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Having the family

“HEAR” for the Holidays

During the holidays it can become apparent to family when one of the family members is having difficulty hearing. Family members with hearing loss may require frequent repetition, have difficulty following conversations, think that people sound like they’re mumbling or have difficulty hearing in noisy situations. Emotionally they may be stressed out from straining to hear what others are saying; feel annoyed or embarrassed because they can’t hear or understand the conversation.

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DEPARTMENTS

P6 • Out & about The shows must go on Theater, ice sculpture, concerts, sporting events, ice show, Mardi Gras and more...

P8 • Mind, Body, Spirit Mine your library for more than books Uncover many surprising gems at these community resources

P10 • Money matters

PUBLISHER Scott Titterington, 221-9210 scott.rmpublishing@gmail.com EDITOR Kristin Titterington, 221-9210 kristin.rmpublishing@gmail.com Calendar Editor Aly Titterington

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P12 • Nutrition

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Try roughing it Chew on these hard-to-digest facts

P14 • Keep it Sharp

Puzzles and games to challenge your mind

P20 • Calendar Check out these events and activities across northern Colorado

P30 • Senior Moment Can you hear me now? A patient wife wonders where her husband’s hearing aid might turn up next

P18 • Feature

Take a lesson from the Tin Man To avoid finding yourself in a predicament like the Tin Man with your joints seized up and an inability to move, build exercise into your regular routine. Physical activity will help you reduce the risk of developing myriad health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and injuries from falls. Plus, you will increase your chances of being able to live independently longer.

DISTRIBUTION Wendee Brungardt, Sharon Klahn, Rob’s Bike Courier Service COVER PHOTO iStockphoto.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Lana Olsson, Linda Osmundson, Kim Sharpe, Aly Titterington ROCKY MOUNTAIN PUBLISHING 825 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521 Voice 221-9210 Fax 221-8556 editor@rockymountainpub.com www.RMParentMagazine.com Rocky Mountain Senior magazine is published five times a year by Rocky Mountain Publishing, Inc. Publication of this paper does not constitute an endorsement of the products or services advertised. RMP reserves the right to refuse any advertisement for any reason. The opinions expressed by contributors or writers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Rocky Mountain Publishing. ©2013 Rocky Mountain Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without express written permission is prohibited.

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The shows must go on

Theater, ice sculpture, concerts, Mardi Gras and more...

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Linda L. Osmundson

ith winter still in full swing, perhaps you’d like activities that stay indoors. A few suggestions follow, along with one outside special show. Loveland Budweiser Event Center, www.bud weisereventscenter.com, offers something for everyone—sports, family shows, concerts, and more. February 11 they present Rain, a tribute to the Beatles. The center serves as home to the Colorado Eagles hockey and the Colorado Ice indoor football teams. Schedules appear online. Another sports event includes the Rocky Mountain Face Off of CSU vs. CU hockey February 12. You might not want to miss the America’s Got Talent All Star Tour coming April 3. Another fun Loveland event is Sculpture in the Dark. Mounds of ice/ snow fill downtown 4th Street February 5-10 where artists create wonderful sculptures. Now that the show is sanctioned, winners will compete in the US Snow Sculpting Nationals. Go to Loveland Cultural Services at www.cityofloveland.org/index. aspx?page=732 for a pdf version of their winter pamphlet. Or, pick one up at the Loveland Museum/Gallery and Rialto Theater. It lists coming events for the two venues. Fort Collins Plenty of theaters offer live stage programs. Check this list and their websites for current events. • Bas Bleu, www.basbleu.org • Midtown Arts Center, www.midtown artscenter.com • Lincoln Center, www.fcgov.com/lctix • Open Stage, www.openstagetheatre.org

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skeletons, fossils, stone tools, and more in its 47,000 square feet of space filled with side by side science and history exhibits. The only such museum of its kind, it dedicates 16,000 square feet to engaging and interactive exhibits. A traveling exhibit gallery opens in 2013 and will house nationally renowned traveling shows. Go online to www.fcmod. org, for more information. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Admission prices are $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $7 for students (with valid ID), $6 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free. Memberships are available. Otterbox Digital Dome Theater tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Anheuser-Busch Brewery, www. budweisertours.com/z01/index. php/fort-collins/overview/, provides free tours of the brewing process. The Clydesdales are often on site and available for viewing. You can call 970-4904691for more information. Greeley Union Colony Theater always offers wonderful programming. Included are The Texas Tenors February 21, Broadway Tour of the Voca People February 14, Rocky Mountain High Tribute to John Denver March 2, America—40th Anniversary Tour (a folk rock band) March 16, Lord of the Dance March 28, and Broadway Rox April 30. Check their schedule at www.ucstars. com/shows.php for more shows. March 9 at 5:30 and 7pm, the Greeley Ice Haus presents the Spring Ice Show. Several skating clubs as well as guests entertain with their

exceptional skating as they perform their rendition of the musical Hairspray. For more information go to www.business.greeleychamber.com/ Events/details/spring-ice-show-5323. Mardi Gras in northern Colorado The Fort Collins Hilton holds its Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday event on Tuesday, February 12 for $65 per person. Wear your Mardi Gras costume and participate in a contest or sit back in your special attire or normal dress to watch the event. A live and silent auction benefits Bas Bleu Theater. Enjoy great music and fantastic Cajun Food. Plan your own last minute Mardi Gras party. Choose a theme such as 1920s. Purchase cheap eye masks and provide beads, feathers, glitter, and other decorations in Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold and allow attendees to decorate their own masks. Much can be bought cheaply at Party America or the dollar stores. Serve Cajun food such as gumbo, King Cakes, and/or soup. Decorate with Mardi Gras colors. Play jazz music. Choose a King and Queen and have a costume contest. For more ideas and recipes go to www.mardigrasday.com/party-ideas/ or Google Mardi Gras parties.


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Mine your library for more than books Uncover many surprising gems at these community resources

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ibraries are excellent resources for seniors. They’re free. Librarians are helpful and friendly. And they offer several classes and lectures on a variety of topics including types of technology, genealogy, health and others. Familiarize yourself with your local library. You’ll be glad you did. Technology Computers and the Internet can seem daunting and mysterious in the beginning. That’s why your local library offers introduction computer classes. Learn how to search the Internet and set up an email account. Email pictures to family and friends after you learn to use Photoshop and Picasa, classes offered by Poudre River Libraries and High Plains Library District. After you’re done emailing those fun holiday pictures, it’s time to curl up with your new eReader and a cup of hot chocolate. But wait, how do you use this eReader thing? Your local library offers classes on using your new Nook, Kindle or other eReader. You can virtually check out books from the library and read them on your new device. After your relaxing cup of hot coco, it’s time to organize the New Year’s finances, doctor appointments, grandchildren’s engagements and contact lists. Learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. All these programs can come in handy for writing letters, keeping track of documents, data and organizing your favorite pictures. Book clubs Join a book group or start one of your own. All libraries offer book group kits to check out, each with several copies of the book and follow-up questions. Poudre River Libraries holds book groups at each of their three facilities and at different times of the day. You’re sure to find one that accommo

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dates your schedule. Additional resources If you like to play chess, scrabble or other board games, head to a Poudre River Library facility on game day, and you’re sure to find a fun opponent. Or if you are interested in genealogy, the Larimer County Genealogy Foundation offers lectures regularly. Dr. Runyan lectures monthly on the upcoming symphony. Each of our local libraries has a calendar of events with individual lectures. Please see RM Senior Calendar or check the websites (now that you’re an internet pro) for specific dates, topics and times. Be kind on your eyes and check out Poudre River Library District’s extensive selection of Large Print books. For those who are homebound, Loveland Public Library has an Outreach Program which includes home delivery of books. Anybody within Loveland city limits is encouraged to get on the website and sign up for this service. Contact Dixie at 970-962-2592. Poudre River Library District offers an Outreach program that serves Laporte, Livermore, Stove Prairie and Fort Collins. You can receive books and other library items at your home or a site near you. Take advantage of their mobile computer sites. You and four or more friends can register for a private, in-home, basic laptop computer class with the tech-a-la-carte program. Call the answer center phone number for Poudre River Libraries at (970) 2216740 to renew, look-up, place a hold or ask a question about any library item. After receiving a grant from the Colo-

rado State Library Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Poudre River Library District partnered with the Occupational Therapy Program at CSU. They have now installed Assistive Technology Stations at both the Old Town and Harmony facilities to help anyone with a reading, hearing or other disability. Occupational Therapy Students at CSU will be training library employees on how to help patrons use these stations. Sylvia Garcia, a Poudre River Library District reference librarian, says that, “Staff is your most important resource at the library. You’ll be sure to find someone helpful.” Do not be afraid to ask questions, librarians are more than happy to help. Berthoud Community Library www.berthoud.colibraries.org (970) 532-2757 Clearview Library District (Windsor) www.clearviewlibrary.org (970) 686-5603 High Plains Library District (Greeley) www.mylibrary.us/ (888) 861-READ (7323) Loveland Public Library www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org (970) 962-2665 Poudre River Public Libraries (Fort Collins) www.poudrelibraries.org (970) 221-6740


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Is a reverse mortgage for you? Check with HUD-approved companies before you decide

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reverse mortgage is a big commitment. Weigh the pros and cons, look at alternative options and seek trustworthy advice before making your final decision on whether or not a reverse mortgage is the best option for you. What is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a special type of loan that allows you to borrow against the equity that you have built up in your home. The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) set up the reverse mortgage option as a way to help seniors remain in their own homes and live comfortably with enough funding. Requirements Several requirements must be met prior to applying for a reverse mortgage. You must be at least 62 years old. You must own your home and continue to live in it. Your home needs to meet certain criteria set by the HUD. Acceptable homes generally include single-family homes, some condominiums, and most multiunit structures, such as town houses. Advantages to a reverse mortgage A reverse mortgage may give you some financial freedom when you’re in a pinch. It can allow you to pull needed cash from the equity of your home without incurring monthly expenses. Other advantages come with the lender-homeowner relationship established with these loans. Lenders can not force homeowners to sell the property to pay back the loan. This ensures that the homeowner is able to stay in the home for as long as is needed or wanted. Disadvantages To a reverse mortgage While reverse mortgages have come with the advantages listed above, they can 10

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often cost the homeowner thousands of dollars more than a conventional mortgage. This can be due to the fees set by the HUD, the required counseling and depending on how long you have the loan, the expenses can be large. Another big consideration for many is that you will be spending the money that you would otherwise be passing on to your heirs. A reverse mortgage is often seen as a last resort. And the later in life you apply for a reverse mortgage, the better. You are more likely to be approved for the loan,

the older you are. And there will be less stress in trying to stretch the amount of money to cover all your expenses. Alternative options Don’t jump in too quickly. There are many options to help you meet your financial needs. Research them and decide which choice is best for you. Other options include selling your home and/ or downsizing to a smaller home, such as a condo or town-house. Consider getting a roommate. Family members or close friends can be good candidates. They can help with finances and be good company around the house. Also, if you have trouble with chores, especially more labor-intensive ones, such as taking out the trash, con-

sider getting a strong roommate. Try refinancing your mortgage or take out an equity loan or line of credit. Resources in the Fort Collins area Do not apply for a reverse mortgage from any company that is not approved by HUD. Other companies may charge more, give false information, or are running a scam. HUD-approved counseling agencies in the Fort Collins area are Neighbor to Neighbor and Consumer Credit Counseling. You can find their contact information below. If you are not sure whether or not an agency or company is HUD approved, you can look on the HUD website, or the Fort Collins city government website. Finding a trustworthy agency is quintessential to the entire process. Many scams surrounding reverse mortgages do occur. Please be careful and talk to a trustworthy person, such as a city official or government official off the HUD website. Below are resources to use for more information about reverse mortgages.

Resources Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HUD.gov/buying/rvrsmort.cfm American Association of Retired Persons www.aarp.org Neighbor to Neighbor www.n2n.org (970) 484-7498 Consumer Credit Counseling www.greenpath.com (800) 550-1961 HECM counselor online (800) 569-4287


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nutrition

Try roughing it

Chew on these hard-to-digest facts Lana Olsson

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he idea that dietary fiber is important to our health is no modern yarn. Physicians as early as Hippocrates recognized the importance of eating high-fiber foods, such as “coarse bread” and “wheat with the hull.” Hippocrates said that one could not understand human disease without paying attention to these matters. Dietary fiber facts The term “dietary fiber” was coined in 1953 and fiber theories over the past 50 years have been both proven and disproven. For example dietary fiber is not proven to prevent colon cancer. Dietary fiber is defined as the remnant of edible parts of plants that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the human intestine. Dietary fiber may be completely or partly fermented in the large intestine (colon). This fermentation process creates an environment encouraging healthy bacteria to colonize and to thus fight disease. Some of the assigned chemical names of dietary fiber may sound like science fiction toxins. However complex the names sound, these are healthy and good for you! Do not be afraid of Arabinoxylans, Arabinoglucans (from Hemicelluloses) or of Inulin and Oligofructans ( Polymers of Fructose). Do not shy away from Galactooligosaccharides or Carigeenan, Guar (Gums), Mucilages or Pectins (Gels). Polydextrose, Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose and Lignin are also desirable dietary fiber. Adding fiber to your diet Of course, if you focus on eating whole foods, such as legumes (dried beans) fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, you will not need to see these names on the label. Your dietary fiber will come intact, in all of its complexity, 12

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in the foods that you have grown or purchased. You must simply prepare the food so that it is edible and tasty. Are you surprised to hear that cooking some high-fiber foods gives you a nutritional advantage? Dietary fiber and nutrients that are embedded in the cell walls are made more available for absorption when the food is cooked. Cooking loosens and softens the cell wall, releasing nutrients and fiber so that enzymatic digestion in the intestine is possible. That is why more beta carotene (a precursor of Vitamin A) is absorbed from cooked carrots than from raw carrots. Cooking foods will destroy some water-soluble vitamins; yet cooking will increase the availability of other vitamins and minerals. It is a myth that one cannot get enough fiber unless one chews through all sorts of tough and fibrous foods! Dietary fiber is not destroyed by grinding or by softening. Whole flax seeds and other seeds must be ground before the fiber is available. The embedded nutrients of flax and other seeds are not released unless the hull is ground (mechanically or by chewing). Stewing may soften dried fruit; there will be no loss of dietary fiber. Cooking, grinding or processing does not destroy the fiber in oatmeal. Manufacturers may add dietary fiber back into breads, cereals, and snack foods. It is important to understand that when fiber is added to foods, there may be an “unnatural” amount of fiber in one serving of a food. This could cause some gastrointestinal distress, as we would not naturally consume, say, 15 grams of fiber in a 150-calorie portion of food.

Why you need fiber Three major risks exist when people do not eat enough dietary fiber: • Constipation • Increased risk of coronary heart disease • Less stable blood glucose and insulin levels. According to the U.S.D.A., men over the age of 70 need to consume 30 grams of fiber daily. Females over 70 should aim for 21 grams daily, and the difference is related to energy needs. We are encouraged to consume 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 Calories consumed. Very low calorie diets would not provide the necessary fiber without using a fiber supplement. Registered dietitians do not advocate very low calorie diets for this reason, among others. A healthy diet that furnishes dietary fiber from wholesome and palatable foods remains the best nutritional advice available. Lana Olsson, MS RD is a Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition and serves as the President of the Northern Colorado Dietetic Assn., an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics of Colorado. For the best scientifically based nutrition advice, find a registered dietitian in your area at www.eatrightcolorado.org.


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keep it sharp

RM Senior Word Search

Search the stories to find the answers to these clues. Then find the words in the puzzle.

Clues: The shows must go on, p 6 1. Regional event center with sports events, concerts and family shows. 2. This venue in Greeley presents the Spring Ice Show. 3. The Fort Collins Museum of ___________ reopened last fall. Mine your library for more than books, p8 4. You can learn about this computer program for enhancing photos. 5. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to the library, this program brings books to you. 6. Game you might play on game day at the library. Explore the equity option, p 10 7. This type of mortgage lets you borrow against the equity in your house. 8. Dept. that oversees reverse mortgages. 9. Alternative to a reverse mortgage. Try roughing it, p 12 10. Dietary fiber is resistant to this. 11. These healthy organisms help fight disease. 12. Dietary fiber helps move things along and prevents this.

Answers: 1. Budweiser, 2. IceHaus, 3. Discovery, 4. Photoshop, 5. Outreach, 6. Scrabble, 7. Reverse, 8. HUD, 9. Refinancing, 10. Digestion 11. Bacteria, 12. Constipation

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Take a lesson from the

Tin Man

Build exercise into you regular routine to increase your strength, flexibility, balance and endurance

By Kim Sharpe

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nce upon a time, a little country girl from Kansas unexpectedly finds herself hurled into a strange land. Shortly after arriving, she meets up with a scarecrow and then stumbles upon a rusty old bucket of a fellow. He’s in quite a predicament as his joints are all seized up due to disuse and poor maintenance. Fortunately for the tin man, the country bumpkin is able to help out by administering first aid in the form of lubricating oil. To avoid finding yourself in a predicament like the Tin Man with your joints seized up and an inability to move, build exercise into your regular routine. Physical activity will help you reduce the risk of developing myriad health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and injuries from falls. What’s more, you will increase your chances of being able to live independently longer. Getting started Health professionals recommend adults get 30 to 60 minutes of moderate activity each day, but it does not have to be complicated or expensive. What is important is discovering what you like to do and sticking with it. It also doesn’t matter if you’ve not led an active lifestyle up until now. After your primary-care physician gives you a green light to get moving, you’re good to go. “It’s never too late to find something you love to do,” says Don McGrath, fitness enthusiast and author of 50 Athletes Over 50 Teach Us to Live a Strong, Healthy Life. “Find that activity that tickles your inner child.” Body-building basics Whatever your activities of choice, make sure they help you increase your strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Walking, hiking or jogging are some of the easiest ways to get moving. If walking isn’t your speed, kick it up a notch by hiking or jogging. To stave off monotony, vary your route and speed, or take along some hand or ankle weights. You also can set a goal to keep you motivated by registering to 18

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participate in a community walking or running event. Swimming and water exercise are excellent ways to increase strength, relax sore muscles and increase your range of motion, making it easier to exercise. Martha Elliott, who participates in water classes offered by the Windsor Parks and Recreation Department, says, “The water really reduces the pressure on my joints. I used to walk or jog several times a week, but pounding the pavement took its toll on my knees. Now I’d rather exercise in the pool where even just treading water gives me as much exercise as jogging used to. I also enjoy the social time I get when I exercise with other people.” Bicycling is a great way to move and northern Colorado is becoming one of the best places to do it. There are hundreds of miles of trails and designated bike routes that wind through Estes Park, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland and Windsor. So whether you want to go out for a joy ride or accomplish some errands, bicycling is a healthy alternative to driving with health benefits. Dancing provides a fun way to get fit. Try turning on some favorite tunes and dancing with abandon in your living room or enjoy a more traditional form of dance, such as salsa or ballroom. Dancing is the perfect activity for people as they age. “It can be high or low impact, and people can proceed at whatever pace is appropriate for them,” says Dave Arns, owner and lead instructor of DancerGuy.com. “Besides, it’s a lot more fun than running on a treadmill or calisthenics.” Nia is a non-impact form of aerobics, which combines elements of dance and martial and healing arts. You can obtain cardiovascular and whole-body conditioning while participating in choreographed movements that are performed to music. Yoga combines mental focus and physical poses to improve strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. Given that one out of four adults over the age of 65 fall each year and usually suffer related injuries, it is essential that balance exercises be included as a regular activity. Like yoga, pilates combines easy, graceful movement with focused breathing to achieve flexibility, strength, bal-

ance, good posture and relaxation. Health clubs and gyms Health clubs and gyms offer even more ways to get moving. Exercise equipment, conditioning classes and other activities designed especially for older adults are just some of the offerings you will find at these establishments. Another attribute of health clubs and gyms is that they afford patrons easy access to professionals who can help guide you through the myriad of options to find an activity that is just right for you. Even individuals living on a fixed or low income have access to clubs and gyms, but may not know it. The awardwinning SilverSneakers® program provides membership to participating fitness centers for people who are Medicare eligible or group retirees on a variety of private health insurance plans. (Visit the SilverSneakers® Web site to learn if your private plan includes this program: www.silversneakers.com.) The facilities in northern Colorado that offer SilverSneaker® memberships are: • 24-Hour Fitness, Fort Collins 970-797-3036 • Chilson Recreation/Senior Center Loveland, 970-962-2783 • Conditioning Spa Health & Fitness Center, Greeley, 970-352-0974 • Fort Collins Club, Fort Collins 970-224-2582 • Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Centers, Fort Collins and Loveland, 970-282-1000 • Orchards Athletic Club, Loveland 970-667-3800 • Rocky Mountain Health Club, Estes Park 970- 577-1900 • Windsor Health Club, Windsor 970-686-2582

example, worrying and thinking anxious thoughts can make the muscles in your neck and shoulders tense and lead to headaches. Prolonged periods of stress can lead to disorders such as stomach ulcers or heart arrhythmias. What can you do to help maintain a healthy mind? Let go of worrying about what you cannot control. The ancient Greek philosopher, Epictetus once said, “It is our attitude toward events, not the events themselves, which we can control.” Everything else is not worth the energy. Communicate your feelings in appropriate ways. Bottling up your emotions is like stuffing a cork into the spout of a boiling teakettle. Sooner than later the pressure will build to a point of explosion and you will find yourself in a whole lot of hot water. Strive for balance in your life. Balance exercise with adequate periods of rest and eat a balanced diet. Scientific research has not been able to prove the connection between physical health and spirituality, but it does show that people who find comfort, hope and inner peace from religion, prayer and/or meditation often feel better, heal quicker and cope more positively with illness and stressful situations than people who do not. Additionally, research shows that spiritual people exhibit fewer self-destructive behaviors. To improve your spiritual health, and consequently your physical and mental health, identify what gives you a sense of inner peace and comfort, and take time for whatever it is that makes you feel that way. Whether it is praying, singing, enjoying nature or listening to music, make sure your daily schedule includes time to nurture your soul.

If you do not qualify or want to join a club, area community senior centers offer fitness classes and activities, as does the Poudre Valley Health Systems’ Aspen Club (970-495-8560 or 970-6241860) and the McKee Medical Center’s Seasons Club (970-635-4097). Mind and soul Two other parts of your being that require intentional care are your mind and soul, because what you think or how you feel impacts your physical health. For RMsenior

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WINTER/SPRING 2013 ONGOING Through February 3 The Mural Project: A Portrait of Loveland Through Young Eyes Over the course of the past year, 14 Loveland students have created 200 black and white images of Loveland using a 4x5 monorail view camera. 970-962-2563 or www.cityofloveland. org/museum. Through February 24 Forever Plaid Share the story of four up-and-coming singers who are killed in a car wreck, and miraculously return to earth for their chance to perform at the show that never was. Midtown Arts Theatre, 3750 S. Mason St., FC. 970-225-2555 or www. adinnertheatre.com. Through March 11 Anything Goes All aboard for Cole Porter's Tony Award-winning musical romp across the Atlantic. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course of true love. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Market Place Dr., Johnstown, CO. 970744-3747 or www.coloradocandlelight. com. Through March 30 The Unsinkable Molly Brown Enjoy the remarkable story of Molly Brown, whose feisty determination takes her from the mountains of Colorado to the palaces of Europe. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Market Place Dr., Johnstown, CO. 970-744-3747 or www. coloradocandlelight.com.

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February 21-23 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 970221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com.

Friday, February 1 Publisher Basics Learn the basics of Publisher to help you easily create, customize, and publish materials such as newsletters, brochures, flyers and catalogs. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 9-11am. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Scrabble @ Your Library Players of all ability and experience levels are welcome. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 10am - Noon. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Bullshot Crummond A mad spoof of 1930s grade B detective movies, complete with spills, chills, evil arch enemies, a damsel in distress, and cliffhanger that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 8pm. 970-2216730 or www.LCTIX.com. Aspen Supper Club Memory enhancement tips and fun presented by Rich Shipman. Poudre Valley Hospital, Cafe F, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., FC. 5-6:30pm. 970-495-8560 or www.pvhs.org.

Great Ideas Discussion Group Join this group for a stimulating and fun discussion of the great philosophical questions. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 2-3:30pm. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Saturday, February 2 Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow This youth talent competition attracts the best of the best! The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 6pm. 970221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. Loveland Loves Origami: Wrinkle, Ruckle, Crease! Learn how to understand origami instructions, get ideas for classroom activities, or to just enjoy sharing with others your favorite origami models. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 11am-1pm. 970-962-2401 or www. cityofloveland.org. Microsoft Publisher: Basic Class Attendees will learn how to create a publication by using a template. They will also learn how to add pictures and format their publication. River of Life Fellowship, 3161 E. County Road 62e, Wellington, CO. 9:30-11:30am & 1:30-3:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Excel Beyond Basics Excel is a spreadsheet program used for automating calculations, creating charts, forms, and more. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 10am - Noon. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.


Writing Workshop: Building Character We’ll look at techniques for making our characters come to life in our stories. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 1-4pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org.

Microsoft PowerPoint: Basic Class The focus of this class will be on learning how to navigate in PowerPoint and using the templates, drawing tools, and slide master. Family Center, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 10:30am-12:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Sudoku Simplified Test your skills of logic with Sudoku! Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 11am-1pm. 970-962-2401 or www. cityofloveland.org.

Kindle & Library eBooks This class will demonstrate how to check out and download Loveland Library eBooks as well as free Project Gutenberg eBooks, and answer frequently asked eReader questions. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 5:30-7pm. 970-9622401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Bullshot Crummond A mad spoof of 1930s grade B detective movies, complete with spills, chills, evil arch enemies, a damsel in distress, and cliffhanger that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 8pm. 970-2216730 or www.LCTIX.com. Nunset Boulevard The Little Sisters of Hoboken have gone Hollywood in the latest installment of Dan Goggin’s international smash-hit Nunsense franchise. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 6:30pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com.

Sunday, February 3 Eagle Watch Join a volunteer Master Naturalist to look for the bald eagles that make Fort Collins their winter home. Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, CO. 3:305pm. 970-221-6311 or www.fcgov.com/ naturalareas Adult Art Class: Heart Prints Make heart prints with screen printing techniques and explore the current gallery exhibit by Dave Yust. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 12:30-3:30pm. 970-962-2410 or www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org.

Monday, February 4 UNC Symphony Orchestra Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7:30pm. 970-356-5000 or www. ucstars.com.

Tuesday, February 5 Microsoft Word: Avanzado Aprenda a escribir cartas, hacer graficas, folletos y mucho mas con Word. Asista al curso Basico o al Avanzado si ya lo ha usado antes. Family Center/ El Nidito, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 6-7:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Great Decisions: Future of the Euro Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Kathryn Voelker, Conducting Recital Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www. ucstars.com. Noontime Nature with Kevin Cook Master of hoarding: Clark’s Nutcracker. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 12-1pm. 970-962-2401 or www. cityofloveland.org. Model Railroading with Doug French Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 6-7pm. 970-962-2401 or www. cityofloveland.org.

Wednesday, February 6 Microsoft Word: Avanzado Aprenda a escribir cartas, hacer graficas, folletos y mucho mas con Word. Asista al curso Basico o al Avanzado si ya lo ha usado antes. Family Center/ El Nidito, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 10:30am-12:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Kindles @ Your Library In this class we will show you how to download library eBooks to your Kindle anywhere, any time. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. iLearn Technology: Computer Basics 101 (Windows 7) Are you ready to set aside your fear of computers? This is the class for you! Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 11am-1pm. 970-962-2401 or www. cityofloveland.org. Nighttime Nature with Kevin Cook Master of hoarding: Clark’s Nutcracker. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 12-1pm. 970-962-2401 or www. cityofloveland.org.

Thursday, February 7 Facebook Learn about social media using Facebook, the world’s largest social networking website, with over 500 million users. You can easily connect with old friends and keep up to date with family, friends, and coworkers. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6:30-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Finance Management: In or Near Retirement At this estate planning seminar learn about transferring assets, wills and trusts, probate, taxes, tax-minimizing strategies, gifts, philanthropy, and life insurance. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 5:30pm. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org. Genealogy Meeting Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 6:30-8:45pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Friday, February 8 Harmony in the Round with Front Range Chamber Players Come join us for an evening of chamber music with The String Quartet Sojourn, which consists of select members of the Front Range Chamber Players Program. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. RMsenior

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Publisher Beyond Basics Go beyond the basics in Publisher to create, customize, and publish materials such as newsletters, brochures, flyers and catalogs. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 9-11am. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

African Drum and Dance Workshop with FALE Celebrate Black History Month by learning African drumming, dancing and singing. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 2-3pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Saturday, February 9 Winter Farmers Market Get some local products. Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave., FC. 10am-2pm. 970-219-3382 or www.BeLocalNC.org.

Knitting Club Learn to knit or work on a project in a social setting. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 3-5pm. 970-9622401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Masterworks #3: Music for Lovers We present to you a special telling of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s timeless classic, Romeo and Juliet. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7:30pm. 970-2216730 or www.LCTIX.com.

UNC Gala Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7:30pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com.

Chess @ Your Library Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join us for these informal drop-in chess games. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 11am-1pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. iLearn Technology: PowerPoint 101 In this class learn to navigate PowerPoint, use layouts, themes and graphics, generate notes and handouts. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 9:30am - Noon. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Connecting Mind & Body Join our massage therapists from Twenty Three Trees Medical & Wellness Spa, as well as meditation and yoga specialists from Poudre Valley Medical Fitness for this event. Poudre Valley Health System, 1025 Garfield Ave., FC. 10:30am12:30pm. 970-495-7528 or www.pvhs.org. Foothills Pops Band: Love & All That Jazz Enjoy some swing dancing and a silent auction. Embassy Suites, 4705 Clysdale Parkway, LV. 7:30pm. 970-593-6200 or www.foothillspopsband.org.

Monday, February 11 Combined Leagues Honor Bands Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www. ucstars.com.

UNC Faculty Recital: Flute Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 8pm. 970-356-5000 or www. ucstars.com. Microsoft Publisher: Basic Class Attendees will learn how to create a publication by using a template. They will also learn how to add pictures and format their publication. Family Center, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 10:30am12:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. iLearn Technology: Gmail 101 Learn email skills crucial for staying connected in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world! Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 9:30-11:30am. 970-962-2401 or www. cityofloveland.org. Nook & Library eBooks This class will demonstrate how to check out and download Loveland Library eBooks as well as free Project Gutenberg eBooks, and answer frequently asked eReader questions. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 5:30-7pm. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Tuesday, February 12 Kevin Cook: Colorado Birds Great stories of life and living. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. Noon -1pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Microsoft Word: Avanzado Aprenda a escribir cartas, hacer graficas, folletos y mucho mas con Word. Asista al curso Basico o al Avanzado si ya lo ha usado antes. Family Center/ El Nidito, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 6-7:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Answer Cache: Databases for Adults This class will introduce you to the world of databases and eResources, and enable you to expertly find information on topics ranging from Art to Zoology from online journals, newspapers and reference books! Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6:30-8:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

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International Night Please join Bob Michael for a presentation about his trek from Pokhara, Nepal, into the great south cirque of Macchapuchare, the unclimbed sacred 23,000’ mega-Matterhorn of the Himalaya. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Wednesday, February 13 Paco Pena As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7:30pm. 970-221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. Rocky Mountain Raptors Carin Avila from the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will bring the oldest ambassadors - Golden Eagle, Turkey Vulture and Swainson's Hawk. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 6:30-7:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Microsoft Word: Avanzado Aprenda a escribir cartas, hacer graficas, folletos y mucho mas con Word. Asista al curso Basico o al Avanzado si ya lo ha usado antes. Family Center/ El Nidito, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 10:30am-12:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Valentine Spa Day Keynote speaker Sharon Sheets will speak on nurturing yourself and your important relationships. Chilson Senior Center, 700 E 4th St, LV. 1:45-4pm. 970-495-8560 or www.pvhs.org.

Thursday, February 14 Happy Valentine’s Day! Social Security Tips and Strategies PVH and MCR Foundations invite you to hear Jim Saulnier, CFP and Scott Rulon, CPA share tips on how to maximize your benefits and reduce taxes you may have to pay. Poudre Valley Hospital, Cafe F, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., FC. 121:30pm. 970-495-7500 or www.pvhs.org. VOCA PEOPLE The VOCAPEOPLE began as an overnight YouTube sensation and now is a world-renowned show that has dazzled audiences in over 20 countries around the globe. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com. Antioxidants Everything you have wanted to know about what is in your food, but were afraid to ask. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Games & Puzzles @ the Library Games and puzzles for families to play at the library. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 3-5pm. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Friday, February 15 Great Ideas Discussion Group Join this group for a stimulating and fun discussion of the great philosophical questions. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 2-3:30pm. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

History Comes Alive: Harriet Tubman Meet Harriet Tubman, the incredible woman who was an escaped slave, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Storyteller Cassandra Sewell will bring her to life and take you on a journey to Nineteenth Century America. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Skygazing Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for public sky viewing. Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, CO. 79pm. 970-221-6311 or www.fcgov.com/ naturalareas

Saturday, February 16 Winter Farmers Market Get some local products. Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave., FC. 10am-2pm. 970-219-3382 or www.BeLocalNC.org. Adam Trent Magic Trent blends dance and song with innovative stage illusions, charming wit, and emotion to create an experience that is part magic show, part concert, and part stand up comedy. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 2pm & 6pm. 970221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. iLearn Technology: Microsoft Word 101 In this class, learn how to create, modify, save and print documents, and so much more about the word-processing system. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 9:30-11:30am. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Natural Areas Virtual Tour and Volunteer Open House Enjoy learning about the Fort Collins Natural Areas Department. Location given with registration. Noon-1pm. 970416-2480 or www.fcgov.com.

Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular After 25 years of touring, Paramount’s LaserSpectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never seen before. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7:30pm. 970-221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com.

iLearn Technology: Microsoft Excel 101 This class will introduce the basic functions and features of Excel. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 12:30-2:30pm. 970-962-2401 or www. cityofloveland.org.

Ripped Pages: Creative Writing Club Teens (grades 6-12) who are interested in expressing themselves through written word are invited to join in this creative writing workshop. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 3-4pm. 970962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Excel Basics Excel is a spreadsheet program used for automating calculations, creating charts, forms, and more. Learn the basics in this class. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 9-11am. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org.

Internet Searching Let the pros teach you how to use subject directories and search engines to search more easily and effectively. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org.

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Microsoft Powerpoint In this class, you will learn how to add graphics, animation, transitions, sounds, and charts to a PowerPoint presentation. Canyon Ridge Baptist Church, 4608 W. County Rd. 52 E., Bellvue, CO. 11am-1pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. GPO Connoisseur Concert # 4: Music and Poetry Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7:30pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com. Eagle Watch Join a volunteer Master Naturalist to look for the bald eagles that make Fort Collins their winter home. Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, CO. 9amNoon. 970-221-6311 or www.fcgov. com/naturalareas

diversion! Family Center/ El Nidito, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 6-7:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Public Forum: Energy Issues in the US Where do we go from here? Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 6:30-9pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. UNC Band Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www. ucstars.com. DIY Textbook Charms Join us in making textbook charms, out of old text pages. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 3:30-5pm. 970-9622401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Sunday, February 17 The Ten Tenors They continue to bring rock and classical music together kicking and screaming; creating a sound that is uniquely theirs. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7:30pm. 970-221-6730 or www. LCTIX.com.

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Russian National Ballet Theatre Dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet, The Gala Program will feature selected acts from well know ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Allegro, Cinderella and Swan Lake. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7:30pm. 970-2216730 or www.LCTIX.com.

Six Signs and Symptoms of Bone Loss There are several outward signs and symptoms that might help shed light on the health of your bones. Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, FC. 23:30pm. 970-495-7528 or www.pvhs.org.

Monday, February 18 Money Matters: 12 Money Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org.

Tuesday, February 19 Navegacion del Internet Aprenda a usar los buscadores para encontrar informacion util en el internet sea para investigacion, escuela o pura

iLearn Technology: Microsoft Word 201 In this continuation from Microsoft Word 101 you will learn visual elements such as Text Box, Word Art and Clip Art, learn how to insert a picture into a document, learn how to add page borders, and learn how to create tables. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 5:30-7:30pm. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Money Matters: 12 Money Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org.

Game Day @ Your Library Play a board or card game from our collection or bring a favorite from home. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 1-5pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org.

UNC Faculty Recital: Nat Wickham, Trombone Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 8pm. 970-356-5000 or www. ucstars.com.

Wednesday, February 20 Navegacion del Internet Aprenda a usar los buscadores para encontrar informacion util en el internet sea para investigacion, escuela o pura diversion! Family Center/ El Nidito, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 10:30am-12:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

iLearn Technology: Computer Basics 201 (Windows 7) Next Steps In this class, you’ll learn about different drives, discover folders and how to utilize them, learn how to organize and save files, and explore downloads. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 5:30-7:30pm. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Thursday, February 21 Texas Tenors Since wowing audiences as the highestranking vocal group ever on America's Got Talent, the Texas Tenors, comprised of JC Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen, have sung their diverse brand of harmonic, pop melodies all across America. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com.


Genealogy Program Two genealogical Gems: PERSI and Directories. Both of these resources will help you find interesting details about your ancestors' lives. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 6:30-8:45pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Webpage Design with SnapPages SnapPages allows you to create an entire website online with drag and drop simplicity. Learn how to create a great looking website with ease! Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6:30-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Eagle Watch Join a volunteer Master Naturalist to look for the bald eagles that make Fort Collins their winter home. Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, CO. 3:305:30pm. 970-221-6311 or www.fcgov. com/naturalareas Lords of Nature Movie: Life in a Land of Great Predators Join the Natural Areas Department staff for popcorn and the movie. Natural Areas Office, 215 N. Mason St., FC. 78:30pm. 970-221-6311 or www.fcgov. com/naturalareas Nooks @ Your Library In this class we will show you how to download library eBooks to your Nook from home anytime. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Friday, February 22 Eagle Watch Join a volunteer Master Naturalist to look for the bald eagles that make Fort Collins their winter home. Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, CO. 24:45pm. 970-221-6311 or www.fcgov. com/naturalareas Excel Beyond Basics Excel is a spreadsheet program used for automating calculations, creating charts, forms, and more. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 9-11am. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Saturday, February 23 Preservation and Restoration of Old Documents Presented by Larimer County Colorado Genealogical Society. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 9:15am. 970962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org. Winter Farmers Market Get some local products. Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave., FC. 10am-2pm. 970-219-3382 or www.BeLocalNC.org. Visiting Author: Jenny Milchman Milchman will speak about her new book, "Cover of Snow". Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 2-3:45pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Movie Night: The Fifth Element Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-9pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. iLearn Technology: Internet 101 Learn how to use the internet, web pages, browsers, and search engines. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 9:30-11:30am. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org. Is Tatting a Lost Art? Join us for the first in a series of classes to learn this “lost art” with Margaret Zierdt, who has been tatting for almost 80 years. Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 10am - Noon. 970-9622401 or www.cityofloveland.org. Adult Art Class: Bottle-Cap Pendants Make beautiful hand-made jewelry. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 1-3pm. 970-962-2410 or www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org. iLearn Technology: Gmail 201 Continue expanding your email skills. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 12:30-2:30pm. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

Grand Night for Singing The Greeley Chorale presents the 18th annual Pops & Pasta dinner show and silent auction. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 2222 23rd Ave., GR. 970356-5000 or www.greeleychorale.org.

Sunday, February 24 Eagle Watch Join a volunteer Master Naturalist to look for the bald eagles that make Fort Collins their winter home. Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, CO. 3:30-5pm. 970221-6311 or www.fcgov.com/naturalareas Monday, February 25 Microsoft Access Class Microsoft Access is a database tool that can help you store and manages large amounts of information of various kinds. Family Center, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 10:30am-12:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Tuesday, February 26 Library eBooks A class on accessing eBooks on iPads, iPhones and Android devices. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 1-2:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Navegacion del Internet Aprenda a usar los buscadores para encontrar informacion util en el internet sea para investigacion, escuela o pura diversion! Family Center/ El Nidito, 309 Hickory Street, FC. 6-7:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. iLearn Technology: Microsoft Excel 201 A contination of the Microsoft Excel 101 class. Loveland Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 5:30 – 7:30pm. 970-679-4489 or www.larimer.org/ naturalresources. Poudre School District Elementary Honor Choir Elementary Choirs from Laurel Elementary, Olander Elementary and Werner Elementary will perform, followed by the 2013 Poudre School District Honor Choir. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7pm. 970-221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. RMsenior

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Aspen Club Brain Games This class features mental challenges and activities that promote brain function, alertness, and an “awakening” of the senses. Christ United Methodist Church, 301 E. Drake Road, FC. 9-10:30am. 970495-7528 or www.pvhs.org. Nutrition Roundtable This monthly group discusses different aspects of healthy lifestyles that are enhanced by incorporating good nutritional choices (without giving up your favorite foods). Feel free to bring a meal to the group. Poudre Valley Health System, 1025 Garfield Ave., FC. 67:30pm. 970-495-7528 or www.pvhs.org. UNC Choirs Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7:30pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com.

Wednesday, February 27 Navegacion del Internet Aprenda a usar los buscadores para encontrar informacion util en el internet sea para investigacion, escuela o pura diversion! Family Center/ El Nidito, 309 Hickory

Street, FC. 10:30am-12:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Symphony Lecture Handel’s Messiah. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. Noon-1pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. UNC Jazz Band Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www. ucstars.com. iLearn Technology: Computer Basics 101 (Windows 7) This class is for true beginners. Loveland Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 5:307:30pm. 970-679-4489 or www.larimer. org/naturalresources.

Thursday, February 28 Games & Puzzles @ the Library Games and puzzles for families to play at the library. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, LV. 3-5pm. 970-962-2401 or www.cityofloveland.org.

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In The Mood This show celebrates idols of the 1940s. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www. ucstars.com. Adult Art Class: Snowy Aspens Create a winter watercolor painting in just one class. Loveland Museum/ Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 12:30-3:30pm. 970-962-2410 or www. lovelandmuseumgallery.org. International Night Please join Bob Michael for a presentation about his trek into the great south cirque of Macchapuchare, the unclimbed sacred 23,000' mega-Matterhorn of the Himalaya. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Eagle Watch Join a volunteer Master Naturalist to look for the bald eagles that make Fort Collins their winter home. Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, CO. 3:30-5pm. 970221-6311 or www.fcgov.com/naturalareas


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Can you hear me now?

A patient wife wonders where her husband’s hearing aide might turn up next

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ver several years my husband tested one kind of hearing aide after another. He complained they only exacerbated the sound of his chewing. “I can’t take them out every time I start to eat,” he said. So, he continued to miss conversations around him and turn up the volume on the TV. I bought earplugs. At last he found a set that worked. He bit the bullet and paid the high price along with insurance. He complained every time he put them on but didn’t hide them in a drawer and not wear them. I think he realized how much they helped. I put away my earplugs. My stomach churned each time he said, “I can’t find my hearing aides,” which was too often. Usually, they were buried under papers on his desk or in a coat or pants pocket. I suggested he store them in the same place every time he removed them. He seldom followed my advice. One day he came in after working in the garage and mowing the lawn. “I can’t find my hearing aides.” “I saw them on the worktable. Maybe you accidentally threw them in the trash,” I replied. “No, I’d never do that,” he responded and returned to the lawn in hopes of finding them in the grass. The next morning before he left for golf, he opened the door and yelled, “I found them. They were in the trash just like I thought.” When he returned from golf, he couldn’t find one aide. He explained how he’d put them in his pocket after another golfer said he’d lost one on the course. Before coming home he emptied his pockets of balls, tees, and markers. “I wonder if it fell out of my pocket next to the car.” I called the golf course and, sure enough, someone found the aide in the parking lot. One day as I unloaded the washer, 30

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something dropped on the floor. That’s right—a hearing aide. I found the second in the wet pocket of his pants. They both went through the washer and still worked. Last Christmas our whole family stayed with us—six adults and seven children. He lost an aide. The children ran from place to place all over the house searching with him. At last we all gave up and went to bed. I remembered how, after he climbed in bed, he’d

he refused to claim his loss because of the $150 copay. “Much better than the $2,500 it would cost without insurance,” I reminded him. He relented. Over this past New Years, we cruised the Mississippi on the American Queen Steam/Paddleboat from Memphis to New Orleans. One morning as we prepared to head for breakfast, he said he couldn’t find one of his hearing aides. My stomach turned over. Not again, I thought.

flung his hand over his head. The next morning I crawled under the bed yet found nothing. When I pulled back the covers to straighten the sheets, there lay his missing hearing aide. One night my bare feet stepped on something—again a hearing aide. At least I was barefoot and no damage occurred. Other times I’d find one at the sink, on his placemat or on the floor. They showed up in strange places. His luck eventually ran out; he permanently lost one. For several weeks

“I had them in my hand but didn’t hear it fall on the carpet.” We tore the bed apart, crawled all over the floor several times, checked the trash and his carry on where he’d stored some reading material. No luck. As I searched the drawers for the third time, he called from the bathroom. “I found it. It was in my ear.” Actually, the two aides were twisted together. After he inserted one, he swept both behind his ear. Next time I’ll look in his ears first.


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