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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region

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Discover the golden leaves of Colorado’s shimmering aspen trees on this stunning drive during peak viewing season. As we head over Wilkerson Pass we’ll see brightly colored gold patches of aspen trees dotted among the stately Colorado evergreens. Passing through the land where bison roam and antelope play, we soon come upon the historic and remarkably well preserved town of South Park City, where over forty authentic buildings are filled with over 60,000 artifacts of a day gone by. After leaving South Park City we climb Hoosier Pass, home to magnificent views of the Continental Divide. Here you will find panoramic views of golden aspens quaking in the breeze. After some photo opportunities, we’ll continue on to the beautiful city of Breckenridge, where we will enjoy a lovely lunch and walking history tour, along with free time for shopping. Breckenridge’s main street is home to over 200 shops, so you will certainly find something for everyone! After a lovely afternoon in Breckenridge we’ll head for home, with still more beautiful fall colors to see along the way. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, gourmet lunch, guided history tour, fabulous sighteeing and all fees.

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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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Join us as we head to Denver for a fabulous day! Enjoy lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy, excellent seats for the Lion King, and then shopping at Christkindl Market for any last-minute Christmas gifts! Experience the Stunning Artistry, Unforgettable Music, and the Exhilarating Choreography. Now is the Time to Join the Circle of Life at Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical. PRICE INCLUDES: Fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motor coach, ticket to the Lion King, wonderful lunch including salad, appetizers, entree, beverage, and dessert, and time to shop at the Christkindl Market.

An Old Time Branson Christmas November 1, 2021 Celebrate the Holidays with fabulous shows, lights, shopping and an old-fashioned paddleboat!




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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region July 2021 | Volume 34 | Issue 7

Publisher Kevin K. VanGundy Managing Editor Rhonda Wray Editor in Chief Cloie Sandlin Multimedia Editor Lauren Berg Graphic Designers B. Bigler Michael L. Madsen Melissa Levad

8 COVER STORY He’s one tough mudder Paul Lachance is on track to complete 100 Spartan races before his 80th birthday


20 Think like a forest

Varying degrees of light, moisture and warmth help to create tastier veggies and a more vibrant garden


Customer Service Manager Stacey Splude Advertising Director Kevin K. VanGundy Advertising Executives Bruce Schlabaugh Jil Goebel Distribution Manager Anthony Welch Delivery Eulogio Martinez • Lucinda Perry Diane Salkovich • Peggy Searles Robert & Kathy Wernly • Gerald Wilson

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I get by with a little help from my friends Pikes Peak Seniors Helping Seniors matches seniors needing care with compassionate senior caregivers

13 I hate road trips with my husband! Help! Vacations are meant to be a time of

happiness, relaxation and seeing the sights. What do you do when trips with your husband are anything but?

15 What switches on the twitch?

The Summer of Love Readers share their memories from the Summer of Love 1967

24 Faith: Does God have a plan for America? 25 6 tips to keep you safe from internet bad guys

If you receive urgent bad news in an email or phone call, don’t panic


Some of the most common causes for muscle twitching

18 Business Highlight: Pikes Peak Eye Care

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My love affair with Bob Ross I am deeply grateful for all the lessons, both in art and in life, that I learned from Bob Ross

30 Calendar 32 Fun After 50 Senior Center Activities

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Paul Lachance will complete his 100th Spartan race this summer—coinciding with his 80th birthday. Photo courtesy of Spartan

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Greetings, readers! W

e’ve all had harried and hurried days where we’ve rushed about doing this errand or that, staggering under the load of bulging grocery bags. Maybe the traffic on Powers or Academy was exceptionally hectic. Perhaps the vacation’s over and the jet lag has set in. You turn that doorknob, open the door and you’re home. You set your heavy load down and gratefully enter the haven—your haven—that is safe, comforting, and rejuvenating, and you’re enveloped by the familiar sights, scents and sounds. Your favorite chair and fuzzy blanket. A cup of coffee. A woof and nuzzle from a pet. Ahhhh… After a stressful season of job hunting and oh yes, a pandemic, I’m enthused and content to be home at the helm of Life After 50. Those who know me best have said some variation of, “You’re going to love that!” upon hearing my good news. I agree! As with any new job, there is much to learn, but the staff, writers and readers of our magazine have already inspired and delighted me, and I’m so looking forward to our journey together. Additional reasons I’m happy to be here:

I’M ONE OF YOU. I fit the Life After 50 demographic. This means that what you’re interested in, I’m likely interested in as well. As many of you know, the sandwich generation is real. As the mom of four young adults in various stages of independence, both parents still (thankfully!) living, and a sweet and spunky 3-year-old granddaughter, I get it. I’m right in there with you.


from our readers

WORKING WITH WORDS IS MY JAM. I was a huge bookworm as a kid, and I loved to write poetry. The obvious choice for a college major? English, of course! A wordsmith in some capacity is all I ever wanted to be career-wise, and I’m blessed to have had a lengthy career in publishing as editor, writer, and proofreader here in the Springs. (Meriwether Publishing, anyone?) I like to read and write for fun when I’m off the clock as well. So many books, so little time.

I CRAVE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY (AND BET YOU DO, TOO) I’ve lived in Colorado Springs since 1987, and I’m amazed at all the changes I’ve seen. Those who have lived here longer than I have tell tales of Austin Bluffs being just a dirt road with nothing beyond it. Unbelievable! As the years tick by with the inevitable additional changes, here’s what I hope will be a constant for you. It is my hope that Life After 50 will be a source of encouragement for us here in Colorado Springs, opening us all up to the possibilities unique to each passing year. As we age, let’s do it better. Let’s share our experiences. Let’s help each other navigate life at this age and stage, tethered together by a desire to make these years really count. Deal?

HOW TO CONTACT ME Do you have an article or a story you’d like us to cover? Drop me a line at 719-900-7664 or email me at Rhonda@LaFifty.com ■

SHOW US YOUR PETS “This very affectionate sweet-natured Tortia (pronounced Tor-sha) has brought immense joy to my household since fall 2013.” - Cindy Powell

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“AgeWell always gets a good response from Life After 50. It’s well read by the senior population.” - Cyndy Kulp, AgeWell Medical Associates “Thank you for Life After 50. I love the updated format. I hope it goes on and on. I’m 65 and I just love the [May] cover story!” - Anonymous RE: “Ok, Boomer” (June) “’Ok Boomer’ was well written. I’m with the younger people, and not because I’m not 50 yet. The Boomer generation is addicted to that great Hollywood line, ‘I brought you into this world, and I’ll take you out!’ But, they fail to give that credit to God, instead believing it is the power of their congregation, in prayer or by force or by money.” - Kirsten V., Colorado Springs RE: “Can you pass this financial literacy quiz?” (June) “Yes. Aced it!” - Vic V. RE: “The hidden benefits of hiking poles” (June) “I enjoyed your article about hiking/trekking poles because it was good, true information. Check out Nordic walking poles. When not on the trail, they are great exercise on an in-town walk. They’re very popular in Europe, and I’ve always wondered why Coloradans don’t use them.” - Sharon R. RE: “Curious about cannabis?” (May) “Just read the digital edition of Life After 50 and I am very pleased! It’s exactly the tone I wanted, and the quote from Katherine Golden is, literally, GOLDEN!” - Gary Morse


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He’s one

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80-year-old Paul Lachance sets sights on 100th Spartan Race By Corey Colombin


magine an extreme obstacle race that involves hefting 60-pound sandbags, crawling through mud, scaling steep walls and traversing cargo nets, interspersed with jogging distances of up to 13 miles. Now imagine doing a trifecta—three races building up from 3 miles to 6, to the final 13-mile race—all for the fun of it! Paul Lachance has not only imagined it; he’s on track to finish eight trifectas this year—the same year he turns 80. Lachance wasn’t always a fitness fanatic. In fact, he’s experienced some health issues that might’ve sidelined even the heartiest of older adults. Back in 2006, he underwent a quadruple bypass surgery. It was while in physical therapy post-surgery that he made the decision to get a better handle on his health, turning to the world of Spartan Races in 2014. “I started taking more interest in physical fitness and searching the internet for interesting workouts,” Lachance said. “I came across these people crawling in the mud, going over walls, and said, ‘I can do this.’”

Spartan Races feature a series of challenging obstacles across distances that can span as long as a marathon. These obstacle courses have become quite the craze for people of all ages to test their mettle. Lachance was 73 when he discovered Spartan Races. Although there are age classes for competing, he found that the 60-and-up class had fewer competitors and wasn’t nearly as fun. Now, he competes in the open class for anyone age 16 and older. While admittedly a slower jogger and not nearly as agile as the others on the obstacles, Lachance is a stand-out competitor with the distinction of being the oldest racer nearly every time. He doesn’t race competitively for money prizes, but he does race for the glory of finishing. Lachance’s walls of medals and ribbons tell



Veteran and cancer-survivor Paul Lachance will be completing his 100th Spartan race this summer— coinciding with his 80th birthday.


the story of a determined man. He’s competed across Colorado and in 13 different states, meeting many amazing racers along the way. A Navy veteran, he often mingles with both able-bodied and impaired vets who participate to support the Wounded Warriors Project. So far, he has competed in 81 races. Just two years after he started racing, Lachance completed three trifectas. Each year since, he’s upped the challenge by adding another. While he wasn’t able to compete in 2020, he expects to complete eight trifectas in 2021 among the 22 races on his schedule, which includes his 100th Spartan Race in Dallas, Texas, in October. “My 100th race is a secondary goal and just happens to be coincidental to my primary goal of getting eight trifectas at age 80,” he said. To commemorate this banner year, Lachance created T-shirts touting the slogan “8 at 80.” His hope is to have as many people as possible wearing the shirts to the races in support of this monumental effort. Purchased T-shirts also support the veteran’s group, American Warrior Initiative. “American Warrior Initiative actually has been helping me for several years with clothing that supports military personnel when they return home,” he explained. “On Fridays we wear a red shirt that reads ‘RED...Remember Everyone Deployed.’”


THE GRANDKIDS HAVE A NICKNAME FOR THEIR SPARTAN GRANDPA: “THE BEAST.” Paul Lachance competes in the open class— against anyone 16 and older. While admittedly not as agile as others, he is a stand-out competitor every year.

KICKING CANCER Throughout his life, Lachance has ignored perceived limitations and naysaying. Now, he acts decades younger than the year printed on his birth certificate. Between races, Lachance keeps


Lachance and his wife, Davida, sport T-shirts that support the American Warrior Initiative.

in physical shape by jogging. Because he’s often the oldest competitor at Spartan Races, Lachance’s mere appearance acts as an inspiration to other racers and onlookers. He takes that role seriously, although he’s taken a few tumbles. He makes it look easy, but his journey hasn’t always been. Just two years ago, Lachance was treated for cancer. On his first race after chemotherapy, he wasn’t quite up to his pre-cancer fitness and had a mishap on the Vertical Cargo Net challenge. While Lachance climbed to the top of the big vertical net handily, there he faltered, slipping down the entire 15-foot height, landing on his back. The crowd and fellow racers audibly gasped, followed by a hush. When he dusted himself off and continued the race, his determination had the crowd on their feet, cheering him on. Lachance is sponsored by Boost Oxygen, bearing its slogan “Suck it Up.” For someone who perseveres through challenges and powers through to the finish line every time, the compa-

ny couldn’t have picked a better person. “The hardest part of the race is any steep, long hill,” Lachance said. “I get winded very easily when going uphill, so I have to stop often and simply readjust my inner self.” Because his mere presence is so inspiring, every stumble and every victory becomes that much more dramatic. “There’s a reason I’m doing Spartan Races after my heart and cancer issues, and that’s to basically inspire others: youngsters, older people who may have given up or think that they’re too old, people with physical issues, etc.,” Lachance said. “When someone comes up to me and says that I’m their inspiration—they’ve shown my video to their parents to get them off the couch, or simply represent my Navy military affiliation—I feel that I’ve positively impacted them.” It’s not just fellow racers and onlookers that look to Lachance for inspiration. His family has become his own cheering squad, with his grandchildren making stands to display his growing collection of medals, and artwork celebrating his racing tenacity. The grandkids have a nickname for their Spartan grandpa: “The Beast.” As for 2022, Lachance is hopeful. “If my health allows, I’ll be out there inspiring others,” he said. “I’m just an old man having fun with all the youngsters. As long as it’s fun, I’ll be out there. The world needs more positive role models, so why not me?” For updates on his races or to purchase “8 at 80” T-shirts, follow Lachance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paul.lachance.14 or email him at paul587@bresnan.net. ■ WWW.LAFIFTY.COM | JULY 2021 |



I get by with a little

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Seniors helping seniors is a win-win By Anthony Welch


he reality of her aging parents hit Suzanne McGregor hard after a simple call to her folks in Fort Worth, Texas. She called to check in on her father, who was to have a stent placed in his heart. She was shocked when her mother said they’d canceled the hospital appointment. “You can’t cancel,” said McGregor. “It’s his heart.” It turned out her mother had broken her wrist and was in no shape to drive. Without hesitation, McGregor put in her two weeks’ notice and moved to Texas to help care for them. But her life-changing experience got her wondering about those who couldn’t drop everything to help their aging parents. Upon returning to Colorado Springs in 2013, McGregor opened Pikes Peak Seniors Helping Seniors (PPSHS), a non-medical care organiza-

tion that matches seniors in need of help with compassionate seniors who are happy to oblige. PPSHS is a win-win for caregivers, clients and their families, said McGregor. The rewards of companionship help both clients and caregivers age more gracefully, and caregivers help make life easier for those aging at home. “Another rewarding part is helping families who may not live in town,” said McGregor, 56.

call for the occasional help with yard work. Similarly, many seniors still want to work, give back and make some extra money.

FINDING NEW PURPOSE Bobbi Gascho, 72, retired from being a psychiatric nurse seven years ago. She spent much of the first few months of retirement taking care of herself at the YMCA, but something was missing. “I needed a purpose, so I signed up for Seniors Helping Seniors,” said Gascho. Over the last four years, she’s provided care for 77-year-old Carmen Cericalo. She stops by his place three days a week to help him get out of bed, showered and ready for the day. “We do a lot of talking and we share a lot of the same philosophies,” said Cericalo. PPSHS caregivers like Gascho are available to help with housekeeping, personal hygiene and respite care, as well as transportation to and from doctor appointments or other outings.


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“People shouldn’t have to quit their jobs to take care of their parents.” PPSHS caregivers are active men and women who are carefully matched to the personality and needs of those requesting help. Some clients need assistance on a regular basis while others

LIFE AFTER 50 Gascho also makes the bed, picks up Cericalo’s room, does some laundry and assists him with his prosthetic leg. “I don’t have the responsibilities of nursing. I just enjoy the fact that I can just help out,” said Gascho. Cericalo likes the fact that Gascho is a retired nurse. “She’s very efficient and very organized. She does what I’m thinking before I even think about it,” he said. Jill Benson, another PPSHS caregiver, has been a caregiver for more than 28 years. Even though the 51-year-old has only visited with Marnette Isbell since September, the two have grown very close. “Jill is right around my kids’ ages,” said Isbell, 81. “So, she’s mine…I hate to tell her mother.” Isbell taught first-graders for 35 years before she retired. These days, she contends with a list of health issues in addition to her husband Thomas’ dementia. Benson provides a ton of care and companionship. She travels to Isbell’s Monument home three days a week to make the bed, do laundry, cook dinner, clean the house and make sure Isbell takes her meds. “We also go on outings to get our hair done on Fridays and shop,” Benson said. In return, Isbell offers endless sweet sentiments about Benson. When asked if they’ve

Above: Jill Benson, right, helps prepare food for Marnette Isbell, left, during one of her visits. Right: Retired psychiatric nurse Bobbi Gascho has been caring for Carmen Cerricalo for the past four years.

become good friends, they look at one another and say, “We’re family.” “She walks in and takes care of business,” said Isbell. “Sometimes I have to stop her and get her to sit and have coffee with me.” For Benson, this relationship makes work enjoyable. “Marnette has just been my savior,” Benson added.

A LITTLE HELP FROM FRIENDS While independent seniors often find it difficult to accept assistance, they’re usually more open to the idea once they know they’ll be receiving care from a fellow senior. In a two- or three-hour visit, PPSHS caregivers can provide much-needed companionship while also tending to a variety of tasks. With a client base of roughly 50 people, Mc-

Suzanne McGregor started Pikes Peak Seniors Helping Seniors after taking care of her mother and seeing the challenges seniors face.

Gregor takes advantage of her smaller operation to conduct her own client assessments before matching them with a compatible caregiver. With PPSHS, caregivers add meaning to their life while enjoying a flexible schedule and earning extra income. A caring attitude and the ability to relate to the challenges posed by aging are most important. Caregivers are carefully screened, undergo background checks and personality evaluations. To request help or learn more about being a caregiver, call Pikes Peak Seniors Helping Seniors at 719-629-7725 or visit www.pikespeaksenior care.com. ■




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Submitted by Lee Bowerman The salesman interrupted his own spiel and asked the farmer about his three-legged pig. The farmer explained that the pig had saved the whole family’s life by breaking down the door and pushing the baby’s crib out in the yard and woke up the rest the family to save them from a fire. “That doesn’t explain why it only has three legs,” the salesman said. The farmer explained, “You wouldn’t butcher an amazing pig like that all at once!”


Submitted by Arthur Collins A Colorado cowboy walks into a local bar, orders three mugs of Coors and sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders

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In a forest, trees of varying heights reach their leaves up toward the sun. Shrubs and wildflowers are everywhere, and beneath them lie grasses, shorter flowers and ferns. They’re cool in the shade, though specks of sunlight beam down. Beneath the smallest plants, pine cones and decomposing leaves cover the forest floor, blanketing a layer of dark brown, moist soil. No one’s tending to the forest except Mother Nature. But in this diverse ecosystem, each layer compliments the others. As you cultivate your garden, think about its layers. Is mulch blanketing your soil to help retain moisture and provide habitat for earthworms? Are you growing tall flowers beside your bed of greens? Add vertical space to your garden to mimic the layers of a forest. Sunflowers and corn can cast shade on shorter plants to protect them from our hot afternoon sun. A wall of trellised cucumbers or squash can act similarly. Seed buckwheat with carrots to create a shady canopy for the carrots to germinate under. Leafy greens will turn bitter and bolt quickly in the hot summer sun, so planting them in a spot with some afternoon shade will make for more tender greens. A little bit of shade for broccoli, cabbage and

cauliflower will help to slow flowering and encourage tighter heads. If you’re not planting this month, add mulch or a layer of grass clippings. Or fill in gaps in your garden with lettuce seed. Maybe add nasturtium to your squash patch if you haven’t already. Other vertical plants include perennial vines, trees and shrubs; annual blooms of sunflowers, love lies bleeding, cleome and cosmos; corn, pole beans and climbing cucumbers. These create shade for the herbs, vegetables and creatures below.

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IT’S TIME TO EXPAND OUR PERCEPTION OF WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LAWN LOOKS LIKE, AND HOW WE CAN TEND TO THEM MORE SUSTAINABLY. free monoculture of green grass. It’s time to expand our perception of what a beautiful lawn looks like, and how we can tend to them more sustainably. By incorporating or allowing other greenery into your lawn like dandelions, clover, alfalfa and mints, you’re facilitating more biodiversity and beneficial natural cycles in your space. Diversity lessens or eliminates the perceived need to use chemical herbicides, which seep into the water cycle we all rely on. Keeping your lawn a few inches longer by cutting no more than

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SUMMER GARDEN CHECKLIST ❑ Hydrocooling greens makes them crisper and longer-lasting. Harvest lettuce in the morning and soak in cold water before putting it in the fridge. ❑ Harvest broccoli crowns while they’re still tightly in bud, before florets begin to open up and lose flavor. You can also harvest the lower leaves of broccoli and cabbage plants, slice them into strips and simmer in saltwater to enjoy as a midsummer dish. ❑ Cut basil at the main stem instead of pinching off leaves, just above a leaf pair rather than leaving a stub. Keep your basil in a small vase of water in your kitchen or set it out to dry. ❑ Check for squash bugs and their eggs regularly on the underside of squash leaves and along leaf stems. ❑ Sow your next succession of cilantro, green onions, lettuce and other greens.

❑ Thin your carrots and beets to make room for the others to grow larger. ❑ Sow root vegetables for fall harvest. ❑ Harvest garlic once the tips of the leaves have turned yellow and lower leaves brown. Use a garden fork or shovel to dig up garlic from beneath, rather than pulling on the stems. Brush dirt off of the bulbs—don’t get them wet. Keep the stems on and hang your garlic to dry for 3-4 weeks in a well-ventilated room or in a dry, shady spot outside. ❑ Weeds give us insight into our gardens. Clover indicates a low level of nitrogen. Compacted soils invite grasses, whose strong central taproots and wiry stems are attempting to aerate soil. Before cursing weeds, identify them, check their roots, and see what you can learn about your backyard ecosystem.

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n the now-fabled summer of 1967, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood temporarily morphed into a community of societal dropouts, college students, teenage runaways, vagrants and hustlers. Often clad in Army surplus and thrift-store outfits, many had come to share a collective spirit of togetherness and love. Oh yes. And plenty of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, as well. The Haight (as it was nicknamed) became a social Eden. The epicenter of cool. A cultural Utopia. Those who took up residence there tended to be disillusioned teens and young adults who often railed against a corrupt government, rampant consumerism and an overseas war that was claiming 100 lives each week. Armed with compassion, idealism and lots and lots of flowers, up to 100,000 folks staked a claim in the Bay Area that summer. For a while, money seemed to no longer be much of a relevant issue. An overall attitude of sharing and community had blossomed among many young San Franciscans by the mid-1960s. This led to, among other things, the establishment of a Free Store (nobody paid for donated food and clothing) and a Free Clinic (staffed by kind-hearted

volunteer doctors and nurses). In January 1967, the “Human Be-In” saw 30,000 people gather at Golden Gate Park to witness ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary first offer his now-legendary command of “Turn on, tune in, drop out” amid Hindu chants and throbbing rock music. June brought the Monterey Pop Festival (dubbed the Monterey Pot Festival by some). John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas had created pal Scott McKenzie’s million-selling hit “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).” This, of course, only added to the allure of a must-visit destination for those eager to answer the Bay Area’s clarion call. But the days of this Edenic world were numbered. The tsunami of young people heading for San Francisco alarmed the police force there, many of whom were upset and determined to keep the invading army of motley vagabonds from overwhelming their beautiful coastal city. Irritated residents proclaimed that the area simply couldn’t adequately absorb such an influx of people, arguing that infrastructure and resources would become strained to the breaking point. Finally, much of the “coolness” factor evaporated when bus

LIFE AFTER 50 tours of the Haight brought gawking tourists, each of whom was handed a printout that explained such hippie slang words as “teenybopper,” “weed” and “trip.” The original “peace and love” crowd eventually fled the Haight when the neighborhood began to show the effects of overcrowding, such as unsanitary conditions and crime. As much as anything else, though, it was an influx of hard

drugs that hastened the area’s fall. But the primary elements of the Summer of Love have never died. James Rado and Gerome Ragni, two young men who witnessed the Human Be-In, felt so inspired by what they experienced that they created the groundbreaking musical drama “Hair.” Its success guaranteed that the unique spirit of 1967, at least, would endure far beyond that turbulent summer. ■

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What do you remember from the Summer of Love? Spring break in San Francisco My boyfriend and I spent our Spring Break from college in San Francisco. We slept on a friend’s kitchen floor. Walking in Haight-Ashbury with thousands of others was exciting. Everyone was happy. I saw booths for free food, places to sleep and used clothes. When we got back to Denver, we discovered The Family Dog, a night club where many of the bands we’d heard of in California came to play. I got to see The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat and Quicksilver Messenger Service, among others. You could stand right in front of the stage before all these groups became household names. Pretty awesome! - Jennifer Kivilin Cutting school and playing gigs What a year that was! My hometown of Sacramento is only 90 miles from San Francisco. I was in a band at the time, and we all cut school one day—even our drummer, whose father was the Secretary of State. We spent the day at Stinson Beach. Later, we ended up at the Fillmore (the original).

We saw John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed and Jefferson Airplane. Price? $2.50. The week prior, many university students descended on Sacramento to protest cuts in education. Our band’s manager thought he’d capitalize on this and rented out Governor’s Hall at the fairgrounds for a three-day concert. He hired several of the seminal rock groups from San Francisco: The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe and the Fish, along with bands in his stable. Two weeks later, we went to our meeting with our manager, only to find the secretary clearing out his office. Apparently, he’d absconded with our gig money and left the state. Three months later, I joined the Army. - Robert Velasquez Serving honorably As an Army Nurse, I spent the Summer of Love taking care of wounded young men at an Army Hospital in Vietnam. The San Francisco hippies called me “Baby Killer.” - DH

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ur country’s first settlers felt God had a plan for this nation. John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts, said, “America is a city set on a hill, which would be a light to the whole world.” Instead of aspiring to earthly greatness, men like Winthrop, William Bradford and George Washington—who were among our country’s first leaders—wanted to serve God’s people. God was able to use these men to mightily show the way of building this nation and being a light to the world.

AMERICA IS A CITY SET ON A HILL, WHICH WOULD BE A LIGHT TO THE WHOLE WORLD. When our country’s forefathers founded America, they felt their belief in God would guide their decisions for all generations of Americans. They believed their new nation would be the greatest nation in the world. They knew it wouldn’t be easy to defend the rights guaranteed in our Constitution, but they believed that all Americans would have equal rights and freedoms. This is called the American Dream. This is God’s plan for America.

How many incredible blessings have been poured out on this nation? How much grace that covers this country is a direct result of the obedience and willingness of our forefathers to die to self and to live for others? Only God knows. As I traveled across America this past year, I was pleased to see so many American flags flying in yards, on fences and bridges, and in businesses. I know things don’t look so good right now in our country, but rest assured that God still has His plan, which isn’t completed yet. Just as our forefathers felt that God had a plan, so do many Americans today. ■

“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see rays of ravishing light and glory.” - John Adams to his wife, Abigail, on the passing of the Declaration of Independence


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n the early days of computers, bad guys generally took the form of either hackers or viruses. However, today there are numerous ways bad characters use technology to extort money, steal information, or wreak havoc on your online life. The following tips, while certainly not an extensive list, are practical guidelines to help you avoid the many clever technology security threats.

TIP 1: Don’t fear technology. Security is one of the most popular topics in the tech world, but sometimes the hype surpasses the actual threat. You’ve likely read articles about viruses spreading to cell phones, or hackers accessing a major company’s client data. More often than not, these are self-serving articles produced by computer security companies to promote their services. Don’t fear using computers because a fairly minuscule number of people are impacted by technology security threats. TIP 2: Don’t panic. The digital world’s “bad guys” take advantage of you when you’re vulnerable. If you receive urgent bad news in an email or phone call, or a scary alert comes up on your device, don’t panic. Your first and safest assumption is that the message is fake. Hang up and reboot your phone, or close the email and restart your


computer. Wherever you receive the message, don’t be afraid to end the interaction and walk away. Come back after you’ve cooled down. Call an expert and have the message verified. TIP 3: Never respond directly to the threat. If you receive a recorded message in your voicemail, a scary email, or a text alert on your phone saying you’re in trouble, don’t call the number provided in the warning. Your bank, the IRS, and even your friend (who likely has not been kidnapped in Cameroon) all have direct phone numbers. TIP 4: No legitimate entity knows whether you have a technology problem. If you receive a call, text message or email from Microsoft, Dell, Apple or the government saying your device security has been compromised, it’s ALWAYS a scam. Bad guys often trick caller ID

into indicating they’re calling from Microsoft or Amazon. They almost always use fake nondescript Eastern accents and background noise in an attempt to convince potential victims that they’re calling from an official call center. TIP 5: Don’t ever let a stranger remote control your device. Occasionally, tech companies will request to control your device remotely in order to troubleshoot an issue. If you call Quicken or Dell for assistance, you can probably trust the person on the other end to remotely control your computer to get you through the problem. However, if a stranger contacts you and tells you they need to scan your computer for problems, hang up and walk away. Once a bad player has control of your computer, they can download system files, change passwords and even tamper

with your bank accounts. TIP 6: Avoid obscure free apps. This is especially true with Windows and Android devices, but even iPhone and Apple computers are occasionally vulnerable to apps that pretend to be a tool, but actually harvest information or spread junk. Many legitimate companies produce free apps, but they’re generally tied to an obvious source of revenue. They may recommend you buy the full version of the app, subscribe to a premium service, or are connected to a retail channel such as Amazon. If you installed a free game with no obvious form of revenue, the app is at best gathering data from your device and at worst spreading malware (viruses and other unwanted programs) to your device that will create bigger problems later. ■


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A rather expensive “free” gift card By Arthur Vidro


while supplies last!” The phrase “limited quantity available” and the mention of magazines should trigger warning bells screaming “scam.” Also, the certificate was from an unidentified company. However, I dialed the number and began the odyssey. I got through quickly to a woman who congratulated me on this “free” $50 gift card and recited a scripted spiel so rapidly I had trouble understanding half her words, including the name of her firm. Upon prompting, I provided my name and address. She then asked which magazines I wanted. “Magazines?” I replied dimly. “I


t seemed like a pleasant surprise. A shipment of supplies I had ordered also contained a certificate saying “Congratulations! Your order entitles you to a $50 Walmart Gift Card! Call TollFree NOW to get complete details.” This was followed by an 800 phone number. Sounded good. Too bad that before dialing, I didn’t turn the certificate over. Its reverse side read: “$50 Walmart Gift Card! Call now to claim a $50 Walmart gift card. Limited quantity available. Plus, you are entitled to receive up to three issues of your favorite magazines, absolutely Risk-FREE. Call today

THE PHRASE “LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE” AND THE MENTION OF MAGAZINES SHOULD TRIGGER WARNING BELLS SCREAMING “SCAM.” just want this free gift card.” Turns out to get this “free” gift card, one must order three magazine subscriptions. But don’t worry, one can cancel the subscriptions at any time for a full refund. “But if there’s a refund,” I murmured, “that

means I’ll be paying for it first.” “Yes, so which magazines do you want?” She ran through a list of some of the nation’s most popular magazines. “There’s no way I would read any of those magazines. Is that really a




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MONEY & SCAMS condition for getting this free gift card?” “We have some others to choose from.” She recited a second list of publications. “Do you like any of those?” “The magazines I’m truly interested in I already subscribe to, and they weren’t on your lists.” She dismissed my concern by promoting the cancel-after-subscribing factor so that I could get this “free” card. By now the situation was smelling pretty bad. She insisted I choose magazines, yet the cost of these subscriptions had never been mentioned. Chances were they would cost much more than $50. So I parried. “Tell you what,” I offered. “How about we forget the magazines, and to compensate you can reduce the value of the gift card? Let it be for less than $50.” “We can’t do that. We have only $50 gift cards available.” She artfully turned the conversation back to

BY NOW THE SITUATION WAS SMELLING PRETTY BAD. SHE INSISTED I CHOOSE MAGAZINES, YET THE COST OF THESE SUBSCRIPTIONS HAD NEVER BEEN MENTIONED. my selecting some magazines. It was clear that subscribing to magazines I don’t read (and which I could probably get cheaper by ordering directly from the publisher) was a requirement for getting the gift card. I had no intention of subscribing, but I wanted to gauge the ethics of the unknown entity I had called. I was curious if they would give me their address. Scam operations tend not to do so. “Gee,” I fibbed, “your offer sounds wonderful, but at the end of this call you’ll expect me to pay for magazines. So let me tell you that I don’t use credit cards. Would you allow me to write a check and mail it to you? If so, what’s your address?” Though I do have a credit card, I seldom give it out to strangers

over the telephone. The woman said with delight that, of course, they would accept a check. She’d be happy right then and there to have me read the bank account number to her so she could get my subscription money straight from my checking account. “No,” I stated plainly. “I will not provide you that number over the telephone. I was asking if you would allow me to mail in a check,

and then you could cash the check when you receive it.” The answer was no, that was not acceptable, such an arrangement would disqualify me from the offer. “I will not give you access to a credit card,” I stated calmly, “and I will not give you access to my bank account. Now about that ‘free’ gift card...” Click. She hung up on me. So, if you receive in the mail an unexpected certificate urging you to claim a $50 gift card, throw it away. Nobody wants to give you their wealth. Unfortunately, “free” gift cards are too expensive to accept. ■

We asked readers: What’s the wildest scam you’ve encountered? Too smart for Shelly! A few months back I received an email from a woman named Shelly Fisher who claimed to be the president of the Colorado Women’s Leadership Summit. She said she was reaching out to me after viewing my LinkedIn profile to invite me to be a part of the group. At first, I was excited to get connected with other working women professionals as I’d just moved here a few years ago. However, when I went to Google the information (it even had an address listed in Denver!) I stumbled upon a Q&A forum where countless people had been contacted by “Shelly” about made-up leadership summits in

multiple states. While I’m not sure what the purpose of the scam is, (to collect emails, maybe?) the summits that Shelly’s supposedly putting on and the groups she’s a leader of do not seem to exist. My coworker received the same email a few days later. From what I could gather, if you signed up for the conference or to talk at the summit, you’re asked to register on an unsecure website for an undisclosed amount, that some users discovered after the fact to amount to hundreds to thousands of dollars! As one user wrote, “Targeting smart women in business seems like the last approach they should be taking.” -Lauren Berg



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My love affair with Bob Ross

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’m not sure what first attracted me to Bob Ross. It might have been his outrageous hairstyle, fuzzy and full. It might have been his warm smile or his soft voice. Whatever first attracted me to this man who changed more than a million lives, I’ve been in love with him for at least 15 years. And I’ll never fall out of love with him, for he changed my life, too. It happened suddenly one Saturday morning when I stumbled into the living room, a cup of coffee in my hands, trying to wake up. I turned on the television to help ease me into the day and there he was, standing before a blank canvas with a palette in one hand and a two-inch brush in the other. Out of his shirt pocket peeked a tiny little squirrel. He loved squirrels and would often raise babies that’d been abandoned by their moth-

ers. He took that huge paintbrush (which I would’ve used to paint my house) and began crisscrossing color across the top of the canvas to paint the sky, encouraging his viewers to be bold. “You’ll never believe what you can do until you get in there and try it,” he said. I was mesmerized. Before my eyes, in one short hour, a beautiful mountain scene took shape. I thought to myself, “I could do this.” The way he easily explained how to paint a mountain, tree or bush encouraged me to go out and buy some oil paints and brushes. The next Saturday, I stood in front of the television, ready to start painting on my own blank canvas.

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I COULD SEE THE DARK SHADOWS AND THE LIGHT, AND WHY THEY WERE BOTH IMPORTANT— NOT ONLY IN PAINTINGS, BUT IN LIFE. “Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative…these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul,” he said. I couldn’t wait until Saturday morning when I could spend time with him. I did all right when I followed his instructions in front of the television, but it was harder to try to paint on my own. I missed him. I needed him. Paintings began to fill my bedroom walls. I was too shy to hang any in the living room. From winter scenes to bubbling brooks and little cabins in the woods, we explored nature together. “There’s beauty in every tree and every brush. Just take the time to look at ’em,” he told me. And I did. I began to appreciate the beauty of the outdoors in new ways. I could see the dark shadows and the light, and why they were both important not only in paintings, but in life. “Every day is a good day when you paint,” he said. Just when his viewers thought the painting was finished, he’d pick up another two-inch brush and say, “This is your bravery test. You worked so hard and then a crazyhaired guy tells you to throw in a big ol’ tree on top of it all.” Before you could gasp, he had painted a huge tree right in the front! I learned it was okay not to put the tree in if I didn’t want to, and okay if I did. Eventually, I gained enough con-

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fidence to try a seascape. I suffered over that painting. I didn’t know how difficult it was to paint the ocean waves and capture the glint of sunlight in the curl. He assured me, “The very fact that you’re aware of suffering is enough reason to be overjoyed that you’re alive and can experience it.” In time, I missed our Saturday mornings together, and I moved into my wise years. I tried my hand at other art forms, but what I learned from my love affair never went away.

A CONTINUING LEGACY Bob passed away on July 4, 1995. I still grieve for him, as do thousands of his other fans. However, we are fortunate to live in this modern world of technology where we can bring him to life again and experience his gentle spirit through YouTube videos, DVDs and numerous books. From time to time, his show “The Joy of Painting”—the most popular art TV show the world has ever seen—appears again on PBS. His show was on for 31 seasons, with more than 400 episodes airing on 275 stations across the globe. Today, a whole new generation of budding artists are discovering and falling in love with Bob Ross. Every time I hear him say, “Anything we don’t like, we’ll turn it into a happy little tree or something; we don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents,” I remember

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the first time I watched his magic unfold before my eyes. Love fills my heart again. I am deeply grateful for all the lessons, both in art and life, that I learned from Bob Ross. I shall never forget him and what he taught me. “If what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy, you’re doing the wrong thing.” ■

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July 3, 10, 17, , 24, 31

Fountain Community Market

Shop local produce and listen to live music at Metcalfe Park every Saturday through October 2. Guitarist Lawrence Shiroma performs from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on July 3 & 31. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 618 E. Ohio Ave., Fountain | 719-358-0063

July 4

Fourth of July celebration at Rock Ledge Ranch

Old-Fashioned 4th of July

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July 5 & 17

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Hillside Gardens’ Summer Concert Series

Hillside Gardens offers an incredible mixture of local talent to enjoy every Wednesday night, in addition to food and drinks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 6-8:30 p.m. | 1006 S. Institute St., Colorado Springs | $10 | www. hillsidegardensandevents.com for an introduction to basic genealogy research. Register in advance. 10 a.m. | www.ppld.org | 719-3898968

July 6

Rock Ledge Ranch offers a patriotic celebration full of reenactments, educational activities, food, patriotic music and carnival games. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3105 Gateway Road, Colorado Springs | $8, free for members | www.rockledgeranch. com | 719-578-6777

July 4

July 10 & 24

July 7, 14, 21, 28

Fountain Valley Senior Center reopening

Fountain Valley Senior Center welcomes back seniors in two separate sessions. Masks are mandatory for non-vaccinated individuals and there will be a symptom and health screening upon entering the building. No lunches will be served. 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. | 5745 Southmoor Dr., Fountain | www. fvscenter.org | 719-600-2644

July 6, 13, 20, 27

Food Truck Tuesdays

Enjoy a tasty lunch from a variety of local food trucks at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum every Tuesday on the museum’s west lawn. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs | Free | www. cspm.org | 719-385-5990

Happy Feet

July 10-11

Life of Bach: A Musical Journey

July 8

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Don’t get scammed!

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July 10

Thunder in the Valley Car Show

Car enthusiasts can view a variety of classic cars at Metcalfe Park, as well as enjoy food, music and fun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | 704 Ohio Ave., Fountain | www.thunderinthevalleyshow. com | 719-645-0053

July 10

Water Lantern Festival

Design your lantern and later launch it that evening over Memorial Park’s Prospect Lake. 5 a.m.-9:30 p.m. | 280 S. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs | $46-$56 | www.waterlanternfestival.com

Simon Jacobs takes you on a tour of Bach’s homes and churches using Google Earth while enjoying live performances by the musicians of Parish House Baroque. 7 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday | 1515 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs | $15-$20 | www. parishhousebaroque.org

July 13

Dine & Discover

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July 14

Intro to Remote Control Flying

All are welcome to this drop-in event to learn about remote control flying drones, planes and gliders, and where to fly them in El Paso County. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Pikes Peak Remote Control Club House | www. elpasocountynaturecenters.com | 719-520-6977

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July 22

Maxi’s Dance Group presents Lone Wolf performing live at Eagles Lodge #143. Bar is open and food is available at 5:30 p.m. 6-9 p.m. | 1050 S. 21st St., Colorado Springs | $5 members, $8 nonmembers | 719-660-1358

Shake, rattle and roll to live music at Aspen Trail Retirement, complete with lunch, classic malts and shakes. RSVP by July 19. 11 a.m. | 5455 New Car Dr. | Free | 719-266-2989 | www.aspentrail retirement.com

Lone Wolf Live

July 16-17

ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

Night Sky Photography Workshop

Mike Pach guides an overnight workshop giving pointers on how to photograph the Milky Way and star trails, and process your paintings on Photoshop and Lightroom. Limited to 6 participants. Call to register or visit the website. 9 p.m.-7 a.m. | 29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan | $250 | www.3peaksphoto.com/ paintminesworkshops.html | 719-520-6388

Get rocking with one of the most exacting Zeppelin tribute bands at the Stargazers Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs | $20-$25 | www. stargazerstheatre.com | 719-4762200

July 16-18

Springs Home & Patio Show

Upgrade your indoor and outdoor living spaces with a variety of local and national vendors in home, outdoor living, décor, DIY and more! See website for times. 12 p.m. | 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs | Free | www. thespringshomeshow.com | 303867-0808

July 14, 21, 22, 28, 29

July 17

Head to Bear Creek Regional Park on Wednesdays and to Fox Run Regional Park on select Thursdays to enjoy live music. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 6-8 p.m. | Free | www.elpasocounty naturecenters.com

Explore a variety of books and more for sale through the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs | Free | www. ppld.org | 719-389-8968

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July 25

Fiddle, Vittles & Vino

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site hosts a day filled with food, drink and plenty of fiddles. 5:30 a.m-9 p.m. | 3105 Gateway Road, Colorado Springs | www. rockledgeranch.com | 719-578-6777

July 23-25

Vintage Market Days

This vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market features original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, decor, handmade treasures and more at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs | $15 | www.vintagemarketdays.com

July 26

Techniques for Making Jam

This in-person class teaches how to make and preserve flavorful jams, including water-bath canning basics. 12 p.m. | 8010 Severy Road, Cascade | Free | www.ppld.org | 719-3898968

July 24

Colorado Brewery Running Series

July 30-31

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Iris Sale

Elmohr Iris Society’s annual sale at Spencer’s Lawn & Garden features hundreds of varieties, colors and sizes of Iris Rhizomes. See their ad on page 20 for a special offer. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday | 1430 S. Tejon St. | 719244-4133

July 24 Cash’d Out: Johnny Cash Tribute

This San Diego-based band channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. Doors open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs | $20-$25 | www.stargazerstheatre.com | 719-476-2200

July 31

Cornhole Classic Tournament

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Drive-In Movie Night: Raya & The Last Dragon

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Grocery Bingo (Humana Program in a Box) 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. | July 21

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Table Tennis

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

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Blackrose Acoustic Jam Session July 1: Fiddle tunes July 8: Gospel July 12: Hootenanny July 15: Bluegrass July 22: Cowboy Campfire 6-8 p.m.

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

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EJ Jackson “I’d like to see Lynyrd Skynyrd with the original band members. I grew up listening to country music but the Lynyrd Skynyrd band hit a good spot for me. I do miss music from the good old days.”

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Fountain Valley Senior Center reopening plan The Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Dr., will reopen in two phases with the following guidelines in place. In July, there will be two sessions daily. The morning session will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and the afternoon session will be from 1-4 p.m. The facility will be closed from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for cleaning and sanitizing. • Masks and social distancing are mandatory for nonvaccinated individuals; optional for those vaccinated. • Symptom/health screening when entering the building • Sign-in sheet for COVID tracing For more information, call 719-6002644 or visit www.fvscenter.org. Property tax exemptions available to El Paso County seniors Eligible seniors could pay lower property taxes this year through


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Do you need Social Security? By Dr. Glenn Mollette


n 2020 over 64 million Americans were collecting Social Security. The National Institute for Retirement Security (NIRS) reported that Social Security is the only income source for 40 percent of retirees over the age of 60. The study also claimed that only 6.8 percent of retirees receive income from the three-legged stool—Social Security, a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution plan. Another study conducted by researchers at the Social Security Administration found that only 19.6 percent of Americans 65 and over received at least 90 percent of their total incomes from Social Security. That’s a big difference from the stat provided by the NIRS. Nevertheless, the point is that for millions of Americans, Social Security is either all they have or mostly all they have. Also, there are some government employees who have their own pension system and do not pay into Social Security. Social Security taxes take a bite of our income from every paycheck. Employers and employees each pay 6.2 percent of wages up to the taxable maximum of $142,800 for 2021. The self-employed pay 12.4 percent. Some self-employed struggle with paying the 12.4 percent and look for creative ways to only report a small salary. This may enable you to have more cash now but your Social Security check will be much smaller when you become retirement age. Religious objectors can often be exempted from paying the tax. I knew a minister who in his younger days did the paperwork to exempt

out of Social Security. It was one of the biggest mistakes of his life. When he became 65, he couldn’t quit working. He had also drawn out most of his other pension savings for emergencies. With meager retirement dollars he was also faced with having to buy Medicare insurance. To make matters worse, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At a relatively young senior adult age, he had nothing with which to fight. He was tired from his long years of work. He had nothing financially saved. He couldn’t stop working. Medical insurance became a dilemma and within two years he was dead. Social Security is not a perfect world. It won’t make you rich, but you’ll be glad you have the check and the medical insurance. Keep this in mind: The average monthly Social Security payment for 2021 is $1,543, and the maximum you can receive at full retirement age is $3,113 a month. If you have waited until you are 70, the amount is $3,895. These figures change all the time depending on cost-of-living adjustments and how long you work and how much you pay into the system. The longer you work and the more you pay into Social Security, the more you collect at retirement. So, go to work and be glad for every dollar withheld from your check for Social Security. ■

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a graduate of Georgetown College, and Southern and Lexington Seminaries in Kentucky. He is the author of 13 books, including "Uncommon Sense." His column is published weekly in over 600 publications in all 50 states.

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