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Tips for safe Internet shopping

SUN Columnist

Online shopping is so quick and easy. But for safe Internet shopping, follow these simple steps to protect your money and privacy:

Verify that the business is legitimate. Contact them by phone and ensure that you can talk to a company representative if necessary;

Check out the company’s return policy. Take note of any deadlines or extra fees charged for a return;

If buying an item from an online store, make sure the site is secured. You should see a closed padlock icon on your browser, if that lock icon appears unlocked do not send your credit card information. Also look for “https” in the URL before submitting your payment information online;

Never send your credit card number by e-mail. Email messages are not secure;

Save all transaction details. Print out or make note of the seller’s identification, the item description and the time, date and price you paid or bid on the item. Print and save copies of your order confirmation screen and all email communications;

Do business with companies you know to be reliable.

Provided by ElderWatch — program with the Colorado Attorney General and AARP Foundation.

Prevent financial elder abuse. Call us Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Our trained staff is here to listen and guide.

ElderWatch: Recognize, Refuse, Report, (800) 222-4444.

United Way helps seniors

Awesome news, the dining gift certificates are available again, and $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.

For more information, call Musetta at 264-2167.

Thank you

A special thank you to Rob Gaston for volunteering his time in the office. Also thank you to Cynthia for the large donation of clothing to our free rack.

Holiday fun 

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

For the 12 days of Christmas, we celebrate the holidays by having a gift drawing at lunch. There’s Christmas classic movie week, fun holiday “dress-up” days, which includes holiday hats; ugly holiday sweater day; ties, socks and scarves day; and then plain ol’ dress-up day for your holiday party on Dec. 21.

We’ll even be ringing in the New Year on Jan. 31 at noon with a hootin’, tootin’ time and a toast. And Dr. Kurz will present a program on the importance of routine medical tests and types of test.

Santa’s Sleigh (transportation service)

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, Friday and the second and fourth Thursdays 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.

Cafe Fox 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 at The Den

Friday, Dec. 14 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; eighth day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch; 12:30 p.m. gym walk; Christmas classic movie: “Santa Claus,” starring Tim Allen, very heartwarming, 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 17 — Ninth day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch and wear your holiday hats to lunch; 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 — 11 a.m. Alzheimers support group, call for details; 10th day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch and wear your ugly holiday sweater/sweatshirts to lunch; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Dec. 19 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checkups; 11th day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch and wear your holiday, ties, socks and scarves day; 12:15 p.m. Dr. Kurz presents the importance of routine medical tests and types of test.

Thursday, Dec. 20 — Closed.

Friday, Dec. 21 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 12th day of Christmas gift drawing at lunch; dress up for the holiday party at noon. Bring a gift, get a gift. Bring a gift valued at $10 or less, label it for man, woman or unisex and place it under the tree on the 21st.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

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

Monday, Dec. 17 — Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, green beans with red pepper, parsley carrots, bran muffin, tropical fruit salad.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 — Lemon baked tilapia, oven browned potatoes, peas and carrots, coleslaw, oatmeal blueberry muffin, banana, rainbow sherbet.

Wednesday, Dec. 19 — Chicken fried steak, with country gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, cauliflower/broccoli, salad with garbanzo beansa, apple crisp.

Thursday, Dec. 20 — Closed.

Friday, Dec. 21 — Roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, salad bar with sunflower seeds, wheat roll, magic cookie bar.

Reservations are 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 13, 2012.