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“Cartoon Bill” draws out happiness and humor

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The science of gratitude: Retrain your brain this Thanksgiving

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Choose Home: Care and connection for local veterans


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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region November 2021 | Volume 34 | Issue 11

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All American Caricatures

Veteran caricaturist Bill Crowley draws out happiness and humor

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Facing Thanksgiving alone How I survived my worst Thanksgiving (and you can too!)

Why Wait preserves family stories now Professional video storytelling keeps loved ones’ legacies alive

9 Remembering Franklin J. Macon

Hometown hero and Tuskegee Airman overcame odds to fly high

11 Immunity-boosting foods

Incorporate these superfoods into your favorite Thanksgiving dishes

12 The science of gratitude

Retrain your brain this Turkey Day and for years to come

22 Choose Home

Program provides local veterans with care and connection

24 Hearts full of thanks and giving Thanksgiving is the expression of gratitude as a prayer

25 Finding secure Wi-Fi

Tips for keeping your technology safe while using others’ Wi-Fi networks

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14 Laughing Matters

Our best jokes and stories, sure to make you chuckle!

17 Cat grooming tips

How to remove mats from your long-haired cat

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33 Question of the Month 34 Fun After 50 36 News Bits

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Bill Crowley, pictured in his studio, can capture a likeness in a flash. Note his selfportrait in the black hat behind him.

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Saying “no” to junk that’s gotta go

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t’s November, or “No”-vember. Does that sound negative? Well, in the spirit of closing out the year, we need to wield that powerful two-letter word against some junk that’s gotta go. No “isms.” Be it ageism, racism, sexism or any number of other “isms,” may we see each other for what we are—fellow pilgrims on the journey. Let’s be kind. I recently read this quote by Yaniv Erlich, chief science officer of the DNA test company MyHeritage: “All of us are something like 10th to 12th cousins of each other. When you think about wars and violence all over the world, it’s all within the family.” I see you, cousin! No grudges. If this year has taught me anything, it’s to handle life with care. I’ve experienced a couple unbelievably hard, life-altering losses in the last few months. Maybe you have, too. We are all just bumbling along here, trying to do the next thing—but along the way, misunderstandings are inevitable. Words get thoughtlessly tossed about. In the face of disagreement, whether someone deserves it or not, what would it look like to extend the olive branch anyway? Do we want to be right—or loving? Love does not hold grudges. Sounds good on paper, but what a challenge to execute in real life. But when we take the high road, the reward is knowing we’ve done all we can to restore a relationship—to ensure we don’t have unfinished business with a loved one. No control. Well, of others, anyway. And of pandemics as well. We can only control what’s in our own hula hoop. I’m much happier when I relinquish that tight hold on other people or situations! It’s an illusion to think we can mastermind what is clearly out of bounds anyway.

It happened just today, when I’d been waiting… and waiting…for out-of-town visitors to stop by. As soon as I left for a 15-minute errand, yep, that’s when they stopped. But so what? Most situations are more flexible than we think. I was able to spend time with them, and that was what mattered. No fear. That’s a heavy one. The senior years can usher in new levels of fear for the future. How will my parents—and I—age? Will I have enough money to retire? If so, when? What about that new ache—is it anything serious? What if my spouse dies? What if I’m not able to be independent? What will life look like if I can no longer drive? Correct information helps to dispel fear. Giving you all the details is what we strive to do here at Life After 50. We offer content that either meets you where you are or prepares you for where you will be someday. As a senior myself, I find that incredibly reassuring. This is not a comprehensive list by any means. We’re only human. We’re bound to slip into unhealthy ways of thinking and being. If we can do better—get it right at least some of the time— that’s a win. You can likely think of your own “nos.” I’m right there with you, working on them so I can say yes to the adventure of the rest of my life. Won’t you join me?

A SALUTE TO VETERANS In November, Life After 50 focuses on stories of local veterans and resources for them. Please thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice. Then, check out our event calendar (starting on page 28) for Veterans Day events and activities. ■

RE: Ask the Old Bag I hope now that Ms. Creswick is retiring, you will change the title of the column. “Ask the Old Bag” is a demeaning, outdated stereotypic slur for us older women and should have no place in a magazine meant to uplift seniors. - Donna A. Rhonda: I agree with you—the name of the column is not at all reflective of older adults today, nor has it ever! Gayle never intended this to be demeaning—in fact, she has a lighthearted story about the meaning behind the name of her column, which she shared with readers occasionally. Here it is: “Years ago, I had an office in a retirement community. One day, while waiting for the elevator, I saw three women sitting on a bench visiting loud enough for me to hear. One woman asked, ‘Who is that woman?’ Another replied, ‘I don’t know, but she sure looks like an old bag!’ They had to be talking about me. When I exited the elevator, I proceeded to the restroom and looked in the mirror. ‘Egad!’ I exclaimed. ‘You do look like an old bag!’ Then I smiled—and I no longer looked like an old bag. From then on I tried to smile more. I told this story to my friend Peg, who laughed her head off. As I prepared to write the column I thought ‘Ask the Old Bag’ would get more attention.” RE: “Shop well. Dress better.” (Sept.) I would guess that Sandra Wise, who authored this story is young. The model photos don’t accurately represent the majority of older figures. These figures are the exception, not the rule as portrayed. Fashion ads and photos of both women and men are generally fit and trim accounting, in part, for lost and disappointing attempts to appear the same. Bold colors and styles, yes—all thin bodies, no! - Tom K. Rhonda: Thanks for writing, Tom. Sandra Wise is actually 75. She’s also the model on the cover. In this article, Sandra’s emphasis was on dressing economically and not letting ageism dictate one’s fashion choices. We’re all for body positivity—beauty comes in all shapes and sizes!

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Veteran artist draws out the happiness in others By Lisa Lowdermilk

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ocal artist Bill Crowley didn’t set out to be a caricaturist. Although he’s been drawing since he was a child, the East Coast native started off as an artist for his local newspaper. One of the paper’s advertising salesmen was so impressed with Crowley’s work that he asked him to draw caricatures of a client’s sales team from photos as part of an advertising campaign. His drawings were a hit with the salesman, his client and staff. Word of Crowley’s talent quickly spread, and soon he had more clients asking him to draw their employees as well. One time, he was asked to do caricature sketches at an anniversary party. “I was a bit nervous,” admitted Crowley, who’s just past 80. “I’d never done quick caricatures. [I didn’t have any] time to make changes or erase.” But his drawings were a hit with the partygoers, and thus began a new outlet for Crowley’s talent. “I decided early on in my career never to say no to requests,” said Crowley. This willingness to stretch himself artistically paid dividends, as Crowley later found himself illustrating everything from cookbooks to children’s books. And he’s just as adept at creating photo-realistic portraits as he is caricatures. In fact, when dispensing advice

for would-be caricature artists, he suggested, “Learn how to draw realistically first,” emphasizing how important it is to have a solid foundation in realism before branching off into more exaggerated styles like caricature. “Make sure you have a sense of humor!” he added.

ALL SMILES Crowley’s comic flair shines through in paintings like his whimsical “Half-Moon Cartoon” (a commission featuring a local family and their pets on the moon) just as much as it does his caricatures. It’s what brought Crowley and his wife, Judy, together. They’ve been married 28 years, “smiling and laughing the whole time,” said Judy. A talented artist in her own right, Judy is a painter and art appraiser. She also provides custom matting and framing services. The two of them own the Art Gallery of the Rockies on Union and Academy, where they sell a diverse range of works by local and national artists, including paintings, lithographs and limited edition giclée prints. After visitors encounter the

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Bill Crowley, known as Cartoon Bill, draws a caricature of Gazette features writer Seth Boster. Crowley has been practicing caricatures for over 30 years. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, used with permission from The Gazette. Crowleys’ characteristic warmth, they leave feeling like a valued guest. This personal touch is at the core of every piece Crowley creates. “I never create art with a computer. It’s so impersonal,” he said. Instead, Crowley works hard to ensure every piece he creates is a one-of-a-kind work of art. When drawing caricatures, for example, Crowley incorporates his subjects’ likes and dislikes in order to capture the individual’s unique personality. A veteran and self-described “military artist,” Crowley specializ-

es in Permanent Change of Station (PCS) gifts for relocating officers and hopes to draw and paint military families worldwide. He is quick to incorporate the American flag in his designs, “to honor those who are making our community and nation a better place to live.” Celebrities, sports stars and families are some of the other subjects Crowley captures in his art. He only has one request when drawing people: “Make sure you’re smiling!” His preference for smiling subjects inspired Crowley to name his business “Colorado Smiles.” After several customers mistook him for a dentist, however, he later changed the name to “Caricatures America.”

DRAW OUTSIDE THE BOX Crowley cultivated his artistic skills at an early age, and others soon


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A VETERAN AND SELF-DESCRIBED “MILITARY ARTIST,” CROWLEY HOPES TO DRAW AND PAINT MILITARY FAMILIES WORLDWIDE. HE IS QUICK TO INCORPORATE THE AMERICAN FLAG IN HIS DESIGNS, “TO HONOR THOSE WHO ARE MAKING OUR COMMUNITY AND NATION A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.”

took notice of his creativity. In third grade, his teacher recognized his talent and asked him to draw on the blackboard. Without missing a beat, Crowley filled the entire blackboard with a detailed Wild West mural, wowing his classmates and teacher. This experience of drawing live foreshadowed his later work with caricature. “Nowadays, it only takes me two to four minutes to draw caricatures. But when I first started out, it took me about 15 minutes,” he said.

Paintings and pencil portraits take longer but are just as varied in their subject matter. Biker cats, dogs wearing berets and colorful clowns are just a few of the subjects Crowley has brought to life over his lengthy career. Some incorporate elements of surrealism, with their fantastical settings and vivid colors. Others, like “The Jockey’s World,” are reminiscent of detailed courtroom sketches, with their softer colors and grounded approach to realism. All pieces retain his signature dynamic style. Crowley attributes his work ethic, as well as his ability to think outside the box, to another school memory. When he was in high school, his art teacher asked students to design an album cover featuring singer Nat King Cole. Crowley eagerly accepted the challenge. When he was finished, his art teacher said, “Now, do 10 more album covers, all different, of the same featured singer.” In addition to the newspaper

Prior to COVID, Crowley attended 25-30 parties a year on average. He misses the ambiance of parties, describing them as “full of laughter.” industry, Crowley has worked as an artist at weddings and parties. “It’s just a very quiet way to entertain,” said Crowley. “I don’t have to be in the spotlight; I can just sit off to the side, draw the guests and enjoy their comments.” Prior to COVID, Crowley attended 25-30 parties a year on average. He misses the ambiance of parties, describing them as “full of laughter.” “I just never get tired of drawing,” he said.

He recently returned from an annual drawing engagement in Gillette, Wyoming. There, he drew over 100 families, including adult children and friends he once drew as teens. Crowley was touched by their words of praise, especially, “This will be framed and put on the wall with all the other sketches you have done of our family.” Contact Crowley at 719-4712704 or visit www.caricatures america.com ■

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hannon, a beautiful, young single mother with a navy blue scarf wrapped around her shaved head, sat on her sofa, reminiscing about her life: “I’d like to be remembered as a good mom. I’m brave, but I just feel like I’m doing what anyone would do in this situation.” Her eyes shifted toward the floor. “I want anyone fighting cancer to know there’s hope. I want people to see me as not going down without a fight.” Sitting across from Shannon is an experienced cameraman hired by Lauren Ferrara, a former Fox 21 TV News anchor. But this isn’t a film clip for the 6 p.m. news. Rather, it’s a life legacy story filmed by Why Wait Stories. The video storytelling service was born in 2016 after Ferrara left her news anchor job and followed her passion of talking with people about the legacy they hope to leave behind.

CAPTURING STORIES In 2016, Ferrara returned to her family’s home to be with her father,

who had terminal cancer. Feeling the weight of her work responsibilities, she flew back to the Springs, only to get the news early the following morning that her father had died. At the wake to celebrate his life, she had an epiphany. With so many of her father’s family and friends gathered, she decided the event should be recorded for posterity. What better way to honor the man so dear to her? Ferrara’s family rented an Irish bar and hired a camera crew to film people telling stories about their beloved Irish-American friend—stories which, if weren’t recorded, might have been lost forever. The experience grew into the basis for an expanded service. She reasoned that surely many other folks would want to honor their loved ones as she sought to do for her father. With her media connections, Ferrara found fellow broadcast journalists and all the other requisite professionals needed to produce top-quality video recordings of life stories like those of her father—and of young Shannon from Ohio.

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Why Wait Stories’ Lauren Ferrara documents life’s fun-filled triumphs and painful tragedies in legacy films for her clients and their loved ones. Shannon is similar to most Why Wait clients in that she’s facing the inevitable. But she’s also different in being so young. Most of the videos produced by Ferrara’s crew are, not surprisingly, of older folks. For her 80th birthday, Sue Dilloway commissioned a film that chronicled her travel memories. The longtime Colorado resident recounted how her seventh grade geography teacher went on exotic vacations to “places with strange-sounding names” and talked to the class about them when she came back. “Sometime in my early childhood, we had a calendar that had a picture of the Taj Mahal. I always thought someday I would see it. I have seen it—it was a cloudy day—it wasn’t as beautiful as the picture,” Sue said in the video. She also spoke of her early years in a village near London and how she saw the Luftwaffe bombing during World War II.

LIFE WORTH RECORDING For now, most are filmed here in Colorado, with Ferrara present. She also partners with out-of-state journalists to film and interview clients who live elsewhere. The requests are coming in so fast that bookings are filled months in advance. But regardless of the size or

scope of her operation, the focus must remain on the person being memorialized, which is why Ferrara doesn’t appear in the videos unless specifically requested by the client. But doesn’t making video after video about dying people become a burden? Doesn’t discussing mortality begin to hurt? “Yes, at times,” Ferrara admitted. “But more often I leave with my face hurting from laughing so much. Most folks tend to recall amusing stories about their lives, so we laugh together. So often the little stuff is the big stuff in the end. The stories people tell are the small moments in life. Not the weddings or the big careers, but a particularly memorable picnic or family vacation.” Sometimes they cry together, too. According to Ferrara, it’s those fun-filled triumphs and painful tragedies that make a life worth living— and recording. While the majority of calls Ferrara gets for the recording services are to memorialize older or terminally ill folks, Why Wait is also available to document other events, such as birthdays and weddings. For more information on Why Wait Stories, contact Ferrara at www.whywaitstories.com or call 719-291-6967. ■


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he Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the country’s Armed Forces. Colorado Springs resident and local icon Franklin J. Macon was one of only two documented original Tuskegee Airmen remaining in Colorado until his passing at age 97 last November. Roughly one year earlier, Macon donated his Stinson V-77 Reliant airplane to the National Museum of World War II (WWII) Aviation. It is displayed with other WWII aircraft and 1,500 artifacts. The museum was also the site of his Celebration of Life service on August 6 after being delayed by COVID. Although the guest list was small, the tributes were plentiful. Macon affected people from many walks of life. There was a flyover in his honor after the ceremony by pilots from the Meadow Lake Airport in Falcon, where Wade Tagg was the pilot in the lead AT-6 plane. Tagg was the one who gave Macon, then 95, his last flight on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day—June 6, 2019. Macon spent many hours at Meadow Lake. In fact, Macon recently sold his original shares of airport stock from 1967, when Meadow Lake opened. Macon was born on August 4, 1923, in Kansas City, Kansas. He was a descendant of one of abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ half-sisters. Two great aunts raised Macon in Colorado Springs, where he attended District 11 schools: Bristol Elementary, North Junior High and

Colorado Springs (now Palmer) High School. A mischief maker and reluctant student, he battled dyslexia and repeated a grade. As little was known about the disorder, he did not receive academic help. Yet Macon found his own way of solving problems, large or small. Macon learned to fly while still in high school at Pine Valley Airport just north of town (now part of the Air Force Academy). He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and joined the Tuskegee training program in 1944, spending his wartime military service in the U.S. He was a Tuskegee Institute Division of Aeronautics graduate, an aircraft mechanic at Fort Carson for 23 years, a research analyst for Scott Science and Technology, a business owner, and a member of the C.S.H.S./ Palmer Alumni Hall of Fame. Macon was a long-time member of the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. He was one of only a couple people in the country to receive both the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal and the Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal. Macon’s achievements fell squarely within the six guiding principles of the Tuskegee Airmen: 1. Aim high. 2. Believe in yourself. 3. Use your brain. 4. Never quit. 5. Be ready to go. 6. Expect to win. He wrote a book for teen readers with Elizabeth G. Harper titled “I Wanted to Be a Pilot: The Making of a Tuskegee Airman.” Read more about it at www.frankmacon. com. Proceeds from the book fund his foundation, The Frank Macon Trades Scholarship Charitable Trust, to assist young students pursuing a skilled trade. ■

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Boost immunity with each bite

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ll it takes is a few tweaks to a recipe and a little bit of meal planning to incorporate these immunity-boosting ingredients into your Thanksgiving meal! Here are some of my favorites: Swiss chard. Dark leafy greens are nutrient dense. This superfood offers important antioxidant compounds to your salad that help boost immunity and improve methylation. Add one large green leaf of Swiss chard to a big salad; just make sure to cut it into thin pieces or slivers so that it combines well into your romaine lettuce. Turmeric. One half-teaspoon of dried turmeric into the green bean casserole will go virtually unnoticed, even by the grandkids! Or, grate in about a teaspoon of fresh turmeric. Either way, it adds strong anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits. Enhance the water. When making mashed potatoes, add immune-boosting herbs to the pot of simmering water with the potatoes. Enhance the water of any soup with a bay leaf, 2-inch piece of astragalus root, or both. Remember to remove them before serving. Shiitake mushrooms. A 2015 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that shiitake reduces CRP (C-Reactive Protein). Using these mushrooms in your stuffing instead of plain ones adds biologically active compounds that fight cancer and inflammation. Cauliflower. Most people know about making cauliflower mash as a substitute for the high carb regular mashed potatoes. But have you tried cauliflower mac and cheese? It’s a simple way to enjoy your fa-

vorite comfort food while adding a beneficial boost. Fresh rosemary, sage or thyme. Most people use dried spices from a jar, but if you ever try the fresh sprigs, you’ll never go back! When cooking gravy, scissor in some fresh rosemary and add some thyme, too. Pumpkin seed oil. Add two teaspoons to your pumpkin pie filling before cooking for a profoundly richer flavor and powerful medicinal benefits. It’s rich in vitamin E, zinc, omega fatty acids and is well known to support prostate and breast health. Garlic. Anywhere you can add garlic, do so! You can even roast a whole head of garlic if you wrap it in foil and cook it inside the oven. Then, spread it onto crackers or add a dollop to mashed potatoes. Garlic contains allicin, which is a very strong antiviral and antibacterial compound. Dried tart cherries. Instead of cranberries, add dried tart cherries into your stuffing. Dried tart cherries contain natural melatonin, which is deeply relaxing, and there’s research to show cherries fight gout. Tart cherries reduce muscle breakdown and speed up recovery too. They have virtually no fat or sodium and taste delicious as well—not too sweet. Substitutes for wine. To avoid red wine (or alcohol in general), make a 50-50 mix of tonic water with pomegranate juice. You can also find alcohol-free eggnog everywhere! Finally, end your meal by sipping on warm apple cider. ■

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LIFE AFTER 50

The science of gratitude Retrain your brain for Thanksgiving and beyond

and it’s contagious. If we walk into our house or office with a heightened stress level, others will mirror that anxiety. Go in with a thankful and cheerful heart, and the whole atmosphere changes for the better!

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ou know the drill. You go around the table and everyone says what they’re thankful for before diving into the turkey and mashed potatoes. Done. While Thanksgiving is a fitting time to be grateful, it’s far from the only time. The scientific research is in: Yearround gratitude leads to improved physical and mental health. The neural mechanisms responsible for feelings of gratitude have grabbed scientists’ attention. Researchers claim that gratitude can increase important neurochemicals in our brains. When thinking shifts from negative to positive, there is a surge of dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. Serotonin is a reward hormone

just like dopamine that is released in the brain every time we have a good experience. When we savor a meal with loved ones, snuggle a baby or play with a pet, we feel satisfied and grateful. “Gratitude is not just a social construct, it’s a real neurobiological phenomenon that brings a deeper sense of well-being and enhances our relationship to our self, others and the world around us,” neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman observed. Dr. Robert Emmons, a UC Davis professor and authority on the science of gratitude, said research shows that when people regularly cultivate gratitude, they experience a multitude of psychological, physical, interpersonal and spiritual ben-

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Murder on a train? What could be more intriguing? Join us as we seek to solve the mystery, along with a visit to the spectacular Denver Butterfly Pavilion on the way! Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. At the Butterfly Pavilion we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals are so much more than people think. They are everywhere because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom and we - you and us - stand on the backs of these tiny giants.

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Experience life in the fast and slow lanes as you venture to where the automobile was born and where it’s been banned since 1898. This tour of Mackinac Island and the Great Lakes gets your engines revving with a visit to Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum and an overnight at the elegant Dearborn Inn, built by Ford on the lush former grounds of the Ford Motor Company. Switch gears as you board a ferry for Mackinac Island, the Jewel of the Great Lakes and one of the nation’s most popular summer resorts. With horse-drawn carriages and bicycles as the island’s only means of transportation, you’ll have no choice but to fuel up on lunch at the famous Grand Hotel, military history at the restored Fort Mackinac, and the decadent fudge the charming island is known for. Other sweet detours include the Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, the coastal resort of Petoskey, and the fasterpaced cities of Grand Rapids and Chicago.

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� Choose your tool. Start with a safe tool: your fingers. Carefully start to pull the mat apart. Loosening even part of it will help you (and him!) remove it. Then use a simple comb. The teeth shouldn’t be too far apart so you can access the undercoat. Touchy cats may tolerate a comb with flexible tines better. Consider a small rake with two different lengths of teeth. They reach the undercoat without pulling skin. Look for round-tipped scissors or those with a built-in guide comb if you decide to trim the mats, as electric clippers are noisy and scary. Work in the guide comb as close to the skin under the mat as possible to prevent accidentally cutting Loki. � Call a professional. If all else fails, consider a cat-only groomer, or one who schedules cats when dogs aren’t present. Confinement with noisy, unfamiliar pups can be frightening. Inquire about their method. A stranger using water and noisy tools is distressing, but a qualified cat groomer balances the scary atmosphere. Gentleness and respect will show Loki that grooming is bonding. ■

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TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS, MAKE SURE YOUR FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND SPICES ARE AS DRY AS POSSIBLE AND USE A STRAW TO SIPHON OUT ALL AIR IN THE BAG AS YOU SEAL IT. and teas. Wash the lemons well and slice them or cut into wedges. Dry them and put into your labeled storage bag and freeze. You can freeze zested lemon rind, too. Just store it in a small glass container.

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ave you ever noticed that most of us clearly remember our worst Thanksgiving? The time the turkey burned, or when we were so ill we could only stomach a cracker? The truth is, some folks will experience their worst Thanksgiving this year (for many, it was last year). However, I hope they take heart, because there’s a secret hidden amid difficulty and pain. Years ago, just before Thanksgiving in the early 1980s, I was admitted to the hospital for extreme exhaustion. I didn’t burn the turkey; rather, I was the one that was mentally and physically burned out. It was a terrible time when distress and sadness enveloped me. If I attempted any chore, my heart would race and my head would pound as if my 30-something-year-old body were giving up. At the time, I was newly divorced with three small children who were looking forward to Thanksgiving Day. The dog had given birth to puppies, the turkey was thawing in the fridge, and my recipes were scattered among work papers

How I survived my worst Turkey Day and laundry. Yet here it was, the Wednesday night before Turkey Day, and I was staring at the ceiling of a hospital room. Thankfully, my children were safely in their father’s care and traveling to their grandparents’ home miles away to celebrate the day. My mother and father were planning to drive north from their home in Florida after Thanksgiving to help. No other family members lived near me and, for the first time, I faced Thanksgiving alone. Tears began to stream down my face, turning into downpours. A nurse came into my room and sat on the edge of my bed. She said little, but took my hand and held it tightly until the tears dried and I fell into a deep sleep. When morning ushered in the dreaded Thanksgiving day, I prayed that God would somehow speed


LIFE AFTER 50 up the time for those of us in the hospital, and it would be over. However, every minute seemed like an hour, and the only thing that was speeding was my racing heart. When it was time for lunch, the nurse came into my room with a wheelchair. “Hop in, girl, we’re going to have Thanksgiving dinner!” she cheerfully commanded. “I don’t feel like it.” I quietly responded. She was a somewhat intimidating nurse with a stern demeanor, and when she said, “You don’t have a choice!” I knew I didn’t. With a scowl on my face and tears beginning to pool, she took me into a room where several round tables were covered in white tablecloths. Each table was decorated with construction paper turkeys of various colors, and a tiny vase holding a single flower. Most of the patients had families who joined them with small children in tow. Around my table, with its

WHEN I SEE MY FAMILY GATHERED AROUND OUR THANKSGIVING TABLE, I RECALL THE STRANGERS WHO ONCE HELD MY HANDS TO PRAY. purple paper turkey centerpiece, sat those of us who were without family, plus the nurse. I took a deep breath and prayed for aid to survive my utter isolation and overwhelming gloom. When we thanked God for our blessings, I didn’t feel very blessed at all. And by the look on their faces, neither did anyone else who was sitting with me. As I tried to eat the cafeteria turkey and dressing, I studied the folks who were beside me. We were

an assembly of strangers with individual stories and various illnesses. We represented all ages, various ethnicities, and lived different lives. Yet, we were holding hands and thanking God for all we had. Out of the blue—and to this day, I have no idea why—I remember suddenly sensing it was my responsibility to spread cheer to this abandoned-looking group. To my utter surprise, by the time the tasteless pecan pie was served, our wheelchairs were shaking with laughter.

After two weeks, I returned home and life resumed, but Thanksgiving was never the same again. Every year when that special Thursday rolled around in November and I decorated my table with candles and a cornucopia, I recalled the purple paper turkey on the hospital dining table. Each time I offered a Thanksgiving prayer and thanked God for the laughter He gifted me on my saddest holiday. When I see my family gathered around our Thanksgiving table, I recall the strangers who once held my hands to pray. It was the faith and gratitude we all embraced that stressful day that eased our pain and turned strangers into friends. This and every Thanksgiving, when we remember our blessings, let’s also offer a passionate prayer for those suffering from illness, homelessness, loneliness or grief. Because sometimes your worst Thanksgiving can make you more appreciative and thankful for all the holidays that follow. ■

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“Grant funding and volunteer support has been phenomenal. People call to say, ‘We need you, please help us,’ and other folks ask how they can get involved,” Wilson said. Through Silver Key and Choose Home, seniors are able to live independently and no longer feel isolated and alone. “When quality of life improves, quantity of life also improves,” Wilson added.

VETERANS HELPING VETERANS A senior’s quality of life improves chiefly through volunteer companions trained on veteran-specific topics and concerns. “By pairing us with Svea, Choose Home took a lot of responsibility off our daughter, who has a fulltime job,” Joyce said. Looking up from beneath his dark blue Navy ball cap, Ron added, “Svea has given us lots of independence.” The wife of a U.S. Air Force veteran, Suckow, 58, is all for supporting the nation’s military. She gives back by working with Silver Key’s Meals on Wheels program every Thursday morning and tending to the Trimbles in the afternoon. “I drive them to the doctor, pick up medication and call them every day. Our friendship brings a lot of joy,” Suckow said, as she squeezed Joyce’s hand. U.S. Army veteran David Collette, 67, considered a military career until injuries left him physically dependent. Life was difficult until he discovered Choose Home. After identifying common interests, Foutz paired Collette with 23-year Army veteran Ron Burge who, with his take-charge, no-nonsense demeanor, complements the


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“THE MILITARY TEACHES US TO NEVER LEAVE A MAN ON THE BATTLEFIELD. ISOLATION IS THE BATTLEFIELD FOR THOSE SENIORS, AND SILVER KEY IS THEIR LIFE PRESERVER.”

From left: Ron Trimble, Silver Key Veterans Companionship Coordinator Robert Foutz, Svea Suckow and Joyce Trimble. soft-spoken Collette. “The military teaches us to never leave a man on the battlefield. Isolation is the battlefield for these seniors, and Silver Key is their life preserver,” said Burge, 63. Together, Collette and Burge run errands, feast on pizza, visit Garden

of the Gods and fish. Because of Choose Home, Collette is living his life with few restrictions. “I had high hopes for this program and received more than I expected, with fellowship being the best part,” Collette said. Choose Home also assisted

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U.S. Air Force veterans John and Marge Sullivan, both in their 70s and wheelchair bound. The Sullivans had just settled into their new home east of Colorado Springs when COVID-19 struck. They contacted Choose Home and Foutz paired the Sullivans with U. S. Air Force veterans Jack and Kathy Schoen, who deliver groceries and comfort items to the Sullivans and operate a van designed to accommodate wheelchair users. Foutz added, “Coordinating veterans and companions during the nation’s greatest modern-day crisis was the most challenging but rewarding aspect of Choose Home, which is about veterans helping veterans.”

VOLUNTEERS WANTED About 60 Colorado Springs veterans and volunteers currently participate in Choose Home. A small hourly stipend is available for volunteers matched with veterans for compatibility. Light companionship is provided at no cost (in-home visits, assistance with medical visits, grocery shopping and errands). Volunteers must be 55 or older and be able to dedicate at least five hours per week. They must also submit to a background check and drug and DMV test. To learn more about Choose Home, call 719-884-2361, email vets@silverkey.org or visit www. silverkey.org/vets. ■

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ebster’s dictionary defines thanksgiving as “The expression of gratitude—as a prayer.” The Bible equates thanksgiving with adoration and praise. What are we reminded of when we think about November 25, Turkey Day, that holiday we call Thanksgiving? Do we openly display our gratitude? Do we give thanks for the people, experiences and possessions we often take for granted? We typically celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with family and friends to reflect on the blessings we’ve been given. We laugh, hug one another, the kids play with each other and we enjoy the company of our loved ones over a sumptuous dinner. Indeed, it is a joyful time with plenty of reasons for which we can be thankful. We have 10 children and 25 grandchildren, and sometimes it’s difficult to get everyone together. But we enjoy them whenever we get the chance. We are very thankful for the unique role each one plays in our lives. In addition to our wonderful family, we are thankful to be living in a country where we may enjoy the freedoms that most of the world only dreams about. We are also thankful that we’re able to see the handiwork of God displayed in the heavens, the majestic mountains, the streams and fertile plains.

“Count your blessings, name them one by one,” says an old hymn. There are many aspects of life for which we can be grateful. During this Thanksgiving season— and throughout the entire year— let’s express heartfelt gratitude for the many ways our needs have been met and even some of our wants, giving thanks, adoration and praise to the God who lovingly created and redeemed us. We might also consider lending a hand to those in need by donating food or serving at a soup kitchen. People go through rough seasons. Our giving of food and fellowship may give a struggling family a glimmer of much-needed hope. As we face these unprecedented times when families clash over issues and our nation is divided in so many areas, it’s time to step back and look at our foundation as a nation and as a people of faith. The very fabric of our homeland and our family is at stake. What an opportunity to stand for what is right before our heavenly Father and appreciate all he’s given us, our families and our country. Let’s take the time to sincerely give thanks for all we have and give him honor for seeing us through tough times. ■

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y favorite columns to write are the ones that address questions from readers. Last month, I received a great question from Bonnie who is preparing for a three-month-long RV trip. “I’m concerned that the Wi-Fi is not secure at the RV parks. Are there any apps to help me feel comfortable using [the parks’] Wi-Fi?” Bonnie’s question relates to everyone who uses Wi-Fi regularly, whether they’re traveling or not. (And whether they use a laptop, smartphone or tablet.) Wi-Fi has become nearly ubiquitous in public spaces. Almost all major businesses and private spaces have Wi-Fi available to patrons and visitors. Most devices use less battery and function better when connected to Wi-Fi than they do without any internet access. The disadvantage to Wi-Fi, especially public networks, is that you don’t have any guarantees that a bad guy isn’t skimming your data as it moves through the airwaves. While it’s not necessary to be paranoid about public Wi-Fi, here are a few things that can ensure your connection is secure and your data is safe. � Official Wi-Fi networks are the safest. If you’re staying at a hotel or working from a coffee shop, make sure you’re connected to the business’ official network. Connecting to a network named “Free Wi-Fi” is never a good idea. � Configure your settings for a public network. These are the default settings for Windows and Apple devices, but if you use your device on a private home network, those settings may have been changed. Setting your computer up for a public network keeps your information private from everyone else on the network. Setting it up on a private network

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Straight Talk Wireless. � Satellite internet is an (expensive) option. If you frequently travel by RV or van—especially in places without any cell coverage—a satellite internet system may be worth looking into. However, satellite internet setups for RVs are not cheap and the monthly costs are pretty high because mobile systems continuously adjust to receive a signal. In addition to the $400-$2,000 for the equipment and the $200+/ month service, there are usually installation costs. If this sounds intriguing, I would recommend starting with a satellite TV provider and asking about RV packages and plans. � Finally, the safest option is to use your phone’s data plan. Not all websites are compatible with mobile devices, but the data connection that comes with your phone is going to be more secure than any public Wi-Fi network. There are a lot of decisions to make and it’s best to make them as early as possible so you can enjoy your trip. My favorite travel preparedness tip is to download all of the apps you may need and set up those accounts beforehand. Virtually every gas station, airline, hotel and restaurant has an app that will make your experience easier, cheaper and more enjoyable. ■

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store ad is staring at me, promoting a sale on household furniture and appliances. The deals are straightforward enough: Sign a contract, make a payment every month, and after 24 payments you own the item. But let’s look at the numbers. Here’s a Samsung 55-inch “smart” TV on sale for $80 a month (technically $79.99, but I’m rounding up). Normally, the price is $112 a month. So if you buy at the normal monthly price, you’re paying $2,688 total ($112 a month x 24 months). If you buy at the reduced monthly price, you’re paying $1,920 total. Yes, the sale saves you money. But smaller print in the ad lists a “cash price” of $1,127. If you pay the full $1,127 for the TV at the time of purchase, you’re saving 41 percent off the sale price and 58 percent off the non-sale price. The same is true of other items. A GE washer/dryer duo goes for $110 a month (on sale from $120 a month). After 24 monthly pay-

ments, you’ll have paid $2,640 (on sale from $2,880). But the cash price in the same store is $1,550. Some of you are saying, “But I don’t have thousands of dollars to throw around. It’s hard enough to come up with money for the first payment.” That’s right. And that’s how it should be.

WAIT UNTIL YOU CAN AFFORD IT It’s not fun to hear, but smart consumers who can’t afford the full purchase price tend NOT to buy. Instead, they save up until they can afford to buy, whether it be televisions, computers, washing machines, living-room furniture or beds and mattresses. There is a danger to buying items via the installment plan. First, you end up paying a lot more money. If you can’t come up with the full purchase price now, then how can you afford to squander the extra hundreds or thousands of dollars you’d be spending on the installment plan?


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REDUCING THE MONTHLY CAR PAYMENT COMES AT A HIGH COST—IT EXTENDS THE NUMBER OF PAYMENTS AND THUS INCREASES THE TOTAL COST FOR PURCHASING THE CAR. When you buy on the installment plan, you don’t become the owner until the final payment has been made. Furniture and appliances, like cars, can be repossessed. I know a couple who bought a bed and mattress on installment, and within a year the items were repossessed. This left the couple with no bed, no mattress and no money back from their payments made. They ended up with zilch. Granted, there are times when an installment plan makes sense, provided you’re aware of what you’re doing and why.

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Black Forest Guild Arts & Crafts Sale

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

November 4

Veterans Small Business Conference

Learn from Colorado Small Business Development Center’s day of training for veterans at the Pinery at the Hill. Beginners learn how to utilize their skills for success. Those with a business learn how to grow their operation. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 775 W. Bijou St. | $10 | www.pikespeaksbdc.org | 719-667-3821

November 5

Pottery Palooza

the Pikes Peak Center. This is a love letter to the winter season and a call to action! 6 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $23+ | www.pikespeakcenter.com | 719-477-2100

November 5

Women’s Movie Night

Ladies, join other ladies at Rock Family Church for dinner and a movie. Bring your own dinner and watch “Breakthrough” together. No registration required. 6:30-8 p.m. | 4005 Lee Vance Drive | Free | www.rockfamilychurch.com | 719-531-6600

November 5-7, 11-13, 18-20 “Nunsense”

This beloved musical gets a local turn by the Funky Little Theater Co. at the Westside Community Center. Features outsize characters, dancing, an audience quiz and comic surprises. 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 7) | 1628 W. Bijou St. | $19-24 | www.funkylittletheater.org | 719-471-4462

Meet eight ceramic and pottery artists and shop their wares at this ArtWalk event at the 45° Gallery. 5-8 p.m. | 2528 W. Colorado Ave. | Free | www.45degreegallery.com | 719-434-1214

November 5

Warren Miller’s Winter Starts Now

Experience all the thrills and chills as the legendary ski movie pioneers showcase their 72nd feature film at

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November 6

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

This band combines American roots music with a country-rock vibe and has multiplatinum and gold records as well as many hits, from “Mr. Bojangles” to “I Saw the Light.” 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $37.50-47.50+|www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2100

November 6

Senior Center Art and Craft Sale

Nothing says love like a handmade gift! Every item in the five rooms of this sale at the Colorado Springs Senior Center/YMCA is crafted by a skilled artist. Enjoy a delicious food truck lunch, too! 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 1514 N. Hancock Ave. | Free | ppymca.org/Colorado -springs-senior-center | 719-955-3400

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Cheer on the brave veterans in our midst at one of the biggest and best parades in the nation! This year’s theme is The Greatest Generation and will feature patriotic floats, bands playing musical tributes and a projected 40,000 spectators. 10 a.m. | Tejon St. between Boulder and Vermijo | Free | www.cosvetsparade.org | 719-413-1905

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November 6

Village Moms Craft Fair

Bring a friend to Village Seven Presbyterian Church and browse crafts and specialty gifts to find the perfect Christmas presents for everyone on your list! 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | 4040 Nonchalant Circle S. | Free | www.v7pc.org | 719-574-6700

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Shop the Assistance League’s annual fundraiser at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, from clothing to holiday gifts. There’s a food café serving croissant sandwiches, a bake sale, a gift basket silent auction and hourly door prizes. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Free | 6 S. 33rd St. | www.assistanceleague.org/colora do-springs | 719-475-1029

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Women’s Expo with a Cause

Sample and shop your way through 175 booths at the largest twoday event for women in Colorado Springs, held at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. Proceeds benefit veteran health and suicide prevention. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Sunday | 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road | $7 general admission/$5 online; free for military, spouses and children under 12 | www.womenslivingexpo.com | 203-259-3354

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November 6-7 Dino Stroll

Walk through a prehistoric playground crawling with 75 life like dinosaurs at the Colorado Springs Event Center. Animatronics brings these crustacean creatures to life. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday | $24.99+ | 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. | www.dinostroll.com | 800-514-3849

November 7

Drive-thru Garden Market

Shop this aquaponic garden market before or after each service at Mountain Springs Church and pick your own fresh produce. Every $5 donation provides a healthy food option to six families in need. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 7345 Adventure Way | Free (donation) | www.mountainsprings.org | 719-495-6688

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November 10

Learn to Use Your Serger

Calling all sewing enthusiasts! Rocky Mountain Sewing & Vacuum goes over threading for two-, three- and four-thread stitches, plus cleaning, maintenance and stitch quality troubleshooting. 3-5 p.m. | 5611 N Academy Blvd. | Free | www.rockymountainsewing. com | 719-597-8888

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November 9-10 “Cats”

This magical night, when a clowder of cats gathers for its annual ball, is enthralling! Show includes fantastic feline costumes and iconic songs

November 12-14

The Academy of Community Theatre (ACT II) dramatizes C.S. Lewis’ adventure at the Ent Center for the Arts. Four children enter a wardrobe and emerge into Narnia with Aslan the lion, dancing and sword-fighting, too! 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 & 6:30 p.m. Saturday | $17-20 | 5225 N. Nevada Ave. | www.entcenter forthearts.org | 719-255-3232

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Riffing on a 15th century morality play, this Theatreworks production at the Ent Center for the Arts spotlights Everybody, who follows a randomly chosen cast member after Death calls. Characters like Family, Beauty and Stuff perform with music and humor. 4 or 7:30 p.m. | 5225 N. Nevada Ave. | $7 | www.entcenterforthearts.org | 719-255-3232

This program features “The Invisible People of the Pikes Peak Region,” a brief history of the African American Historical & Genealogical Society and John and Ruth Holley’s impact, at the Old Colorado City History Center Museum. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1 S. 24th St. | $5 (free for members) | info@occhs. org | 719-636-1225

November 13

Downtown Walking Tour: COS @150

Women’s Documentary Film Festival

This robust on-foot exploration of history and culture is drawn from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s sesquicentennial exhibit, featuring 150 objects illuminating 150 stories commemorating 150 years. Ticket includes a free beverage from Story Coffee Company. 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. | 120 E. Bijou St.| $10 | www.downtowncs.com/ events/tours | 719-886-0088

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Katherine Lee Bates’ Vision of Colorado, America and Womanhood

Listen in on the fascinating life of the woman who gave us a beautiful hymn based on our tallest vista in this virtual lecture. Bates faced criticism that women had neither needs nor rights to combine careers with their lives. Zoom registration required. 2-3 p.m. | Free | www.cspm.org/ scholarseries | 719-385-5990

November 13

Pine Creek Holiday Bazaar

Bring your Christmas shopping list to Pine Creek High School’s 23rd annual sale. There are 130 exhibitors offering hand-crafted and artistic items, with Granny’s Kitchen offering tasty treats. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 10750 Thunder Mountain Ave. | Free | https:// pinecreek.ASD20.org | 719-234-2600

November 13

Veterans Day 5K

Run for fun, beer and a cause: the Colorado Veterans Project. This 5K-ish course starts and ends at Goat Patch Brewing, where a free craft brew awaits at the finish line. There’s music, door prizes, food trucks and giveaways galore! 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 2727 N. Cascade Ave. #123 | $35 | www.goatpatch brewing.com | 719-471-4628

November 13

Fair Trade Market

Browse the wares of nonprofit

organizations at Beth-El Mennonite Church for unique fair-trade décor, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more with an international flair. A bake sale runs concurrently, with proceeds funding quilt materials for families in need. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 4625 Ranch Drive | Free | fairtrademarket@bmccs.org | 719-636-2716

November 13

Fall Into Winter Holiday Market

This outdoor event features holiday decor, gifts, specialty foods and more. There’s also hot apple cider and soups, a family picture area, knife sharpening (so you’re ready to slice that turkey) and live music! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 12530 Black Forest Road | Free | www.thebackyard markets.com

November 13

Colorado Springs Record Show

Dig through tens of thousands of vinyl albums at the Masonic Center, from The Beatles and Stones to that impossible-to-find hardcore EP. Pay $10 and beat the crowds by getting in at 9 a.m. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | 1130 Panorama Drive | $3 | www.coloradorecord show.com | 719-640-4420

November 13 Greater Vision

Gospel Music’s most-awarded men’s trio performs more than 150 concerts every year in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Catch them at Colorado Springs Baptist Church. 6-8 p.m. | 5410 E. Woodmen Road |

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Celebrity chef and Food Network star Alton Brown presents his new culinary variety show at the Pikes Peak Center. There’s cooking, comedy, music and potentially dangerous science stuff. 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $48-75+ | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2100

Train Expo Colorado

Choo-choo! It’s full steam ahead for this model train show hosted by TECO at Chapel Hills Mall. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday | 1710 Briargate Blvd. | $7 | www.tecoshow.org

November 15

Holiday grief support

Dealing with the loss of a loved one and celebrating the holidays can be difficult. The public is invited to Woodmen Valley Chapel to learn coping strategies from GriefShare. 6:30 p.m. | 290 E. Woodmen Road | Free | www.griefshare.org | 719388-4946

November 17

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November 18

9/11 Twenty Years Later

Andrew Card, the night’s speaker, whispered in President Bush’s ear that terrorists had attacked the U.S. He then led a government-wide reorganization to deal with the aftermath of 9/11 and the new terrorist environment. Gourmet dinner included. 5:30-8:30 p.m. | 1 Lake Ave. | $134 | www.winternightclub.com | 719-623-5112

November 19

Yonder Mountain String Band

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays when Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis brings its live concert to Pikes Peak Center. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $53+ | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2100

Prepare to be wowed by the Yonder Mountain String band’s bluegrass sound fused with influences from punk to the Grateful Dead. 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $38-$48+ | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2100

November 19-20

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November 19-21

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Vintage Market Days

If you love all things retro, you won’t want to miss this upscale indoor-outdoor market at the Norris Penrose Event Center featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies and seasonal plantings. 10-4 p.m. | 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road | $10-15 | www.vintagemarket days.com/market/colorado-springs

November 19-21

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

Bring the whole family for a unique holiday shopping experience with thousands of gifts and handmade items at the Colorado Springs Event Center (Santa will be there, too)! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. | $11.50 | cosprings@show caseevents.org | 800-521-7469

November 20

Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond the Fluffy

Is your funnybone ready to be tickled? Come out to the World Arena to hear one of America’s best standup comedians. 8-10 p.m. | 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $45.50-69.50+ | www.broadmoor worldarena.com | 719-477-2100

November 20

Turkey Trot Predict

Lace up your running shoes and come to Memorial Park for this predicted race hosted by the Pikes Peak Road Runners. Guess your time but be careful not to be overly conservative or optimistic! Six winners take home a turkey. 8:15 a.m. | 280 S. Union Blvd. | $7, free for members | www.pprrun.org

November 20

Sand Creek Holiday Craft Fair

Enjoy the festivities, food and fun at Sand Creek High School’s sale—and oh, yes—the shopping too! Proceeds benefit the school’s instru-

November 20

Get a jump on your holiday shopping with a wide variety of creatively crafted items to choose from. Sale is held at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 1201 Leta Drive | Free | www.fvscenter.org | 719-600-2644

November 21

Trans-Siberian Orchestra live

Experience the thrill of this bringthe-whole-family rock holiday tradition at The Broadmoor World Arena, with a string section, fog machine, light show, lasers, video screens and effects synchronized to music. 3 & 7:30 p.m. | 3185 Venetucci Blvd. | $59.50-89.50+ | www.broadmoor worldarena.com | 719-477-2100

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Get your workout in before your holiday dinner! The Turkey Trot 5K raises funds for local families in need. Humans get a T-shirt and dogs get a bandana. 8:15 a.m. | 4025 Family Place | $2550 ($15 for dogs), kids 12 and under free | ppymca.org | 719-282-9622

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Cheyenne Mountain Hooked on Crochet meets virtually on Zoom to crochet or knit. 1st & 3rd Thursday | 10 a.m. | www.ppld.org | 719-389-8968 Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club for women meets monthly at Broadmoor Community Church. Annual dues: $30 2nd Wednesday | 9:30 a.m. | www.cmncos.org 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 tbc50plus.org 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 Woogles.io (must create account). Mondays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-332-5141 Colorado Springs Stamp Club meets monthly at Vista Grande Baptist Church. 1st Tuesday | 7 p.m.

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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 DAV Knob Hill holds a bingo fundraiser at 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. to help aid local veterans. Sundays | 5:30-9 p.m. | 719-591-8787 El Paso Pacers is a walking club that meets monthly. RSVP by email. 3rd Thursday | 9 a.m. | 719-5206977 | theresaodello@elpaso.com Falcon Adult Group meets monthly at High Prairie Library. 1st Wednesday | 11 a.m. 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. 4th Saturday | 2 p.m. | info@gold campvictoriansociety.org Healing Waters Fly Fishing is for disabled active duty and veterans.

Varied times | www.projecthealing waters.org International Dance Club hosts weekly dances. Live bands, variety of styles, family friendly. Cover: $10 members, $12 non-members. Saturdays | 7-10 p.m. | 719-633-0195 Maxi’s Dance Party is held weekly at the Eagles Club. Features music for ages 40+ and food and drinks for purchase. Cover: $5/members, $8/ non-members. Thursdays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-660-1358. Paralyzed Vets of America plays weekly at Bingo World. Tuesdays | 12:30 p.m. | 719-578-1441 Pikes Peak Camera Club meets virtually monthly. Zoom link on website. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-634-2376 | www.pikespeakcameraclub.com Pikes Peak Computer Application Society meets monthly at Springs Community Church. 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | asdtitus@ gmail.com Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets virtually monthly. 2nd Wednesday | 6 p.m. | www.ppgs.org Pikes Peak Over the Hill Gang is 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 | www.ppothg.org

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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 | www.portal.clubrunner.ca/3250 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. | www.smmug.org Sno-Jets Ski and Adventure Club meets 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. snojets.org Socrates Cafe meets weekly for discussion at the Monument Library. Tuesdays | 1-3 p.m. | 719-531-6333, ext. 7005 Sons and Daughters of Italy meets monthly at 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 | mbowers@fvscenter.org 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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What’s one of your favorite family traditions? Phyllis Gingerich “In the fall, it’s carving pumpkins. I get together with my kids and two grandkids, and we have a blast! I have no idea what kind of jack o’ lanterns we’re making this year, but it’s bound to be a creative adventure.”

Janet & Luther Benson “On our four grown kids’ birthdays, they request their favorite dinner (including dessert) from their childhood, and everyone comes over. From grilled salmon to lasagna, they all have their unique preferences.”

Sheila Castellano “Well, my kids roll their eyes at me sometimes, but I encourage them to hand make a Christmas gift for each other. With my siblings, you can bet that though the miles separate us, we are all eating the exact same foods when it’s holiday time.”

Michelle Senters “As a child, I stood by the stove as my mother made spaghetti. She began cooking beef braciola, sausage and sauce in the morning. By lunchtime, she transferred sizzling meatballs from oil to the sauce to simmer for hours. She’d stab a crispy meatball with a fork, dipping it into the sauce. I’d eat it with a napkin beneath my chin to catch the drips. I ate hundreds of meatballs that way, just as my grandmother (pictured) did decades before and my children, decades after.”

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

SPECIAL EVENTS The Universe

Medicare for Veterans

1-2 p.m. | November 18 | Free

EXERCISE

1:30-3 p.m. | November 2 | $5

Arts & Crafts Fair

9 a.m.-3 p.m. | November 6 | Free

Royal Gorge Train Ride Day Trip

10:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | November 8 | $70

Veterans Assembly

1:30-3 p.m. | November 9 | Free

Yoga Flow

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

Zumba

10:30-11:30 a.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | November 1December 13 | $55

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

SPECIAL EVENTS Medicare 101 & Enrollment Seminar 2-4 p.m. | November 2, 16 & 30

EXERCISE SilverSneakers Classic

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

Pickleball

1-2 p.m. | November 10 | Free

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

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

Newcomers Orientation

SilverSneakers Stability

Table Tennis

AARP: Top Scams to Watch Out For 1-2 p.m. | November 11 | Free

Pumpkin Pie & Cider Social 1:30-2:30 p.m. | November 19 | $5

VIRTUAL Virtual Book Club

3-4 p.m. | Fridays | November 5-26 | Free

Taking Gluten Free to the Next Level

1-2 p.m. | November 10 | Free

LIFELONG LEARNING Elections in America

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

Brainstorming Tea

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

Colorado’s Jekyll & Hyde: Jim Chivington

9:30-11 a.m. | November 17 | $5

Basic Estate Planning

10-11 a.m. | November 19 | Free

HEALTH Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

9:30-11 a.m. | November 8 | Free

Feldenkrais

9-9:45 a.m. | Tuesdays & Thursdays | November 2-December 16 | $50 (Free for members)

SilverSneakers Open Gym 8:45-9:30 a.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | November 1December 13 | $50 (Free for members)

SilverSneakers Circuit

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | November 1-December 13 | $50 (Free for members)

GROUPS Connecting Through the COVID Support Group 1-2 p.m. | Thursdays | Free

Jolly Stampers

12-3:30 p.m. | Thursdays | $1

Hand & Foot Card Game

11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Wednesdays & Fridays | Free

Open Studio Painting 1-4 p.m. | Fridays | $1

Second Horizon Quilters 9-11:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | $

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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. | Every other Tuesday

FOOD Connections Cafe In-Person Lunch Call to make a reservation. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | MondayFriday | 719-884-2300

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

Colorado Pet Pantry 1-3 p.m. | November 24

OTHER Senior Lounge

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

Bible Study

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

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

Crafts Unlimited

9-11:30 a.m. | Fridays

Blackrose Acoustic Jam November 4: Fiddle tunes November 11: Gospel November 15: Gypsy swing November 18: Bluegrass November 22: Hootenanny November 25: Bluegrass 6-8 p.m.


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

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Line Dancing

Arts & Crafts

1:30 p.m. | Tuesdays

Book Club

10:15 a.m. | Tuesdays

11 a.m. | Thursdays 11 a.m. | November 12 | 719-3300241

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Bingo (must RSVP)

1-2 p.m. | November 17 | 719330-0241 | sue@monumental fitness.com

Chess Club

1 p.m. 1st & 3rd Monday | 12 p.m. 2nd, 4th, & 5th Monday

Pinochle

12-4 p.m. | Tuesdays

Hand & Foot

1-4 p.m. | Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Mahjong

1-4 p.m. | Fridays

EXERCISE Body Shop

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

Yoga

10 a.m. | Mondays & Fridays

Gentle Yoga Essentrics

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS Holiday Craft Fair

9 a.m.-3 p.m. | November 13 | Free | 1201 Leta Dr.

Native American Heritage Month artifacts display November 9 | Free

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Chair Yoga

3:15 p.m. | Wednesdays

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Mind Matters

Senior Scavenger Hunt

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

Mix It Up!

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

Tai Chi Gong

11 a.m. | Wednesdays & Thursdays

Pilates

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

Zumba Gold

November 16 | Free | 719-600-2644

Dinner on the Town (Old Chicago)

9:30-11 a.m. | Thursdays

HEALTH Chair Yoga

2:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays | 9-10 a.m. Fridays

Zumba Gold

9-10 a.m. | Tuesdays

Blood Pressure Check

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

Tai Chi

9:30 -11 a.m. | Wednesdays

Low Vision Support

1 p.m. | 3rd Wednesday

Zumba Basics

2:30 p.m. | Thursdays

5 p.m. | November 24 | 1579 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

Active Minds

Christmas at Pueblo’s Rosemount Museum

Chi Kung

November 30 | 719-600-2644

Congregate Lunches

11:30-12:30 a.m. | Monday-Friday | RSVP 719-600-2644

EDUCATION Legal Assistance

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

AARP Driver Safety Class

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

ART

9 a.m. | Thursdays

Better Bones & Balance

Interpretive Dance

1:30 p.m. | Thursdays

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

Zumba

Porcelain

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

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

Total Body Strength

Quilters

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

Card Making

8:30-11 a.m. | Wednesdays

Woodcarving

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

2:30 p.m. | 3rd Thursday 10-11 a.m. | Fridays

GAMES & LEISURE Movie Day

1 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

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

Birthday Social

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

Wii Games

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

Canasta

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

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SUPPORT NEWS BITS GROUPS No-cost assistance for Medicare Open Enrollment

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments’ SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) counselors offer personal Medicare counseling to all Medicare-qualified individuals, helping them review their options and make changes to prescription drug coverage (Part D) or Medicare Advantage Plan for 2022. SHIP counseling is free. Counselors do not sell or endorse any insurance, so they can provide an objective view of the options. All are trained and certified by the state and by Medicare. SHIP counselors are available through December 7, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by appointment only. To learn more, call 719-471-2096.

COVID boosters are here

Seniors age 65 and up are eligible for their COVID-19 booster vaccination, provided it has been at least 6 months since their last dose (and just two months for Johnson & Johnson recipients). As the holidays and travel loom large, boosters provide assurance for safely celebrating with families and friends. The Centers for Disease Control authorized a mix-and-match approach to the shots, so it’s fine if your booster is a different type of vaccine than your original shot. Eligible Coloradans can receive free COVID-19 vaccines or boosters at 1,700+ vaccine providers in the state. No insurance, identification, proof of residency or proof of medical history is required. Find booster locations at https://covid19. colorado.gov/vaccine or call 800232-0233. Many transit agencies are offering free or discount rides to and from vaccination sites. Homebound Coloradans can schedule an in-home vaccination by calling the state health department at 877-268-2926.

Silver Key launches new meal program

Silver Key Senior Services introduced a new meal program for seniors who live near the Falcon, Peyton and Calhan communities. This new program is being funded by grant money from the El Paso County Economic Development Department. Up to five frozen meals can be picked up

Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. at pop-up locations at High Prairie Library in Peyton and the Calhan Library. Reservations are required. Call Silver Key at 719-884-2300 or reserve online at www.silverkey.org. To volunteer, call 719-884-2300.

Five Wishes virtual and in-person seminars

Have you made your wishes known? What do you want your legacy to be? Learn about Five Wishes in a hybrid in-person or Zoom meeting from 10-11 a.m. November 5, in the David Lord Conference Room at Silver Key, 1625 S. Murray Blvd. In this free session you will learn about advance care plans and why it’s important for every adult to have one; how to alleviate financial, emotional and other stressors for your family after an end-oflife event; and how you can leave a legacy so that your cherished values live on. To register, call 719884-2300 or email info@silverkey. org.

Pikes Peak New Horizons Band plays again The Gold Concert Band and the Swingmasters Jazz Band will perform a free concert at the Awakening Church, 3445 Oro Blanco, on November 20 at 2 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited. These bands are part of the Pikes Peak New Horizons Band, which resumed in September when its new director, Raymond Bell, began rehearsals

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of traditional concert band music including marches, show tunes, original band compositions and all varieties of concert band music. After time off due to COVID-19, the band is excited to continue the tradition of excellence established by founder Bill Callen, who passed away in April. New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA) encourages adult brass, woodwind and percussion players to join their twice-weekly rehearsals, culminating in a free community concert each semester. Pikes Peak New Horizon Band is open to adults who want to revisit their band years. Visit www.ppiom. org for details or contact Bell at rbell1102@gmail.com.

� Focus on Your Well-being: A 3-Part Virtual Series Part 1: Gratitude and Honoring our Veterans - November 10, 10 a.m.

Pikes Peak Library events

� Adult Coloring Club - November 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Some programs are presented virtually and some require registration. Visit www.ppld.org or call 719-389-8968. � Virtual Genealogy Basics November 1 & 20, 10 a.m. � Watercolor Painting Foundations (in person at Library 21c) - November 2, 9, 16 & 30, 4:30 p.m. � Virtual Hooked on Crochet (via Zoom) - November 4 & 18, 10 a.m. � Untold Stories from Native America – November 6 at 1 p.m. & November 13 at 2 p.m. Native American storyteller Sebrena Forrest performs tales from indigenous cultures to educate and entertain at the Manitou Arts Center. � Virtual Immune Support 101 November 9, 1 p.m. � Virtual Renter’s Rights 101 November 9, 6 p.m.

Part 2: Stress and Anxiety Management during the Pandemic - November 19, 1 p.m. Part 3: Healthy Boundaries November 22, 10 a.m.

Florissant Library events

For information about programs, visit rampart.colibraries.org or call 719-748-3939. � Tai Chi - Mondays, 10-11 a.m. � Family Fun Fridays - Fridays, 2-4 p.m.

� Craft & Create Adult Program November 24, 1 p.m. � Friends at the Table Cookbook Club - November 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. � Read Amok Book Club November 8, 11 a.m. � Florissant Bookworms November 17, 10:30 a.m.

Woodland Park Library events For information about programs, visit rampart.colibraries.org or call 719-687-9281.

� Community Program: The American Revolution with Gary Penley - November 10, 3 p.m. � Book Club - November 2, 10:30 a.m. � Not So Young Adult Book Club - November 3, 11 a.m. � Senior Circle Book Club November 4, 10:30 a.m. ■

� How To Taste Wine: A Virtual Presentation - November 18, 6 p.m.

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SUPPORT GROUPS Daddy’s Little Girls brings hope to abuse survivors through the love of Jesus Christ. 719-649-9054 | www.daddys littlegirls.net 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 springs.org El Paso County Colorado Progressive Veterans is available 365 days a year to help veterans, active duty military and their families with VA health care and disability, homelessness, emergency needs, PTSD and mental health support. 719-488-8351 | www.epccpv.org | info@epccpv.org Emotions Anonymous, a program for unsolved emotional problems, meets in Colorado Springs at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade. Mondays | 6 p.m. | 719-685-1091 Falcon Senior Services meets at Patriot High School, 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon. 2nd Wednesday | 11 a.m. | 719-4940353 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) | www.coloradoga.org Grandparents Raising Grandchildren supports and encourages

those dealing with issues of raising grandkids. Call for details. 719-578-8007 Headway Brain Injury & Stroke Support Group meets at Fargo’s Pizza, 2910 E. Platte Ave. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. | 719-459-0901 Hearing Loss Association of America meets virtually. www.hlaacoloradosprings.org Mental Illness Family Support meets at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Tuesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-473-8477

Multiple Sclerosis Alliance meets virtually. Visit website for schedule. 719-633-4603 | www.msasoco.org/ event-calendar.html | support@ msasoco.org 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 | www.namicoloradosprings.org Overeaters Anonymous meets daily over Zoom (except Sundays) and in person on Thursdays. Visit website for virtual meeting times. Thursdays | 9-10:15 a.m. | Peak Vista Community Health Center | 719-

205-9080 | www.oasouthern colorado.org Parkinson’s Support Group meets at First Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Weber St. in Colorado Springs. 2nd Saturday | 10 a.m. Project Angel Heart delivers free, nutritious meals to those living with life-threatening illness. Call for information about receiving meals. 800-381-5612 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. www.silversneakers.com TESSA provides a safe house and counseling for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. If you’re in crisis, call 719-633-3819. 719-633-1462 Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group meets virtually through The Independence Center. 2nd & 4th Wednesday | 1:30-3 p.m. | 719-471-8181 ■

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s a combat veteran and chair of a veterans group here in El Paso County, veteran suicide is very close to my heart. This article isn’t about awareness. I’m reasonably certain you have heard about this issue. Twenty-two suicides per day is the oft-quoted statistic—but that also depends on how you ask the question. Is it more? Who knows? Females that serve are twice as likely to die from suicide than women who haven’t served. Army veterans comprise the majority of veteran suicides. Most veteran suicides are those aged 50 and older. If you call the Veterans Administration (VA), the Colorado Springs Clinic or the Aurora VA Hospital, the first thing you hear is, “If you are considering harming yourself or someone else, press seven for the Veterans Crisis Line.” Sounds good. It even sounds like the VA cares… and they mostly do. In fact, a veteran can call the Colorado Springs Clinic, ask for mental health and be directly connected—no referral needed. Additionally, the VA provides a walk-in mental health clinic in Colorado Springs. Upon completion of a one-page form, you immediately see a counselor. Individual, couple and group counseling are available. There is help. My point is that if an active-duty military person or a veteran dies from suicide, by rule their spouse and minor children lose all benefits. No survivor benefits, period—even if the soldier was being treated for PTSD. It’s likely the average person reading this will find this statement

incredulous. How can the VA make all this effort to prevent suicide, but if a veteran falls into such a deep depression that they believe they can no longer continue living, their children are punished? What’s worse, this is not a law. It is Department of Defense (DOD) and VA policy. How did this happen? During the Civil War, a Union colonel, who was a consuming alcoholic, was unable to find a drink one night and killed himself. His death was ruled a suicide from his alcoholism. Back then, alcoholism was thought to result from poor character. The consequence? No survivor benefits. Well, back in the 1860s, that made sense. Alcoholism was not considered a disease. It’s 160 years later. We now know that alcoholism is a disease that requires treatment. The VA offers rehab. So why is the policy still in effect? If a soldier comes back from combat and has debilitating PTSD (which the VA treats) and makes the decision to take his own life, why punish his spouse and children? If you agree, contact Senators Bennet (202-224-5852) and Hickenlooper (202-224-5941) and question this DOD and VA policy. Please help change this antiquated rule, which can be done with the stroke of a pen. No legislation is necessary. ■ Kent Jarnig, a Vietnam combat medic, is chair of El Paso County Colorado Progressive Veterans (EPCCPV). He is 100 percent VA disabled. To learn more, visit EPCCPV.org, email info@EPCCPV.org or call 303-618-6131


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