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The Senior Center will serve lunch on December 20 and 27. Exercises are cancelled on December 24 and 28. The Walt Self Senior Center is open to residents on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve to make their own fun. Don’t sit home alone! Neighbors are serving a free “Fifth Monday Supper” at 5:30pm, on Monday, December 31st (not a potluck). Oskar Blues & Grill has changed its lunch date to Wednesday, January 8, at 11:30am, instead of January 1st.
Seniors enjoyed a special supper by the Lyons Community Church on Monday, December 16, which included a festive setting, including china plates, live music, and a creative ham menu. Thanks to Theresa Brighton for the decorations, and Jani Little for organizing the event and meal.
On Tuesday, December 17, seniors went on their final bus trip of the year. They were treated to a first class dinner at the Roost Restaurant, Longmont. The VIA bus took them to the doorstep of a dozen different spectacular Holiday Light displays.
And, then on Wednesday, the Boulder County Aging Office lunch was praised by the lunch crowd for its tasty baked ham, scalloped potatoes, and almandine green beans, with a side salad. Lisa Ramsey, from the Recreation department, brought cookies and arranged a game of “20 Questions,” where people had to guess Christmas related objects, like nutcracker and fruitcake.
After three days of amazing fun, camaraderie, and excellent food, the seniors were ready for a quiet day to relax. Over a one week period, the temperatures have gone from 45 degrees to 60 degrees on this coming Saturday, the official first day of winter. Good bye icy danger zones. It has been easier for seniors to walk to the post office or stroll with their dogs.
Cheri Hofer lead a big group around downtown Lyons Wednesday night to sing Christmas carols. Senior found it to be such a delight to be serenaded by the group. You may recall that she sang her way along the Pilgrimage Trail in Spain a couple years ago.
A Lyons area preschool stopped by to sing for the seniors this week. How sweet!
Also, a second chance to sing will be put on by Janaki Jane, sponsored by Wide Spaces Community Initiative, at the Lyons Regional Library on Saturday, December 21, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome; bring your grandkids. Other songs may be sung, and there will be Christmas cookies to decorate.
All local churches have Christmas Eve services. The Community Church has a special Blue Christmas service for those who have lost someone, and want to remember them in a special, more private way. It is at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 21. Join the 15th Annual Christmas Eve Service in the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass, at 5 p.m., presented by the Higher Ground Ministries. Dress warm! I usually bring a lap blanket.
Perhaps you were among the donors or donees who benefited from the Christmas spirit brought on by the Giving Tree this year. Twelve Christmas Elves delivered 111 gifts all around town on Saturday. Many of the seniors said it was the only gift they will be getting, and it brought tears to their eyes. Thank you to Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund for conducting this, and all the dozens of volunteers and donors!
In addition, any senior in town who was needing to stock their pantry for Christmas were treated to a big cardboard box full of canned food and fresh produce at the Wednesday, December 18, Super Duper Holiday Food Pantry. The Middle School Student Council organized a drive for LEAF’s Food Bank distribution, collecting over 250 items. In addition to Sam Tallent, and his Higher Ground Ministries, Cemex, Lyons Community Church, and Lyons Catholic Community all made major contributions to this Big Day. LEAF volunteers ran an efficient line through the room, and volunteers put the boxes in seniors’ cars. Many thanks for your kindness! Remember, the Food Bank will be closed the next two Wednesdays.
Reminder, I have reserved the Senior Center hall for Christmas Day 3 to 9 p.m., and New Year’s Eve, 5 p.m. to 12 midnight, for any senior to stop by any time and enjoy the Holidays with new and old friends. Bring snacks, side dishes, sandwiches; an old-time Christmas movie to share; pull out the board games. Don’t stay home alone.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! See you in 2020.