How did your Christmas (Holiday) go? Did you get some gifts you love?
Every December I add comments to the LEAF Giving Tree postings on Facebook. People who go to the food bank are offered the opportunity to write on a card two options for people to chose from to buy them a gift. I’ve talked with some of the recipients, and they say that it is the only gift they will get that year. So, I spread the word to the public.
This week, I was talking to a few seniors who use the Lyons Food Pantry, and asked them what they got. One said, I didn’t submit a card, because I felt others were probably more needing it. Another said, I don’t get Christmas gifts from my son or brother because they take me out when they come to Colorado, and that’s enough; but I do like the surprise gift I get from LEAF folks. And a third said, it’s the only gift I get, so I save it till Christmas morning to open; I like it when it’s wrapped in paper so I can rip it apart like a little kid again! One lady said she had been asking for a “soft wool sweater” for four years, and each time got an acrylic sweater. I can say that today she is strutting her stuff in a soft pink WOOL sweater! And, some of the gifts are practical, like a foot warmer… to watch tv with… or a “replacement modern” Teflon cookie sheet. So, there is no one easy answer to “Did you get what you were hoping for on Christmas?”
I hope your Holiday had some fun surprises and loving memories! Happy New Year 2024!
Kathleen Spring ……… Loving Lyons Senior Group
PS Please note, some of this Newsletter (mainly, having to do with town and county services) are a repeat, but almost every section DOES HAVE FRESH NEWS!
Table of Contents
DECEMBER at the SENIOR CENTER
The number of seniors coming to the Senior Center for activities is slowly increasing. The exercise group and the birthday party group, and the lunch group, all have seen a few new locals join them in 2023. The groups are still small enough so that you get to know everyone on a personal level. (see info on both new and regular goings-on for the exercise group under “Town of Lyons Activities” below)
At the December birthday party seniors were in a jolly mood! The room was decorated and there was a live Christmas tree. The Town provided craft materials to make a colorful button necklace. The group sang “Happy Birthday” for those December birthday babies. Carol Groves’ birthday is on December 25th. She turned 91 years old this year. Her art work is currently on display at the Lyons library.
There is a bus trip planned to a dinner theater this month, and some new things on the horizon from the Town. The above-average temperatures made for good walking weather, so no “cabin fever” has been reported by seniors this winter season!
MONTHLY HEALTH ARTICLE
BECOMING A SUPER AGER
Many younger people think that when seniors retire, they just sit around the TV or travel the world. But more and more seniors today are still working, full or part-time jobs, or caring for their grandkids weekly, or starting their own business. So, the stress continues.
People often say that they are stressed out, and then just continue with their life as is. But there are some serious consequences of continued down that route. A survey of Super Agers (those 80 and over) in the US focused on successful aging and dementia in people 90 years and older. They are observing the brains of those with remarkable memory. Initially studies show a few common traits, and much of it is connected to stress. They control their blood sugar and blood pressure. They talk a lot with friends, and their community. They avoid stress and prioritize mental health.. and sleep! And they’re not afraid to do some physical work.
How would you like to seriously consider focusing on these things in the coming year, 2024? What can you do to make it happen? Are you a list maker? Do you do meditations daily? Do you have a best friend who can remind you when you’re straying from this goal?
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Good Bye: Rick Sallinger, reporter since the 1980s is retiring. He worked for CBS Ch. 4 News for 30 years and NBC Ch. 9 for 6 years. His son Marc Sallinger is now on local tv as a reporter at Ch 9 News.
RTD lowers fares systemwide for equity and environment; and Drops regional and local designation; effective January 1st.
We announced the expansion of the Veterans Hospital for NORTHERN COLORADO, and now we can announce the expansion of UCHealth for Northern Colorado residents. Yes, our area, and especially the Ft. Collins area, is rapidly expanding. UCHealth broke ground in December as the first step in their major expansion project at Medical Center of the Rockies. The most noticeable part may be the new tower that will be built on the north side of the hospital (completed in 2026). Also, there will be created a cancer center (to open in 2024), an expanded emergency department and additional imaging and cardiac spaces. The project will increase the hospital’s bed capacity from 191 to 287; plus room to grow up to 323 beds. Thank goodness — Staffing will grow as well. UCHealth plans to hire more than 250 employees before the expansion opens.
HEALTH INSURANCE: so, you are 55 and not old enough to apply for Medicare. You can still get economic insurance through the state of Colorado. See the Article about the State of Colorado’s health care market, with plans that start around $30/Month. DEADLINE to enroll is January 15. == INFO Page
Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid Program – A public health insurance for qualifying Coloradans. It is funded jointly by the federal government and Colorado state government.
Watch out when doing searches online; several companies have similar names to Connect for Health Colorado, but they must put a disclaimer on their web site saying they are not a government program. Also, the official web site’s name will end in “.gov”
NEW TREATMENT Coming: TIME Magazine announced in its latest issue that Eli Lilly could debut a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that targets amyloid, the protein that builds up in the brains of patients. … people receiving the drug experienced 35% slower cognitive decline according to cognitive tests than those getting placebo, and 40% less decline in their ability to perform daily activities such as driving or holding conversations. The FDA is expected to make a decision about the drug in early 2024.
VOLUNTEERING Has Been Proven to Increase WELLNESS in people.
HEALTHY VOLUNTEERING: Want to make a New Year’s Resolution that will be fun, and expand your circle of friends, and give you a sense of satisfaction and “loving fuzzies”?! — You can volunteer in the Lyons area THIS YEAR. The Lyons Recorder has put together a list of a dozen ‘nonprofits’ that are within a 15 minute walk in town, or 15 minute drive from town! — It includes a brief description of what each group does, and where they need volunteers (it does NOT list meetings and fundraisers and such… no money involved!) So, you say you can’t donate money, but what about an hour a week, or a couple hours each month, or during summer programs? Read this LIST of Choices ===This is One of the newspaper’s “one stop shopping” articles where you can find all you need in one place. Areas to volunteer in on the list are:
==human needs / food / delivery & pick up – meet some of our citizens first hand by helping distribute food or meals-on-wheels, and conversation.
==weeding / gardening /orchard – get your hands in the dirt! And learn things that will benefit your yard, and beautify your town.
==naturalists – learn more about open spaces and nature, or farming, and teach others (in person, in the center, or online)
==historical societies – learn more about your town and county (help in the history museum, or teach kids history at Pioneer Days.)
==wildlife / humane society
Fresh Conversations is an online discussion format that is focused on timely nutrition topics presented monthly. It is led by Patti Murphy, RDN. the Boulder County Aging Dietitian, on ZOOM. When: 2nd Wednesday of each month. Questions? Please email email@example.com. == Jan. 10th, 1-2p.m. “COOKING FOR ONE” REGISTER
TIME to get vaccinated! CDC REPORT ON COVID: Click here to see the long list of articles in TIME Magazine in the recent week or two: COVID-19 Cases are high in Colorado, and most western states. The charts show a steady increase now that the winter months are upon us. —– I have heard about a different friend getting it EVERY week for two months now! Yes, IT IS IN LYONS. ——- Medicare will still pay the $250 bill for services.
Warning in Lyons: someone in Lyons tried to purchase a couch on Facebook this week, and it had a Lyons address. But it turned out the house was for sale (fake address), and the deposit she made disappeared. Be sure to use charge cards or other money options that can be refunded if you are scammed.
Profitable Scams never seem to die. I got this one this past week; but I just hung up. — It was my son. He was crying. He said, ‘Mom, I was in an accident. I hit another car being driven by a pregnant woman. My nose is broken. They arrested me. I’m in jail. They assigned a public defender to me. You need to call him.” – to check if it’s a real call: (1) after you hang up, call their phone. (2) call a best friend of theirs (3) ask the person a personal question only your son/daughter would know. (4) never wire funds, or take cash out of your bank, or send cryptocurrency, or buy gift cards. === *TODAY* Create a CODE WORD with your loved one!!
If you spot a scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission by calling 1-877-382-4357 or by visiting https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/. For questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the Community Protection Division at 303-441-3700.
SENIOR PROPERTY TAX PROGRAMS
If you do not qualify for the regular Senior Property Tax Exemption program, look into this program:
Deferral Program: On January 1st, 2023, the State of Colorado expanded the deferral program to include the property tax growth. The property tax growth allows those who do not qualify for the senior or military personnel program to defer a portion of their real property taxes if they exceed the property tax-growth cap of 4%, averaged from the preceding two years. The Property Tax Deferral program does not exempt taxes; it is a loan with minimal interest to assist Coloradans with paying real property taxes if an application is submitted and the applicant is eligible. The deferral loan is recorded as a junior lien against the participant’s property until paid in full. (This is handled by the state, not the county; but you can look at the Boulder County page for guidlines)
2 Separate Programs: SENIOR PROPERTY TAX DEFERRAL WEB PAGE. // SENIOR TAX EXEMPTION PAGE There will be a delay in processing Property Tax Statements due to the change in the law in November 2023. Expect them by February 1st; however, they are still due February 28.
SOCIAL SECURITY NEWS FOR 2024
==RATES for 2024: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 71 million Americans will increase 3.2 percent in 2024 (about $50/month for most people). But the Medicare premium will increase slightly, as well as the annual deductibles. The annual deductible for all Medicare Part B enrollees in 2024 will be $240, an increase of $14 from the 2023 deductible of $226. Medicare Part B will increase by $9.80 to $174.70
The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $168,600.
The earnings limit for workers who are younger than “full” retirement age (see Full Retirement Age Chart) will increase to $22,320. (We deduct $1 from benefits for each $2 earned over $22,320.)
The earnings limit for people reaching their “full” retirement age in 2024 will increase to $59,520. (We deduct $1 from benefits for each $3 earned over $59,520 until the month the worker turns “full” retirement age.)
There is no limit on earnings for workers who are “full” retirement age or older for the entire year.
===NEW SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSIONER
Martin J. O’Malley was sworn in December 20, 203, as Commissioner of Social Security to a term that expires on January 19, 2025.
Commissioner O’Malley expressed his gratitude for being chosen to lead the Social Security Administration. “I am honored for the opportunity of a lifetime to lead Social Security’s outstanding public servants forward, together, in such an important mission to help the agency to deliver critical services to the American people,” said Commissioner O’Malley. “Social Security is the most far-reaching and important act of social and economic justice that the people of the United States have ever enacted. For tens of millions of Americans across our country, Social Security is the difference between living with dignity or living in poverty.”
A lifelong public servant, Commissioner O’Malley brings a vast amount of experience to the position. He served as Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015, following two terms as Mayor of the City of Baltimore. Prior to being elected Mayor, he served as a member of the Baltimore City Council from 1991 to 1999 and Assistant States Attorney for the City of Baltimore before that.
Commissioner O’Malley is a pioneer in using performance-management and customer service technologies in government and has written extensively about how to govern for better results in the Information Age by measuring the outputs of government on a real-time basis.
As Commissioner, Mr. O’Malley will be responsible for administering the Social Security retirement, disability, and survivors insurance programs
ARTS, CRAFTS & CULTURE:
LIBRARY NEW HOURS: The library will no longer have “7:30p.m. closing time”, but will have uniform 7p.m. closing time Monday through Thursday, beginning January 1st. It opens at 10 a.m. 6 days a week (closed on Sunday) — Friday is 10 a.m. to 5p.m.; and Saturday is 10a.m. to 2 p.m.
1st QUARTER 2024 ART SHOW: Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission will open their quarterly art show on Wednesday, January 17, at 5:30 p.m., with tandem shows: (1) Android Jones at library (2) residents art at town hall. — See this ARTICLE with all the details!
DROP IN FOR CRAFTERS: Creatives of all kinds are invited to join us for our first Crafternoon of the year! We will hold monthly gatherings for adults to come work on their own portable projects (knitting, crocheting, sketching, etc) or take part in the provided project. This month we will be making watercolor postcards. Let us know you’re coming by registering on the event page: CRAFTER TUESDAYS
BLACK HISTORY MONTH – Boulder Museum program: PCBH Guided Tours with Adrian Miller; January 20, and March 9 | 12pm – 1pm== Dive deep into the history of Black Coloradans with a guided tour led by “Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History” Co-Project Director, Lead Curator, and famed soul food historian Adrian Miller. EXHIBIT TOUR DETAILS HURRY! Tickets are almost sold out. He won a James Bear award and finalist for a NAACP Image award. See the exhibit through a Black American perspective. Hurry! The first two sold out quickly.
Black History Month Fashion ” Resilience” Sat, Feb 24 • 3:00 p.m. – Denver School Of The Arts, From $15.00, Black Pearl Entertainment, Inc. INFO Sign Up LINK
ALSO SEE BELOW UNDER “ACTIVITIES” for General Activities
Past Month's Lyons Recorder ARTICLES of interest to Seniors, Dec 7 to Jan 4, 2024
NEWS from TOWN HALL = December
APPLY to be on April’s Ballot for Trustee or Mayor
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT turns 50
Lyons Annual POLAR PLUNGE Jan. 1st (photos)
10 reasons to be proud of LYONS SCHOOL — “NEWS”
FBI HATE CRIMES Statistics, including Colorado
TOWN of Lyons SENIOR ACTIVITES
====NEWS=====Seniors will be attending “Fiddler on the Roof” this month (there is a Waiting list). It is the final play at the Boulder Dinner Theater. No other trips are planned in the near future.
EXERCISE CLASS & MORE
Lisa Ramsey, the coordinator of senior activities by the Town, says that she hopes to bring back craft/art classes every other month (taught by independent teachers) this year. No news yet. And, she is looking at things to spice up the twice weekly exercise class (free to Lyons seniors 55 and over). In December, she had a belly dance instructor gives lessons from a professional dancer. In January or February, she hopes to introduce “kettle balls” to the routine. Contact her for more information, and to get on her mailing list. LRamsey@townofLyons.com
Here is a more recent and DETAILED write up of the exercise group: Come join our senior exercise group and have fun and improve your fitness while enjoying stimulating conversation. On Tuesdays we’ll do some exercises involving hand weights and bands, along with some low impact aerobics and coordination exercises. Chairs will be available for those who prefer to sit and exercise. On Thursdays we start off with a 30 minute walk. Walkers are encouraged to go at their own pace. All exercises can be modified to accommodate any fitness level. Both classes will end with some balance exercises and gentle stretching. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle and you may bring your own hand weights and yoga mat if you prefer. This class is taught by Lisa Ramsey. Weather info: when below 45 – 50 degrees, rainy or windy, the walks may be cancelled; call if unsure of conditions by 9a.m. The class takes place in the Walt Self basement, 335 Railroad Ave, entrance on alley. Please do not park in the apartment complex’s parking lot.
BOULDER COUNTY Office on AGING (BCAAA)
Mountain Resource Specialist for Lyons
Note this is repeated every month
Here’s a short description of their services to Boulder County seniors:
The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) has been serving older adults and caregivers in the mountains for 30 years by having Resource Specialists dedicated to residents of western Boulder County. Amy provides direct client services by getting to know clients during an appointment to determine client needs and then providing information and making referrals to community partners and other helpful resources. Amy serves clients in Lyons, Allenspark, and surrounding areas. The BCAAA responds to the needs of older adults (60+) and their family and informal caregivers in our community through advocacy, funding, direct service, planning, and education. The BCAAA works with public and private partners to respond to the client’s unique needs. The BCAAA offers:
- Information, Referral, and Resources
- Financial Assistance
- Healthy Aging Programs
- Medicare Counseling
- Caregiver Programs
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Nutrition Resources
- LGBTQ+ Programs
Most of our services are provided at no charge. There are no income eligibility requirements. Contact the Mountain Resource Specialist serving your area for assistance.
SERVICES PROVIDED & CLASSES:
Boulder County Aging = BCAAA 303-441-1617 or infoADRC@boulderconty.org main number is (720) 766-8844, or email infoADRC@bouldercounty.org. == Larimer County residents can contact their Office on Aging == https://www.larimer.gov/humanservices/aging/ooa.
CONVERSATIONS (online/Zoom) — Fresh Conversations is an evidence-based nutrition education program focused on timely nutrition topics presented monthly. Fresh Conversations is led by Patti Murphy, RDN. the Boulder County Aging Dietitian, on ZOOM. The program is held virtually over Zoom. When: 2nd Wednesday of each month. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. == Dec. 13th, 1p.m. Use it or Lose It! Maintaining Muscle Strength. REGISTER
BASICS in MEDICARE CLASS (Online) boco.org/Medicare For more information, or to set up an appointment, please call 303-441-1546.This class fills up fast; but is repeated.
Nutrition Counseling: Individualized counseling and coaching from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist are available for Boulder County residents. Call 303-678-6115 (English) or 720-930-0223 (en español) with your contact information.
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. The week’s menu is read to you on the answering machine’s message.
====ACTIVITIES and EDUCATIONAL Programs====
BOULDER CO OPEN SPACE – WALKS & TALKS = We will not be listing these in the winter months.
January 8, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. — What Native Plants Work Well at 7 – 9,000 ft?=== Tips for Living with Wildlife– Estes Park Garden Club – Everyone is welcome! Estes Valley Library, Hondius Room == We are pleased to welcome back to Estes, Mike Kintgen, the Curator of the Alpine Collection at Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG). Mike will expand on his talk covering the best natives he presented in 2020 to the EP Garden Club and touch on aspects of design and cultivation with western natives. He will mention which plants have been most critter proof for him in his garden north of Steamboat Springs.
1-3 pm (new time!) WINTER CONCERT IN THE PARK: The first two are at Lavern Johnson park with ice skating (if temperatures are below 45), live music, hot chocolate, cozy fire and more! Sponsored by Lyons Community Foundation. Details at lyonscolorado.com — Jan 21 Shauna Lee — Feb 18 Elbow Brothers — March 9 Joe Kukla @ BOHN PARK. Put on by Town of Lyons; Free thanks to Lyons Community Foundation.
BE A VOLUNTEER History teacher for St. Vrain Historical Society – “Pioneer Days” is an award-winning living history program that The St. Vrain Historical Society offers for free to 3rd-grade classes in The St. Vrain Valley School District. They have two training sessions coming up – January 18 /and/ February 8. These volunteers for the April and May Pioneer Days will be offered as part of registered SVVSD area classes (plus other volunteer opportunities at Pioneer Days.) If you are new to this program, it is required that you come to the meeting on the 18th, if you cannot meet on the 18th, please reach out to the SVHS office at (303) 776-1870
CRAFTERS: 4 to 6p.m. First Tuesday of each month at the Lyons Library! – bring your own or try out the free simple craft provided. Meet new friends! January 2nd one made some watercolor postcards.
January 7 — Don’t miss your last chance to see “agriCULTURE: Art Inspired by the Land,” a collaborative, contemporary art exhibit pairing local and national artists with Boulder County farmers to create new, site-specific visual works inspired by farming and the natural world. Experience multi-media, large-scale artwork that explores how farming is connected to issues such as climate change, water rights, ancestral lands, local history, environmental impacts, cultural heritage, and so much more. The exhibit also features hands-on exploration activities for families including digital microscopes, a farm tractor sandbox, an interactive magnetic mural, and more.—this exhibit is at the Longmont Museum, but there are other associated exhibits in Boulder County. $5 for seniors and veterans. LINK.
ART EXHIBIT: “Aging Bodies, Myths and Heroines,” photography that looks at some of the myths and misunderstandings often imposed upon elder members of contemporary western societies, up through Feb. 28; 4550 Broadway, Suite C-3B2, Boulder; eastwindow.org. Their indoor gallery is open Thursdays + Fridays + Saturdays 4:30pm – 7:30pm, but these images can be seen on their East Window all day till 11:30p.m.
BOULDER SENIOR CENTER: Studio Arts Boulder Pottery Classes. Learn about the fundamentals of pottery to make functional and whimsical pieces.=== Pottery EAST. East Age Well Center, Monday, Jan. 8, 1–2:30 p.m., Fees: R/NR $10/$13 === Pottery WEST. West Age Well Center, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1:30–3 p.m., Fees: R/NR $10/$13 === West Age Well Center: 909 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder | 303-441-3148 / Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. EAST Center: 303-413-7290.
Adjusting to Life’s Changes Support Group==Mondays, Jan. 22–March 4, 1:30–3 p.m. (Group will not meet on Feb. 19.) Longmont Senior Center ==Register by calling Kayleigh Schernbeck at 303-774-4497… make an appointment prior to joining the group. Space is limited. == Adjusting to life’s changes can involve many kinds of loss. If you are struggling with retirement, beginning or ending a caregiver role, decreased independence, changes in your abilities, or an accumulation of losses over the years, this six-week group is for you. We can work together to find a “new normal” in life. Our sessions are all confidential. Peer Support Volunteers will facilitate this group.
One Book, One Valley – the Estes Park Library community has voted on the book of the year for 2024! They have selected The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel as the 2024 One Book One Valley title. I have read the book and it is a mind-boggling book about a man who lives as a True Hermit in the woods; and never spoke to anyone for 17 years! Nothing like you’ve ever read or heard about before; you’ll never forget it. The library will have programs all month long in January surrounding the topic. They are arranging to have the author come to Estes Park! We will keep you informed of some of the bigger highlights. They have many copies of the book to check out. (The Lyons Book Club read this, and loved it! Much to discuss!)
2 NEW Community CHOIRs: (1.) Ashley Johnson, Mayama, wants to remind people: Registration for A Big Beautiful Noise choir with Allie Tyler and myself is now open!! All voices welcome. No experience necessary. Come sing with us! The first FOUR classes are open to drop-in, so if you want to try it out before committing to a whole session, put it on your calendar and come see us on Tuesday’s from 6:30-8pm at Mayama in Lyons. Register – SEASON is Jan. 9 to May 28th. at MAYAMA. ===== (2.) Note the new church just outside of town, Christian Promise Fellowship, is also recruiting people to join their Easter Choir. Contact their pastor at: Dawnmarie Fiechtner EMAIL
MOVIE NIGHT / MOVIE SUNDAY – I hope to bring back this popular event. We watch a high-quality, unique movie once or twice a month. It can be a drama, or documentary or foreign film, but will either star senior actors, or be relevant to senior life. It will have subtitles. And, it will be followed by a 15 minute discussion period. === Write to me, and let me know if you are interested, and I’ll put you on the email list to get notifications. We hope to start in late January. Write email@example.com
======At Lyons Library in January=====
Writing Circle – January 9th, 6-8p.m. (next one February 13) 2nd Tuesdays
Local author and poetry enthusiast Elizabeth Marglin is bringing a new program to the library this year. As a group we will read a poem, choose a prompt and write! Everyone will have the option to share their work if they wish, followed by comments of appreciation from the group. We will not be editing, critiquing or workshopping, simply creating and sharing. Writing circles are for everyone–if you have a pen, you can write. We hope you’ll join us for this evening of creative expression. Register HERE. (This use to be called Bread & Poetry and take place at Moxie’s)
Trail Cam 101 – January 16th, 6:30-7:30p.m.
Learn how to capture the secret lives of wildlife around your home or property! Lyons Library is excited to have trail cameras available for checkout soon. To promote this new offering, Lyons’ own Robyn Sloan will be hosting a hands-on demonstration to give patrons a chance to experiment with a camera. Each person or family unit will have the opportunity to ask questions as they learn about the basic parts of a camera and how to set it up. Space is limited due to the number of cameras so please register soon. If you have your own trail camera to bring, please do so. Register HERE.
Eco Elegance Unlocked: Design Principles for Fashion Rebels – January 18th, 10-11:30a.m.
Presented by Staci Bernstein, this talk will dive into the world of sustainable fashion, unraveling the guiding principles and fabulous allure hidden in our pre-loved textiles. This talk will provide attendees with an introduction to creative, sustainable fashion. Register HERE.
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Drop In Pickleball– expanded to: winter hours are M-W-F 9-11 am, T-Th 10 am-12 pm= Location: Bohn Park Multisport Court, 199 2nd Ave = Fee: FREE (Town of Lyons Recreation Dept) All ages welcome. Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. Bring a racquet and a ball, if you have one. Drops Ins welcome. Regulars will teach you how to play the game, if you are new to it. The Town has extended this past the original ending date because of the popularity.
GAME DAY: the 4th Wednesday of each month, at the Senior Center at 12:30p.m. Currently they are playing a new board game every month, and have played card games, and dominos. Stop by and meet them and share your ideas. This is put on by the Seniors (and not the Town).
BINGO IN LYONS! – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Main Stage Brewing (located at corner of Main Street and Hwy 36 going toward Estes Park). First card is free, prizes each round plus a final cash jackpot! Bring money for pizza and beer. (The Lyons high school Booster Club ended their BINGO games in Longmont).
LIBRARY VIRTUAL AUTHOR TALKS: virtual author talk series website.
Happy Birthday, Seniors!
January Senior Birthdays:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO *LYONS* LOCAL SENIORS:
Happy Birthday to Richard Bennett, Rhonda (Harkalis) French, Anita (Vasquez) Rodriguez, Cathy Rivers, Geneva Sabados, Rick Hammons, Clark Hodge, Dale Katechis (Oskar Blues), Larry Quinn, Sonny Smith, and two at the Walt Self Senior Center: Sandy Spellman (volunteer), Novella Gaia (resident).
Don’t forget to wish a Happy Birthday to these folks! It’s always nice to get a friendly hello!
Details: The Senior “Monthly Birthday Party” will take place in the Senior Center on the second Wednesday of each month, at 12:30p.m. You can order lunch, which will be served at 12 noon, and cost $3 for Lyons seniors: call (303) 441-1415 by Tuesday, 1p.m. The party/craft takes place at 12:30 p.m. and you can attend without coming for lunch. Let them know you are coming if they need to bring a Birthday card for you!
If you wish to be on our Birthday List, please write us! Email: LovingLyonsSeniorGroup@gmail.com
NEWSLETTER — to be assured that you get a copy of the monthly, award-winning, SENIOR NEWS — add your name to the Loving Lyons Seniors Group email list. This newsletter/article has been produced for more than 20 years by Kathleen Spring. Reports were initially done weekly under the title “SPOT on Seniors,” when the Golden Gang (senior club) was active. Since then it was done monthly in the Lyons Recorder. Email: LovingLyonsSeniorGroup@gmail.com
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