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Volunteer appreciation at The Den

By Musetta Wollenweber
SUN Columnist

Photo courtesy Musetta Wollenweber County administrator Jesse Smith and county commissioners Michael Whiting, Clifford Lucero and Steve Wadley, back, from left, join Silver Foxes Den staff — cook Dolores Sause, assistant cook Dolores Gallegos, director Musetta Wollenweber and assistant cook Eric Russell — to serve lunch at the annual volunteer appreciation event.

Photo courtesy Musetta Wollenweber
County administrator Jesse Smith and county commissioners Michael Whiting, Clifford Lucero and Steve Wadley, back, from left, join Silver Foxes Den staff — cook Dolores Sause, assistant cook Dolores Gallegos, director Musetta Wollenweber and assistant cook Eric Russell — to serve lunch at the annual volunteer appreciation event.

On June 27, the Silver Foxes Den honored many volunteers during the annual volunteer appreciation event.

A wonderful lunch was prepared by The Den’s staff and served at Cafe Fox by county commissioners Clifford Lucero, Steve Wadley, Michael Whiting and county administrator Jess Smith.

There are 50-plus volunteers who give of their time to keep the programs at the Senior Center running smoothly. You’ll see them scurrying about to get the tables set, providing water for the tables, clearing tables, helping in the kitchen, delivering home meals and taking an extra minute to check in and chat with the homebound. They check your blood pressure a couple of times a month and serve on a variety of boards, host the brain injury support group, book club, Meditation for Healing and card games, and provide office assistance. In just five months, these dedicated individuals have logged over 400 hours.

Volunteers, we honor you.

Right from the start, you cared from your heart.

In the blink of an eye you serve others in many capacities.

With your help, our community of seniors retains their independence.

Together, we are more than a meal.

You are the best the Silver Foxes Den could ever ask for.

Your commitment to all deserves recognition.

Colorado Senior Law Day

This annual educational seminar in Denver presents a multitude of programs specifically designed for seniors in the Colorado community.

If you are a senior, an adult child with an aging parent, or a caregiver, this is one day you cannot afford to miss — Saturday, July 27, at the Denver Mart. Admission is an optional contribution of $10, which includes a free copy of the 2013 edition of Senior Law Handbook (a fabulous handbook I might add).

The following is a sampling of the many workshops available:

• Adult protection and elder abuse.

• Consumer and investment fraud prevention.

• Living wills, advance medical directives, DNR order, proxies and end-of-life issues.

• Estate planning: wills, trust and your property.

• Social Security.

• Aging in place — maintaining your independence at home.

• Bankruptcy.

• Planning for your pets.

• LGBT domestic relationships and civil unions.

• Lifelong learning and the aging brain.

• Hanging up the car keys for good.

• What to do when someone dies.

For more information or to register, visit www.seniorlawday.org or call (303) 860-0608

Thank you

Thank you to Mountain View Homemakers for their generous donation in support of our home-delivered meal program. Thank you for your kindness and being a part of our extended family. Your donation is more than a meal; you are helping our homebound retain their independence while remaining in their homes and communities. We fell short in funds and you were there to help those in need.

Through town

Yep, that’s where the bus goes, the senior bus that is. We are at your service, so get out in the community and let us do the driving. Get to where you need to go; door-to-door bus service 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.

Weekly activities 

Friday, July 5 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Brain Injury Support Group; 12:30 p.m. gym walk

Monday, July 8 —12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Tuesday, July 9 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, July 10 — Blood pressure checks, noon nutrition education handout: Listeria and Food Safety.

Thursday, July 11 — Medicare counseling by appointment

Friday, July 12 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen;12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, July 5 — Spinach lasagna, Italian veggies, salad, Italian bread, strawberry fluff with bananas.

Monday, July 8 — Chicken alfredo, Harvard beets, cranberry sauce, whole grain bread, tossed salad, fruit salad.

Tuesday, July 9 — Pork and green chile stew, whole wheat tortilla, salad, fiesta corn, pineapple tidbits, oatmeal raisin cookie.

Wednesday, July 10 — Stuffed peppers, rosemary potatoes, carrots, yogurt with strawberries.

Thursday, July 11 — Closed.

Friday, July 12 — Savory meatloaf, smashed potatoes with brown gravy, peas, whole wheat roll, pineapple tidbits.

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 July 3, 2013.