Glenwood Springs Community Center offers field trips |

Glenwood Springs Community Center offers field trips

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Bernadette Julich loves to gamble.

At age 62, retirement has allowed her even more time to pursue a good game or pull slot machine levers.

Sunday she and 10 other friends, through the Glenwood Springs Community Center’s Senior Program, are traveling to Black Hawk for a day of Gambling. And she is very much looking forward to the new adventure.

“I’ve never been there yet,” Julich said.

This is Julich’s first trip with the senior program as well. It sounded like something she would enjoy so she talked a friend into accompanying her and signed up for the trip.

“My friend and I both have a penchant for gambling,” she admitted. “If the community center is going to organize these trips and someone else is driving, then people should go. It’s a new adventure.”

Her enthusiasm is what assistant athletics coordinator and director of the senior program Shannon Derby wanted to see when she decided to come up with some new ideas for the senior field trips offered through the community center each year.

“Every year we offer trips like this, but this year I went to them and asked those who would be going on the trip, what they would want to do,” Derby said.

And Black Hawk was a popular destination.

“That’s what they wanted, so that is what we are going to do,” Derby said.

The trips have space for 24 seniors, age 50 and up, and are planned throughout the summer. So far, this first Black Hawk Casino trip is already full, but not to fret, there is another one planned for Sunday, Aug. 10, for those interested.

This first trip only had 11 people sign up, but the next trip can accommodate up to 24, Derby said. There is no itinerary, other than being at the community center at 9 a.m. and leaving Black Hawk by 4 p.m. the same day. How they spend their time, however, is completely up to them.

“It’s all up to them,” Derby said. “Some of the other trips will have a more scheduled day, but in Black Hawk they pretty much have all day to do whatever they would like to.”

Two other planned outings include a trip to the Aspen Historical Museum on July 9 and another trip to the Denver Art Museum on July, 29.

“I’m excited about it,” Derby said. “I’m always open to new ideas and am going to try and keep in touch with the seniors and what they would like to do for future trips.”

And Julich will enjoy her retirement a little bit more, thanks to trips like these.

“I will just worry about having a good time,” Julich said.

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