Seniors center reopens for in-person dining, texting is now available for reservations

Written by Christina Noel | Columnist Preview

The Community Café is now open to the public every Monday and Wednesday. We still serve Grab-n-Go meals on eat-in days. If you are dining indoors, please be prepared to show your vaccination cards. If you have COVID-19, have been exposed or have any symptoms, please stay at home.

Email us at (970) 264-2167

The Community Café now accepts text messages for meal reservations, cancellations and/or communications of any kind. When texting, please include your name, phone number, and the days you want to eat the meal. If you are canceling, please include your name, phone number and the days you want to cancel. Text messaging services are available for meal reservations, Grab-n-Go meals, and Meals on Wheels.

Mahjong

Mahjong is a 19th century Chinese tile-based game that is commonly played with four players. Each player receives 13 pieces with the goal of creating identical combinations and pairs (eg poker). To win, the player must form four groups and one pair. Come to the Pagosa Senior Center to learn or play every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.

Medicare Monday

Medicare Monday is for anyone who needs help registering and navigating Medicare plans, Parts A, B, and D. We can also help you with fraud concerns and troubleshoot any billing issues. By appointment only. Please call the Medicare line at (970) 264-0501, ext. 4. Someone will answer your call within 24 hours.

Zentagle

Zentangle is a form of relaxation that uses easy-to-learn patterns, drawn by focusing on individual lines one by one. The method focuses on simple strokes and elements that anyone, regardless of creative ability, can draw, and allows the mind and body to de-stress while creating beautiful images. The coach is Roberta Strickland, CZT. Call (970) 946-4582 or write to us at (970) 264-2167. Classes are every Wednesday at 1 pm at the Seniors Center. For the safety of our participants, proof of vaccinations is required.

bridge

Bridge plays Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 1pm. Bridge is a card game for four players with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. It is a card game based on tricks using a standard deck of 52 cards. Come alone or bring a partner. Proof of vaccinations is required.

Kitchen and office
need volunteers

The Senior Center Community Café asks for volunteers to help greet customers. Please call or text us at (970) 264-2167 to volunteer or for more information.

Archuleta Seniors Inc. Board of Directors. (ASI) has three vacant positions open to the financial control and policy implementation of the organization and senior center staff. Terms are three years with the option to renew for an additional period. Prospective candidates must be at least 55 years of age or older and must have a passion for adult and aging services.

Community Cafe Menu

Thursday, July 14 – Crispy catfish with tartar sauce, withered spinach, milk, green salad and crunchy cherry cobbler.

Friday 15 July – Moroccan stew with naan bread, jasmine rice, milk, garden salad and boiled pears.

July 16 and 17 – closed.

Monday, July 18 – Fish tacos with cabbage, Baja sauce, cilantro rice, milk, garden salad, and watermelon.

Tuesday, July 19 – Salisbury steak with mushroom broth, baked sweet potatoes, buttermilk rolls, peaches, garden salad and milk.

Wednesday 20 July – Chicken Piccata with Yellow Squash Casserole, Focaccia Bread, Milk, Garden Salad and Grapes.

Thursday, July 21 – Hawaiian ham with peppers over coconut rice, sauteed vegetables, garden salad, milk and mango.

Grab-N-Go وجبات Meals

Reservations and cancellations are required. Please call by 9am on the day you want to have a meal. The proposed $5 donation helps sustain our program. No one will be rejected for not being able to donate. For ages 59 and younger, the cost is $10. Please call or text us at (970) 264-2167 for reservations.

Fundraising need

ASI has an immediate cash need to raise $100,000 from our community to promote a Round 2 Colorado Senate Bill 290 scholarship opportunity. So far, $35,000 has been raised.

ASI proposes ordering $2 million for a new senior center, including the cost of renovating a large dining room, food storage, offices, a large commercial kitchen and ample space for activities.

Looming on the horizon is the August 1 due date for the grant application. Please consider making a donation to ASI by calling us or emailing us at (970) 264-2167. You may also mail your donation to PO Box 3444, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Donation checks can be written to: Archuleta Seniors Inc. We are located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. , in downtown Pagosa Springs. For general information about ASI, please visit: http://www.psseniors.org/.

watermelon mint
lemon juice recipe

If you are looking for something refreshing during the summer heat, this instant drink is the answer. You will need:

• 5-6 cups of watermelon, seeded and diced

• juice of 2 lemons

• A handful of mint leaves

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth. If desired, strain the juice over a fine mesh sieve and a large bowl. Squeeze until only the juice is in the bowl and the pulp remains in the sieve. Served with ice. You can store the juice in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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