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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region SEPTEMBER 2021

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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region SEPTEMBER 2021 | Volume 34 | Issue 9

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

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How to rescue your flat, colorless smart phone photos

Ziplining with the grandkids The things grandparents will do for time and memories with teen-aged grandkids

10 Aunt Glenda’s Banana Bread

Glenda Siani shares her one bowl, high altitude banana bread recipe

12 The same old stories

25 Take crafting to the next level

Here are the top, affordable tech tools to unleash your creativity

26 Did 2020 derail financial goals?

How to get back on schedule after a pandemic economy

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As Alzheimer’s wreaked havoc on Dad, I promised to keep his memories safe

16 The retirement of your dreams

Mackenzie Place residents’ lives are enriched in many different ways

17 What to do when your cat hides A safe room can help cats roll with changes like family visitors

18 The power of observation

From bee visitors to tomato flavors, what is your garden telling you?

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Remembering 9/11 Twenty years later, how Americans processed the September 11 attacks

29 Calendar 32 Clubs 33 Question of the Month

We asked readers: “What was your favorite childhood book?”

34 Fun after 50 Senior Center Activities 37 Support Groups 38 Classifieds

Take a volunteer vacation On the Cover

Sandra Wise of Colorado Springs poses with a 1940 Buick. Her dress, shoes and earrings came from thrift stores. The hat she bought from Japan 35 years ago. Photo courtesy of Sandra Wise.

Calling all animal lovers: Take a volunteer vacation to Utah’s Best Friends animal sanctuary

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

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

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What are your gold medal moments? I

’m not a big TV sports watcher, but I’m a fan of the Olympics. (Cue that oh-so-familiar music, “Bugler’s Dream” by Leo Arnaud.) In 2002, I saw the Olympic torch pass right by my then-home when runners carried it down Union Boulevard prior to the winter games in Salt Lake City. Gymnastics is my favorite, but I’ll watch any of it, from the opening ceremony to the closing, and all the contests in between. I’m mesmerized by the highs and lows—the grit these athletes display, the glimpses of other cultures, the dreaded fourth place, the broken world records—or broken dreams. When the Olympic bug first bit me, my parents were building a new house that wasn’t quite completed. So we’d be in place for the bus route when school started, we temporarily moved to a slightly creepy, decrepit farmhouse (complete with the occasional mouse visitor) across the road from the construction site. It was like camping…sort of. My brother, sister and I unrolled our sleeping bags on the living room floor and watched the ’72 Munich Olympics every night. When the 11 Israeli Olympians were killed, I was taken aback and confused. (This tragedy was finally acknowledged with a moment of silence this year in Tokyo.) Yet the games went on, and I watched in wide-eyed admiration as gymnast Olga Korbut debuted her daring flips and swimmer Mark Spitz won an unheard-of seven gold medals in swimming—a record that seemed it would never be broken until it was, 44 years later, by Michael Phelps’ eight golds in Barcelona.

TOKYO OLYMPIAD Was it just me, or did seeing 2020 emblazoned on everything make it seem like we were in a time warp? And how about those empty stands? So strange. The unexpected positive COVID

tests barring some from competing after all their sacrifice and effort? Heartbreaking. Approximately 11,000 athletes competed for 206 countries. Following are my awards. The “Local Flavor” medals go to the 15 athletes from Colorado Springs, who won a total of seven medals. Colorado has more Olympians per capita than any other state. The “Dare to Dream” medal goes to marathoner Molly Seidel, who scored a bronze in only her third marathon ever. A childhood school assignment read, “I wish I will win an Olympic medal.” Mission accomplished. The “Amusing Moments” medals go to track star Allyson Felix’s toddler daughter, who sported a shirt that read, “My Mom’s Faster than Your Mom” (no argument there) and diver Tom Daley, who knitted a “medal cozy” for his gold. The “Senior Superstar” medal goes to Australian equestrian Mary Hanna, 66, Tokyo’s oldest competitor and one of four athletes in their 60s. (The oldest competitor ever was Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, 72.) The “What Really Matters” medal goes to Simone Biles, who showed us that mental health counts more than the medal count.

GOLD MEDAL MOMENTS We train hard for the marathon of life, and it is comprised of many gold medal moments. What are yours? Was it the birth of your children or grandchildren? A career achievement? Was it the staying power of your marriage? Overcoming a disease or living with a disability? Finding the ability to go on after a loved one died? How about a wild act of generosity? Standing strong for your beliefs? Bouncing back after a huge life setback? Getting that degree? Keeping your cool when all around you, people are losing theirs? It all matters. There’s a place on the podium for you. ■

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Shop well. Dress better. How to uncover fabulous finds that fit any budget By Sandra Wise

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t this point in our lives, we women-of-a-certain-age could be enjoying styling our outfits and presenting our authentic selves to the world with the grace, wisdom, wit and honesty that only comes with age. By now we know exactly who we are, what we like and how we want to be perceived by others. We could be searching for fashionable, flattering garments and enjoying the art of styling—that is, making the aesthetic choices

tations of us as older women. I’ve found it helpful to read publications like Life After 50 and to join communities of like-minded women, so we can support and encourage each other in our individuality and free-mindedness. If we can get to that point, then there’s only one minor hurdle to overcome in order to really enjoy fashion. Because many older women feel they already have too many clothes (most of us do), they cannot justify buying more—especially

LATER CHAPTERS OF OUR LIVES CAN BE FILLED WITH UNIQUE CHALLENGES, BUT FINDING CLOTHES THAT WE FEEL AND LOOK GOOD IN SHOULD NOT BE ONE OF THEM. required to put an outfit together. Fashion is meant to be a form of self-expression and individuality, but instead, many of us find ourselves overly concerned about finding age-appropriate garments (whatever they are) and our culture’s obsession with youthful appearances. These concerns should not override the expressive and creative adventure that styling and fashion are meant to be. These later chapters of our lives can be filled with unique challenges, but finding clothes that we feel and look good in should not be one of them. Perhaps by banding together, we can move past society’s expec-

at today’s retail prices—simply to have fun and be creative. But what if there is a way to bring home wonderful garments and accessories, play around with new styling ideas, and feel good about doing it at budget prices while also supporting worthy causes? Would you jump at the opportunity? I have. That opportunity is found at thrift shops. Since I’ve been at this for decades, I’m happy to share some tips I’ve learned along the way that might streamline your adventure and make your thrift shop forays successful, satisfying and, yes, fun.

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THRIFTING TIPS AND TRICKS Go in with an open mind rather than looking for a specific item, as that strategy often leads to disappointment. Visit shops weekly, armed with the knowledge of what styles work well with your body type and what colors are flattering and fit with your existing wardrobe. Although I search for my size first, I look through all size categories, as I often find wonderful larger pieces for layering. I also purchase garments simply for the fabric, which I repurpose into scarves or statement neckpieces. Scan the aisles quickly. As I prefer longer skirts, I look for the few hemlines hanging lower than the others and ignore the rest. I use a similar strategy for sleeveless tops. Since I prefer covered arms, I scan for those with longer tails that I can use as sleeveless tunics or vests

over my long-sleeved garments. In the blouse aisle, I scan the top of the hangers to check for collars, since I prefer coverage at my neckline. These quick-scan approaches save time, which can then be spent on creatively applying various styling tricks, as illustrated in these photos of garments and accessories I’ve found in thrift shops.

Scan the aisles quickly. As I prefer longer skirts, I look for the few hemlines hanging lower than the others and ignore the rest.


LAYERING BASICS Layering addresses my personal preference of covering my arms and neckline. The first two photos illustrate this idea. Layering can be extremely effective, as it allows me to continue wearing sleeveless garments. Layers also create interest and make an outfit look unique and complete. When experimenting, it’s important to consider proportions, as the different lengths of the layers will usually be visible. A full, voluminous skirt or a significantly shorter hemline would not work well under a slim duster or long cardigan. In the first photo, the maxi dress is sleeveless and a bit boring, so I added a long cardigan, two scarves and three necklaces for a bit more interest. In the second photo, I layered a zebra-print dress with spaghetti straps over a simple black pullover and topped it off with a lightweight duster.

COLOR BLOCKING Color blocking helps make specific body parts appear slimmer or more prominent and can conceal areas you’d rather not show off. Light colors draw the eye and stand out, making areas appear larger. Darker colors recede, making areas seem smaller or slimmer. I used color blocking here (white placed prominently at my hips and thighs) to give an illusion of more shape in this area. The same black top from the previous example appears here with a convertible jersey maxi skirt/dress (waistband can be folded down or pulled up to serve as a strapless dress, which is what I did here).

PATTERNS AND PRINTS Patterns and prints create optical illusions. Large prints add weight. Intricate or “busy” patterns play tricks on the eye, so it’s usually best to go with smaller designs. Also, small all-over patterns, as opposed to solid colors, can disguise lumps and bumps underneath. Another consideration with prints is the silhouette, or line, of the garment. Were this fuchsia print fabric fashioned into a voluminous dress with intricate details (e.g., ruffles) rather than this simple sheath, it would not be nearly as effective.

PATTERNS AND PRINTS CREATE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS. LARGE PRINTS ADD WEIGHT. INTRICATE OR “BUSY” PATTERNS PLAY TRICKS ON THE EYE, SO IT’S USUALLY BEST TO GO WITH SMALLER DESIGNS.

MIXING STYLES Mixing styles allows us to stretch our imagination if we are willing to experiment. It’s somewhat unorthodox to accessorize this classic-style Calvin Klein dress with a bohemian-inspired statement neckpiece made from repurposed thrifted garments. Feel free, as I did here, to try new things. Mix casual with formal or feminine with tailored. Thrift shops have regular sale days, making these inexpensive clothes even more affordable. You can even find top-of-the-line brands and never-worn clothing. Embrace not necessarily following the fashion world’s rules every time. You can stick to your budget yet maintain your individual style. Welcome to the wonderful world of thrifting! ■ Sandra Wise, 75, of Colorado Springs shows women how they can embrace aging. Follow her on Instagram: wise.woman.aging

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Grandparents Day is September 12

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grandkids The things grandparents will do for time and memories with teenaged grandkids By Terri Kaiser

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y husband and I recently drove to North Carolina to visit the grandkids. If we’re lucky, we get to bask in their presence twice a year. Rarely is it more than that. But this year, it was different and sobering. They are growing up. And coronavirus didn’t help matters any. There are no guidebooks for grandparenting as children age. At least, I don’t know of any. It’s so easy when they’re younger. All it took was pulling out a storybook or the crayons, or popping popcorn and snuggling while watching a Disney movie. As they got a few years older, they enjoyed being pulled around behind the snowmobile or sledding at Wintergreen Hill. Then there were water parks and the zoo. Gone are the days when the youngest, Lauren, and I cuddled up to sing songs at the top of our lungs, giggling at our mistakes. Gone are the days when our grand-

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son, Jackson, climbed into my lap for a conversation or colored with crayons to create wondrous works of art. And gone are the days that Anna, the oldest, baked cookies

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THERE ARE NO GUIDEBOOKS FOR GRANDPARENTING AS CHILDREN AGE. AT LEAST, I DON’T KNOW OF ANY. I THINK I’M STILL REELING FROM THE REALIZATION THAT TIME IS CERTAINLY NOT STANDING STILL. with me or decorated gingerbread houses. Or are they? Maybe not. I think I’m still reeling from the realization that time is certainly not standing still. Jackson is taller than us now at 15. Anna recently got a car after victoriously earning her driver’s license. Lauren is blossoming into a beautiful, kind young lady (gosh, that makes me sound matronly, but it’s true). They are all growing up and time with the old folks doesn’t appeal like it once did. Well, to be fair, I think it still does, but too many other things get in On a recent trip to North Carolina, Terri Kaiser and her husband Tom took their grandkids zip-lining.


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LAUGHING MATTERS “Now really,” the mother says, “these are personal questions and are really none of your business.” Undaunted, the little girl asks, “Why did you and Daddy get a divorce?” “Those are enough questions,” her mother says. The exasperated mother walks away as the two friends begin to play. “My mom wouldn’t tell me anything,” the little girl says to her friend. “All you need to do is look at her driver’s license,” her friend says. “It’s like a report card. It has everything on it.” Later that night, the little girl says to her mother, “I know how old you are. You are 32.” The mother is surprised and asks, “How did you find that out?” “I also know that you weigh 140 pounds,” the little girl replies. “How in heaven’s name did you find that out?” her mother asks. “And,” the little girl says triumphantly, “I know why you and Daddy got a divorce.” “Oh really?” the mother asks. “Why?” “Because you got an F in sex.”

DEER HUNTERS

Submitted by Donny Mason A group of friends went deer hunting and paired off. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck. “Where’s Henry?” the others asked. “Henry had a stroke of some kind. He’s a couple of miles back

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The retirement of your dreams By G. L. Yenne “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground” - African proverb

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Fitness and fun for everyone. At MacKenzie Place, we believe an active life is a happier life. That’s why we offer PrimeFit, a personalized fitness program to help every resident maximize their mobility and physical health. And we have on-site physical therapy available every day, too. All in the safest environment possible.

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t MacKenzie Place there are many “libraries,” and sales manager Daniel Nord loves to read from them. For example, one resident is a man who, in his younger days, rode horses around the Pyramids in Egypt. He was also an admiral in the Navy, the head of medicine, and researched cholera after he retired. Another resident flew U2s and SR71s in spy missions during the Cold War. MacKenzie Place, an upscale senior living community at 1605 Elm Creek View, boasts 65 individually owned cottages, one-, two- and three-bedroom independent living apartments, and assisted living and memory care. MacKenzie Place stops short of skilled nursing, but if a resident nears the end of life, hospice is brought on board along with other end-of-life agencies to give the best care possible. While MacKenzie Place goes above and beyond to meet the physical needs of its seniors, it also offers a point of connection with others. Residents’ lives are enriched in many ways: visiting guest musicians, trips to Denver’s museums and Philharmonic performances. Two onsite restaurants cook up superb food, and a nice-sized movie theater holds five showings a week. Additionally, there’s a gym with a fitness program, a hair salon and massage services. The UCCS Gerontology Department often hosts educational events at MacKenzie Place, which are open to the public. “It’s your own fault if you get bored!” said 87-year-old resident Sue McKain. She loves the floor parties, where she socializes with

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ANIMAL VISITORS You can’t assume any visiting cats or dogs will be friendly to Luna and Sol, and vice versa! They may see new animals as invaders and become even more scared or defensive. If possible, ask visitors to leave their animals cared for at home. If they must bring their animals, try to keep them in a completely separate part of the house while your cats stay in their safe room. Introducing cats to new animals can take weeks to do well. Separation is less stressful in the long run.

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ere in the mountains, striped Sunrise Bumble Bee cherry tomatoes are just beginning to flourish. Tasting the little tomatoes week after week told me the plants were getting too much water, as they became slightly less flavorful and crisp. Sure enough, the meter had been reset to water daily instead of every other. My garden is two feet deep, and even narrower in some places. Gold and red sunflowers stand alongside daikon radishes and cilantro, adding unplanned canopies of shade and landing places for bees to an already packed garden that’s nearly 30 feet long and full of life. Do bees sleep the way we do? I looked it up after finding bees perfectly still on my sunflowers. Honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day, and for forager bees, this occurs in day-night cycles, as darkness interrupts their excursions for pollen and nectar. Researchers even discovered sleep-deprived honeybees can’t communicate properly. Their dances fail to translate the direction of a good food source, and they struggle to find their way back to the hive. When they do sleep, it’s possible they might even dream. Gardening encourages observation. It can guide our actions, pique our curiosity, and remind us that we are part of this incredible thing called nature.

ENJOY THE BOUNTY In subtle ways, our bodies crave and benefit from the exact nutrients and types of food that nature provides throughout the seasons. In the heat of summer, when we’re active, sugary fruits are in abun2368 Research Parkway dance, and we have plenty of herbs Colorado Springs, CO 80920 and veggies A Residence of Legend Senior Living®to dry and otherwise LegendSeniorLiving.com preserve for the seasons to come. Likewise, in fall’s cooler weather we turn to root vegetables and

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hearty soups. Eating in sync with the seasons helps us tune into nature and experience our gardens as bridges to a more connected, natural world. There are multiple ways to tap into nature’s interconnectedness: • Support local growers by visiting farmers markets. Talk to different vendors to learn about how they’re growing their food and what produce they have an abundance of to support their farming. • Share your bounty. Take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor by sharing or swapping harvests with neighbors and loved ones. Or consider spreading your bounty even further. Colorado State University Extension has a “Grow and Give” program that connects backyard gardens to food donation sites across the county. Grow and Give’s core mission is to distribute fresh, home-grown produce to those in need. Learn how you can donate some of your harvest to help address local food insecurity at https://growgive.extension.colostate.edu. • Preserve the abundance. ‘Tis the season of preserving! Locally grown produce harvested at the peak of its growing season is both tastier and healthier than


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GARDENING ENCOURAGES OBSERVATION. IT CAN GUIDE OUR ACTIONS, PIQUE OUR CURIOSITY, AND REMIND US THAT WE ARE PART OF THIS INCREDIBLE THING CALLED NATURE. what you’ll find in grocery stores. Drying and dehydrating herbs, fruits and vegetables is an easy and great way to capture the nutrients of plants for winter. Alternatively, can fruits and vegetable for sauces and jams. I blend my tomatoes (peels and all!) into a sauce, and roast peach halves in the oven for winter pies. Finally, pickling is one of the easiest methods of preservation. My favorite recipe is diced sweet peppers, black peppercorn, mustard seed and rosemary in apple cider vinegar.

POST-HARVEST TIPS Tidy up flower beds by cutting back perennials that are done blooming, and divide perennials as needed.

Replace perennial plants (like lavender) as desired to give them time to establish before winter. Now’s also a good time to plant cacti. Take cuttings from the plants you want more of so you can establish them indoors in pots through fall and winter. Leave winter squash on the vine as long as possible, harvesting just before the first frost. This will allow them to sweeten! Cut squash from the vine carefully, leaving two inches of stem attached if possible. Pulling plants out of the garden will likely leave behind areas of bare soil. Rather than leaving soils exposed and vulnerable, use cover crops and mulch to protect and nourish garden beds. Not only do cover crops protect

the soil from the elements through winter, but they also add crucial organic matter to the soil, increase fertility, improve structure to prevent soil erosion and compaction, and can help suppress weeds in the spring. Our climate offers the opportunity to explore both winter-killed and winter-hardy cover crops. Winter-killed cover crops die from frosts during the winter. Sown in summer, winter-killed cover crops will grow rapidly, then die back after a few hard frosts. Their winter-killed plant and root mass will add organic matter to the soil and hold it in place until spring. Winter-hardy cover crops stay alive through winter and thrive

again in the spring. These can be annual or perennial plants that add fertility to the soil and provide a living mulch for your garden beds. By sowing a mixture of winter-killed and winter-hardy seeds, you’ll learn directly from your soil what it needs by way of observing the crops that flourish. Encourage decomposition by covering bare soils with mulch like leaves and grass clippings. Opt for plant material that hasn’t been sprayed with herbicide so you’re feeding your soils nutrient-rich material and not harmful chemicals. Let nature’s continuous cycle influence and inspire your garden, even beyond harvest time. ■

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Volunteering with Best Friends Take a volunteer vacation at an animal sanctuary By Dee Gagnon

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first learned about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary over a decade ago, so this year I decided it was high time I check it out. I was delighted when I was able to volunteer there in mid-March. Nestled in the breathtaking landscape of Utah’s Angel Canyon, Best Friends is the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. It was founded in 1984 by a group of friends with a shared love for animals. As leaders in the animal welfare community, the organization’s leadership acts firmly on the belief that there are

no unadoptable animals. They also provide behavioral training, medical intervention and education for the general public. I volunteered for three days during COVID-19, so I was limited to volunteering in only two areas. I chose to volunteer with horses and “wild friends.” I spent a lot of quality time with the horses while cleaning up a day’s worth of their manure and feeding a select few their specially fortified breakfast portions. Some of the horses are recovering from injuries or have medical conditions; others

The great horned owls live in large enclosures after serious injuries left them unable to regain their ability to fly or hunt. came to Best Friends as strays or feral. The first horse to catch my eye was Helen, a delicately built reddish mare who was completely blind. Her paddock mate, Snickers, was a former fair pony with marks around his withers from an ill-fitting saddle.

And due to a rare medical condition, Curly Sue had a tight, curly coat which resembled the fur of a labradoodle. For my last half hour of volunteer time with the horses, I got to brush two lucky brown steeds. Their caregiver told me, “These

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A HOPEFUL PIG TROTTED OVER AND PLUNKED DOWN BESIDE ME TO PRESENT HER BELLY, WHICH I RUBBED AS SHE GROANED WITH A BIG GRIN.

two will stand there all day for it,” and she was right. No halters in sight. Grooming a horse was one of my favorite duties; therefore, it was a highlight of my experience. Because of staff shortages, I also worked with goats and at least a dozen pigs that were available for adoption. A hopeful pig trotted over and plunked down beside me to present her belly, which I rubbed as she groaned with a big grin. Some of the pigs were discovered fending for themselves in the Arizona desert. Fortunately, they were found and rescued, hopefully joining their forever home soon.

WILD FRIENDS My duties for the sanctuary’s wild friends varied. With the help of the licensed wildlife rehabilitator, we drained and cleaned three cement swimming pools for the resident ducks and seagulls. I chopped a large amount of salad greens for tortoises and birds, replaced the straw in over 100 nesting boxes, and was privy to a physical therapy session for Polly, a chicken hatched with deformed legs. As I watched staff feed great horned owls and a barn owl, I learned that many birds are discovered injured on roadsides. I observed Jeff, a golden mantle

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A VOLUNTEER VACATION Best Friends touches the hearts of humans who truly care. From the dedicated staff to the daily roster of volunteers who come to help, the shelter resonated with hope. The staff I spent time with came from diverse backgrounds. One woman had left Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and a career in engineering to work in the desert with Best Friends a few years ago. Going on 50, she’s happy with the change. The bubbly young staff leader at Wild Friends, on the other hand, was excited about furthering her career with animals. I left there with a firm desire to give myself a volunteer vacation at Best Friends every year. There’s limited lodging right within the sanctuary, which I opted for due to the convenience. Other options include RV hook-ups in the gorgeous canyon. I stayed in a clean room with a kitchenette and even a doggie door! People may

bring their own dog or even have a “sleepover” with a dog, cat or bunny from Best Friends if planned in advance. Additionally, there are several nearby motels/hotels that offer discounts to Best Friends visitors or volunteers. Some even welcome “sleepovers.” Best Friends Animal Sanctuary offers free tours daily. Register in advance at www.bestfriends.org or by phone at 435-644-2001, ext. 4537. Best Friends is located five miles north of downtown Kanab, Utah, close to the Arizona state line. For animal lovers like me, it’s well worth the drive! ■

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No more phone-y photos Grab your camera and set out to document the world around you Story and photos by Michael Lowery

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t’s 5 a.m., about 30 minutes before sunrise. I breathe in the cool, clear Colorado air the morning after a sharp rain. The sunrise may be spectacular or so-so—it’s too soon to see. A hummingbird perches three feet away, and I wonder if I have enough light to get a shot. I’m struck by the beauty around me on my early morning trek overlooking the Springs. Unbelievably, I’m the only one there. Why not join me?

DITCH THE SMARTPHONES There are many excellent books on mastering digital photography, so I won’t belabor the fine points here. The first photographers did outstanding work because they thought about and planned their pictures far in advance. Their equipment had limitations that required specific considerations in every shot. The invention of the zoom lens and the smartphone revolution changed photography—and not for the better. Sure, it’s easier. We shoot millions of pictures every year. Yet we typically only show a few to others before they

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get cleared out to free up space, our pictures all but forgotten. Smartphone pictures look decent due to the higher megapixel count and improving optics, but still, they appear flat. All the automated features of smartphones and modern digital cameras add to the sameness of pictures. Newer cameras, on the other hand, provide excellent, high-resolution images that offset many mistakes and are easier to edit. Taking quality photos doesn’t have to be expensive. Start cheap and add lenses and accessories as you need. While I use first-rate cameras, I only have one zoom lens. I prefer prime lenses because they force me to think like the early masters and plan each aspect of every shot. The new cameras are so fast and stable you rarely need a tripod. I shoot handheld 90 percent of the time.

CONSIDER AUDIENCE If you have an audience, you have motivation. I shoot and edit photos for

digital picture frames and email them to friends and family, updating them every few months. I also like to scan and edit family history pictures, which is a lot better than handing down that box of prints from the 1960s. A few ways to easily share photos: • Scan old family prints at Office Depot or Staples. • Start an Instagram page to show your work. • Create a personal photography Facebook page.


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PHOTO ART As with painting or music, symbolism, emotion and empathy can be expressed in a photo. Other than single-subject pictures (i.e., your dog) or a spectacular subject, the composition in an artistic photograph usually comprises three visual elements. One element is dominant while the other two pique interest. Strive for an image that is thoughtful, composed, expressive and insightful. Outstanding photo art is 40 percent planning and conceptualization, 30 percent improving field techniques, and 30 percent editing with a good photo editor. I keep a running list of sub-

jects and photos I think would make an interesting study, as well as locations and specific shots waiting on seasons, light and weather. Sometimes I plan certain shots a year ahead, like when the full moon sets over Pikes Peak at the exact moment the sunrise illuminates the mountain. Portraits, stylized still life tabletop arrangements, wildlife, architecture and many other subjects make great collections.

SEEK BEAUTY You’ll find opportunities to do creative work in just about any location at any time of year. Seeing beauty, however, and knowing how to look for it is a learned skill. Photography will revolutionize your life. You’ll find beauty in so many places where

you never found it before. Accept the challenge of expressing it through light and composition to get that vision to your audience. There are dozens of interesting shots within five miles of your house, hundreds in southern Colorado, and thousands in the state. Grab your camera and walking stick and set out to document the wonderful world around you. Being out in nature more frequently means every so often you might stumble upon that one fabulous picture. I occasionally shoot the sunrise filtered through the rocks at Garden of the Gods and, amazingly, there’s not another soul in the park. Photo art, if I may call it that, is waiting to be rescued from flat, colorless and featureless phone pics. You can do better—a lot better. See you on the trail. ■ WWW.LAFIFTY.COM | SEPTEMBER 2021 |

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generations. Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren are at risk as never before. Marvin and I have 25 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. When the darkness of this world they’re growing up in entices them away from what’s right, it drives me to my knees. If we want our grandchildren to love God and have morals, we must rise up as grandparents to help make this happen! How can grandparents help? Be involved with your grandchildren on as many levels as possible. Pray for them, play with them and love them unconditionally. Do whatever it takes to be engaged in their lives. With our culture so scattered today, it’s not always easy to connect, but we must try. Birthdays are important, especially in their younger years. We can reach out and make it a very special time for each of them. Christmas is another important day where we can give them a well-chosen gift uniquely tailored to their personality, interests and needs. Let’s all celebrate grandparents! If you’re blessed with living grandparents, call, send flowers and reach out to them and let them know they’re loved. If you’re blessed to have grandchildren, make a commitment to pray for them and for the generations to come. “When I am old and gray headed…I declare Your strength to this generation, your power to everyone who is to come.” - Psalm 71:18, NKJV ■

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Next-level crafting: Affordable tools to unleash your creativity

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s a kid, my mom worked on all sorts of arts and crafts. Tole painting, quilting, apple head dolls—she upcycled before it was cool. Now, modern crafters use laser engravers, 3D printers and Cricut machines to beautify their space, make gifts, and even build small businesses. Today the preferred term is “makers.” Makers do crafts, object modeling and building using modern technology and materials. Classic tools like glue guns and sewing machines still apply. The makers trend has been instrumental in changing the way creative people use computers. Here are some of the most affordable tools used by creative people to unleash their inner maker: • Digital drawing tablet ($100-300) Commonly referred to as a Wacom tablet, these devices allow

you to “draw” on your computer screen using a pressure-sensitive stylus. There are two types of digital drawing tablets. One is a flat surface without any display abilities. These tablets require some hand-eye coordination because what you draw on the tablet appears on the screen in front of you, not on the tablet itself. The other is a pressure-sensitive touch screen (also called a Cintiq). These are a lot more expensive but are more user-friendly because the monitor and stylus work like a paintbrush or pen would on a canvas. • Cricut machine ($200-400) While there are some differences, all Cricut models allow you to create a design on your computer and then cut it out of materials such as vinyl, paper or leather. Cricut devices can be used to create T-shirt transfers, greeting

cards, posters and vinyl stickers. • 3D Printer ($150+) 3D printers are probably the most miraculous device. 3D printers use either plastic or resin to very slowly create complex 3D objects. Although they’re used professionally to prototype, model and custom-build industrial components, they are also used creatively by everyday makers. Using a 3D printer and a computer, you can print your own toys, decorations or embellishments. The only major limitation is the size of the printer itself. These devices have the steepest learning curve, but their creative

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bors and friends and the shared conviction that America is a place worth protecting. It wasn’t just Americans who were united by the tragedy. A few months later, I attended a show in Canada where the performers addressed the 9/11 attacks at the end of the program and brought out an American flag. Dressed in red, white and blue, they sang “God Bless America.” Some people look at events like 9/11 and see everything that is wrong with the world: war, terror, pain and suffering. But I see the way everyday citizens reacted to one of the most trying, difficult days of their lives. The number of people who stepped up as heroes gives me hope. For those who made the ultimate sacrifice, their names are forever etched into the black stone surrounding the 9/11 Memorial’s infinity pools, built where the towers once stood. At the 9/11 Memorial Park in New York, you’ll also find the “Survivor Tree”—a pear tree that was severely damaged and burned at Ground Zero and nursed back to health. Each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to three communities that have endured tragedy in recent years. In sharing this country we call home, let’s not forget that we have the ability to become heroes in the face of great hardship. Call me optimistic, but I’d hope that if we had been there, both you and I would have stepped up and helped those that needed us. Twenty years later, when I remember 9/11, I remember that even on the worst day of our lives, we can become something greater. ■


CALENDAR September 1-5

September 3-6

Clock out and enjoy this fitting-forLabor-Day musical based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book at the Fine Arts Center’s outdoor theatre. Hear the voices of the teacher, the stayat-home parent and 24 others. 8 p.m. | Cascade Ave. & Dale St. | $25 | fac.coloradocollege.edu | 719-634-5583

Enjoy a full night of live country music at the Pikes Peak International Raceway. Explore the truck show and refuel at one of the Outlaw bars or food trucks 3 p.m./12 p.m. Sunday | 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain | $75/$85 Sunday | www.truckstunes.com | 323-908-0607

“Working” the musical

Sept. 1-6

Trucks and Tunes

History buffs get an up close look at historic World War II aircraft at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. You can even book a ride! Admission includes B-29 and B-24 cockpit tours. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 5763 Camber View | $20 (10 & under free) | www.airpowersquadron.org | 972-387-2924

Labor Day Lift-Off

It’s up, up and away for Labor Day with early morning balloon launches and evening balloon glows at Memorial Park. See website for schedule. 1705 East Pikes Peak Ave. | www. coloradospringslabordayliftoff.com | Free | 719-219-3333

September 4

September 4

September 5

Grab a free coffee at the Wild Goose Meeting House and join this downtown walking event to view the gallery of outdoor murals and sculptures and hear the artists’ stories behind them. 10-11 a.m./12-1 p.m. | 401 N. Tejon St. | $10 | www.downtowncs.com/ tours

GRAMMY award-winning Mexican acoustic-rock duo Rodrigo y Gabriela perform live at the Pikes Peak Center. 8 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $35+ | www.pikespeakcenter.com | 719-477-2100

Head north to downtown Monument’s Limbach Park to hear six terrific bands and eat great food. 1-8 p.m. | 151 Front St., Monument | $10 | www.eventbrite.com

Art on the Streets

AirPower History Tour

September 4-6

September 4

Lights Over America Sky Lantern Festival

Light up the night and experience the magic with thousands of lanterns floating in the sky. Listen to music and make s’mores before collectively releasing your hopes into the air along with your lantern. 5-10 p.m. | Location TBD | $75 (11 & under $15) | www.lightsover america.com

Rodrigo y Gabriela

September 4-6

Commonwheel Art Festival

Admire fabulous works of art while listening to music and enjoying delicious food in Manitou Springs’ Memorial Park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs | Free | festival@ commonwheel.com | 719-577-7700

September 4, 11, 18, 25

Fountain Community Market

Shop local produce and listen to live music at Metcalfe Park 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 618 E. Ohio Ave., Fountain | Free | 719-358-0063

Monu-Palooza 5.0

September 9

Lone Wolf…Live!

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 opens at 5:30 p.m. 6-9 p.m. | 1050 S. 21st St. | $8 ($5 members) | 719-660-1358

September 9-11

Great American RV Show

Major RV dealers display a variety of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and more, all at discounted, year end prices. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road | $10 | David.marquart @goodsam.com | 804-337-8931

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Virtual Medicare seminar

See how you can save on your outof-pocket prescription drug costs for the upcoming year, as Medicare open enrollment is fast approaching. Online registration required for this webinar. 12-1 p.m. | www.ppacg.org/events | Free | 719-471-2096

September 10-12 Briarfest

Live it up at Briarfest featuring entertainment, carnival rides, kids games, a beer tent, live music, market and community expo, hunger walk, silent auction, food vendors and more on the St. Gabriel the Archangel Church grounds. 5-11 p.m. | 8755 Scarborough Dr. | Free | office@saintgabriel.net | 719-528-8407

September 10-12

Grandparents Weekend

Soak up nature and bond with your grandkids in honor of Grandparents Day at the KOA campground with a hot dog social, bonfire and more. Call for rates. 8100 Bandley Dr., Fountain | www. koa.com/campgrounds/colorado springs | 719-382-7575

September 11

Outdoor Family Craft & Gift Festival

Bring the family to the Colorado Springs Masonic Center for games,

live music, food trucks and over 50 handmade and business vendors. 10 a.m. 4 p.m. | 1150 Panorama Drive | Free | www.sonshineshows. com | 763-447-5962

September 11

Monument Hill Farmers Market

Shop and listen to acoustic American folk, pop, gospel and patriotic music to commemorate 9/11 by guitarist and trombonist Lawrence Shiroma. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 66 S. Jefferson St., Monument | Free

Sept. 18 Senior Law Day

Get free one-on-one advice from lawyers and attend informative seminars on guardianships, wills, retirement and more. Seminars available in person and online. Register by phone or online. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1514 N. Hancock Ave. | www.justicecentercos. org/seniors | Free | 719-955-3400

September 11

September 11

Virtual Scholars: Celebrating the Penrose Legacy

This virtual lecture explores new aspects of the Penrose legacy revealed in several new exhibits coming to the Penrose Heritage Museum in October. Zoom link provided with registration. 2-3 p.m. | Free | www.cspm.org/ event | 719-385-5990

September 11 Sport your patriotic colors and bowl to raise funds for Special Kids Special Families at King Pin Lanes. Includes two games, shoe rental and themed giveaway prizes. Register online. 2:30-5 p.m. | 3410 N. Academy Blvd. | $30 (15 & under $15) | www. sksfcolorado.org/event/bowlathon | 719-447-8983

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Learn about this spice’s health benefits in this partnership between Natural Grocers and the Pikes Peak Library District. 1 p.m. | www.ppld.org | Free | 719-389-8968

September 17 Kenny G

Relax with the ear candy of this smooth jazz saxophonist at the Pikes Peak Center. 8 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $93+ | www.pikespeakcenter.com | 719-477-2100

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September 11 & 25

COS@150 History Stroll

Walk to the three historic downtown parks—Acacia, Antlers and Alamo— to hear stories from the past, drawn from the Pioneers Museum’s newest exhibit, COS@150, which features 150 objects illuminating 150 stories and commemorating 150 years. 10-11:30 a.m. | 215 S. Tejon St. | $5 | give.cspm.org/cos150stroll | 719-385-5633

September 12

Harley’s Harvest Bazaar

Browse new and gently used treasures, bid on silent auction items and enjoy refreshments at the Black Forest Community Center in support of Colorado’s only charity that keeps pets and people together. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 12530 Black Forest Road | Free | info@harleys-hope foundation.org | 719-495-6083

Red, White & Bowl-athon

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September 17

Silent Night at the Zoo

Connect with the animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, embracing only the sounds of creatures and nature, with no phones and quiet voices. Special pricing for zoo members, military and children 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road | $15.75 | www.cmzoo.org | 719-633-9925

September 14

Revisit history through this engaging one-man show at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, where veteran British actor David Payne brings Sir Winston Churchill to life. 7-9 p.m. | 304 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake | $25-35 | www.trilakesarts.org | 719-481-0475

September 18

Raya and the Last Dragon

Relax under the stars with the grandchildren and watch Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” on a giant movie screen at Memorial Park. Music, balloon twisters, inflatable games, giveaways and more. 5:30-9:30 p.m. | 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. | Free | www.navyfederal.org | 888-842-6328

September 18

KonMari Organization & Downsizing

Discover why it’s so hard to let go of stuff and learn how to declutter and downsize your home using Marie Kondo’s principles. Registration required for this online presentation. 10:30 a.m. | www.ppld.org | Free | 719-389-8968


October 1 The Kingston Trio

In celebration of nearly 65 years of music, The Kingston Trio performs their best-loved songs as part of the Keep The Music Playing national tour. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $37-43 | www.pikespeakcenter.com | 719-477-2100

September 18

Taste the beers of 30 brewers and listen to the music of three bands in Manitou Springs’ Memorial Park. 1-5 p.m. | 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs | Free | www.bristol brewing.com | 719-633-2555

Pass Cultural Center, including live music, authentic German food and drinks, arts and crafts and children’s activities. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park | Free | www. woodlandparkchamber.com | 719-687-9885

September 18-19

September 24-26

Heritage Brew Festival

Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest Plus Live it up with family fun at the Ute

Sept. 24-26 Colorado Springs OktoberFest

Join the revelry with live music, dancing, brats and schnitzel, wiener dog races, wine tastings, costume and stein hoisting contests, “brushes in the barn” painting and Warsteiner beer at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday | 225 Northgate Blvd. | Free (parking $10) | www.csoktoberfest.com | 719635-8803, ext. 2

Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival

Spice up your summer by paying homage to Pueblo’s best-loved crop: green chilies. Features live entertainment, street vendors, cooking competitions and chilies galore! See website for schedule. Historic Downtown Pueblo (Pueblo & Union Ave.) | Free | www.pueblo chamber.net

September 24-26

The Springs Fall Home Show

Get ideas galore at this one-stop marketplace for remodeling, refreshing and renewing your abode at the Colorado Springs Event Center. Exhibitors can help with renovating, sustainable living and winterizing. 12 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday | 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. | Free | www.thespringshome show.com | 303-867-0808

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Funnyman and former SNL cast member David Spade takes the stage at the Pikes Peak Center. 8 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $65-73 | www.pikespeakcenter.com | 719-477-2100 ■ WWW.LAFIFTY.COM | SEPTEMBER 2021 | CALENDAR |

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ACC Grass Roots 307 Cribbage meets weekly at the Colorado Springs Elks Lodge. Wednesdays | 4:30 p.m. | 719-331-1200 ACLU defends civil rights and liberties. 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)

Bulldog Club meets monthly at Westside Community Center. 4th Monday | 6-8 p.m. | goatgalmjb1@hotmail.com

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

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

Colorado Springs Stamp Club convenes monthly at the Penrose Library Children’s Room. 1st Tuesday | 7:30 p.m.

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

Curiosity Unlimited offers free lectures monthly September through May at the UCCS University Center, Room 116. Call to RSVP. 2nd Friday | 9:30 a.m. | 719-574-1449

Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club meets monthly at Broadmoor Community Church. 2nd Wednesday | 9:30 a.m. | 719-644-1070

Austrian-American Enzian Club meets monthly at the VFW Post #101. 4th Wednesday | 5 p.m. | 719-380-1163

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

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

Colorado Springs Chess Club meets weekly in the Acacia Apartments ballroom. Tuesdays | 6 p.m.

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.

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

Colorado Springs Coin Club meets monthly at Fraternal Order of Eagles #143. 4th Tuesday | 6:30 p.m. | 719-433-8417

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)

Colorado Springs Numismatic Society meets monthly at Hilltop Baptist Church.

Gold Camp Victorian Society meets monthly at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center.

Maxi’s Dance Party 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. 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. | asdt2632@yahoo.com Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets virtually monthly. 2nd Wednesday | 6 p.m. | www.ppgs.org 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 | 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.

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

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

Sons of Norway meets monthly for a heritage meeting at Viking Hall. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-574-3717

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

Travel Club meets regularly through the Fountain Valley Senior Center. 719-600-2602 | mbowers@fvs center.org

Senior Chats occur weekly at the Rockrimmon Library. Tuesdays | 10:30 a.m.

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What was your favorite book as a child? Jeanette Martin “I remember being especially taken with a book called ‘Sixteen’ when I was in junior high. It was very much a coming-of-age story about a teenaged girl who has a falling-out with the popular group and chooses her own set of friends. It may have helped me make sense of that awkward stage.”

Triviality Trivia plays weekly at Gold Camp Brewing Company. Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-319-3798

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

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 ■

Silicon Mountain Mac User Group meets virtually monthly. Visit website for Zoom link. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | www.smmug.org

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Kelley McKinnon “When I was really little, it was books like ‘The Mouse and the Motorcycle’ by Beverly Cleary. As I grew older, it was ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Alexandre Dumas—although upon rereading it as an adult, the revenge aspect seems rather harsh.”

Mike and Beth Slanco Mike: “I read ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell. It wasn’t for school—I just wanted to. It made a big impression on me.” Beth: “Growing up, I read a lot. ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott was my favorite.”

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SPECIAL EVENTS

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New Music Friday with Bill Wallbaum

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Wednesdays | September 1-22 | $47

Bill & Jan Musical Performance

1-3 p.m. | Wednesdays | September 1-29 | $53

1:30-2:30 p.m. | September 17 | Free

1-2 p.m. | September 24 | Free

Silent Auction

All day | September 27 - October 1

Newcomers Orientation

1-2 p.m. | September 30 | Free

LIFELONG LEARNING Essence of Panama

10-11 a.m. | September 13 | Free

Dining with Diabetes

10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Mondays | September 13 - October 4 | $30

ART

Painting Seasonal Landscapes Watercolor Pencil

9-11 a.m. | Fridays | September 3 - October 1 | $53

Painting on Fabric

1-3 p.m. | Fridays | September 3 - October 1 | $53

Plein Aire

9-11 a.m. | Thursdays | September 2 - 30 | $53

Master Your Color Mixing with Oil Paints 9-11:30 a.m. | Tuesday | September 7 | $27

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EXERCISE Tajifit

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | September 7 - October 5 | $33

Yoga Flow

9-10:15 a.m. | Mondays & Thursdays | September 2 - October 11 | $60

Zumba

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

Feldenkrais

1-2 p.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | September 1 - October 11 | $60

Gentle Yoga

3:30-4:45 p.m. | Mondays & Thursdays | September 2 - October 11 | $60

Chair Yoga

9-11:30 a.m. | Thursdays | September 16- October | $47

10:45-11:45 a.m. | Tuesdays & Fridays | September 2 - October 8 | $55

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Oil Painting Made Easy

11-11:45 a.m. | Tuesdays & Thursdays | September 2 - October 7 | $50

1-3:30 p.m. | Tuesdays | September 7 - October 5 | $47

Loose & Free Watercolor Painting 9-11 a.m. | Mondays | September 6-27 | $47

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9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | September 15 | Free

Greeting Cards

1-2 p.m. | September 22 | Free

1-3 p.m. | Mondays | September 6-27 | $47 9-11 a.m. | Tuesdays | September 7-21 | $47

The Power of Painting the Middle Values of Watercolor 1-3 p.m. | Tuesdays | September 7-21 | $47

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Yoga Flow for Beginners

9:15-10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays | September 1 - October 6 | $33

Cardio Drumming

9:15-10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays | September 1 - October 15 | $33

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10-11 a.m. | Thursdays | September 2 - October 7 | $33

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9-10 a.m. | Fridays | September 3 - October 8 | $33

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

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

HEALTH VNA Foot Care Clinic

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

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

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Hand & Foot

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Pinochle

12-4 p.m. | Tuesdays

EXERCISE Body Shop

Muscle conditioning class 9 a.m. | Mondays

Hospice vs. Palliative 1 p.m. | September 7

Gentle Yoga

10:15 a.m. | Tuesdays

Essentrics

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

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8:30-11 a.m. | 2nd Wednesday

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10 a.m. | Mondays & Fridays

Line Dancing

1:30 p.m. | Tuesdays

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Tai Chi Fusion

Board meeting

2:30 p.m. | September 30

Porcelain

1:30 p.m. | Thursdays

Movie Day

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

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10-11 a.m. | Fridays

AARP Driver Safety Class

1 p.m. | September 21

Interpretive Dance

9 a.m. | Thursdays

Chi Kung

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2:30 p.m. | 3rd Thursday

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Birthday Social

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

Wii Games

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

Ice Cream Happy Hour

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

Game Day

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

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

Cripple Creek

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SUPPORT NEWS BITS GROUPS Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club invites ladies to lunch Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club is a thriving social organization of about 200 women that treasure its spirit of friendship. The club invites ladies of all ages to its first meeting of the season at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 8 at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. (not church affiliated). Meetings feature a short program and refreshments, along with opportunities to sign up for activities throughout the month. Dress is smart casual. For details, visit www. cmnccos.org. Lawrence Shiroma live at Third Space Coffee Listen to acoustic folk, gospel and ballads by Lawrence Shiroma at Third Space Coffee, 5670 N. Academy Blvd. from 3:30-5:30 p.m. September 4 and 18. For details, call 719-465-1657. El Paso County honors Veteran of the Year On Thursday, September 9, El Paso County will honor one veteran for his or her efforts defending our country and continued service to local veterans and the community. The ceremony takes place at noon at Bear Creek Regional Park, 2002 Creek Crossing. Boxed lunches will be served. The 2021 Veteran of the Year finalists are: • Skyler W. Nelson is an Iraq War veteran that served in the Army as a Chaplain Assistant. She is a graduate student at Pepperdine University, working on becoming a clinical psychologist. She's currently working on a veteran housing project in honor of her

mentor, CSM Scott Bailey. • Andrew Gilbert has given support in this community for over 30 years. Specifically, he sponsored VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), which prepares 200-300 tax returns each year for free. He’s the founding president of American Legion Riders Post 209 and supports many veteran organizations (too many to count). As a board member in coordination with El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition, he’s been able to support veterans “with a hand up not a handout.” • Al Batey is a West Point graduate and US Army Veteran. Following his military service and distinguished civilian career, Al has continued to serve El Paso County through numerous volunteer activities, touching the lives of service members, veterans, and families in our community.

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• Virtual Konmarie Organization & Downsizing (registration required) - September 18, 10:30 a.m. • All Pikes Peak Reads September 24, 5-7 p.m. Hear short readings from all 2021 APPR titles, and poetry readings by local poets at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The evening will conclude with a reading and meet and greet with author Nate Marshall. • September Symposium Social (registration required) September 25, 10 a.m. Network with other regional history lovers at the East Library.

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• Roger A. Fortin is a Navy and Air Force veteran who has made consistent and lasting contributions to veterans of all ages. His extraordinary organizational efforts to host weekly luncheons has provided a critical morale boost to Colorado Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Draw Your Community Open House - September 30, 5 p.m. Celebrate the works of local artists in the library’s Draw Your Community program.

• Friends at the Table Cookbook Club - September 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Craft & Create Adult Program September 22, 1-3 p.m. Woodland Park Public Library events For more information about programs, visit https://rampart. colibraries.org or call the library at 719-687-9281. • Not So Young Adult Book Club (for adults who like to read young adult fiction) - September 1, 11 a.m. • Book Club - September 7, 10:30 a.m. • Senior Circle Book Club September 9, 10:30 a.m. • Free Legal Clinic - September 9, 2-5 p.m. Call 748-3939 to register (leave a message with phone number) ■

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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

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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, on Mondays, and at First Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Weber, on Thursdays. 6 p.m. Mondays; 2 p.m. Thursdays | 719-685-1091 (Monday); 719-3381878 (Thursday) 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.

Project Angel Heart delivers free, nutritious meals to those living with life-threatening illness. Call for information about receiving meals. 800-381-5612

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 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 | sue@monumentalfitness.com 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.

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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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Your secret’s out By Laverne Bardy

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can’t bear starting with a new doctor. Every time I do, I’m forced to fill out countless sheets of paper. And, because I’ve had the misfortune to have countless surgeries, be on numerous medications, and have an extensive list of medical conditions, I’m further punished by having to fill out 10 pages of information the doctor insists he needs but won’t find legible by the time he reaches the eighth page of my angry scribbles. The last doctor I had to do this for exceeded his boundaries when his questionnaire requested information about my parent’s parents and grandparents. I answered by drawing a huge question mark across the page. My grandparents as well as my parents have been gone for many decades. Since they all died young, I have no idea what I inherited from them until I end up on a gurney.

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act created in 1996 largely to update the flow of one’s health care information. This is the sheet of paper you sign when you visit doctors, which assures you that your health history should be protected from fraud and theft and will forever be your and their secret. Unfortunately, not everyone cares about the sanctity of health-related confidences, or reasonable facsimiles, as demonstrated below. I was parked at a supermarket when a car pulled up beside me. The driver rolled down her window, stuck her head out, and shouted to a woman crossing in front of her, who was headed for the market’s entrance. “Jodi, Jodi. Hi, it’s me, Kendra, from AA. How ya’ doing? You look great. We missed you at Tuesday’s

meeting. Hope I’ll see you this Tuesday. You know how important these meetings are.” Poor Jodi had started to walk to Kendra’s car, but upon hearing Kendra’s careless words, pivoted and flew into the market. So much for sensitivity, indiscretion, confidentiality and intelligence. A number of years ago, with the goal of checking whether or not I had diverticulitis, I was instructed by my doctor to not eat, among other things, nuts. When I returned, two weeks later, I assured him I’d been following his directions. He examined my belly and, to our shock, he found a pine nut in my navel. (So much for hygiene.) I was humiliated and explained that I had, indeed, grabbed a handful of pine nuts that were on the counter awaiting a cookie recipe I was preparing to make that evening. How one had managed to escape and made it through my belt, slacks waistband and underwear was short of a miracle.

AS I WALKED THROUGH THE RECEPTION AREA, ALL SIX NURSES TURNED, LOOKED AT ME AND GIGGLED. SO MUCH FOR HIPAA. The doctor couldn’t stop laughing and called in his nurse to share in his laughter, while I feigned a smile and pretended to find humor in the situation. As I left his inner office and walked through the reception area, all six nurses turned, looked at me and giggled. So much for HIPAA. I wonder how long it took before the story about the crazy lady who stored nuts in her navel reached his golf buddies. ■ Laverne Bardy is the author of “How The (Bleep) Did I Get This Old? And Other Catastrophes That Attack and Assault When Your Back is Turned.” Email her at lavernehb@ gmail.com.

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