sweet potatoes, creamy coleslaw, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, banana.

Monday, April 9 — Ground beef tacos, refried beans, salsa, fiesta style corn, winter fruit salad.

Tuesday, April 10 — Lemon chicken, oven-browned potatoes, broccoli, whole wheat bread, split pea soup, chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, April 11 — Homemade macaroni and cheese, sliced ham, tossed salad, peas, bran muffin, bananas with mandarin oranges.

Thursday, April 12 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, April 13 — Spinach lasagna, tossed salad with sunflower seeds, green beans, apricots, wheat roll.

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 the Monday preceding. The suggested donation is $3 for age 60-plus. Call 264-2167 for more information or to make a reservation.

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