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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region JUNE 2021 | Volume 34 | Issue 6

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OK, Boomer Intergenerational tension isn’t bad.

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The road to recovery Fountain-resident Dave Herrera struggled with alcohol for most of his life. He credits books and AA for showing him that he can live without drinking

12 The hidden benefits of hiking poles Instead of quitting or limiting my

hiking, I did one of the smartest things I’ve ever done and bought hiking poles

13 Are you thyroid sick?

The truth about autoimmune and risk of infection

16 Business Highlight: Aspen Trail Retirement

Spend more time doing the things you love in retirement with Aspen Trail’s all-inclusive amenities

18 Give your potted plants some love

New soil, water, sunshine and more. Read these tips on how to freshen up your indoor and outdoor plants

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24 Faith: What makes a good father? The Bible provides our earthly fathers

with this guidance.

25 How to safely purchase a pet online from a breeder

Our tech columnist’s hard and fast tips for avoiding these online scams

26 QUIZ: Do you have enough $ to last your lifetime?

Making informed budgeting, spending and saving decisions can make a big difference in your answer

28 Vacationing with your dogs

Do what it takes to make sure you and your dogs have an enjoyable vacation, whether you’re together or apart

30 Calendar 32 Fun After 50

Senior Center Activities

33 Question of the Month We asked readers: “What is your favorite summer activity?” 34 News Bits 35 Support Groups 36 Fun & Games 38 Classifieds 41 Silver Key Meal Menu 42 Opinion

Weeds are not the enemy!

What’s so funny? On the Cover

Carolyn Bentley, left, and Olivia VanGundy, right, demonstrate generational tensions between Boomers and Millennials/ Gen Z, which sparked the “Ok, Boomer” meme. Photo by B. Bigler

How I learned to be funny in less than a week


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Day 1 - Arrive in French Canada - Settle into your conveniently located hotel before a welcome dinner this evening. Day 2 - Montreal Sightseeing and Notre-Dame Basilica - Embark on a narrated tour of Montreal, one of Canada’s vibrant cities known for its rich French-Canadian heritage Day 3 - Ride VIA Rail and Quebec Sugar Shack - After breakfast, Canada’s VIA Rail service takes you to Quebec City. The only walled city in North America, Quebec’s Grande-Al-lee is alive with many quaint shops and sidewalk cafes. Day 4 - Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame, St. Anne de Beaupre and Montmorency Falls - Depart this morning for a scenic drive along the “Old King’s Road” passing beautiful Normandy and Brittany homes to St. Anne de Beaupre, for a visit to the beautiful shrine, the oldest pilgrimage site in North America. Day 5 - Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio and Ermitage Saint-Antoine Shrine - Learn the intricacies of producing copper art at the Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio with a tour and hands-on workshop to make your own copper work of art. Day 6 - St-Felicien Zoo and Old Perron Cheese Factory - Traveling to the shores of Lac St-Jean, come to the famed St-Felicien Zoo. Day 7 - Our Lady of the Cape Shrine - Today, travel to the city of Trois-Rivieres where you’ll visit the Borealis Center to explore the history of the pulp and paper industry in Quebec. Day 8 - Transfer to Montreal and Home - After breakfast we depart for home. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour as described, round trip airfare from Colorado Springs, all transfers, lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 lunches, and 6 dinners.

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Day 1 - Depart Colorado Springs for Salina, KS and overnight. Day 2 - We’ll stop at the Russell Stover Outlet Store. We’ll arrive in Branson early this afternoon and check into our hotel, The Savannah House. We’ll have dinner at a steakhouse and then it’s on to the award-winning The SIX Christmas Show at American Bandstand Theater. After the performance we’ll head to the Trail of Lights, Branson’s most beautiful Christmas light display. Day 3 - After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head to the Pierce Arrow Theater to see the Doug Gabriel Christmas Show. This afternoon is on your own to shop, relax or view the beautiful Christmas displays all through town. This evening, we’ll dine at Landry’s Seafood House and then it’s on to Clay Cooper’s Country Express Christmas. After we’ll head back to the hotel for hot cobbler, fresh cookies and ice cream! Day 4 - This morning we head to the amazing Titanic Museum. This afternoon you’re in for a treat as we board the Showboat Branson Belle for the dinner and show. This classic showboat-style activity transports guests to the days of paddleboats along the Mississippi River right on Table Rock Lake. After we leave the Showboat Branson Belle it’s on to the world-famous Dutton Theater! After our evening performance we’ll head back to the hotel for homemade deserts! Day 5 - We say goodbye to Branson after breakfast and head to Carthage, MO where we will tour the Precious Moments Chapel and store. Then, it’s on to Osceloa, Missouri, where the Osceloa Cheese Company started in 1944. We’ll have time for shopping before stopping for lunch. After lunch, we’ll head toward Salina and overnight. Day 6 - This morning we’ll continue toward home, stopping at the historic Cathedral of the Plains, located in Victoria, Kansas. After lunch in Colby, it’s home to Colorado Springs. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, 5 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 3 dinners, all shows and attraction tickets as described, luggage handling, all taxes and fees.

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Day 1 - Depart Colorado Springs for lovely Honolulu. Check into our hotel and get ready for a sunset dinner cruise. Day 2 - Full day tour, including Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri, the USS Arizona Memorial, city tour of Honolulu and the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater. Day 3 - Today we depart for Maui. After arriving we’ll transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore. Day 4 - Experience Maui on this full day tour. See waterfalls, beautiful beaches, flora and fauna and Mt. Haleakala Day Day 5 - Whale watching excursion with a Certified Marine Naturalist. Day 6 - Full day tour of the Big Island, including volcanoes National Park, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and much more. Day 7 - On to the lovely island of Kauai. The island is so lush and green Day 8 - Today, we’ll see the north part of the island, including Hanalei Valley, Wailua Falls, Kapaa Town and Moloaa Bay. Day 9 - “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is on our schedule for today. Waimea Canyon is over ten miles long and 4000 ft. Day 10 - Our last day in Hawaii is yours to enjoy on your own, After we check out of our hotel we’ll head over to Smith’sLuau, perennially voted the best luau on the island. PRICE INCLUDES: Fully escorted tour, roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, 10 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 dinners, all tours as described, transfers, inter-island flights, all taxes and surcharges. Deposit of $400 due to secure space; final payment due 1/5/21.

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EDITOR'S COLUMN

It’s time to say farewell

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t’s with some sadness that I bid you all farewell. Following 23 years of working in journalism, I feel it’s time for a change. Working for Life After 50 has provided me with some of the nicest experiences. It’s been great meeting new people and telling their stories. Our readers are always so kind and quick to give us positive feedback and compliments. That wasn’t always the case at other publications I’ve worked at. Who knows? Maybe someday you’ll read about me in this publication once I join the over 50 crowd (it’s not too far away).

GUIDE TO SUMMER FESTIVALS As COVID restrictions lift, entertainers and festival promoters are ready to get back in the swing of things. Mark your calendars, as we’ve compiled a guide to the area’s best summer festivals scheduled to return this year. Turn to page 22 to see if your favorite festival is on the list.

THE BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING A DAD I attended my son’s first official band concert recently, which fulfilled one of my early dreams of being a dad. In fact, that was just one “dad thing” I daydreamed about, in addition to passing on the gift of music, teaching my kid to play basketball and golf, and making trips to Chuck E. Cheese and Fargo’s Pizza. I was 25 when I knew I wanted to be a parent. Even though I didn’t want to be one of those “older dads” that some of my friends had in high school, I had no idea it’d be another 20 years before I met my wife Ashley and was blessed with a son. Over the last nine years, I’ve checked off a

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ton of those fatherhood goals, in addition to creating many more. I’m grateful that Jaxson enjoys golfing (his swing looks better than mine) and playing basketball, and is an amazingly talented musician. He’s played the drums since he was 5, dabbles a little with his electric guitar, sings his heart out beautifully in the car and now plays trombone in his elementary school band. When he was younger, Jaxson was my right-hand man. He was always with me to deliver issues of Life After 50, he sat in on band rehearsals, and helped me load in drums to a venue for a show. Now that he’s a little older, he’s becoming more and more independent. I’m proud to see him grow up while simultaneously crying inside because I miss my little partner in crime. Until I became a father, Father’s Day always meant celebrating my dad. Now I’m grateful to be a Dad myself. I’ll always strive to be as great a father to Jaxson as my dad was to me. Happy Father’s Day to you fellow dads out there! ■

“I’m a senior who chooses to work. In the past, I’ve had some anxiety regarding being able to find work as I get older. However, you may have heard that because of the current COVID situation, employers— especially in the food service sector—are really scrambling to find staff right now. This is an excellent time to look for a job. Of course, one has to be a little bit concerned about the virus. However, with the vaccine, masks and distancing, it seems that working is fairly safe. The North Pole amusement park on Cascade is gearing up for opening. Several other places are also looking for workers. Roadhouse Cinemas could use servers, arcade staff, hosts. Red Point Smoothies in the Lincoln School Business Center needs morning servers. Just a thought. Thanks for your newspaper.” - Steve Luera “Thank you for putting the announcement for our polio survivor’s group in your June issue.” - Betty Henry RE: Community Dental Health (December) “The article was so great. I really appreciate our relationship with Life After 50. This newspaper was our first place we advertised, and we will continue. The content is so good and relevant!” - Michelle Vacha, Community Dental Health Executive Director RE: Pet photos “This is 4-year-old Chihuahua mix, Clara. We adopted her from Douglas County Canine Rescue. I’m deaf since birth and Clara is my unofficial service dog. She follows me everywhere and is extremely loyal. The best dog I’ve ever had!” - Kirk Von Loh

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“OK BOOMER”

By Melanie Wiseman

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was dumbfounded when Social Security came up in conversation and my 36-year-old niece sarcastically interjected, “You’re welcome.” Translation: She feels she’ll never see it and I’ll be living on her dime. I was taken aback by her sharp, phantom finger-pointing, but I still listened with empathy as she talked about her ample college debt and the high cost of housing and health insurance. Was she actually insinuating they were my fault? I didn’t know where it was coming from then, but I get it now.

Intergenerational tension isn’t bad. It’s how you address it. since been blamed in recent years by younger generations for a variety of societal woes. “‘Ok Boomer’ says, ‘Keep talking old person. We’re not even going to roll our eyes at you. We look past you to a future we’re going to have to fix ourselves—one we inherited from you: climate change and disappearing species, crippling debt and a crumbling democracy,” said Salie.

OK, BOOMER

THE BLAME GAME, AGAIN

I first saw the “Ok Boomer” meme in December 2019, when CBS Sunday Morning’s Faith Salie delivered a cheeky rendition of the catchphrase as a fashionable and political step up from “Whatever” or “Talk to the hand,” directed at older people. “Ok Boomer” is younger generations’ way of mocking and dismissing a person from the Baby Boom generation (and older

Salie’s editorial stirred up such a firestorm among seniors that the following Sunday, author and radio host Bill Flanagan was given equal time to respond. Flanagan, a Baby Boomer himself, argued that no generation gets it all right, and no generation fixes everything. “I grew up under a barrage of insults from the World War II generation,” said Flanagan. “They continually reminded us they were raised in the Depression, defeated Hitler and now we have everything handed to us.” He admitted that climate change has gotten worse, but Boomers inherited pollution, nuclear weapons and racial injustice. “The world was kind of in rough shape when we arrived,” he said. “But our generation can take credit for making big cities livable again, revolutionizing communication, shrinking crime, poverty and violence, and advancing rights for women, African Americans and the LGBTQ community in ways never dreamed of in the past.”

Pictured above: Olivia VanGundy and Carolyn Bentley. Bottom left: Brandon Topfer and Joe Mauch. Next page, top right: Connor Triest and Steven Soychak. Photos by B. Bigler. people in general) as out of touch, close-minded, resistant to change and part of the problem. This generational chasm of frustration, tension and a general “enough is enough” by younger people gained tremendous momentum over the past couple years with social media songs, YouTube videos and merchandise adding fuel to the fire. Peter Kuli, the 19-year-old who created a remix of the song that started it all, said, “I think the internet is finally allowing people to feel like they have a voice and an outlet to critique the generations who got us into this position.” While many Baby Boomers were connected to the youth counterculture of the 1960-70s, they have

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MISDIRECTED THINKING “The Guardian” columnist Bhaskar Sunkara said it’s true, of course,


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DISTRESS FROM YOUNGER PEOPLE HAS BECOME “MISPLACED” ANXIETY ABOUT OLDER PEOPLE, WHICH SOME WOULD CONSIDER AGEISM...THE SOLUTION TO THE GENERATIONAL WAR IS TO STOP FIGHTING IT. that young people will be entering into a potentially even more perilous future than their elders. “Past generations entered a relatively more favorable labor market, one won by decades of class struggle and organization. They also saw the passage of important social reforms,” he wrote. But to him, a division by class makes more sense than by generations. Sociologist and author Jennie Bristow conjectured that the “Boomer blaming” is largely a symbolic discussion and not really about Baby Boomers. She argued that distress from younger people has become “misplaced” anxiety about older people, which some would consider ageism. She believes the solution to the

generational war is to stop fighting it. “The more people are invited to see issues in terms of intergenerational conflict, the more the conflict picks up,” Bristow said. “When young people are told constantly that their future has been taken away from them by older generations, it’s not really surprising that they begin thinking that way.”

WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE MEAN Just because there’s intergenerational tension doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. In fact, it can lead to positive change, if approached with the right attitude. “My take on ‘Ok Boomer’ is that younger people often feel that older people don’t take them seriously,” said Brenda Wilhelm, Ph.D., Profes-

sor of Sociology at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. “I see this more as a way to say, ‘Hold up, we’ve got something to say here.’” Wilhelm said younger people are entering a world where their angst is reasonable, especially when watching politicians who seem unable or unwilling to do anything about these problems. “I think young people are reasonably pointing out that their elders do not have all the answers,” said Wilhelm. And that’s okay. Norman Ryder’s theory of demographic metabolism describes the process by which societies change through the generations. Younger people enter society with fresh eyes, which is an important mechanism of social change. “‘Ok Boomer’ may just be the latest way for a younger generation to try to make that clear to an older generation,” said Wilhelm. However, with the advent of social media, no one really controls the phrase or how it is used. “I’m just not sure the negative

feelings and generation gap are as big as the media would have us believe,” she said. Wilhelm hopes the wisdom of their years would allow Boomers to empathize with young people, understand where they’re coming from and, if they are in positions to do so, help them create a better world. To say that one generation cannot understand the other is false. Each has much to learn from the other. Intergenerational programs and causes combine people of varying ages, life experiences, classes and views, showing that people from across perceived divides have much to gain from one another. Embracing communication fosters positive understanding, diminishes stereotypes, and empowers respect. “I think opportunities and encouragement for people to have meaningful interactions across generations would be a start,” said Wilhelm. “Maybe social media posts about those interactions could result in a more compassionate meme.”

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AA saves former addict’s life By William J. Dagendesh

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avid Herrera was in elementary school when he crawled inside a booze bottle to escape an abusive father only to spend decades learning to crawl back out. “I found failure everywhere and ran away…until I found myself in the depths of hell, unable to escape and wanting to give up on life,” said Herrera, 69. For him, the road to recovery was long and rocky. But in time, the Fountain resident turned his life around, going on to earn two college degrees and working on a writing project he hopes will be an even greater achievement. Herrera compares his journey to scaling the Manitou Incline: each step, although tough, is an accomplishment. “I turned my life around and am proof that anything is possible if you want it bad enough,” he said.

SAVING HIS LIFE Herrera considers himself blessed to be alive. His diplomas sit atop a bookcase alongside a knickknack dromedary camel, a reminder that

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he, like his hump-back friend, can exist without drinking. It’s hard to fathom for a man who started drinking at age 8. By the time he was 16, alcohol dominated Herrera’s life. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, but separated from active service three years later.

1980, he checked into the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sheridan, Wyoming. However, following his discharge, he began a two-year drinking binge, which resulted in nine DUI convictions in four states. That’s when he decided to clean up his act for good. Because family members didn’t offer help, Herrera attended Alco-

“I DON’T BLAME OTHERS FOR THE SUBSTANCES I INGESTED. I ALONE HAD TO STOP DESTROYING MY BODY AND MIND.” “I was discharged as a dysfunctional, immature young man with a mental illness, beginning a life of incomprehensible demoralization,” said Herrera. He started school at University of Colorado Boulder, but never finished. By age 33, he grew tired of living on the street. He “put the plug in the jug” and walked away from alcohol. Seeking to understand why he abused himself, in

holics Anonymous (AA) meetings. “AA taught me how to live life without drinking, and life is beautiful, clean and sober. The only cost a person needs is to admit they need help,” Herrera said.

GREATER ACHIEVEMENTS In 2001, Herrera earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics’ engineering technology from Arizona State University,

and in 2007, he retired from the Department of Energy. In 2020, he graduated with a bachelor’s in history from University of Colorado Colorado Springs. “My long-term goal—if I get to live long enough—is I want to work on a Ph.D. in history,” he said. He hopes to reconnect with students who were involved in an incident that resulted from the 1965 Delano Grape Strike and Boycott in California, when Filipino American grape workers demanded better wages and working conditions. The strike prompted an international grapes boycott and led to a Gallo Wines protest at Pudlik’s Liquor Store in Boulder on March 15, 1975. He and 13 other University of Colorado students involved in the protest were arrested on a felony criminal trespass charge. With a poor defense behind him, Herrera jumped bail and ran to Arizona. Now, he wishes to write about the students and how their lives have progressed since the arrest. He believes sharing the incident with readers will be one of his


LIFE AFTER 50 greatest achievements. “I was also there when six Colorado Chicanos were killed in the two bombings of Los Seis de Boulder—and all they wanted was an education,” said Herrera.

PAYING FOR CHOICES It’s been 37 years since Herrera has touched alcohol. In addition to falling victim to alcoholism and drug addiction, he experienced two failed marriages, suffered from asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His wheelchair reminds him of the knee surgery he received from the lifestyle he once embraced. “I don’t blame others for the substances I ingested,” he said. “I alone had to stop destroying my body and mind.” Herrera’s advice to people dealing with substance abuse is to seek help now. He tells them that while their choices have consequences, they should never stop believing in themselves.

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Colorado Springs Alcoholics Anonymous 719-573-5020 www.coloradospringsaa.org Local hub for all local AA group functions and facilitating partnerships serving El Paso and Teller counties.

Mountain View Recovery 5475 Mark Dabling Blvd., Suite 102, Colorado Springs 973-277-5359 www.mountainviewrecoveryco. com Treatment to people with drug addiction and other substance abuse problems.

In 2001, Herrera earned a degree in electronics’ engineering technology from Arizona State University. “A human walked the path and accomplished the journey,” is a motto Herrera lives by. “I am human; therefore I can also walk the path.” ■

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Dear Old Bag: Dating sucks! I broke the law when I was 23. I was just a kid, but now I’ve lost a lot of rights and none of the dating sites want anything to do with me. Plus, I feel no one wants to date a felon. It’s been over 20 years, but I’m still paying for it. What do I do? Signed, VL Dear VL: I found several groups online that help people like yourself. Find a singles group that does things you may enjoy such as biking, hiking, going to social events, dancing, etc. Next, find a church and get involved. Feed the poor, help out at church events and live this good person that you are. When your life becomes whole, you’ll find people who want to date you. Also, there are situations where your rights can be restored. Do a little studying on this issue. Good luck! OB Dear Old Bag: I received a beautiful invitation in the mail from my granddaughter who’s getting married at age 35. There’d been some talk among family members that she might be gay, but nothing official until I received this invitation with a snapshot of them. I thought I was going to be sick. I only have two grandchildren and now one of them is pulling this. Maybe I’ve lived too long? What do you say? Thanks, JJ Dear JJ: You’re not going to like what I have to say. I believe your job as a grandmother is to love, accept, understand and set an example. It’s not to judge, try to change or disown your grandchildren. I’m sorry you’re missing out on the joy of seeing your granddaughter happy and being who she’s meant to be. I wish you a change of heart. An old dog can learn new tricks! OB Dear Old Bag: Our grandson is getting married to a lovely girl. We all love her, but we also know she comes from a family with limited means. Would it be appropriate for his grandfather and I to offer them financial help for the wedding festivities? Signed, BR Dear BR: That could be a sticky situation. You don’t want to insult her or her family, and it might even upset your grandson’s parents. Perhaps it’d be better to give the couple an early wedding present that they can use however they see fit. Good luck, OB Dear Old Bag: The headline on your recent column really caught my attention: “Do I need to go to church?” I thought I’d add my two cents worth since I qualify at age 83! Years ago, someone asked me if I was a Christian. I responded with, “I go to church.” Their answer has stayed with me all this time! “If you go to your garage, does that make you a car?” You were right to differentiate between spirituality and religion. Yes, we have a choice. We can put our car in the garage (i.e. church), safe from the elements, or we can leave it in the driveway, beaten on by the wind and rain and baked in the sun. Which one do you think would better weather the storms of life? So, an invitation to go to church isn’t to go just for the rules set by man, but to find a safe haven. Signed, ML

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o one knows better than Boomers that change is not always a choice as we age, but how we deal with it is. My husband and I recently traded in our mountain bikes for cross trainer trail bikes. We could have mourned the loss, but instead we embraced a new option and are exploring rails-to-trails adventures across the U.S. Fifteen years ago, my knees started saying “You aren’t 30 anymore.” Instead of quitting or limiting my hiking, I did one of the smartest things I’ve ever done and bought hiking poles. I was skeptical, but now I’m an advocate. Hiking poles have allowed me to continue hiking challenging trails without any knee pain. Plus, hiking poles have many other benefits. Probably the most significant reason for hiking with poles is to reduce stress on your knees, legs, ankles and feet, and taking some strain off the back as well. This is especially true when going downhill. The Journal of Sports Medicine found that trekking poles can reduce forces on the knees by as much as 25 percent. Adding a little bit of weight distribution into each step means your muscles and joints take longer to fatigue. The less fatigued you are, the more ground you can cover before needing to rest. Hiking poles also promote better posture. As we grow tired, we’re prone to leaning or hunching forward, putting extra strain on our necks and back, which can lead to muscle strain or injury. With good posture also comes improved lung capacity and better oxygen flow. An upright posture opens up the lungs to allow im-

proved circulation to muscles, helping them stay stronger longer. Hiking poles keep your hands elevated, reducing the occurrence of swollen hands. They also propel you forward, encouraging a rhythm of lengthened strides and a livelier pace. Having three or four points of contact to rely upon instead of just your two legs increases stability and balance when negotiating tricky terrain. Poles help reduce the risk of stumbling, falling and possible injuries. Additionally, backpacks can alter your usual center of gravity, so the extra help from a pair of poles will keep you much more balanced. You’ll find them especially advantageous for pushing away encroaching vegetation or testing unstable terrain and creeks. When it’s time for a quick rest, they provide a handy aid to lean on. At first glance, they may seem pointless (pun intended). But I’m upping my game from one to two poles. Speaking from personal experience, I’m confident that having two poles on a downhill Telluride hike last August would’ve prevented a painful broken elbow. ■


DEAR PHARMACIST

Are you thyroid sick?

The truth about autoimmune and risk of infection

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aving an autoimmune or thyroid condition can make you more susceptible to the risk of infection. Think of autoimmune conditions in the same manner you would other immunosuppressive disorders like cancer, organ transplants, and a history of radiation treatment or chemotherapy. Generally speaking, because cytokines (proteins that allow immune cells to “talk” to each other) will be imbalanced in a person with autoimmunity, the recovery time from an infection could be lengthened.

THYROID DISEASE As it pertains to hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, you need to be extra vigilant while you’re out in public because your immunity is compromised. The right dose and kind of thyroid medication are critical, because you may not be getting enough active thyroid hormone (T3) to your immune system, which resides primarily in the intestines. Some doctors prescribe both T4 and T3 medications to a patient, but getting the right dosage is tough on doctors (and patients) because it’s like trying to hit a moving target. While your body struggles to make do with whatever hormone is available in your body, you may experience symptoms such as poor concentration, chronic fatigue, hair loss, apathy, depression, anxiety and the sensation of being cold. When you have poor T4 to T3 conversion you get hypothyroidism—too little production of thyroid hormones. With hypothy-

roidism, your immune system may not be able to protect you from foreign invaders known as “antigens.” This includes new cancer cells, microorganisms, toxins and even simplistic signals that your body should “see” but doesn’t due to low thyroid hormone levels. As a result, you could have many, if not all, the symptoms that go with hypothyroidism, especially suppressed immune function and more frequent colds, fever blisters, rashes and UTIs. I call it being “thyroid sick,” and discuss solutions thoroughly in my new book, “Thyroid Healthy,” available on Amazon.

WHAT YOU CAN DO Fortunately, there are vitamins that can keep your immune system in tip-top shape. Herbs also have a wide spectrum of medicinally active constituents, which result in strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic effects. They also have a wide range of beneficial impacts in the body aside from their “kill” action. But remember, never suddenly go off your medication because of something you read. It can be problematic for two main reasons: 1. It leaves your condition less controlled and your symptoms could flare up. 2. Some medications will induce serious and sometimes life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal unless they’re slowly weaned off over a period of months, with physician supervision. ■

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LAUGHING MATTERS

LAUGHING MATTERS BIRTHDAY SURPRISE

Submitted by Ruth Trowbridge For a man’s 90th birthday, his friends hired a “lady of the evening” to celebrate. When she arrived, she said, “I’m here to give you super sex!” The old man thought for a second and said, “I’ll take the soup!”

GROWING OLD

Submitted by Jan Weeks Remember when you could refer to your knees as right and left? Now they’re just good and bad. Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk nine feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel. You know you’re getting old when you can’t walk past a bathroom without thinking, “I may as well pee while I’m here.” My granddaughter wanted a Cin-

derella-themed party, so I invited all her friends over and made them clean my house. Teach your grandkids about taxes by eating 30 percent of their ice cream.

EARACHE

Submitted by Michelle Maddison Today my son came to me and said, “My ear hurts.” I asked him, “Does it hurt on the inside or outside?” He turned, walked out the front door and then came back in and said, “Both!” Now I know I’ve been saving too much for his college.

TWO RIDDLES AND A JOKE Submitted by Ruth Trowbridge Q. What has four wheels and flies? A. A garbage truck Q. What goes up a chimney down and down a chimney down, but

won’t go up a chimney up or down a chimney up? A. An umbrella A skeleton walks into a bar. The bartender says “What’ll you have?” The skeleton says, “Gimme a beer and a mop.”

JESUS WAS IRISH Submitted by Jane Smith � He had 12 drinking friends. � He was trained as a carpenter to work on the buildings. � He was unemployed. � He lived with his mother until he was 33. � He thought his mom was a virgin. � His mom thought he was God.

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LAUGHING MATTERS As we walked to baggage claim, I mentioned as nonchalantly as I could, “It smelled like someone was passing gas the whole plane flight. Did you smell anything?” My girlfriend turned to me, blank faced, and said, “I didn’t smell a thing.”

THE TRUTH ABOUT JAWS

Submitted by Jane Winslow Did you know, if you watch the movie “Jaws” backwards, it’s a heart-warming story about a shark that gives limbs to disabled people?

MY NEXT LIFE

Submitted by Pat Martin I want to live my next life backwards! You start out dead and get that out of the way right off the bat. Then, you wake up in a nursing home feeling better every day. When you’re kicked out of the home for being too healthy, you spend the next several years enjoying your retirement and collecting benefit checks. When you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day. You work 40 years or so, getting younger every day until pretty soon, you’re too young to work. So then, you go to high school, play sports, date, drink and party. As you get even younger, you become a kid again. You go to elementary school, play and have no responsibilities. In a few years, you become a baby, and everyone runs themselves ragged to make you happy. You spend your last nine months

floating peacefully in luxury, spa-like conditions, which includes central heating and room service on tap. Until finally…you finish off as an orgasm. I rest my case.

JUST LIKE YOU

Submitted by Joy Tracy My young son was not doing well in school. His grandfather (whom he adores) decided to have a talk with him. His grandpa tried to explain the importance of school and other things that would lead to a successful life in later years. He ended with “Don’t you want have a wonderful family, live in a beautiful home and have an exciting career?” My son looked up at his grandfather and said, “Oh no, Grandpa. I want to be just like you!”

NEW BRUNETTE

Submitted by Lee Bowerman A blonde dyed her hair brown and went for a drive. She thought she was feeling much smarter already and stopped to admire a flock of sheep. She honked the horn and asked the shepherd if she could have one of the lambs if she could accurately guess how many sheep were in the flock. He agreed and she guessed 563. The shepherd exclaimed, “That’s exactly right! Which one would you like?” As she was preparing to leave, the shepherd asked her, “If I can guess what color your hair was before you dyed it, could I have my dog back?” ■

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Resort-style retirement at Aspen Trail By William J. Dagendesh

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olorado Springs residents looking to live in luxury can find all that and more at Aspen Trail Retirement Resort. Located at 5455 New Car Drive in Colorado Springs’ bustling northeast neighborhood, the 55+ retirement community opened in November 2020 and offers an all-inclusive luxurious lifestyle, complete with 24/7 service, resort-style dining and beautiful accommodations. “We are more than just a community,” said Vice President of Marketing Kelly Jo Hinrichs. “Designed exclusively for adults 55 and over, we take care of everything with one monthly price so our residents can enjoy the good things in life.” At Aspen Trail, residents receive everything for one monthly price

with no hidden fees or long-term lease. Rent covers all meals and room service, weekly housekeeping, valet services and all utilities, including cable, internet and land line phone. Additional amenities include full designer apartment kitchens, a concierge, wellness and fitness center, and a 150-seat theater. Plus, residents can enjoy the conveniences of an on-site beauty salon, a general store that offers medication delivery, and a parttime bank. Pets are welcome. “We also have a pendant system in place, where our residents can request support at the click of a button,” Hinrichs said. The resort has 130 apartments (studio, one, two and three-bedroom). One apartment is held for

Billiards is one of many recreational amenities offered to Aspen Trail residents. the resort’s live-in managers and the other is part of its Cool Travel program. “Residents can travel between our communities across the country and stay, as our guest, no fee, for up to a week,” Hinrichs explained. Another way Aspen Trail differs from other resorts is that it aims to foster interpersonal relationships among employees, which translates to exceptional service for residents. The staff at Aspen Trail helps

make that possible by trying to anticipate anything and everything residents could want. “A resort lifestyle means choice and flexibility. It means doing as much or as little as you want to do. It means living life to the fullest,” said Hinrichs. “The value and luxury built into our long list of amenities are what sets us apart.” Schedule a private tour at 719387-0495. Learn more at www. aspentrailretirement.com ■

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LIFE AFTER 50

Medicare beneficiaries can save hundreds of dollars by switching to Plan G Enrollment ends June 30

NOT ONLY CAN YOU CHANGE HEALTH PLANS, YOU CAN ALSO CHANGE CARRIERS, WHICH MAY ALSO SAVE ADDITIONAL DOLLARS.

By Eileen Doherty, Colorado Gerontological Society

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Colorado resident recently reported that he saved almost $200 per month in premiums when he took advantage of the special enrollment period to switch from his Medicare Supplement Plan F to a Plan G. That’s a savings of $2,400 per year. The only difference between the two plans is that Medicare beneficiaries are responsible for paying the Medicare Part B deductible. In 2021, the deductible is $203. The overall savings for this Colorado resident was approximately $2,200. Medicare beneficiaries must act prior to June 30, 2021 when the special enrollment period ends. When the federal government restricted health insurance agents from selling Medicare Supplement Plans C and F at the beginning of the year, the Colorado Division of Insurance created a special enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in a Medicare Supplement Plan D or G without any underwriting. For Colorado Medicare beneficiaries, this means regardless of your current diagnosis, current medications and hospitalizations, you can buy a lower cost Medicare Supplement Plan D or G, if you currently have a Plan C or F.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS For years, the Colorado Gerontological Society (CGS), as well as many other experts, recommended purchasing Plan F, as it provided the most comprehensive coverage for Medicare beneficiaries who wanted insurance protection for the costs that Medicare does not cover. CGS

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FRESHEN UP POTTED PLANTS BY GIVING THEM NEW POTTING SOIL, A GOOD WATERING, AND A DAY OF FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE. the ones clumping together at the bottom of the pot. Breaking up the root ball with your hands will help to encourage root growth in the fresh potting soil. To help it grow in the fresh soil, consider adding natural and organic fertilizers, as well as compost or vermicompost (worm poop).

TIME FOR NEW POTS The type of pot that houses a plant makes a huge difference in how it grows. Every container influences water differently, which dictates the environment for the soil and roots. � Terracotta: Choose terracotta or cement for plants that like to drink a lot of water, since these materials are more breathable. � Glazed: Enameled pots hold water in more and keep the soil moist, so be sure plants in these pots are happy with “wet feet.” � Glass: Glass containers are great for carnivorous plants since they won’t add any nutrients to the soil like terracotta pots will. � Cardboard: I’ve had great success keeping my aloe plants in cardboard pots without saucers underneath, which keeps me from overwatering them. � Plastic: Plastic will always leach, so save it for non-edible houseplants.

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During a photo op with her two sisters, author Melanie Wiseman, left, made them laugh by telling them to pull the back of each other's necks to eliminate wrinkles.

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e begin laughing at just 4 months old. As a kid, I was a great audience for my brother, the family clown. I’d cry because I’d laughed so hard. Sometimes I had to bolt to the bathroom before I wet my pants. I have no idea why my eyeballs haven’t fallen out of their sockets from 60 years of eye rolling over my 92-year-old dad’s witty quips and puns. I decided it was time to turn the tables and up my game—I wanted to be funnier myself. A few years ago, I was first in line to sign up for a class at my local community college. The class, “How to be funnier in less than a week,” had five students—all 60-something females and no men. (We decided they must think they’re already as funny as it gets.) Here are some of the things we learned from the class—and from each other—that helped me be funny in less than a week:

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LAUGHTER IS CONTAIGIOUS. WE’RE 30 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO LAUGH WHEN WE’RE WITH OTHER PEOPLE. Being able to laugh at yourself and finding humor in every day situations is key to being funny. Make others laugh by telling your funny stories or embarrassing moments. Like when Glenna Kyker, 80, bought the perfect coat for her daughter at a second-hand store downtown. “It looked just like her,” said Kyker. “When I gave it to her, she

band try to make their waiter or checkout clerk laugh. “It can make their whole day,” she said. Hurst received the gift of humor herself recently. After a tough yoga class and while dealing with some challenging health issues, she sat down on a locker room bench with a heavy sigh. A stranger sat next to her, and

without introduction, she told her a joke. Then she got up and walked away. “It was just what I needed,” said Hurst.

SPEND TIME WITH KIDS Take the lead of children’s inhibitions and be silly. “Grandma, you crack me up!” That’s what my 5-year-old grandson said when I showed him my yoga moves and did a head stand. When my granddaughter got her first job at a teen clothing store, I saw the perfect opportunity. I’ll never forget it, but she prays that she can. “Grandma, you’ve got it on backwards,” she said with embarrassment as I modeled a cute sundress. A few minutes later, she laughed at me when I tried on a pair of “shredded” jeans and my foot slid right out through a hole in the knee, causing me to jump around to keep from falling over.


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I’ve taken to surprising people by doing things outside of what they’d normally expect. I entertained fellow travelers in Cuba by attempting to smoke a cigar, doing the cha-cha in a restaurant and joining local musicians on stage. In Gene Perret’s “Comedy Writing Workbook,” he writes, “Comedy is mentally pulling the rug out from under each person in the audience, but first, you have to get them to stand on it. You have to fool them, because if they see you preparing to tug on the rug, they’ll move.” During a photo op with my two sisters, I told them to pull the back of each other’s necks to eliminate neck wrinkles, which resulted in a hilarious giggle-fest. (I got that idea straight from the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding II,” which I’d seen just weeks earlier.)

Sometimes one liners are the best jokes, because to others, they seem to come so naturally. They're also fairly easy to insert into most conversations. Here are some hilarious short jokes I’ve compiled: � I don’t take the stairs, because they’re always up to something. � Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere. � What did the grape do when he got stepped on? He let out a little wine. � If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees. � Borrow money from pessimists; they don’t expect it back. � My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.” � I told the doctor my arm hurt in two places. He said, “Don’t go to those two places.” ■

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puppies, kitties, birds and even reptiles. Purchasing an animal over the internet is generally safe as long as you know what to look for and what questions to ask. Here are my recommended tips: 1. Always ask for multiple pictures. If the pictures look like they’re from a calendar or stock photo site, they probably are. 2. Ask to meet the animal over a video streaming service. 3. Read the description carefully to ensure that everything adds up. Some scammers will post pictures of 8-week-old puppies and describe them as 8-weekold puppies, but the date on the post could be from 16 weeks ago. 4. Do NOT send a deposit via a wire service. PayPal offers an option called “goods and service” which is fairly safe, but a standard debit card is the safest avenue for any payment. 5. Do NOT send a deposit until you’re absolutely certain the animal is both real and available. 6. Reputable breeders have nothing to hide and will gladly video conference with you, send pic-

tures of the parents, and offer multiple pictures of the same animal. They won’t even protest overly cautious requests, such as sending a picture of the animal in front of a recent newspaper. 7. We all know the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Typically, scammers advertise their non-existent animals for a price that’s believable, but slightly lower than market value. They also offer lots of extra perks such as free pet toys. Some scammers may include non-essential information like, “This beautiful kitten comes from a good Christian home.” 8. It’s not a bad idea to copy a sentence or two from the pet’s description and paste it into a Google search. Scammers often reuse the same wording for multiple breeds and different types of animals.

9. Don’t deal with any breeder who says you must involve a third party. Many overseas scammers claim they’re selling for a relative, or they pretend to be the airline or customs requesting further payment before the animal can be shipped.

TRANSPORTING THEM One of the first questions is, “How do I get my new pet home?” Shipping an animal from one state to another is fairly inexpensive. Some animals, like snakes, lizards and tarantulas can be shipped via regular shipping services. Bigger pets like mammals and birds can be shipped via animal shipping services. Or some breeders will actually escort the pet on a flight. Whether you pay to have the animal shipped or you choose to pick it up from the breeder yourself, the transportation cost is in addition to the price of the animal itself. ■

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Last month, we asked readers: What’s the wildest scam you’ve encountered? Scams target good-doers Church leaders and church followers are sometimes easy targets of scams. Recently, a member of my church got a text from someone saying it was me. It wasn’t from my phone number, but she still believed it. The text said that I was in urgent need of gift cards for women in the hospital battling cancer. So this woman went and bought the gift cards and then sent “me” the code and pin on the back of the cards so I could

give them to the women. After doing it a few times, she became suspicious and contacted law enforcement who told her it was a scam. The people who get scammed are typically such nice, caring people, as was the case in this situation. I suggest anyone who receives a request like this to contact the person personally to verify if there is a real request being made, or if it is part of a scam.  - Chalane

Lottery scams from Jamaica Beware of calls from Jamaica. They usually start off with, “You have won a lottery.” I knew it was a scam, but I played along. They wanted their cut of my “winnings.” Once, a detective from the police sat with me as I spoke with the scammer who said they were sending someone to my address to pick up the money. Of course, no one showed up. When they called again, I said, “Why don’t you get a REAL job and quit scamming people?” Then I hung up. - Pat M.

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8. How much will the typical married couple retiring at age 65 spend on out-of-pocket costs for health care throughout retirement in today’s dollars? a) $50,000 b) $150,000 c) $250,000 d) $350,000 9. If you want some retirement savings that won’t be taxed upon withdrawal, what type of account should you contribute to? a) IRA b) Roth c) 401(k) 10. If you switch to an insurance policy with a higher deductible, will your premium increase or decrease? 11. Which household would typically have the greatest life insurance needs? a) middle-class retired couple b) middle-aged working couple with children in college c) single-earner family with two young children in preschool. 12. A typical 65-year-old can expect to live, on average, for how many more years? ANSWERS ON NEXT PAGE


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Food Truck Tuesdays at the Pioneers Museum

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s Food Truck Tuesdays are back! Enjoy a tasty lunch from local food trucks every Tuesday on the museum’s west lawn. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs | www.cspm.org | 719-385-5990

June 4-6

Seasons of Change, Seasons of Love Concert

The award-winning Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale commemorates the changing seasons along the Front Range on the spectacular estate of Glen Eyrie Castle. Call or go online for concert times. 3820 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs | $35 evening; $20 matinee | www. kidssing.org | 719-633-3562

June 4 & 16

Music in the Park

Join us for the 2021 Music in the Park Concert Series presented by Colorado Springs Conservatory in Acacia Park! Listen to featured performances by students, mentors and friends of Colorado Springs Conservatory. 11:30 a.m. | 115 E. Platte Ave., Colorado Springs | Free | 719-577-4556

June 5

Sheep Shearing

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site invites patrons to watch sheep shearing with traditional and modern equipment. Plus, see a demonstration of expert sheepdog handling. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3105 Gateway Road, Colorado Springs | $5-$8 | www. rockledgeranch.com | 719-578-6777

June 5

Collective Groove

Stargazers Theatre presents the funk and soul band Collective Groove. Watch live in person, or livestream the concert from home. Doors open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs | $48 (four seats) | 719-476-2200

June 12

Beards, Bonnets & Brews Festival

Head over to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site to participate in beverage tastings, enjoy live music from a variety of local bands, partake in games popular in the late 1800s, interact with actors playing historic roles, learn about and celebrate the history of Native Coloradans, and compete for the title of Best Beard or Best Bonnet! 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | 3105 Gateway Road, Colorado Springs | Free | www. rockledgeranch.com | 719-578-6777

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June 11

Listen to folk songs and ballads by solo guitarist and trombonist Lawrence Shiroma while enjoying your favorite coffee beverage at Third Space Coffee. 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 5670 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs | Free

Come out for a night of blues, bluegrass, and jam session with this local all-star lineup! Watch live in person, or livestream the concert from home. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs | $48 (four seats) | 719-476-2200

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Jazz in the Garden: Chantil Dukart Quartet

Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church host Chantil Dukart Quartet for an outdoor concert. The band plays a mix of funk, jazz, Motown and R&B. 7 p.m. | 631 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs | Free | www.gssepiscopal. org | 719-328-1125

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Bring the grandkids to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and watch history come to life through crafts, demonstrations, and family-friendly activities. Registration required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs | Free | www.cspm. org | 719-385-5990

Virtual Lecture: The Peak of Racing

Ever wonder what it’s like to race up Pikes Peak at breakneck speeds? Join Pikes Peak International Hill Climb champ Chris Lennon as he discusses the last 100 years of this world-famous race’s history, and gives you the next best thing to being in an actual race car heading to the summit. 2-3 p.m. | Free | www.cspm.org/ scholarseries | 719-385-5990

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COS@150 History Stroll

150 years ago, a small group of people gathered near what is today the southeast corner of Cascade and Pikes Peak Avenues for a founding ceremony of Colorado Springs. Walk to and around three historic downtown parks and hear stories of celebration, innovation and determination. 10–10:30 a.m. | 215 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs | $5 | give.cspm.org/ cos150stroll

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Juneteenth Festival

Colorado Springs Juneteenth Festival celebrates inclusion at America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs with concerts, shows, and family activities. Come together with people with from every background for a time of celebration, music and family fun. Visit website for event times. 126 Cimino Dr., Colorado Springs | Free | www.csjuneteenthfestival. com | 719-502-7103

June 19

Annual Wild West Casino Night Western Street Breakfast

Join us in Downtown Colorado Springs for western-themed fun, music, kids’ activities, Pikes Peak Range Riders, and a delicious breakfast. 5:30-9 a.m. | 1 N. Tejon St. Colorado Springs | $5 breakfast | www.cswesternstreetbreak fast.com

Don your hat and boots then join the VFW Post 101 for an evening of blackjack, roulette, craps, three-card poker and Texas hold ‘em. 6-10 p.m. | 702 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs | $50-$60 | 719-900-2148

June 23

Virtual Lunch and Learn: “Then and Now”

Colorado photographer Mike Pach celebrates COS150 with his “then and now” photography project.

June 18-20 Pikes Peak Celtic Festival

From Highland Games to piping and drumming competitions and a pub tent, explore all the best the Celts have to offer at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Visit website for schedule. 225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs | $18-$30 | www. pikespeakcelticfestival.com | 719-635-8803

Mike replicates photos from historic archives while showcasing current people who are doing amazing things in the community. 12-1 p.m. | www.cspm.org/cos150 | Free

June 25

Leo & The Lark

Watch Leo & The Lark’s folk and funk music live in concert or livestreamed from home. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs | $32 (four seats) | 719-476-2200

June 26-27

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June 29 & 30 Tab Benoit

Stargazers Theatre presents blues guitarist Tab Benoit. Watch live in person, or livestream the concert from home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs | $140 (four seats) | 719-476-2200 ■

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SPECIAL EVENTS Senior Homestead Exemption

1:15-2:45 p.m. | June 15 | Free

Muffins for Mom & Donuts for Dads 10:30 a.m.-noon | June 18 | $3

Can You Find the Y Summer Sun?

8 a.m.-5 p.m. | June 21-25 | Free

Newcomers Orientation 1-2 p.m. | June 24 | Free

Craft Notion Sale

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9-11:30 a.m. | Mondays | $60

Critical Use of Aerial Perspective in Watercolor I 9-11 a.m. | Mondays | $47

Watercolor Painting in the Style of Andrew Wyeth I 1-3 p.m. | Mondays | $47

Watercolor Techniques for Painting Water & Skies I 9-11 a.m. | Tuesdays | $47

9:15-10 a.m. | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | $70

Holland Tulip Festival

Line Dance II

Preservation: Pickling Technique Workshop

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

Fly Swatter Volleyball

1:30-2:30 p.m. | Tuesdays | Free 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Mondays, Wednesdays | $55

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Tax Planning in a Post-pandemic Era

Living History: Theodore Roosevelt II

The second of three presentations about Theodore Roosevelt. 1:30-2:30 p.m. | June 29 | $5

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EXERCISE SilverSneakers Classic Exercise Class

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Bible Study

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

Crafts Unlimited

9-11:30 a.m. | Fridays | $1

Pickleball

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 | $1

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HEALTH Fruits & Vegetables: Color Yourself Healthy

Yoga Flow

9-10 a.m. | Mondays, Thursdays | $55

11 a.m.-12 p.m. | June 2 | Free

10 Warnings Signs of Alzheimer’s

Understanding Long-Term Care

The War on Salt

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Myths About Medicare & Veterans

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

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

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1-3 p.m. | Wednesdays | $53

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SilverSneakers Open Gym

8:15-9 a.m. | Mondays, Wednesdays | $50

FOOD Connection Café in-person lunches

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Staying Active!

1-2 p.m. | Mondays | $33

Watercolor Techniques for Painting Water & Skies II 9-11 a.m. | Tuesdays | $47

1-3 p.m. Mondays; 12-2 p.m. Fridays | $1

Line Dance

6-7 p.m Mondays; 2:30-4 p.m. Fridays | $5 per class

VNA Foot Care Clinic

9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Tuesdays & Thursdays

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Self-schedule instructions for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment with UC Health UCHealth makes it easy to schedule an appointment to get the COVID vaccine. Vaccines are available to anyone 16 and older. To self-schedule an appointment, login or create a My Health Connection account at www.uchealth.org. You don’t need to be a UCHealth patient to receive a vaccine. UCHealth’s vaccine hotline is also available for people who don’t have access to a smartphone or computer at 720462-2255 and in Spanish at 844945-2508. Get out and grow at the Westside Community Center Garden Westside Community Center’s community garden is open for the season! Hours of operation are 7

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El Paso County Parks celebrates 50 years During the past 50 years, the El Paso County parks system has grown to 8,000 acres of parks and open space, 130 miles of trails, two award winning nature centers, and a wide variety of education and recreation programs and facilities. El Paso County has planned many events and initiatives throughout 2021 to celebrate the history and

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Meal Menu Connections Café meals are both dine-in from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Acacia Park, Westside Community Center, Centennial Plaza and Murray’s Connection Cafes, as well as “Grab and Go.” Meals must be requested in advance the week prior by calling 719-884-2300. Mondays - Pick up frozen meals at St. Andrews Church in Manitou Springs, Woodland Park Senior Center, Pikes Peak Towers and Colorado Springs Senior Center. Tuesdays - Pick up meals at Holiday Village, Centennial Plaza, Acacia Park Apartments and Westside Community Center. Wednesdays - Pick up meals at Fountain Valley Senior Center, Villa Santa Maria, Tri-Lakes Senior Center and Silver Key. June 1 - Manicotti, Bahama Vegetables, Apple, Raisin Nut Cup June 2 - Smothered Pork Chop, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, High Fiber Cookie June 3 - Stuffed Bell Pepper, Baby Baker Potatoes, Cauliflower, Spiced Peaches June 4 - Pesto Chicken, Florentine Rice, Carrots, Whole Grain Roll, Strawberries June 7 - Beef Chili w/ Cheese, Baked Potato w/ Sour Cream, Orange June 8 - Salmon Burger w/ Lettuce & Tomato, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Banana June 9 - Sweet & Sour Pork, Jasmine Rice, Asian Vegetables, Applesauce, High Fiber Cookie

Home Delivered Meals Menu June 1 - Manicotti, Bahama Vegetables, Sunflower Broccoli Salad, Apple, Raisin Nut Cup

June 10 - Chicken Mole, Bahama Vegetable Blend, Spanish Rice, Orange

June 2 - Smothered Pork Chop w/ onions and peppers, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Tropical Fruit Salad, High Fiber Cookie

June 11 - BBQ Beef Sandwich, Seasoned Pinto Beans, Coleslaw, Tropical Fruit

June 3 - Stuffed Bell Pepper, Baby Baker Potatoes, Cauliflower, Carrot Raisin Salad, Spiced Peaches

June 14 - Beef Stroganoff, Penne Pasta, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, WW Bread, Apple

June 4 - Pesto Chicken, Florentine Rice, Carrots, Whole Grain Roll, Strawberries

June 15 - Chicken Carbonara, Broccoli, Green Bean Salad, Spiced Peaches, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

June 5 - Beef Bourguignon, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli, Roll, Strawberries

June 16 - Lasagna Roll with Marinara, Broccoli, WW Roll, Tropical Fruit June 17 - Yankee Pot Roast, Baked Potato Medley, Maple Glazed Carrots, Apple June 18 - Cod Tuscany, Baby Bakers, Broccoli, Banana, High Fiber Cookie June 21 - Chicken Tacos w/ sour cream, cheese & salsa, Southwestern Black Beans, Orange June 22 - Seasoned Baked Salmon, Brown Rice Pilaf, Broccoli, Pear June 23 - Lemon Pepper Chicken, Wild & Brown Rice, Peas, Beet & Onion Salad, Orange June 24 - Beef Tips, Penne Pasta, Brussel Sprouts, 3 Bean Salad, Applesauce June 25 - Stuffed Pasta Shells w/ Meat Sauce, Green Beans, Garlic Bread Stick, Pear

June 6 - Riblettes, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Applesauce June 7 - Beef Chili w/ Cheese, Baked Potato w/ Sour Cream, Tossed Salad w/ Chickpeas, Orange June 8 - Salmon Burger w/ Lettuce & Tomato, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Broccoli Slaw, Banana June 9 - Sweet & Sour Pork, Jasmine Rice, Asian Vegetables, Applesauce, High Fiber Cookie June 10 - Chicken Mole, Vegetable Blend, Spanish Rice, Black Bean Corn Salad, Orange, Carrot Cake June 11 - BBQ Beef Sandwich, Seasoned Pinto Beans, Coleslaw, Tropical Fruit June 12 - Baked Ziti w/ Sausage & Marinara, Bahama Vegetables, Caesar Salad, Orange, Raisin Nut Cup June 13 - Pesto Chicken, Florentine Rice, Carrots, Whole Grain Roll, Strawberries

June 16 - Lasagna Roll w/ Marinara, Broccoli, WW Roll, Tossed Salad w/ Tropical Fruit June 17 - Yankee Pot Roast w/ Gravy, Baked Potato Medley, Maple Glazed Carrots, Apple June 18 - Cod Tuscany, Baby Bakers, Broccoli, Banana, High Fiber Cookie June 19 - Smothered Pork Chop w/ Onions and Peppers, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Tropical Fruit Salad June 20 - Manicotti, Bahama Vegetables, Sunflower Broccoli Salad, Apple, Raisin Nut Cup June 21 - Chicken Tacos w/ Sour Cream, Cheese & Salsa, Southwestern Black Beans, Orange June 22 - Seasoned Baked Salmon, Brown Rice Pilaf, Broccoli, Pear, Cherry Cobbler June 23 - Lemon Pepper Chicken, Wild & Brown Rice, Peas, Beet & Onion Salad, Orange June 24 - Beef Tips, Penne Pasta, Brussel Sprouts, 3 Bean Salad, Applesauce June 25 - Stuffed Pasta Shells w/ Meat Sauce, Green Beans, Carrot Raisin Salad, Garlic Bread Stick, Pear June 26 - Chicken Mole, Vegetable Blend, Spanish Rice, Black Bean Corn Salad, Orange June 27 - Stuffed Bell Pepper, Baby Baker Potatoes, Cauliflower, Carrot Raisin Salad, Spiced Peaches June 28 - Roast Turkey w/ Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, WW Bread, Apple

June 14 - Beef Stroganoff, Penne Pasta, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, WW Bread, Apple

June 29 - Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breast, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Pineapple Tidbits, High Fiber Cookie

June 15 - Chicken Carbonara, Broccoli, Green Bean Salad, Spiced Peaches, Oatmeal Cookie

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Weeds are not the enemy! By Paula Knighton

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esterday I drove past a young man spraying weeds along the fence. Not unusual this time of year, but he had his four-year-old daughter with him. He wore long pants and long sleeves, as recommended, but she was in shorts and a tank top and was dancing around in front of him where he was spraying. Even now, my heart hurts thinking about it. Weeds are not our enemies! Weeds are plants. Plants prevent erosion, aerate the soil and absorb carbon dioxide. They feed birds, bees and other insects that pollinate the plants we eat. A dandelion is a medicinal plant if it isn’t sprayed with chemicals. It will actually heal your liver, unlike the herbicide. Read the label on your pesticide and herbicide. I know, I don’t read them either. Anyone with over

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45-year-old eyes can’t read them. Herbicide/pesticide companies fought hard against the government’s mandate to label their products because they knew people wouldn’t buy them if they knew how poisonous they were. The chemicals in pesticides and herbicides disrupt hormones (sperm counts are down, puberty is coming earlier and earlier) and are linked to cancer, liver damage, leukemia and diabetes. It might even be why our dogs are prone to pancreatitis and tumors. Further, the LD (lethal dose) listed on products are for if you are a 150-pound male, not a 4-yearold girl or an 18-pound dog. Plus, the LD is if you actually drink the stuff. But what’s the lethal dose for absorbing it through your skin or breathing it? I don’t read labels anymore, because they are four pages long in the smallest possible print. Do you think that’s a coincidence? Herbicide and pesticide suppliers know that they can actually tell us their products are deadly poisons, as required by the government, but we won’t read the warnings. I know the young man had no idea what he might be doing to himself and his daughter. (I did stop and warn him.) The trouble is, we’ve been brainwashed into

believing that a weed-free yard is not only beautiful but required, to the point that we write it into our HOAs. What good is a perfect yard, though, if your children or grandchildren can’t play in it without risking their lives? I’ve lost a mother, a husband and a dog to cancer in the last eight years, and I have a small family. How many have you lost? How many of your family members or friends have COPD or diabetes? Pesticides/herbicides are in our food and water as well as our air, yards and houses. If they kill any living thing, they will eventually kill us. I’ll admit, pesticides have saved lives by killing insects like mosquitoes and fleas that carry disease. If we used them strategically to kill life-threatening things, perhaps we’d be okay. But many farmers are spraying herbicide on our grains so that they all die at once and can be harvested more efficiently. Meaning, herbicides are showing up in Honey Nut Cheerios, among many other foods. Perhaps one spray of a herbicide/ pesticide might not be lethal, but how many have we applied? How many can we apply before the earth and all of its inhabitants reach their lethal dosage? ■

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Paula Knighton has an Associate Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Western Nevada Community College. She spends her time walking her dog, hiking and keeping an eye on her 96-year-old father.


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


Spring into Your Next Chapter “We have found Summit Glen to have a great social network with a great selection of activities. The managers and staff are outstanding and very attentive to our needs. The housekeeping and maintenance of the building are excellent and the property is kept up beautifully.“ ~ Bill & Kay MacEnulty

“I no longer have to concern myself with property that has become more than I can manage, or living alone. I enjoy the many new acquaintances I’ve made here, and my children don’t have to worry about my well-being anymore. I can come and go as I please, and if I don’t make an appearance at several meals, someone will check on me. But mostly, I chose Summit Glen above all others because of the family.” ~ Joseph Conway

“I love just about everything about Summit Glen! The kind caring management, the friendly residents, and the light and neatness of my room are just a few. I’m free to come and go as I like and the excellent bus service for transportation gives me peace of mind. They offer so many activities and it’s up to me if I want to participate or not. I call Summit Glen my new home.” ~ Rita Pedron

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