April 2022 - Life After 50

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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region

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How reading 20 minutes a day can improve your grandchild’s love for literacy Honor Flight honors local heroes

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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. *Based on double occupancy, single supp. Is $720. Price includes roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, baggage fees, a fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, 7 nights elegant accommodations, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners, all transfers, and transportation, all attractions as described, all taxes & fees.

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Something for the ladies and the gentlemen! Join us on this memorable day trip to see the performance of one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals, along with a private tour of the fabulous Colorado Railroad Museum. Stroll the museum’s 15-acre railyard with over 100 locomotives, passenger and freight cars, cabooses and even a G-scale garden railway. After our tour we’ll end our visit with a short train ride! After experiencing a piece of Colorado history, we’ll head to the Candlelight Dinner theater for a fabulous production of Cinderella.



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Charleston, South Carolina, Jekyll Island and Savannah, Georgia Spend two nights in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District. Guided tour of Charleston, regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in America. Touring and lunch at Middleton Plantation with its beautiful gardens. Visit Beaufort, South Carolina, known for its southern hospitality, historic homes and listed on National Trust for Historic Preservation. Spend two nights at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, once the playground of the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt families. Narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island, a Golden Isle rich with majestic oak trees, Spanish moss and palmetto. Visit St. Simons Island, the largest of the Golden Isles. Spend two nights in the Historic District of Savannah, the “Belle of the South.” Visit Tybee Island and tour the Museum and Lighthouse. Narrated trolley tour of Savannah to learn the history of the city, see the beautiful garden-filled squares and see the places where many famous movies were filmed. Family-style dinner at Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House, steeped in Savannah history and a local legend. *Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $1,109.00. Price includes roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, baggage fees, a fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motor coach, 6 nights elegant accommodations, 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners, all transfers, and transportation, all attractions as described, all taxes & fees.

Day 1: Depart from Colorado Springs for Pittsburgh, PA and transfer to your hotel where you will meet your tour manager for a welcome dinner. Day 2: At the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum see its extensive collection of trolleys and ride on a trolley. In Morgantown, West Virginia, hear tales of hometown hero Don Knotts and glimpse Fife Street. Day 3: Visit the C&O Canal Museum and the Western Maryland train depot before taking a driving tour of historic Cumberland, rich in French & Indian War history. Day 4: Visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Cass Scenic Railroad. Board the Cass Scenic Railraod for the journey up the mountain to Whittaker Station where breathtaking views and logging camp await. Next, follow the Highland Scenic Highway, SR 150 en route to the pretty town of Lewisburg. Day 5: Visit the Greenbrier Resort’s “Bunker” and Tamarack. Day 6: New Riverboat excursion and Adaland Mansion. Day 7: The Durbin Rocket, Salamander and Gandy Dinner Theatre. *$3,865 per person, double occupancy. Deposit of $400 per person due to secure booking; final payment due 8/15/2022., Single occupancy supplement is $899. Price includes roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, a fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motor coach, 7 nights lovely accommodations, 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners, all transfers, and transportation, all attractions as described, all taxes and fees.


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Depart from Colorado Springs arriving in Vancouver. Enjoy a city tour of Vancouver then board the beautiful Celebrity Millennium, fresh off her multi-million dollar renovation! The next day sail beyond the Inside Passage. This complex labyrinth of fjords, bays and lush green islands are home to an abundance of wildlife. Visit Ketchikan, the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’ and the ancestral home of the Tlingit people who have carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. Explore Juneau, with its towering peaks, cascading streams, bright bursts of wildflowers and vast, otherworldly icefields. Take a train ride in Skagway up the famously steep Chilkoot Trail. Enjoy picture-perfect views of Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in the world. In Seaward board your deluxe motor coach and travel to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Explore the downtown area of Anchorage and enjoy an overnight stay in Talkeetna. Discover the beauty of taiga forests and miles of rolling tundra aboard a glass-domed railcar, for a picturesque ride on your journey to Anchorage.


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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region April 2022 | Volume 35 | Issue 4

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


Helping your grandkids read

Use these tried-and-true tips to help children enjoy reading and improve their skills


20 Countdown to summer diet

Get ready for swimsuit season with this seven-day eating plan that will help you lose one to two pounds a week


Advertising Director Kevin K. VanGundy Advertising Executives Jil Goebel Advertising Assistant Kayla Pool Delivery Manager Diane Salkovich Delivery Eulogio Martinez Lucinda Perry Robert & Kathy Wernly Gerald Wilson

P.O. Box 50125 Colorado Springs, CO 80949 Phone: 719-900-7664 Website: www.LaFifty.com Email: Info@LaFifty.com Life After 50 is published by Pendant Publishing, Inc. dba BEACON Senior News P.O. Box 3895 Grand Junction, CO 81502 Phone: 970-243-8829 Life After 50 brings hope and help to seniors in the Pikes Peak Region and those who serve them. Life After 50 is published at the beginning of the month and is distributed at more than 250 locations throughout Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities in El Paso and Teller counties. Publication of advertising does not necessarily constitute endorsement. Columns are opinions of the writers, not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. Deadline for advertising and announcements is the 15th of the month preceding publication. Display advertising rates are available upon request. © Copyright 2022 � All Rights Reserved

Honor Flight This month, a group of local veterans will head to our nation’s Capitol to connect with other vets and bask in appreciation of their military service

12 Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Take care of your heart health without sacrificing taste with this delicious recipe

13 “Someday I’ll travel”

Don’t wait for someday—travel now. And why not let Quality Cruises & Travel take care of the details?

14 Ruff Life: Yappy Happy Hour

The connections with our canines is surprisingly deep

15 The highs and lows of nutmeg Nutmeg is a superfood spice with tons of health benefits despite its psychoactive properties


The most over-the-top malls in the U.S. Shopaholics, nature watchers and thrill seekers can exist harmoniously at these extravagant entertainment destinations

24 Faith: Easter Hope

As we approach Easter, let our hearts know: Christ is not dead! He is alive!

25 Change the world by giving to the right causes

Some legitimate nonprofits and companies use the guise of a good cause to line their own pockets

27 CALENDARS 27 Support Groups 28 Calendars 32 Clubs 33 Question of the Month 34 News Bits 36 Fun After 50: Senior Center Activities 38 Fun & Games 40 Classifieds

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Children who read 20 minutes daily outside of school read a whopping 1.8 million words per year! Grandparents can encourage them to read for fun, even at a distance.

Give back to the planet on Earth Day Sustainable gardening solutions to Earth’s environmental challenges

42 Opinion: Ageism in health care

Have you ever been told your health concerns are simply because of your age? This is ageism, and here’s why it’s a BIG problem














Does anybody really know what time it is?


he band Chicago asked this in their 1969 song, with the subsequent query, “Does anybody really care?” It seems people care plenty. If you’re like me, waking up on March 13, after “spring forward,” required some extra oomph. That night my granddaughter suspiciously asked, “Are you tricking me?” when she saw the light pouring through the window at her 7 p.m. bedtime, and it took a herculean effort to wake her up for preschool the next morning. Our digital world requires punching menu buttons and arrows to whip our devices into daylight saving submission to get the correct blue or green glowing readout on microwaves, stoves and car clocks. (Enough time goes by between the changes that I must rethink the process for each one. There’s nothing standard about them!) I still have one clock that requires manual turning of the hands, and there’s something satisfying about making that orbit with the minute hand. I’m grateful to my cell phone, though, for never forgetting time changes and keeping me accountable. How things change. I remember calling the operator as a kid, on a phone with a dial and curly cord, no less, and asking, “May I have the correct time, please?” All this changing of clocks could become a distant memory, however. Last month the Senate unanimously passed the cheerily named Sunshine Protection Act, which would make daylight saving time the norm. We’d have more daylight, and perhaps we could avoid the increased strokes, heart attacks and car accidents that the fall and spring time changes bring. The jury’s still out on the House of Representatives, however, and many outside the hallowed halls of the Capitol aren’t so sure. Health experts believe that adopting permanent daylight saving time would disrupt circadian rhythms and force an unnatural sleep schedule. There’s even


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a nonprofit called Save Standard Time that hopes the U.S. will stay standard. Yes, daylight saving time allows for more sunlight in the evening. But with standard time, the sun has already risen when you wake up in the winter. Wouldn’t it be a little less stressful to wake up when it’s not pitch black? “For roughly two decades, nobody had any clue what time it was,” reported the Washington Post, “with some localities observing daylight saving, some not—until President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act in 1966.” Whew—I’m glad he did! Besides the Chicago song, the ’70s offered a gold mine of “time” songs: Jim Croce with “Time in a Bottle” and Pink Floyd with “Time” (both in 1973) and Al Stewart’s “Time Passages” in 1978. Styx had too much time on their hands in 1981. (Lucky them. I was fretting about balancing studying and working and never having enough of it.) Cher wondered if she could turn back time in 1989. (Though I was a DINK—Double Income, No Kids—then, sorry, Cher. I’m going to side with Carly Simon on this one: “These are the good old days.”) And “Clocks” by Coldplay (2002) references, “Home, home, where I wanted to go.” Trivia time: Today I learned that there is no "s" on the end of daylight saving, that Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that don’t spring forward, and that daylight saving being better for farmers is a myth—the agriculture industry lobbied against it a century ago. I’ve been springing forward and falling back all my life. Will I do it again on November 6? Will you? Time will tell. ■

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I really enjoyed your coffee article! I grew up drinking perked coffee. It made me what I am today! - Sue Walker I received a call from someone interested in learning about Medicare. When I was setting up my presentation at her home, I noticed all her Medicare fliers piled up, and sticking out was the article about me in Life After 50. I asked her how she’d heard about me and she said she read about me in Life After 50 and decided to call. It’s a pretty cool feeling to see the article about you on a kitchen table, and think about how it connected me to someone I can help on their Medicare journey. - Nick Palarino, Medicare Mentors The March issue was fantastic as usual. In your column, you wrote about the coffee percolating in the blue and white Corningware, and the Des Moines Register, and it brought back so many memories of home. I am a late bloomer when it comes to coffee—didn’t start until I became a flight attendant. I still remember how awful the coffee was on our flights. I also remember truck stop coffee when I needed that last punch to keep me going on the long drive back to Fort Dodge from Phoenix. Blech! I also enjoyed the story of Emmett! I thought the photos were adorable. - Marti B. One of the articles [in the March issue] talks about Littleton, Colorado. However, there’s no address, phone number or contact details [to help me visit]. I hate the web and I don’t use it. Please add details, so that all of us can access the information. I subscribe to Life After 50 because I appreciate the info and activities. - K. Cotton Rhonda: Great point! We want to make it easy for our readers to get in touch or get involved with the people/topics we cover, which is why we try to include phone numbers with articles when it makes sense to do so. Especially with our travel columns, we will do a better job of featuring contact information with each article.


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How reading 20 minutes a day can improve your grandchild’s love for literacy By Marianne Hering & Peggy Wilber


prah Winfrey credits her grandmother with teaching her to read at age 3 and fostering a love for books. Reading expert Sally Shaywitz, author of “Overcoming Dyslexia,” has found that children who read 20 minutes every day outside of school read 1.8 million words per year. And most of those kids, she said, score above the 90th percentile in reading. Hold on to that good news; you’re going to need it. Chances are your grandchildren’s schooling was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chances are the lost schooling put your grandchildren “30 percent behind expectations” in reading, according to researchers at Stanford. But chances are also good you can influence your grandchildren and encourage them to read


for fun. Here are five tried-and-true tips to help teach children to improve their reading and enjoy it more.

5 TIPS FOR FOSTERING READING Tip 1: A good reading selection is one in which your grandchild can read 19 out of 20 words correctly (or makes only one mistake for every 20 words read or 95 percent). Choosing short passages is key for readers testing below the third-grade level. Tip 2: If your grandchild makes several mistakes, then she will need your help. Read the short selection to her, then with her, then let her read it by herself. Tip 3: Ask your grandchild what his favorite books are. Buy him sequels if he likes a specific


series. Don’t worry if the books are silly or “below his grade level.” This purchase will help him develop a love of reading. If he can’t identify his favorites, ask his parents, a librarian or a teacher for suggestions. Tip 4: What topics does your grandchild like to talk about? Is it ballet or LEGOs or snow leopards? Get a book on that topic that you can read together. Tip 5: Put a sticker or a checkmark on a chart each day your grandchild reads with you, in person or online. Ten checkmarks may be rewarded with a treat, an event or a fun game with you. This not only provides an extrinsic reward but also builds confidence and self-discipline when a child can see her progress.

POSITIVE WORDS OF AFFIRMATION AND HUGS FROM A GRANDPARENT GO A LONG WAY TOWARD MENDING A STRUGGLING READER’S HEART. FOR GRANDPARENTS OF STRUGGLING READERS Trust that your grandchild is reading the best he can for now. He is probably avoiding reading because his brain feels threatened every time he is told to read something that is actually too hard—because he doesn’t read at grade level yet. As a grandparent, you can offer a safe and encouraging environment for your grandchild to learn at his own pace. One hallmark of a struggling reader is being inconsistent while reading. Your grandchild might have been able to read specific words yesterday—but then need your help to read them today. Don’t be discouraged. Struggling readers can take as many as eight tries (or more) to learn a short paragraph. Be positive! Your grandchild already feels frustrated (especially all day in school) about not being able to read as well as other students in her class. She needs your encouragement because reading is a lot of effort right now. Positive words of affirmation and hugs from a grandparent go a long way toward mending a struggling reader’s heart.


D-11 reading specialist Peggy Wilber works with young neighbors Micah and Elijah to fluently read a favorite book.

Write and illustrate a book for your grandchild and mail it or create a PDF book using free images found online. (Pixaby.com, Unsplash.com and clip art-library.com are good resources.) Then ask your grandchild to write a story for you and email it or mail it.

BOOKS THAT KIDS LOVE � Joke and riddle books � Easier Dr. Seuss books � “National Geographic Readers”: Animals, levels 1, 2, 3 � “Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot” series � “Owl Diaries” series � “Dog Man” series � “Step into Reading” series: Levels 1, 2, 3 � “Choose Your Own Adventure” series � “Can You Survive” series � “Magic Tree House” series � “The Imagination Station” series � “BOB Books,” set 1 ■

Even if they aren’t local, you can still help your grandkids read from a distance. Select a book title and buy two copies or get the book at the library. Ship a second copy to your grandchild or ask the parents to get the same book at their library. Read the book together on the phone or listen to your grandchild while he reads his favorite pages to you on Zoom, Google Meet or another video communications app. Read a couple of your favorite pages to him. You can also explore books via YouTube. Many popular children’s picture books are recorded online. You can video communicate and watch the book together. Then turn off the sound, go back to the beginning of the story and ask your grandchild to read the book with your help. (Unfortunately, if you turn off the sound for YouTube, you also turn off the sound for the video commuThe “Choose Your Own Adventure” books are one of many nication.) book series popular with young children.

FOR FREE READING HELP Visit the authors’ website at www. 1-2-3succeedtoread.com Peggy Wilber, M.Ed., is a reading interventionalist at an elementary school in Colorado Springs. She offers a free phonics program at www.1-2-3succeedtoread.com

Marianne Hering is a Colorado Springs author and editor. She is creating an early reader series. For a limited time, book 1, “Yaks on Tracks,” can be downloaded for free at www. mariannehering.com/ early-readers

“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they walk by.” —Will Rogers


his month a group of vets from Colorado Springs will head to our nation’s Capitol to connect with other vets and bask in appreciation of their military service. Started in 2005, the organization’s mission is simple and strong: “To celebrate America’s veterans by inviting them to share in a day of honor at our nation’s memorials.” Since its inception, the organization has flown more than 245,000 military veterans to Washington, DC, to honor them with a unique and well-earned experience. While some veterans may have received

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honor and appreciation over the years for their service, many have not. During the Vietnam War era, many vets returning home from deployment were met with protests and scorn. Honor Flight recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of America’s vets, regardless of the time and place of their service. As part of a nationwide organization with hubs in all but six states, Honor Flight of Southern Colorado is based in Colorado Springs. The unpaid leadership team is directed by President Cindy Long, along with seven board members. “After a two-year, COVID-caused hiatus, Honor Flight planes are flying Denver to DC again: one in April, and then we have another one scheduled for October,” Long said.

LIFE AFTER 50 The flights take 25 veterans, with each one typically accompanied by a guardian to help them through the trip. Though the guardians are most often a family member or friend, sometimes Honor Flight volunteers will take on that role. While all the expenses for the veterans are paid for by donations from individuals and businesses, the guardians pay their own way. The three-day schedule is as follows: Day 1: Veterans travel to Washington, DC, where they are greeted by local Honor Flight representatives before settling in at their hotel and then attending a dinner orientation. Day 2: Veterans take a bus to the Washington Mall to spend the day viewing the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with other stops as time allows. The day concludes with a banquet and celebration back at the hotel. Day 3: The tour concludes with a trip to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery before leaving on the return flight to Colorado. Back in Colorado Springs, the group is welcomed home by family and friends at a hotel reception. The tour schedule may bring some surprises as well. Among other leaders and dignitaries, the late Senator Bob Dole, who was seriously injured serving in the Army in World War II, would sometimes greet the group and spend some time with them. The visit to the Vietnam Memorial has proven to be particularly gripping emotionally. Some 58,281 names of soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam are inscribed on the memorial wall. “Many of the soldiers come to their memorial and, as they read the names inscribed of those who died in combat, more often than not, they recognize names of friends and comrades they knew,”

A local veteran pauses to reflect and remember at the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

“Sir, I am so sorry. I should be walking behind you,” the vet said. The admiral didn’t miss a beat as he replied, “No, I should be walking behind you.” said board member Oscar Vaughn, a 31-year veteran of the Air Force and Navy. While most of the veterans on these trips have been men, Honor Flight recognizes the crucial role women have played in the country’s armed services as well. Plans are in the works for an all-female flight. “Either veterans themselves or family members or friends acting for them can apply for the trips,” said Long, noting that there is currently a waiting list. “The priority is for World War II vets, then Korean War, then Vietnam, but catastroph-

ically ill or injured vets from any war go to the front of the line.” Typically, many combat veterans are reluctant to talk about their experiences. Often even their closest family members know little about what they went through. However, traveling with other vets to see the

memorials has a way of opening that closed door. The togetherness with comrades who have been through the rigors of war and understand its impact is a restorative benefit of the trip. Long and Vaughn tell of one Navy veteran whose guardian was a retired admiral. As they strolled past the memorials, the sailor assumed his guide was just another volunteer helping out. Toward the end of the day, when he discovered his guardian was actually an admiral, he was shocked and embarrassed. “Sir, I am so sorry. I should be walking behind you,” the vet said. The admiral didn’t miss a beat as he replied, “No, I should be walking behind you.” Veterans weather many hardships, including periods of absence from their families, residual stress and the adjustment of reintegrating into society. Honor Flight exists to recognize these service members for the heroes they are, and “to give our veterans one more tour, with honor.” ■

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Directions: In slow cooker, stir chicken, corn, broth, tomatoes, onion, sugar, ancho powder, garlic and salt. Cook, covered, on low, 6-8 hours, or on high, 3-4 hours. Preheat oven to 350° F. On baking sheet, arrange tortilla strips in single layer. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until crisp. Transfer baking sheet to cooling rack. Let strips stand 15 minutes, or until cool. Transfer to airtight container and set aside. When soup is ready, transfer 1 cup to food processor or blender. Stir in tortilla pieces. Let mixture stand 1 minute. Process until smooth. Stir mixture into soup. Stir in cilantro. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with avocado, bell pepper and reserved tortilla strips. ■

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or many of us, travel seems like a distant memory. But with the pandemic (hopefully!) winding down, it’s not uncommon to hear friends and family eagerly discussing their next travel destinations, with some even boarding cruise ships in search of their next adventure. As any experienced traveler can attest to, planning a trip may take weeks or even months to successfully pull off. Kris Monroe, owner of Quality Cruises & Travel, a Manitou Springs-based travel agency, makes the entire experience pain free, however, with dozens of repeat customers singing her praises. One particularly happy traveler recalled how Monroe helped 48 wedding guests rearrange their travel plans following a hurricane. Problem-solving is second nature to Monroe. Before entering the travel industry, she was the executive director of a nonprofit in Colorado Springs, a role that honed her ability to brainstorm creative solutions. Eventually, though, she realized she was ready for a change and began working for Quality Cruises. Incidentally, the couple who hired her—an airline pilot and his wife—had worked with her at the non-profit. After losing his wife to cancer,

the pilot sold the business to Monroe. Her first group trip to Branson, Missouri was such a hit that 22 years later, the business is still going strong and adding new travel destinations every year.

PERSONAL AND MEMORABLE COVID presented its own set of unique challenges, which Monroe took in stride. “Every country has different entry requirements, and it’s a very volatile situation,” she said. “You might know the requirements now, only for them to change a month later.” Despite these finicky travel requirements, Monroe’s passion for travel remains unshakable. A world traveler herself, she helps local and out-of-state travelers alike reach their dream destinations, from idyllic North American locations like Canada and Hawaii to far-flung adventures in more distant locales, like Spain and Scotland. And Monroe is with her clients every step of the way. Rather than providing run-of-the-mill experiences, she takes the time to understand her customers’ interests and provide them with multiple options tailored to their desires. “Every vacation is a personal experience,” she explained. “And

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those few weeks we have off each year are extremely important.” Monroe said she has a “great responsibility” to make each experience memorable for her customers. She does her homework, often visiting places she wouldn’t otherwise in her efforts to answer questions and guide them along their journey. Monroe doesn’t hesitate when describing her favorite world destination. “As my husband puts it, Africa is like being in your own ‘National Geographic,’” she said. “[In Kenya,] we saw an antelope give birth. By the time we drove away, the baby was trotting alongside its mother. We had tears streaming down our faces as we watched.” She also saw lions carrying their cubs in their mouths, as well as hardworking Maasai tribeswomen building houses out of mud and cow dung. “It was an incredibly humbling experience. We didn’t think we could top it each day, but we did,” she said. The trip was so memorable, in fact, that Monroe and her husband are returning this December, to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

UPCOMING TOURS Monroe has her sights set on a New Year’s Eve cruise aboard a sternwheeler, where travelers will spend five days on the Mississippi River. In 2023, she plans a tour of snowy Yellowstone National Park. But if you’re itching to see the other side of the Atlantic, take a rail trip to Switzerland in August 2023. These excursions are a fun way to spend quality time with family and to make new friends with fellow travelers. For her group tours, Monroe estimated that half of her customers travel alone, while the other half are accompanied by one or more companions. “Whether it’s a day trip or a longer tour, they truly become a group by the end of the trip,” she said. If you’re still on the fence about all the benefits of travel, consider following Monroe’s advice: “All the time I hear people saying, ‘Someday I’ll travel.’ Don’t wait for someday because someday may never come. If you’re physically able to travel, do it now.” ■ For more information on Quality Cruises & Travel, call or email Monroe at 719-685-0544 and qualitycruisesandtravel@yahoo.com




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wary to danger outside the camp. We, on the other hand, sampled the savory meats and cheese that Jennifer and Paul brought from a local Mediterranean restaurant. The occasional cherry tomato or cube of feta dropped from the hors d’oeuvres tray, turning the dogs into scavengers beneath our feet. As the snow and conversation deepened, the dogs began to settle. Chip and Ernie retreated to their memory foam beds while Ralph tried to rip the squeaker out of a plush crocodile and Howie rested on Jennifer’s lap. Despite the security cameras and alarm system, the younger dogs maintained vigilance over their humans by alerting us to strangers walking by the house and the mail carrier arriving later than usual. Nobody seems to know exactly when or where canis lupus became canis familiaris. Even the how is up for debate. Were wolf puppies intentionally adopted and tamed by humans? Or did wild wolves self-domesticate by loitering around the areas where humans ate and left their waste? At some point in time, our paths converged. A bond was formed for necessity, for security and for companionship. The connection is surprisingly deep, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Whether slumbering together under the stars of an ancient sky or curled up next to each other by the glow of an iPad, our lives were and are inextricably woven together. ■


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The highs and lows of nutmeg I used freshly grated nutmeg in some homemade vanilla eggnog I made recently. Just so you know, it really does make a difference if you grate a whole nutmeg versus using powdered spice. The flavor is incredibly richer! Nevertheless, nutmeg is a super interesting spice with tons of health benefits. What’s particularly remarkable is that nutmeg naturally contains myristicin, a compound that can get you a little bit high. Its psychoactive properties might explain why that one relative gets all weird after Thanksgiving dinner. For sensitive individuals, it may be a little too much. Myristicin puts the sympathetic nervous system into action, which can cause fight-or-flight symptoms. In excess, one may experience dry mouth, blurred vision, dizziness, confusion and heart rhythm abnormalities. For those with pre-existing heart conditions, even a teaspoon or two can be fatal! The worst part is that children and teens are usually the ones getting into trouble because of the nutmeg challenge that’s trending on social media. The LSD-like effects don’t occur right away. The spice is fully ingested and absorbed into the bloodstream before the dreadful situation presents itself symptomatically. Before you go and trash the nutmeg in your home, myristicin is also in your parsley, anise, cinnamon, clove, fennel, parsley and basil—

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Give back to the planet on Earth Day Sustainable gardening solutions to Earth's environmental challenges


oday, home gardeners and large-scale growers have the knowledge, tools and resources necessary to produce big, bountiful crops. But the hidden costs of using chemical fertilizers and pesticides to produce large yields is alarming. Groundwater contamination, erosion, mineral lack in the soil, produce with low-nutrient profiles and declines of beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies are all costs to chemical food production that we don’t pay for at the cash register. Fortunately, there are sustainable gardening solutions that are better for us and for the earth. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, let’s take a look at how we can become better stewards of our gardens and our planet.



We can create mulch by adding old leaves, straw, newspaper and cardboard to the soil.

Sustainable gardening focuses on repeatable practices that don’t deplete, pollute or destroy natural resources. It means making our own fertilizers and building up soil profiles so that each year we can grow again. Sustainable growers work with local ecosystems to conserve water rather than plant high-water demanding crops in a desert environment. They also save some

plants to produce seeds for next year. That’s a repeatable approach to gardening. Regenerative growers take this a step further by building up growing systems and making them better. They incorporate biodiversity into their gardens and create habitats for natural predators that take care of pests. These growers take steward-

ship seriously by taking care of the natural resources loaned to them for future generations by increasing the amount of organic matter in the soil. Adding compost, manure and mulch in our gardens is good for plants and soil microbes. It also makes them more resilient to drought and heat stress, so we don't have to water as often.

The easiest way to add organic matter back into the soil is by leaving crop debris in the garden and allowing the nutrients to break down for successive crops. We grow basil for the leaves, yet the branches, stems and roots are also loaded with nutrients, carbon and trace minerals. However, the best form of organic matter is compost. Quality compost contains a variety of plant nutrients but also harbors bacteria, fungi and protozoa that all work to break down aggregate chunks of compost and native soil into a form that plant roots can actually absorb. In the fall, applying aged animal manure (at least six months old) can mitigate any pathogens in the soil. USDA Certified Organic standards allow for adding animal manure to crops that don’t touch the soil no less than 90 days before harvest, and no less than 120 days for crops that do touch soil. It’s good to use rabbit and llama manure because it can break down quickly in the soil due to its small size. Horse, sheep and goat manures are easy to come by and contain actinobacteria that’s good

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GROUND RULES � Calorie counts are roughly the same for each meal, so if you want to replace a meal with one from another day or would like to repeat a meal two days in a row, that’s fine. � You’ll eat plenty of food at meals, plus one afternoon snack. But if you get hungry, have a piece of fruit. � Drink as much water, seltzer or herbal tea as you like, but limit your intake of coffee, tea or diet cola to two to three servings a day. � Vegetarians can substitute meat from recipes with half cups of black, pinto, or garbanzo beans. � For variety during the second week of the diet, swap any fruit in the plan for blueberries, raspberries, papaya, mango, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, apple, orange, grapefruit or banana. � Vary the bread. Try English muffins, pita pockets, tortillas or 100 percent whole-grain rolls.

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SNACK • 1 oz string cheese, 1 apple, 4 wheat crackers

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DAY 4 BREAKFAST • 1 Orange Corn Muffin (see recipe) • 1 T peanut butter • 8 oz skim milk


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• Penne with grilled veggies (toss 1/2 c cooked penne with grilled eggplant, red bell peppers and mushrooms and 1 t sautéed garlic, chopped basil and 1 T olive oil and 1 T Parmesan cheese) • 1 whole-wheat roll • 1/2 c strawberry sorbet

DAY 6 BREAKFAST • 8 oz skim milk • 3/4 c oatmeal • 1/2 c fresh fruit

LUNCH • Tomato slices and 2 oz low-fat mozzarella on baguette with 1 T olive oil • 8 oz skim milk

SNACK • 1/2 c fresh fruit • 1/2 c nonfat yogurt

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4 oz grilled chicken breast 1 c sautéed vegetables 1 whole-wheat roll Mini Blueberry Cheesecake (see recipe)

DAY 7 BREAKFAST • 6 oz orange juice • 1 whole egg plus 2 whites, scrambled • 1 slice whole-wheat toast with jam

LUNCH • Black bean salad (mix 1/2 c cooked black beans, diced tomato, diced bell peppers, red onion and scallions with 1/2 c diced papaya, 1 T olive oil and 4 T vinegar; serve over greens) • 1 flour tortilla

SNACK • 1 Orange Corn Muffin (see recipe) • 1 T peanut butter



• 1 c vegetable soup • Spinach salad with chicken or turkey (toss 1 c fresh spinach, tomato and red onion with 3 oz grilled/deli chicken or turkey breast and 1 T raspberry vinaigrette) • 1 sourdough roll

• Shrimp scampi (sauté 6 oz cleaned shrimp with chopped onion, garlic and ¾ c white wine) • 1/2 c steamed rice • 1/2 c steamed broccoli • 1 pear

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ORANGE CORN MUFFINS Makes 12 servings Nutrition information per serving: 170 calories, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fat, 5 g protein • 2 oranges, zested then peeled (reserve zest) • 1/4 c honey • 2 cs all-purpose flour • 1/2 c cornmeal • 1 T baking powder • 1 tsp. salt • 1/2 c brown sugar • 4 egg whites • 1 c buttermilk • 1/2 c mashed banana Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Cut oranges into six slices each and remove all seeds. Place a tsp. of honey into each muffin cup; top with an orange slice and set aside. Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine sugar, egg whites, buttermilk, bananas and 2 T zest; mix well. Fold mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Spoon batter into cups about three-fourths full. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden.

CHICKEN ENCHILADAS Makes 6 servings Nutrition information per serving: 160 calories, 18 carbohydrate, 4 g fat, 14 g protein • 1/2 onion, chopped • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced • 2 chicken breasts, skinned and cubed • 6 ounces mushrooms, sliced • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 2 T fresh oregano • 1/4 tsp chili flakes • 1/2 c feta cheese • 6 corn tortillas, warmed • Ready-made tomato salsa Preheat oven to 350° F. Sauté onion and pepper with the chicken for three minutes in a medium-size pan that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook five minutes more, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove pan from the stove and fold in oregano and chili flakes. If necessary, drain excess liquid in a strainer; mixture should be moist but not too wet, or tortillas will be soggy. Fold in the feta cheese. Over low heat, warm a dry frying pan and heat each tortilla separately. Transfer tortillas to a plastic bag to keep warm. Remove them one by one and coat both sides with salsa. Place 2 T of the chicken-vegetable mixture on tortilla and roll up carefully. Place enchiladas seam side down in an ovenproof dish lightly sprayed with nonfat cooking spray and cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes, or until filling is hot and bubbling.

PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS Makes 6 servings Nutrition information: 366 calories, 75 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 14 g protein • 1 pound fettuccine • 1/2 red onion, sliced • 1 tsp. olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1/4 pound porcini or button mushrooms, washed and dried • 1 c low-sodium canned vegetable or chicken stock • 1/2 c sun-dried tomatoes • 3 T chopped fresh basil • Freshly ground nutmeg Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a medium pan, sauté the onion in the oil until golden, 3- 5 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Add stock and cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes, basil and nutmeg and cook 1 minute, stirring. When pasta is done, drain well and return to pot. Toss sauce with pasta and serve immediately.

MINI BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE Makes 1 serving Nutrition information per serving: 240 calories, 51 g carbohydrate, 1 g fat, 9 g protein Crumb crust: • 1 whole graham cracker, crushed • 2 T unsweetened apple juice Filling: • 2 T unsweetened apple juice • 1/4 tsp unflavored gelatin • 1/4 c plain nonfat yogurt • 2 T nonfat ricotta cheese • 2 T packed brown sugar • 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice • 1/4 c fresh blueberries Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray an individual ramekin with nonstick cooking spray. To make the crust: Put graham-cracker crumbs in a small bowl; add apple juice and stir with a fork until the crumbs are moist but not sticky. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and sides of ramekin. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Set on a wire rack to cool completely. To make filling: In a small saucepan, bring apple juice to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle gelatin over juice and stir until gelatin dissolves. In a food processor or blender, combine yogurt, ricotta, brown sugar, lime juice and gelatin mixture and process until smooth. Scrape into a bowl and fold in three-fourths of the blueberries. Pour into crust and smooth with a spatula. Top with remaining blueberries. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. ■

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very member of the Taylor family found something of interest and entertainment. Bob hung out at the miniature golf course and later tested his accuracy throwing axes at targets. His wife Evelyn searched for the bald eagles that like to hang out along the nearby lake, then took in a show at the comedy club. Their son Roger preferred to speed around the Go-Kart track and do his best to avoid getting hit on the bumper car ride. The fact that this family found all of these activities in one place was unusual. What made it even more unique was they found it all at a shopping mall.

THE RISE OF SHOPPING MALLS For decades, shoppers have been drawn to malls primarily for their variety of stores and restaurants. The growth of suburbs and rise of automobile culture in the mid20th century launched an explosion of shopping malls away from inner cities and into residential neighborhoods. In the 1990s, close to 150 malls sprang up each year. Then came online shopping. Malls that had been go-to shopping destinations suddenly seemed out of date. Hundreds have closed their doors. In recent years, Mark Cohen, professor and retail business spe-

cialist at University of Columbia, predicts that, of the approximately 1,000 malls still operating, half will be gone within five to six years. Rather than accepting this outlook without a fight, some mall owners have combatted the trend by adding new attractions that can appeal to people of all ages and interests. Here are some of the country’s most thrilling entertainment sites that are giving new meaning to the words “shopping mall.”

The Mall of America | Twin Cities, MN The Mall of America in Minnesota’s Twin Cities (www.mallofamerica. com, 952-883-8800) is also known for its efforts to reduce waste and follow sustainable practices. These range from growing 30,000 plants and 400 trees for air purification, having over a mile of skylights for passive solar energy, and recycling tons of food waste for local hog farmers. The mall houses a 27-ride theme park, a 1.3 million-gallon aquarium containing 10,000 sea creatures, and a flight simulation tour of the United States. People entering the Escape Game are challenged with getting out of prison and stealing back a famous painting from the thief who had pilfered it.

Legoland Discovery Center | Philadelphia, PA LEGO fans love the LEGOLAND Discovery Center (www.legoland discoverycenter.com, 267-245-9696), a veritable indoor LEGO playground. Visitors can jump on the Imagination Express for an interactive tour of a world inhabited by larger-than-life LEGO characters, or participate in activities at the Build Challenge Arena.

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More energetic activities challenge participants in Fitness Fridays at The Outlet Collection (www.outletcollectionseattle.com, 253-833-1790). This grouping of discount stores offers an energetic dance experience, combining fitness with fun. It also hosts occasional blood donation drives, hazardous waste disposal collections and celebrations of events like World Kindness Day and Native American Heritage Month.

TRAVEL Destiny USA | Syracuse, NY Destiny USA (www.destinyusa.com, 315-466-6000), a massive shopFuller. ■ ping, entertainment and dining venue in Syracuse, New York, welcomes more than 26 million guests each year. It even has its own zip code and on-site hotel. It contains a bowling alley, laser tag, a science and technology attraction, an escape room, an interactive mystery theater and an antique carousel constructed in 1909. In an effort to reduce the impact of such an active infrastructure on the environment, Destiny USA follows a number of practices, earning it a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. It’s the largest commercial retail building in the world to be so honored.

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Easter creates hope By Kay Owen-Larson, Ph.D.

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s the first Easter morning was drawing near, a spirit of hopelessness was evident in the hearts of the early disciples. They knew their teacher and friend, Jesus, had been crucified and placed in a borrowed tomb. Even though he’d promised he would rise again, the disciples could not believe it just then. They believed all hope had died with the crucifixion of Christ. Can you imagine the joy and hope that flooded the disciples’ hearts when they realized that Christ arose, just as he said he would? When Jesus stepped out of the tomb in all his glory, he restored hope—not only to the early disciples, but to all of humankind. That same Easter hope is available to us today, and we, like the early disciples, desperately need that hope! We are part of that future generation, looking for Christ’s return to Earth. When we wake up each morning, we are not sure what the day will bring. As we look around us at the heartbreak, sickness, economic hardship, earthquakes, floods and famine, as well as the threat of war throughout our world, we need the hope that can only come from the same Christ that walked out of that tomb. The Bible tells us, in Luke 21:28, “Now when these things begin to occur, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption (deliverance) is drawing near” (AMPC). This should remove the fear and uncertainty from any situation we face. It is only when we “look up” to the One who can truly save us that we lose our dread of the unknown. I remember a song we sang many years ago: “In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.” With that in mind and hope in our hearts that we serve a risen Savior, we can face each day with the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) that can only be found in Jesus.

As we approach this Easter Day, let our hearts cry out to know the same hope the early disciples experienced. Christ is not dead. He is alive! ■

Tree of Life By John DeFrancesco

For a few weeks each summer, when the rising sun shines on a tree, the trunk and branches reflect an image that appears to show Jesus crucified. Although several Bible verses state that Jesus was hanged on a tree, the Bible affirms that Jesus died on a cross. Perhaps this image is simply God’s way of reminding us that Jesus, the Tree of Life, suffered and died so that we may live. He gives eternal life to those who believe in Him. He gives hope for a better life right now for those in need. Jesus promised, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). What a comfort it is to know that with Jesus you will never be alone. John DeFrancesco is a Monument-based artist. Prints of “Tree of Life,” along with the narrative, are being distributed to prisoners in Cañon City and by Springs Rescue Mission and Denver Rescue Mission. Visit www.johndefrancesco.com


Nonprofits and charities: Change the world by giving to the right causes W

henever there is a natural disaster or another catastrophic event in the world, humans come together to support those who have been affected. Unfortunately, bad guys also take advantage of the generosity of those seeking ways to help by setting up fake fundraising scams. Additionally, many legitimate companies often use the name of worthy causes to attract sales of products by contributing a minuscule portion of sales to nonprofits that, in turn, relay a minuscule percentage of donations to the advertised purpose. This month, I will give you advice on how to identify scams, nonprofits and legitimate companies that are using the guise of a good cause to line their own pockets more than help those in need. Avoiding charity scams is fairly straightforward. If you have a humanitarian charity, church or nonprofit you trust, donate everything you can directly through that entity. If you don’t have a trusted entity to donate to, here are some tips for researching and identifying a sound charity or nonprofit. These may not seem like “tech” tips, but you will need to do a lot of research using Google and other digital resources. First, know that nonprofits are businesses. They pay employees

and they are allowed to make as much money as any big tech or oil company. An important difference between nonprofit and for-profit businesses is what they are allowed to do with the extra money. For-profit businesses can keep as much money as they want and pay taxes on it. Nonprofits aren’t allowed to have extra money—everything must be used to support the nonprofit. If a nonprofit has extra money, it is allowed to donate it to another nonprofit, which is why you may see one nonprofit (such as a hospital) donating generously to another nonprofit (such as a local children’s organization) toward the end of a fiscal year. In other words, nonprofit and charity are not necessarily synonyms. This nerdy financial information is important because many fundraisers will attempt to appeal to their credibility by explaining that they are a nonprofit organization. Essentially, this just means that all money you donate will be used by that organization, not necessarily for the cause they are representing. Charities, such as churches, homeless shelters and some humanitarian organizations typically give a much larger percentage of donations to the given cause, but

there are still many loopholes in laws and regulations that allow money to be spent in ways the donor may not intend. To further muddy the waters, consumer protection entities, such as the Better Business Bureau, are essentially lobbying organizations. They certainly go a long way in identifying valid organizations, but they are also dependent on funds from the same companies they certify. If that sounds like a conflict of interest, it certainly can be. Before donating, it’s important to identify whether you are donating to the cause or to the organization that supports the cause. For example, donating to the Red Cross supports American Red Cross. Obviously, the organization does a lot of good in the world, but a $10 donation to its Ukraine efforts will probably not result in $10 worth of help or supplies for Ukrainian citizens in need. Because charities and nonprofits are required to disclose salaries and expenses, it’s fairly easy to vet

BAD GUYS AND DECEPTIVE ORGANIZATIONS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TECHNOLOGY TO MISLEAD AND MISINFORM. an organization with some online research. Often, the best places to donate are smaller humanitarian campaigns associated with churches, school groups and local charities. Donations through these entities are far more likely to be used for directly sending people, money or supplies to the given need. Bad guys and deceptive organizations will take advantage of technology to mislead and misinform. But the flip side is that donors can use the same technology to ensure they are donating to a valid organization and verify how the money will be spent. Generous donors are more empowered than ever to change the world, provided they do a little research to ensure their money actually goes to the change they wish to see. ■


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id you ever watch someone perform a song, paint a picture, quilt a cozy blanket, or carve a masterpiece out of wood, and think, “I could do that”? I think we all have. The artist creates or performs with such grace that it appears to be effortless, lulling us into that false sense of thinking we can. Our over-inflated opinion of what we are capable of can serve to inflate our egos quite handily until, that is, we actually try that which we think we can do. At times, we surprise ourselves. Other times, we gain another life lesson in humility. And who among us can't use more life lessons?

ONCE UPON A TIME, I JOINED A SINGING GROUP ONLY TO FIND THAT THE WAY I SOUND IN MY CAR DOES NOT RIVAL THE REAL DEAL. I like to sing. Sometimes, I think I'm rather good at it, but every once in a while, I hit a clunker of a note and my ego balloon pops like a pimple on a teenager. But there are so many things I like to tell myself that I can do if only I had the time to do it, the resources to make it, and the knowledge to understand how. Once upon a time, I joined a singing group only to find that the way I sound in my car does not rival the real deal. I could blame it on the accompanist and say she used a key too high for me, but honestly, it was probably a giant case of the nerves. Yes, that was probably it. I can sing just fine in my car or my living room, but in front of others? Most times, that nasty thing called fear robs us much of what we could accomplish. I might be able to paint a pretty picture if I practice long enough. I

enjoyed it in high school. Art class was the highlight of my day back then. I haven't really tried since, other than to paint some flowers on our mailbox, which turned out rather well. Not too long ago, I went to one of those painting parties. It was great fun and I'd love to do it again, but I found I was no Picasso. I'm more into landscapes. Growing up, my mom sewed a lot of our outfits. In high school I tried—truly I did—to make some of my own clothes, but my taste in pattern was questionable. The most memorable piece was a maxi dress with peace and love signs all over it in a plethora of colors. Good grief, I was a geek! I am fairly good in the kitchen. The smoke alarm rarely goes off these days. I can make a mean strawberry-rhubarb cream pie or a pumpkin dump cake, and my pork and dumplings is to die for! There's no better way to beat stress than putting on some music, pouring a glass of wine, and creating something yummy. I will say my downfall is that if there are a lot of steps to a recipe or too many ingredients, I’ll likely turn the page. I guess I'm a great cook if I don't have to work too hard. Please don't be deterred from trying something new. Stepping out of our comfort zone is definitely worthwhile. You never know when you may uncover hidden talents. The important thing is, we try. And if you don't, it's really the journey that counts. Try that recipe, sing that song, paint that picture, sew a new wardrobe and create to your heart’s content. If we take pleasure in the process, it's worth every second. There's no success without failure, and there's nothing wrong with trial and error. That's how we navigate through this life and find our place. ■

SUPPORT GROUPS Alzheimer’s Association offers free caregiver support groups and education classes, in person and virtually. Call the 24/7 helpline to register. 800-272-3900

Cascade, and on Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Weber. Mondays | 6 p.m. | 719-685-1091 Thursdays | 2 p.m. | 719-338-1878

CRAFT (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 littlegirls.net

Gamblers Anonymous meets virtually via Zoom and in person at the Red Cloud Serenity Club, 10400 Ute Pass Ave. in Green Mountain Falls. Virtual: Mondays | 6 p.m. In-person: Saturdays | 9 a.m. www.coloradoga.org Grandparents Raising Grandchildren supports and encourages those dealing with issues of raising grandkids. Call for details. 719-578-8007

Depression and Bipolar Support has six groups for those living with or affected by mood disorders. See website for times and locations. 719-477-1515 | www.dbsacolorado springs.org

Grief Share helps attendees find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one. 4th Tuesday | 10 a.m. | 719-330-0241 | sue@monumentalfitness.com

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 | www.epccpv.org | info@epccpv.org Emotions Anonymous, a program for those with unsolved emotional problems, meets on Mondays at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N.

Falcon Senior Services meets at Patriot High School, 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon. 2nd Wednesday | 11 a.m. | 719-494-0353

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. www.hlaacoloradosprings.org Keeping in Balance with the Life Tree weekly psychological support group begins April 7 at Ambrose Family Health, 5035 N. Academy Blvd., in Union Square Mall. Sessions

are $5. Refreshments are served. Thursdays | 2-3 p.m. | 719-203-5340 Multiple Sclerosis Alliance meets virtually. Visit website for schedule. 719-633-4603 | www.msasoco.org/ event-calendar.html | support@ msasoco.org NAMI Connection Support Group for those living with mental health conditions meets weekly at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Registration required. Virtual: Tuesdays | 7-8:30 p.m. In-person: Thursdays | 7-8:30 p.m. 719-473-8477 | www.namicolorado springs.org NAMI Family Support Group for family members of people living with mental health conditions meets virtually and in person at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Registration required. Virtual: Wednesdays | 7-8:30 p.m. In-person: Thursdays | 7-8:30 p.m. 719-473-8477 | www.namicolorado springs.org 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 | www.oasoutherncolorado.org Parkinson’s Support Group meets at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. 2nd Saturday | 10 a.m. Polio Survivors Support Group meets regularly. Call for details. 303-212-0017



Proactive Living Series meets at the Colorado Springs Senior Center to share tips on aging and resources from local experts. 3rd Thursday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Project Angel Heart delivers free, nutritious meals to those living with life-threatening illness. Call for information about receiving meals. 800-381-5612 PTSD Spouse’s Support meets at UCCS Veterans Clinic, 4863 N. Nevada #380. Tuesdays | 4 p.m. | 719-255-8003 Silver Sneakers provides free gym memberships for adults 65+ who are insured through AARP, Aetna, Blue Cross, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and United Health Care. Visit website to see if you qualify. www.silversneakers.com TESSA provides a safe house and counseling for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. If you’re in crisis, call 719-633-3819. 719-633-1462 Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group meets virtually through The Independence Center. 2nd & 4th Wednesday | 1:30-3 p.m. | 719-471-8181 ■

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April 2

April Fools Cooking Class

No joke—this new class at The French Kitchen will teach you how to cook scrumptious sweet and savory treats to fool your friends. Brussels sprout cake pops? Don’t worry! You’ll learn how to make the real deal. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 4771 N. Academy Blvd. | $89 | www.tfkcc.com | 719-528-6295

April 9

Big Springs Soiree

Going Green Casino Night

Easter egg hunts, egg decorating, photos with the Easter Bunny, food trucks and more await at El Pomar Youth Sports Park’s baseball field. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 2212 Executive Cir. | Free | www.pikespeakchildrens museum.org | 719-357-7726

April 2

Colorado Springs Bike Swap

April 2 & 3

Buy new, or buy used and save the difference! Browse through cycling gear from 100+ vendors at the city’s largest bicycling gear swap, at SoccerHaus. Proceeds benefit Kids on Bikes and Pedal Station. See Facebook page for details. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 4845 List Dr. | $2 | 719-761-7586

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April 2

Colorado Springs Record Show It’s all about the vinyl at this sale at the Masonic Center—but there are also posters, shirts, CDs and loads more from 40 retailers. Pay $10 and beat the crowds by going early at 9 a.m. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | 1130 Panorama Dr. | $3 | www.coloradorecordshow.com | 719-640-4420

April 2 Easter in the Park!

Bring the grandkids to Deerfield Park for hunting for and decorating eggs, face painting, a bounce house, egg and sack races and treats. Call to reserve a time slot for a photo op with the Easter Bunny! 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 4290 Deerfield Hills Road | Free | www.trea1.org | 719-203-6736

You’ll enjoy every note of this Colorado Springs Philharmonic performance at the Pikes Peak Center: Jorg Widmann’s 2015 aria for strings, Paganini’s fiery first concerto featuring young violin virtuoso Kevin Zhu and excerpts from Prokofiev’s magical “Cinderella” ballet. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $29-$83 | www.pikespeakcenter.com | 719-477-2121

April 4-7

Space Symposium

Visit or volunteer at the premier event for global space professionals at The Broadmoor. See website for the full agenda. $450+ | 1 Lake Ave. | www.space symposium.org | 719-576-8000

April 5

Free Comedy Workshop

Come to 3E’s Comedy Club ready to laugh and learn from the pros! 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 1 S. Nevada Ave. | Free | www.3escomedy.com | 719-694-9911

April 6

Light of Hope Fundraiser

Give a helping hand to abused and neglected children through CASA. Choose breakfast or lunch at The Antlers Hotel. Sign up online. 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. | 4 S. Cascade Ave. | Free | www.casappr.org | 719-447-9898, ext. 1026

April 8

Easter Hymn Sing

Do you love to sing? Usher in the

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Easter season by raising your voice with others at Sunnyside Christian Church at this event sponsored by One Voice Mission, a nondenominational ministry. 6:30 p.m. | 2025 N. Murray Blvd. | Free | www.sunnysidechristian. churchcenter.com | 719-596-1659

April 8

Can We Speak Freely?

Listen, learn and be challenged by a lecture, “Can We Speak Freely? Contemporary Challenges to Free Inquiry on College Campuses,” by political science professor Joshua Dunn, Ph.D. at Ent Center for the Arts. 10 a m. | 5225 N. Nevada Ave. | Free | www.uccs.edu/curiosity | 719-510-0603

April 8-9

Write in the Springs

Are you a Christian author or is that your goal? Come to Glen Eyrie Castle for a weekend of learning the craft of fiction writing, gaining insight into Christian publishers and fellowship, featuring best-selling author Susan May Warren. 12:30 p.m. | 3820 N. 30th St. | $160$240 | info@ACFWCoSprings.com| 719-634-0808

April 9

Take Charge of My Future

Help is here for young adults (ages 16-22) with developmental disabilities and their guardians at the Arc Pikes Peak Region’s office. Register as a team. For adults: transitions, programs and resources. For young adults: decisions, work and education. Lunch is provided. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 10 N. Meade

Wear green and black and bring your lucky streak to Cheyenne Mountain Resort with casino gaming, including $200 in starting chips. But first— cocktail hour, followed by a delicious dinner. Includes a live auction and dancing. 5 p.m. | 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road | $200 | brysonschase.org/ events | 719-257-3525

April 9

Egg Dyeing with Natural Dyes

Use the bounty of nature’s color to dye eggs with plant materials at the Bear Creek Nature Center. Dye and design your own take-home eggs and gain the knowledge to continue creating at home. Materials are included. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Bear Creek Road | $8-$10 | communityservices. elpasoco.com/nature-centers | 719-520-6387

April 9

Chapter One Charity Gala

Enjoy a night of dinner, an auction and dancing and support local military artists. Help The Enlisted Association (TREA) while having fun! 5-9 p.m. | 3065 S. Academy Blvd. | $15-$25 | www.trea1.org | 719-203-6736

April 11

Retire by Design Virtual Webinar

How do you choose to age and retire? How can you increase the odds that you will experience a retirement that you love? Make sure you understand the aging process, identify your traveling companions and evaluate the environment so you can retire by design—your design! Registration required. 4 p.m. | www.ppacg.org/events | Free | 719-471-7080

April 13

Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club

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April 14

Free Legal Clinic

Get help with forms and questions about procedures for civil legal issues. Call and leave a message with your name and phone number, and Woodland Park librarian will call back to schedule an appointment with a volunteer attorney. 218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park | Free | rampart.colibraries.org | 719-748-3939

April 15

Nighttime Eggstravaganza

Join the glow-in-the-dark hunt at Fox Run Regional Park. Fluorescent Easter eggs really pop under the cover of darkness! For ages 8 and older. Call to register. 7:30-8:30 p.m. | 2110 Stella Drive | $4-$5 | communityservices.elpaso co.com/nature-centers | 719-520-6387

April 16

April 16

Easter Brunch Cooking Class

You’ll sing the praises of this class at The French Kitchen! On the menu: shakshuka, lamb meatballs, a spring vegetable tart, strawberry rhubarb shortcakes and a carrot juice cocktail to make you extra “hoppy.” You’ll get samples and recipes to go. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 4771 N. Academy Blvd. | $89 | www.tfkcc.com | 719-528-6295

Easter Eggstravaganza


Finding treasures at the Colorado Springs Flea Market is the best, and now you can pair it with holiday activities and treats for the grandkids! 2-4 p.m. | 5225 E. Platte Ave. | Free | www.csfleamarket.com | 719-380-8599

April 16

Victorian Easter Egg Hunt & Tea Come accompanied by a child aged 2-12 to this fundraiser at the beautiful Miramont Castle. It begins with a spirited egg hunt in the Great Hall and finishes with a three-course Victorian tea of scones, tea sandwiches and desserts. Seatings at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. | 9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs | $35 adults, $25 children 2-12 | www.miramont castle.org/april | 719-884-4109

Easter Extravaganza at The Inn at Garden Plaza

Choose from two Nature Centers (Bear Creek or Fountain Creek) and several times for this Easter season hour-long event. For children ages 2-10 with an adult. 9 or 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. | 245 Bear Creek Road or 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain | $5-$6 | com munityservices.elpasoco.com/ nature-centers | 719-520-6387 (BCNC) or -6745 (FCNC).


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April 16

Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt

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Ring in spring with the staff and residents at The Inn! Enjoy entertainment by the Ukulele Ladies in addition to snacks and refreshments. 1-2:30 p.m. | 2520 International Circle | Free | 719-381-7021

April 16

Earth Day Volksmarch

Take a stroll with the Falcon Wanderers Walking Club, starting at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. Dog friendly. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1805 N. 30th St. | Free | www.falconwanderers.org | 719-648-9015 Calendar continues...


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finds and join the impromptu fashion show at Broadmoor Community Church. Shaunda Sims will speak about spring cleaning and downsizing. Enjoy refreshments. 9:30 a.m. | 315 Lake Ave. | www.cmncos.org

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Rattler Trail Race

Run these amazing trails, right in the heart of the Springs at Palmer Park. Enjoy city views and Pikes Peak from the sandstone bluffs. Choose from 10K, 25K, and 50K races, with shirt and finisher’s medal included. Staggered times from 7 a.m. | 3650 Maizeland Road | $45-$150 | www.madmooseevents.com | 719-635-3833

April 16, 23 & 30

Handbuilding in Clay

Learn how to transform a malleable ball of clay into your own unique piece with different building techniques and finish with glazing. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 818 Pelham Place | $135 | artschool.csfineartscenter. org | 719-475-2444

April 18

Making the Golden Years Golden virtual webinar

Are you eagerly awaiting retirement? It is never too early for planning and never too late to start. In this session, explore your options, identify your priorities and start to build a plan. 4 p.m. | www.ppacg.org/events | Free | 719-471-7080

April 19

Alan Parsons Live Project

Come to the Pikes Peak Center to hear ’80s hits like “Eye in the Sky,” “Games People Play” and “Sirius” (Chicago Bulls theme song),

April 21-30

“The Bluest Eye”

courtesy of this lineup of talented musicians. It’s electro indie-prog art rock at its finest! 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $38-$103 | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2121

You’ll be spellbound by this staging of Toni Morrison’s classic novel that follows a young Black girl’s coming of age in 1940s Ohio. It plays Thursdays-Sundays at the ENT Center for the Arts. See website for times. 5225 N. Nevada Ave. | $20-$43.75 | tickets.entcenterforthearts.org | 719-255-3232

April 22

April 20

Lunch and Learn: Medicare Scams

Visit the Security Public Library for practical tips and information on how to avoid being a victim of Medicare email scams and fraud. 12 p.m. | 715 Aspen Drive | Free | www.ppacg.org/aaa-events | 719-471-7080

April 21-30

“The Legend of Georgia McBride”

When Casey’s boss at a small-town dive bar axes his Elvis act and replaces it with a drag show, Casey gamely totters into the unknown in size 11 heels. Plays Wednesdays through Sundays at the Fine Arts Center.

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April 22

Spring Festival!

Celebrate the arrival of spring and Earth Day at Flying Pig Farm. Festivities include tree planting, live music, free farm-fresh snacks, a plant sale, a (free) seed swap, kid crafts, farm animals and more! 4-7 p.m. | Keithley Road, Manitou Springs | Free | www.facebook.com/ flyingpigmanitou

April 22-24

The Springs Home Show

Learn how to make a house a home at the Colorado Springs Event Center. See the latest in remodeling, design, outdoor living and more. If you have a project, they have vendors who can help! Friday 12-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. | Free | www. thespringshomeshow.com | 719-637-3960

April 23

Culinary Passport

Red Rock Canyon Makeover

Happy Earth Day to you! Give back by sprucing up Red Rock Open Space. Volunteers will plant grass seed and bushes, do rock work armoring a water crossing on a trail or repair and stabilize landscaping. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | 3550 W. High St. | Free | www.redrockcanyonopen space.org | 719-685-5089

Savor global tastings from local chefs at Skills Academy Vocational Center (SAVC) with samples of local beer and wine, sweet bites and Solar Roasts coffee. There’s a silent auction as well. The proceeds benefit SAVC’s independent living and vocational training for the special needs community. 5:30-8 p.m. | 4435 N. Chestnut St. | $51.75 | www.pikespeakchefs.com | 719-722-5551

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April 13, 2022 at 2pm Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center

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April 23

7 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $45$125 | www.pikespeakcenter.com | 719-477-2121

Earth Day Story on the Trail

April 30

Nature walk meets story time during a self-guided children’s story while walking along a trail. Stop in the Bear Creek Nature Center afterward for a take-home craft with upcycled materials. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 245 Bear Creek Road | Free | communityservices. elpasoco.com/nature-centers | 719-520-6387

April 23

The Long Run, Eagles Tribute

Come to Stargazers Theatre and “Take It Easy” as you listen to this Colorado-based Eagles tribute band faithfully re-creating the ’70s sound of America’s best-selling rock band. 7-10 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive | $23-$28 | www.stargazerstheatre. com | 719-476-2200

April 23 & 24

Mendelssohn’s “Italian”

Enjoy a musical travelogue of Italy from your seat at the Pikes Peak Center! The Colorado Springs Philharmonic also plays Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante—a “concerto within a symphony.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday | 190 S. Cascade Ave.| $29-$83 | www.pikespeakcenter.com | 719-477-2121

April 25

Medicare 101 virtual webinar

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of eligibility and enrolling in Medicare A, B and D, as well as the costs, benefits, and explanation of the differences between Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans. 4 p.m. | www.ppacg.org/events | Free | 719-471-7080

April 27

Black Forest Guild Arts & Crafts Sale

This local tradition has fine art for sale, along with decorative arts and crafts and culinary delights—all at the Black Forest Community Center. 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday | 12530 Black Forest Road, Black Forest | www.bfacg.org | 719330-7443

April 28

Gary Allan: Ruthless Tour

If you like some grit with your country, don’t miss this multi-platinum recording artist performing with his trademark rugged sound at the Pikes Peak Center.

If you care for a family member aged 60+, you deserve to be pampered! This special event at the Colorado Springs Senior Center includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch, plus a caregiver swag bag. Gift baskets will be raffled off too. Register by April 15. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1514 N. Hancock Ave. | Free | www.ppacg.org/pamp eringday | 719-471-2096, ext. 115

April 30

Norris Penrose Spring Craft & Gift Show

Meet over 150+ vendors at Norris Penrose Event Center and enjoy live music, food trucks, silent auctions and hourly drawings. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road | $3-$5 | www.festival net.com | 719-635-8881

April 30

Behind the Badge Gala

It’s a night of fun with dinner, drinks and entertainment at the Colorado Springs Marriott to benefit the nonprofit 100 Club, which addresses the needs of first responders’ families in the Pikes Peak Region. 5:30-11:30 p.m. | 5580 Tech Center Drive | $50 | www.pikespeakfire chiefs.org

strange and unusual at the Colorado Springs Event Center, from morbid taxidermy, steampunk, bizarre art, creepy fantastic dolls and odd décor. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. | $13 | www.rjpromotions. com/oddity-and-bizarre-expo/ | 719-637-3960

April 30

West Fountain Creek Cleanup

Serve your community by cleaning up Fountain Creek as part of the Great American Cleanup. Gloves, bags, pickers, and buckets will be furnished. Wear sturdy footwear. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 2601 W Vermijo Ave. | Free | www.eventbrite.com

April 30 Walk to Defeat ALS®

Sign up, raise funds and get your exercise at Memorial Park for research and hopefully a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | 280 S. Union Blvd. | Free | https://go.evvnt. com/1011504-0?pid=4509 | 303-832-2322 ■

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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 ACLU defends civil rights and liberties. Call for details. 303-777-5482 Adult Coloring Club meets monthly at Florissant Library. 1st Thursday | 10:30 a.m. | 719-748-3939 Austin Bluffs Sertoma meets for breakfast at Hotel Elegante. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 7:30 a.m. | 719-460-5561 (Pat) Austrian-American Enzian Club is a German-speaking culture club that meets monthly at VFW Post #101. 2nd Wednesday | 2-4 p.m. | 719-380-1163 Black Forest AARP meets for a monthly potluck at Black Forest Lutheran Church. 2nd Wednesday | 12 p.m. | 719-596-6787 Bridge Players Duplicate plays daily at the Bridge Center. Mondays-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. | goatgalmjb1@hotmail.com

Carnelian Coffee Book Club meets monthly at Out West Gift Shop. 1st Sunday | 1 p.m. | jpaisley@ppld.org

Colorado Springs Stamp Club meets monthly at Vista Grande Baptist Church. 1st Tuesday | 7 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Hooked on Crochet meets virtually to crochet or knit. 1st & 3rd Thursdays | 10 a.m. | www.ppld.org | 719-389-8968

Curiosity Unlimited offers continuous learning opportunities with UCCS professor lectures virtually and at the Ent Center for the Arts, Chapman Foundation Recital Hall. 2nd Friday | 10 a.m. | www.uccs. edu/curiosity | 719-755-5082

Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club for women meets monthly at Broadmoor Community Church. Annual dues are $30. 2nd Wednesday | 9:30 a.m. | www.cmncos.org Colorado Springs Breakfast Club for Singles 50+ meets monthly at Patty Jewett Clubhouse. Cost is $20 (cash or check). Must RSVP. 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | 719-260-0651 | tbc50plus.org Colorado Springs Chess Club meets weekly at 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 Woogles.io (must create account). Mondays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-332-5141


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 walking club meets monthly. RSVP by email. 3rd Thursday | 9 a.m. | 719-5206977 | theresaodello@elpaso.com 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 gardenclub.org Florissant Bookworms meets monthly at Florissant Library. 3rd Wednesday | 12 p.m. | 719-748-3939 Friends at the Table Cookbook Club meets at Florissant Library. 3rd Friday | 11:30 a.m. | 719-748-3939 Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship meets for breakfast at IHOP, 6005 Constitution Ave. 2nd Saturday | 7:30 a.m. | 719-229-3317

Gleneagle Sertoma meets twice monthly for lunch. This service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 11:30 a.m. | 719-331-1212 Gold Camp Victorian Society meets monthly at Cripple Creek Heritage Center. 4th Saturday | 2 p.m. | info@gold campvictoriansociety.org International Dance Club hosts weekly dances. Live bands, variety of styles, family friendly. Cost is $12. Saturdays | 7-10 p.m. | 719-633-0195 Maxi’s Dance Party is held weekly at Fraternal Order of Eagles #143. Cost is $8 for nonmembers. Thursdays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-660-1358 Not So Young Book Club meets monthly at Woodland Park Library. 1st Wednesday | 11 a.m. | 719-6879281 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 | www.pikespeak cameraclub.com Pikes Peak Computer Application Society meets at Springs Community Church, 7290 Lexington Dr. 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | asdtitus@ gmail.com Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets monthly virtually. 2nd Wednesday | 6 p.m. | www.ppgs.org


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Pikes Peak Over the Hill Gang meets monthly for dinner. This club is for active adults 50+ who enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, golfing, camping, etc. Membership required. 2nd Wednesday | 719-388-1534 | www.ppothg.org Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners meets monthly for dinner and program at the Masonic Center. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | RSVP: 719-473-0330 PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning holds classes (live, Zoom, video) on a variety of topics. www.pillarinstitute.org | 719-633-4991 Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers meets monthly at Falcon Police Department. 1st Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-651-8038 Read Amok Book Club meets monthly at Florissant Library. 2nd Monday | 12 p.m. | 719-7483939 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 | www.portal.clubrunner.ca/3250 Senior Chats occur weekly at the Rockrimmon Library. Tuesdays | 10:30 a.m. | 719-5316333 Senior Circle Book Club meets monthly at Woodland Park 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. | www.smmug.org

Sno-Jets Ski & Adventure Club meets for ski trips, biking, hiking, dinners and more. Membership is $45 per year, or $10 for summer. See website for times and dates. www.snojets.org 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 VFW Post #101. 1st Tuesday | Dinner 5:30, Meeting 6:30 p.m. | 719-290-9586 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 Fountain Valley Senior Center. 719-600-2602 | mbowers@fvscenter.org Triviality Trivia plays weekly at Gold Camp Brewing Company. Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-319-3798 Vietnam Veterans of America 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 Sand Creek Public Library. 4th Saturday | 10:15 a.m. | 719-660-3641 Woodland Park Book Club meets monthly at Woodland Park Library. 1st Tuesday | 10:30 a.m. | 719-6879281 Yarnia! Knitting & Crochet Club meets monthly at Florissant Library. 2nd Thursday | 10 a.m. | 719-7483939 ■

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What was your high school prom like? Jane Staven “I didn’t have a boyfriend, so I went to prom with my cousin and told everyone he was a family friend. We rented a limo with my best friend and her date. I wore a very ’80s baby blue taffeta dress. My cousin almost got arrested for trying to shoplift booze. The officer told him, ‘You don’t want to get arrested over a bottle of cheap champagne, do you?’ Thankfully, they let him go. We decompressed with a scenic drive in the limo.”

Laurie Rychener “My prom was in the late ’70s. I attended with my longtime boyfriend, who went to another school. The theme was ‘Nights in White Satin,’ after the hit song by the Moody Blues. I sewed my own dress—it was yellow.”

Dee Dee Wirebaugh “I only went to my junior prom, in 1967. I thought I’d be with Dale forever—but it wasn’t meant to be. My pink chiffon dress had an empire waist with a row of roses. I got my hair done and I had a wristlet corsage of carnations and roses. Our gym was decorated, and there were tables of food in the foyer. It wasn’t elegant, but it sure was fun! It was one of the first times most of us were able to drive by ourselves.”

Sandy Carollo “I hated prom! The guy I went with got drunk. Proms are overrated. I could’ve stayed home and saved a lot of money on a dress.”

NEWS BITS Four-part online Medicare series

Volunteer van drivers needed in Tri-Lakes area

Get the information you need about Medicare from the comfort of your home. 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 www.ppacg.org/events or call 719-471-2096.

Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance Senior Center is looking for volunteers with a valid driver’s license to help transport seniors to and from medical appointments, the grocery store and social outings via a 10-passenger van. Training, insurance and liability provided by Silver Key. Call 719-464-6873 for more information.

� April 7 - Medicare Eligibility & Coverage

Donate on National Library Giving Day

� April 14 - Medicare Options: Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans

Colorado Springs’ libraries offer support and entertainment for seniors in significant ways. Support Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) by making a charitable gift to the PPLD Foundation for National Library Giving Day on April 6. A matching gift will double your donation’s impact. Donate at www.ppld. org/foundation/donate.

� April 21 - Medicare Part D � April 28 - Medicare, Medicaid and Other Health Insurance Options

Eight-week bereavement education and support groups Groups are 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays (begins April 6) or 6-8 p.m. Thurs-

Explore Kane Ranch Open Space If you enjoy invigorating walks outdoors and live in or near Fountain, there’s a new site for you to explore. El Paso County opened Kane Ranch Open Space, 12791 Squirrel Creek Road, late last month. The site was a gift from the late Alexander Kane, a prominent rancher in southern El Paso County. This large, previously undeveloped parcel of scenic ranchland features rolling terrain of prairie grasslands, small pockets of Cottonwood trees, dry creek beds and sweeping views of the southern Colorado Front Range in its 495 acres. It includes a trailhead parking area, a portable restroom, and the 3.5-mile out-andback Lariat Loop doubletrack trail. The space is open 5 a.m-9 p.m. April through October and 6 a.m.-6 p.m. November through March. days (begins April 7). Registration fee is $80, but no one is turned away due to cost. Speak with the facilitator if cost is a difficulty. RSVP

by April 1 to annm@fumc-cs.org or 719-393-3578. Groups meet for eight weeks at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave.

10 Signs of Dementia IS IT ALZHEIMER’S OR DEMENTIA? Wednesday, April 27 | 10:00AM Does your loved one have Alzheimer’s or is it normal signs of aging? Join us for an educational seminar on Alzheimer’s and dementia, learn what the differences are and understand the symptoms.

Seating is limited! Reservation is required. RSVP by April 25 to: 719-309-0070 or



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Pikes Peak Library Visit www.ppld.org or call 719389-8968 to register. Genealogy Basics (Virtual) 10 a.m. | April 4 & 16 Native American Beaded Bracelets Learn about the Cherokee ways through beading art from Ela Diel, Cherokee native and maker in residence, at the Sand Creek Library. 5 p.m. | April 7 Craft Exchange Bring in your new/gently used art, craft and hobby materials and exchange them for new-to-you craft supplies. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | April 9 1950 Census Records (Virtual) Learn about the long-awaited release of the 1950 census, an invaluable resource for researching family history. 2 p.m. April 13 | 3 p.m. April 23 Disasters of the Pikes Peak Region (Virtual) Erinn Barnes discusses her chapter “Evolution of Fire: Our Changing Views of Fire in the Pikes Peak Region” from the book “Disasters of the Pikes Peak Region.” 6 p.m. | April 21 Natural Hacks to Support a Healthy Mood Learn how to stabilize your mood though nutrition, supplements, environment, lifestyle and more. On-demand | April 28

Yoga (Virtual) Zoom links will be emailed prior to class. 9 a.m. | Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Florissant Library Visit rampart.colibraries.org or call 719-748-3939 to register. Free Legal Clinic Call and leave a clear message with your name and phone number. A librarian will call you back to schedule an appointment with a volunteer attorney. April 14 | 719-748-3939

Free dementia and Alzheimer’s webinars For loved ones of the 6.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a series of free webinars. Register for any of these free sessions by calling the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. � April 5, 9:30-11 a.m. The 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

� April 19, 9:30-11 a.m. Effective Communication Strategies

� April 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

� April 20, 9:30-11 a.m. Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

� April 12, 9:30-11 a.m. Dementia Conversations

� April 21, 4:30-6 p.m. Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

� April 14, 4-5:30 p.m. Caregiver’s Guide to Managing Money

� April 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Legal & Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s

Tai Chi 10-11 a.m. | Mondays Craft & Create Adult Program 1-3 p.m. | April 27

Woodland Park Library Visit rampart.colibraries.org or call 719-687-9281 to register. Tai Chi 5 p.m. Thursdays | 10 a.m. Fridays Free Legal Clinic Call 719-748-3939 for an appointment. 10:30 a.m. | April 14 Family Movie Watch “Pocketful of miracles” in the large meeting room. 1:30 p.m. | April 28



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

SPECIAL EVENTS Can You Find the Y Bunny?

8 a.m.-5 p.m. | April 18-22 | Free

Document Shredding Day

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | April 20 | $5 per box

Craft Supply Sale

From Blue Ridges to Blue Grass 10-11 a.m. | April 26 | Free

Lincoln–Below the Surface 1:30-2:30 p.m. | April 26 | $3


9 a.m.-2 p.m. | April 28-29 | $5 per bag

Nurse Chats: Sleep Apnea


Medicare 101 & Beyond

Gardening Club Interest

Legal & Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s

11 a.m.-1 p.m. | April 1 | Free

Immigration and Passenger Ships 9:30-10:30 a.m. | April 5 | $5

Home Astronomy: What you can see from home! 1:30-3 p.m. | April 12 | $3

ProActive Living Series

10-11:30 a.m. | April 21 | Free

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

1-2 p.m. | April 6 | Free

10-11:30 a.m. | April 13 | Free

1:30-3:30 p.m. | April 13 | Free

I Am a Veteran. Do I Need Medicare? 1-2 p.m. | April 14 | Free

You Have the Power to Save Your Memory 1-2 p.m. | April 27 | Free

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB “Refuge” by Terry Tempest Williams 3-4 p.m. | Fridays, April 1-22 | Free

JOIN THE FUN! Cribbage

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

Group Painting

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

Free Movie Fridays

1-3 p.m. | Fridays | Free

Ping Pong

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

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

SPECIALS Pikes Peak Women’s Connection

10 a.m.-12 p.m. | April 9

Pikes Peak Herb Fest & Seed Swap 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | April 23

EXERCISE SilverSneakers Classic

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


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

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

Senior Lounge 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Monday-Friday

Table Tennis

Last Bottom Group Narcotics Anonymous 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Tuesdays

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

AA New Beginnings Meetings 6-7 p.m. | Tuesdays

Balance and Flexibility

Bible Study 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Thursdays

Beginner’s Line Dance

Organization of Westside Neighbors 6-7 p.m. | 1st Thursdays

9-10 a.m. | Tuesdays

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 | 720392-6701

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 April 7: Fiddle tunes April 18: Gypsy swing April 21: Radio oldies April 28: Bluegrass 6-8 p.m.

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


Line Dancing


Gentle Yoga

Note: Due by April 15, reservations for the May 15 performance at the Adams Mystery Playhouse dinner and show. Cost is $70.

1:30 p.m. | Tuesdays

11 a.m. | Thursdays

10:15-11 a.m. | Fridays (except for April 1)

Book Club


11 a.m. | April 8 | 719-330-0241

Heart Health Afib 12-1 p.m. | April 8


Bring $3 and a snack to share 1-3 p.m. | April 8

Bingo (must RSVP)

1-2 p.m. | April 20 | 719-330-0241 | sue@monumentalfitness.com

Chess Club

12 p.m. | Mondays


12-4 p.m. | Tuesdays

Hand & Foot

1-4 p.m. | Tuesdays & Wednesdays


1-4 p.m. | Fridays

Strengthen your core, lengthen your body, improve flexibility, balance and mobility. 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays | 10-11 a.m. Thursdays

Chair Yoga

1-2 p.m. | Wednesdays

Mind Matters

Gentle stretching, breathing techniques, energy exercises, meditation and visualization work. 10-11 a.m. | Wednesdays

Mix It Up!


Zumba Gold

Tai Chi Fusion

Reduce stress and promote serenity through gentle, flowing movements and deep breathing. 12-1 p.m. | Mondays


10:15-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m. | Mondays 6-7 p.m. | Wednesdays 10:15-11 a.m. | April 1

9 a.m. | April 8 | $20-$30

Barb Bragdon Sings

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | April 14 | Donations

Mr. Tim (Crooner Extraordinaire)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | April 29 | Donations (Reservations required)


1:30 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

Strong for Life

1:30 p.m. | Mondays

Castle Rock Outlet Shopping Spree

Tai Chi Gong

11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Wednesdays & Thursdays

9-10 a.m. | Thursdays

Better Bones & Balance

Adaptable for all levels and safe for those with osteoporosis. 1:30 p.m. | Thursdays


1 p.m. | April 5 & 19

Legal Assistance

El Paso County Senior Safety talk 10 a.m. | April 14

ART Interpretive Dance

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

Tap Dance

10:15 a.m. | Tuesdays


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


8:30-11 a.m. | Wednesdays

5:30 -6:30 p.m. Thursdays | 9-10 a.m. Saturdays

Oil Painting

Total Body Strength


9:15-10:15 a.m. | Fridays

Card Making

9:30-11 a.m. | Thursdays

HEALTH Dementia Support Group 2-3:30 p.m. | 3rd Monday

9 a.m. | April 11

Humana Educational Series

9:15 a.m. | Mondays

Lean & Fit (muscle conditioning)

Ft. Logan trip

A fun combination of low-impact aerobics, simple weight training and stretching. 8-9 a.m. | Wednesdays

Strengthen your core, improve flexibility, balance, mobility and create a stronger mind-body connection. 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays | 12-1 p.m. Sundays


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

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

Chair Yoga

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

Zumba Basics

2:30 p.m. | 4th Thursday

Active Minds

2:30 p.m. | 3rd Thursday

Chi Kung

10-11 a.m. | Fridays


1 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

Bingo (and cash prizes) 1 p.m. | Thursdays

Birthday Social

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

Wii Games

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

Ice Cream Happy Hour

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

Game Day

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

Thrift Store Super Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 1st Saturday

Cripple Creek Run

9 a.m. | 2nd Saturday




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Maxi’s Dance Group is back! Dance party every Thursday 6-9pm, Eagles Club 1050 S. 21st St. Music for ages 40+, food and drink available for purchase. $8 cover; $5 members. 719-660-1358. TIMETRAVELTIME.COM. Happy Memory Transfers, VHS-Slides-8mmReels+, We Make Movies! Contact us 719-203-6398 coloradofilmbank@ gmail.com


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HOUSECLEANING EXPERTISE HOUSECLEANING, reliable and trustworthy. Senior personal care services are also available. Please call Karen 719-4342922. ARE YOU NEEDING HELP? I can do housekeeping, laundry, errands, cooking. Available in zip codes 80905, 80906, 80907 and 80909 only. Call me, Lena 719-362-7408.


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Housecleaning using eco-friendly cleaner, good for the environment. Years helping seniors. Personal care, pet care, meals, errands, laundry, windows, blinds, heaving lifting, climb ladders, house sitting, yard work. References. Call Tammy 719-6442230.

INSURANCE SERVICES THE ABC’S OF HEALTHCARE. Licensed Health Insurance Agent, 15 years’ experience. Individual/ Family Insurance through Connect for Health Colorado, Medicare plans, Life Insurance, Final Burial Expense, Home Care Insurance, Vision, Dental, and Hearing. Call JoAnne 719-434-2015 PeakInsuraceBroker.com

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(719) 229-4563 Veteran Owned by Ken Rivenburgh

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


HANDYMAN SERVICES. ODD JOBS Plumbing, Carpentry, Fences, Decks, Doors, and more. (Mowing or yardwork in the spring and summer.) John 719-471-7471.

SATELLITE APARTMENT BUILDING. 2BD 2BA apt for rent. $1420/month. All utilities included. 719-418-2610.

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The Villa at Sunny Vista, a HUDsubsidized senior and disabled adult apartment complex located at 2480 East Dale Street in Colorado Springs, announces that its waitlist will be closed as of April 14, 2022. Any applications received after April 14, 2022, will not be accepted and will be returned. A notice will appear in this publication when it reopens. The Villa at Sunny Vista is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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Ageism in health care: What does it look like? By Kris Geerken

health, abilities or lifestyle.

ave you ever been told your health concerns are simply because of your age? Have you ever felt unheard or invisible during a medical appointment? I sure have! This is ageism in healthcare, and it’s a big problem. It may look like this:

Shortage of providers with expertise: The U.S. has a significant shortage of health professionals with aging expertise. We pay overwhelming amounts of money to avoid looking older, yet we are living longer than ever!


Elderspeak: Talking to older adults as though they are children may be well-intentioned and meant to be compassionate, however, saying things like “Sweetie, it’s okay,” leads older adults to feel incompetent and depressed. Undertreatment and overtreatment: Many of us find that our pain is consistently undertreated, or you may be overtreated with too many prescriptions. You may also be told to have potentially unnecessary and expensive medical tests only because you have reached a certain age, regardless of your actual

Medicare limitations: Original Medicare does not include basic vision, hearing or dental care. Not providing access to basic levels of care is ageist. We know that poor dental health is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and can make eating difficult. Poor vision can lead to falls and restrict mobility. Hearing loss can lead to depression, isolation and cognitive decline. Lack of technology support: The digital divide refers to those who have access to the internet and tech devices, and those who don’t.

During the pandemic, telehealth expanded, yet many older adults do not have access to this option. This health care treatment option is not age-inclusive. Isolation: Social isolation and loneliness have serious impacts on mortality, physical health and mental health, including depression and anxiety. During the pandemic, older adults were urged or mandated to remain inside without visitors. While this may have been well-intentioned, public health professionals and policymakers need to take into consideration the dramatic impacts of being disconnected from others. Next time you feel you are experiencing ageism in health care, take these steps: � If your provider implies your health concern is because of your age, ask for more details. Find

out about treatment options and get clarification about recommended medications and tests. � If you feel invisible or dismissed by your provider, ask them to speak directly to you—not to the person who may be accompanying you. Let them know you would like “person-centered care,” and to be talked to like a competent adult. Want to hear more about how ageism impacts healthcare from experts who advocate for age-friendly healthcare? Watch “Antidotes for Ageism,” a short film, at www. changingthenarrativeco.org/healthcare-antidotes-for-ageism-video. ■

Kris Geerken, MHA, is the Program Manager of the Age-Friendly Healthcare campaign for Changing the Narrative.


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Learn more, call 719.689.8376 or visit centura.org Centura Health does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, religion, creed, ancestry, sexual orientation, and marital status in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment. For further information about this policy contact Centura Health’s Office of the General Counsel at 1-303-673-8166 (TTY: 711). Copyright © Centura Health, 2022. ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-719-7765370 (TTY: 711). CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 1-719-776-5370 (TTY: 711).


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Spring Into Your Next Chapter Living by myself in a two-story, four-bedroom house alone, and after my doctor and children strongly suggested I find a retirement home, I was confused on where to go. While I was driving and praying “Summit Glen” came into my mind. The management treats us all like family, the people here are very friendly, and the food is great! They also have a great friendly staff. What else could you ask for? God is good!

~ Thomas Flaherty

The minute I walked into Summit Glen I had an instant liking. It’s bright and welcoming, the people are smiling, and the dining room looked very inviting. The surroundings made me want to move in immediately! Since I’ve been here, it has been the happiest I’ve been since my husband died eight years ago. The chef prepares meals that are wonderful – no more cooking for me after sixtyone years! This is a blessing. Availability from the management team anytime it’s needed is a BIG plus. Activities are enjoyable and ongoing. I highly recommend Summit Glen.

~ Gayle Huddleston

Living at Summit Glen takes the “sting” out of getting old! We were unsure if we wanted to leave our home and come to a Senior Living environment. After visiting Summit Glen, we felt very comfortable moving here especially with the peace of mind of having an excellent management team available 24 hours a day. We can decorate and furnish our own roomy apartment to make it home, and the dining room with the cheerful young servers creates a very happy atmosphere. The most important advantage of living here is all the many activities, and the opportunity to make many new friends that make all these retirement days the most enjoyable! ~ Bill & Sandra Patheal


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