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IN THIS ISSUE

The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region APRIL 2021 | Volume 34 | Issue 4

Publisher & Advertising Director Kevin K. VanGundy Managing Editor Anthony Welch

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Editor in Chief Cloie Sandlin Multimedia Editor Lauren Berg Graphic Designers B. Bigler Michael L. Madsen Melissa Levad Customer Service Manager Stacey Splude Advertising Executives Bruce Schlabaugh Jil Goebel Delivery Eulogio Martinez Diane Salkovich Lucinda Perry Robert & Kathy Wernly Gerald Wilson Peggy Searles

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20 Sleep among history in these historic hotels 22 Where were you when? Seniors recall memories that shaped each generation

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24 Faith

11 Ask the Old Bag: Do I need to go to church?

25 What to know when buying a new TV 26 Calendar

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28 News Bits

13 How to treat post-COVID vaccination symptoms 14 Laughing Matters 16 Silver key offers silver lining during pandemic

29 Question of the Month 30 Support Groups 31 Fun after 50 32 Fun & Games 34 Classifieds

17 Does you mutt’s ancestry matter?

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38 Opinion: Failing to avoid the ’rona

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EDITOR'S COLUMN

Get off the couch and get outside! I

could feel my soul coming to life as my son and I stepped outside our home in early March. The sun beamed gloriously as temperatures crept into the 60s. Jaxson and I were getting to do something we hadn’t done since late fall—play some driveway basketball.

Earlier, when I returned home from delivering Life After 50 issues, I worried that the mention of going outside would be met with sighs and grumbles from Jaxson. I figured he’d want to play video games or sit in front of the television. But I was pleasantly surprised when he enthusiastically said “OK!” and laced up his Jordans. Following a few games of pig and one-onone, my dormant legs began to feel stiff, but I smiled when Jaxson wanted to keep going. It showed how simply getting out in the sun can brighten up one’s day or mood.

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This is exactly why friends Rocky Shockley and Tim Jones created their book, “Easy Hikes to the Hidden Past.” In a world of too many screens, it’s easy to get sucked into living life on the couch. As we’re hopefully set to see warmer and warmer temperatures, why not get outside and take yourself on an adventure? Shockley and Jones’ book has hikes for all levels—some right here in town! In their book, the duo seeks to inspire others to get outside, enjoy the great outdoors and discover historical relics and remnants around the Pikes Peak region. “Easy Hikes to the Hidden Past” details 20 trails in the surrounding area that guide hikers on a scavenger hunt through history. You can learn more in this month’s cover story. So, leave your phone at home and get outside. You’re not likely to miss anything super important. However, you may find the trails slightly busier, as the pandemic has led to more and more people venturing outdoors to bicycle, walk, hike or play golf. (Darn you, COVID, for making the golf courses so busy now!)

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Hike to Hidden History COVER STORY

New book reveals little-known history about your next hike By Anthony Welch

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id you know that a large house catty-corner from the Starsmore was a speakeasy back in the day? Or that the original Ute Trail still exists above the present trail that’s frequented by campers, hikers and bikers headed for the hills? Hikers and history buffs alike can take a trip through time and discover history beyond the beaten path in the new book, “Easy Hikes to the Hidden Past.” Authors Rocky Shockley and Tim Jones combine well-researched trail explorations and historical treasure hunts in this entertaining read designed to get readers off the couch and

outside discovering the region’s historic past. Released in November, the Pikes Peak Region Edition features hikes in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek, Cañon City, Monument and Palmer Lake. “There’s so much interest from residents to get out and explore,” said Jones, 66. “There are a lot of hiking books and a lot of history books but nothing that blended the two.”

PENNED TO PUBLISHED The book was a collaborative effort between the two avid hikers, who met while working at the Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp. Both of them gathered information about the hikes, while Shockley created the maps and Jones took photos and pioneered the book’s design. “I’ve been a fan of history around Colorado Springs for most of my life,”

“There’s so much pioneer history around here— so much history nobody sees.”

- Rocky Shockley

The 267-page book details 20 hikes accessible by foot, bike or car, plus a bonus adventure. Each chapter includes length of the hike, difficulty level and elevation gain, along with trivia, wilderness treasure hunts and downtown explorations, accompanied by detailed maps and directions. “We’ve hiked these trails for many years,” said Shockley, 67. “For the book, we hiked the trail to make sure it had historic finds. Then we went back with GPS to mark the spots and take notes.” Once most of the chapters were written, they hiked the trails once more to verify the map and the book’s contents, as if they were reading it for the first time.

said Shockley. “There’s so much pioneer history around here—so much history nobody sees.” After a 40-year career in hotel management, Shockley worked as a park ranger and hiking guide. He once led a teacher on a hike above the Manitou Incline, and she told him, “You need to put this [history] on paper before you die.” He followed her advice and started recording his hikes, research and historical points of interest on his blog at www.6100feet.com. After reading Shockley’s blog posts, Jones, who has published two hiking books of his own, encouraged him to compile them into a book. “I’ve worn many hats, but my whole career has been in commercial

Tim Jones, left, and Rocky Shockley, right, hiked each of the trails featured in their book three times to verify maps and sights along the way.


Left: An old fluorite mine tipple seen off Old Stage Road. Center: Rocky Shockley looks toward Rattlesnake Gulch on the Ute Valley Trail. Right: The old house foundation for the Red Mountain Dance Hall and hoist house as viewed on Red Mountain. art, marketing, advertising, brand management and graphic design,” said Jones. The book caught the attention of a publisher, but Shockley and Jones decided to self-publish and handle distribution themselves. They’ve sold around 500 books to date. “The response so far has exceeded our expectations, but we’re going for a larger push as we move into the hiking season,” said Jones.

A LOVE OF HISTORY Jones grew up hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena, California, before he moved to Colorado in 1991. His favorite hike from the book is the pipeline trail off of Old Stage Road, which has a historic tie to Spencer Penrose–an American entre-

preneur that made his fortune from mining, ore processing and real estate in Colorado. “It’s a nice, easy hike that starts with old mine ruins and takes you by retaining walls and bridges where you can actually see some of the pipe work laid by Penrose. He brought the water all the way down to the Broadmoor for the lake and golf course,” said Jones. That water pipe is still in use to this day. “There’s also stone brick work dating back to 1937 and fabulous views of the canyon below,” he added. Shockley’s favorite hike is the Manitou Incline, which is among the more challenging hikes featured in the book. Alternatively, he said readers can skip the Incline and take Barr Trail instead.

“The exploration isn’t hard [above the Incline], but getting up to it is,” he said. Once there, hikers are rewarded with amazing views, along with historic relics. “You can see the old water tank for cogs, a concrete pad where there used to be coin-operated binoculars and picnic tables made from old railroad rails dating back to 1897,” said Shockley. The book appeals to active adventurers and armchair travelers of all ages, but they wanted to set a specific example for seniors. “You don’t have to go on a big hike,” said Shockley. “Sometimes the hardest part is just getting out the door.” ■

Left: The ruins of Nanny’s Cabin, which was used by Spencer Penrose, sits off the Pipeline Trail. Center: Tim Jones peers into an old mine off the trail. Right: Penrose built the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, which sits above Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Easy Hikes to the Hidden Past

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OUTDOOR SPACES Colorado Springs is home to an active aging population. With outdoor spaces becoming more essential in a time of social distancing, there’s

significant momentum to meet the needs of older adults. In the last five years, Age-Friendly Colorado Springs fully incorporated age-friendly concepts within the city’s comprehensive plan update and redesigned five parks as age-friendly pilot projects. Currently, seven active trail projects are improving recreational opportunities. Recommendations from participants and stakeholders involved in the AARP Walk Audit of the Sand Creek Trail were instrumental in securing AARP grant funding to install a new bench and light. Plans are currently underway to create a community art feature.

TRANSPORTATION As the 29th fastest-growing large city in the country, Colorado Springs has a critical need to maximize transit options that allow residents to navigate the city’s sprawling infrastructure. The transportation committee set goals to increase ease of use by expanding the availability of tools and information. Several organizations collaborated to create the One-Ride hotline, a one-stop resource for older adults in need of transportation. IIAC also partnered with Bike COS to create walkability/bikeability maps. The city’s bike program also installed almost 36 miles of onstreet bike lanes.

HOUSING Housing is a major intergenerational issue with housing costs rising faster than the median income. One of the housing committee’s goals was to increase age-friendly home modification opportunities and housing options. This resulted in the building of Draper Com-


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SOCIAL PARTICIPATION The importance of social participation for the mental health of older adults has become abundantly clear during the pandemic. Committee members worked to implement senior center programming in unused public spaces and at local YMCA locations. Pikes Peak Library District, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), Silver Key and other organizations are working to synergize programming offered to older adults. Volunteering is a great source of socialization among older adults. The report stated that even after retirement, 23.5 percent of older adults nationally stay engaged with their communities through volunteering. The committee identified VolunteerMatch (www.volunteermatch. org) as a resource that allows community members to filter volunteer opportunities by location, required skills and age group.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT & HEALTH SERVICES Colorado is the eighth healthiest state in the nation—a testament to the excellent health of its older adults. The committee sought to promote and expand health and wellness initiatives and increase support for caregivers. It was discovered that Community Assistance Referral and Education Services (CARES) uses outreach services to support frequent 911 users, along with an aging in place program. Silver Key, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) and the UCCS Aging Center also have caregiver support programs.

Colorado Springs is officially dementia-friendly with more than 40 community members participating in the creation of a dementia-friendly action plan.

RESPECT & SOCIAL INCLUSION The formation of the Colorado Springs Commission on Aging was a major breakthrough in advocating for respect and social inclusion of older adults. This City Council advisory group promotes representation of older adults within the legislative process and is being considered for a role at the county level.

CIVIC PARTICIPATION & EMPLOYMENT It takes more than legislation to create employment opportunities for older adults. Despite the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, nearly two-thirds of workers age 55-65 report that age is a barrier to getting a job. To promote age-friendly business practices, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado created the Age-Friendly Business Certification for businesses that meet certain criteria. Similarly, the AARP Employer Pledge Program and the Certified Age-Friendly Employer Program through Changing the Narrative have designations to meet this need. IIAC also partnered with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center to host a “Job Searching after 50” event for older adults.

COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION In partnership with IIAC, the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging launched a comprehensive resource portal where older adults can access services for arts and culture, financial and legal support, health and wellness, housing, safety, transportation and more. Access the portal at www.agefriendlypikes peak.org. To view the complete report, visit www.innovationsinaging.org/ research ■

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Do I need to go to church?

ASK THE OLD BAG

Dear Old Bag: My widowed daughter recently introduced us to her new fiancé. We knew she was serious about someone, but since we live in different cities 500 miles apart, we don’t see her often. They came to visit a couple of weeks ago. He’s a very nice guy, but we felt she should have prepared us for the fact that he’s African American. We managed just fine, but we do have reservations since he has two children from a previous marriage and she has two from her marriage. They said they are hoping to have one more together. I guess I’m a little miffed she didn’t share that he was black and that I’m about to have two new grandchildren. What do you think? Signed, B.C. Dear BC: First, I want to compliment you and your husband. The fact that your daughter didn’t see any need to tell you that her husband-to-be was black shows me that she didn’t think it would matter to you, just as it doesn’t matter to her. However, you’re thinking that she should have told you may have uncovered some hidden racist feelings you didn’t know you had. Once you’re aware of those feelings, you can deal with them and become a better person for it. I strongly believe that you, your daughter and future son-in-law, and all the grandchildren will get along just fine. Blessings and luck to you all, OB Dear Old Bag: I was married to a man for 50 years who passed away last month. The truth is, I was ready to leave him, but then he became ill and I felt obligated to stay with him. That resulted in three more years of pain for me. However, now all my friends and family have heaped upon me condolences, beautiful cards and letters talking about our beautiful memories, and so on. I feel guilty because with his death I felt relief. If I tell them I don’t feel bad, they’ll think I’m terrible. Each day it seems to get worse. Any suggestions? Signed, No Grief Dear No Grief: I’m sorry you don’t feel grief for your late husband’s passing. I’m also sorry for your unhappy marriage. It is what it is. You can’t manufacture feelings. Perhaps you can grieve for what was missing in your marriage that gave you such relief when he passed. Excuse your friends who sent the typical cards and condolences—they don’t know what went on inside your marriage. We never really know what goes on in another’s life unless they share it with us. For those who are still tolerating bad relationships, this is what happens if you don’t do something about it! OB Dear Old Bag: I’ve become friends with a man in my neighborhood. We’ve had many good discussions and he has a great sense of humor, too. Last week, he invited me to go to church with him. I stopped going to church because I felt they were making rules and decisions that weren’t of God but were rules of their church. I told my friend about this, and he said his church is spiritual and not organized like most religions. I think I’m spiritual already. Do I need to go to church? Signed, AH

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Dear AH: I could write a whole column on this subject. Your friend seems to know what’s right for him, and you know what’s right for you. I agree that there’s a difference between spirituality and religion. To me, spirituality is doing good things, treating people well, being honest and forgiving, and praying to your higher power for guidance. I’ll continue our discussion in future columns because over the years it has come up time and again. OB ■

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pring is the season of renewal. Plants and trees start to rebound from the harsh winter that claimed most of their leaves and vegetation. Birds return from their southern vacations, serenade us with their morning songs and rebuild their nests in preparation for new arrivals. Unfortunately, there is another renewal that many people don’t look forward to—the return of hay fever season along with symptoms such as sneezing and sniffling that can give you sleepless nights. In an allergy survey conducted by HayMax (www.haymax.us), 92 percent of respondents said their hay fever symptoms affect their work, school or daily routine, which includes sleep patterns. “The trick to sleeping well when you suffer from hay fever is to reduce the amount of pollen getting into your body at night,” said Max Wiseberg, creator of HayMax Allergen Barrier Balm, which helps reduce dust, allergens and pollen from entering the body. People can tolerate a certain amount of pollen without reaction, he said, but once this amount is exceeded—considered the trigger level—hay fever symptoms start to occur. “Loss of sleep because of hay fever is very significant, as it can impact how a person functions the next day at school or at work,” Wiseberg said. Wiseberg offered a few tips on how to avoid reaching that trigger level, allowing you to rest easy at night. Keep bedding and fabrics clean. Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds, fabrics and curtains to remove pollen, dust and pet allergen particles. Wash bedding

regularly to remove allergens and dry them indoors rather than on a clothesline to prevent pollen particles being blown onto them by the wind. Keep the house closed from the outside world. Close windows and use an air conditioner, preferably with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture pollen and dust particles, and to cool and circulate the air. Have a nightly routine before bed. Shower at night to remove pollen particles and pet hair from your hair and body before you go to sleep. Clear the nasal passages with water, or use a saline nasal spray. Finally, apply an allergen barrier balm to the nostrils and around the bones of the eyes to trap pollen, dust and pet allergens before they enter the body. Ensure that pets are well groomed. If you own a pet, shampoo it as much as possible to remove pet allergens and pollen particles, or ban it from the bedroom completely. ■


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illions of people around the world are opting for the COVID-19 vaccine. Whether you decide to receive the vaccine is entirely up to you. Talk to your doctor about your best options. For those of you who do opt to get it, and then suffer from post-vaccination discomfort, here’s what you can do to help alleviate some of those symptoms: � Proper injection of the COVID-19 shot. If the skin is pinched as the needle is injected, it could cause the vaccine to get placed into the fatty tissue right underneath your skin instead of the muscle where it’s supposed to be. In other words, they don’t need to be pinching your deltoid muscle.

� Pain at the site of injection. This is a very common occurrence. If you’ve ever received a shot in your arm, you already know that the surrounding muscles can feel sore for up to a week. The reaction may be immediate or slightly delayed. If it’s pinkish-red, you can apply some hydrocortisone to the area. Some experts suggest an antihistamine like Benadryl or Claritin if the redness and heat prove to be too much. You may also take over-thecounter analgesics such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) if needed. There are subtle differences between those two medications, so please be sure to read the precautions for each. Plus, they’re useful for relieving minor aches and pains. Currently, it’s not advised to take them in advance of the shot, as doing so may

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impact your immune system’s response to the vaccine. � Swelling at the site of injection. The fastest remedy for swelling is to place a cold pack on your arm for about 5-10 minutes, which you can repeat every few hours. Another trick is to try a warm compress (i.e. soak a towel in very warm water, and wring it out). You can even alternate between an ice pack and a warm compress. Over-the-counter analgesics like those listed above could prove handy for this reaction as well. � Pain and aches or fever. In most cases, fever or mild discomfort in the body is quite normal. You may take Tylenol or ibuprofen to reduce the aches, pain and fever. If it’s mild, give yourself a sponge bath with lukewarm water and Epsom salts. Get into bed wearing lighter pajamas and drink plenty of cool water. � Sensitivity to the first shot. If you have a severe reaction to the first shot, then you need to contact your physician for more instructions and cancel your second shot, if scheduled. ■

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Submitted by Jan Weeks They say you can have gatherings of up to 10 people without any issues. I don’t know 10 people without any issues. We should train all Amazon delivery drivers to give the vaccine. The whole population would be immunized by Saturday. Thursday, if you’ve got Prime. So, you’ve eaten hot dogs and Chicken McNuggets all your life but don’t want the vaccine because you don’t know what’s in it? Who would’ve thought one day we’d be smoking weed at a family gathering, and the illegal part would be the family gathering?

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ter to the office with him on “Take Your Kid to Work Day.” As they walked around the office, the girl started crying and getting very cranky. Her father asked her what was wrong. As the staff gathered around, she sobbed loudly, “Daddy, where are all the clowns you said you worked with?”

GOING WIRELESS Submitted by Esther Porter After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year outside of Buffalo, New York, scientists found traces of copper cable dating back 120 years. They came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago. Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, a Los Angeles, California archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet somewhere just outside

Oceanside. Shortly after, a story in the LA Times read, “California archaeologists, reporting a finding of 200-year-old copper cable, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 100 years earlier than the New Yorkers.” One week later, a local newspaper in Mack, Colorado reported the following: “After digging down about 30 feet deep in his pasture near the community of Mack, Henry Olson, a hell of an engineer and a selftaught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Henry has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Mack had already gone wireless.”

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME Submitted by Frankie Roland My 4-year-old grandson, Eric, had enjoyed the family vacation at Orlando but was also anxious to get home to his puppy back in Kansas.

He listened as different people on the airport shuttle called out their car locations as they drove through the parking garage. “B-7, ’91 Dodge” called one. “F-12, ’95 Pontiac” called another. Suddenly, Eric stood up and yelled, “Just give me Kansas!”

GOING TO THE GAME Submitted by Harry Fishman It’s game seven of the NBA finals and a man makes his way to his seat at center court. He sits down and notices the seat next to him is empty. He leans over and asks his neighbor if someone is sitting there. His neighbor says, “No, the seat’s empty.” “What?!” the man exclaims. “Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the NBA finals and not use it?” The neighbor responds, “Well, the seat is mine, but my wife passed away and this is the first NBA game we haven’t been to together.” “I’m sorry to hear that,” replies

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LAUGHING MATTERS the first man. “Wasn’t there anyone else—a friend or relative—that could’ve taken that seat?” “No,” the neighbor says, “They’re all at the funeral.”

A FEW CHUCKLES Submitted by Jan Weeks Being a little older, I am very fortunate to have someone to call and check on me every day. He is from India and is very concerned about my car warranty. We’re not aging—we are ripening to perfection.

Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. 3. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process. 4. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away. 5. Take a new pill, cradle cat in the left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut. 6. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of the wardrobe. Call spouse in.

Dove chocolate tastes way better than their soap. They say every piece of chocolate you eat shortens your life by two minutes. I’ve done the math. Seems I died in 1537. We all know mirrors don’t lie. I’m just grateful that they don’t laugh. It helps if you imagine autocorrect as a tiny little elf in your phone who’s trying so hard to be helpful but is quite drunk.

HOW TO GIVE A CAT A PILL Submitted by Michelle Maddison How to give a cat a pill: 1. Pick up the cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. 2. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in the right hand. As the cat opens its mouth, pop the pill in.

7. Wrap cat in towel and get spouse to hold cat with head just visible. Put pill in end of drinking straw, put in cat’s mouth and blow down straw. 8. Check the label to make sure the pill is not harmful to humans and drink one beer to take the taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap. 9. Call the fire department to retrieve the cat from the top of the tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid the cat. 10. Take last pill and put it in cat’s mouth, followed by piece of steak. 11. Open another beer. How to give a dog a pill: 1. Wrap it in bacon. ■

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Silver Key offers silver lining during pandemic Story and photos by Nancy M. Fuller

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fter 50 years of serving the greater Colorado Springs community, Silver Key wants to make sure that every aging adult who needs care gets quality care. In that vein, its new motto, “Aging is…all of us,” focuses on the nonprofit’s future growth and sustainability, even in the midst of a pandemic.

A MISSION TO SERVE Silver Key Senior Services was created in 1970 when founder Betsey Myers-Burroughs sought to enhance the quality of life for those in local nursing homes. She literally had a dream that included a cloud with a silver lining and a key. The name was eventually shortened to Silver Key, but its mission has since expanded. The organization now serves more than 11,000 El Paso County seniors annually. “We are committed to making this the best community in the nation to age,” said Derek Wilson, Silver Key’s chief strategy officer. “We do that by preserving the dignity and independence of older adults by allowing them to safely and healthily age as they choose.” Silver Key supports seniors with their Reserve & Ride Program, which offers ADA accessible transportation to medical

appointments, shopping and more. Seniors also have access to health and wellness programs, including behavioral health and companionship services, case management and the food pantry. Finally, Silver Key offers homedelivered meals. The nonprofit even works with government entities like the Coalition on Aging, Adult Protective Services and others to formulate the Guardian Volunteer Advocacy Program (GVAP) for individuals who have been deemed by the courts unable to make safe decisions for themselves. “Health and wellness services run the gamut from being a resource for answering questions about health care to helping navigate aging challenges,” Wilson explained.

ADJUSTING TO COVID Silver Key’s food pantry is the largest in Southern Colorado, with more than 2,000 families of all

Above: A shopper browses through clothes at Silver Key’s thrift store. Left: Silver Key’s Reserve & Ride Program offers ADA accessible transportation to medical appointments, shopping and more. ages receiving food every month. Furthermore, one-third of Care and Share Food Bank’s donations come from Silver Key. When the pandemic arrived in Colorado last year, Silver Key’s leadership knew they had to continue serving the community safely. “So many people depend on us,” Wilson said. “We had to adjust services. Essential medical transportation and food services stayed, but we couldn’t do social trips or congregate meals. So we pivoted to offering frozen meals for pick up at one of our 14 cafes.” Silver Key’s “Calls of Reassurance” service, where volunteers call enrolled seniors weekly for social or safety purposes, expanded during COVID from 50 to about 350 clients weekly. The nonprofit has since added a new program called Reassurance+ that combines meal delivery with social interactions one to seven days a week, for a fee. Another new program Silver Key offers is Five Wishes—an advanced directive care plan that’s easy to understand.

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“One of the biggest concerns seniors had as a result of the pandemic was about being a burden to their families,” Wilson said. “We’re committed to our clients to have an informed legal document that clarifies their wishes and gives them peace of mind.” Silver Key differentiates itself from other senior services by providing everything under one roof. Its V.E.T.S. program helps to serve and provide companionship to veterans in El Paso County. “In population terms, we are growing at double the national average for those over 60,” said Wilson. “I think [the organization] has grown that way out of necessity and from the unique characteristics of our area, with the nuance of the military and the impact they’ve had on our community identity.” While Silver Key’s 50 Year Anniversary Gala was postponed due to the pandemic, it’s now planned for August 7, 2021, at the Boot Barn Hall. Silver Key is located at 1625 S. Murray Blvd. in Colorado Springs. To learn more, call 719-884-2300 or visit www.silverkey.org. ■

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Poppies add such beauty to the garden in spring, before it’s warm enough for many other flowers to come up. Sow a row of poppy seeds at the surface of the soil. Poppies need light to germinate, so add just a thin layer of straw on top of the bed to hold in moisture and provide protection from frosts. Pansies (from starts) are also cold hardy and the flowers are edible.

� GREENS: arugula, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, spinach, Bok choy, chard Spread seeds across the bed so that each section of soil is sprinkled with an even layer of seeds. We’ll thin the plants as they come up, harvesting microgreens, young leaves and eventually full-grown greens. For this style of planting, a leaf lettuce might be easier to manage than a head lettuce. Cover seeds with a thin layer of soil and a thin layer of straw to hold in moisture.

� CARROTS AND BEETS Mix a bit of sand into the section of soil where you’ll sow carrots and beets (unless your garden soil is mostly clay, in which case, skip the sand and add compost instead.) Sprinkle these root veggie seeds, covering them with a thin layer of soil and then a 1-inch layer of straw. I like to cover my carrot seeds with a layer of fabric to keep the soil moist and create a darker environment, which encourages germination for carrots.

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� PEAS AND BUCKWHEAT These plantings are more about utilizing our space in spring while we wait for temperatures to warm. Despite how hard we collectively cross our fingers, tomatoes go in the ground after Mother’s Day. Utilizing garden space means planting something in your tomato patch that will grow during the weeks and months leading up to that glorious day of tomato planting. Our thick bed of buckwheat will suppress weeds, put out

flowers for beneficial insects, and fix nitrogen in the soil—all while taking care of the space in our garden that will eventually hold tomatoes and peppers. You can also plant peas in areas that will be used for warm-weather plants. I like to plant a larger area of peas for a few reasons. Young sweet pea shoots taste wonderful in salads, so this is a cover crop that I’ll harvest and eat! Later, I’ll use this space to plant corn, beans and squash: the three sisters. The act of gardening is a simple one. And simplicity is what makes gardening so enchanting. May you venture into your garden universe and find everything you need. ■

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Sleep among history Historic hotels offer a glimpse into the past By Victor Block

Above: The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, retains the tasteful traces that made it a popular mountain retreat for wealthy clientele.

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ow would you like to spend a night or more at a hotel once frequented by Clark Gable, Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe and a long list of other Hollywood luminaries? Or, snuggle down under the sheets at a former stagecoach stop along the famous Chisholm Trail which played host to Civil War calvary commander George Custer and famous outlaw Jesse James? A hotel can be much more than just a place to catch a good night’s sleep. Properties across the U.S. offer stories of famous guests, accommodations that range from laid back to lavish, and opportunities to snooze in intriguing chapters of American history.

BATHE IN LUXURY An Arizona Italian Renaissance-style building was the go-to place for Hollywood celebrities when it opened in 1928. The Hotel San Carlos was both the first high-rise hotel in Phoenix and the first in the state to have elevators (which were hand-operated). Marilyn Monroe and other movie stars and dignitaries who frequented the Hotel San Carlos over the years are memorialized by copper stars set in the sidewalk. Today, hotel guests enter the same limestone-tile lobby with its original carved crown moldings, elaborate crystal chandeliers and other architectural features that once greeted famous movie stars.

The modest but comfortable Stagecoach Inn also provided lodgings for 19th-century notables passing through Texas.

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Some historic hotels were designed to be destinations themselves because of their opulent decor and furnishings. From 1913 to the late 1930s, the Grand Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, offered guests the height of luxury. Recently reopened as the Omni Severin, it retains touches of its elegant past with a dramatic marble stairway, an immense Austrian crystal chandelier and original mahogany dressers located on each elevator landing. The Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, was built during America’s Gilded Age to rival the finest hotels in Europe in stylishness and beauty. Rich woodwork, mosaic and terrazzo floors, gilded hallways and other adornments were created

by artisans from France and Italy who toiled for two and a half years to make the building a monument to outstanding craftsmanship. Opened in 1913, the result of their efforts serves as a reminder of the country’s decades-long period of economic development starting in the 1870s. Likewise, skilled artisans were brought from Europe to build Colorado Springs’ famous hotel, The Broadmoor. Opened in 1918, it was hailed as one of the best resorts in the U.S., featuring an 18-hole golf course and hosting renowned Americans like Charles Lindburgh. Today, the prestigious historic destination continues to attract tourists to the Pikes Peak region.

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Left: The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs hosted renowned Americans like Charles Lindburgh. Right: The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs was built in 1893 by silver baron, Walter Devereux. Some well-heeled travelers who could afford to overnight in the lap of luxury chose to “take the waters” at health spas that were built near natural springs. The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was one such property. The massive stone structure perched on a hilltop is reminiscent of castles in Europe, earning the epithet “castle in the air.” Surrounded by acres of lovely gardens and forested walking trails, the Crescent Hotel retains the tasteful traces that made it a popular mountain retreat for wealthy clientele. Another favorite mountain retreat is Glenwood Springs’ Hotel Colorado, built in 1893 by silver baron Walter Devereux. His “Grande Dame” featured elegant attractions like a European-style spa, Victorian garden, bird sanctuary and a stunning indoor waterfall. The hotel has also hosted notables like the Unsinkable Molly Brown, and continues to offer access to Colorado’s many outdoor adventures and activities.

COZY HISTORIC INNS The setting was less sumptuous at a Texas rest stop built along the Chisholm Trail in 1861 to accommodate ranchers and drovers herding cattle to Kansas. Over time, the modest but comfortable Stagecoach Inn provided lodgings for 19th-century notables who were passing through Texas. Stagecoaches holed up for the night at quarters in Colorado that are older than the state itself. Following its debut in 1874, the Cliff House at Pikes Peak was a stage-

coach stop along the gold mining route from Colorado Springs to Leadville. Later, it became a military barracks and eventually hosted VIP guests as diverse as Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Dickens and P.T. Barnum. Many rooms offer guests views of towering Pike’s Peak and its surrounding foothills. Equally inviting in its own way is a personal favorite located in a quaint village among the lakes and mountains of western Maine. The Rangeley Inn, set in a tiny town with the same name, opened as the Rangeley Tavern in 1909. A visit to the sprawling wooden structure provides both an introduction to the surrounding area and a walk back in time. Vintage photographs hung on the Inn’s walls depict varying aspects of local history and lore. These include its long-held reputation as a freshwater fishing mecca, the narrow-gauge railroad that carried visitors from Boston, New York and Philadelphia back in the day, and the steamboats that completed the journey to the large hotels that once lined the shore of Rangeley Lake. Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic preservation, features over 300 properties from around the country that have “faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place and architectural integrity.” All are recognized as having historical significance and offer exceptional accommodations and amenities. To find and learn more about the historic hotels near you, visit www. historichotels.org. ■

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our brain in equal amounts, we only remember ones that were in some way meaningful to us.

SOUNDS OF OUR YOUTH While Fred Crabtree claims he can’t remember a joke for the life of him, he holds on to certain vivid, timeless memories from his childhood. “June 6, 1944, D-Day, I was 10 years old,” said Crabtree. “Our public school stopped everything, and stood in silent prayer for the best ending possible.” Additionally, he recalled having front row seats for the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade and ducking to avoid getting hit by the bass drummer’s mallet. “I will never forget a Memorial Day celebration in 1944 when they played ‘Taps’ at the end of the ceremony,” said Crabtree. “A trumpeter was behind the bushes playing an echo.” Sometimes all it takes is the first notes of a song to take us back to our youth. For my older sisters, their childhood infatuation was The Beatles. They were beyond excited when their heartthrobs appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time on February 9, 1964.

American assault troops in a landing craft huddle behind the protective front of the craft as it nears a beachhead on the Northern Coast of France. 6 June 1944.

“I was so into The Beatles that three other girlfriends and I dressed as their look-alikes, made cardboard guitars and performed in front of our whole class,” said my sister Becky. “I was Paul McCartney!” When news spread that John Lennon was shot in New York City in December 1980, Diana Woods was waitressing in Whitefish, Montana. “Everyone in the restaurant was crying,” said Woods. “It was very personal because The Beatles had such an influence on us. Business as usual stopped and we all reminisced about how much they meant to us.” In August 1969, Alan Barrington and three friends piled into a Chevy van in Chicago and headed to Woodstock in upstate New York. “All I had with me was what I had on—flip flops, shorts and a blue polka dot shirt,” said Barrington. “Luckily some cash, too.” He distinctly remembered activist Abbie Hoffman jumping on stage during The Who performance. Guitarist Peter Townsend ended Hoffman’s ranting by hitting him over the head with his guitar, after which Hoffman fell off the stage.

The Beatles with Ed Sullivan from their first appearance on Sullivan’s US variety television program in February 1964. From left: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Ed Sullivan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney.

A NATION IN SHOCK Some memories are shared collectively. I’ll never forget the Challenger explosion in 1986 when we lost the teacher, Christa McAuliffe. Or watching TV in disbelief as tanks mowed down student democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square just six months after I’d been there myself. Don Aust was in his university dorm when word spread that President Kennedy had been shot. Students converged around a common area TV, frozen with the rest of the nation. “We were entranced,” said Aust. “I may not remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, but I’ll always remember Walter Cronkite saying ‘President Kennedy has died.’” Linda Rocco was attending a Catholic school at the time. “All of the nuns were crying, and we had to get on our knees and pray,”

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THE DAY THE WORLD STOPPED On September 11, 2001, no one remembers where they were better than Michael Gallegos. He had just spent a long weekend enjoying the sites in New York, and the day before had walked the grounds of the Twin Towers under clear blue skies. On the morning of 9/11, Gallegos was at LaGuardia waiting to fly home to Grand Junction. The mass exodus, chaos and confusion that took place immediately after the announcement is forever ingrained

in his memory. “It got so quiet after all the screaming and crying,” said Gallegos. “It was like a bad nightmare, yet it was all real. I had a clear view of each tower as they fell. It was hard to put into words the feeling that ripped through everyone watching the horrific scene.” Nancy Barrington remembered a friend escaping two close calls. First, she was bumped from the flight that ended up crashing into the Pentagon, and then 11 years later, she finished running the 2013 Boston Marathon minutes before the terrorist bombing. As vast as our lives are, so too are the memories that shape who we are. While some moments are specific to our life stories, others can resonate with the music, culture and tragedies of the time. Asking the question “Where were you when…?” is guaranteed to stir up some fascinating conversations with family, friends and strangers alike. ■

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It made his living, dying and resurrecting so very real to me. “Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.’” John 11:25-26 So what difference does Easter make? We can celebrate the victory of life over death; we can give our children and grandchildren the promise that Jesus lives and we can declare that Jesus is Lord over all of our lives. It should change how we view life and how we look at others. Once we encounter Jesus and Easter, we should never be the same. I love the words to the song below. It sums up how Easter can change our lives. How has Easter changed your life?

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WHEN CHOOSING A TV, TRUST YOUR EYES, ONLINE REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OTHERS. If you see the same TV model excessively stocked by all retailers, you can bet that the TV was produced at high volume with inexpensive parts, and it won’t be the same quality as the better brands. � LED, QLED, or OLED? Anyone shopping for a TV should know they vary in brightness, color and contrast. The least expensive TVs offer an edge-lit LED panel, which means the light is coming from the edges of the screen and shines through the transparent red, green and blue pixels. More expensive LED TVs offer direct-lit LED screens where the backlight runs across the entire screen. QLED TVs offer higher contrast and brighter screens across smaller pixels in a wider range of colors. OLED screens offer the most contrast with deep blacks and vastly superior color because each pixel makes its own light. Before you decide, compare the display TVs. If you can’t tell the difference or it doesn’t matter, don’t waste the money. � Display TVs are calibrated differently. Here’s a dirty little secret: Expensive display TVs are often calibrated by experts for optimal color, brightness and clarity. Inexpensive TVs are just taken out of the box and put on display. You’ll also notice that the most expensive TVs are displayed in dark corners of the store, which make them appear brighter. I often ask for the display TV remote so I can do a quick calibration to see how much improvement can be made.

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Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments presents this virtual meeting about getting your affairs in order. Preregister online for the Zoom link. 4-5:30 p.m. | Free | www.ppacg.org | 719-471-7080

See live bluegrass by the Red Mountain Boys at Stargazers Theatre. Tickets are sold in a section of four seats, or purchase a livestream ticket to watch from home. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. 6 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs | $48 (four seats); $9 livestream | 719-476-2200

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See this Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute band live at Stargazers Theatre. Tickets are sold in a section of four seats, or purchase a livestream ticket to watch from home. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. 6 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs | $60 (four seats); $10 live stream | 719-476-2200

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What happens when a modern woman finds herself back in 1882 Manitou? The Virtual Museum, sponsored by the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, explores the local historical events that inspired author Rutherford Case to write the novel, “Time Springs Eternal.” Visit the website for virtual link. 10-11:30 a.m. | Free | www. manitouspringsheritagecen ter.org | 719-685-1454

Rock ‘n’ Roll band The Verdict plays music from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and beyond. See them live at Stargazers Theatre. Tickets are sold in a section of four seats, or purchase a livestream ticket to watch from home. Doors open at 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs | $40 (four seats); $7 livestream | 719-476-2200 ■

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Envida offers free rides to vaccination appointments Envida is a nonprofit that gives rides to seniors who need help getting around and offers in-home care services to seniors who want to live independently. Now the organization is helping people get to their COVID-19 vaccine appointments, too. El Paso or Teller County residents can call a hotline and give the operator their name, day and time of appointment, to receive a ride from a trained driver on the day of their appointment. This free service is only for folks who already have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and can’t get there. To schedule a ride, call 719-600-2221. Westside Cares Food Pantry operating hours The Food Pantry is open from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesdays at 1628 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs. Call 719-389-0759 for details. Aspen Trail Retirement Resort hosts health and wellness expo Visit with local vendors, health care partners and insurance experts at Aspen Trail Retirement Resorts’ first annual health and wellness expo from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14. There will also be health screenings and giveaways. This health fair is free to attend and takes place at 5455 New Car Drive, Colorado Springs. ■

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Some support group meetings may be canceled due to COVID-19 safety measures and restrictions. Please contact organizers to confirm meeting details before attending. Daddy’s Little Girls brings hope to abuse survivors through the love of Jesus Christ. Caring, empathetic women invite you to tell your story. 719-649-9054| www.daddyslittle girls.net Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Colorado Springs provides free, confidential support for people living with, or family and friends affected by, mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder. Meets virtually. Call for information. 719-477-1515 | www.dbsacolorado springs.org Emotions Anonymous, a positive program for unsolved emotional problems, meets 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); 719-338-1878 (Thursday) Falcon Senior Services meets at Patriot High School, 11990 Swingline Road, Falcon. 2nd Wednesday | 11 a.m.| 719-494-0353 Gamblers Anonymous, meets virtually via Zoom and in person at the

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Grief Support Group meets at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade, in the CS Fireside Room. 2nd Thursday | 719-687-9204

NAMI Family Support Group for those with family members living with mental illness meets virtually via Zoom. Thursdays | 7-8:30 p.m. | 719-473-8477 | www.namicolorado springs.org

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren supports and encourages individuals and couples dealing with issues of raising grandkids, including education, finances and healthcare. 719-578-8007 | Nancy Tollefson

Overeaters Anonymous meets virtually over Zoom. Go online for meeting times. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays | www.oasoutherncolorado. org/oa-meetings

Hearing Loss Association of America meets virtually. www.hlaacoloradosprings.org

Parkinson’s Support Group meets at First Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Weber St. 2nd Saturday | 10 a.m.

Mental Illness Family Support for those with mentally ill family members, meets at the First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Tuesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-473-8477 Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado meets virtually. Visit the website for a complete schedule. 719-633-4603 | www.msasoco.org/ event-calendar.html | support@ msasoco.org

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Dye Easter Eggs Pick up eggs and a dye kit and dye them together via Zoom.

1-2 p.m. | April 2 | Free

Happy Core is a Healthy Core This class concentrates on activating abdominal and back muscles while using core musculature to improve posture, balance, and walking capabilities.

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Make Deviled Eggs Learn a few deviled egg tips and listen to others share their special ingredients and techniques.

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Support Immunity The immune system requires optimal nutrition to function at its best. Learn how to nourish your body with the proper nutrition and supplement support.

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Cardio Drumming Cardio drumming choreography is designed to burn fat, improve physical, and mental fitness, and above all, be fun! Bring an exercise ball and drumsticks. Zumba Zumba class mixes low and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance party for a total workout.

11 a.m. to noon | Wednesdays | $30 SilverSneakers Circuit Combine low-impact choreography with standing upper-body strength. Registration required.

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Painting with Ink Learn the techniques and procedures of working with this dramatic medium.

9:30-11:30 a.m. | Fridays | $33

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2:15-3:15 p.m. | Mondays & Thursdays | $40

SilverSneakers Classic Move to the music through exercises designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Registration required.

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5745 Southmoor Drive, Fountain To register for classes, call 719-6002644 or visit www.fvscenter.org Parking Lot Bingo 1 p.m. | 1st and 3rd Thursday |Free Active Minds – Zoom Presentation 2 p.m. | 3rd Thursday | Free

9:15-10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays | $25

1-2 p.m. | April 14 | Free

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

Easter Parking Lot Bingo Park your car in a designated BINGO parking spot at the Senior Center, turn your radio to the BINGO station and get ready for some fun! Registration required.

1-2 p.m. | April 20 | Free

Tai Chi Fusion Reduce stress and promote serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

TaijiFit Improve overall fitness emphasizing balance, mobility, stability and timing of movement.

1-2 p.m. | April 16 | Free

1-2:30 p.m. | April 21 | Free

Find the Y Bunny Somewhere in the Senior Center, the Y bunny is hiding. The first to find the bunny wins a gift card and goodie bag.

1-2 p.m. | April 23 | Free

Nurse Chat: Polypharmacy Learn how you may be using more medications than are clinically indicated on your medication list.

1-2 p.m. | April 28 | Free

Newcomers Orientation Learn more about the Senior Center and all it has to offer.

1-2 p.m. | April 29 | Free

The Body Shop Great blocks of work and cardio conditioning.

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Total Body Strength Muscle conditioning using a variety of equipment to build strength and endurance.

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Yoga Vinyasa Flowing movements connected to breathing.

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Zumba Combines high-energy Latin-based music with dance movements. 1300 Higby Road, Monument To register for programs, visit www. trilakesseniors.org.

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CLUBS Book Club Discussion on latest selection. Coffee and snacks provided.

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Essentrics Strengthen your core, lengthen your body, improve flexibility, balance and mobility. Class requires the ability to sit on the floor for at least 20 minutes.

9 a.m. Tuesdays | 10 a.m. Thursdays Pilates Strengthen your core, improve flexibility, balance, mobility and create a stronger mind-body connection.

1628 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs To register for programs, call 719-3890759 or visit www.ourwestside.org Westside Cares Food Pantry 1-3 p.m. | Wednesdays. SilverSneakers Classic Exercise Class 9-10 a.m. | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | $5 if insurance doesn’t cover class Bible Study 11:30 a.m. |Thursdays | $1 Crafts Unlimited 9-11 a.m. | Fridays | $1 Pickleball 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays; noon-3 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays | $1 Table Tennis 1-3 p.m. Mondays; noon-2 p.m. Fridays | $1 Line Dance Mondays 6 to 7 p.m.; Fridays 2:30-4 p.m. | $5 per class ■

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CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE RESCUED HEARTS UNIQUE BOUTIQUE, an upscale thrift store selling both new and donated merchandise, where our profits fund local animal rescue and welfare causes. A great place to donate, a fun place to shop! 3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, 719-466-9797 www.rescued-hearts.org

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WELCOME TO THE BARGAIN BOX thrift store at 405 S. Nevada Ave., open Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks and distancing required. Don’t miss the blow-out sale on Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything is half-price, including designer jewelry and handbags! Your purchases support the Assistance League of Colorado Springs philanthropic programs. ECW THRIFT HOUSE Spring has Sprung! Come shop our Spring Selection- Hours are 10 am -4 pm Thurs thru Saturday. Now accepting children’s items. Upscale thrift store selling gently used merchandise. Come shop! Profits benefit local charities! Seniors get 20% Off! 1027 S. Tejon Street, 719-6325278, Also, Check us out on FB! “ECW Thrift House.” Olin Mark II adult fiberglass skis, Marker bindings, poles. $40 cash. W. Park. Leave message. 719-6877512. EVERYTHING SELLS BETTER in the Life After 50 Classifieds. Place your ad in front of the people that want to buy! Call us today and place your ad! 719-900-7664

FOR SALE

LIFT CHAIRS - Comfortable and Safe, new and used, available with heat and massage, delivery services available. Call Go Mobility for an appointment 719-203-4396 HEALTH & FITNESS

Convenient. Freshly prepared. Make your life a little easier! Choose from 3, 5, or 7 day meal plans. Only $9.75 per meal delivered to your home at lunchtime by friendly volunteers that also do a check-in.

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Interested in giving back to your community and having fun? Volunteer with AARP Driver Safety – a program that helps older drivers stay safe on the road.* Sign up today to be an Instructor for our AARP Smart Driver Class room course: • Training is easy and resources are 100% provided Dave’s Home Improvement • No special skills or AARP All Kinds Home Maintenance & Repairs memberships required 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE • TeachU.S. at least 3 courses a year, NAVY VETERAN on your own schedule

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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS ALLIANCE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS age 50 and older. You can make a difference in the MS Community. For more information please call 719-633-4603. Dave’s Home Improvement All Kinds Home Maintenance & Repairs 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE U.S. NAVY VETERAN

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NOW HIRING! Caring Individuals who can safely transport our students to and from school. Competitive Pay/Health Benefits/Weekends & Holidays Off. Paid CDL Training. For more information go to D49. ORG/CAREERS or call 719-4951159. VOLUNTEER AT SILVER KEY to help provide seniors with meals, rides, client support, food pantry support, and veterans support. Office staff and materials support also needed. Please apply online at: silverkey. org/volunteer

DRYWALL AND TILEWORK Repairs • Basement Finishes Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling

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*MORE THAN A HANDYMAN. Home Maintenance, Repairs, Yard Work & Organize. 20% SENIOR DISCOUNT (62+). Call Mike - a Senior and Veteran. 719-338-4279. I wear a mask, CDC Guidelines. Voice mail answered same day. ANDERSON HOME REPAIR+REMODEL Expert handyman services, 40 years of quality work, carpentry, doors, trim, drywall, power washing, decks, painting, staining and more. Senior Discount. 719-331-4320

Anyone age 60+ can register for Silver Key Home Delivered Meals by calling 719-884-2370.

PRIME OF LIFE YOGA @Who Gives a SCRAP community room @810 Arcturus Drive. Beginners welcome. Tues/Thurs. Donation: $5/10.00. Info: Yogaforkindness2021@gmail. com or 512-626-0432.

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An all-volunteer thrift store funding local animal rescue/welfare groups.

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GOODMAN HANDYMAN. Decks, fences, electrical, tile, windows, doors, tub-to-shower, drywall, cabinets, plumbing - all jobs considered. How can I help you? Senior/ Vets Discounts. Call me first! Free advice - will save you money! 719244-2871 HANDYMAN SERVICES. ODD JOBS Plumbing, Carpentry, Fences, Decks, Doors, and more. (Mowing or yardwork in the spring and summer.) John 719-471-7471.

to work 4-5 hours per week. Retail experience helpful. Must enjoy being around dogs.

Apply at 3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy or call 719-466-9797

MIKE’S HANDYMAN SERVICE is ready to Help You in Colorado Springs! Call or Text Mike Whalin 605-3918375 (please leave message and I will return your call)

Ken’s Plumbing Heating & Cooling - PLUMBING -

Water heaters replaced, leaky pipes fixed, toilets or faucets replaced, sprinklers repaired.

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CLASSIFIEDS HOUSECLEANING EXPERTISE HOUSECLEANING, reliable and trustworthy. Senior personal care services are also available. Please call Karen 719434-2922. HOUSECLEANING

RESIDENTIAL HOUSECLEANING. ALL supplies included. Affordable, fully insured, 20+ years experience with many references. 719-3771142 MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LIFT CHAIRS GIVE SAFETY & COMFORT in your home. Go from sitting to standing without aid. New and used lift chairs are for sale, available with heat and massage. Call Go Mobility for an appointment 719-203-4396. Delivery services available. OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS, $600. with Warranty. We sell portable concentrators and oxygen supplies. Equipment repair + servicing. ASPEN CONCENTRATOR REPAIR SERVICE, 3112 Century St. (off Fillmore) 719-471-9895 MOBILE HOMES QUAIL MOBILE HOME PARK. Safe, Quiet. 5102 Galley Rd. CS. Lot $540 plus W/S. 1976 Redman 14x70 $23,700 OBO. 2BD 1.5BA, all appliances included. Recent upgrades: Commercial roof, double carport, new gas furnace motor and blower, two 5000 BTU air conditioners and much more! Background application approved by park. Check must be approved by bank. Appt only 719-900-8755. MUSIC LESSONS NEVER TOO OLD OR TOO YOUNG to learn! Guitar lessons available – beginning through advance. $25 per half hour, once per week typical. Online lessons available. Electric/acoustic. 30+ Yrs experience playing, teaching. DavidZahara@ yahoo.com or call 719-337-3594 MUSICIAN WANTED EB BASS TUBA PLAYER for The Salvation Army Colorado Springs Corps Band. 908 Yuma St. Band plays every first Sunday of the month. 10:15am to 11:15am. Instrument provided. Lawrence Shiroma, Bandmaster. lawrence.shiroma@usw.salvationarmy.org Cell: 424-247-3109. “Sing to the Lord with the sound of a horn.” Psalm 98:5-6

REAL ESTATE

Let me help you with your real estate plans to maximize success and minimize stress. Call for my discount programs for buyers and sellers.

Your Home, Your Way! Nancy M. Fuller REALTOR®, SRES

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BEN IS BUYING HOUSES. If you would like a quick, no-hassle cash sale for your home in “as-is” condition and for a fair price, please text or call me so we can talk. Ben 719492-1671 SERVICES

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SERVICES EXPERT CARPET REPAIRS 40 Yrs Experience. Repairs, Re-stretches, Seam Repair and Pet Damage Inlays. 719-229-1597 or 719-4735110. Free estimates and Senior discounts.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT REPAIR for Lift Chairs, Scooters, or Wheelchairs. For prices and more information call Go Mobility 719-2034396 Need a railing? Call Johnston Metal for a beautiful custom iron railing. 303-718-1661 MAKE MORE LIVING SPACE! Yard, garage, house clean-outs. Hauling, lifting, moving and transport. Affordable! 719-244-2871. Orlando’s Yard Works. Sprinkler Service install and repairs. Retaining walls, fencing, terraces, new lawns and more. Call 719-3100944 or 719-964-1699 for a free estimate. TREE REMOVAL, TREE TRIMMING and stump grinding. 24/7 Emergency Service available. Text or Call Ben’s Landscaping 719-492-1671. WELDING & Classic automobile restoration. Floorpan, Patch Panel, MIG and TIG welding specialties and other repairs. Mob ile, I come to you. Odd jobs are welcome. Larry 719-641-8829 SENIORS LOVE HELPERS that arrive at the door! If you do heavy lifting, climb ladders, painting, cleaning, cooking, or hair care, place an ad in Life After 50. Readers are hunting for your services! 719900-7664 SERVICES - INSURANCE DO YOU NEED DENTAL COVERAGE? I represent UHC. Humana and Cigna/Delta Dental. Shop and compare. Plans from $17 month Bruce Schlabaugh 719 749-1541, bruce.schlabaugh@gmail.com

SERVICES - INSURANCE CHOOSE THE BEST HEALTHCARE Finding the right health insurance can be overwhelming. You need confidence that you’re fully covered for medical and health, especially if you become seriously ill or injured. Licensed sales agent Bruce Schlabaugh will find the best plan to fit your budget, your needs and your lifestyle. To get started, call 719749-8541 (please leave message) WANTED

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1950s-1960s LP’s, 78’s AND 45’s. Blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, country, Broadway, movie soundtracks, TV, R&B, soul, children’s, spoken word, etc. I’m a collector, not a business. Call me first - I pay the most for your records. 719-633-5848 or 719-440-9288 Honorable discharged Vet wants to buy your unwanted used car, truck, van, atv, motorcycle. Running or not. Instant CASH, CASH, CASH. Call 24/7. I’m here to serve! 719-3307817** CASH FOR OLD BANKS AND TOYS, presidential pin back buttons, Simpich dolls, military insignia and memorabilia. Will buy single items or entire collections. 719-6329904. VINTAGE ITEMS WANTED. TOYS, comic books, children’s books, dolls, movie and music posters, Halloween, guitars and amplifiers, and plastic model kits. I’m a collector, not a business. 719-633-5848 or 719-440-9288.

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Meal Menu

Connections Café meals are currently “Grab and Go.” Meals must be requested in advance for the following week by calling 719-884-2300. Mondays - Pick up frozen meals at St. Andrews Church in Manitou Springs, Woodland Park Senior Center, Pikes Peak Towers and Colorado Springs Senior Center. Tuesdays - Pick up meals at Holiday Village, Centennial Plaza, Acacia Park Apartments and Westside Community Center. Wednesdays - Pick up meals at Fountain Valley Senior Center, Villa Santa Maria, Tri-Lakes Senior Center and Silver Key. April 5 – Mushroom ravioli w/ marinara, broccoli, diced pears, raisin nut cup April 6 – Ham mac and cheese, spiced peaches, sugar cookie April 7 – Baked citrus tilapia, lemon herb rice, mixed vegetables, roll April 8 – Slow roasted beef, mashed potatoes, peas, apple April 9 – Bratwurst, cabbage and carrots, whole wheat bread, M&M cookie April 12 – Chicken stir fry, peas, brown rice, apple April 13 – Pepper steak, brown rice, lima beans, dinner roll, fruit

Home Delivered Meals Menu

April 14 – Jerk chicken sandwich, cream of potato soup, apple

April 1 – Pork pot roast w/onions, celery, carrots, potato medley, orangeApril 2 – Cod Piccata, wild and brown rice, mandarin orange, high fiber cookie

April 15 – Meatloaf w/gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, orange

April 3 – Beef stew, lima beans, whole wheat roll, pineapple orange compote

April 16 – Breaded catfish, wild and brown rice, peas, cookie, fruit

April 4 – Southwestern chicken, peas and carrots, whole wheat roll, orange

April 19 – Sloppy Joe, carrots, fruit, sugar cookie

April 5 - Mushroom ravioli w/marinara, broccoli, diced pears, raisin nut cup

April 20 – Pork carnitas w/pepper, onion, cheese, sour cream, tortilla, corn, black beans, fruit April 21 – Tuna casserole, cookie, apple April 22 – Meatballs w/marinara, pasta, broccoli, whole wheat roll April 23 – Chicken chow mein, brown rice, Asian vegetables, pear, chocolate chip cookie April 26 – Taco salad w/lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips, corn chowder, apple

April 6 – BLT, black bean lentil soup, pasta vegetable salad, spiced peaches, sugar cookie April 7 – Baked citrus tilapia, lemon herb rice, mixed vegetables, roll

April 18 - Mushroom ravioli w/marinara, broccoli, diced pears, raisin nut cup April 19 - Sloppy Joe, carrots, fruit, sugar cookie April 20 - Pork carnitas w/pepper, onion, cheese, sour cream, tortilla, corn, black beans, fruit April 21 – Tuna salad, croissant, chickpea soup, sunflower broccoli, salad, apple April 22 - Meatballs w/marinara, pasta, broccoli, whole wheat roll April 23 - Chicken chow mein, brown rice, Asian vegetables, pear, chocolate chip cookie April 24 - Meatloaf w/gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, orange

April 9 - Bratwurst, cabbage and carrots, whole wheat bread, M&M cookie

April 25 - Chicken stir fry, peas, brown rice, apple

April 10 - Pork pot roast w/onions, celery, carrots, potato medley, orange April 11 – Crab cakes, broccoli cheddar rice, green bean amandine, applesauce, raisin nut cup

April 28 – Baked ham, sweet potatoes, broccoli, whole wheat bread, peaches

April 12 - Chicken stir fry, peas, brown rice, apple

April 30 – Mahi Mahi w/mango chutney, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, orange

April 17 - Slow roasted beef, mashed potatoes, peas, apple

April 8 - Slow roasted beef, mashed potatoes, peas, apple

April 27 – Chicken Cacciatore, pasta, green beans, whole wheat roll, diced pears

April 29 – Chicken Pot Pie w/ biscuit, lima beans, tossed salad w/red wine vinaigrette, pear

April 16 - Breaded catfish, wild and brown rice, peas, cookie, fruit

April 13 - Pepper steak, brown rice, lima beans, dinner roll, fruit April 14 - Jerk chicken sandwich, cream of potato soup, apple April 15 - Meatloaf w/gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, orange

April 26 - Taco salad w/lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips, corn chowder, apple April 27 - Chicken Cacciatore, pasta, green beans, whole wheat roll, diced pears April 28 - Baked ham, sweet potatoes, broccoli, whole wheat bread, peaches April 29 - Chicken Pot Pie w/biscuit, lima beans, tossed salad w/red wine vinaigrette, pear April 30 - Mahi Mahi w/mango chutney, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, orange

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OPINION

Failing to avoid the ’rona By Sam Beeson

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o say that things have been on edge at chez Beeson this past year would be a bit of an understatement. First, I work at a large hospital located in the middle of the largest city in the state. My state, and even neighborhood, have led the country in the number of new COVID infections. Secondly, my wife and son both have significant risk factors when it comes to COVID. Therefore, I became the “hunter/gatherer” for my family—going to the stores for food and toilet paper. If one of us were to get sick, we reasoned that I’d probably be the best suited to recover without significant health issues. So when the vaccinations came, it was no small relief when I got a shot of that sweet vaccine juice in my arm.

But before my body had the chance to build up my immunities, I got exposed to someone with the virus and got sick, spreading it to my family who had taken such great steps to avoid catching it. Whoops. Somehow—either because we correctly assumed that I would be best suited to take the disease in stride should I catch it, or perhaps my body got a head start in creating the antibodies to fight COVID—I didn’t suffer from any symptoms more significant than a bad cold. My wife and son, however, had significantly more difficulties. Thankfully, none required more advanced medical care. Knowing how things were going at my hospital, I was extremely relieved. So, after dutifully confining myself to the same house for the past 10 months or so, I now stir inside of it like a tiger at the zoo. I look at the outside world and wish to be free

again. I realize now what my family has been living through for nearly a year while I was still “out there” among the rest of the world. Humans are undeniably social creatures. My family used to love going out to eat, to the movies or to the theater. My wife and I frequently went to friends for a game of cards. My son and I used to love going to dive bars and listening to small bands that no one has ever heard of. We liked to travel a lot. But that was before “the Rona.” As I continue to take care of my recuperating family, I tell my friends that they need to continue to take precautions. This is a vicious killer that has already killed a family member, a friend of my wife’s, a former

classmate and a member of my bowling league. And that’s just in my small circle. All in all, I count ourselves lucky. My family is doing better, and other than general malaise, I’m almost back to my normal ennui. But so many have not been so lucky. So please, wear a mask. And if your health conditions allow it, get vaccinated. Because this isn’t fun, and I would’ve given anything for my family to not have to go through it. ■

Sam Beeson is a desert rat from Arizona. He has been writing since before he could write, turning stapled pieces of paper into comic books. His most valued gift was an electric typewriter he used to churn out novels which are still sitting around his office somewhere.

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CONNECTIONS Hearing loss shouldn’t keep you from connecting on the phone. With a CapTel phone, it is easy to catch virtually every word. You see captions of your call, so you can always follow what is being said.

CapTel 2400i For use with high-speed Internet and telephone line.

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CapTel 880i Ideal for low vision. For use with highspeed Internet and telephone line.

Order a CapTel phone, contact CTP (Communications Technology Program) Phone: 855-767-6128 (toll free) Email: tedp_ccdhh@state.co.us Website: relaycolorado.com/captel

* Available for Internet-based CapTel only. FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE BUT REGISTERED USERS WITH HEARING LOSS FROM USING INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) CAPTIONED TELEPHONES WITH THE CAPTIONS TURNED ON. IP Captioned Telephone Service may use a live operator. The operator generates captions of what the other party to the call says. These captions are then sent to your phone. There is a cost for each minute of captions generated, paid from a federally administered fund. No cost is passed on to the CapTel user for using the service. CapTel is a registered trademark of Ultratec, Inc.


Spring Into Your Next Chapter “Having visited other retirement communities in Colorado Springs, there is no comparison. Summit Glen is just where I want to be. The atmosphere and friendships I’ve experienced since moving here, make me feel quite content. The meals are well balanced and the activities are fun. There is something for everyone to participate in. I especially like walking the halls and enjoying the beautiful artwork.” ~ Martha Wallace

“Living at Summit Glen is a pleasure. The food is excellent and there are many choices provided. My apartment is super and the accommodations are great. More importantly, the young people that work here are fantastic. There is lots of good entertainment provided by the activity coordinator and her staff for us to enjoy. Thanks to the wonderful management team, what more could I ask for?” ~ Loran Loy

“Moving here this past October was a little scary for me at first. This would be the first time I had ever lived alone, and the first time I had ever lived anywhere other than California. But, this was the best decision I could make. Summit Glen has offered me not only the opportunity to make new friends, try new activities and have new experiences, but it has become the new home I never knew I could have. The staff is exceptional. From our managers to the wait staff and housekeeping staff, everyone is attentive, kind and exceptional at what they do. Every day they make me feel like family. The residents are friendly and supportive and have all helped me feel welcome. Making new friends has become a daily thing, not just an occasional pleasure. I look forward to many more years here at Summit Glen.” ~ Harley May Maas

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