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The Den’s Penguin Plunge fund-raiser

SUN Columnist

How much would you pay to see one of our kitchen staff and one of our seniors jump into the freezing cold San Juan River?

Your senior center is collecting pledges for the Penguin Plunge right now in support of the programs that serve you, your friends, neighbors and loved ones. Cafe Fox meals, home delivered meals and assisted door-to-door transportation need your help, but hurry — the Plunge is Sunday, Feb. 10.

Drop by the The Den today to make your pledge of any amount or mail it to P.O. Box 1507, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

Cheer our nutty friends on, Sunday Feb. 10, at noon near the Visitors Center on Hot Springs Boulevard. A single $1,000 donation or more … and I’ll jump in!

 Driver safety

The AARP Driver Safety Program has returned to Pagosa Springs and will provide a service at the Silver Foxes Den Senior Center, located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

This class is a nationwide DMV-accredited driver safety class, designed to help drivers 50 and older recognize and compensate for naturally occurring, age-related changes that can affect driving.

The State of Colorado has approved a significant auto insurance discount for students age 55 and older who attend this class.  Check with your insurance agent for the exact discount, savings vary by insurance carrier, vehicle and coverage selected.

The class certificate is good for three years.

Cost for AARP members is $12; non-members pay $14. This one-day course will be offered Thursday, Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Call Lois O’Dell to register, 259-5589.

Tax assistance

Income tax assistance is available through AARP Durango for people with income up to $50,000.  Call Durango Senior Center at 382-6428 for an appointment on a Monday, or the Adult Education Center in Durango at 385-4354 for an appointment on a Saturday.

Homebound help

Our home-delivered meal program is in immediate need of a volunteer for approximately one hour each Monday. Your rewarding experience requires a 4WD drive vehicle and your time. The perks of the job are the service you provide to the homebound and a yummy lunch. Call Musetta ASAP at 264-2167 for more information.

Dining out

Do you go out to eat? Why not use one of United Way’s gift certificates to pay for your meal?  For $20, you get a gift certificate to most restaurants in Pagosa Springs; the restaurant will donate $4 to United Way and The Den is one of the lucky participants in United Way programs. Join us at The Den for lunch and purchase a gift certificate while you’re here. Certificates don’t expire until March 31, 2013.

For more information, call Musetta at 264-2167.

Honk, honk

At your service, all aboard! What are you waiting for, 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 and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $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 $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

Friday, Feb. 8 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 12:30 gym walk.

Monday, Feb. 11 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 — 11 a.m. chair massage (sign up in advance);12:30 p.m. gym walk, Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 — 10:45 a.m. stretch and breathe yoga; 11 a.m. blood pressure checkups, noon nutrition education handout;1 p.m. Hand and Foot card game.

Thursday, Feb. 14 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Feb. 15 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group; 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Feb. 8 — Lemon chicken, pea soup, oven browned potatoes, broccoli, wheat bread, chocolate pudding.

Monday, Feb. 11 — Sloppy Joe, whole wheat bun, mixed veggies, spinach Mandarin salad, butterscotch pudding.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 — Smothered chicken with gravy, cornbread stuffing, plums, peas, whole wheat roll, coleslaw.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 — Valentine lunch: crunchy baked fish with tartar sauce, creamy coleslaw, mashed sweet potatoes, mixed veggies, banana.

Thursday, Feb. 14 — Closed.

Friday, Feb. 15 — Baked chicken breast, clam chowder, baked potato, peas and carrots, roll, tropical fruit.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at CafeFox. You may make your reservation up to one week in advance or through our website at www.archuletacounty.org, select departments and 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 February 7, 2013.