Using our newfound leisure time to help break the downhill trend of cultural arts appreciation among the younger generation is the fun focus of this article. But I will start with a summary of the recent changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to our collective life in Lyons.
As of the date of this article, Governor Jared Polis has issued a statewide Stay-at-Home order from March 26 to April 28. After that date, he is suggesting that people will probably still need to continue to use face masks and do social distancing of six feet or more. For example, when they reopen, restaurants and the Senior Center will probably require people to sit six feet from each other while eating. Wearing face masks in public will likely also continue.
Both the slowing of case numbers and the data collected suggest that the rules are working. The best public face mask is made of 100 percent cotton, folded over three times, and placed over your nose and mouth. Data suggests up to one in four people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and do not know they are spreading infected respiratory droplets.
TOWN OF LYONS COVID-19 NEWS
There is no new information as to when the Senior Center activities and group meals will restart. The three-year anniversary party for the re-opening of the Senior Center has been cancelled.
News from the Town of Lyons includes the postponement of Spring Clean Up Day. Results from the April election can be found here. The Town has a dedicated COVID-19 web page with resources and information all in one spot.
The Town also encourages citizens to fill out the simple 2020 Census Form online, as the Town depends on an accurate count of citizens in order to get sufficient funding for public services. You can also complete the Census over the phone. The next step will be mailing out a printed form or having a representative come to your door. Save tax dollars by completing the form online. Do not fall for scammers who try to get your Social Security number or bank account numbers from you, posing as Census takers, in person or in emails.
It is wise to sign up for Facebook and join the Lyons Longevity group, as I post the latest information there daily. Also, get on the LovingLyonsSeniorGroup@gmail.com email list so that you will get timely information on the return of senior meals and programs.
Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund (LEAF) is continuing to run the Meals on Wheels program and the Food Pantry. The Pantry now operates on the sidewalk in front of the Lyons Community Church on Wednesdays, from 3 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. No prior registration is required. Pull up in your car, and for the safety of all parties, do not step out. Volunteers will place a food box inside for you. LEAF has started its new Care Calls program. If you would like to be added to the list to get a daily check-in phone call, contact Ellen Keane at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 970-985-5523.
Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) is continuing its boxed lunches program at the Walt Self Senior Center for now. New participants should call 303-441-1415 to sign up. The River Church was kind enough to supply a frozen meal to seniors on their regularly scheduled free monthly meal day.
More details on senior programs and links to services can be found in the previous Senior News article. Remember to call 211 for your questions and to be connected to human service resources. Use 911 only for medical emergencies.
Come Together Now
Many homes are filling up with family 24/7! Are you babysitting your grandkids? Do you now have an unemployed family member living with you? Look at it this way: You now have a captured audience to have fun with. Granny’s dumb puzzles and board games are suddenly an exciting way to pass the time. Your relatives might also like to learn some card games from you, betting a few dimes, and sharing snacks. Expose the adolescents to some of the things you grew up loving.
I have set up on Facebook an Earth Day 2020 event that focuses on Lyons locals planting something either on Earth Day, April 19, or in the month of April, and intimately watching the plants’ growth progress. I am posting daily suggestions on what to plant and how to do it, such as bulbs, cuttings, seeds, and more. You can participate whether you are on Facebook or not. I am encouraging people to get together and do a planting project that might include decorating a plant’s container with Earth Day emblems. Bring together your kids or grandkids and do this communal project, and create a spot of sunshine in everyone’s life during this dark period of isolation and fear. Send your fun photos of the progress to the LLSG email (above) to share.
Turning to a more cultural endeavor: We have all heard stories about attendees at symphony halls, ballet theaters and opera houses being a sea of grey hair. Be a hero to the cultural world and use this time to acclimate your family to the arts and culture that you grew up loving. Combine some Mozart music with Lego playing. Pull out the art supplies and encourage some dramatic picture drawing while you listen to a Puccini opera. Grab a hand and dance across the room while you have Swan Lake on the television. Have the little ones put on their Frozen dresses or Star Wars costumes and act out a play. Sing and the world will sing with you. “One thing I can tell you is, You got to be free, Come together, right now.” (Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)