Prime March 2018

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MARCH 2018

Maggee Harrison: Eagle Mount’s Horse Whisperer P. 2 Montana Sculptor Brings Art Show to Bozeman P. 4

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Maggee Harrison, Eagle Mount’s Horse Whisperer....2 Montana Sculptor Brings Art Show to Bozeman..........4 Pruning Questions. ...................................................5 Breakneck Speed.....................................................6 Recipe Box: Slow Cook Your Way to a Healthy Dinner...........................................7 Senior Citizen Center Calendars..............................9

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ach fall, as Elk Season comes to a close, Maggee Harrison’s phone begins ringing off the hook. Harrison is Eagle Mount’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Program Director, and around late October, she receives offers of 10 to 15 horses a week. “People have a preconceived notion that this is where old horses go,” Harrison says in the viewing room of Eagle Mount’s riding arena. “They think, my grandchildren climb all over this horse in the summer when they’re visiting. Well, we don’t need jungle gym equipment. We need therapy horses that give the kind of movement and stability that our riders really need.”

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Turning down horses is one of the toughest parts of Harrison’s job. She has loved them since she was a little girl on her family’s 15 acres in Woodstock, Connecticut. Her father encouraged her equine enthusiasm, and she became a member of 4-H at nine years old. She earned both her Bachelors and Masters

in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut, starting a collegiate 4-H club along the way. After finishing graduate school, Harrison married and moved to Denver. Her husband, Bob, loved Bozeman, and would frequently come up to Montana to recruit for the Peace Corps. Eventu-

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ally, Bob took a lateral transfer and the couple moved to D.C. in 1984. When the planes struck the World Trade Center in 2011, Harrison and her husband were living 12 miles from the Pentagon. “My husband came home and said, ‘I’m going to Bozeman. Where are you going?’” Harrison recalls. “I said, ‘Westward Ho, the wagons!’” Upon arrival in Bozeman in July 2002, Harrison had been working toward a Masters in Special Education at George Mason University. Once a few community members, including Eagle Mount co-founder Greta Mathis, caught wind of Harrison’s background, they encouraged her to check out the nonprofit organization. She started as a volunteer. “I volunteered with the Horse Program, and became more involved and realized the beauty, the science and the magic of therapeutic riding for many people with special needs. When this job opened in ‘09, I snapped it up.” Riders as young as six years old are encouraged to try the program, and Harrison has one rider that is 83. All riders are taught by a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified Riding Instructor, a trained horse leader, and two volunteer “side-walkers” who stabilize the rider from either side. “We can’t physically hold them upright, but we can stabilize them until their balance is developed and their impulsivity is minimized,” Harrison says. “If you have a spinal cord injury in an adult, who has spasticity injuries that they can’t control, we’ll never get rid of the side-walkers. Or if we have a student with seizures, we’ll never get rid of the side-walkers. They may not have a leader. They may have someone walking by their side, and they’re totally in control of their horse, but because of medical issues, we have to have that level of support for them.” “It’s quite the puzzle. We put a lot of time and attendance into the program set up; we look at the movement of the horse, what volunteers we have to support that rider, we spend a lot of time figuring out what horse, what volunteer, what participant, what instructor. Some of my instructors are really good with the little guys, and some want to deal with specific disabilities.” Therapeutic Horseback Riding can offer several mental, emotional and physical benefits to riders with disabilities. “At Eagle Mount, we focus on the physical benefits. If you can’t walk, or have a hard time moving, it’s weird to think that a four-legged animal

could approximate the movement that you have lost. It’s the hip cadence, the movement. It helps strengthen those muscles. It keeps the nerves firing the muscles, even if you can’t feel them and it’s awesome. The motor control and planning are all enhanced. My mother would always say, ‘as soon as he starts walking, he’s gonna start talking.’ And you know, it’s absolutely true. For our children and adults who are atypically developing, the movement of the horse allows them to vocalize or verbalize because those neuropathways are firing. I’ll have a parent come out, and these kids are nonverbal and you’ll hear them say, ‘walk-on,’ or ‘go’, or even just (make a noise). It’s empowering. These kids have no control over their environments but they can control this huge horse. It’s a feeling of normalcy and something these children can enjoy.” Since taking on the role of Therapeutic Horsemanship Program Director, Harrison has seen many improvements at Eagle Mount. Horse care, along with the quality of the horses, has improved. Riding instructors are more knowledgeable. Harrison instituted Equine Facilitated Learning, which helps students prepare for jobs through barn management, horsemanship or showmanship classes. Under her leadership, Therapeutic Horsemanship is now offered year-round. “It used to end in October,” Harrison says. “I was teaching a class for adults with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and they said, ‘Boy, what would it take for us to ride year-round? What could we do?’ It would be about $120,000 - $150,000, but we could do it. And one said, ‘My family foundation would split it if you could get the other half.’ I said, ‘You know me better than to challenge me.’ And we did it!” “With spinal cord injury quality of life, you lose so much in that split second. One of the major issues is bladder and bowel control. The horse movement helps with all those muscles, gets that muscle going and it helps them stay regular. It’s sometimes hard to talk about, but it really helps.” Eventually, when Harrison retires, she intends to remain an active volunteer with Eagle Mount. “You get back more than you give as a volunteer and an employee. You see people with smiles on their faces. It makes your life seem so rich. The ache in my back or the ache in my knee is nothing compared to what these families face with their children. Horses keep me centered and have been a big part of my life. Serving the people that Eagle Mount serves is joyous.”

A few of Eagle Mounts therapy horses.

Harrison demonstrates the “Helping-Hands”

Each therapy horse on display.

Each horse has an assigned saddle and bridle.

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Montana Sculptor Brings Art Show to Bozeman


ontana Sculptor Brian Persha will be hosting an art show titled The Ugly Duckling’s Swan Song from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on March 31st at the Bozeman Fairgrounds in building #4. Persha has spent the last 53 years as an itinerant potter and currently resides in Maui, Hawaii. His work was featured in the 1971 Smithsonian Institution’s Invitational Exhibition at the Renwick Gallery and the 1992 World Expo in Seville, Spain. Persha earned an MA in ceramics and sculpture from University of Montana in Missoula. He has owned and operated successful studios in Bozeman, Red Lodge and Billings, Montana; Scottsdale, Arizona, and Hyalite Bronze LLC in Gallatin Gateway.

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Born in Shelby, Montana, he first came to Bozeman in 1975. “The thing that attracted me to Bozeman was that the commerce of the area was primarily fueled by very conservative farmers and ranchers,” Persha said. “Now, for a long-haired hippie, that may sound counterintuitive. But my feeling was that because of how these people care for the land and businesses and families, if they found any value in my work and started to support me, that would be the strongest, most well-grounded economy I could ever get involved in. It turned out to be true.” For several years, he loaded his kiln onto a one-wheeled trailer and pulled it back and forth from Scottsdale to Bozeman. “When I was a student, my professional father, Rudy Autio, (the man responsible for the plaster casting of Missoula’s bronze Grizzly Bear statue; Persha worked with him on the project) gave me the fundamentals of how to be a successful human being in the area of clay. He said, ‘You know, Brian, you’re really good at this. You could make this

your living. You could travel around and make pots.’ He didn’t realize it at the time, but he somehow saw that that would happen to me. And that’s exactly what happened to me.” Persha is making the transition from clay to paint, hence the “Swan Song” title of his art show. He will display all mediums of his art, including clay and bronze sculptures and new paintings on plywood centered around the mythic Hawaiian Fire Goddess Pele. “The Goddess of the Volcano…she is not destructive, she is very creative. Because I work with fire in the kiln process, this Goddess has been fundamental to me in my spiritual nature. I feel very connected to her, in terms of at least attempting to be creative.” “The first thing I learned years ago was that when I move to a new area, I need to sit down and shut up, and let the energy of the place and the people affect me. By sitting quietly, I draw inspiration from the inherent energy for all of my work, even in my simple coffee mugs.”

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husband Jerry’s father used to say the time to prune is when your pruners are sharp. That old nurseryman’s adage holds true for minor pruning, but now, in late winter when fruit and shade trees are dormant, is the best time to prune. (Do not prune maple and birch trees in late winter or spring because their sap will “bleed” through the pruning wound. Wait until late summer.) Here are some frequently asked questions about pruning:


No. Dead, damaged, old or diseased wood should be pruned out. Pruning can be used to control the size or shape of a plant, but it makes more sense to select plants that will not outgrow their space.


Yes, thinning the branches on a fruit tree allows for consistent, larger fruit. Pruning opens the center of the tree to allow sunlight to enter so the fruit develops and ripens. Old wood on a fruit tree should be removed so young, vigorous, fruit-bearing branches develop. Remove suckers that come up from the base of the tree and water sprouts (too vigorous vertical shoots that emerge from a horizontal branch).


Yes, leaving a single leader on young trees is preferable. Narrow-angled crotches are weak and apt to split where wide-angled branches are stronger and resistant to breakage.


25 to 30 percent of a tree’s branches when pruning.


Yes, recent research has shown the healing advantage of pruning branches at the growth collar (a swelling of the union of the branch and the trunk). Do not leave a stub where decay, insects and disease can enter. When shortening shoots, cut just above a growth bud facing outward from the tree or shrub so the new growth does not cross and rub other branches. To avoid tearing the bark of a large branch, remove the branch with three cuts. Start out from the crotch at least 6 inches and make an undercut about halfway through the branch. Your second cut should fall the branch free of the trunk. The third cut removes the remaining stub with no injury to the trunk.


Wait to prune until after your lilacs bloom so you don’t cut off this year’s flower buds. (Lilacs’ flower buds for next spring are initiated in the fall.) Use renewal pruning: remove the oldest branches to allow new young growth to form. An old overgrown lilac can be cut off close to the ground and allowed to start over, but then may not bloom for a few years. What holds true for lilacs does not hold true for all flowering shrubs. Flower buds on shrubs such as roses and potentillas are formed on new growth, so pruning will not hurt their flowering.


It is best to prune most conifers in June when new growth has emerged. Mugho pines can be kept dense by clipping off part of the new growth candles in June. Upright junipers and arborvitaes should be “given a haircut” every other year or so to keep them dense. Be careful when pruning evergreens not to cut them back too far into old wood. Upright spruce, pines, and firs look most natural with little or no pruning.


Reach down into the interior of the juniper and cut back major branches which are about as long as your arm. This allows light to penetrate to the interior so new growth can start there and create a natural, informal appearance. After about 20 years, most spreading junipers are past their prime and the best solution might be to replace them.


The latest thinking is that tree wound dressings are not needed on pruning cuts. A callus will close the wound naturally with exposure to air. March or early April on a day when the temperature is above freezing is the best time to prune most trees and shrubs. Sharpen your pruners and head outside to improve your plantings.

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Breakneck Speed By Lois Stephens


ornucopia Road lies just outside Virginia City. This rutted gravel road begins at the pond on the west side of Virginia City, and snakes its way uphill for over a mile, making numerous sharp curves and turns on its way to the top of the mountain. I would guess travelers moving up this little hill ascends over 1000 feet in altitude from the time they leave the base of the road until they reach the top.

I look forward to walking up and down this road multiple times a week. If I ever purchase my RadRover Electric Fat Bike, I will try biking up this incline. For the past three winters, I have had a recurring thought about tobogganing down Cornucopia from top to bottom. I would love the thrill of whizzing down this slope. Whenever I mention this

thought to friends and colleagues, I receive nothing but negative feedback. A good friend told me she hears bones crunching and skin shredding every time I mention the “Cornucopia-TobogganingBug” has bitten again. My husband thoughtfully points out that sleds of any sort are difficult to steer. Another colleague reminisces how she used to skid down a sharply-

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curved street in Virginia City. She would count herself lucky if she reached the bottom still attached to her sled. These well-meaning friends and neighbors have a point; several years ago, a local couple decided to toboggan down this mountain road. They missed one of the curves and sailed into the trees at breakneck speed. She walked away unscathed, he broke his neck. He wore a neck brace for weeks until the fracture healed. They haven’t tried sledding since, at least not on that stretch. Does this little cautionary tale deter me? Not really. An absentee neighbor who owns a cabin a bit further up the road comes to Virginia City every year at Christmastime with her children. I know those kids successfully navigate the curves of Cornucopia, as I see the toboggan marks when I take my walks. Last year one of them rocketed by me on her plastic vehicle as I plodded down the hill. If these kids can reach the bottom of the mountain safely, why can’t I? Granted, I can’t bend and twist as well as they do, but I don’t plan to fall off or miss a turn, either. A few practice-runs down the slope of our own driveway with its own curves and twists ought to give me the experience I need. As children, my siblings and I didn’t sled much. We did not live in an area conducive to downhill activity of any sort. Our sleds did not glide with ease and proved useless for much more than hauling items. We spent our time outdoors in the snow building snow caves and snowmen, or engaging in fast and furious snowball fights. I figure I ought to make up for what I missed in my youth. I can feel

the thrill of accelerating down the mountain at breakneck speed, negotiating curves like a pro, snow crystals whipping my cheeks as I hurtle to the bottom of Cornucopia Road. Surely this experience ought to be part of my bucket list. Of course, I need to purchase a proper toboggan first. My husband and I had a cheap plastic one that we found at the local dump. We broke it hauling wood from the woodpile to the house. I will use the excuse that we need a new sturdy snow rig to haul items during the winter. A good, well-built skid made to handle lots of snow and ice ought to last longer than we will, at this point. Once we have it, the temptation to drag it to the top of my little hill may prove too strong to resist, and I will discover for myself the thrill of coming back down the mountain a heck of a lot faster than I went up. After all, people my age climb mountains, sky dive, go spelunking, white water raft, and engage in other activities a lot more dangerous than careening down the side of a mountain at a rapid pace. Tobogganing sounds pretty tame when compared to a whole host of other activities a person could try. I wonder when winter gear will go on sale this year? Lois Stephens brings personal experience of the aging process to Prime Magazine. She enjoys writing about her observations of becoming a member of the senior citizen age group. She lives and works in Virginia City.

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Slow Cook Your Way to a Healthy Dinner By Hannah Overton


ew things are better than coming home to a kitchen that smells of a delicious simmering meal, ready to be eaten. Slow cookers allow us to drop ingredients into a pot, cover them with a lid, and go about our days without worrying about finding time to cook dinner. Meat comes out extra tender, full of flavor, and there is almost always plenty of leftovers. Lindsay K. Kordick, ACSM registered dietitian and exercise physiologist, offers a few tips and recipes for preparing healthy, delicious, slow-cooked meals. “You can get creative when using a crock pot,” Kordick says. “I recommend finding some slow cooker recipes to be your guide in cooking, and you can make variations and adjustments from there.” Using a slow cooker makes it easy to experiment. Plus, the benefits are endless. “Cooking in the crock pot is a very healthy option,” Kordick says. “No added fats are needed with this cooking method. It can also be a time saver for meals that may have extended cooking times, like larger cuts of meat, soups, whole grains, or dried beans and lentils. You can prep meals ahead of time (even weeks ahead of time) and store them in the refrigerator or freezer for later until you are ready to place them in the slow cooker.” Keep in mind that some ingredients should not simmer in a crock pot for the entire duration of cook time. “Cooking vegetables all day will not produce an al dente result,” Kordick says “Adding them halfway through cooking is a good idea if you want them to retain some texture. Dairy may separate if added early in the cooking process and should be saved for an hour or so prior to serving. Raw ground meats, raw eggs, and raw seafood (shrimp, for example) should be cooked prior to adding them to your slow cooker to help avoid foods staying in the “danger zone” temperature for too long where bacteria tend to grow.” Canned foods are convenient, just make sure to seek out items that are low sodium or have no added sodium. You can always use fresh ingredients, but keep in mind that dried ingredients, like beans and lentils, may extend the cooking time and require more liquid. Crock pots will have “high”, “low”, and “warm” settings. Use the “high” and “low” setting for actual cook time. “The high setting is typically used for four hours or less, and the low setting is used for meals cooking for 4-10 hours.” Kordick says. “In general, the high setting could be used for half of the time of the low setting. For example, if the cooking time for a chili is 8 hours on low, it could also be cooked for four hours on high. However, knowing how “hot” your crock pot runs is important. For some, the high setting is too high for meals without a lot of liquid. “ Always check the temperature of meats prior to serving. “Poultry, pork, and mixed dishes should come to 160 degrees, and beef should reach 145 degrees to help eliminate the risk of foodborne illness,” Kordick says.

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Vegan Lentil Taco “Meat� Serves 6

Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan Soup Serves 6

1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast 4 cups tomato broth (made from bouillon found in the Mexican aisle- substitute low sodium chicken broth if unable to find tomato broth) 8 oz low sodium marinara sauce (I like the simple canned version of Hunts) 2 cans (14 1/2 oz) low sodium diced tomatoes 1/2 yellow onion, chopped 2 Tbsp minced garlic 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 tsp salt (to taste) 2 medium zucchini, halved and sliced Combine all ingredients except for zucchini in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours, adding zucchini slices for the last 1-2 hours of cooking. One hour prior to serving, remove chicken breasts and shred. Return to the pot to heat through. Serve topped with croutons and shaved parmesan cheese.

1 1/2 cups lentils (I used beluga lentils) 3 cups vegetable broth 14 oz can diced tomatoes with juice (low sodium preferred) 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 Tbsp chili powder 2 tsp ground cumin 1/4 tsp garlic powder Dash cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper Place all ingredients into your slow cooker and cook on low for 8-9 hours. Serve in a tortilla, on nachos, in a taco salad, etc. Nutrition info per 1/2 cup: 83 calories, 0 g fat, 7 g protein, 13 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber

Recipes and photos courtesy of Lindsay Kordick: from her blog Eighty Twenty, Lindsay Kordick has been a registered dietitian with Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for more than six years. She is also a Certif ied Exercise Specialist and writes a blog featuring recipes based on her 80/20 principle: eating wholesome, healthy meals 80 percent of the time and indulging a bit, 20 percent of the time.

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Hollowtop Senior Citizens Broadway St., Pony, MT • 685-3323 or 685-3494 ■ Serving Harrison, Pony, Norris and surrounding areas ■ Fee: $5 a year. Meals $3.50 members and $5 for guests ■ Dinner served on Wednesdays all year long and on Mondays October – May ■ Lending library and medical equipment

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■ Fee: $10.00 a year ■ Meals: $3.50 over 60 years of age, $6 under 60 ■ Noon meal is served Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; call Monday – Friday before 10:00 am to reserve a seat ■ Pinochle: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after lunch Center Hall and kitchen are available for rental. Hall rental $50, kitchen and hall $75. Cleaning deposit of $25 and key deposit $10. Call Susan for more details to reserve the space.

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Three Rivers Senior Club 19 East Cedar Street, Three Forks • 285-3235 Director: Jean Farnam • 570-0800

■ Club Membership: $10 a year. Must be 50 or older to join. ■ Meals for Members and Nonmembers: $6 for those under 60. Suggested price for those 60 and over: $3.50. Noon meal is served Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Make reservations by 8 a.m.; call 406-285-3235 and leave message. ■ Birthday Celebration: Once a month on 2nd or 3rd Thursday. ■ Meals on Wheels delivered to homebound. ■ Pinochle Tuesdays through Thursdays after meal. ■ Extensive lending library of books, videos, jigsaw puzzles. Medical equipment such as walkers, shower seats, crutches, also available; call Jean. For info about the HRDC bus for Three Forks and Willow Creek residents, call Galavan, 406-587-2434.

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807 N. Tracy Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715 • 587-5444 Debi Casagranda, Program Coordinator • ( 111 South 2nd, Livingston, MT 59047 • 222-2281 Deb Downs, Livingston Program Coordinator (

BOZEMAN: ■ Bridgercare: Volunteers needed one day a month around the 5th for 4-8 hours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Job duties include folding patient statements, stuffing, sealing and stamping envelopes. ■ Emerson’s Schools in the Gallery: Volunteer docent needed to lead tour of current exhibit followed by optional hands-on art project. Tours generally booked Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.–3 p.m., with 1.5-2.5 hours for each tour. Training provided. ■ State of Montana Driver Services Bureau: Volunteer needed to greet and direct customers as to what documents they will need and what form to fill out depending on the type of service they are requesting. Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., hours and days of the week are flexible, please call Debi at 587-5444. ■ Belgrade Senior Center: Kitchen volunteers needed to help with MOW preparation, Monday-Friday 9:45-10:45 at the Belgrade Senior Center. ■ Area IV Agency on Aging: Looking for a volunteer receptionist and information clerk to assist staff in the Bozeman Agency on Aging office. This individual will empower adults with disabilities, seniors and their families by connecting them with employees or resources and information relevant to their situations. Duties include answering phones, greeting visitors, maintaining records and assists clients.

■ Bozeman Health: Looking for volunteers to transport patients to their treatments. Volunteer would need a good driving record, current and valid driver’s license, adequate auto insurance and the completion of the Bozeman Health Volunteer application and orientation. LIVINGSTON: ■ American Red Cross: Donor Ambassador needed. This would be someone who greets and assists blood donors at blood drives which occur every 6 weeks at The American Legion. ■ Senior Center: Looking for helpers to set at the front table for the lunch meal and cleaners after the meal. ■ Food Pantry: Drivers needed to deliver frozen dinner senior meals on Mon. or Tues. mornings. Help needed in packaging meals on Fri.’s at 2:00P.M., as well as helping customers shop on Tues. and Thurs. from 3-5P.M.. ■ Loaves and Fishes: has a need for people who enjoy cooking who can help on Wednesdays and Fridays with preparing a meal in the morning and helping with the evening meal and clean up. ■ Big Brothers Big Sisters: Consider being a positive grandparent role model by being matched up with a child for only a couple hours a week. ■ Foot Clinic: is in need of help twice a month helping call patients with reminders of appointments and helping assist nurses with foot care for our seniors.

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Bozeman Senior Center WHAT’S NEW ■ Note: The Board meeting is held on the second Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Appointed officers are President: Faye Christensen; Vice-President: JoAnn Murray; Treasurer: Ray Gant; and Secretary: Ivy Huntsman ■ MANAGING DIABETES: Don’t let Diabetes stop you from living a healthy life. The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is a series of classes geared toward helping people with diabetes or those at risk for it gain the knowledge and skills they need a to live successfully with diabetes. The class program runs for six weekly sessions of about one hour each. The class is sponsored by Mountain Pacific Quality Health, and is open to the public. Classes will begin in April. Sign up at the front desk to attend. EVENTS ■ AARP Tax Aide Volunteer Assistance – Mondays & Saturdays through April 14, 9a.m.-3 p.m. (by appointment only) - Trained AARP volunteers will assist you in completing your tax returns at the Bozeman Senior Center. Call 586-2421 to set up an appointment – open to the public. ■ Montana: Living Life Well Chronic Disease Self-Management – 10:00 AM Fridays March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6 – This course is presented by Gallatin City-County Health Department of Chronic Disease Programs. The workshops meet every Friday for six weeks. Participants learn skills needed in the day-to-day management of chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart and lung disease, to maintain and/or improve their ability to carry out activities for daily living. You will receive a free book/CD. The workshop addresses the challenges common to many long-term illnesses: pain, fatigue, physical limitations, and difficult emotions. Pre-Registration is required; you must complete a participant information form at the front desk. Open to the public. ■ Blood Profiles: Wednesday, March 7, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Medical Lab Services available to provide important information regarding your cholesterol testing. 12 hour fasting blood draw (please drink water and take your prescription medications). Call 586-2421 to make an appointment or inquire about costs and available tests. Payment by cash or check is expected at time of appointment. Open to the public. ■ Book Club: Monday: March 12, 10:30 a.m. ■ AARP Driver Safety Class–Monday, March 12, 1:00 p.m. - AARP driver safety class on how to adjust your driving to compensate for age related changes in vision, hearing, reaction

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time and coping with aggressive drivers. Your insurance company MIGHT offer a discount on insurance rates with attendance in the class. $15/person for members and $20/person for non-members. Call 586-2421 to get your name on the list. Open to the public. ■ Estate Planning: Potpourri of Topics requested by Bozeman Seniors: March 15, 1:00 p.m.–MSU Extension Specialist Marsha A. Goetting will present information about wills, tips for gifting, making a body donation, and who has priority for receiving your property if you die without writing a will. ■ St Patty’s Day Lunch: Friday, March 16, 12:00 Noon–Dress in green and enjoy a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs. ■ Welcome New Arrivals: Monday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.–Newcomers and long-time members are invited to join us at the Senior Center for coffee and to share your experiences. Please join the community and help us make our new members feel more welcome! ■ 1st Day of Spring Dinner–Tuesday, March 20, 12:00 Noon-Celebrate the first day of spring by recognizing all the volunteers that deliver meals each day! All the Meals-on-Wheels drivers are invited to a FREE dinner on March 20. Stop by the front desk and pick up a piggy bank to collect change for the nutrition program. ■ Afternoon at the Movies: Tuesday, March 20, 1:00 p.m. - Enjoy free popcorn and this great movie: La Land – PG-13 - LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. ■ Travel Adventure Theatre–Wednesday, March 21, 1:00 p.m.–“Untamed Iceland” Bob and Karen Utzinger say it was a marvelous trip to a land of mammoth glaciers, numerous waterfalls, volcanos, puffins, a technological culture and much more. SERVICES/SUPPORT SERVICES ■ Foot Clinic by appointment only. 3rd & 4th Monday & Tuesday. ■ Free blood pressure checks every Wednesday, 11:30am-1:00pm. ■ Association for the Blind, March 8 - meets 2nd Thursday, 1:30pm. Open to anyone who is visually impaired. ■ Forgetters & Friends: 2nd Wednesday, March 14, 1:00pm. ■ Reminiscing / Caregiver Chat – 2nd Wednesday March 14, 2:00 pm. ■ Computer Assistance with Brenda, Paul, Jay

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& Molly. Call us for an appointment. ■ Medical Equipment available for check-out to those 50+. HEALTH & EXERCISE ■ Note: Purchase a monthly activity card to participate in any of the exercise classes offered, as well as utilizing the work-out room. Cost is $10 / month with Bozeman Senior Center annual membership fee of $12. The equipment room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ■ New Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:0011:30 - BEGINNING YANG TAI CHI: Opportunity knocks! This is your chance to get in on a beginners’ class in Tai Chi to improve balance and overall health. Regular classes of Yang Tai Chi for non-beginners will continue at 11:30. ■ A reminder of the change of time for strength training. Now…Strong and More will include more range of motion and stretching. ■ PEDOMETER WALK: (March 5, 26) (April 9, 23) -Join us as we travel (vicariously) to Middle Eastern Countries. We will have tables reserved for lunch before (if you want to join us for lunch) then at 12:45 we will meet in the downstairs meeting room for video and materials for the next meeting. (Sign up for lunches ahead of time so the kitchen can plan for us.) Pedometer required. We do have some for sale or use at the front desk. Fitbit or other fitness technology acceptable. Anyone can participate. You DO NOT have to be “fit” to join us. You will be encouraged to do what you can and possibly make some improvements by the end of the winter. ■ Mondays: 8:30am Strength Training, 9:00am Gentle Aerobics, 10:00am Core, 10:30am Aerobics Plus, 11:30am Tai Chi for Mind/Balance, Balance 1:00pm Yoga, 1:35 pm ■ Tuesdays: 11:00am Beginning Yang Tai Chi, 11:30am Yang Tai Chi, 1:00 Strong and More ■ Wednesdays: 8:30am Strength Training, 9:00am Gentle Aerobics, 10:00am Core, 10:30am Aerobics Plus, 1:00pm Balance, 1:30pm Gentle Yoga, Yoga 6:00 pm. ■ Thursdays: 11:00am Beginning Yang Tai Chi, 11:30am Yang Tai Chi, 1:00 Strong and More ■ Fridays: 8:30am Strength Training, 9:00am Gentle Aerobics, 10:00am Core, 10:30am Aerobics Plus, 11:30am Tai Chi for Mind/Balance. SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ■ Wood Carvers: Mondays 9:30 a.m. (Woodworker’s Shop is open to members 8:30a.m. -4:00 p.m.) ■ Duplicate Bridge: Mondays, 1:00 p.m.

■ Oil Painting: 1st & 3rd Monday, 1:00 p.m. ■ Book Club: 2nd Monday at 10:30 a.m. ■ AARP Meeting: 3rd Monday, 11:30 am ■ Pancake Supper & Bingo: 3rd Mon, 5:30pm ■ Creative Writing: Tuesdays, 10:00 am. ■ Line Dancing: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. (Beginners @ 10:00am) ■ Cribbage: Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. ■ Sign Language: Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. ■ Singing Souls: Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. ■ Afternoon at the Movies: 3rd Tuesday, 1:00 ■ Bingo: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. ■ Watercolor Painting: Wed., 9:30 a.m. ■ Ukulele Club: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. ■ Blood Pressure Check: Wednesdays 11:301:00 ■ Mah Jong: Wednesdays, 1:00pm-4:00 p.m. ■ Arizona Two Step: Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. ■ Pinochle: Wed. & Thursday, 1:00 p.m. ■ Bridge: Wednesdays & Fridays, 12:45 p.m. ■ Travel Adventure Theatre:3rd Wed. 1:00pm ■ Fiddle Class: Thursdays 2:30-4:00 p.m. ■ Scrabble: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. ■ Canasta: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. ■ Association for the Blind: 2nd Thurs., 1:30 ■ Legal Services: 3rd Thurs., 10:00 to 12:00 ■ GeriActors - Reader’s Theater, Fri, 1:00 ■ Euchre: 1st & 3rd Friday, 1:00 p.m. NUTRITIONAL SERVICES ■ Congregate Meals at the Senior Center Monday-Friday, at Noon. ■ Meals-on-Wheels delivered Monday-Friday to homebound individuals. ■ Frozen Meals available for pickup at the Senior Center Monday-Friday. ■ FREE Birthday Dinner Celebrations on Wednesdays during the month of your birthday for members – Come in and claim your free lunch! TRAVEL ■ HTRAVEL NEWS: These trips are open to all Bozeman Senior Center members. NEW YORK CITY: July 19 – 23, 2018. See Greenwich Village, Wall Street, 9/11 Museum, ■ TWO Broadway shows, cruise by the Statue of Liberty to tour Ellis Island. ■ SPOTLIGHT ON WASHINGTON, D.C.: Sept. 13 – 18, 2018. Six days, touring U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Smithsonian Institute, Arlington Cemetery, and so much more. ■ CRUISING ECUADOR’S GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: Sept. 18 – 25, 2018. Only one BALCONY CABIN left on this amazing trip. Fly to Quito, Ecuador, 4-night cruise

PRIME March 2018 I 11 on the MV Galapagos Legend, to see all the amazing wildlife. Fly home from Guayaquil. ■ NEW TRIP: GARDEN OF THE GODS, ROYAL GORGE, COLORADO SPRINGS: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2018. Motorcoach trip from Bozeman throughout Colorado. Cost per person, double occupancy, only $750.00. ■ BRANSON CHRISTMAS: Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, 2018. Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson, Missouri. 4 nights at the Radisson Hotel. Highlights: Haygood Christmas Show, College of the Ozarks, Cruise on the Branson Belle, Presley’s Jubilee Evening Show, Shoji Mabuchi Show, Andy Williams Show, The Hughes Brothers Show, and the Miracle of Christmas Show. ■ EASTERN EUROPE CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Nov. 27 – Dec. 6, 2018. Warsaw, Poland, Christmas Markets in Warsaw, Krakow, and Prague. Tour Auschwitz, Oscar Schindler Factory, Royal Palace, and St. George Basilica. DAY TRIPS FOR THIS SUMMER: ■ Playmill Theater in West Yellowstone, to see: “Annie Get your Gun”. ■ Gates of the Mountains/ dinner and entertainment at Last Chance Ranch ■ Big Horn Canyon boat ride and dinner in Billings ■ Tour of Tippet Rise, and hopefully a concert there ■ Beartooth Highway scenic motorcoach, in July, lead by Sharon Eversman ■ Missoula smoke jumpers tour / Anaconda job corps, ccc. ■ Historic Helena ■ Golden sunlight mine ■ Yellowstone Park day trip, to Yellowstone Lake and the lodge for lunch EXTRAS ■ Second Hand Rose Thrift Store: 10am2pm, Monday-Friday. Bring donations of clothes, household items, books, games, crafts, & more anytime between 8:30am4:30pm, Monday-Friday. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Please call 586-2421 if you are interested in any of these opportunities. ■ Meals-on-Wheels is looking for volunteers to deliver meals in Bozeman. ■ Foot Clinic is looking for current or retired nurses to help at our monthly foot clinic service! ■ Our thrift store, Second Hand Rose, sometimes receives more donations than we can use. We are occasionally in need of volunteers with a truck, SUV, or large vehicle to take surplus donations from Second Hand Rose to other thrift store.

Menu Mon-Fri at Noon 1 - Carrot Raisin Salad, Chicken Stir Fry w/ Noodles, Dessert 2 - Apricots, Burgers w/the Fixing’s, Steak Fries, Dessert 5 - Tossed Salad, Polish Dog/Sauerkraut, Red Potatoes, Broccoli, Dessert 6 - Jello/Fruit, Baked Salmon, Rice Pilaf, Spinach, Dessert 7 - Fruit Salad, Chicken Parmesan, Noodles, 5-Way Vegetables, Dessert 8 - Coleslaw, BBQ Sliders, Baked Beans, Cauliflower, Dessert 9 - Apricots, Taco Bar, Dessert 12 –Cottage Cheese/Fruit, Meatballs, Rice, Steamed Carrots, Dessert 13 - Peaches, Cod, Brown Rice, Stewed Tomatoes, Dessert 14 - Tossed Salad, Turkey, Dressing, Green Beans, Dessert 15 - Cranberries, Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Dessert 16 - SAINT PATRICK’S DAY LUNCH - Green Jello, Corned Beef, Cabbage, Red Skin Potatoes, Dessert 19 - Green Salad, Spaghetti, Capri Vegetables, Garlic Bread, Dessert 20 - FIRST DAY OF SPRING DINNER -Peaches, Shrimp Salad, Bread, Dessert 21 - Caesar Salad, Chili, Corn Bread, Dessert 22 - Jello, Ham, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, Dessert 23 - Cottage Cheese, Beef Stroganoff, Noodles, Dessert 26 - Tossed Salad, Chicken Tenders, Jo’ Jo’s, Capri Vegetables, Dessert 27 - Beets, Chicken Cordon Blue, Baked Potato, Steamed Carrots, Dessert 28 - Applesauce, Pork Cutlet, Scalloped Potato, Green Beans, Dessert 29 - 3-Bean Salad, Hamburger Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Dessert 30 - Soup/Salad Bar, Dessert Please make reservations for lunch so that we can have an adequate amount of food!

Belgrade Senior Center 92 East Cameron Avenue (406) 388-4711 Email: Executive Director: Lisa Beedy

Menu Mon – Fri at Noon 1 - Tater Tot Casserole, Salad, Dessert 2 - Pizza, Salad, Dessert

5 - Roast Ham, Potatoes, Vegetables,

Salad, Dessert

6 - Lasagna, Vegetables, Salad, Dessert 7 - Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes,

Vegetables, Salad, Dessert

8 - Swedish Meatballs, Rice, Vegetables,

EXERCISE: ■ Movement in Motion: 9am Mon, Weds, Fri ■ Yoga: 9am Tuesdays, 8am Fridays ■ Exercise class Tuesdays at 10am

Salad, Dessert

9 - Bean Soup, Tuna Melts, Salad,


12 - Chili, Cornbread, Salad, Dessert 13 - Chicken Strips, Potatoes, Veg-

etables, Salad, Dessert

14 - “Birthday Celebration” Roast

COMMUNITY RESOURCES: ■ Blood Pressure Check: Noon, Mar. 8, Mar. 22 ■ Nutrition Workshop: Belgrade Senior Center: ■ Mar. 20th 1:00-2:30 pm –Presented by Home Instead. ■ AARP Tax Assistance: Every Tuesday afternoon through April 10th. Call for an appointment

Pork, Smashed Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad,

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: ■ St. Patrick’s Lunch – March 16th – Corn beef, cabbage, carrots & potatoes, Soda bread & Apple Barley Pudding – Entertainment and fun! ■ Coloring Table ■ Needleaires Sewing Circle: 9:00 am Thursday ■ Card Games: 12:30 Monday, 9am Thursdays, 12:30pm Fridays ■ BINGO: Thursdays 12:45 ■ Movie Day: Wednesday 1:00 ■ Board Meeting: March 26, 1:00

Casserole,” Vegetables, Salad, Dessert


15 - Salisbury Steak, Rice Pilaf, Veg-

etables, Salad, Dessert

16 - Corn Beef, Cabbage, Carrots &

Potatoes, Soda Bread, Salad, Barely Apple Pudding

19 - Breakfast Surprise, Salad, Dessert 20 - Pulled Pork Sandwich, Potato

Chips, Vegetables, Salad, Dessert

21 - “You Asked for it!” “Gramma’s 22 - Meatloaf, Smashed Potatoes,

Vegetables, Salad, Dessert

23 - Chef Salad, Clam Chowder,


26 - Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed

Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad, Dessert

27 - Beef Stew, Biscuits, Salad, Dessert 28 - Taco Salad, Dessert

29 - Stir Fry, Eggrolls, Salad, Dessert 30 - Baked Potato Bar, Vegetables,

Salad, Dessert

All Meals Include Roll & Drink, Veggie & Dessert. Gluten and dairy free items upon request.

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