March 2022 - Life After 50

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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region

MARCH 2022

Sometimes therapy wags its tail Meet this senior center’s youngest member


Tax filing tips for seniors in 2022


Local dance classes counteract Parkinson’s progression

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Michigan, the Great Lakes, and Chicago Leave the fast lane behind! Come experience the slow lane on Mackinac Island, where cars have been banned since 1898. After arriving in Michigan, meet your tour director and traveling companions for a welcome drink. The next day you will tour Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum, visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in old Frankenmuth, including a delicious, authentic Bavarian dinner and wine tasting. Take a scenic ferry ride to Mackinac Island with a horse-drawn carriage ride from the ferry port to your hotel. With carriages and bicycles as the island’s only means of transportation, you’ll need to fuel up on lunch at the famous Grand Hotel. Buy some of their famous decadent fudge, too! After lunch your carriage tour will take you to Avenue of the Flags, the Governor’s Mansion, and Arch Rock. It’s another beautiful ferry ride back to Michigan mainland. In Mackinaw City you’ll visit Old Mackinac Lighthouse State Park, Legs Inn on Lake Michigan and sample local specialties. Take a scenic drive through Tunnel of Trees en route to the coastal towns of Petoskey and Charlevoix. Sightseeing with a local guide includes Victorian summer resorts and ‘mushroom’ houses. Have lunch and do some shopping in Traverse City, tour the Gerald Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, on your way to Chicago. Take a sightseeing tour of Chicago then enjoy a farewell dinner with a famous dessert at your hotel, the historic Palmer House Hilton.


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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region March 2022 | Volume 35 | Issue 3

Publisher Kevin K. VanGundy Managing Editor Rhonda Wray Editor in Chief Cloie Sandlin Graphic Designers B. Bigler Michael L. Madsen Customer Service Manager Stacey Splude


Sometimes therapy wags its tail

Meet Emmett, the unofficial mascot of the Fountain Valley Senior Center


Advertising Director Kevin K. VanGundy

History tucked into the suburban present

Advertising Executive Jil Goebel

Take an easy excursion to historic Littleton, Colorado

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2022 tax season filing tips Whether you’re working or adjusting to retirement, one local tax expert answers your pertinent tax questions

22 Music and movement counteracts Parkinson’s

A local group gathers for a rejuvenating combination of music, movement and visualization

12 Recipe: One-Pan Japanese Salmon with Sweet Potato

24 Pursue your victory

13 Sweet reminders of home

25 Look beyond the stars

Enjoy the benefits of aquaculture in this Japanese dish “I had no idea war could taste so good,” an Army officer said as he bit into a chocolate chip cookie

14 Ask Ms. Kitty: Accidental diet?

Where and how to feed and hydrate your cat

15 Getting to the root of hair loss

Hair loss and hair growth are two separate issues. Here are three common causes of hair loss that often go overlooked


No one is immune from hardship. There is hope, no matter what challenge you’re currently facing Tips for reading online reviews before making your next purchase

26 Live long and prosper

Star Trek boldly went where no show had gone before

27 Blooms so sweet

If you can envision a flower arrangement, the florists at Sweetwater Flowers can create it

28 CALENDARS 28 Calendar 31 Support Groups 32 Clubs 33 Question of the Month 34 Fun After 50 Senior Center Activities 36 News Bits 38 Fun & Games

On the Cover

Emmett, therapy dog and unofficial mascot of the Fountain Valley Senior Center, enjoys a sunny day with one of his favorite humans, Lea Maxfield

Biodynamic gardening Turning into the moon’s phases is a practical way of acknowledging the forces of nature on our plants

40 Classifieds 42 Opinion

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Coffee and tea, java and me


from our readers


cherish a good cup of dark roast. I love the taste…and the warmth. Even without the “kick,” I’d still sip it daily. My favorite sweatshirt boldly proclaims “Coffee” in loopy script. My jonesing for java started in my teens. We had a blue and white Corningware percolator which made surprisingly good coffee in that era devoid of Starbucks, Keurigs or flavored creamers. I’d spend lazy afternoons with a pot of coffee and the Des Moines Register on our screened-in porch. There’s been a lot of coffee since then. Cups in the college cafeteria, solving the world’s problems one sip at a time. Bad bitter 3 p.m. sludge in a Styrofoam cup dusted with powdered creamer at the office. To-go cups with the ubiquitous sleeve as I met a new friend in a coffee shop, something which didn’t feel as time-consuming or forced as dinner. I carefully avoided caffeine through the 36 months of four pregnancies, but I still savored my decaf. The brew has only gotten better with the passing years—the lattes and mochas and cold brews, oh my! Does it ever feel as if everything you naturally like is bad for you? If you’re a coffee fan as I am, relax and pour yourself another cup. It turns out coffee is good—healthy, even! Your delicious cup of joe holds more than 1,000 chemical compounds—among them antioxidants, which help us protect cells from damage. And coffee beans contain polyphenols much like those in the fruits and vegetables we’re all trying to consume more of. Coffee drinkers even live longer, according to several studies. One theory is that the caffeine counteracts naturally occurring inflammation, which is tied to “90 percent of all noncommunicable diseases of aging.” Our own University of Colorado School of Medicine found that every additional cup of coffee people drink each day drops their risk of

heart failure or stroke by 8 percent. The Harvard School of Public Health conducted a 30-year study of 300,000 medical professionals and found a lowered risk of death from Type 2 diabetes, and even suicide. There’s a reduced rate of some types of cancer. Improved liver health, too. Coffee is brain health in a mug. There’s a reduced risk of cognitive decline and Parkinson’s disease. A new study assessed data from over 350,000 seniors between the ages of 50 and 74 and their coffee and tea consumption. Compared to those who did not consume either drink, the risk of dementia and stroke was reduced by 28 percent. The incidence of neurological diseases was also found to be lower in another study. And observational studies have linked consistent coffee consumption with up to a 65 percent lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s. This might make you smile. A study of 5,000 European adults suggested that drinking a cup of coffee (or about 75 milligrams of caffeine) every four hours may result in a mood boost throughout the day. Coffee also builds community. For seniors, that social aspect is so invaluable. You can have more coffee as part of a balanced and healthy diet than you might imagine. Research pegs it at three to four cups, or 400 milligrams of caffeine. A habit of more than five cups, however, means you could up your risk for heart disease, a study from Australia says. So grind your own beans, order an espresso in the drive-thru, take it black or drink it iced— however you prefer it, let’s raise a mug to the most commonly consumed stimulant in the world—and our good health. ■

Rhonda Wray, Managing Editor

Half-Shih Tzu, half-Papillon, Rosie was a grungy and matted six-pound mess when I adopted her from the pound two years ago. She is thrilled to belong to our extended family. After her first year with me, she went to live with my granddaughter, local musician Brittin Lane. Recently, she got into a fight with two dogs during a walk and lost part of her jawbone, all of her teeth and suffered several head lacerations. But she didn’t lose her love for our family or her zest for life! Now, her tongue constantly hangs out to the side of her mouth. She still gives kisses and her breath is much fresher. Her body is small but her heart is large and strong. We love our Rosie. This is Brittin Lane with Rosie! - Carol Thompson I love reading your magazine every month. I took it home to Iowa one year and my mom loved it as well. So every month I keep them for her so I can send them to her in Clinton, Iowa. - Dawn L. Thanks again for continuing to include our post-polio group in the Support Groups section. - Betty H. I received a notice in the mail that my subscription to Life After 50 expired. I sent you a check. I dearly love that magazine. Please don’t let my subscription expire! - Jeanette D.

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Fountain Valley Senior Center’s youngest member is a therapy labradoodle By Rhonda Wray


t started as a joke. Mark Bowers was fully aware of the depression and isolation seniors felt when the pandemic began, which only intensified when the Fountain Valley Senior Center was forced to close its doors for several months. Bowers, the senior center’s program director, mused aloud about what might lift morale when the center was allowed to reopen. “Maybe we need a puppy,” he said in jest.

Once the idea was out, though, it took root in Bowers’ mind. It would take a bit of convincing for the staff and his wife, as the dog would live at their home on evenings and weekends. As they warmed to the idea, it set in motion a chain of events that came together in a short two weeks. Bowers researched which breeds made the best therapy dogs. He knew they needed a large dog, because a small dog would not

work well in an environment with wheelchairs and walkers, not to mention diminished eyesight. The dog would also need to be hypoallergenic, for the health of all the members. And a warm, affectionate nature was a must. One of the most popular breeds in America, the labradoodle, ticked all the boxes. Therapy dogs aren’t cheap, so they needed a sponsor. Zimmerman Properties stepped up to help. In August 2020, Bowers and Executive Director Jolene Hausman set out for Kearney, Nebraska, a midway meeting point with the folks at Labradoodle Lovin’ in Sioux Center, Iowa. Knowing the dog would need the right temperament to be among seniors most days, the breeders chose carefully from the 11 puppies in the litter and present-

ed Emmett, a 14-pound, eightweek-old puppy with floppy ears, a downy black and white coat of ringlets and a “patch” over each eye. “We gave our sponsor naming rights,” Bowers recalled, “but they were happy with Emmett’s name.”

FROM PUPPY TO THERAPY DOG As Emmett joined the Bowers family, there were some adjustments, especially for Bowers’ wife,

Emmett finds Diane Salkovich to be a handy chin rest during coffee hour at the Fountain Valley Senior Center.


EMMETT KEEPS IT LIVELY AROUND HERE. HE’S A BEAUTIFUL DOG. I’D TAKE HIM HOME IN A HEARTBEAT. a lifelong cat person. It was a process, but “Emmett won her over eventually,” Bowers said. There were adjustments for Emmett’s senior center family as well. Lea Maxfield, 77, recalls how the rambunctious puppy knocked over a jigsaw puzzle some members were putting together. “They never could finish that puzzle because he ate some of the pieces!” she chuckled. Emmett was off-the-charts charming, but he needed training to successfully live among seniors at the FVSC. Bowers took on the lion’s share of that task, enrolling Emmett in classes for puppy behavior and some especially tailored for therapy dogs. Bowers estimates it took “about a year” to fully train Emmett, but it paid off—not only with improved behavior, but also in becoming a fully certified therapy dog. Labradoodles are intelligent, and Emmett knows the full roster of tricks: sit, shake, high five (he’s ambidextrous), lay and stay. An important command Bowers uses is, “Easy.” Then Emmett knows he needs to curb his enthusiasm and be gentler. Although it isn’t common for therapy dogs to hang out at a senior center, they are frequently seen at VA centers to assist with PTSD, as well as hospitals and schools. Therapy dogs undergo specialized training and must pass an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test. Therapy dogs are not to be confused with service dogs. Emmett doesn’t perform specific functions to assist those with disabilities. Therapy dogs provide emotional support and comfort. His sweet

and goofy presence is enough to make a senior smile or feel a little less lonely. Some even believe labradoodles possess empathy for humans. “If Emmett sees someone sitting by himself, he will often go to that person,” Bowers shared. But he also knows his place. If he is shooed away, he will distance himself.

EMMETT MAKES FRIENDS Emmett loves to come to work. He works the room, mingling, stopping for pats and happily participating in mild roughhousing. Gary Patrick, 79, wanted to play tug of war with Emmett. When Bowers provided a rope, he challenged the curly-headed canine to a match. Their play was short-lived, however. “That dog damn near pulled my arm off!” Patrick laughed. “He’s a good doggie, though.” “Yeah, but sometimes that little pooch doesn’t listen,” Charlie Martin, 71, chimed in, good-naturedly. But puppies grow up. “He needed a lot of training,” acknowledged Pat Thelander, 71, “but he’s awesome now. He goes around and says hi to everybody.” Yet you’d better hide your purse, Thelander cautioned. “He took off with one woman’s cloth face mask and chewed it up!” Some senior center members are leery of dogs from frightening childhood encounters. But many others, like Sean O’Donnell, 56, adore their “mascot” labradoodle. “I love dogs,” O’Donnell said with a smile. Many seniors are quick to open the door when Emmett waits patiently to go outside. “Emmett keeps it lively around here,” said Maxfield. “He’s a beautiful dog. I’d take him home in a heartbeat.” Yet she, like many others, knows that wouldn’t be possible in her living situation. Emmett’s presence at the center allows seniors the joy and even exercise benefits of a pet

The senior center’s program director, Mark Bowers, logs countless hours training Emmett with the aid of his favorite puppy treats.

without the expense, upkeep and space constraints. It’s no surprise that Emmett is especially drawn to those who feed him. Bowers said a woman named Elsie kept bringing him treats, and Emmett wouldn’t leave her alone. “She asked, ‘Will he understand if I divorce him?’ I told her she just needs to stop bringing him treats!” Bowers said. Loyal Emmett defends his people as a protective watchdog. One day someone stopped by the center and Emmett barked unusually loudly and long. The person left, and receptionist Kathy Cochran followed him out to the parking lot. After talking with him, she said he had no business being inside the center. Emmett is now an established and beloved fixture at the Fountain Valley Senior Center. He weighs 77

pounds and turns 2 in June. That’s a teenager in human years—although labradoodles, with their bouncy energy, are often referred to as “forever puppies.” This gentle giant never turns down a ChickFil-A grilled nugget and is always eager to play or go for a walk. He does have his highbrow moments: He’s worn a tux at Halloween, he has his own blog and he maintains his good looks with regular “spa visits” at Tumbleweed Kennels and Grooming. He is social and a wee bit spoiled—and he loves his seniors. The center’s mission is “enhancing the quality of life for older adults,” and Emmett is doing his darndest to make sure that happens. Sometimes therapy has a curly coat, soulful brown eyes and a wagging tail. ■

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2022 tax season filing tips for seniors By Marianne Hering & Kate Bell


ou may be working in the same career, switching to a different job or adjusting to retirement, but regardless of your employment status, it’s tax season. Unlike last year, we will not get extra time to file—so it’s time to gather your documents and get to it! To help you prepare, Kate Bell with BTS Consulting answered some pertinent tax questions.

cember 2021) of $1,400 per eligible household member? The IRS is sending out Letter 6475 to taxpayers who may not have received the proper amount. The IRS could have this amount wrong, so verify the amount you and your family received before entering it in your tax return.

Q: What should I know about the Recovery Rebate Credit for 2021 filing? A: Did you receive the third economic impact payment (also called the recovery rebate credit that ar-

Q: What life events may affect my taxes? A: Did you buy or sell a house, move, retire, start a business, take care of a dependent, become dependent, change banks or close a brokerage account? All these events can affect your filing or the amount you owe.

rived between March 2021 and De-

Q: What is the best way to file? A: E-filing and direct deposit are still the fastest way to get your taxes filed and receive your refund. Because the IRS has a backlog of around 6 million paper returns from last year, filing on paper will cause delays with your refund. Note:



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There are many “free” sites for e-filing federal returns, but you may be charged a fee for state filing. Q: When are taxes due? A: Here’s that info direct from IRS. gov: “For the 2021 tax return, the due date is April 18, 2022, because of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, DC. Taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts have until April 19, 2022 because of the Patriots’ Day holiday in those states.” Extensions can be requested, but you still need to estimate what you owe and pay it by the April deadline for your state. Q: I started my own business in 2021. What do I need to know? A: Depending on the type of business, you’ll most likely need to fill out a schedule C. In general, you should track expenses and income, and then pay estimated taxes. You would do best to consult with an enrolled agent for specifics on which expenses you should be

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tracking. For example, if you began as an Uber driver, you should track mileage, fuel, mechanical expenses and parking fees. You will need to decide during the first year a car is put into service if you will take standard mileage, or if all the expenses of the vehicle are for work. Q: What tax benefits are retirees entitled to? A: Colorado allows a pension/annuity subtraction for two groups: � Taxpayers who are at least 55 years of age as of the last day of the tax year. � Beneficiaries of any age (such as a widowed spouse or orphan child) who are receiving a pension or annuity because of the death of the person who earned the pension. What are those subtraction amounts? � Qualified taxpayers who are under age 65 as of the last day of the tax year can subtract

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or more than four decades my sister Laurie, 61, has brought smiles to countless sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines through her sweet treat-filled care packages. Laurie began this tradition soon after I left for boot camp in 1976. Her heart went out not only to me, but the scores of sailors who didn’t even receive a letter from home. Laurie worked tirelessly to ensure these men were not forgotten. She stuffed each package until it overflowed with tasty treats and gifts—from coloring books and crayons to comic books. Troops helped themselves to the sweet stuff and, like sharks at a feeding frenzy, always returned for more. One package contained a small balsa box housing orange-flavored jawbreakers. A life-sized chocolate baseball was also included. Handwritten cards prompted tears from service members longing to read encouraging words from home. Laurie’s efforts didn’t stop there, however, as she also ensured service members enjoyed mouthwatering Christmas goodies. This was most memorable as I served during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in December 1990. One day a postal carrier wheeled a couch-sized package up to my desk. Work ground to a halt as service members formed a circle around me while I removed cakes, candy, cookies, peanuts and popcorn from the box. Balls and jacks, comic books, jigsaw puzzles and playing cards provided amusement in a stressful environment. “I had no idea war could taste so good,” an Army officer said as he bit into a homemade chocolate chip cookie. An Air Force sergeant added, “Bill, it would be tragic if you got shot. Who would feed us?” Indeed, Laurie’s care packages had catapulted me to superstar status. While serving as public affairs

officer for the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California, I often gave these goodies to junior enlisted personnel. One day a young seaman knocked on my office door, inquiring about the sweet stuff. I invited him in to partake of Laurie’s generosity. Following my retirement ceremony in December 1999, my commanding officer and numerous other sailors thanked Laurie for sharing her kindness with the nation’s military. ■

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Where and how to feed and hydrate your cat Dear Ms. Kitty: I have four cats and keep dry food out for them all the time in a quiet place near the kitchen. But my big tabby boy Milo keeps losing weight. Am I doing something wrong? —Skinny in Salida Dear Skinny: You don’t mention your feeding details, but the right setup can go a long way toward helping Milo feel sufficiently comfortable to eat enough. As pet parents, it warms our hearts to see our cats doing things together, like eating, sleeping and grooming. Cats don’t hunt together in the wild, however. It doesn’t take a pack of cats to catch an insect or rodent, their main prey. Cats instinctively remove their prey from

other cats to eat so they can get enough nourishment. When we expect our cats to eat side by side, we may be setting them up for conflict. Take a careful look at Milo’s body language. If he isn’t completely relaxed and focused on his food while eating instead of watching out for your other cats, he may not feel safe enough to eat as much as he needs. Watch also for food bullying, even if accidental. Confident and highly food-motivated cats may naturally push shy ones out of the way. If Milo stops and darts away in the middle of eating, you may need to give him a different space. Try giving him his own dish a few feet away from the main feeding station. He may not be the only one of your clowder to benefit from

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having another safe place to eat. Much like litter boxes, you may need a separate feeding station per cat. Milo may even benefit from being fed in a completely different room. Again, this is just insurance for preventing possible conflicts over food, even if they don’t seem intentional on the part of your other cats. Please make sure the bowls are fresh by changing them out every few days. It’s hard for a cat to groom the very bottom of his chin, which can lead to feline acne. A clean bowl will keep bacteria from building up and ensure that the food tastes fresh. Ceramic and stainless-steel bowls harbor less bacteria than plastic ones. Don’t forget Milo’s water! Did you know cats will drink more water if it’s separate from their food source? Placing several water bowls around the house ensures regular access to water as well as backup sources, should one get tipped over. Cats were originally desert animals, so they may not drink as much as they should. Offering more water choices will encourage all your cats to get the hydration they need. Water fountains can be a great way to encourage your cats to drink more. Look for a simple fountain with few parts so it is easy to clean every few days. Not all cats are attracted to the sound

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of running water, so start out with a quiet fountain. When you introduce your new fountain, keep their regular water bowls in the same place and put the fountain in a different spot. Cats appreciate gradual changes and choices, so keeping both options will give them time to decide if they like the fountains well enough to replace the bowls. If these simple changes don’t encourage Milo to eat (and drink!) a little more, it may be time for a trip to his veterinarian. An exam and testing can rule out illnesses like dental issues, hyperthyroidism or kidney disease, especially if Milo is getting older. Your cat has nothing to lose and everything to gain! Sara Ferguson is the Director of Happy Cats Haven. Ask Ms. Kitty supports cat behavior consulting offered on our website at ■


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he average person sheds an estimated 100 hairs every day! That’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Hair loss and hair growth are two separate issues. You can’t stop the shedding because it’s natural. But if you’re not growing new hairs, then hair loss becomes more evident. After trying numerous expensive shampoos and color treatments, you may have given up hope for restoration and accepted it as another sign of getting older. But if you’re dealing with a thinning head of hair, the cause may not always be aging-related. You do have some control over new hair growth, once you identify the problem. Here are three common causes of hair loss that often go overlooked.

STATIN USE People with elevated cholesterol sometimes take statin medications, such as atorvastatin, to help improve their ratios. A well-documented side effect of statins is reduced production of the thyroid hormone, which leads to hair loss. Through their drug mugging effect, statins lead to reduced hair growth and extra shedding. This fix is simple. Talk to your physician about getting a prescription for a thyroid hormone medication. You could also try a good supplement to support thyroid hormone synthesis.

ANTIBIOTICS AND ANTIFUNGALS Many people today are being treated for mold illness or other infections such as Lyme disease, H. pylori, SIBO, or even acne. These

antibiotic and antifungal medications that “kill” organisms are also known to cause hair loss, which often begins about two to four months into drug therapy. It’s often overlooked by doctors who have one goal in mind—to treat your infection. Talk to your doctor about replacing these drugs using a combination of some high-quality probiotics and prebiotics, as well as patience. Upon discontinuing the offending drug, your hair should slowly begin to grow back.

AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS Many people suffer with autoimmune disease and don’t even know it. That’s because the symptoms get treated one by one, with one medication at a time. For example, if you have joint pain, you get celecoxib. If you have fatigue or night sweats, you’re given an antidepressant or estrogen drug. If you have neuropathy, you’re prescribed gabapentin. All of these symptoms could actually be autoimmune driven. Joint pain could mean you have rheumatoid arthritis. Fatigue or night sweats may be sarcoidosis. Hair loss is very common with these conditions. Make sure you’ve been diagnosed properly because if you have any one of these autoimmune disorders, you could also have antibodies against your own hair follicles. If you think your hair loss is being driven by an autoimmune process, you can look into new, appropriate methods of treatment. ■


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Submitted by Ben Kuckel While riding my Harley, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head. Dazed and confused, I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road. A shiny new convertible pulled up and a beautiful young woman asked, “Are you okay?” As I looked up, I couldn’t help but notice she was wearing a low-cut blouse. “I’m okay, I think,” I said as I pulled myself up to lean on her car. She said, “Get in. I’ll take you home and help clean and bandage up the cuts and that nasty scrape on your head.” “That’s nice of you,” I answered. “But I don’t think my wife will like that.” “Oh, come now, I’m a nurse,” she said. “I’m glad to help with your cuts

and scrapes.” Well, she was very persuasive. Instead of taking me home, she took me to her place because it was close by. After bandaging my wounds and sharing a couple of cold beers with her, I thanked her and said, “I feel a lot better now, but I know my wife is going to be really upset with me. I’d better go now.” “Don’t be silly,” she responded. “Stay awhile. She won’t know anything. By the way, where is she?” I replied, “Still in the ditch with the Harley, I suppose.”

THE OTHER WOMAN Submitted by Ben Kuckel A wife asks her husband, “When I die, will you partner with another woman?” Her husband replies, “I suppose so, but why are you asking such a

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Submitted by Bill Carol A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman were at a bar and had just started drinking their first round when a fly landed in each of their drinks. The Englishman refused to drink his and ordered another. The Irishman blew away his fly in a cloud of froth and carried on drinking. But the Scotsman carefully lifted

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Submitted by Harry Davis The Sunday school teacher asks, “Now, Johnny, do you say prayers before eating?” “No, ma’am,” little Johnny replies. “I don’t have to. My mom is a good cook.”


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Submitted by Bob Breazeale A guy goes to the doctor for a minor procedure. The doctor says, “My fee is $100 now and $75 per week for 52 weeks.” “That’s an unusual way to pay,” says the patient. The doctor replies, “Not really— I’m buying a used car.”


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STARTING SEEDS According to the lunar calendar at, March 9-22 are optimal planting dates. When starting seeds, it’s important to have viable seeds that will germinate. Refer to last month’s article for instructions on how to conduct a germination test on existing seed stock. Your seed packet will tell you how deep to plant the seeds, but if you’re like me and most of your seeds are saved or bartered, a general rule of thumb is to plant seeds at a depth of two to three times their diameter. I figure this by placing a seed on a flat surface (you can also use your hand) next to the tip of a wooden chopstick. I roll the seed two to three times and mark

ast month, the topic of gardening with the moon sparked some interest. Planting seeds by the phases of the moon is a technique that growers have used for thousands of years. I once worked alongside a nursery manager whose lunar approach to planting consistently produced better germination rates, better top growth and better root systems compared to plants grown according to my production calendar. Beyond the Mayans, both National Geographic and the Old Farmer’s Almanac have vouched for successful planting and harvests according to the lunar cycle. We know the moon affects tides and weather patterns. The highest amounts of rainfall correlate with full and new moons. Knowing the importance of moisture for germinating seeds, it makes sense to plant when the moon pulls on ocean tides and there is Plant seeds at a depth of two to three times more moisture in the soil. their diameter. A chopstick works well for Tuning into the moon’s marking seed depth.


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WHEN STARTING INDOOR SEEDS, I USE A PROPER GERMINATION MIX. A COMBINATION OF PEAT MOSS OR COCONUT COIR AND PERLITE WORKS GREAT AND HAS A HIGH MOISTURE-HOLDING CAPACITY. the chopstick accordingly. Then I use the chopstick to poke a hole in the soil until it reaches the mark. When starting indoor seeds, I use a proper germination mix. A combination of peat moss or coconut coir and perlite has a high moisture-holding capacity and the fine particles stay in good contact with the seeds to keep them moist. I use a clear plastic humidity dome, as I want the moisture to stay at 75 percent—not dried out but also not soaking wet. Plastic wrap is too restrictive for air flow and can promote mold growth. Lastly, I use a heat mat with a thermostat to keep the seed trays warm. I used to place my seed starts on top of the hot water heater (one at a time) or I would use a sunny south-facing window. Each plant family has a desired seed germination temperature, but most veggies germinate between 65 and 80 degrees F.

METHODS FOR MOISTURE For outdoor planting, be sure to check the soil temperature before plunking down seeds. Small seeds don’t get planted deep, so they are more prone to drying out. Carrots, lettuces and arugula are good examples. One option is to water them two to three times per day. Another is to cut some corrugated cardboard and cover the area that contains the small seeds. Water the soil where the seeds are, then

soak both sides of the cardboard and place it over the seeded area, anchored with rocks or bricks. The moist cardboard keeps the ambient air from drying out the soil and also acts like a giant sponge to keep the seeds moist. Watering can be done once per day by soaking the cardboard in place. Assuming your seeds germinate in seven to 10 days, lift the cardboard on Day 7 and look for sprouts. If none are found, check again on Day 8. When 50 to 75 percent of the seeds have come up, remove the cardboard to let them see sunlight. The cardboard technique works beautifully in our arid climate and can cool the soil in July and August for better germination of fall crops. Our summer heat can diminish sprouting rates if the soil is too hot. ■

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History tucked into the suburban present Look no further than Littleton, Colorado

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tepping off the train after a short ride from a modern metropolis, I was immediately introduced to a world that no longer exists. More than 50 houses, businesses, churches and other buildings provide an introduction to smalltown America during the 19th and early 20th centuries. A tiny log home built in 1861 is dwarfed by a larger dairy spread. A general store which operated in the late 1800s stands near a depot where trains of the fabled Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway once stopped. This setting greets passengers disembarking from light rail trains connecting Denver with Littleton, Colorado—20 minutes away in time, but more than a century removed in atmosphere. The setting is akin to entering a Norman Rockwell painting of life as it used to be, and in some ways still is.

WHY WALK? The first view of Littleton that people arriving by train encounter is displayed on a 40-foot-wide mural on a wall of the railroad station platform. The colorful composition depicts historic structures, some long gone and others still standing.

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The seeds of the settlement were planted in 1859, when the Pikes Peak gold rush attracted miners to the community, along with merchants and farmers who came to supply and feed them. Since that modest birth, Littleton has expanded into a suburban community. The action is centered around a stretch of Main Street. A walking tour is a good way to take in historic buildings and get a feel for the setting. Begin at the light rail depot, a Victorian-style stone building constructed in 1875. Another train station and a vintage caboose parked next door serve as an art gallery. The tower of the Columbine Mill, built in 1901 as a grain elevator, looks out over the town. The charming Louthan House (circa 1905-1909), named for its builder, is home to the Café Terracotta, one of a number of restaurants that make Littleton a mini-magnet for foodies. Shopping also has a local focus. One example is Reinke Bros., a Halloween superstore with a focus on ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Strolling through the twisted tangle of aisles brings shoppers face to face with skulls, skeletons and other merchandise that ranges from fun


THE FAVORITE ATTRACTIONS FOR MANY VISITORS ARE TWO LIVING HISTORY SETTINGS THAT RECREATE FARM LIFE IN THE 1860S AND 1890S. to frightening. Walking provides an introduction to a virtual outdoor art museum. Some three dozen sculptures, plus friezes, paintings and other works adorn sidewalks, buildings and parks.

HIGH-RANKED HISTORY Not to be outdone by art aficionados, theatergoers are drawn to the Town Hall Arts Center. Over time that elaborately decorated Italian Renaissance building has housed the town offices, volunteer fire depart-

ment, court and jail. It’s now the site of theatre productions, concerts and other cultural offerings. A very different aspect of the past is explored at the Littleton Museum. In keeping with its name, that institution has permanent exhibits which trace the area’s history from the time when Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Native Americans passed through to the pioneer era to more recent days. Its role as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, along with the attractions of two living history farms, are part of the



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counteracts Parkinson’s progression By Lynn Jacobs


arkinson’s disease and dancing may seem like odd bedfellows. Yet, every Friday a group of seniors gathers for a rejuvenating combination of music, movement and visualization to combat the effects of Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s symptoms typically develop in those over age 50. Symptoms include tremors, balance issues, slower movements and the body not cooperating when the brain tells it to do something. While some of these issues accompany aging, they are exacerbated by Parkinson’s. Laura Hymers Treglia, a dancer and teacher at Ormao Dance Company, journeyed to New York for specialized training in the integration of music and movement specifically for Parkinson’s patients.

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Her hour-long class uses rhythm and creativity to physically and cognitively challenge students in a safe and fun way. “It’s not physical therapy. It’s not medical,” explained Treglia, 48. “It’s an artistic experience that brings therapeutic benefits.”

ON THE MOVE Although walking and coordination can become difficult for people with Parkinson’s, Treglia said continuing to move is crucial to slowing the progression of the non-curable disease. There is freedom in seeing what the body can do, rather than lamenting what it can’t. The topic of the disease rarely comes up. Exercises vary week to week, but visualization is often used to inspire participants to choreograph their own movements to share with the


class. Other attendees add on to the sequence with their interpretations. “We do exercises in imagination and tying physical movement to ideas,” said Kathy Kasley, 73, who has attended the class for three years. “We might imagine the movement that expresses springtime or anger and put those movements into dance.” Participants gather in a circle for a warmup, both seated and standing movements for dances, and then a cooldown. Two instructors are always present. One remains seated throughout the entire class to model movements for those in a wheelchair or anyone who doesn’t feel like standing that day. A large-screen TV comprises part of the circle so students at home can Zoom in and participate

in real time. Prior dance training is not required, and caregivers and significant others are encouraged to attend. “When care partners and spouses come, it takes them outside their daily life,” Treglia said. “It helps them to see each other in a new way when they move together. It’s beautiful.” Kasley attends class with her husband Donald Ader, 72, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago. Ader, a retired dental assistant, has difficulties with balance and pain when standing. Kasley attends for her own exercise and to encourage her husband. “I don’t know why,” said Kasley, “but with Parkinson’s, it seems to make the physical movement easier to do when music is added.”



THE CREATIVE PROCESS Ader, who especially enjoys musical selections from the ’60s and ’70s, says the class makes him stronger. Kasley said she sees improvements in his movement the day after class. “It’s a beautiful change,” Treglia said, describing the mood improvement she sees in class participants. “The laughter is especially rewarding to see, since facial movement can become difficult for those fighting the disease.” Former teacher and Pilates instructor Anne Bradley was diagnosed with Parkinson’s four years ago and attends class regularly. She especially benefits from the stretching and cross-body movement in class. For her, the “creative process” is the best part. “We communicate through movement with other people in class,” said Bradley. “It’s wonderful

because it’s a very creative thing and you exercise your mind to remember the steps.” Ader pushes himself at physical therapy on Mondays and Thursdays, but he always attends the Friday class. “It’s my reward for working hard all week,” he said. Bradley leads a very busy life, but even with her many obligations, she makes time to attend dance class every week. “You must keep moving,” Bradley says. “Challenge yourself beyond what you think you can do.” ■

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Exercise is part of a many-pronged attack to combat Parkinson’s. Medicine, physical therapy, diet, surgery and good mental health are also important tools in the fight. YMCA is partnering with Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) to create a comprehensive, neuroplasticity-principled program that integrates the latest exercise and wellness research. Parkinson’s Exercise Program (PEP) provides a supportive exercise environment to optimize brain recovery and repair at the following locations:

■ Tri-Lakes YMCA

17250 Jackson Creek Pkwy., Monument 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Tuesday & Thursday | 719-481-8728

■ Briargate YMCA

4025 Family Place 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Monday, Wednesday & Friday | 719-282-9622 YMCA Members: $32 for 6 classes Non-members: $50 for 6 classes Classes are ongoing, every two weeks.

For more information about PEP, contact:

■ Evidence Based Health Initiatives (EBHI) Jamie Clayton, Program Coordinator 719-329-7233 |

■ Emily Moncheski, PT, MSPT

Certified Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery therapist teaches personalized classes and offers a free phone consultation. 719-213-3996

COLORADO SPRINGS PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Meets monthly on the second Saturday at 10 a.m.

■ First United Methodist Church

420 N. Nevada Ave., meets in the basement with elevator access. 719-495-1853




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o one is immune from hardship. With that in mind, let’s consider the words “pursue” and “victory.” There is hope, no matter what challenge you’re currently facing. Keep this foremost in your mind. If you are unable to see victory around you at this point, this is still a good place to begin. Last month, during the Olympics and Super Bowl, all the athletes pursued victory. Many didn’t win. Even those who achieved the medals and rings had only a temporary victory. Let’s ponder together the kind of victory that will not fade way. Pursue means to chase, go or run after, continue, push, strive for, seek or go in search of. There are many aspects to pursuing that encourage us to seek the Lord and expect victory in our lives. Victory means overcoming and conquering. Pursuing victory involves your faith. Faith believes and focuses on proclaiming God’s word without reservation. Remember that almighty God is greater than any challenge you encounter. Now is the time to keep moving forward in the pursuit of your victory. Expect God to move in your life. Rely on God to help you succeed in every area. Many face obstacles in their lives that are difficult to overcome. If we only go by what we can see, things might seem bleak. But when we pursue victory the Lord’s way, it is possible to overcome these difficulties. It is up to us to do the pursu-


ing, and it will only come from seeking victory God’s way, not ours. We must place our faith in God’s word, not on what we see around us. With all that is going on in our own lives, in our country and around the world, it is hard to keep our eyes on God—but that is the only way we will accomplish true victory. Begin speaking God’s word over your life, as well as the lives of your spouse, children, grandchildren and others with whom you come in contact. “See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land” (James 5:7, AMPC). As we speak God’s word into our own or others’ lives, let’s be as expectant as the farmer is in James to reap a harvest of victory. Continue steadfastly pursing your victory. Never give up! Settle in your heart and mind that God is faithful and will keep his word. Do not limit God with your thinking patterns. He waits to hear your words in prayer and fulfill them. Trust that God loves you, and please don’t quit! “For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4, AMPC). ■

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Look beyond the stars Tips for reading online reviews


ne of my Saturday chores is to mop the kitchen floor. My home’s previous owners chose to install solid white 1-by-1 tile in the entryway and kitchen. That’s right— bright white tile throughout our kitchen. We hate it. But not enough to spend the money to re-floor it. Because I believe that purchasing tools that increase efficiency is money well spent, I decided to shop for a multi-surface vacuum mop. Purchasing a new tool is something I take very seriously. I spend days reading online reviews and watching comparison videos before deciding on which tool best fits my needs. This month, I’ll provide a few tips for reading online reviews to ensure that you can make an objective and informed decision before buying anything new.

Don’t solely rely on stars - Not all five-star reviews are the same. The number of stars is an average rating of all reviews the item has received. For an item that has hundreds of reviews, five stars are fantastic, but if an item has only received a handful of reviews, five stars can be deceiving. You always have to assume the manufacturer and accomplices likely wrote the first reviews. Consider sample size - I alluded to this above, but any rating with less than 100 reviews is probably not

worth considering. Shady companies can easily pay for positive reviews. Large retailers try to monitor for artificial reviews, but it can be difficult to prove. Look for confirmed purchase reviews - Anyone can leave a product review on Amazon or most other shopping sites, but the best sites will note which reviews came from people who actually purchased the product through their site. These aren’t always reliable, but they can be trusted more than reviews by anonymous contributors. Read reviews carefully - It’s surprising how many people will leave one or two stars because the device was shipped slowly or arrived broken. These types of reviews are not reflective of the product itself. When I was shopping for a 55-inch TV, I was surprised to find out that all of the one and two-star reviews came from people who had had the item shipped and it arrived with a cracked screen. Such reviews say more about the shipping service than they do about the product itself. Consider the time of ownership Disregard any positive reviews that include sentences like, “I’ve been using the item for several days and it works great!” Almost all items work well out of the box. It takes a few weeks or months to get a feel of the pros and cons of anything you buy.

Watch for brand loyalists - Consider whether the reviewer is loyal to the given product brand or possibly loyal to a competitor’s brand. If you are shopping for Nike shoes, you will most likely find that a large percentage of the five-star reviews will state that they always buy Nike. Conversely, a large percentage of negative reviews will likely say something like, “I’m going back to Adidas.” Or, “I decided to give Adidas a chance, even though I usually buy Nike.” Either end of the spectrum can be influenced by unobjective brand loyalty. Make sure the review is for your exact product - Amazon and similar sites will often bundle reviews of similar products without considering the given model you are considering. For example, make sure that you are looking at reviews for the 2022 Toyota Corolla and not general reviews for all Toyota Corollas. Something as simple as a faulty part or an important option can make a big difference in whether the product is reliable or not. Be aware of sponsored placement - This advice isn’t necessarily related

to reviews, but it’s important. Amazon, eBay and even Walmart allow vendors to pay extra for placement at the top of a search. That usually leads to those products having more reviews and even higher reviews than similar products on the site. For the best price and better selection, look past the sponsored results and browse the items lower in the search. They may not have as many reviews, but you may find a better price or a better product farther down. Avoid review-only sites and apps - Sites like Angie’s List, Yelp, and HomeAdvisor make money by sending customers to local businesses that pay for referrals. Reliable businesses with great services often get overlooked because they don’t pay for referrals. Companies that pay these sites often have more sway with the service over how to handle negative reviews as well. Hopefully, these tips will help you become a more informed decision-maker the next time you search for the perfect product to fit your needs. ■


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hen “Star Trek” premiered on NBC in September 1966, creator Gene Roddenberry was knocked for a loop when his much-anticipated show tanked. It never rose above 52 in the ratings during the first season, which normally would’ve caused a big network like NBC to cancel it. Some of the network’s honchos were initially lukewarm about “Star Trek” being a cerebral show, meaning it probably wouldn’t generate much sponsor money. Other overly cautious executives objected to Spock’s pointy ears, claiming they looked diabolical and satanic. But Roddenberry worked hard

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Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, was given the nickname “The Great Bird of the Galaxy” by Associate Producer Robert Justman during the show’s first season. to sell his show and it paid off. Even though the original series only ran for three seasons, “Star Trek” has become one of the most successful TV series of all time.

A NEW KIND OF SCI-FI In 1964, Roddenberry, the Hollywood scriptwriter of “Highway Patrol” and “Have Gun – Will Travel” fame, set out to create something unique for television—a sci-fi series different from the usual doom-andgloom rocket operas of the day. “Star Trek” was set in the Milky Way galaxy in the 23rd century, in a utopian future where divisions of race, gender and nationality have been cast aside. The stories take place aboard the starship Enterprise as it journeys on a five-year mission of scientific exploration and intergalactic diplomacy, zooming to distant planets in response to distress calls and confronting warmongering aliens. The show’s spotlight fell primarily on Canadian actor William Shatner. He had trained as a Shakespearean actor but was willing to take whatever work came his way, including a

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stint on “The Canadian Howdy Doody Show.” When Shatner moved to Hollywood, Roddenberry cast him as Captain James T. Kirk, the takecharge commander who guided the Enterprise and its crew. As emotionless and logically minded Mr. Spock on “Star Trek,” Boston-born actor Leonard Nimoy’s character became almost as popular as Shatner’s. Second in command on Enterprise, Spock was half-human and half-Vulcan (the first extraterrestrial species to make contact with humans). His split-finger salute became iconic, with most viewers unaware that the gesture was a Hebrew blessing that Nimoy conjured from his synagogue youth. Nimoy spent years struggling for a breakout role in Hollywood, where he once delivered newspapers and drove a cab to make ends meet. By the time he joined the “Star Trek” cast, he had acted in more than 50 B movies and in minor roles on numerous TV shows.

A LASTING LEGACY The series featured a groundbreaking, racially diverse cast, as well as American television’s first interracial kiss between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura (played by Nichelle Nichols). “Star Trek” never downplayed its “message” motifs concerning war, sex, religion, politics and racism, yet the show’s ongoing theme seemed to consistently be that in the end, good will triumph over evil. ■

Blooms so sweet

Joy and beauty flourishes at Sweetwater Flower Market By G. L. Yenne


ears ago, Marilyn Monroe told Joe DiMaggio that she wanted six fresh long-stemmed red roses three times a week…forever. Until his death in 1999, DiMaggio kept his word, faithfully sending fresh flowers to Monroe’s grave. Flowers serve no purpose for humans. They’re not edible, nor are they particularly useful. Yet humans have cultivated buds and blooms for thousands of years for their aesthetics and fragrance. Receiving a bouquet makes people feel loved and appreciated (for Monroe, even in the afterlife). Kristyn Cline understands the power of the flower, which is why she opened Sweetwater Flower Market, 2419 W. Colorado Ave. in

AT SWEETWATER, IF YOU CAN ENVISION AN ARRANGEMENT, THEIR FLORISTS CAN CREATE IT. Old Colorado City, in March 2021 and a second location in Gleneagle—11590 Ridgeline Drive, Unit 120, nine months later. She was inspired by a mercantile store she visited in Nashville that exuded Southern charm and history. She wanted to bring that same feeling to her hometown.

BOUQUET BAR AND GIFTS At Sweetwater, if you can envision an arrangement, their florists can create it. Sweetwater is the only

Kristyn Cline (center) and her team at Sweetwater Flower Market

Kristyn Cline sitting on the back of her flatbed Volkswagen bus named “Sally Lou,” in honor of her mother. interactive floral shop and bouquet bar in Colorado Springs. You can shop, learn and plan for special occasions, and even create a bouquet, selecting your own unique stems and wrapping them with butcher paper and colorful twine. Cline employs her two daughters, Abbi and Izzy, as purchase managers, florists and social media gurus. Christy Metz is Sweetwater’s head florist and creative director, with over a decade of experience. Sweetwater also has a large inventory of gardening products, including Bogs boots, forged gardening tools and Finley shirts with SPF 50—“The only way to garden!” said Cline. Gift items such as aprons, linens, soaps, candles and gift boxes are also available, with something new each time you visit. Sweetwater also offers themed gift boxes and floral subscriptions, which lets a loved one know you’re regularly

thinking of them. Expert-led workshops demonstrate how to turn natural items, such as fresh branches and twigs, into wreaths embellished with flowers that look great fresh or dried.

SPREADING CHEER Cline wanted the store to honor her mother, Sally, who passed away unexpectedly a few years ago. If you see a bright yellow Volkswagen bus flatbed bedecked with blooms tooling around town, it’s either “SallyLou” or “SallyMae,” Sweetwater’s sunny flowermobiles. They make deliveries and park at farmers markets, weddings, festivals, birthday parties and other special events, spreading cheer and beauty. Despite opening during the pandemic, Cline said she wanted the store to be a happy and calming oasis during a difficult time. “When things get back to normal, we will be here,” she assured. ■







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No one should ever go hungry! Care and Share will distribute groceries at Schryver Park, at the Pool and Fitness Center. Please stop by if food insecurity is your reality. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 202 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs | Free | | 719-528-1247

March 2 & 3

“An Officer and a Gentleman”

Enjoy this throwback movie reimagined on the stage with your favorite hits from the ’80s. You’ll be mesmerized as love and tragedy unfold amid the rigors of the military at the Pikes Peak Center. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $43+ | www.broadwayatpikespeak | 719-520-7469

March 2-5

U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships

If the Olympics whetted your appetite for figure skating, head to World Arena where top teams compete in eight divisions, from juvenile to masters. It’s the final qualifying event for the 2022 World Team. See website “schedule and results” for times. 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $23-$104 | | 719-477-2100

March 2, 9 & 16

Fall prevention workshop

Prevent falls through this workshop at Memorial Hospital North. Local experts share helpful information on

exercise, medications, vision, safety, footwear and potential hazards. 2-4 p.m. | 4050 Briargate Parkway | Free | | 719-365-2872

March 2-20

“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” This play takes an irreverent look at racism in Hollywood through the life of a headstrong Black maid and her boss, a has-been starlet. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays at the Fine Arts Center. See website for times. 30 W. Dale St. | $20+ | fac.colorado | 719-634-5583

Grab a grandkid and look for Lenny and all the trinkets he left behind! Start at Tony’s Bar and get your T-shirt, map and clue scroll. There are 10 stops, and you’ll finish at Josh and John’s Ice Cream! 1-3 p.m. | 326 N. Tejon St. | $15 | | 719-228-6566

March 5

Boots in the Park fundraiser

This inaugural event to raise funds for facility upgrades to El Paso County Fair & Events Center complex will be held at Swink Hall and includes a delicious dinner catered by the Picnic Basket, drinks, a silent auction and live music. 5:30-9 p.m. | 366 10th St., Calhan | $35 | andschanaaljets@elpasoco. com | 719-520-7880

March 6

Youth Symphony Winter Concert I

You’ll be transported by the gorgeous blend of instruments in the

hands of the talented young musicians in the Amadeus, Allegro and Vivace String Orchestras (Colorado Springs Youth Symphony) at Ent Center for the Arts. 3 p.m. | 5225 N. Nevada Ave. | $28 | | 719-633-3901

March 9

Dancing with the Stars

If you’re a fan of the hit TV show, you’re in luck—it’s touring the country! Many recognizable dance professionals will take Pikes Peak Center’s stage and you’ll see it all, from professionally choreographed dances to dazzling costumes. 7:30 | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $75+ | | 719-520-7469

March 9

Veterans Virtual Job Fair

If you are a veteran looking for a job, then this is your opportunity to interview with multiple recruiters from Colorado Springs’ top employers. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Free |

March 3-5 & 10-12

March 9

“Honky Tonk Hissy Fit”

Ladies, gather ’round for a dramatic performance of “Mr. Short-Term Memory” with refreshments and socializing at Broadmoor Community Church. 9:30 a.m. | 315 Lake Ave. | Free first time, $30 annually |

Don’t pass up this chance to laugh ’til your sides ache at the Westside Community Center! The colorful characters of itty-bitty Doublewide, Texas serve up a heap of hilarity with a whole lot of heart in this rollicking comedy where a nefarious corporation threatens to overtake the tiny town. 7:30 p.m. | 1628 W. Bijou St. | $15-$19 | | 719-471-4462

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Gather a team and tackle bar trivia-style questions and local history challenges in the lobby of the 1903 El Paso County Courthouse. Includes after-hours Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum admission, one alcoholic beverage, sodas and snacks. 6-8 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St. | $15 | | 719-385-5990

March 10

Concordia College Choir

This concert, with the renowned 69-voice a cappella choir and the acoustics of the First United Methodist Church, promises to be divine! It will feature a special collaboration with the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale Summit Ensemble. 7-8:30 p.m. | 420 N. Nevada Ave. | $20 | | 719-471-8522

March 10-12

National Money Show

View rare coins and numismatic treasures at The Broadmoor. Buy, sell and trade with hundreds of coin dealers, participate in live auctions showcasing amazing rarities and attend lectures and presentations from noted numismatists. Find out what your old coins may be worth! Saturday admission is free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (4 p.m. Saturday) | 1 Lake Ave. | $10 | | 719-632-2646

March 10-13 & 17-20 “A Flea in Her Ear”

Don’t miss this new version of Georges Feydeau’s farce by David Ives at the Ent Center for the Arts. Packed full of comedy, from mistaken identity to slamming doors and a rotating bed, it’s pure side-splitting joy! 4 or 7:30 p.m. | 5225 N Nevada Ave. | $17 | | 719-255-8181

March 11

Harlem Globetrotters

You’ll be dazzled by this exhibition basketball team at the World Arena that skillfully combines theater, comedy and athleticism. The Globetrotters have played over 26,000 exhibition games in 124 countries.

7 p.m. | 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $43+ | | 719-477-2100

March 11

Take & Make: STEM Windsock Spend quality time with your grandchild by creating a decorative windsock to welcome spring at the Rockrimmon Library. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 832 Village Center Drive | Free | | 719-531-6333, ext. 6225

the Empty Stocking Fund and Mt. Carmel. 10 a.m. | 24 N. Tejon St. | $30 (6 & under free) | | 719-430-4951

March 12

5K for St. Patrick’s Day

Come downtown ready to run! Kilts accepted. Stay afterward for the Leprechaun Fun Run and the parade. Pick up your packet at the St. Patty’s Sports Expo in the ballroom of the Mining Exchange (8 S. Nevada Ave.) on March 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 10 a.m. | Tejon St. | $35 | www.csst

March 12

Women Everyone Should Know

Learn about the ladies that made an impact at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Reservations are required. The lecture will be available the week after the live event for viewing. 2-3 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St. | Free | | 719-385-5990

March 12

St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

Enjoy a delicious catered breakfast courtesy of The Picnic Basket at Blondies on Tejon St. and view the St. Patrick’s Day Parade from the upper deck overlooking the parade route at noon. All proceeds benefit

Stop by Hotel Elegante for all things home improvement. Meet with local and national vendors that can help you tackle any size project. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday/11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday | 2886 S. Circle Drive | Free | www.thespringshomeshow. com | 303-867-0808

Women in Transition Luncheon

Remodeling Expo

March 12

The Springs Home Show

March 15

March 11-13

This event at the Norris-Penrose Event Center matches homeowners and building professionals. See the latest innovations and design trends in cabinetry and countertops, flooring, sunrooms and more! Feature gardens in the exhibit hall will wow you too! See website for times. 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road | $3 (under 18 free) | www.homeshow | 719-635-8881

March 12-14

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Wear green and cheer on all things Irish at the 38th annual parade! Booths sell food and beverages along the route. Additional events take place over three weeks. See website for details. 12 p.m. | 711 S. Tejon St. | Free |

March 12

Grandparent’s Day at Children’s Museum

At the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum, grandparents are admitted free every second Saturday monthly. This community-built, hands-on educational destination sparks creativity and lifelong learning through purposeful play. Exhibits include outer space, machines, farming and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 2565 Airport Road | $10 | www.pikespeakchildrens | 719-357-7726

March 12

Dine at the Pinery at the Hill and listen to Shawnee Starr, founder of Longevity Care Clinic. She’s transitioned her career, from technology trainer to international strategic defense consultant—and her health, from cancer patient to wellness speaker. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 775 W. Bijou St. | $38-$50 | | 719-442-2007

March 15

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson live lecture

Listen and learn at this live lecture on Dr. Peterson’s latest book, “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life,” at the Pikes Peak Center. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $39.50-$100 | www.pikespeak | 719-477-2121

March 17 St. Patty’s Drive-thru Celebration

Get your green on to enjoy great company, nosh on fantastic treats and feel the magic at The Inn at Garden Plaza! Please RSVP. 2-4 p.m. | 2520 International Circle | Free | 719-381-7021

Lawrence Yoshito Shiroma concert

Listen to folk, gospel and ballads by solo guitarist and trombonist Lawrence Yoshito Shiroma at Third Space Coffee. 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 5670 N. Academy Blvd. | Free | www.thirdspace |719-465-1657

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Pedalin’ St. Pats Bike Ride

Pedal your heart out! Choose an intermediate course of around 21 miles or a challenging course, just shy of 31 miles. Pick up your packet at the St. Patty’s Sports Expo in the ballroom of the Mining Exchange (8 S. Nevada Ave.) on March 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. You may ride in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. An after-ride party is at Trails End Taproom. 11 a.m. | 3103 W. Colorado Ave. | $35 |

March 19 Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary takes the catwalk with fashions from Macy’s at the Pinery at the Hill. Live and silent auctions include designer handbags, assorted items and a boutique table with gently used items. All proceeds benefit the Salvation Army’s children’s programs. 11 a.m. | 775 W. Bijou St. | $50 | | 719-884-1052

This race includes a winter-themed T-shirt and finisher medal. There are top 3 awards for many age groups, including 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+. Shed a layer of clothing at each water station and receive a pin. All layers shed will be donated. 6:45 a.m. packet pickup | Place TBA |

March 19

St. Patrick’s Day Volksmarch

Walk with the Falcon Wanderers Walking Club and bring your favorite two- or four-legged walking companion. Stroll by the beautiful historical houses of the Old North End. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 2924 N. Beacon St. | Free | www.falconwanderers. org | 719-271-6916

There’s something for everyone, Irish or not: games, a costume contest, prizes, food, drink specials, dancing and a 50/50 raffle. With the luck of the Irish, you could win cash! See website for your free ticket. 6 p.m. | 3065 S. Academy Blvd. | Free | | 719-203-6736

March 19

Winter Warm Up Race

Brrrr! Run or walk—just stay warm!

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Happy Hour and Books

Order drinks and food if you wish and discuss the novel “The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Dare at Jose Muldoon’s. 6 p.m. | 5710 S. Carefree Circle | Free |

March 24-27

If you’re approaching retirement age, “Understanding Your Social Security Benefits” offers clear and comprehensive answers. Discover how age and work affect retirement benefits and learn about spousal, children’s, survivor and disability benefits, with the qualifications and application process for each. 4-5:30 p.m. | Free | events | 719-471-2096

Rock out and remember. In the ’60s, British bands were huge! It started with the Beatles and continued with the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Hollies, Herman’s Hermits and more. Now their music is back at the Pikes Peak Center, with faithfully reproduced costumes, hairstyles and vintage instruments—even a Sgt. Pepper’s set! 7 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $67+ | | 719477-2121

March 18

Life-Sized Candyland

Take your favorite teen or tween (ages 9 and up) to the Old Colorado City Library to roleplay this sweet kid game like never before—in full size! Walk the multicolored squares and eat some treats. Who will find King Kandy? WWW.LAFIFTY.COM

harvest—and you’ll transplant your own tomato into a container to take home. 1-3 p.m. | 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway | $10 | www.phelangardens. com | 719-385-5990

March 26-27

Motorcycle Super Show & Swap Meet

You’ll get revved up by the best bike show in southern Colorado at the Norris Penrose Event Center. Includes a charity auction, over 100 vendors, tattoo competition, live music, beer garden and great food! 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday | 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road | $12-$15 | | 719-635-8881

March 28

Social Security 101 Webinar

The British Invasion

St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser

March 23

March 21

March 22-23

March 19

4-6 p.m. | 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. | Free | https://ppld.librarymarket. com | 719-634-1698

Disney on Ice

Kids will watch in awe as beloved Disney characters skate into the World Arena! This action-packed extravaganza features “Moana,” “Frozen,” “Coco,” “Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Dazzling production numbers wow with soaring music and exquisite costumes— and skaters that make it all magical. See website for times. 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $49+ | www.broadmoorworldarena. com | 719-477-2100

March 25

Swan Lake

Experience the thrill of the Russian Ballet Theatre at the Pikes Peak Center! This famous classical 1877 ballet with a glorious score by Tchaikovsky tells the love story of a hunter who encounters a flock of swans and falls in love with their queen. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $42+ | | 719-477-2121

March 26

Successful Tomatoes

Learn the secrets of growing tomatoes in Colorado. The class covers seeding, transplanting, fertilizing, diseases, pruning, harvesting and how to use and preserve your

Memoirs COS: True Stories, Unfiltered

Everyday people take the stage at 3 E’s Comedy Club to share the hilarious to the taboo, the tragic to the triumph, in a judgment-free space, and the community comes together monthly, one unscripted life story at a time. 6:30 p.m. | 1 S. Nevada Ave. | Free | | 719-255-2044 ■

March 29-30 “South Pacific”

You’ll be spellbound by this timeless Rodgers & Hammerstein classic at the Pikes Peak Center. It’s a sweeping tale of unlikely love affairs on a tropical island during World War II with recognizable music woven into the story. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $38+ | www.broadwayatpikes | 719-477-2121 ■

SUPPORT GROUPS Alzheimer’s Association offers free caregiver support groups and education classes, in person and virtually. Call the 24/7 Helpline to register or for more information about Alzheimer’s and dementia. 800-272-3900 C.R.A.F.T. (Community Reinforcement And Family Training) offers a free support group for families and friends of loved ones struggling with substance use at Springs Recovery Connection. English, Spanish, virtual and in-person options are available. Call for times. 719-377-2161 | aneeley@srchope. org Daddy’s Little Girls brings hope to abuse survivors through the love of Jesus Christ. 719-649-9054 | www.daddys Depression and Bipolar Support has six groups for those living with or affected by mood disorders, including veterans. See website for times and locations. 719-477-1515 | www.dbsacolorado El Paso County Colorado Progressive Veterans is available 365 days a year to help veterans, active duty military and their families with VA health care and disability, homelessness, emergency needs, PTSD and mental health support. 719-488-8351 | | Emotions Anonymous, a program for unsolved emotional problems, meets in Colorado Springs at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade, on Mondays, and at First Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Weber, on Thursdays. 6 p.m. Mondays; 2 p.m. Thursdays | 719-685-1091 (Monday); 719-3381878 (Thursday) Falcon Senior Services meets at Patriot High School, 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon. 2nd Wednesday | 11 a.m. | 719-494-0353 Gamblers Anonymous meets virtually via Zoom and in person at the

Red Cloud Serenity Club, 10400 Ute Pass Ave. in Green Mountain Falls. 6 p.m. Mondays (virtual); 9 a.m. Saturday (in person) | Grandparents Raising Grandchildren supports and encourages those dealing with issues of raising grandkids. Call for details. 719-578-8007 Grief Share helps attendees find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one. Group meets through Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance. 4th Tuesday | 10 a.m. | 719-330-0241 | Headway Brain Injury & Stroke Support Group meets at Fargo’s Pizza, 2910 E. Platte Ave. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. | 719-459-0901 Hearing Loss Association of America meets virtually. Multiple Sclerosis Alliance meets virtually. Visit website for schedule. 719-633-4603 | event-calendar.html | support@ NAMI Connection Support Group for those living with mental health conditions meets weekly virtually via Zoom and in person at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Registration required. Tuesdays (virtual) 7-8:30 p.m. | Thursdays (in person) 7-8:30 p.m. |

719-473-8477 | NAMI Family Support Group for family members of people living with mental health conditions meets virtually via Zoom and in person at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Registration required. Wednesdays (virtual) 7-8:30 p.m. | Thursdays (in person) 7-8:30 p.m. | 719-473-8477 | Overeaters Anonymous meets daily over Zoom (except Sundays) and in person on Thursdays. Visit website for virtual meeting times. Thursdays | 9-10:15 a.m. | Peak Vista Community Health Center | 719-2059080 | Parkinson’s Support Group meets at United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. 2nd Saturday | 10 a.m. Project Angel Heart delivers free, nutritious meals to those living with life-threatening illness. Call for information about receiving meals. 800-381-5612 Polio Survivors Support Group meets regularly. Call for date, time and location. 303-212-0017 Proactive Living Series meets at the Colorado Springs Senior Center to share tips on aging and available resources from local experts for

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CLUBS 21st Century Toastmasters meets weekly at Library 21c. Fridays | 1 p.m. | 719-591-8045 ACC Grass Roots 307 Cribbage meets weekly at the Colorado Springs Elks Lodge. Wednesdays | 4:30 p.m. | 719-331-1200

Cheyenne Mountain Hooked on Crochet meets virtually on Zoom to crochet or knit. 1st & 3rd Thursday | 10 a.m. | | 719-389-8968 Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club for women meets monthly at Broadmoor Community Church. Annual dues: $30 2nd Wednesday | 9:30 a.m. |

ACLU defends civil rights and liberties. 303-777-5482 Austin Bluffs Sertoma meets twice monthly for breakfast at Hotel Elegante. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 2nd & 4th Wednesday | 7:30 a.m. | 719-460-5561 (Pat) Austrian-American Enzian Club is a German-speaking culture club that meets monthly at the VFW Post #101. 2nd Wednesday | 2-4 p.m. | 719-3801163 Black Forest AARP gathers monthly for a potluck lunch at Black Forest Lutheran Church. 2nd Wednesday | 12 p.m. | 719-596-6787 Bridge Players Duplicate plays daily at the Bridge Center. Monday-Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. | Sundays at 1:30 p.m. | 719-634-7250 Bulldog Club meets monthly at Westside Community Center. 4th Monday | 6-8 p.m. | Carnelian Coffee Book Club meets monthly at Out West Gift Shop. 1st Sunday | 1 p.m. |

Colorado Springs Breakfast Club for Singles 50+ meets monthly at Patty Jewett Clubhouse ($20 cash/ check). Must RSVP. 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | 719-260-0651 | Colorado Springs Chess Club meets weekly in the Acacia Apartments ballroom. Tuesdays | 6 p.m. Colorado Springs Coin Club meets monthly at Fraternal Order of Eagles #143. 4th Tuesday | 6:30 p.m. | 719-433-8417 Colorado Springs Numismatic Society meets monthly at Hilltop Baptist Church. 2nd Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-433-8417 Colorado Springs Scrabble Club meets virtually weekly for three games on (must create account). Mondays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-332-5141 Colorado Springs Stamp Club meets monthly at Vista Grande Baptist Church. 1st Tuesday | 7 p.m.


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Curiosity Unlimited offers fun opportunities for continuous learning with UCCS professor lectures virtually and at the Ent Center for the Arts, Chapman Foundation Recital Hall. Call to RSVP. 2nd Friday | 10 a.m. | www.uccs. edu/curiosity | 719-574-1449 DAV Knob Hill holds a bingo fundraiser at 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. to help aid local veterans. Sundays | 5:30-9 p.m. | 719-591-8787 El Paso Pacers is a walking club that meets monthly. RSVP by email. 3rd Thursday | 9 a.m. | 719-5206977 | Falcon Adult Group meets monthly at High Prairie Library. 1st Wednesday | 11 a.m. Falcon Garden Club meets monthly at High Prairie Library. 3rd Saturday | 10 a.m. | www.falcon Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship meets monthly for breakfast at IHOP, 6005 Constitution Ave. 2nd Saturday | 7:30 a.m. | 719-229-3317 Gleneagle Sertoma meets twice monthly for lunch in the Northgate area. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 1st & 3rd Wednesday | 11:30 a.m. | 719-331-1212 (Harvey) Gold Camp Victorian Society meets monthly at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. 4th Saturday | 2 p.m. | info@gold

Healing Waters Fly Fishing is for disabled active duty and veterans. Varied times | www.projecthealing International Dance Club hosts weekly dances. Live bands, variety of styles, family friendly. Cover: $10 members, $12 non-members. Saturdays | 7-10 p.m. | 719-633-0195 Maxi’s Dance Party is held weekly at the Eagles Club. Features music for ages 40+ and food and drinks for purchase. Cover: $5/members, $8/ non-members. Thursdays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-660-1358. Paralyzed Vets of America plays weekly at Bingo World. Tuesdays | 12:30 p.m. | 719-578-1441 Pikes Peak Camera Club meets virtually monthly. Zoom link on website. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-634-2376 | Pikes Peak Computer Application Society meets monthly at Springs Community Church. 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | asdtitus@ Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets virtually monthly. 2nd Wednesday | 6 p.m. |

Keeping You “On Trail” with Medicare Are you a Veteran/Retiree? Are You Turning 65 and New to Medicare? Do You have TRICARE, VA Healthcare or CHAMPVA

Medicare for Veterans Seminar 2nd Wednesday of the Month

March 9, 2022 at 2pm Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center

530 Communication Circle • Colo. Springs To RSVP Call, Text, Email or Scan QR code Nick Palarino, Licensed Insurance Broker

(719) 301-9525 •

Enrollment periods may apply. Not affiliated with the U.S. government or federal Medicare program.

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Pikes Peak Over the Hill Gang is for active people 50+ who enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, golfing, camping, etc. (variable times/dates). Membership required. Meets monthly for dinner. 2nd Wednesday | 719-388-1534 | Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners meets monthly for dinner and a program at the Masonic Center. Call to RSVP. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | 719-473-0330. Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers (of children in the military) meets monthly at the Falcon Police Dept. 1st Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-651-8038 Rotary Club meets weekly for lunch and a speaker at The Antlers. Visit website for Zoom link and to RSVP. Fridays | 12:15 p.m. | 719-338-3239 | Senior Chats occur weekly at the Rockrimmon Library. Tuesdays | 10:30 a.m. Senior Circle Book Club meets monthly at the Woodland Park Public Library’s large meeting room. 2nd Thursday | 10:30 a.m. | 719-687-9281 Silicon Mountain Mac User Group meets virtually monthly. Visit website for Zoom link. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. |

Sno-Jets Ski and Adventure Club meets for ski trips, biking, hiking, dinners and more. Membership is $45 per year or $10 for summer. 1st Thursday | 6:30 p.m. | www. Socrates Cafe meets weekly for discussion at the Monument Library. Tuesdays | 1-3 p.m. | 719-531-6333, ext. 7005 Sons and Daughters of Italy meets monthly at the VFW Post #101. 1st Tuesday | Dinner 5:30, Meeting 6:30 p.m. | 719-290-9586

Question Month OF THE

Compiled by Rhonda Wray

How did you meet your best friend?

Nick Massimiano “I met her 45 years ago on a blind date. My best friend is my wife, Ginger.”

Sons of Norway meets monthly for a heritage meeting at Viking Hall. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-574-3717 Travel Club meets regularly through the Fountain Valley Senior Center. 719-600-2602 |

George Monfette “We went to war together. We were Navy Seals.”

Triviality Trivia plays weekly at Gold Camp Brewing Company. Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-319-3798 Vietnam Veterans of America (chapter 1075) meets monthly at Colorado Technical University. 4th Saturday | 9 a.m. | 719-650-1513 Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association—Army Women United meets monthly at the Sand Creek Public Library. 4th Saturday | 10:15 a.m. | 719-660-3641 ■

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Donna Peachey “We knew each other casually growing up, but when we were freshmen, we sat by each other in the back of math class. One day Bonnie passed me a note that said, ‘Do you want to come to my house after school?’ From then on, we were best friends. She’s the one person from those days that I still keep in touch with.”

Wade Chapman “We were in the Army together. On May 10, 1965, we were stationed at Fort Polk, in Louisiana. I retired at Ft. Carson on November 1, 1991.”

David Spengler “We lived on the same block in Whittier, California. Eddie Smith was a goofy guy with the funniest laugh, but he could fix anything and was a chemistry whiz. He was like a brother to me. Later in life, we met up again. When he was dying, he sent me his rifle—a valuable 1917 Eddystone, used in World War I. We all served in Viet Nam, us guys in the neighborhood, and now I’m the only one left.” WWW.LAFIFTY.COM | MARCH 2022 | CLUBS |


FUN AFTER 50 1514 N. Hancock Avenue, Colorado Springs To register for classes, call 719-955-3400 or visit

SPECIAL EVENTS Tunes on Tuesday with Frank Moore 1:30-2:30 p.m. | March 8 | Free

Bagpipes & Cocoa on the Patio

1:30-2:30 p.m. | March 15 | $3


8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | $33

Sit & Fit

11-11:45 a.m. | Tuesdays & Thursdays | $50

St. Patrick’s Day Social

Brain & Balance

1:30-2:30 p.m. | March 17 | $3

9-10 a.m. | Fridays | $35


Feldenkrais: Awareness through Movement

German & Irish Immigrants in the Civil War

1-2 p.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | $60

9:30-10:30 a.m. | March 8 | $5

What Is Probate?

10-11 a.m. | March 10 | $3

Planning Your Legacy

1:30-2:30 p.m. | March 24 | Free

Spring into Spring Gardening 1-2:30 p.m. | March 25 | $3

HEALTH Long-term Care Planning 10-11 a.m. | March 9 | Free

Power of Mushroom Supplements

1-2 p.m. | March 9 | Free

Medicare & Medicaid

1-2 p.m. | March 10 | Free

Nurse Chats: Dizziness & Syncope 1-2 p.m. | March 23 | Free

ART Gemstone Faceting

1-3 p.m. | Tuesdays | $47

Capturing Winter in Watercolor

1-3 p.m. | Wednesdays | $47

Drawing with Da Vinci

9-11 a.m. | Thursdays | $47

JOIN THE FUN! Cribbage

12:30-3 p.m. | Mondays & Thursdays | Free

Group Painting

9-12 a.m. | Tuesdays | $1


11:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | $1

Free Movie Fridays

1-3 p.m. | Fridays | Free

Ping Pong

1:30-2:30 p.m. | Fridays | $1

1628 W. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs To register for programs,call 719-385-7920 or visit


By appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call Michael Campbell (weekends only). 719-360-3810

“Honky Tonk Hissy Fit”

Funky Little Theater Co. presents this rollicking comedy set in Doublewide, Texas. Call for times and prices | March 1-12 | www.funkylittletheater. org | 719-471-4462

EXERCISE SilverSneakers Classic

8:45-9:45 a.m. | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | $5 if insurance doesn’t cover class


10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays | 12-3 p.m. Wednesdays | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays

Table Tennis

1-3:30 p.m. Mondays | 12-2 p.m. Fridays

Balance and Flexibility 9-10 a.m. | Tuesdays

Beginner’s Line Dance 10-11 a.m. | Wednesdays

Whole Harmony Yoga

6-7:30 p.m. | Wednesdays

Intermediate Line Dance

3:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays | 2:30-4 p.m. Fridays

Beginner’s Pickleball

10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Fridays

HEALTH VNA Foot Care Clinic. Call to make an appointment.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Tuesdays | 720-3926701

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FOOD Connections Cafe In-Person Lunch Call to make a reservation. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Monday-Friday | 719-884-2300

Westside Cares Food Pantry 1-3 p.m. | Wednesdays

Colorado Pet Pantry

1-3 p.m. | 4th Wednesday

OTHER 12 Step Recovery 12-1 p.m. | Mondays Senior Lounge 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Monday-Friday AA New Beginnings Meetings 6-7 p.m. | Tuesdays Adult Children of Alcoholics Workbook Study 6-7:30 p.m. | Tuesdays Last Bottom Group Narcotics Anonymous 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Tuesdays Bible Study 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Thursdays Organization of Westside Neighbors 6-7 p.m. | 1st Thursdays Adult Children of Alcoholics Workbook Study 6-7:30 p.m. | Tuesdays Crafts Unlimited 9-11:30 a.m. | Fridays Adult Children of Alcoholics Meetings 9-10 a.m. Thursdays | 6-7:30 p.m. Fridays

Blackrose Acoustic Jam

March 3: Fiddle tunes March 10: Gospel March 17: Radio oldies March 21: Gypsy swing March 24: Bluegrass, 6-8 p.m.

1300 Higby Road, Monument To register for programs, call 719-464-6873 or visit


Line Dancing

1:30 p.m. | Tuesdays

Gentle Yoga

11 a.m. | Thursdays

10:15 a.m. | Fridays (except for March 4)

Book Club


11 a.m. | March 11 | 719-3300241


Bring $3 and a snack to share 1-3 p.m. | March 11

Bingo (must RSVP)

1-2 p.m. | March 16 | 719-3300241 | sue@monumentalfitness. com

Chess Club

12 p.m. | Mondays


12-4 p.m. | Tuesdays

Hand & Foot

Strengthen your core, lengthen your body, improve flexibility, balance and mobility. 9 a.m. Tuesdays | 10 a.m. Thursdays

5745 Southmoor Drive, Fountain To register for classes, call 719-600-2644 or visit

EDUCATION Legal Assistance

1:30 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday


11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 4th Thursday

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; 12:30-3 p.m. | Tuesdays

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Fridays


12:30-2:30 p.m. | 3rd Friday

Gentle stretching, breathing techniques, energy exercises, meditation and visualization work. 10 a.m. | Wednesdays

Oil Painting

10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1st Saturday


10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 1st Saturday

Mix It Up!

Card Making

10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 1st Saturday

Chair Yoga

1-2 p.m. | Wednesdays

Mind Matters

A fun combination of low-impact aerobics, simple weight training and stretching. 8 a.m. | Wednesdays

8:30-11 a.m. | Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. | Wednesdays 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Thursdays 9:30-11 a.m. | Thursdays



Chair Yoga

11 a.m. | Wednesdays & Thursdays

Body Shop (muscle conditioning)

Strengthen your core, improve flexibility, balance, mobility and create a stronger mind-body connection. 9 a.m. Wednesdays | 12 p.m. Sundays

Strong for Life

9 a.m. | Thursdays

Tai Chi Fusion

1:30 p.m. | Thursdays

Zumba Gold

Better Bones & Balance

Reduce stress and promote serenity through gentle, flowing movements and deep breathing. 12 p.m. | Mondays



6-7 p.m. Mondays | 10:15-11 p.m., March 4

1 p.m. | Thursdays

Wii Games


1:30 p.m. | Mondays

Bingo (and cash prizes)


10:30 -11:30 a.m. | Mondays

Dementia Support Group

9 a.m. | Mondays

1 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

Birthday Social

Tai Chi Gong


Movie Day

Interpretive Dance

1-4 p.m. | Tuesdays & Wednesdays 1-4 p.m. | Fridays


Game Day

Thrift Store Super Saturday Thrift Store Super Saturday Cripple Creek

8 a.m.-5 p.m. | 2nd Saturday

2-3:30 p.m. | 3rd Monday

2:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays | 9-10 a.m. Fridays

Zumba Gold

9-10 a.m. | Tuesdays

Cardio Drumming

2-2:30 p.m. | Tuesdays

Tai Chi

9:30-11 a.m. | Wednesdays

Low Vision Support

1 p.m. | 3rd Wednesday

5:30 p.m. Thursdays | 9 a.m. Saturdays

Zumba Basics

Total Body Strength

Active Minds

9 a.m. | Fridays

2:30 p.m. | 3rd Thursday

Live Well

Chi Kung

12-1:30 p.m. | March 11

Ice Cream Happy Hour

2:30 p.m. | Thursdays

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SUPPORT NEWS BITS GROUPS Four-Part Online Medicare Series

Get the information you need from the comfort of your home about Medicare. This free webinar series is presented by Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging and the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). Each class starts at 5:30 p.m. Register online at or call 719-471-2096.

� March 1: Medicare Eligibility & Coverage

� March 9: Medicare Options:

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Get pampered on Caregiver Pampering Day

Are you a family member who cares for a loved one aged 60 or older? Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) understands how much you give and would like to pamper you for a change! Caregivers will enjoy a free continental breakfast and catered lunch and receive a swag bag. Several gift baskets will be raffled off as well. Don’t miss the chance to relax, connect with other caregivers and bask in well-deserved appreciation! This special day will occur Saturday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Senior Cen-

ter, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Space is limited to 90 caregivers, so reserve your spot early. Registration will run from March 21 to April 15. Sign up by calling 719-471-2096, ext. 115, emailing or online at

Free groceries distribution

No one should ever go hungry! Care and Share will distribute groceries at Schryver Park in the Manitou Springs, at the Pool and Fitness Center, on March 1 and 15. Please stop by from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. if food insecurity is your reality. For details, call 719-528-1247 or visit

A reminder about shoveling snow

Do you head outside to clear your sidewalks and driveway without a second thought? Not so fast. Shoveling may lead to health dangers, including a possible heart attack, as cold air can increase blood pressure, constrict arteries and restrict blood flow to some parts of the heart. March is the month with the heaviest snowfall for Colorado Springs, with an average of 8.1 inches of snow. A shovel of snow can weigh up to 15 pounds. The Pikes Peak Area Office of Emergency Management reminds residents and business owners to clear all sidewalks within 24 hours after the snowfall stops. To be a good

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neighbor and follow this rule but protect your health, consider hiring a teenager from your neighborhood, using a snow blower or hiring a snow removal service. If you must clear the snow yourself, take frequent breaks and be sure to push the snow with your shovel. Don’t lift and throw it. Other health-related shoveling hazards older adults face include falls (from muscle weakness and poor balance), frostbite (from poor blood circulation or diabetes) and hypothermia (from sarcopenia and slow metabolism).

Space Symposium seeks volunteers

As a nonprofit organization, Space Foundation relies heavily on volunteer support. To volunteer at the 37th Space Symposium on April 4-7 at The Broadmoor, please provide two or more references if you have not volunteered before. The Volunteer Program Manager will evaluate your skills and preferences to place you in the best role. A volunteer lounge is stocked with light snacks, and volunteers receive a thank-you gift. Depending on how often you volunteer, you may be eligible to tour the exhibit hall, hear a speaker and/or receive a meal ticket. Don’t miss this chance to support this “must attend” space industry event. Fill out a volunteer application at

Volunteers needed for El Paso County Board of Adjustment

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners is seeking two community-minded citizens to volunteer on the Board of Adjustment. Applications are due by March 22. This committee hears and decides on issues of physical variances related to the county zoning code. Board meetings are at 9 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. Apply at Send completed applications to Board of El Paso County Commissioners, Attn: Ingrid Mobley, 200 S. Cascade Ave., Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2208. Applications may also be faxed to 719-520-6397 or emailed to

El Paso County implements trail access program with Terrain Hoppers

As part of the new Trail Access Program, the county will acquire two off-road mobility vehicles with the generous support of a $25,000 donation from The Independence Center. Terrain Hoppers are the ultimate off-road mobility power scooter designed to provide access to adventure for residents who never had the ability to do so before. For more information on the Trail Access Program or the mobility vehicles, call 719-520-6399.

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SUPPORT GROUPS Pikes Peak Library events

Some programs are presented virtually and some require registration. Visit or call 719389-8968.

� Yoga (Virtual)

Florissant Library events

For information about programs, visit or call 719-748-3939.

� Tai Chi

10-11 a.m. | Mondays

Zoom links emailed prior to the class. 9 a.m. | Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays

� Live in Concert: Skean Dubh

This Celtic acoustic band features hauntingly beautiful vocals, fluting and uilleann bagpiping. 6 p.m. | March 4 | Old Colorado City Library TBD | March 19 | Monument Palmer Lake area (TBD)

� Irish Dance Performance

Colorado’s premier Irish dance troupes performs traditional Irish step and Celtic dance, followed by a St. Patrick’s Day craft. 2 p.m. | March 5 | Cheyenne Mountain Library 2 p.m. | March 17 | Library 21c 5 p.m. | March 17 | Manitou Springs Library

� Louis Charles McClure:

At the Foot of Pikes Peak Rich Carnahan’s recent book documents the growth of Colorado Springs through the photography of Louis Charles McClure. 10:30 a.m. | March 5 | East Library

� Virtual Genealogy Basics 10 a.m. | March 7 & 19

� Lunch & Learn: Medicare (Virtual) 12 p.m. | March 10 12 p.m. | March 24

� Family Fun Fridays

March 4: movie (“Encanto”) and popcorn, March 11: card games, March 18: rainbow crafts, March 25: active play stations. 2-4 p.m. | Fridays

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� Read Amok Book Club

If you are between the ages of 50 and 66, the regulations make it easier for you to receive social security disability benefits. If you can no longer work because of a physical or mental health condition, call for a FREE CONSULTATION to find out if you qualify.

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� Yarnia! Knitting & Crochet Club 10-11:30 a.m. | March 10 12 p.m. | March 14

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | March 16

� Cookbook Club

Bring an Irish dish to share and a recipe. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | March 18

� Craft & Create Adult Program 1-3 p.m. | March 23

”I would advise anyone trying to get disability benefits to call Diane Bross. I was so pleased with how things went.” – G.V. “After all of the time I waited and tried working through the system, Diane Bross managed to get me my disability insurance payments that I was needing. Thank you!” – Laura “A special thanks to Diane Bross and her staff because without them I would not have my benefits. Because of them, I have regained my financial life. It’s back in order. No where to go but up. So, thank you very much.” – Mr. Winston

Woodland Park Library events For information about programs, visit or call 719-687-9281.

� Tai Chi

5 p.m. Thursdays | 10 a.m. Fridays


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� Senior Circle Book Club 10:30 a.m. | March 10

� Free Legal Clinic

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for Bankruptcy Relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Appointments required. March 10 | 719-748-3939

� Family Movie

� Ordinary Investing for Extraor-

dinary Results Learn the secrets of investing from licensed stockbroker and financial advisor Ron Phillips 6:30 p.m. | Mar. 29 & 31 | Library 21c Petritz Lab

Bring a snack and watch “Encanto” with your family and friends. A beverage is provided. 12 p.m. | March 23

BUY ONE ENTRÉE AND RECEIVE HALF OFF A SECOND ENTRÉE Excluding chicken wings. Not valid with any other discounts or coupons. Coupons not good during holidays. Expires 3/31/2022.

� Animal Shelter Adoption Event Come cuddle a few furry friends in the large meeting room and maybe take one home! 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | March 26 ■



The Omelette Parlor Entrance on SOUTH side (719) 633-7770 OPEN DAILY from 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

O’Furry’s Irish Sports Pub & Grill Entrance on EAST side (719) 634-3106 OPEN DAILY from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

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Medical care: American dream or nightmare? By Dr. Glenn Mollette


ntil recently my wife and I paid over $2,000 a month for medical insurance. We each had a $6,000 deductible. One year we both had procedures, which meant we had $12,000 in out-of-pocket expenses. There were also some other “uncovered” medical costs throughout the year, which resulted in over $40,000 in medical insurance and out-of-pocket costs. The procedures themselves, of course, cost far and above what our out-of-pocket expenses were. Most likely, if we had not had health insurance the doctors and medical facilities would not have performed them. In America, you must have medical insurance, or the means to cover the costs of your health care. For the average American, $40,000 in medical costs in one year means an eternity of debt. The prospects of such makes average

FINANCIAL DEVASTATION IS LURKING AROUND THE CORNER FOR ANY AMERICAN WHO DOES NOT HAVE A GOOD MEDICAL CARE SAFETY NET. Americans shy away from medical care they need. Unaffordable medical care is not an American dream. Honestly, for too many Americans, it’s a nightmare. A business owner recently told me, “I pay for insurance for my employees, but it’s barely enough insurance to meet the legal requirements for our business. It’s terrible insurance. It pays for almost nothing, and no one with our insurance would ever want to go to the hospital.” This is tragic, as all Americans need good medical care. However, the insurance companies in America are making billions in profit. The way they make a profit is by denying to pay for something you need.

The health insurance industry had a net profit of $22 billion in 2019. Businesses need to make profit, but Americans need medical care, not medical debt that leads only to serious anxiety and possibly more medical problems. If you are buying an Affordable Care Act plan as non-subsidized health insurance for a family of four, you can expect to pay about $25,000 for the year in premiums and deductibles. That breaks down to an average of $17,244 in annual premium cost for health insurance for a family of four and $7,767 in deductible expenses. If you qualify for a subsidy, this will certainly help, but just the out-of-pocket deductible can make health care daunting for most.

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Health care is a major component of financial security. Financial devastation is lurking around the corner for any American who does not have a good medical care safety net. Any hospital stay today amounts to tens of thousands of dollars. You must make medical insurance a priority for you and your family. Also, our government is still a long way from solving our medical insurance dilemma. We must have access to good and affordable medical care in this country, and we must not give up on making it good for all Americans. Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 13 books including “Uncommon Sense.” His column is published weekly in over 600 publications nationwide. Contact him at, or learn more at ■


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