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P6 • Out & about

Wander through a museum this fall Discover the many compelling art and history exhibits

P8 • Mind, Body, Spirit

The power of sleep Scientists confirm the biological benefits of a good night’s sleep

P10 • Money matters

The root of all evil Love of money most likely to reveal itself as a fear of loss

P14 • Keep it Sharp

Puzzles and games to challenge your mind

P16 • Calendar Check out these activities across northern Colorado

P24 • Senior Moment

Travel woes Trouble provides memories and entertaining stories

Special section: SENIOR HEALTH GUIDE

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Wander through a museum this fall Discover the many compelling art and history exhibits Linda L. Osmundson

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his fall and winter spend an afternoon out of the rain, snow, or cold in a museum. For a list of Colorado museums, go to www.en. wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_museums_ in_Colorado. Be aware not all are listed. Closer to home in northern Colorado consider the museums suggested here. Fort Collins Museum of Art strives to expose the community to an awareness and appreciation for the visual arts. Housed on the first floor of the old post office at 201 S. College, they participate in First Friday Gallery Walks from 5-9pm. Upcoming exhibitions include the Northern Colorado Invitational, October 4-November 22 and Andy Warhol Prints from the Cochran Collection, December 13-March 16. Admission is $4 adult; $2 students and adults 65+; $1 Youth (6-17); five and under and members are free. Check the website for operational hours, www.ftcma.org/index.php. The Colorado State campus houses several museums. The University Art Museum in the University Performing Arts Center on Remington Street presents Nature Inspired: North American Native Arts through Dec. 20; Working the Land and Building the City: Labor in the American Printmaking Tradition, Oct. 4-Dec. 20; Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition honors Gitte Kath through Dec. 20. The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising,

located near the Oval, presents Mr. Blackwell: A Retrospective. Admission is free for all CSU museums.

Global Village Museum of Arts and Culture, 200 W Mountain Ave., Fort

Collins, adult $5, senior (62+) $3, student (13 to 18 with ID) $3, child (4 to 12) $1, child (3 and under) free, showcases international folk art. Exhibits engage and inspire visitors to learn more about world cultures, people, art, and history in an attempt to promote world understanding and peace. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am to 5pm, 6 | RMSENIOR

www.globalvillagemuseum.org/. The two-year-old Greeley Freight Station Museum, 680 10th Street, houses a 5,500-square-foot world-class model railroad through which visitors can walk. Editor of Modern Railroader Magazine says, “The finest model railroad I’ve ever seen.” View over 600 railroad-related artifacts including a wooden caboose available for touring both inside and out. Fall/winter hours are Friday through Sunday with admission of $8 adult, $6 Senior 65+, $4 for ages 4-12 years, ages 3 and under free. The website lists other discounts, http://www.gfsm.org/.

through October 13. Eight chairs surround a table with hand-made place settings. Beneath the chairs, matching shoes lay as if the wearer recently kicked them off. Following this exhibit October 26– February 16th, see Walter Haung’s jade collection, which consists of a room-sized Jade Dragon Boat and smaller jade pieces. Downstairs in the free Foote Gallery, November 9-February 23, find Zeitgeist: Scott and Molly Freeman – Paintings Inspired by Germany. The upcoming art exhibit in the main gallery, $5 admission, is The Paintings by Joellyn Duesberry, October 5 to January 12.

Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Road, presents El Día

If you enjoy looking at times past, consider visiting Loveland’s Timberlane Farm Museum , 2306 E. 1st Street. The museum seeks to preserve farming life from 1860 to 1940. Explore the blacksmith shop, barns, and two original homes. Many artifacts belonged to Judge Osborn’s family and were donated by his 90-plus great granddaughter. Open seven days a week, 9am-4pm, the museum is free but accepts donations. Most northern Colorado cities offer older homes for viewing in the style of Denver’s Molly Brown house–the Avery House in Fort Collins, Meeker House in Greeley, and Hoverhome in Longmont.

de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead October 5-November 10. This Spanish celebration coincides with Halloween and honors ancestors. View the exhibit, participate in a family event, and/ or attend related programs. Admission is $5 adults, $3 students/seniors (62+), children 5 and under free. The museum displays great historical exhibits with plenty of label information. Log on to www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum/ for more information. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave, presents the Green Room’s free exhibit of If Chairs Could Talk


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The healing power of sleep

Scientists confirm the biological benefits of a good night’s sleep

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hen the doctor says, “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,” it may have more to do with getting a good night’s sleep than it does with the effectiveness of aspirin (or the doctor’s desire to get to the golf course). Sleep has natural healing power just now finding scientific explanation. For centuries most everyone, including scientists (and mothers) have known that a lack of sleep can lead to health problems. Louise Chang, M.D a professor at Emery University School of Medicine, confirms that, “Research shows that chronic lack of sleep is linked to colds and flu, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, and even obesity.” (Such knowledge, by itself, leads many people to insomnia, worried about the effects of their lack of sleep!) Only recently, however, have some of the neurological and biological reasons behind the healing power of a good night’s sleep been uncovered. These discoveries are helping people to regain health and stay healthier regardless of their own particular sleeping patterns. One promising area of research examines the various brainwave activities that occur during different sleep cycles. Researchers suggest that human beings have four primary levels of brain activity, measured on the Hertz (Hz) scale. For general daily activity the brain normally functions in the “beta” zone, emitting brainwaves in the 14-60 Hz range. When one is relaxed, mellow, easy yet alert, such as in meditation, the brain slows to the alpha range, in the 7 to 15 Hz range. Below alpha is theta, in the 3-7 Hz range, which researchers have demonstrated occurs most often in the dreaming state. In the deep, dreamless sleep state, the brain is in the delta state, from .05 to 3 Hz. It is in this delta state that healing, rejuvenation and regeneration most often occur. Biologists at Stanford University, looking for the particular brain chemicals that are replenished during sleep and thus, theoretically, may be 8 | RMSENIOR

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responsible for the feeling of having “a good night’s sleep,” concluded that two chemicals in particular, adenosine and glycogen, are the two most necessary to restore the brain’s optimal functioning. During normal daily activity a person’s brain generally uses more adenosine and glycogen than it produces. Thus, the hours of sleep allow the brain to produce sufficient quantities of these chemicals to “catch up” for the next day’s activities. Recently developed medications use these compounds to help people recover from sleep deprivation. A more experientially based explanation offered by some meditation experts suggests that in both waking and dream sleeps, when the brain is producing mostly beta, alpha and theta waves, a person is constantly “imaging,” and thus experiencing both inner and outer phenomena. Such imaging and experiencing naturally stimulates attraction or aversion, fight or flight, safety or danger, boredom or excitement, attachment or release. Thus, not only the brain, but also the body itself is constantly “working.” For most people it is only in the delta state—the deep, dreamless sleep state—that the mind/body is image-

less, and thus “not working.” Without constant inner and outer imaging the body is able to relax, rest, and thus is more open to the natural state in which healing and rejuvenating processes occur. More specifically, it is mostly in the deep sleep delta state that “attachments” and “aversions” are released. This helps explain the research that shows why so many toxins and inner obstructions are released and healed during deep sleep. For practical purposes, as people learn in their daily waking lives to more readily release, wherever appropriate, the many ordinary attachments and aversions which rise up, and more particularly their extreme attachments and aversions, whether it’s an extreme attachment to the success of the Broncos or an extreme aversion to the sound of the boss’s footsteps, they find themselves both more at ease in their ordinary waking moments and consequently more mentally and emotionally prepared for a good night’s sleep. So tonight, when it’s time for sleep, should one try to remember this advice? No. As the ancient poet Homer wrote, “There is a time for many words (images), and there is a time for sleep. “Homer knew the secret of sleep, and healing.


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money matters

The root of all evil

Love of money most likely to reveal itself as a fear of loss

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he love of money,” the scriptures tell us, “is the root of all evil.” This might be true simply because money itself has no power to return our love. Nevertheless, the love of money as the root of all evil is obviously a well-known, well-worn phrase. What isn’t so well recognized is how an unhealthy love of money most often reveals itself among ordinary people as a fear of losing money rather than as the desire to gain more money. In fact, the Princeton Economics Professor and Nobel laureate Daniel Khaneman, with his associate, Amos Tversky, showed through carefully designed experiments that the fear of loss exerts almost twice the power over ordinary people, as does the desire for gain. For example, an old friend, poor most of his life, put off his retirement for another three years, to age 70, because, he said, “I need to sock away a few more shekels, if my body can last that long.” He needs to earn more money. Can’t blame him. Millions of folks are in his same boat. At age 70, of course, he’ll be eligible for the maximum social security payout. His plan then is to live on social security, his large garden (with chickens,) and a little rental income from the small mobile home on his property. His retirement plan seems sound, if modest, and more than many folks have in store. Here’s the catch: He also mentioned that when he retires he intends to build a new home for himself on his property, for cash, $150,000 or so, using about half of his accumulated savings. Building a house for cash, with an equal amount still in the bank, didn’t fit the financial picture he had painted, or was living. When I asked him where he held his savings, I wondered if he might

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confess, ”Under my mattress.” But he was at least brave enough to keep his savings in his local bank’s Certificates of Deposit (C.D.), which earn, I knew, .71 percent for a one year CD and only 1.65 percent for a five-year CD. This meant that for his guaranteed (by the FDIC) loan of $300,000 to his local bank, they paid him $2,130 for one year, or $177 a month. If he promised not to take it back for five years, they’d pay him $4,950 a year, or $412.50 a month. In either case, the bank would guarantee that he wouldn’t lose money, and also guarantee that he wouldn’t get even a dollar more than he had deposited. When I asked why he didn’t invest at least some of his money in a blue chip dividend-paying company, such as a utility company or a telephone company, he acted as if I’d suggested he cavort with the devil. “What if the stock went down?” he asked. “I’d lose money. That would drive me crazy.” My friend was more invested

in his money’s guarantee (his fear of loss) than he was for a more comfortable income and lifestyle. This very common attitude is what the “love of money” looks like for ordinary people. If my friend had invested his $300,000 in a blue chip stock that paid him five to six percent, he could have an immediate additional monthly income of $1,200 to $1500, about as much as his social security. Yes, the stock market has been tumultuous the last five years to 10 years. Nevertheless, in these years it still brought an average yearly gain of 2.92 percent. This means that my friend might have added $8,7860 to his $300,000 base, every year! This would be in addition to his dividend income. “The love of money” may be an evil for ordinary people simply because, the fear of losing money very often tends to keep us poor. And as Woody Allen neatly summarized, “Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”


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Health Guide Word Search

Search the Health Guide Special Section (plus the Mind, Body, Spirit story) to find the answers to these clues. Then find the words in the puzzle.

Clues: Live life to the fullest, Health guide, p4 1. An active social life helps with both your mental and __________ well-being. 2. These should be reviewed every year by a pharmacist. 3.Install grab bars and take other steps to reduce the risk of this. Preventing brain drain, Health Guide, p6 4. L ack of this can be an early sign that the brain is getting tired. 5. Food rich in these can support brain health. 6. Watching this constantly is negatively linked to cognitive ability. Driving towards better nutrition Health Guide, p10 7. E njoy one of these, weather permitting, next time you travel. 8. Try this on a sandwich with peanut butter. 9. B  e sure to pack an emergency supply of dark _________! The healing power of sleep, RM Senior, p8 10. A chronic lack of sleep is linked to colds and ____. 11. H  umans have four primary levels of brain _________. 12. Deep, dreamless state of sleep.

Answers: 1. Physical, 2. Medications, 3. Falling, 4. Memory, 5. Antioxidants, 6. Television, 7. Picnic, 8. Banana, 9. Chocolate, 10. Flu, 11. Activity, 12. Delta

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FA L L 2 0 1 3 ONGOING Through October 13 Our Town by Thornton Wilder It is the quintessential American play that touches far beyond a slice of idyllic small town life. Bas Bleu Theatre Company, 401 Pine St., FC. 970-4988949 or www.basbleu.org. Through November 3 She Loves Me Two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930’s secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen-pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are each other. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Market Place Dr., Johnstown, CO. 970-744-3747 or www.coloradocandlelight.com. Through November 23 Les Miserables This global stage sensation makes its Northern Colorado debut at MAC! Midtown Arts Center, 3750 S. Mason St., FC. 970-225-2555 or www. midtownartscenter.com. October 4-5 Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) The COMOM is a large-scale dental clinic that is held annually. Dental services are provided to all who cannot afford dental care. Event Center, 425 N. 15th Ave., GR. 970-304-6410 or www.comom.org. October 10-12 Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 970-221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. October 11-12 Change Presented by High Performance Dance Theatre. Experience this fun, sassy, entertaining evening of dance and music. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7:30pm. 970-221-6730 or www. LCTIX.com.

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October 11-13 Magnificent Seven: The Last Round-Up Presented by the Loveland Choral Society. The Rialto Theatre Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 5pm. 970-962-2120 or www.ci.loveland.co.us. October 11-13 JUNGAL BOOK Presented by the Stampede Troupe. Based on “The Jungle Book.” Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com. October 18-26 Little Women Presented by Debut Theatre Company. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 970-221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. October 21-27 Make a Difference Day A national day of helping others by volunteering in communities across the country. Volunteers needed. United Way of Larimer County, 424 Pine St., FC. 970-407-7008 or www.unitedwayoflarimercounty.org. October 26 & 27 Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody This hilarious new musical brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 8pm. 970-221-6730 or www. LCTIX.com.

Tuesday, October 1 PowerPoint Basics Learn to prepare excellent presentations. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6:30-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Great Decisions: TBA Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Page to Screen Film Discussion: Bless Me Ultima! Centennial Park Library, High Plains Library District, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 6-8pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us. iLearn Technology: Microsoft Word 101 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:30am. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. iLearn Technology: Microsoft Excel 101 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 12:30pm. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. UNC Bands Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com.

Wednesday, October 2 Symphony Composer Talks Learn about the Best of Romanticism with Dr. William Runyan. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. Noon-1pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Eracism Film and Discussion Learn about COINTELPRO 101 (Counter Intelligence Program). This film exposes illegal surveillance, disruption, and outright murder committed by the US government in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6-8:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.


Nature Notes Club Interact with nature while expressing your artistic side through journaling, photography, painting, and any other creative means. Time and location TBD. 970-679-4489 or www.larimer.org/ naturalresources. Noontime Nature with Kevin Cook Master of survival, house spatsy. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:30am. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. UNC Orchestra Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7:30pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com. Depression and Stress: Can Happiness Be Learned? Learn how depression and stress are related, how we can learn to identify it and what we can do to move beyond these feelings towards a happier life. Greeley Medical Clinic, 1900 16th St., GR. 11amNoon. 970-313-2796 or www.pvhs.org. Medicare 101 This class will offer an overview of Medicare benefits, supplemental insurance, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, preventative services, and how Medicare works with employer health insurance. Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., FC. 5:307pm. 970-495-8560 or www.pvhs.org.

Thursday, October 3 Genealogy Society Meeting Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 6:30-8:45pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Word Basics Learn how to use Microsoft Word to write letters, papers, resumes, and much more. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6:30-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Jack 1939 Author Francine Matthews will visit and tell the tale of Jack Kennedy let loose in Europe of FDR’s personal spy. Hilton, 425 W Prospect Rd., FC. 7-9:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Introduction to Computers Learn the basic skills you need to use a computer. Centennial Park Library, High Plains Library District, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 3-5pm. 970-506-8622 or www. mylibrary.us. Genealogy Help @ Your Library Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 1pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. iLearn Technology: Computer Basics 101 (Windows 7) This class is for true beginners. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:30am. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Nighttime Nature with Kevin Cook Master of survival, house spatsy. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 6pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, October 4 First Friday Gallery Walk Featuring over 20 galleries and special exhibits! Old Town, FC. 6-9pm. 970-4846500 or www.DowntownFortCollins.com. 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. Community Health Talk Chiropractic and nutrition, your solution to better health. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 10-11:30am. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.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 Ave., LV. 2-3:30pm. 970-9622665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

Saturday, October 5 Computer Comfort This class offers the basics and hands-on training on computers. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 10am-Noon. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Fort Collins Symphony: The Best of Romanticism Brahms, Dvorak, and Rachmaninoff: three composers synonymous with all that the Romantic and Post-Romantic periods have to offer. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7:30pm. 970221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. Drop-in Sewing Session Windsor-Severance Library, Clearview Library District, 720 3rd St., Windsor. 10am-2pm. 970-686-5603 or www. clearviewlibrary.org. Picnic on the Poudre Bring the whole family and learn about activities in nature. Magpie Meander Natural Area, 520 Hickory St., FC. Noon. 970-679-4489 or www.larimer. org/naturalresources. Go Beyond Tulips: Unusual Bulbs for Our Area The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., FC. 10-11am. 970-416-2486 or www.fcgov.com/gardens. English Hour This English lesson for new learners includes conversation, new vocabulary and grammar practice. Lincoln Park Library, High Plains Library District, 919 7th St., GR. 2-3pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us. Loveland Loves Origami Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 11am-1pm. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Loveland Opera Theatre: Viva Verdi The spectacular evening features superb internationally renowned artists singing arias, duets, and ensembles as well as the LOT chorus singing excerpts from Verdi’s greatest operas. The Rialto Theatre Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 5pm. 970962-2120 or www.ci.loveland.co.us. Katharine McPhee Since her national debut on season 5 of American Idol in 2006, she has stunned the music world with her sensational vocal talent. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7:30pm. 970-3565000 or www.ucstars.com.

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Sunday, October 6 Oktoberpops Presented by Foothills Pops Band. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7pm. 970-221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. Eracism Film and Discussion Learn about COINTELPRO 101 (Counter Intelligence Program). This film exposes illegal surveillance, disruption, and outright murder committed by the US government in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 6-8:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Ring of Fire Witness this journey through Johnny Cash’s life. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com.

Monday, October 7 iLearn Technology: Computer Basics 201 (Windows 7): Next Steps Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:30-11:30am. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Kindle & Library eBooks This class will demonstrate how to check out and download eBooks. This class is also for iPad, smartphone, and other mobile device users. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 5:30-7pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, October 8 Kevin Cook Colorado birds, great stories of life and living. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. Noon-1pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. PowerPoint Beyond Basics Free class. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6:30-8:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. International Night: Berlin Join Klaus Lorenz on a trip to Germany’s capital Berlin, where he was born and lived through WW II before emigrating to the USA. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

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Design Your Own Mini Terrarium Learn the basics so you can make one for every season! Windsor-Severance Library, Clearview Library District, 720 3rd St., Windsor. 6:30-8pm. 970-686-5603 or www.clearviewlibrary.org.

Keeping Your Belly Healthy Through Good Nutrition Learn about how whole grains and legumes may enhance your gut health. Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., FC. 5:307pm. 970-495-8560 or www.pvhs.org.

Digital Library 101 Join on for this intro on free library digital resources. Farr Regional Library, High Plains Library District, 1939 61st Ave., GR. 11am-Noon. 970-506-8500 or www.mylibrary.us.

Adult Art Class: Steam Punk Mixed Media Explore fun mixed media techniques while creating funky canvases embellished with gears and found objects. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 4-6pm. 970-9622410 or www.ci.loveland.co.us.

Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys, Let’s Talk About It! Centennial Park Library, High Plains Library District, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 6-8pm. 970-506-8622 or www. mylibrary.us.

Wednesday, October 9 Eracism Film and Discussion Harvest of Empire: The untold story of Latinos in America. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6-8:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Rocky Mountain Raptors: Owloween! Come see some of the great raptors of the area. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 6:30-7:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Homework Help Night For 5th-12th grade students. Lincoln Park Library, High Plains Library District, 919 7th St., GR. 4-7pm. 970506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us. Vickie’s Knitting Loom Group Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 1pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

Thursday, October 10 Word Beyond Basics Go beyond the basics of word processing. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6:30-8:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Vibrant Health Education: Amino Acids Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

iLearn Technology: Microsoft Excel 201 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:30-11:30am. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. iLearn Technology: Microsoft Word 201 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 12:30-2:30pm. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Genealogy Help @ Your Library Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 1-5pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Master of Longevity: Sandhill Crane Presented by the Colorado Birds Series. Farr Regional Library, High Plains Library District, 1939 61st Ave., GR. Noon-1pm. 970-506-8500 or www.mylibrary.us. Introduction to Microsoft Word Learn how to create letter, professional resumes, essays and more. Centennial Park Library, High Plains Library District, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 3-5pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us.

Friday, October 11 Harmony in the Round with Front Range Chamber Players Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Perspectives: The Paintings of Joellyn Duesberry Noon tour. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. Noon. 970962-2410 or www.ci.loveland.co.us.


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Meet the Artists Celebration Enjoy this Loveland art studio tour. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 6pm. 970-962-2410 or www.ci.loveland.co.us.

Saturday, October 12 Hogbacks and Backbones Take a short hike through millions of years of geologic history. Devil’s Backbone Open Space, W. of Loveland off Hwy 34, LV. 10am. 970-679-4489 or www.larimer.org/naturalresources. Get Wild at the Larimer County Landfill Learn about the wildlife that call this place home, as well as some fun landfill facts. Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Rd., FC. 10am. 970-679-4489 or www.larimer.org/naturalresources. Plant an Herb Garden The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., FC. 10-11:30am. 970-416-2486 or www.fcgov.com/gardens. 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. 10am-Noon. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. 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. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Children’s Concert: Emperor and the Nightingale Presented by the Front Range Chamber Players. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 11:30am12:30pm & 4-5pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Concert: Soul Sacrifice Tribute to Santana Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 2-3pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. English Hour This English lesson for new learners includes conversation, new vocabulary

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and grammar practice. Lincoln Park Library, High Plains Library District, 919 7th St., GR. 2-3pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us. Presentation is Everything with Philipp Mayer Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:15am-12:15pm. 970-9622665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. iLearn Technology: Gmail 101 Create your own email account with Gmail, view emails, add contacts and download attachments, compose, send and reply to messages, and more. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 10-11:30am. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Knitting Club Come work on a project or learn to knit with our instructors. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 1011:30am. Ages 4-18. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Pastels on 5th Join this benefit for Alternative to Violence and the Southern Larimer County Safehouse Project. 5th Street will be turning into a spectacular sidewalk gallery. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 10am-5pm. 970-9622410 or www.ci.loveland.co.us.

Sunday, October 13 Genealogy Learn how to research your family history using newspapers and obituaries. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 2-3pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Eracism Film and Discussion Harvest of Empire: The untold story of Latinos in America. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 6-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Sternwheeling Up Alaska’s Inside Passage Escape into this beautiful slideshow. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 2pm. 970-356-5000 or www. ucstars.com.

Monday, October 14 South Pole: Now & Then Presented as part of the Antarctic Lecture Series. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Tuesday, October 15 Answer Cache: Databases for Adults This class will introduce you to searching online journals, newspapers and reference books! Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6:30-8:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. The Dirty 30’s: A Panel Discussion A look at life and politics in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the U.S. during the decade leading up to World War II. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. iLearn Technology: Internet 101 Learn about web browsers, search engines, webpages and more! Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 5:30-7:30pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Charged Up About Electric Vehicles Learn about all of the money questions that go with buying and owning an EV. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 6:30-7:30pm. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Soup’s On Learn how to make a delicious, healthy soup. Centennial Park Library, High Plains Library District, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 6-7pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us. Online Job Hunting Learn today’s job-searching strategies. Lincoln Park Library, High Plains Library District, 919 7th St., GR. 6:30-8:30pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us.

Wednesday, October 16 Eracism Film and Discussion Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org.


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Money Matters: Charged Up About Electric Vehicles Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Nature Notes Club Interact with nature while expressing your artistic side through journaling, photography, painting, and any other creative means. Time and location TBD. 970-679-4489 or www.larimer.org/naturalresources. Longevity Hot Spots: Blue Zones The Blue Zones are areas in the world identified as having people living well into their 90’s and 100’s with relatively low incidence of chronic diseases. What are their secrets? Greeley Medical Clinic, 1900 16th St., GR. 1:30-3pm. 970-3132796 or www.pvhs.org. Pet Seniorhood Class: Understanding Your Aging Pet Learn how to help your pet age gracefully. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 6:30-7:30pm. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

Thursday, October 17 Genealogy Program: Germans from Russia Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 6:30-8:45pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Genealogy Help @ Your Library Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 1-5pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. iLearn Technology: Computer Basics 101 (Windows 7) This class is for beginners. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 5:30-7:30pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. The Art of PechaKucha Style Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 7pm. 970-962-2410 or www.ci.loveland.co.us. Introduction to the Internet Learn the basics of surfing the web. Centennial Park Library, High Plains Library District, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 3-5pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us.

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Friday, October 18 Foodie Walk Enjoy a self-guided tour of fantastic spice, specialty & culinary-oriented shops. Old Town, FC. 5-8pm. 970-484-6500 or www.DowntownFortCollins.com. Meet FDR The former president, who will be portrayed by Richard Marold, will discuss his role during the first half of the 20th century. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.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 Ave., LV. 2-3:30pm. 970-9622665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Weld Project Connect This annual one-day event provides numerous on-site services directly to individuals and households struggling and in need due to foreclosure, job loss, age, health problems, and other issues that can interrupt life. Event Center, 425 N. 15th Ave., GR. 12-4pm. 970-3046192 or www.unitedway-weld.org.

Saturday, October 19 Golden Dragon Acrobats See this combination of award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 2pm & 7pm. 970-221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. Zombie Crawl! They’re everywhere! Old Town, FC. 5-10pm. 970-484-6500 or www. DowntownFortCollins.com. Project Noah Hike Buff up on your nature knowledge with this app that lets you be the scientist. Devil’s Backbone Open Space, W. of Loveland off Hwy 34, LV. 10am. 970-679-4489 or www.larimer.org/ naturalresources.

Lauren Myracle Book Event Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 2-3:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Author Craig Johnson Visits Author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series. Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 2-4pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. English Hour This English lesson for new learners includes conversation, new vocabulary and grammar practice. Lincoln Park Library, High Plains Library District, 919 7th St., GR. 2-3pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us. Getting Your “Ducks In A Row” Financial, legal, funeral, and grief and loss experts will share their “Top 10” lists. Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., FC. 5:30-7pm. 970-4958560 or www.pvhs.org. iLearn Technology: Gmail 201 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 2-3:30pm. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Dr. Derek’s Monthly Health Talks Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 10:30am-Noon. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Madi White CD Release Party The Rialto Theatre Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 5:30pm. 970-962-2120 or www. ci.loveland.co.us. GPO Connoisseur Concert #2 Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7:30pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com. Jackie Evancho This soprano prodigy brings her angelic voice to the stage. She’ll perform with the Fort Collins Symphony. Budweiser Event Center, 5290 Arena Circle, LV. 7:30pm. 970-619-4100 or www. budweisereventcenter.com.


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Sunday, October 20 Immortal Beloved Beethoven Presented by the Larimer Chorale. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7:30pm. 970-221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com. 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. Eracism Film and Discussion Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 1-5pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Harvest of Harmony Enjoy listening to the barbershop chords presented by The Blend Chorus. The Rialto Theatre Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 2pm. 970-962-2120 or www.ci.loveland.co.us.

Monday, October 21 Money Matters: Charged Up About Electric Vehicles Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. iLearn Technology: Computer Basics 201 (Windows 7): Next Steps Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:30-11:30am. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Nook & Library eBooks This class will demonstrate how to check out and download eBooks. This class is also for iPad, smartphone, and other mobile device users who want to use the Kindle app for their library eBooks. Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 5:30-7pm. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

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How Healthy Are Your Lungs? Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., FC. 9:30am-12:30pm. 970-4958560 or www.pvhs.org. 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. 6:30-8:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys, Let’s Talk About It! Centennial Park Library, High Plains Library District, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 6-8pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us. iLearn Technology: Microsoft Word 101 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:30am. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, October 23 Eracism Film and Discussion Abused: The Postville Raid. The film presents the devastating effects of U.S. immigration enforcement policies on communities. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6-8:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Vickie’s Knitting Loom Group Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 1pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Loneliest Planet (Film) Presented by The Phyllis Walbye Film Series. The Rialto Theatre Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 7pm. 970-962-2120 or www.ci.loveland.co.us. UNC Jazz Bands Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 7pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com.

Thursday, October 24 REEL ROCK 8 This film tour brings the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences throughout the world. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7pm. 970-221-6730 or www.LCTIX.com.

Blogging Basics with WordPress You will learn what a blog is, how to create and maintain a blog, how to post text and images, how to link to other people’s blogs and more. Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 6:308:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Kindles @ Your Library Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Straight No Chaser: Influence Presented by M & M Group Entertainment. Experience this 10-member a capella group. Budweiser Event Center, 5290 Arena Circle, LV. 7:30pm. 970-619-4100 or www.budweisereventcenter.com. Introduction to Email Centennial Park Library, High Plains Library District, 2227 23rd Ave., GR. 3-5pm. 970-506-8622 or www. mylibrary.us. iLearn Technology: Microsoft Excel 101 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:30pm. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Genealogy Help @ Your Library Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 1pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Adult Art Class: Fall Harvest Use pumpkins and gourds as inspiration to capture the colors and textures of Autumn with acrylic paint. Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., LV. 4-6pm. 970-962-2410 or www. ci.loveland.co.us. History Brown Bag: Weld County Citizens of Note 1830-1870 Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., GR. Noon-1pm. 970-350-9220 or www. greeleygov.com.


Friday, October 25 SOLAS: Shamrock City Tour Irish America’s most influential band hits the stage! The Rialto Theatre Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 7pm. 970-962-2120 or www.ci.loveland.co.us. Excel 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. Library eBooks on Your iPads, iPhones, Smartphones and Tablets Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., FC. 10:30am-Noon. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Saturday, October 26 Pinterest Basics Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., FC. 10am-Noon. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Writing Workshop: 5 Tricks to Enliven Your Scenes Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 1-4pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Movie Night: The Birds Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-9pm. 970-221-6740 or www. PoudreLibraries.org. Map and Compass Orientation Learn how to navigate, triangulate and more. Red Mountain Open Space, 25 miles N. of Fort Collin off of CR 15, Larimer County. 9am. 970-679-4489 or www.larimer.org/naturalresources. Reading and Signs: Animal Tracks and Scats of the Front Range Become a wildlife detective! Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, W. of Fort Collins off CR 38E, Larimer County. 10am. 970-6794489 or www.larimer.org/naturalresources. English Hour This English lesson for new learners includes conversation, new vocabulary and grammar practice. Lincoln Park Library, High Plains Library District, 919 7th St., GR. 2-3pm. 970-506-8622 or www.mylibrary.us.

Intermediate Genealogy with Pat Johnson Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:15am-12:15pm. 970-9622665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra featuring Tito Puente Jr. The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St, FC. 7:30pm. 970-221-6730 or www. LCTIX.com.

Is Tatting a Lost Art? Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 10am-Noon. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

iLearn Technology: PowerPoint 101 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 2pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org.

Joy, Dance, Music: A Night at the Cabaret The Rialto Theatre Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 7:30pm. 970-962-2120 or www. ci.loveland.co.us.

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

World Premiere of ‘Stonewall’ An opera by David Conte. Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave., GR. 2pm & 7:30pm. 970-356-5000 or www.ucstars.com.

Sunday, October 27 Eracism Film and Discussion Abused: The Postville Raid. The film presents the devastating effects of U.S. immigration enforcement policies on communities. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 6-8:30pm. 970221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Masquerade The Rialto Theatre Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 2pm & 6pm. 970-962-2120 or www. ci.loveland.co.us.

Monday, October 28 iLearn Technology: Microsoft Excel 201 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 9:30am. 970-962-2665 or www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Tuesday, October 29 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. 6:30-8:30pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Nooks @ Your Library In this class we will show you how to download library eBooks to your Nook from home anytime. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8:30pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Wednesday, October 30 Symphony Composer Talks Learn about Beethoven, Haydn and more, before the Masterworks concert. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. Noon-1pm. 970-221-6740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org. Hard Travelin’: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie This unique one hour lecture/miniconcert includes Woody’s Dust Ballads, his songs of the West, and his tributes to American farmers, factory workers and service men. Old Town Public Library, 201 Peterson St., FC. 7-8pm. 970-2216740 or www.PoudreLibraries.org.

Thursday, October 31 Happy Halloween! Genealogy Help @ Your Library Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 1pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. iLearn Technology: Microsoft Word 201 Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., LV. 2pm. 970-962-2665 or www. lovelandpubliclibrary.org. Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger with Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra The Rialto Theatre Center, 228 E. 4th St., LV. 7pm. 970-962-2120 or www. ci.loveland.co.us.

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Travel woes

Trouble provides memories and entertaining stories Linda l. Osmundson

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ur recent experience on the way to my husband’s high school reunion in Minnesota reminded me of all the travel troubles we’ve encountered over the years. Perhaps you’ve lived a few travel nightmares. Here are only some of ours. My husband was transferred from Denver to Phoenix in 1980. Over Raton Pass, our VW pop-top camper slipped out of gear. He crawled beneath the car, set the gear in place, and we continued down the mountain to the small town of Raton. The only mechanic open on that 4th-of-July weekend said he couldn’t correct the problem. We continued to Phoenix in the right highway lane stopping occasionally to reset the gear. In 1994, we signed up for our first cruise. A bus took cruise passengers from the airport to a different hotel than promised. We stumbled over wires strung throughout the lobby. The renovation hadn’t reached our room as indicated by peeling wallpaper and dirty carpet. My husband went for ice and left the outside door ajar, as he often does. A knock, then, a voice asked, “Are you all right?” I explained to the policeman. He responded, “I’d close the door; we’ve had some problems lately.” When I walked aboard the ship docked in Miami aimed for the western Caribbean, I saw clear, beautiful, blue skies above the land. Over the ocean hung a black ominous sky that suggested Hurricane Gordon lingered closer than predicted. We sailed through 48foot swells for a day and a half. One of my suitcases remained on the Miami dock and arrived three days later at the first major port. It held all my underwear, a formal dress, and the Hawaiian outfit for an onboard special celebration. I’m surprised we ever cruised again. Yet, a few years ago on our tenth or eleventh cruise, we left Alaska in 26 | RMSENIOR

route to Japan. The captain sailed north of the Aleutian Islands to avoid the winds left over from a Japanese typhoon. Strong winds rocked us and prevented shipboard activities, elegant sit-down meals, and entertainment for a couple of days. In our room, I buried glasses in the couch to prevent breakage. In bed I clung to my husband to keep us from being tossed to the floor. One day the loud speaker blasted “Code Blue, Code Blue.” At our first Japanese port, I watched paramedics carry a man on a stretcher from the ship. “Do you know who he is?” I asked a crewmember. “It’s the captain,” he replied. On the way to Minnesota, we stopped at an I-76 tourist information rest stop in Sterling, CO, where we picked up a guide to hotels across I-80. As I drove, my husband read aloud some ads for Lincoln, Nebraska, our planned overnight destination. “Hey, this sounds good – free Wifi

in every room and breakfast – for only $39 a night.” Against my better judgment, we rented a room with a king sized bed, one nightstand and lamp but no clock. In the bathroom I found an empty tissue holder and half a roll of toilet paper. The clerk said they were on back order. The dangling towel rack held two thin hand towels. Two, not much larger, “bath” towels sat on a shelf. A closet alcove boasted no rod and no hangers. An ironing board leaned against the wall beneath an empty iron holder. My husband asked for a chair. “You have a couch, why do you need a chair?” Good point since there was no desk. However, the only outlet for the computer was on the opposite wall from the couch. Bob opened the microwave, the refrigerator, and finally the small freezer. “We have no clock, but here’s a pair of frozen women’s heels.” Travel troubles provide a host of unforgettable memories and stories to share.


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