Holiday fun planned at The Den

By Musetta Wollenweber
SUN Columnist

Join us for lunch, then have a blast and enjoy the festivities at The Den.

During the 12 days of Christmas, we celebrate the holidays by having a gift drawing at lunch. Seeds of Learning children will entertain us, there’s Christmas classic movie week, fun holiday dress “up” days that include holiday hats, ugly holiday sweater day, ties, socks and scarves day, then plain ol’ dress-up day for your holiday party on Dec. 21.

We’ll even be ringing in the New Year on Dec. 31 at noon with a hootin’ and tootin’ time and a toast.

Medicare 101-navigating

Are you new to Medicare and lost or confused by all the literature you have received? Do you know which portions you need to enroll in A, B, C, D?

What the heck are all those letters anyway?

Did you know  you are entitled to certain free services?

Well, we have answers for you at our Medicare 101 session.

Following Medicare 101, there will also be a special navigational tour of the website for the do-it-yourselfers. You’ll learn where to find more information on the Medicare website and even how to enroll yourself.

Feel free to participate in both sessions, or just one or the other. Either way, you’ll need to register.

Join us for this very informative session on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. for Medicare 101 and 11:30 a.m. for the website tour. Come with an empty head, because we are gonna fill it up!

Registration is required, seating is limited, so please call 264-2167.

Great gift

United Way helps seniors.

Awesome news, the dining gift certificates are available again: $20 will get you a gift certificate/stocking stuffer to one of the following participating restaurants, but first …

Why should you choose to use one of the gift certificates?  Because, if you go out to eat, why not use one instead of cash. $4 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 March 31, 2013.

Use them at the following local restaurants: A Chivalrous Shark, Alley House Grille, Bacci Italian Restaurant, Backroom Wine Bar, Bear Creek Saloon and Grill, Boss Hogg’s Restaurant and Saloon, Boulder Coffee Cafe, Buffalo Inn Restaurant and Bar, Cafe Colorado, Chavolo’s Mexican Restaurant, Chimney Rock Restaurant and Tavern, Coyote Moon, DSP Pizzeria, Farrago Market Cafe, Higher Grounds Coffee Company, Kip’s Grill and Cantina, Nello’s Bistro, On the Rocks at Pagosa Brew Pub, Pagosa Baking Company, Pagosa Brewing and Grill, Pagosa Peaks Pizza, Plaza Grille, Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant, Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant, Smokin’ Moe’s Unbelievable BBQ, Thai Chilie, The Pines Restaurant at Pagosa Springs Golf Club, The Rose, Two Chicks and a Hippy.

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


Get out in the community and let us do the driving.

Get to where you need to go; door-to-door bus service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month for seniors age 60-plus, suggested donation $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

 Special delivery

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Cafe Fox 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 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 $4 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities 

Friday, Dec. 7 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group,; third day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch

Monday, Dec. 10 — 11:45 a.m. kids from Seeds of Learning children entertain; fourth day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta; 1 p.m. Christmas classic movie week, “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Tuesday, Dec. 11 — 10:30 a.m. Medicare 101, signup; 10:30 a.m. chair massage signup; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing; fifth day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 — Compliment Day, compliment someone today (all day); 10:45 a.m. stretch-and-breathe yoga; 11:45 a.m. Seeds of Learning children entertain; nutrition education handout at lunch — yummy and healthy holiday recipes; 1 p.m. Hand and Foot card game; 1 p.m. Christmas classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Thursday, Dec. 13 — noon lunch; seventh day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch; 1:30 p.m. Alinea’s baby shower

Friday, Dec. 4 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; eighth day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch; 1 p.m. Christmas classic movie “Santa Claus,” starring Tim Allen.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Dec. 7 — Half grilled corned beef and Swiss on rye bread, chunky tomato soup, carrot-raisin salad, unsalted peanuts, half orange.

Monday, Dec. 10 — Lemon chicken, pea soup, oven browned potatoes, broccoli, chocolate pudding.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 — Oven fried, steamed brown rice, creamy coleslaw with pineapple, glazed carrots, wheat roll, bread pudding.

Wednesday, Dec. 12 — Meatloaf with beef gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, whole wheat roll, pineapple.

Thursday, Dec. 13 — Pork chop, roasted sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, applesauce, whole wheat roll, berry parfait.

Friday, Dec. 14 — Oven fried chicken, baked potato, spinach Mandarin salad, corn bread, peaches.

Reservations required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. Call 264-2167 for reservations.

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 donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $10.50. 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 December 6, 2012.