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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region October 2021 | Volume 34 | Issue 10

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

6 COVER STORY Brewing beers

These local seniors switched careers to a tasty and refreshing alternative


Customer Service Manager Stacey Splude

Colorado Springs then and now

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

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Life After 50 is published by Pendant Publishing, Inc. dba BEACON Senior News P.O. Box 3895 Grand Junction, CO 81502 Phone: 970-243-8829 Life After 50 brings hope and help to seniors in the Pikes Peak Region and those who serve them. Life After 50 is published at the beginning of the month and is distributed at more than 250 locations throughout Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities in El Paso and Teller counties. Publication of advertising does not necessarily constitute endorsement. Columns are opinions of the writers, not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. Deadline for advertising and announcements is the 20th of the month preceding publication. Display advertising rates are available upon request. © Copyright 2021 • All Rights Reserved

On the Cover

Biff Morehead cheers to a second career as owner of The Smiling Toad Brewery.


Photographer’s recreated photos tell stories of the city’s colorful history

Breast Cancer Awareness

Risks, symptoms and new revelations on early detection

11 The “Old Bag” says farewell

Our beloved advice columnist shares her final column

12 Pumpkin’s tasty benefits

Get in the spirit of autumn with this highly nutritious fall favorite

25 Ditch the cash

Not only are third-party payment systems safe, but super easy

26 Medicare changes

Learn what’s possible for Medicare beneficiaries in 2022


13 Asthma? Breathe easier

Use these natural remedies and devices

16 All That Glitters

Invest in custom jewelry that tells a one-of-a-kind story

17 Spooky pooches

A roundup of howling haunts and famous fluffy ghost sightings

18 No green thumb required

Easy indoor plants offer physical and mental health benefits


The gifts of intimate strangers

One of the best parts of travel is the strangers you befriend along the way

What trick-or-treaters really want

Hint: They’d love full-sized candy bars, but it might break the bank

28 CALENDAR 32 Clubs 33 Question of the Month 34 Fun After 50 36 News Bits 37 Support Groups 38 Classifieds

41 Fun & Games 42 Vet’s reflection on Afghanistan For those who served in Afghanistan, what we’re witnessing is not our failure

Quality Cruises & Travel










Celebrate the holidays with fabulous shows, lights, shopping and an old-fashioned paddleboat! Departs November 1, 2021

11-Day Tour to Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii Departs January 21, 2022

DAY 1 Depart Colorado Springs for Salina, KS and overnight. DAY 2 We’ll stop at the Russell Stover Outlet Store, arriving 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 the American Bandstand Theater. After the performance we’ll head to the Trail of Lights, Branson’s most beautiful Christmas lights 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 the town. That 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, and in the afternoon you’re in for a treat as we board the Showboat Branson Belle for dinner and a show. This classic showboat-style activity transports guest to the days of paddleboats along the Mississippi River right on Table Rock Lake. After it’s on to the world famous Dutton Theater for an evening performance, then back to the hotel for homemade desserts. DAY 5 We say goodbye to Branson following breakfast and head on to Carthage, MO where we’ll tour the Precious Moments Chapel and store. Then it’s on to Osceloa, MO where the Osceloa Cheese Company started in 1944. You’ll have time for shopping before stopping for lunch, and then we’ll head on to Salina, KS for the night. DAY 6 This morning we’ll continue towards home stopping at the historic Cathedral of the Plains located in Victoria, KS. After lunch in Colby, it’s back home to Colorado Springs.

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 U.S.S. Missouri; the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial; city tour of Honolulu; and the National Cemetary of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater DAY 3 Today we depart for Maui. After arriving we’ll transfer to our hotel, then 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 Haleakala National Park. 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, an island that’s so lush and green. DAY 8 Today we’ll see the north part of the island including Hanalei Valley, Wailua Falls, Kapa’a 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 up to 3,000 feet deep. 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 Garden Luau, perennially voted the Best Luau on the island.





*Price based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $275. Deposit of $250 per person due to secure space. Price includes fully-escorted tour aboard a luxury motor coach, 5-nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, three dinners, all shows and attraction tickets as described, luggage handling, and all taxes and fees.

*Price based on double occupancy; Please call for single occupancy pricing. Deposit of $400 per person due to secure space. Final payment due 1/5/2022. Price includes fully-escorted tour, roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, 10 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning and two dinners. All tours as described. Transfers, inter-island flights, all taxes and surcharges.







The Lion King Musical and Christkindlmarket

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Including Lunch

Mystery, Beaches, a Queen and the Wolverine State

Departs December 2, 2021

Departs February 5, 2022

Departs April 2, 2022

Join us for a wonderful day in Denver, starting with a fabulous lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy that includes salad, appetizers, entrée, beverage and dessert. Then we head off to our excellent seats at a performance of Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical, The Lion King. After we go shopping at Christkindlmarket for any lastminute Christmas gifts! Experience the stunning artistry, unforgettable music and the exhilarating choreography. Now is the time to join us for the Circle of Life!

Join us for this day trip to see the once-in-a-lifetime Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at the Lighthouse Denver. It’s an experience like no other, tailored for Denver

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” at the Candlelight Dinner Theater.


A day trip to Catalina Island and Long Beach, with an overnight on the Queen Mary ocean liner.


“Singin’ in the Rain” at the Candlelight Dinner Theater.

Departs April 5, 2022

June 4, 2022 June TBA Join us for a trip to the Wolverine State of Michigan including Mackinac Island

The Annual Pella Tulip Festival and Many Other Highlights Along the Way



*Price based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $275. Deposit of $250 per person due to secure space. Final payment due 11/1/2021. Price includes fully-escorted tour aboard a luxury motor coach, 5-nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, three dinners, all shows and attraction tickets as described, luggage handling, and all taxes and fees.

Departs May 7, 2022 Take a trip to the Pella Tulip Festival along with many highlights like lunch at a winery, a dinner cruise aboard a paddlewheel boat and a visit to a World War I Museum.


Look for complete details in upcoming issues of Life After 50!

Kris Monroe, Master Cruise Counselor 719-685-0544 | Email:

The autumn of our lives


till-warm days but longer, chilly nights… aspens showing off gilded leaves…pumpkin spice everything…fleece blankets…little ones in costume…digging out the sweaters from the back of the closet… bittersweet, Indian corn, gourds and acorns…leaves crunching with each step… childhood memories of hayrides and fall festivals…caramel apples…pumpkins on the front step…freshly made cider…candy corn…picking apples at an orchard…fuzzy socks…making a fire… baskets of mums. It’s fall! The change of seasons lends a rhythm to our lives, and I thrive on the unique traits of each one. But fall has long been my favorite. As excited as I was to plant flowers in June, I’m ready to cut back on yard work when October frosts blow in. To stop igniting the grill and start lighting candles. To swap salad for soup. I know, I know—frigid weather is just around the bend and the trees will lose their leaves, but wow—what a fashion show they put on for us! The brilliant colors they wear pop against the deep blue sky. Autumn’s beauty is striking—and fleeting. I’ve been thinking about “the autumn of our lives”—a phrase implying one’s older years and retirement. My friend Ben was well into his 70s when he told me, “You know, the best time of life is now.” I hadn’t crossed the 50s threshold yet, but his words made me wonder at the possibilities—and remember it still. I sensed in him a freedom to go and do and be more than when he was saddled with many responsibilities. The symbolism behind the fall leaf colors speaks to this autumn of our lives. Gold - This bright hue symbolizes wisdom. As gold is refined, we are too, by the heap of life lessons we’ve encountered. Research says seniors often make better decisions and are more emotionally stable. Gold also stands for prosperity. Many seniors are better set financially, but even if not, we can be rich in hugs from



from our readers “I absolutely love Life After 50! I look for it every month. Thank you for helping to keep us seniors informed.” - Lillian B.

grandchildren, the wagging tail from a beloved fur baby or a breathtaking sunset. Red - This vibrant color stands for health and vigor. Seniors are living healthier and longer than ever with diet, exercise and advancements in medicine. Red also means love. We have more time to invest in relationships when our life demands lessen—to get in touch with an old friend, enjoy being a kid again with your grandkids, appreciate your children for the amazing adults they’ve become or reconnect with your spouse now that the nest is empty. Love fuels our lives. Orange - This citrusy shade evokes joy, warmth and enthusiasm. Empathy and positivity increase as we age. We can lend a helping hand and serve as a bridge-builder. Orange also means creativity. Seniors tell fascinating stories with interesting details, culled from years of experience. Creativity also extends to problem-solving as we navigate life, or take up a new artistic hobby. Brown - This solid neutral bespeaks stability, reliability and dependability. Some have always been an “older soul” in this regard. But even if you were flighty when you were younger, usually the demands of work and family instill these values, making you someone others can count on. Someone who shows up. I hope you take a hike or a drive and admire the vivid seasonal display around you. And if you want to jump into a pile of leaves, go right ahead! This season may be your best one yet. ■

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Story and photos by Lynn Jacobs


olorado Springs entrepreneurs hoping to capitalize on the craft beer craze are opening microbreweries at a breakneck pace. Instead of resting on their laurels, some older adults are turning to beer as a second career. Several vocational gear-shifters hope their foray into the beer biz

will fund their retirement. Some want to rid themselves of stressful desk jobs. For others, brewing is a passion. But these lifelong learners have one thing in common: a desire to shake up the status quo.

LEARNING THE BEER BIZ Biff Morehead worked for a phone company for 27 years before the

Lisa Harris pours her favorite hazy IPA, Juicy Canary, at Battle Mountain Brewing Company.

craft beer bug bit him. He thought a microbrewery would be a fun way to make a living, so he and his wife, Patti, opened The Smiling Toad Brewery eight years ago. Now located at 2028 Sheldon Ave. in Old Colorado City, Biff and Patti, 75, jokingly refer to The Smiling Toad as the “geriatric brewery” since they opened it in their 60s. Patti admitted that at one time she didn’t even like beer. But after trying a small-batch craft brew she realized, “It’s not beer I don’t like; it’s mass-produced American beer I didn’t care for.” Biff likened the pub to a candy store because of its tempting wares. Claude Burns, 60, brewed his own beer for years before he and wife Sheril, 57, opened The Red Swing Brewhouse last March. Located at 521 S. Tejon St. in downtown Colorado Springs, the brewery is the couple’s retirement and a nice supplement to Claude’s day job as a full-time patrol sergeant for the Aurora Police Department. Claude appreciates the differences between his two professions and likes to help out at the brewery as his day job allows. “There’s a lot of negativity in police work. The laughter, jokes and regulars at the brewery are a welcome change,” he said.

For Lisa Harris and her business partners, opening Battle Mountain Brewing Company at 1007 S. Tejon St. in March 2020 was “a dream come true” even though the pandemic soon temporarily shuttered the downtown business. Now that the brewery has reopened, Harris, 60, finds herself busier than ever. In addition to her full-time job writing grants and a part-time job at a mortgage company, Harris beertends once a week at the downtown brewery to help keep overhead costs down. Her hope is that the brewery will help fund her retirement.

A CONFIDENCE BOOST Although the physical demands of running a brewery can be tough, hard work doesn’t faze Biff or Patti. “I don’t look my age, don’t act my age and have even been told I don’t sound my age…whatever that means,” Patti said. Their only concession to aging is that no one is allowed to pick up a keg by themselves. Sheril said the transition to brewery owner has been easier than she originally thought. Before opening The Red Swing, she spent 25 years in dentistry, which demanded extreme cleanliness and organization, much like the brewery. Renovating the brewery also

Former attorney and brewery maintenance man Tad Davis samples his home brew.



affirmed her talents for interior design, an unfulfilled dream. The career shift boosted her confidence tremendously. “I’ve learned to be open to change and not stuck in a rut,” said Sheril, who hires and schedule employees, keeps the books and everything in between. Harris said working at Battle Mountain has helped her out of her shell. “I’m finding out I can be a people person,” she said.

To keep from going stir crazy, customer-turned-employee Kristy Emerson, 66, beertends at The Smiling Toad once or twice a week. “It’s a really fun time in my life,” said Emerson, a retired educator and counselor. “I’m still a counselor in a way, listening to people’s problems.” Assistant Brewer Mark Wiebe, 66, has been with The Smiling Toad from the beginning. He turned his homebrewing hobby into a profession after 25 years in health and safety management. He credits the physical demands of hefting grain sacks and cleaning kegs for keeping him fit. “It beats sitting in front of a TV,” he said. After 30 years of “lawyering,” Tad Davis tired of “a lack of congeniality” in his civil law practice and made a drastic change. At 61, he was hired on as a maintenance man at Bristol Brewing Company inside the Ivywild School on South Cascade. He was charged with keeping

the bottling line in good working order and learned his way around the system, even though the only directions were in Italian. “I liked working with mechanical stuff and figuring out how it worked,” Davis said. He also helped design and build a patio, cold room and countless other projects at Bristol. Although he enjoyed the change of pace, camaraderie and physical challenges of brewery work, he quit the brewery after 15 years—but hasn’t quit working with beer. Now 76, Davis and a few of his friends attend “church” every Sunday—which means making beer and wine in his well-appointed basement brewery. Davis encouraged others to follow their dream of pursuing a late life career in the craft beer industry if you are “physically able, mentally excited, financially secure and have the support of significant others.” But Patti had one caveat. “If you want to open a brewery, you better be personally wealthy,” she joked. ■

Sheril and Claude Burns named their 14-tap brewhouse after a swing on a 50-year-old maple tree in their backyard.

Breast cancer By Kimberly Blaker


welve percent of women today will develop invasive breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will die from it this year alone. That’s why a refresher course on early detection and staying up-to-date on the latest studies is essential and the reason for Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October.

RISK FACTORS There are several risk factors for breast cancer, as identified by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Some factors that are unchangeable include female gender, aging, genetics, and race and ethnicity (white women are at slightly higher risk). A greater number of menstrual cycles, previous chest radiation, and exposure to the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) also puts women at a slightly higher risk. In contrast, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), women who had more than one child have increased protection with each successive birth. Women who breastfed also reduced the risk of breast cancer. The longer

the total length of time spent breastfeeding during the child-rearing years, the greater the protection. Having one daily alcoholic drink increases the risk only slightly, while the greater the consumption, the higher the risk. More than five drinks daily increase the risk for other cancers as well. After menopause, being overweight or obese increases risk. But it’s a bit more complicated than just weight. Waist-area fat, in particular, might be more significant in increasing risk than fat in other parts of the body such as hips and thighs. Exercise, however, has been shown to decrease risk, according to a study by the Women’s Health Initiative. It found just 1.25 to 2.5 hours of brisk walking each week can reduce risk by 18 percent. Several factors that previously have been claimed to increase risk are now disproven or deemed highly improbable, according to ACS. These include antiperspirants, bras, abortion or miscarriage, dense

Risks, symptoms and new revelations on early detection breasts, fibrocystic disease, and breast implants.

SYMPTOMS If you notice any of these symptoms, see your health care provider to rule out breast cancer. � A new lump or breast change that feels different from the rest of your breast � A new lump or breast change that feels different from your other breast � You feel something different that you haven’t felt previously � Thickening, a lump or hard knot inside the breast or in the underarm area � Breast swelling, warmth or redness � Change in breast shape or size � Breast skin dimpling or puckering � A sore or rash on the nipple, particularly scaly or itchy � Your nipple or other parts of your breast pulling inward � Sudden nipple discharge

� Pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

EARLY DETECTION AND SCREENINGS Screenings are an essential means for detecting breast cancer, hopefully in its early stages. Until recently, women were encouraged to do a monthly self-examination. But a major study reported in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2002 concluded self-examination has played no role in improving cancer detection. It also found the extensive teaching of self-examination leads to an increased rate of benign breast biopsies. Clinical breast exams, however, are still recommended. Beginning at age 40, clinical exams should be done annually. Women with higher risk factors should have exams more often and consult with their doctor for the recommended frequency. Mammography, believed to be one of the most crucial tools in early detection for decades, first started in the 1960s. Early trials found mammography reduced



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Dear Readers: It’s with a heavy heart that I say farewell. After two strokes, it’s become increasingly difficult for me to write this column as well as I’d like. Writing it has been the highlight of every month for me. At the suggestion of Life After 50 Publisher Kevin VanGundy, I’ve begun to write a book about my columns. Thank you for all your letters and comments. Even though we’ve never met, I feel as if I know you. OB


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Dear SW: It seems there are a lot of people out there who say they don’t believe in God. I would venture to say that God still believes in them. If he’s living the life you describe, God is still showing up in his daily life. If you recall from the reader’s original letter, going to church does not make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car. I subscribe to that philosophy. We can pray for them and lead them to the water, but we can’t make them drink. We can be proud of them and let God decide what happens to their souls. I have to believe that God has experienced resistance many times and he has a way of bringing people to their knees. Blessings to you. OB Dear Old Bag: In a recent column, you wrote about a person in assisted living who wanted nail polish and couldn’t get it. As a nurse who works with dementia patients, I’d like to remind your readers that oftentimes dementia patients can’t have things like nail polish because they may drink it or use it incorrectly. It’s always good to check with the charge nurse to see what a patient may receive. Editor’s Note: If you’ve found Gayle’s advice to be valuable or entertaining, please express your thanks and pass along your well wishes. Contact information is below. ■

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’m a sucker for reminiscence. When I think of, eat, or see anything pumpkin, my thoughts drift back in time to memories of gray, rainy autumn days, hot cider, smoke from burning leaves hazing the air, outdoor football, snuggling under a blanket on hayrides beneath a harvest moon, giggling, sugar-charged trick-or-treaters and, of course, Jack-o’-lanterns. Then there’s the aroma of a creamy pumpkin pie fresh from the oven, topped with a dollop of genuine whipped cream (artificial whipped cream is an abomination). Pumpkin—a symbol of prosperity, growth, and abundance— was a revered part of the Native American diet, and pumpkin seeds were valued more for their oil and medicinal properties than the orange flesh. Before the Industrial Revolution, early Americans and Native Indians roasted pumpkin over campfires and used the highly nutritious fruit for medicine and food. Settlers hollowed out large pumpkins, filled them with milk, eggs, honey, maple syrup, and cinnamon, then baked them in the hot ashes of their fireplaces. Perhaps the first version of a pumpkin pie? Nutrient-dense pumpkins helped settlers survive long winters. The golden, orange globes quickly became a standard of early New England settlements. From pilgrim verse, circa 1630: “For pottage and puddings and custards and pies, our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies. We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon, if it were not for pumpkins, we should be undoon.” Medicinally, pumpkin seeds pro-

vide overall prostate health (zinc), improved bladder function, prevent kidney stones, lower cholesterol levels and can treat depression with their L-tryptophan—a compound naturally effective against depression. Pumpkin seeds’ (pepitas) anti-inflammatory qualities can also help prevent osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes and age-related macular degeneration. Plus, pumpkins are full of lutein and zeaxanthin that feed and protect our eyes and help maintain skin integrity. The fibrous orange miracle brims with magnesium, antioxidant vitamin C and E and potassium and is a good source of B-complex vitamins like folate, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin and pantothenic acid. It’s clearly the golden superstar of fall foods and a healthy powerhouse of wholesome, vibrant vitamin nutrition. However, to fully benefit from pumpkin’s potent power, it must be fresh for our cells to recognize and absorb powerful, nutrient-dense vitamins. Ditch the tin can puree, back away from the grocery shelf and no one will be harmed. Canned food is old and energetically dead with little or no wholesome nutrition. In autumn, there’s a plethora of plump pumpkins at local farmer’s markets. The orange superstar, a miracle of plant nutrition, can be used as medicine or in an entrée, soup or dessert. But please, nothing good comes from a sugary pumpkin spice latte with artificial flavoring. You deserve better. Get thee back into thy kitchen and cook pumpkins like the pilgrims and our ancestors did. ■


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LAUGHING MATTERS GEORGE AND THE DRAGON Submitted by Miki Strobridge An 18th-century vagabond in England, exhausted and famished, came to a roadside Inn with a sign reading “George and the Dragon.” He knocked and the innkeeper’s wife stuck her head out a window. “Can ye spare some victuals?” The woman glanced at his shabby, dirty clothes. “No!” she shouted. The vagabond knocked again. “What now?” the woman screeched. “Do ye suppose,” he asked, “that I might have a word with George?”

REDNECKS Submitted by Bob Breazeale Teacher: “Someone use the word ‘fascinate’ in a sentence.” Redneck’s kid: “My daddy’s beer belly is so big, when he puts on a 10-button shirt, he can only fasten eight!”

Why are there no rednecks in any of the Star Trek movies? Because they are not expected to be any smarter in the future than they are now. A redneck applies for a job. The boss isn’t certain how smart this guy is. So he decided to ask him some questions. Boss: “A long time ago Captain Cook went on three ocean voyages. He died on one of them. Which one?” Redneck: “I was never good at history. Could you ask me a different question?”

WHAT WAS THE NAME? Submitted by Rob Hykys Some neighbors were enjoying friendly conversation. Tom asked, “John, have you been to that new Italian restaurant yet? It’s fantastic! John replied, “No, what’s the name of it?”

Tom pondered for a second and said, “Darn, I can’t recall. Help me out here, John. What’s the name of that flower that smells so sweet and has thorns?” John said, “You mean a rose?” “Yeah, that’s it!” Tom said. “Hey, Rose, what’s the name of that new Italian restaurant?”

A LITTLE WORDPLAY Submitted by Jan Weeks 1. Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson. 2. What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled. 3. A commander walks into a bar and orders everyone a round. 4. Never buy flowers from a monk. Only you can prevent florist friars. 5. How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer. 6. I once worked at a cheap pizza shop to get by. I kneaded the dough. 7. When I told my contractor I didn’t want carpeted steps, they

gave me a blank stair. 8. Bono and The Edge walk into a Dublin bar and the bartender says, “Oh no, not U2 again.” 9. Prison is just one word to you, but for some people, it’s a whole sentence. 10. I’m trying to organize a hide and seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find. 11. I got over my addiction to chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. I won’t lie, it was a rocky road. 12. What do you say to comfort a friend who’s struggling with grammar? There, their, they’re. 13. I went to the toy store and asked the assistant where the Schwarzenegger dolls are and he replied, “Aisle B, back.” 14. What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted on closing up his own incision? Suture self. 15. I’ve started telling everyone about the benefits of eating dried grapes. It’s all about raisin awareness.

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All That Glitters’ sparkle is one of a kind By G. L. Yenne


ewelry can serve many purposes. It can complement colorful outfits, be passed down as family heirlooms, or commemorate a special occasion. All That Glitters is a locally owned shop on West Colorado Avenue that creates and features distinctive, customizable jewelry that tells a one-of-a-kind story. “We like it when customers come in with an idea of what they want,” said Cretee Nemmer, who’s owned the shop since 1996. “We can translate that into a drawing, a wax model, and with the customer’s approval, we will cast it into metal and finally set the stone.” Nemmer said many couples get married at Green Mountain Falls, with Pikes Peak in the background.

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They might commemorate their special day by selecting a custom ring with an etching of Pikes Peak, created by All That Glitters’ master jeweler Steve McHone with help from designer Carol Falls.

WORKS OF ART McHone has designed many locally specific bands, depicting the Boulder Flatirons and elk and bear, which are the shop’s most popular pieces. Custom rings with gemstones are also very popular with its male clientele. Gold is an eternal favorite, with rose gold—a combination of pure gold, copper and silver alloy—making a resurgence, and for good reason: its rosy color works great with any skin type. Nemmer added that All That Glitters uses the highest quality gems from around the world and relies on suppliers they know and trust. “At one point there was lot of mischief going on with emeralds, as green oil was being injected into the stones to give them a brilliant deep green color. We are very careful now!” she emphasized.

JEWELRY FOR ALL AGES The store specializes in custom designs. Often, a client will say, “This is Grandma’s diamond. Can you set it?” Or grandparents

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Above, from left: All That Glitters designer Carol Falls, master jeweler Steve McHone and owner Cretee Nemmer. Left: All That Glitters created this snapon ring for a customer who struggled with arthritic fingers. come in with an heirloom piece they want redesigned. For customers who struggle with arthritic fingers and find their favorite rings no longer fit well, the jewelers at All That Glitters can take an existing ring and solder a mechanism onto it to create a snap-on ring that looks seamless and beautiful. As women mature, dainty pieces of jewelry don’t work as well. Fortunately for women who have a jewelry box full of small pendants, All That Glitters can create one beautiful piece ♦ Pearls are always classic. ♦ Diamonds are forever, and most women look good in this versatile gem. ♦ Wear gems to match your eye color. There’s a whole array of gems to suit every taste and eye color.

from these smaller pieces. Likewise, “stackables,” or multiple pieces together, add up to a great look as an alternative to one bold piece of jewelry. Jewelry pieces can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. The shop also does appraisals and watch repairs. In late October, All That Glitters is moving a few blocks east to 2530 W. Colorado Ave. Look for a “welcome back” progressive block event with their new neighbors later in the month. ■

♦ Brooches always make a fashion statement, and those with pearls and garnets are a sure bet. ♦ Bracelets are perfect for a put-together look. They are easy to wear if colors are mixed and matched, giving a charming and youthful appeal.



he famous haunted hotels and attractions book up early. If you’d hoped to spend an evening with a chain-rattling specter hellbent on keeping you up all night, you’re probably too late. But if you prefer poltergeists of the pooch persuasion, you might be in luck. The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park is the final resting place for thousands of celebrity animals, as well as the pets of stars. Located in Calabasas, California, the dogs of Lauren Bacall and Steven Spielberg rest in perpetuity with Tawny, the MGM lion. Spectral sightings of Baby and Champ are common. But it’s Rudolph Valentino’s doberman, Kabar, that is most conspicuous. His appearances—as well as his gentle licking of visitors’ hands—are legendary. The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, was the first pet cemetery in our country. It was established in 1896 by veterinarian Dr. Samuel Johnson. For health reasons, pet burials were banned in New York at that time. Consequently, residents disposed of their pets with the trash. This practice saddened Dr. Johnson, so he offered his personal property for the burial of beloved pets, eventually making it a bona fide pet cemetery. While pet spirits have been felt and seen here, it’s the good doctor himself who is seen roaming amidst the 80,000 pets interred here. The Holly Hotel in Holly, Michigan—said to be “loaded with spirits,” according to prominent

ghost hunter Norman Gauthier—is where its first hotelier’s dog Leona resides. Well, she used to, when she was alive. Employees and guests often see the little rat terrier racing through the hallways and barking at guests. At the Whaley House Museum in San Diego, Dolly (another longgone terrier) still darts in and out of rooms and has been known to appear in photographs taken by visitors. Poogan was a much-loved street doggy who loved to sleep on the porch at 72 Queen St. in Charleston, South Carolina. Now a restaurant called Poogan’s Porch, Poogan hangs out with diners beneath their tables, and the staff still catch glimpses of him napping on the porch—even though he left this life in 1979. And a grief-stricken hound— who never left the makeshift grave where his master, Confederate General William Barksdale, was first buried—still howls mournfully on the anniversary of Barksdale’s death at the Hummelbaugh House in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Here’s my take on ghosts. Dog ghosts are retrievers in white sheets—eye holes cut out and jack-o’-lantern buckets dangling from their mouths. They frolic and yip. People ghosts are grimacing skeletons. They wail, slam cupboard doors in the night and tell you to “Get out!” I prefer the ghosts that are content to brush against my leg, beg for table scraps—and maybe even lick my face. ■

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HOME & GARDEN simultaneously. While in the water, the plant will begin to develop visible roots and eventually new leaf growth. Once the roots are longer and more established, you can move the plant into soil, or keep the plant in the water where it will continue to grow and, depending on the type of plant, even bloom! If you’re prone to underwatering your plant, consider trying a “plant of steel.” The nickname applies to plants that are drought resilient, do not require direct sun, and are very difficult to kill. Such plants include snake plants and ZZ plants because they can sustain more neglect than the average plant.

TALKING TO PLANTS The skills developed and used for caring for plants may also help improve one’s interpersonal communication. For instance, new plant owners may feel as though they’re having to guess what’s wrong with a

REGULARLY CARING FOR A PLANT MAY ALSO HELP DEVELOP A MORE MEANINGFUL DAILY ROUTINE, ESPECIALLY IN TIMES OF ISOLATION. plant. Like infants, plants can’t verbalize their needs to their caretakers. However, over time, people can begin to understand a plant and its needs based off of its limited communication style. For example, a common indication that a plant is in distress is yellowing and floppy leaves. This can be a sign of either too much or too little water. Your next step would be to check the soil and identify if a change in the watering routine is needed based on how dry or wet it is. Although the plant didn’t suddenly begin to verbalize its needs, you were able to identify and listen to the needs of the plant based off of the communication it provided. Learning how to identify and remedy a plant in distress requires

observation, interpretation and a response to the needs being expressed, even if the communication is not always easily understood. Plant keeping may also increase your attention to your surroundings. You may find you notice plants more when you’re out and about. The plant at the doctor’s office that you ignored for years may now suddenly be of great interest to you. This spark of curiosity and attention to detail is beneficial to all, but especially older adults.

A BENEFICIAL HOBBY The cultivation of plants is a relatively easy hobby for all, but especially for those who may have limited mobility or indoor living space. Caring for plants may also foster friendships with other plant

enthusiasts. Community plant swaps are common, or could easily be coordinated within an assisted living facility or neighborhood. Regularly caring for a plant may also help develop a more meaningful daily routine, especially in times of isolation. If it isn’t possible for residents at a long-term care facility to keep plants in their rooms, facilities may consider adding plants to common areas and assigning residents to care for the plants. Having residents take part in the upkeep of their community may help them develop a sense of purpose. ■

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was 22 years old when I first flew across the Atlantic for a solo adventure in Europe. I was meant to take the trip with my best friend, but she became engaged and I wasn’t going to wait for anyone else to accompany me on this dream trip. I’d been seduced by travel as a child on summer holidays to Canada, home of my paternal grandparents. Bitten by the travel bug, nothing compared to the idea of seeing some of Europe’s most amazing countries and capitals. Armed with a Eurail pass and modest hotel reservations, I flew from New York to Amsterdam. From Amsterdam’s canals to London’s museums, pubs and palace, I traveled on to the Champs-Élysées and cafes of Paris, the Colosseum of Rome, and the magnificent statue of David in Florence. They were magical places that spurred me on to more worldwide travel in the years to come. But the really special part of that initial

journey resided in the people I met and the conversations we shared in trains, restaurants, hotels and elsewhere. No sooner did I bid farewell to one new friend than I made another. Some were young travelers like me, others were wise elders—and in two cases, attractive men whom I would see again.

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TRAVEL Everyone I interacted with told stories that moved me, made me laugh, tear up, and most importantly, share the truths of my own life. I felt for the first time like I’d climbed into my own skin. No need for game playing, diminishing or apologizing for my thoughts, so often called for from American females in the ’60s. I could be who I was, and be appreciated for it. It was an entirely new, sensual experience, devoid of sexual overtones. And it changed my life forever. Years later on a visit to England, I stayed in a bed and breakfast run by a woman whose husband had suffered a workplace injury and was unable to work. Every day, she repeated her routine—cooking breakfast for guests, changing beds, cleaning rooms and caring for her husband and children. Every day, we shared an intimate, unspoken moment when, smiling at each other, she knew that she would never have my life of freedom and mobility, and I understood that I would

EVERYONE I INTERACTED WITH TOLD STORIES THAT MOVED ME, MADE ME LAUGH, TEAR UP AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, SHARE THE TRUTHS OF MY OWN LIFE. never be subjected to her burdens. It made me sad, but helped me understand my privileged place in the world. Then there was the woman I literally bumped into in a New York shop. She was accompanied by two children and a dreadful husband who barked at her as she enjoyed a brief shopping moment. I don’t know why, but as I left the shop, I whispered to her, “You have the courage to do what you need to.” Later, crossing the street, I bumped into her again. I quickly hugged her and she hugged me back. I often wonder if, in that moment, a decision was made that led to her liberation. And how can I forget Roy Cesarini, whom I met in a café by the sea in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy? Roy was a dapper older gentleman

whose sparkling blue eyes, pink cheeks, and broad smile beneath a carefully trimmed mustache drew me to him immediately. Roy had noticed that I was struggling with the menu and asked quietly, “May I be of some assistance?” And he began to tell his story. He had been a British prisoner of war due to Mussolini’s collaboration with Germany in World War II. Sent to a work farm in the UK, he quickly endeared himself to everyone, including the farmer’s daughter, Elizabeth. The two fell in love. But one day, Elizabeth was warned that she could be arrested for collaborating with the enemy. Shortly thereafter, Roy was sent to another farm in Scotland. They wrote to each other, but their letters were never received and each thought they’d been forgotten.

After the war, Roy returned to Italy, married and became a restaurant owner. But he never forgot Elizabeth. When his wife died, he learned that Elizabeth had also passed away. From then on, he visited England annually to lay flowers on her grave. “She was my first love and I don’t forget her,” he said. His moving story taught me a lot about love. Some years later, I heard that Roy, too, had passed away. Like Elizabeth, I fell in love with him, and I don’t forget him. These treasured memories, many born of travel, have been true gifts in my life. They offered me opportunities for deeper insight and heightened compassion, a genuine appreciation of people’s life stories, and a kind of intimacy that I would’ve hated to have missed. I’m a better human being for those moments shared with intimate strangers. ■

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A photographer’s re-created photos tell the stories of our city’s history By William J. Dagendesh


lthough Mike Pach displayed an interest in photography as a child, it wasn’t until he visited Colorado in 1983 that his interest took flight. Pach was so captivated by the breathtaking splendor of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and landscapes that he decided to pick up the camera professionally and relocate to the Centennial state. Pach, who owns 3 Peaks Photography, couldn’t have imagined his decision would pay dividends nearly four decades later when seeking to produce a major project honoring Colorado Springs’ heritage.

In his newly released book, “Colorado Springs: Then and Now,” Pach, 54, celebrates the city’s 150-year history through color replications of black-and-white photos shot over the past two centuries. The book includes Pach’s insights about Colorado Springs history and information about the original photos and his replicated work.



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It was Matt Mayberry from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum who, in 2016, inspired the project after expressing an interest in holding a “then and now” archive photo series. The following year, Pach learned the city planned to celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2021. The seed had been planted and in summer 2019, Pach sought to turn the idea into reality.


Author and photographer Mike Pach stands in front of photos from his newly released book, “Colorado Springs: Then & Now”

“I saw this [sesquicentennial] as the perfect opportunity to create a ‘then and now’ collection. I volunteered to do the work as my gift to Colorado Springs,” said Pach. Pach reached out to people he knew could educate him about Colorado Springs’ past and direct him to photos that would best illustrate the city’s history. During his research, he discovered that photos featuring people provide the most interesting stories. “I decided to use these types of photos to showcase people who are doing great things in our community since they’re part of

Brooke and Bobby Mikulas recreate the photo of a pioneer family near Seven Lakes, except that the Mikulas are at Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Wings of a flying machine c. 1897, and a Brewster F3A-1 Corsair at the World War II Aviation museum. our history moving forward. There are two images in particular that, when I showed them to Matt, he informed me of their significance, thus validating my decision to use them for the project,” Pach said. Like a time capsule containing priceless relics from a bygone era, a recent exhibit at Library 21c of Pach’s 50 photo pairs encapsulated the city’s triumphant past and colorful present. One print, “The Chamber’s House,” is an 1874 family portrait of Robert and Elsie Chambers and their four children outside their home, later renamed Rock Ledge Ranch. The 2021 replication mirrors the earlier photo to the smallest detail. In “Two Janes,” two women named Jane in 1890 posed for a photo atop their bicycles. In 2020, Kate Brady and Kate Houston posed on PikeRide electronic-assist bicycles near the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum entrance for

The Colorado Springs Police Department in 1897 and today.

Pach’s present-day color replication, “Two Kates.” Similarly, in “The World’s Oldest Man,” Charles Emory photographed Pikes Peak Roadsters member A.C. Van Cott on a bicycle at 18 S. Tejon St. To replicate the circa 1900 photo, Pach photographed PikeRide board member Adam Morley in the role of Van Cott. Pach’s personal favorite is of engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla. In a double exposure created by Stefano Bianchetti, Tesla reads a book amid lightning bolts streaming all around him. In Pach’s replication, Tesla historian Patric Ryan sits in the middle of a road as lightning bolts rain down from the dark sky. However, the photo pair of the city’s most famous rock formation is what commanded the most attention. Poised on a sloped ledge of eons-old rust colored sandstone above Garden of the Gods’ park road, “Balanced Rock” appears to defy the laws of physics as two men

Published by Verde Press, “Colorado Springs: Then and Now” contains 75 past and present photo pairs. Mayberry, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, and library representatives John Spears and Brett Lobello provide comments. The 195-page hardcover coffee table book sells for $75 and is available through Hooked on Books,

The first running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 1916 and in 2020. and their donkeys pose in front of the formation, replicated in a 2020 shot of two park rangers and their horses.

PHOTO STORIES Tom and Pat Degeorge praised the beauty of the photo comparisons. “Many photos like these have been destroyed, so it’s great to have some historical documentation,” Tom said. Pach found that selecting photos to best illustrate the city’s history was more challenging than he anticipated. “It’s impossible to include everything in a project of this scope. I set out to find more material than I needed, and that turned out to be a wise decision,” Pach said. More than 200 people assisted with copy editing, posing for photos, coordinating photo shoots and filming a documentary. “It was challenging to find historic examples of photos to represent

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our diverse culture since many public archives don’t contain a lot of these types of images. This is one of the reasons I encourage people to donate their photo catalogs to the museum and Pikes Peak Library District,” Pach said. Selecting and preparing the photos for print were the easy parts. “Writing copy, editing and checking facts were challenging and I’m grateful to the people who helped me,” he said. The book’s editor, Rhonda Van Pelt, wrote, “Thanks to Mike’s dogged determination to tell these stories through images and words, you’ll never look at Colorado Springs the same way.” Although he wasn’t paid for his work, Pach’s reward is knowing future generations will review it “I have etched my name into the history of Colorado Springs,” he said. ■

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God offers us unconditional love “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” - 1 John 4:9, NKJV


’m constantly amazed by the unconditional love of our heavenly Father. It was this love that took Jesus to the cross. Romans 5:8 reads, “But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” What an awesome statement! This is the kind of love that looks for the best in others, no matter who they are or what they have or have not done. It’s a selfless love that freely gives without asking anything in return. It’s love “by choice”—an act of the will and not of feeling. This kind of love is called agape love, and it describes the unconditional love God has for the world. We’re worth this kind of love because we are his creation, made in his image. We are the redeemed, chosen by him before the foundation of the world. He has called us by name, and we are the apple of his eye, the beloved of the Lord. Sometimes the things of this world—all the glitter and the glamour—look very good to us, but those things often cause us to pull away from God and the love he has for us. We get so busy with our possessions and cares of this world that we wander away from him and forget how much he loves us. James 5:19 says that those who wander from the truth are to be brought back to the Lord. Nothing in this world is worth being separat-

ed from God and his unconditional love. In the world’s current state, it’s often difficult to see and feel the love of our heavenly Father. It’s not always easy to feel love for others either, but it’s always the heart of the Father for us to walk in love. My prayer for each of us is to always see others with the eyes of our Father. Between the confusion and mistrust in today’s culture, it can be difficult to keep our feelings in check. I recently had to apologize to a friend for saying something without thinking it through. With emotions running so high on many fronts, we need to be especially vigilant about walking in love with all people. Remember, it’s a choice to walk in love. If we all lived by our emotions, then our homes, our communities, even our world would not feel like a very safe place to live. Just as the Father demonstrates his love for us and gives us an example to strive for, let’s lay aside all the things that so easily beset us and follow his example. There’s an Israeli song that calls us to “…return to the Lord, for your Father waits for you with open arms. He’s your Father and you’re his child. Listen to the longing of your heart and return.” Come home to the Father. Come home and experience once again his unconditional love! ■

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sing a third-party payment system to send or transfer money may sound scary. However, many people have embraced alternative payment platforms like PayPal, Venmo and Zelle because they make life a lot easier. So, let’s discuss the obvious questions and concerns people often have about these apps.

SECURE TRANSACTIONS No human ever sees your bank or credit card information. When you put this information into a secure website or app like Amazon, eBay, Venmo or PayPal, it’s encrypted using a system that even the government can’t decode. Tech-savvy hackers go after large pots of money stored in insecure locations. It’s a waste of time for them to hack into major secure platforms because they’d have to break a new code for each individual and punch through countless security blocks along the way. Bad guys that commit credit card fraud are usually common thieves. It’s more likely for a gas station attendant or restaurant worker to skim credit cards they’re handed and give that information to an accomplice who keeps a

pool of stolen information and distributes it. That’s why a stolen credit card may be used 10 minutes later at a Target 300 miles away. All noncash financial transactions take place online— all of them. When you use your credit or debit card at Target, the process of transferring the money is functionally identical to the process of placing the information into your web browser to order from Target. com. If you’ve ever used your debit card to pay for something, you’ve used the same technology. All businesses that take cards use a third party to transfer the money from the customer’s bank or credit card to the business. Likewise, Zelle, PayPal and Venmo are third parties that facilitate a secure transaction between both business and private parties for a small percentage of the transaction.

Mailing an envelope full of cash to, for example, is far less secure and offers no protection against fraud. All card payments and most digital transfers are guaranteed and protected by the card company or payment platform.

GOING CASHLESS Now that we’ve addressed the security of digital payment methods, let’s talk about its benefits. When my sister got married a few weeks ago, I connected her laptop to the PA system and played music for people to dance to at the reception. As I searched for songs on Spotify, her computer kept pinging Venmo notifications in the upper right corner every few minutes. The newlyweds had a gift table with a

box for honeymoon cash, as well as a sign with the couple’s Venmo ID, which they’d also posted on social media. The money box probably didn’t even have 20 one-dollar bills in it. Over the summer, I’ve been to numerous yard sales that accepted cash, PayPal, Venmo, etc. Personally, I’ve used it to buy and sell items from classified ads or accepted payments for helping people with their computer issues. Finally, you can use alternative payment platforms for businesses that don’t take cash like Amazon, iTunes, Netflix and Spotify. Facebook and Walmart also have their own cash alternative apps. Think of these platforms as bank accounts that anyone can open and use, but are typically instantaneous and can’t be overdrawn. Each company also provides debit cards to make the money in your account available anywhere that takes cards. If you want to test an alternative payment platform, transfer money with a close friend or relative as practice. Send or receive a small amount like $1 to see how it works. If you don’t feel safe, you can always close the account and go back to writing checks and paying with cash. ■


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ver the years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Halloween and what I could give to trickor-treaters that would make them squeal with delight. Unfortunately, many of my efforts have resulted in less than rousing successes. Take, for example, the year I decided to hand out packs of colorful smiley-face stickers instead of candy. I imagined the trick-or-treaters also having smiles on their faces when they saw them. I figured wrong. For one thing, the really young kids didn’t know what the stickers were and tried to eat them. And the older kids’ expressions clearly told me where I could stick my stickers. Still, the next morning, when I spotted dozens of smiley faces stuck all over my car out in the driveway, I convinced myself that my treats had helped the kids unleash their hidden creativity. The next year, I bought small paper Halloween bags that were decorated with witches and pumpkins. I then painstakingly filled each one with an assortment of wrapped penny candy (fireballs, root-beer barrels, caramels, Tootsie Rolls, etc.) and stapled them shut. The kids actually looked scared when I handed the sealed bags to them.

“What’s in here?” one little boy hesitantly asked as he held the bag with only two fingers, in a way that someone might hold a bag of manure. “It’s a surprise!” I said. “Will it bite me?” he asked. Through years of trial and error, I finally found something that no red-blooded trick-or-treater could complain about—full-sized chocolate bars. The first time I handed them out, I finally got the reaction I’d been seeking for so long. “Wow! Awesome!” one group all gasped in unison. “Big candy bars! Thank you, lady!” Not so awesome was my husband’s reaction when he had to eat scrambled eggs for dinner three nights in a row because I’d spent all of our grocery budget on the chocolate bars. I mean, they certainly weren’t only a nickel apiece anymore, like back when I was a kid. No, they were 10 times that much. “How many candy bars did you give out anyway?” my husband asked me at the dinner table the night after Halloween. He stabbed a piece of egg with his fork and then held it up and stared at it as if he were trying to use mind power to transform it into a T-bone steak. “About 75, I guess,” I said. “Are you sure? There didn’t seem

“DIMES?” SHE REPEATED, LAUGHING. “THIS ISN’T THE 1950s! YOU CAN’T BUY ANYTHING, NOT EVEN PENNY CANDY, FOR A DIME ANYMORE.” to be nearly that many kids, judging by the doorbell.” “Well, that’s because quite a few of them had sick sisters or brothers who couldn’t come out trick-or-treating,” I said. “So they asked me for candy bars to take home to them. One poor little girl, her brother told me, broke both her arms. And another one fell off her bike and knocked out all of her front teeth. So I made sure to send her a chocolate bar without any nuts in it. I mean, without her teeth, she wouldn’t be able to chew anything crunchy.” My husband rolled his eyes and shook his head. “Those kids were pulling the oldest scam in the book on you! There are no sick sisters or brothers. If they like your candy, they’ll make up stories like that just to get some extra candy for themselves. Either that or they’ll run home, change their costumes and then come back again later on.” I thought about what he was

could see the cavities popping out in our teeth and hear our arteries hardening. So this year, with Halloween just around the corner, I once again am faced with the dilemma of what to give the trick-or-treaters, especially with my drastically reduced budget. “I was thinking that maybe I’ll get a bunch of dimes and hand one out to each kid,” I said to one of my friends the other night. “After all, what kid doesn’t like money? And it’ll be much cheaper than buying some overpriced candy I might end up getting stuck with.” “Dimes?” she repeated, laughing. “This isn’t the 1950s! You can’t buy anything, not even penny candy, for a dime anymore.” “Well, what would you suggest then?” I asked. “I suggest that on Halloween you lock the doors, shut off all the lights and don’t answer the doorbell. You’ll save a bundle that way.” I think she really could use a smiley-face sticker. ■



CALENDAR October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Oct. 1-3

Freedom Friday

Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween comes spooky early at the Colorado Springs KOA! Crafts, pumpkin carving, a costume contest and a very competitive campsite/cabin decorating contest with prizes. Don’t forget candy—there are 500 trick-or-treaters! 8100 Bandley Dr., Fountain | Variable pricing | www.koa. com/campgrounds/colora do-springs | 800-562-8609

Military and first responders, Whiskey Baron Dance Hall & Saloon wants to honor you. One free drink token with military ID. Includes police, firefighters and EMTs. 6 p.m.-12 a.m. | 5781 N. Academy Blvd. | Free | www.thewhiskey | 719-465-3806

October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 2223 & 30 Ghost Stories Walking Tours

Walk into Manitou Springs’ history. Each tour has a spirit guide who recounts the stories. These eerie yet fun 45-minute ghost tours are thoughtfully scripted and brilliantly presented. Held rain or shine. 6 p.m. | $18/$15 advance, free under 8 | 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs | www.manitousprings | 719-685-1454

October 2

Trevor Noah: Back to Abnormal World Tour

October 1-3

Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

Rock lovers, head over to the Norris Penrose Event Center where over 50 vendors showcase gems and minerals from many locales. Discover sculptures, fossils, meteorites, crystals and jewelry, and experience hourly auctions, door prizes and kids’ activities. 12-7 p.m. | 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road | $5/day, $8/multiple days, free 12 and under | www.pikespeakgem | 719- 635-1101

Laugh it up at the World Arena with the host of the Emmy® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. 7:30 p.m. | 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $39.50-$125 | www.broadmoor | 719-477-2100

October 2

Blues on the Mesa

Lounge and listen on the lawn behind the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center’s clubhouse. This live music festival features national and regional blues artists.

12-6 p.m. | 142 S. Raven Mine Dr., Ste. 200 | $35-$75 | amusiccom | 719-237-9953

October 2

History Center Craft Fair

Explore one-of-a-kind handmade items at the Old Colorado City History Center Museum. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | 1 S. 24th St. | Free | | 719-636-1225

October 2, 9 & 16 Farm & Art Market

Scoop up some fresh produce and handcrafted items at one of three remaining markets this season, featuring Colorado-owned family farms and businesses. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 7350 Pine Creek Road | Free | www.farmandartmarket. com | 719-598-8667

October 2 & 21

Dinner Detective

Whodunit? Join in America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner at the Great Wolf Lodge as you enjoy a fantastic dinner and crack the case. 6-9 p.m. | 9494 Federal Drive | $64.95+ | | 866-496-0535

October 3

Colorado Harvest Dinner

Support your favorite farmers market at our annual fall fundraiser at the Margarita at Pine Creek, featuring farm-fresh food, drinks, live music and a silent auction. 5-8 p.m. | 7350 Pine Creek Road | $120 | | 719-598-8667

October 5

Skillet: The Aftermath Tour

Rock out with one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century, the two-time Grammy® Award-nominated multiplatinum quartet. 7 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $39.95$79.95 | | 719-477-2100

October 7

October Nights with Swell!

Party with Colorado's premier classic rock tribute band at The Armadillo Ranch, featuring music by Led Zeppelin, The Cars, Talking Heads, Jethro Tull, The Grateful Dead and more. 8-11 p.m. | 962 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs | Free | | 719-374-5580

October 9 Cheyenne Mountain Run

Choose from three races: 5K, 10K and 25K. Every age category, from 1-14 to 80+. Prizes for top finishers, medals for all 25K finishers and running shirts for all! 3-9:30 p.m. | 410 JL Ranch Heights Road | $35-$80 | | 719-576-2016

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October 9 Haunted History

If local lore piques your interest, join your ghost host for a tour of Fairview Cemetery. Specters from the past reminisce about settling Old Colorado City and how they came to be buried there. Wear comfortable shoes for this two-hour tour. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 1000 S. 26th St. | $20 | | 719-636-1225

Carvers will compete, sell their wares and demonstrate how artistic treasures are created from wood at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday | 6 S. 33rd St. | $3/$2 65+ and military, free 11 and under | | 719-339-5164

October 9 & 23

Lawrence Shiroma Live

Tantalize your taste buds with delicious combos and enjoy live music at Hillside Gardens & Event Center. Proceeds benefit Ascending to Health Respite Care, the only homeless respite center in El Paso County. 4-9 p.m. | 1006 S. Institute St. | $39 | | 719-520-9463 Peak Center. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $48-$68 | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2100

October 13

October 16

Women, come socialize while enjoying refreshments and a short program at the Broadmoor Community Church. 9:30 a.m. | 315 Lake Ave. | Free | | 719-644-1070

October 9

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Put on your boogie shoes and head to the Eagles Club, where Maxi's Dance Group presents a performance by Lone Wolf. Food and bar available at 5:30 p.m. 6-9 p.m. | 1050 S. 21st St. | $8 ($5 members) | 719-660-1358

October 9-10

October 15

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

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Join us at the Hotel Elegante for SKSF Night of Comedy featuring comedian Josh Blue—our fundraiser for children with disabilities. Includes dinner, cash bar and silent auction. 6-9 p.m. | 2886 S. Circle Dr. | $75 | | 719-634-4675

October 16-17, 23-24, 29 & 31 Boo at the Zoo

Dress up and head out to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for a haunted house, spooky graveyard, pirate’s cove, lighted pumpkin patch and trick-or-treating and animals galore! 4-8:30 p.m. | 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road | $0.75-$24.75 | www. | 719-633-9925

October 16

Freddie Jackson

Unwind to the dynamic sounds of this successful R&B artist with 11 hit records, four Grammy nominations and an American Music Award. 8 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $40$125 | | 719-477-2100

October 18

All Pikes Peak Makes

The Mobile Earth & Space Observatory (MESO) bus—a “science center on wheels”—is traveling to the High Prairie Library with hands-on educational and research activities.

October 16 & 17

Sugar Plum Food & Gift Mart Shop ’til you drop at the Colorado Springs Event Center with hand-

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CALENDAR Scientist-educators engage people directly with solar and celestial telescopes, spectroscopy, infrared cameras, an augmented reality sand table, gravity wells and more. 1-4 p.m. | 7035 Meridian Rd, Peyton | Free | | 719-531-6333

October 20 Luke Combs

Get your new country music fix with the Grammy-nominated singer at the Broadmoor World Arena. 7-10 p.m. | 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $100+ | www.broadmoorworld | 719-477-2100

Oct. 22-23, 29-30 & 31 Rocky Horror Picture Show

Head to Manitou for this live performance of the cult movie sensation at the Iron Springs Chateau Dinner Theater. Drinks and snacks available, goody bags included and there’s a costume contest on Halloween. 9 p.m. | 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs | $25 | www. | 719685-5104

October 23

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Jeff Dunham: Seriously!?

Laugh ’til you cry with this comedian/ventriloquist at the World Arena. 5 p.m. | 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $50.50 | www.broadmoorworldare | 719-477-2100

Fall Crawl

Pioneers Museum invites families to a fun and educational fall-themed, hour-long stroll. Visit five interactive art- and history-themed stations. Includes a special treat and prizes for kids. Costumes encouraged! 3:30-8 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St. | $5 | fall-crawl | 719-385-5631

October 27

Murder at a Masquerade 2021!

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You’ll be wowed by these uniquely talented women at the Stargazers Theatre & Event Center. They are more rock band than string quartet, mixing and mashing classical and contemporary music and busting out some choreography, too! 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Dr. | $17 | | 719-476-2200

Come to the Hotel Elegante for a knee-slapping good time just for vets, starring Bobby Henline and Greg Hahn and presented by the American Legion Riders Post 180. 7-9 p.m. | 2886 S. Circle Dr. | $30 | | 719-576-5900


Veterans Comedy Show

Ladies only! This Victorian murder mystery masquerade/charity fundraiser at the Radisson Hotel includes a five-course meal, costume contest, prizes and goody bags. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | 1645 Newport Road | $48.50 | | 719-597-7000

October 27

Grief & Mental Health Seminar Come to Longevity Care Clinic to hear grief specialist Crystal Givens on dealing with the different types of grief and Bob Landry, retired US

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Grandparents, parents and children—there’s wholesome fun for all at the Colorado Springs Event Center. Features family-friendly vendors, free kid activities, creative stations, giveaways, mascots, samples and presentations. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. | $7 ($5 in advance), free for kids | | 303-400-3470

Come along for the ride as country superstar Brett Eldredge takes fans on an unforgettable outing at the World Arena with new music as well as fan-favorite #1 smash songs. 7:30 p.m. | 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $35-$55 | www. | 719-477-2100

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Air Force, on veterans transitioning into civilian life. 4-6 p.m. | 1624 S. 21st St., Suite A | $10 | | 719-955-3621

Oct. 28 Theresa Caputo: The Experience

See the star from TLC’s hit show “Long Island Medium” in action as she interacts with the audience at the Pikes Peak Center.

7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $42.75-$92.75 | www. | 719477-2100

10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St. | Free | ween-history-hunt | 719-385-5631

October 31

Halloween Night for Divorcees Divorcees only! Laugh, vent and listen at 3E’s Comedy Club, with humor, music and fun to celebrate all who weathered marital splitsville and lived to tell about it! Costumes welcome. Drinks and food available for purchase. 7:30-9 p.m. | 1 S. Nevada Ave. | $25 | | 719-6949911

Nov. 3-7 Black Forest Guild Arts and Crafts Show and Sale

October 30

Halloween Funk

Boo! Get your scare on at the JazzFunk Connection with music, drink specials and a costume contest. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | 2355 Platte Pl. | Variable ticket prices | www.jazzfunk | 719-632-4541

Browse and nibble your way through the Black Forest Community Center, where Guild members sell fine art, decorative crafts and culinary delights. 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday | Free | 12530 Black Forest Road | | www. ■

October 30

Halloween History Hunt

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CLUBS 21st Century Toastmasters meets weekly at Library 21c. Fridays | 1 p.m. | 719-591-8045

Sunday at 1:30 p.m. | 719-634-7250 Bulldog Club meets monthly at Westside Community Center. 4th Monday | 6-8 p.m. |

ACC Grass Roots 307 Cribbage meets weekly at the Colorado Springs Elks Lodge. Wednesdays | 4:30 p.m. | 719-331-1200

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

ACLU defends civil rights and liberties. 303-777-5482 Austin Bluffs Sertoma meets twice monthly for breakfast at Hotel Elegante. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 2nd & 4th Wednesday | 7:30 a.m. | 719-460-5561 (Pat) Austrian-American Enzian Club meets monthly at the VFW Post #101. 4th Wednesday | 5 p.m. | 719-380-1163 Bingo fundraiser to help aid local veterans at DAV-26 Knob Hill, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. Sundays | 5:30-9 p.m. | 719-591-8787 Bingo (Paralyzed Vets of America) plays weekly at Bingo World. Tuesdays | 12:30 p.m. | 719-578-1441 Black Forest AARP gathers monthly for a potluck lunch at Black Forest Lutheran Church. 2nd Wednesday | 12 p.m. | 719-596-6787 Bridge Players Duplicate plays daily at the Bridge Center. Monday-Saturday at 12:30 p.m. |

Cheyenne Mountain Hooked on Crochet meets virtually on Zoom to crochet or knit. 1st & 3rd Thursday | 10 a.m. | | 719-389-8968 Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club meets monthly at Broadmoor Community Church. 2nd Wednesday | 9:30 a.m. | 719-644-1070 Colorado Springs Breakfast Club for Singles 50+ meets monthly at Patty Jewett Clubhouse ($18 cash/ check). 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | RSVP 719-260-0651 or Colorado Springs Chess Club meets weekly in the Acacia Apartments ballroom. Tuesdays | 6 p.m. Colorado Springs Coin Club meets monthly at Fraternal Order of Eagles #143. 4th Tuesday | 6:30 p.m. | 719-433-8417 Colorado Springs Numismatic Society meets monthly at Hilltop Baptist Church. 2nd Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-433-8417

Colorado Springs Scrabble Club meets virtually weekly for three games on (must create account). Mondays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-332-5141

El Paso Pacers is a walking club that meets monthly. RSVP by email. 3rd Thursday | 9 a.m. | 719-5206977 | Falcon Adult Group meets monthly at High Prairie Library. 1st Wednesday | 11 a.m. Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship meets monthly for breakfast at IHOP, 6005 Constitution Ave. 2nd Saturday | 7:30 a.m. | 719-229-3317 Gleneagle Sertoma meets twice monthly for lunch in the Northgate area. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 1st & 3rd Wednesday | 11:30 a.m. | 719-331-1212 (Harvey) Gold Camp Victorian Society meets monthly at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center.

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Pikes Peak Camera Club meets virtually monthly. Zoom link on website. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-634-2376 | Pikes Peak Computer Application Society meets monthly at Springs Community Church. 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | asdtitus@ Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets virtually monthly. 2nd Wednesday | 6 p.m. | Pikes Peak Over the Hill Gang for active people 50+ who enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, golfing, camping, etc. (variable times/dates). Membership required. Meets monthly for dinner. 2nd Wednesday | 719-388-1534 |

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Curiosity Unlimited offers fun opportunities for continuous learning with UCCS professor lectures virtually and at the Ent Center for the Arts, Chapman Foundation Recital Hall. Call to RSVP. 2nd Friday | 10 a.m. | www.uccs. edu/curiosity | 719-574-1449

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Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners meets monthly for dinner and a program at the Masonic Center. Call to RSVP. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | 719-473-0330. Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers (of children in the military) meets monthly at the Falcon Police Department. 1st Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-651-8038 Rotary Club meets weekly for lunch and a speaker at The Antlers. Visit website for Zoom link and to RSVP. Fridays | 12:15 p.m. | 719-338-3239 | Senior Chats occur weekly at the Rockrimmon Library. Tuesdays | 10:30 a.m. Senior Circle Book Club meets monthly at the Woodland Park Public Library’s large meeting room. 2nd Thursday | 10:30 a.m. | 719-687-9281 Silicon Mountain Mac User Group meets virtually monthly. Visit website for Zoom link. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | Sno-Jets Ski and Adventure Club meets biweekly for ski trips, biking, hiking, dinners and more October through April. Membership is $45

per year. Visit website for details 1st Thursday | 6:30 p.m. | www. Socrates Cafe meets weekly for discussion at the Monument Library. Tuesdays | 1-3 p.m. | 719-531-6333, ext. 7005 Sons and Daughters of Italy meets monthly at the VFW Post #101. 1st Tuesday | Dinner 5:30, Meeting 6:30 p.m. | 719-290-9586 Sons of Norway meets monthly for a heritage meeting at Viking Hall. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-574-3717 Travel Club meets regularly through the Fountain Valley Senior Center. 719-600-2602 | Triviality Trivia plays weekly at Gold Camp Brewing Company. Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-319-3798 Vietnam Veterans of America (chapter 1075) meets monthly at Colorado Technical University. 4th Saturday | 9 a.m. | 719-650-1513 Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association—Army Women United meets monthly at various homes and backyards. 4th Saturday | 10 a.m. | 719-660-3641 ■

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Darlene Garcia “I grew up in Canada, and our family used to tent camp often. On one trip when I was 11, it rained nonstop—but you can only play so many games of cards. On the third day, to our great shock and delight, my mother announced, ‘We’re going swimming!’ My dad was skeptical but went along, staying on the beach to watch for lightning as my mom, brother and I jumped off an inner tube into the lake for hours on end as the rain continued to fall. It was magical.”

Stephen Faulkner “In my HVAC days, I got called to a dry cleaners and chatted with a 40-something employee. She hated her job, but she could walk to her little condo and she needed the money for a car. I left but felt a nudge to pray for her—so I returned and prayed. She hugged me and said, crying, ‘You don’t know how much I needed that.’ Afterward, I felt what I call the ‘mysterious golden tenderness’ when you do God’s work.”

Cindy Headings and Rodger Weaver Cindy: “Fireflies at the lake.” Rodger: “Singing hymns in four-part harmony in church.”

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FUN AFTER 50 1628 W. Bijou Street Colorado Springs To register for programs, call 719-385-7920 or visit

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

SPECIAL EVENTS Voter Information

1:30-3:30 p.m. | October 5 | Free

Day Trip -- Leaf Peeping & Shopping in Breckenridge

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | October 8 | $40

Improve Your Garden Next Year 1-2:30 p.m. | October 22 | $3

Harley’s Hope

10-11 a.m. | October 25 | Free

What Happens to My Stuff When I Die?

Saxophone Quartet

1-2:30 p.m. | October 26 | $3

Craft Notion Sale


1:30-2:30 p.m. | October 12 | $5 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | October 14-15 | $5 per bag

50+ Yoga Retreat

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | October 16 | $25

Speed Dating

3-4:30 p.m. | October 26 | $15

ART 9-11:30 a.m. | Mondays | October 4-25 | $60

Painting the Glorious Fall Season

1-3 p.m. | Tuesdays | October 19-November 16 | $47

Gemstone Faceting

Newcomers Orientation

1-3:30 p.m. | Tuesdays | October 19-November 30 | $47

Trick or Treating Senior Style!

Greeting Cards

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

1:30-3 p.m. | October 29 | Free


9-11 a.m. | Tuesdays | October 19-November 16 | $47


Virtual Book Club

1-3 p.m. | Wednesdays | October 20-November 17 | $47

Taste-Tea & Nourishing

1-3 p.m. | Thursdays | October 21-December 2 | $53

3-4 p.m. | Fridays | October 8-29 | Free 1-2 p.m. | October 27 | Free

LIFELONG LEARNING Mountain Metro City Buses

10-11:30 a.m. | October 11 | Free

Long-term Care Planning

Colored Pencil

Seasonal Flowers & Plants

9-11 a.m. | Fridays | October 21-December 2 | $53


9-11 a.m. | Fridays | October 22-November 19 | $47

1-2:30 p.m. | October 19 | Free

A Jewel in Our Midst: Sister of Mount St. Francis

9:30-10:30 a.m. | October 20 | $5

Learn to Play Bridge

10-11 a.m. | October 20-December 2 | Free

HEALTH Cognitive Wellness & Brain Health

10-11:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | October 5 | Free

Medicare 101

1-2 p.m. | Thursday | October 14 | Free

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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

9:30-11 a.m. | Monday | October 16 | Free

Common Lab Values

1-2 p.m. | Wednesday | October 27 | Free


9-10:15 a.m. | Mondays & Thursdays | October 18-December 6 | $60


10:30-11:30 a.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | October 18-December 1 | $55


1-2 p.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | October 18-December 1 | $60


9:30-10:30 a.m. | Thursdays | October 19-November 30 | $33

Chair Yoga

10:45-11:45 a.m. | Tuesdays & Fridays | October 19-December 3 | $55

Sit & Fit

11-11:45 a.m. | Tuesdays & Thursdays | October 19-December 7 | $50

The Pelvic Floor & the Core 2-3 p.m. | Tuesdays | October 19-November 30 | $33


10-11 a.m. | Thursdays | October 21-December 9 | $33


2-4 p.m. | October 19

EXERCISE SilverSneakers Classic

9-10 a.m. | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | $5 if insurance doesn’t cover class


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

Table Tennis

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

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

Intermediate Line Dance

6-7 p.m. Mondays; 2:30-4 p.m. Fridays

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

HEALTH VNA Foot Care Clinic

9 a.m.-3 p.m. | September 1, 15, 29

FOOD Connections Cafe In-Person Lunch

Call to make a reservation.11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Monday-Friday | 719-884-2300

WestsideCares Food Pantry 1-3 p.m. | Wednesdays

Colorado Pet Pantry 1-3 p.m. | October 27

OTHER Bible Study

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

1300 Higby Road, Monument To register for programs, call 719-464-6873 or visit NEW! Halloween Party (must RSVP)

Includes lunch. Wear a costume and receive a prize! 12-1:30 | October 29 | 719-3300241 | Free


11 a.m. | Thursdays

Book Club

11 a.m. | 2nd Fridays | 719-3300241


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

Bingo (must RSVP)

1-2 p.m. | October 20 | 719-3300241 | sue@monumentalfitness

Chess Club

1 p.m. | 1st & 3rd Monday


12-4 p.m. | Tuesdays

Hand & Foot

1-4 p.m. | Tuesdays & Wednesdays


1-4 p.m. | Fridays


Muscle-conditioning class | 9 a.m. | Mondays

Fab, Fit & Fun

Low-Impact aerobics and simple weight training for all levels.1:30 p.m. | Mondays

Tai Chi Fusion

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


10 a.m. | Mondays & Fridays

Line Dancing

1:30 p.m. | Tuesdays

Gentle Yoga

10:15 a.m. | Tuesdays


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

Chair Yoga

3:15 p.m. | Wednesdays

Mind Matters

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

Mix It Up!

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


9:30 a.m. | 2nd Wednesday

12:30 a.m. | October 15

Low Vision Support

Barb Bragdon Halloween Dinner and Show

1 p.m. | 3rd Wednesday

Zumba Basics

5:30 p.m. | October 22 | $10

2:30 p.m. | Thursdays

Seniors Trunk or Treat

Active Minds

1-2:30 p.m. | October 29

EDUCATION Hospice vs. Palliative Care 1 p.m. | October 5

Myths of Hospice 1 p.m. | October 19

9 a.m. | Thursdays

Better Bones & Balance 1:30 p.m. | Thursdays


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

Total Body Strength

Muscle conditioning class to build strength and endurance. 9 a.m. | Fridays


1 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

ART Porcelain

Zumba Gold

10 a.m. | Fridays

AARP Driver Safety Class

Tai Chi Gong

Strengthen your core, improve flexibility, balance and mobility. 9 a.m. Wednesdays | 12 p.m. Sundays

Chi Kung

1:30-3:30 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

Interpretive Dance


2:30 p.m. | 3rd Thursday

Legal Assistance

Low-impact aerobics, simple weight training and stretching. 8 a.m. | Wednesdays 11 a.m. | Wednesdays & Thursdays

Tai Chi

10:30 a.m. | Mondays

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


8:30-11 a.m. | Wednesdays


8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Thursdays

Card Making

9:30-11 a.m. | Thursdays

HEALTH Chair Yoga

2:30 p.m. Mondays | 9 a.m. Fridays

Zumba Gold

9 a.m. | Tuesdays

Blood Pressure Check

10:45 a.m. | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays

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

Birthday Social

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

Wii Games

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


12:30-3:45 p.m. | Fridays

Ice Cream Happy Hour

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

Game Day

11 a.m.-5 p.m. | 1st Saturday

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

Cripple Creek

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



NEWS BITS Renew license, ID card online permanently All Coloradans 66 years old and older can now permanently renew their license or ID online, thanks to the Driver’s License Electronic Renewal by Seniors Act. The new law requires Coloradans aged 21-80 to attest that they’ve had an eye examination within one year before renewing their driver’s license online. Coloradans who are older than 80 and renewing their driver’s license electronically will need to obtain a signed statement from an optometrist or ophthalmologist stating that the individual has had an eye examination within six months and the results of the exam. This statement will need to be uploaded as part of the online renewal application. To learn more, call your nearest DMV or visit Rocky Mountain PACE purchases second location Rocky Mountain PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), one of the largest nonprofit PACE programs in the nation, officially closed on a second Colorado Springs location on September 8—a three-story, 59,100-squarefoot office building located at 8595 Explorer Drive, to open mid-2022. The nonprofit helps adults aged 55 and up through rehabilitation, behavioral health and medical transportation, as well as socialization and activities through its day center. Both centers will offer a full day center, medical clinic and various therapies and activities. If you know someone that could benefit from these services, call 719-314-2327 or visit Host a Bountiful Bags Thanksgiving food drive for Silver Key Silver Key conducts an annual food drive, “Bountiful Bags,” to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to seniors and their families facing food insecurity or diminishing resources and social isolation. Hosting your own Bountiful Bags Thanksgiving Food Drive is a fantastic way to support your community. Schools, companies, church groups, neighborhoods, families and friends—all types of groups are encouraged to participate! During October, volunteers are needed to organize donations and stuff the Bountiful Bags. For more information, visit or call 719-8842300. Colorado Springs Senior Center and AARP present 50+ yoga retreat On October 16, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., a yoga retreat will be held at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. Many different classes will be offered, such as Joy of Breath Work, Yoga Healing for the Heart & Soul and Joy of Yoga. All levels of experience are welcome. The $25 cost includes nourishing smoothies, a healthy lunch, giveaways and a special concluding mantra presentation. Bring your own mat. Register at yoga or 719-955-3400. Volunteers needed for El Paso County Fair Advisory Board The Board of El Paso County Commissioners is seeking community-minded citizen volunteers to serve on the El Paso County Fair Advisory Board. Applications are due by October 11. The Board assists with the development, management, programming, operation and maintenance of the Fair and Events Complex in Calhan. Board members also help to produce the annual County Fair. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Swink Hall, 366 10th St., Calhan. The volunteer application can be accessed at Applications may be faxed to

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Learn more about Medicare in this four-part series Pikes Peak Library District and the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging have developed a four-part virtual Medicare series designed to provide information to guide and support you as you make important health care decisions. The series will also discuss how other health insurance options work with Medicare, such as Employer Group Health Plans for active and retired employees, COBRA, TRICARE For Life, PERA, FEHB, etc. For times and information, email seniorinsur@ppacg or call 719-635-4891. Each week will focus on a different part of Medicare. Visit or call 719-389-8968 to register for this online presentation.

� Virtual All Pikes Peak Reads October 21, 7:30 p.m. Features Robert Kolker, author of “Hidden Valley Road,” for a presentation and facilitated Q&A.

� October 7, 5:30 p.m. - Medicare Eligibility and Coverage (Part A/B) � October 14, 5:30 p.m. Medigaps and Medicare Advantage Plans � October 21, 5:30 p.m. Medicare Part D � October 28, 5:30 p.m. Medicaid and Other Health Insurance Options Pikes Peak Library senior events Some programs are presented virtually and some require registration. Visit or call 719-389-8968. � Virtual Scallops Cooking Class October 5, 1 p.m. � Mediterranean Diet Workshop - October 6, 12 p.m. � Virtual Hooked on Crochet (via Zoom) - October 7 & 21, 10 a.m. � Virtual Journey Through American Popular Music October 9, 2 p.m.

� Virtual Genealogy Basics October 25, 6 p.m. � Holiday Jam Making (in person at Library 21c) - October 28, 12 p.m. Florissant Public Library events For information about programs, visit or call 719-748-3939. � Tai Chi - Mondays, 10-11 a.m. � Adult Coloring Club - October 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. � Yarnia! Knitting & Crocheting Club - October 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. � Craft & Create Adult Program October 27, 1 p.m. � Friends at the Table Cookbook Club - October 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. � Read Amok Book Club October 18, 11 a.m. � Florissant Bookworms October 20, 10:30 a.m. Woodland Park Public Library events For information about programs, visit or call 719-687-9281. � Local Author Showcase October 14, 2-4 p.m. � Book Club - October 5, 10:30 a.m. � Not So Young Adult Book Club - October 6, 11 a.m. � Senior Circle Book Club October 14, 10:30 a.m. ■


SUPPORT GROUPS ALS Support Group has active online and in-person programs for those with ALS. 3rd Tuesday | 3-4:30 p.m. | 303-8322322 Alzheimer’s Caregivers Group meets monthly at First Presbyterian Church, 219 East Bijou St., room 205. 3rd Thursday | 1:30-3 p.m. | 719-266-8773 Daddy’s Little Girls brings hope to abuse survivors through the love of Jesus Christ. 719-649-9054 | www.daddys Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance meets virtually and gives free support to people living with mood disorders, their family and friends. 719-477-1515 | www.dbsacolorado El Paso County Colorado Progressive Veterans is available 365 days a year to help veterans, active duty military and their families with VA health care and disability, homelessness, emergency needs, PTSD and mental health support. 719-488-8351 | | Emotions Anonymous, a program for unsolved emotional problems, meets in Colorado Springs at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade, on Mondays, and at First Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Weber, on Thursdays. 6 p.m. Mondays; 2 p.m. Thursdays | 719-685-1091 (Monday); 719-338-


Thursdays | 9-10:15 a.m. | Peak Vista Community Health Center | 719-205-9080 | www.oasouthern

1878 (Thursday) Falcon Senior Services meets at Patriot High School, 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon. 2nd Wednesday | 11 a.m. | 719-494-0353

Parkinson’s Support Group meets weekly at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada. Call for times. Saturdays | 719-495-4092

Gamblers Anonymous meets virtually via Zoom and in person at the Red Cloud Serenity Club, 10400 Ute Pass Ave. in Green Mountain Falls. 6 p.m. Mondays (virtual); 9 a.m. Saturday (in person) | Grandparents Raising Grandchildren supports and encourages those dealing with issues of raising grandkids. Call for details. 719-578-8007 Grief Share helps attendees find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one. Group meets through Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance. 4th Tuesday | 10 a.m. | 719-330-0241 | Headway Brain Injury & Stroke Support Group meets at Fargo’s Pizza, 2910 E. Platte Ave. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. | 719-459-0901 Hearing Loss Association of America meets virtually. Mental Illness Family Support meets at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Tuesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-473-8477

Monica Moms, for mothers of prodigals, meets for prayer and discussion at Village Seven Presbyterian

Project Angel Heart delivers free, nutritious meals to those living with life-threatening illness. Call for information about receiving meals. 800-381-5612 Church in room S3. 1st & 3rd Wednesday | 1-3 p.m. | 719-574-6700 Multiple Sclerosis Alliance meets virtually. Visit website for schedule. 719-633-4603 | event-calendar.html | support@ NAMI Connection Support for those living with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis, meets via Zoom. Tuesdays | 7-8:30 p.m. | 719-4738477 | www.namicoloradosprings. org NAMI Family Support Group for family members of people living with mental illness, meets virtually via Zoom. Thursdays | 7-8:30 p.m. | 719-4738477 | Overeaters Anonymous meets daily over Zoom (except Sundays) and in person on Thursdays. Visit website for virtual meeting times.

Polio Survivors Support Group meets regularly. Call for date, time and location. 303-212-0017 PTSD Spouse’s Support meets at UCCS Veteran’s Clinic, 4863 N. Nevada #380, Colorado Springs. Tuesdays | 4 p.m. | 719-255-8003 Silver Sneakers provides free gym memberships to YMCA (and others) for adults 65+ who are insured through AARP, Aetna, Blue Cross, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and United Health Care. Visit website to see if you qualify. TESSA provides a safe house and counseling for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. If you’re in crisis, call 719-633-3819. 719-633-1462 Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group meets virtually through The Independence Center. 2nd & 4th Wednesday | 1:30-3 p.m. | 719-471-8181 ■

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VOLUNTEER AT SILVER KEY to help provide seniors with meals, rides, client support, food pantry support, and veterans support. Office staff and materials support also needed. Please apply online at:

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EXPERIENCED PERSONAL CARE InHome Provider. Ready to help you with whatever your needs and wants are. Kind, trustworthy and dependable. Love to clean, too. References as required. Call Karen and let’s talk. 719-434-2922




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Furnaces Replaced, Repaired or Tuned Up


Air Conditioners or Swamp Coolers Installed or Repaired

FUN & ENTERTAINMENT Maxi’s Dance Group is back! Dance party every Thursday 6-9pm, Eagles Club 1050 S. 21st St. Music for ages 40+, food and drink available for purchase. $8 cover; $5 members. 719-660-1358.


FOR RENT The Villa at Sunny Vista, a HUDsubsidized senior and disabled adults apartment complex located at 2480 East Dale Street in Colorado Springs, announces that its waitlist will open on October 11, 2021. The Villa is an independent living facility with age, disability and income requirements. Applications are entered in the order in which they are received. Pick up an application at the building on or after the 9th or call (719) 635-9595 to request an application. We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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Convenient. Freshly prepared. Make your life a little easier! Choose from 3, 5, or 7 day meal plans. Only $9.75 per meal delivered to your home at lunchtime by friendly volunteers that also do a check-in. Anyone age 60+ can register for Silver Key Home Delivered Meals by calling 719-884-2370.

HELP WANTED CAREGIVER PRN position. Pay: $25/hr. Seeking an honest, caring person with patience & compassion. Background checks are paid for. If interested, please call Amy at 719465-6818

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MORE THAN A HANDYMAN. Home Maintenance, Repairs, Yard Work & Organize. 20% SENIOR DISCOUNT (62+). Call Mike - a Senior and Veteran. 719-338-4279 Voice mail answered same day. I follow CDC Guidelines. ANDERSON HOME REPAIR+REMODEL Expert handyman services, 40 years of quality work, carpentry, doors, trim, drywall, power washing, decks, painting, staining and more. Senior Discount. 719-331-4320 HANDYMAN SERVICES. ODD JOBS Plumbing, Carpentry, Fences, Decks, Doors, and more. (Mowing or yardwork in the spring and summer.) John 719-471-7471.


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INSURANCE SERVICES CHOOSE THE BEST HEALTHCARE Finding the right health insurance can be overwhelming. You need confidence that you’re fully covered for medical and health, especially if you become seriously ill or injured. Licensed sales agent Bruce Schlabaugh will find the best plan to fit your budget, your needs and your lifestyle. To get started, call 719-7498541 (please leave message)


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BEN IS BUYING HOUSES. If you would like a quick, no-hassle cash sale for your home in “as-is” condition and for a fair price, please text or call me so we can talk. Ben 719-492-1671


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he past weeks have been extraordinarily difficult for those with a personal connection to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. I watched a CNN reporter broadcast from a base in Andar, Afghanistan—a base that my soldiers and I built, and the base where I was wounded in 2006. Seeing it on the screen brought back a lot of memories, good and bad. When we first secured Andar, we were using an open space adjacent to the district center compound to land helicopters. Unbeknown to us, that open space was a cemetery. One day the elder approached me and said, “You’re landing helicopters in our cemetery, and this is deeply disrespectful.” We talked for hours. Right as the villagers and elders were satisfied that we intended no harm and we agreed on a new place to land helicopters, I heard the distinct sound of a far-off Chinook Helicopter. Despite my best efforts to wave them off, two giant Chinooks landed right in front of us in the cemetery, sandblasting the entire group of gathered elders in the process and effectively undoing all the goodwill I had just spent hours building. Of the 847 days I spent serving in Afghanistan, every single one was like that day. A few steps forward, a few steps back. In my conversations with fellow veterans, their memories are about the same. The question that keeps coming up is, was it worth it? Unfortunately, most are having a hard time answering that question. There’s a term for that: Moral Injury. Moral Injury is the mind’s response to actions or memories that are in violation of a person’s values and beliefs. Some might call it an injury to the soul. For 20 years, the full weight of the War on Terror fell on the shoulders of less than

WHAT WE’RE WITNESSING TODAY IS NOT OUR FAILURE. THIS IS NOT OUR BURDEN TO BEAR. 1 percent of us. When 2.7 million Americans voluntarily answered the call to serve, 7,057 never came home and another 30,177 came home only to take their own lives. To the brave men and women who volunteered and to the families of the fallen: The sacrifices you and your families made were not in vain. What we’re witnessing today is not our failure. This is not our burden to bear. The fact is, you carried more than your fair share and you are stronger because of it. It’s okay to not be okay right now. Let’s take some time to reconnect with old friends, remind ourselves about that time we were handed a mission, given no resources to execute the mission, and somehow figured out how to make it work. Take that problem-solving mindset into our next mission. Your country and your communities need strong leaders like you to tackle tough problems, and solving tough problems is what we do best. For those who lost their lives either to our enemies abroad or the demons within, their names inspire us. They sacrificed their tomorrow so that we could have our today. We have an obligation to live up to their legacy and to make those sacrifices matter. What we’re seeing today should only strengthen our resolve to do so. ■ Joseph Reagan, Director of Military and Veterans Outreach for Wreaths Across America, served eight years on active duty in the U.S. Army, including two tours to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division.

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