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Celebrate summer at the Picnic in the Park

By Musetta Wollenweber
SUN Columnist

Photo courtesy Musetta Wollenweber Mabel Robinson lends a helping hand to Lee Lee Munro at the Silver Foxes Den Senior Center. Lee Lee, 8, was named Hula Hoop champ at the center last month.

Photo courtesy Musetta Wollenweber
Mabel Robinson lends a helping hand to Lee Lee Munro at the Silver Foxes Den Senior Center. Lee Lee, 8, was named Hula Hoop champ at the center last month.

Join your friends and celebrate summer by attending Picnic in the Park, Friday, Aug. 23, at noon.

For those who are daring, see if you can beat Alice at Hula Hoops and maybe talk Norma Jean Gerti and Jackie into giving it a spin, too. Nobody can beat me except Lee Lee (8 years old). She was the champ last month.

Your mouth will water as you wait impatiently in line for the pulled pork on whole wheat bun, macaroni salad, savory black beans with cilantro and fresh orange.

Call 264-2167 to make your reservation and enjoy the summer day and peaceful river a stone’s throw away.

ARCH and ombudsman 

Now, just exactly what is an ARCH (no, not the one in St. Louis) and an ombudsman you ask? ARCH — Adult Resource for Care and Help — is for adults age 60-plus and adults 18 and over with a disability, working to provide access resources and/or long term care services in their communities.

Find out more on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 12:30 p.m. when Chris Coffield visits with us. An ombudsman protects the rights of residents/patients in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and short-term rehab facilities. Chris is trained to help resolve complaints or concerns at long-term care facilities.

Caregiver support group

Those of us involved in caregiving know the challenges at hand: days/moments may be bright and cheery, other times can fall flat, be not so great and frustrating.

At times, it is helpful to have the opportunity to be able to chat with others in similar situations. You can hear suggestions on how to handle certain situations, gather information or just find it helpful to be able to vent. There are many facets to caregiving — don’t let it get you down.

I am in the midst of gathering suggestions about formation of a caregiver support group, but I need to hear from you to make it work. Give me a call at 264-2167, Ext. 28, and let me know what day of the week and time is best for you. Without your input, I cannot put a group together. I look forward to hearing from you.

Fall prevention volunteers 

We are looking for volunteers interested in training to teach fall prevention classes. This out-of-town training is provided at no cost. Call 264-2167 for more information.

Thank you

A special shout out to Dolores Sause for her service, dedication, love and caring as she prepared meals at Cafe Fox over the past several years. Dolores, you will be missed and we wish you well as you wander down the road to your next adventure.

AARP driver safety class

A class will be held today, Thursday, Aug. 15, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Registration is required.

Cost for AARP members is $12, non-members $14.

For further information, and to register, call Lois O’Dell at 259-5589.

Stitchin’

Join in the fun of Stitchin in the Kitchen on Fridays at 10 a.m. for an hour of creativity, recreational lies, coffee sipping and a treat eating good time. I swear I’ll get that crocheted football hat done for my grandson’s first birthday and in time for kickoff.

Great deal

Did you know there’s a sweet deal at Cafe Fox?

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday you can partake in a fabulous lunch; the salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m., followed by the main meal at noon.

Join a friend, bring a friend, or make a new one and have a great time while enjoying the gorgeous view of the San Juan Mountains and the old-time decorations of yesteryear. Just make your reservation by 9 a.m. and come in. Great food and company, all for a suggested donation of $4. We look forward to you joining us soon.

Beep, beep

Your ride awaits you.

Catch our door-to-door bus and get out in the community while we do the driving. Get to where you need to go: grocery store, doctor’s office, pharmacy, hardware store, visit a friend, lunch at Cafe Fox or …?

The service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day.

What are you waiting for? Call for details, 264-2167.

Delivered meals

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness?

If so, Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door.

Our hot meal, home delivery program is available four days per week to those living closer to town, with frozen meals for 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, Aug. 16 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 Brain injury support group 12:30 Gym walk during open gym

Monday, Aug. 19-12:30 Gym walk

Tuesday, Aug. 20-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s support group, 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 — ARCH and ombudsman presentation: Protein for Muscles, and More; 1 p.m. Hand and foot card game.

Thursday, Aug. 22 — Medicare counseling, by appointment.

Friday, Aug. 23 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. book club; noon Picnic in the Park; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Aug. 16 — Grilled ham and Swiss, homemade tomato soup, crackers, salad, banana slices in a splash of orange juice.

Monday, Aug. 19 — Tacos, refried beans, fiesta corn, fruit salad.

Tuesday, Aug. 20 — Chicken parmesan, salad, roll, tropical salad.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 — Lemon baked salmon, brown rice, California veggies, tomato/cucumber salad, bran muffin, half banana, rainbow sherbet.

Thursday, Aug. 22 — Closed.

Friday, Aug. 23 — Picnic in the Park: pulled pork, whole wheat bun, macaroni salad, savory black beans with cilantro, fresh orange.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. You can make your reservation up to one week in advance by calling 264-2167, through our website at www.archuletacounty.org, at select departments and at the Senior Center.

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 $12.85. 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.

This story was posted on August 15, 2013.