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Seniors hold celebration tomorrow

By Becky Herman
Special to The PREVIEW

Seniors, a special invitation is yours for lunch tomorrow. That’s when Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI) will observe the transition of management of the Senior Center from the county government to ASI with a celebration. Balloons, streamers — come join the party! This is all happening on Friday, Jan. 3. As usual, lunch will be served, starting with salads, at 11:30 a.m. The main menu will feature chicken fried steak and all the trimmings. Live music will be provided by the San Juan Mountain Boys, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continuing until 1:30 p.m. The suggested donation for lunch will be $4 for seniors over 60, or those married to seniors over 60. For guests, the charge is $10. Just remember that reservations are required for a meal. Please call Cheryl Wilkinson at 264-0773, or Becky Herman at 903-0788 Thursday or before 9 a.m. Friday to make your reservations, since the old phone number for making reservations may not be operational by then. In addition, if you need help with transportation, please mention this to Cheryl or Becky when you call.

While you’re at the senior center, please talk to any board member (they will all have big name tags) about any services, activities, classes, etc. that you would like to see offered. ASI can’t promise that all your requests will be filled, but we will promise that we will do our very best to offer what you need and want in your senior center.

One change that you might enjoy will be the extended hours that the center will be open. As a rule, the dining room will open at 10 a.m. Come early for coffee and to meet with friends for a chat, to play a game, or to have an informal meeting. We intend to provide this space for the greater part of the day for whatever activities appeal to you. Some will be planned; others will, we hope, be spontaneous. Let’s see what happens and go from there. Your ideas will be our guide. By the way, the dining room will close at 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. As is currently the case, the dining room will be closed on Thursdays unless there are specific requests to use the space.

ASI wants to assure the community that current senior services will continue without interruption. As we “get our feet on the ground,” we plan to expand educational and entertainment programs and activities for seniors, when and if our resources permit.

ASI welcomes suggestions — and, by the way, the suggestion box will be checked every week, and, if you sign your name to your suggestion, we will get back to you about your request. Exciting times lie ahead for our senior center. Join us!

Activities at the center

Friday, Jan. 3 — Opening Day Party with the San Juan Mountain Boys; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen, 10 a.m.; Gym walk, 12:30 a.m. [Please note that the normal TBI Support Group meeting has been postponed for one week until Friday, Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 6 — Gym Walk, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 — Gym walk, 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 — Blood Pressure Checks/Patty Tillerson, 11 a.m.

Menus

Friday, Jan. 3 — Chicken fried steak, country gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, cauliflower/broccoli, tossed salad with garbanzo beans, citrus cake, raisin nut  cup.

Monday, Jan. 6 — Beef stew, homemade biscuit, winter fruit salad.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 — Chicken Parmesan, whole wheat spaghetti, salad, whole wheat roll, tropical fruit.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 — Beef and sweet peppers, brown rice, broccoli, salad, whole wheat roll, brownie.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at the senior center; for your convenience, you can make your reservation up to one week in advance. Temporarily, please use the phone numbers above for making reservations.

Thank you to our various funding resources including Archuleta County, the Town of Pagosa Springs and others. In addition, the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging funnels partial payment for the meal and transportation programs to us from the Older Americans Act.

This story was posted on January 2, 2014.