February SENIOR NEWS: staying warm with books, crafts and McDonalds
I saw online a flier that showed the prices at a McDonald’s restaurant that was probably from the 1950s. It had burgers for 15 cents! I don’t remember that, but I do remember 29 cent burgers.
The MacDonalds opened their first one in 1940; then in 1948 introduced their Speedee Service System featuring 15 cent hamburgers, and then franchised; and in 1955 Ray Kroch took over and started the whole chain we know today.
Average family income in 1950 was $3,300, according to estimates issued by Bureau of the Census
I love how they used ADJECTIVES! to enhance the appeal of the food. — Pure Beef Hamburger — Tempting Cheeseburger — Golden French fries — Thirst-quenching Coke — Delightful Root Beer — Steaming Hot Coffee” — Full-flavor Orange Drink — and Refreshing Cold Milk. (drinks were 10 cents)
These were “the place to go, park, and be seen” by teens of my era. And, remember the girls on roller skates serving you at your car window? Now we pull up to the restaurant’s window. Talking about this — mmmm, makes me want a “tempting cheeseburger”!
Happy Valentine’s Day — Tell someone(s) YOU LOVE THEM!!! Kathleen Spring ……… Loving Lyons Senior Group
News You Can Use
NATIVE AMERICANS – the Longmont Museum has EIGHT programs over the next few months about Native Americans, including Poetry, image in films, missing people, artists, and more. For full schedule and/or to sign up: CLICK HERE === Jan 28th opening of new exhibit
COVID NEWS: The government has ended the COVID emergency status and as of May 11, treatments and testing will no longer be free. Those with insurance, Medicare or Medicaid MAY be able to still get (free) coverage of vaccines or testing, but there may be additional charges like “office visit fees.” ==== NEW SHIPMENTS of COVID TESTS FREE: The federal government is once again offering 4 free boxes of COVID home tests for each household. Thanks President Biden for doing this. www.COVID.gov This stock will not be replenished. ====EXPIRED TESTS? Stop! Before you throw out old test kits, check this FDA website to see if they are still good. ==
4 Bills to End Coverage: House Republicans had already planned votes this week on four bills aimed at moving the country past the pandemic. The House also wants to lift vaccine mandates for health workers (which had been upheld by the Supreme Court). And a Bill that would require federal agencies to reinstate their pre-pandemic telework policies. Some of these will affect the poorer population, such as Congress recently telling the states that they can begin to remove people from Medicaid coverage who were retained because of the PHE, starting April 1.
LYONS Community Blood Drive– FEB 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.—On Friday, February 24th, there will be a community blood drive, at the Lyons Regional Library.—There is a nationwide shortage of blood and your donation is very much needed. If you are able to donate, please visit the website vitalant.org and sign up today! The code for Lyons community blood drive is A069.
TOWN of Lyons SENIOR ACTIVITES
SENIOR BIRTHDAY PARTY DATE changed ==== MONTHLY BIRTHDAY PARTY to the SECOND WEDNESDAY of the month! In the past, it was the 3rd Wedn., and those seniors who had birthdays the first week or ten days ended up “celebrating” 2 or 3 weeks past their special day. This way we will hit more target dates. —– Any senior in Lyons can attend. There usually is a tasty baked good, song, and a game or simple craft . — next one: February 8, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Second Winter Wonderland Concert is on Feb 25, from 2 – 4 pm, and will feature Dechen Hawk.== in LaVern Johnson Park at ice skating rink – for details and options see Calendar. — Another one will be in March. Sponsored by LCF and Town of Lyons.
LYONS SENIOR EXERCISE – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., free. For Lyons seniors 55+ === This has been moved to the Walt Self Senior Center for the winter months. For info: Contact Lramsey@townoflyons.com Usually consists of: using hand weights; walking; stretching; and mild yoga. REGISTER
BUS TRIPS =
TO REGISTER CONTACT LISA AT: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-823-6622 ext 30
Bus Trip to the Fiske Planetarium === Join us for a bus trip to the Fiske Planetarium at the UC Boulder campus. We’ll be enjoying a private screening of “Bella Gaia – Beautiful Earth”, a fulldome film featuring stunning imagery from the International Space Station as it orbits the earth. This award winning movie also showcases music and dance from around the world. The movie will be followed by a science talk about the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest optical telescope in space. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. We’ll also have time to explore the exhibits in the building after the show.
Ages: 55 and up === Date: Monday, March 6, 2:15 pm – 5 pm === Location: bus leaves from Walt Self, 335 Railroad Ave === Fee: $8; scholarships available====== TO REGISTER CONTACT LISA AT: email@example.com or call 303-823-6622 ext 30 =======
Bus Trip to Meow Wolf === You won’t want to miss this one! Fun for all ages, Meow Wolf is an interactive art museum that transports you from planet earth straight to another galaxy. Imagine stepping through the pages of a Dr Suess book and you’ll have some idea of what Meow Wolf is like. Sure to engage all your senses, Meow Wolf’s mission is to inspire creativity through art, exploration, and play. HELLOFOOD is the onsite cafe and bar featuring rice bowls, salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea, beer, wine and even desserts. Please hop on the bus and join us for a fun filled day!
Ages: 55 and up === Date: Monday, May 1, 9:45 am – 3:30 pm ==== Location: bus leaves from Walt Self, 335 Railroad Ave === Fee: $30 plus money for lunch; scholarships available
BOULDER COUNTY AGING (BCAAA)
REMINDER: The Boulder County Housing Choice Voucher lottery (for all adults, not just seniors) will be open from 8:30-4:30p.m. only on ONE DAY: Feb 8. Late applications will not be accepted. Some “financial assistance” is available. (This is not the form to get on a normal “waiting list”.) CLICK HERE for more info, and to apply on Feb. 8th. ======= Warning, if you click on the page today, it says there are “no openings”, but Boulder Co Housing tells me: It says on the page that “there are no open waiting lists at this time.” because the waitlist does not open until February 8th at 8:30AM. If you read the first line of that message it gives the details of that there. On February 8th the page will update and it will prompt you to the application. It is a very easy process and it walks you through the application. ======== (Here is a LINK to their “general housing info” page — Housing – Boulder County. It updates as there are available rentals so be sure to check back often.)
LUNCHES: Served Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in the Walt Self Senior Center (located in the Boulder Housing apartment complex community center next to the Post Office). You can order a tasty catered meal by 1 p.m. the day before at 303-441-1415.
Lyons Senior Resource Specialists, part time in the Walt Self Senior Center. Clients can contact Sara Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-766-8844. **NOTE*** The County is looking for a replacement for her; but someone will respond to your request. If you don’t hear back from her email; contact Boulder County Area Agency on Aging at 303-441-1617 or infoADRC@bouldercounty.org.
====ARTS & CULTURAL=== Bring out the Artist in You!
February 7th at Lyons Library, 6:30-8p.m. – adults – make Valentine cards! (free) will use cricut machine, plus craft materials. WAITLIST ONLY! REGISTER HERE
Sketching and Drawing MONTHLY class at Library — next one will be the first week of March. (t/b/d) REGISTER.
LIBRARY VIRTUAL AUTHOR TALKS: featuring bestselling, award-winning, and highly acclaimed authors from around the world. The free, virtual series takes place two to three times a month and includes time for author Q & A. A complete list of events is available on the Lyons Community Library virtual author talk series website.
LAHC FIRST QUARTER ART SHOW (1.) 1st Quarter 2023 Art Exhibit in Lyons Regional Library – Artist: Coco Gordon ==Title of Show: “Zeroing In Expanding Out – Fluxus Delivery” (During the next 3 months, you can contact Coco to get a private/group tour. See library staff.)==== (2.) Lyons Residents: Theme: “Cultivating Change” Go to the Front Office of Town Hall and ask for access to the “meeting hall.” ===== (3.) The Next one – “2nd Quarter Art Show” in April will have the theme “Oh, the places you’ve gone!”—Program coordinated and presented by Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission.
LIBRARY BOOK CLUB. This was originally aimed at SENIORS, but any adult can attend == “Busy Readers Book Club.” It offers both a live morning discussion, and an afternoon Zoom discussion. Register.=== Set during the height of the women’s suffrage movement and with the Great War looming, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. Inspired by actual events, author Pip Williams has delved into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary to tell this highly original story.
BOOK REVIEWS = Two books by Colorado author about women who made life better for other women. Medical school in the 1890s and Sports Sexual Harassment in 2000s.
Happy Birthday, Seniors!
February Senior Birthdays:
Happy Birthday to Jim Luehhers, Ciana Grove, Claire McNulty Drewe, Joan Treece, Al Ferrais, Ron Pederson, Linda Harkness, Robyn Sloan, Jay Hodge, Jim Kerr, Karen Wallace, Stevie LaRue, Greg Miller, Betsy Burton, Michael Tovani, and Dave Hawkins.
And a special call out to Maxine Harkalis who is turning 94 years young!
Happy Birthday to these folks! It’s always nice to get a friendly hello!
If you wish to be on our Birthday List, please write us! LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
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