Oct. Senior 50+ activities around the Grand Valley
Pre-register for all events by calling the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson, at 970-858-0360 or visiting fruita.org.
Coupon Savvy Group
Gather with other coupon shoppers to learn new ways to share clips and tips. Group meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month in the FCC Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Come equip to clip. Open to all ages.
Moab Adventure, Oct. 2-3
Overnight excursion. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the Colorado River on the way to Moab. Shop in town and have a delicious dinner with a sound and light show evening boat ride, “Canyonlands by Night.” Next day, choose a scenic drive or take a hike and have another picnic on the way home. 55+. Cost is $175, which includes transportation, meals except breakfast, and lodging at Big Horn Lodge. Register by Sept. 16.
Grandparents’ Day, Oct. 5
This event is held the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and grandchildren get in FREE to the FCC! (Limit two grandchildren for each paid grandparent).
Cook Off! Fruita Food Challenge, Oct. 11
This is Fruita’s new twist on a famous TV show. Enter your favorite dish to win. Come on down and participate in the tasting to help judge the winner. Contestants, stop by the FCC and pick up an entry form and rules. The twist: Come up with a dish that consists of the following ingredients: Bacon, cheese, cauliflower and chili powder.
Senior Social Night, Oct. 11 & 25
Social begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place twice a month in the FCC Senior Center; activities may vary. Bring a dish to share in the potluck. Event is $3 if you choose to have dinner, or you can bring your own. Make sure to register if you’re going to buy dinner.
Mystery Night, Oct. 21
Dress the part, collect the clues and solve the mystery of the month. Dinner provided. 55+. Cost $10. Pre-register by Sept. 16.
Pre-register at GJ Parks & Rec. Dept. for the following events, unless otherwise specified, by calling 970-254-3866 or visiting gjcity.org.
Senior Dances with live music
Dance the evening away each Thursday 8-10 p.m. at the Senior Rec Center. Dances are also held the 1st & 3rd Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at the center. 50+. Cost $2.
Gentle Yoga, Mon. & Thurs.
Designed for all abilities, this class will help increase flexibility, balance, strength and relaxation in a supportive atmosphere utilizing props such as a chair, blocks and straps. Class is at 7:45 a.m. at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $4 to drop-in or $42 for the whole series.
Garden Talk: Sprigs and Sprouts of W. Colo., Oct. 16
Ruth Elkins and Linda Bailey will give a presentation on lavender plants and other herbs from noon-1 p.m. at the W. Colo. Botanical Gardens. Cost $5. 18+. Bring a brown bag lunch.
Senior Rec Center Halloween Party ,Oct. 31
The fun happens from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $5 at the door; costumes encouraged. For more info, contact 970-243-7408 or email@example.com.
Beginning Line Dance, starts Nov. 4
No partner or previous dance skill needed. Class runs each Monday from 12:15-1 p.m. through Dec. 16 at Lincoln Park Barn. 50+. Cost $18.
Intermediate Line Dance, Mondays
No partner needed. Class runs each Monday from 1-2:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park Barn. 50+. 10-punch pass costs $30. Drop-in fee is $4.
Estate Planning for Baby Boomers, Nov. 6
Boomers are taking care of their children and grandchildren and in many cases their parents. Explore wills vs. trusts, how to plan for disability, and how best to leave your inheritance. The free class is at 4:30 p.m. at Brown and Brown, P.C. at 1250 E. Sherwood. Go to http://www.brownandbrownpc.com for directions or call 970-243-8250. Call GJ Parks & Rec to register, however.
Estate Planning for Seniors, Dec. 4
Learn about estate planning for seniors and discuss wills, trusts & powers of attorney as well as the cost of aging and possible sources of paying the cost of care should you need it. The free class is at 4:30 p.m. at Brown and Brown, P.C. at 1250 E. Sherwood. Go to http://www.brownandbrownpc.com for directions or call 970-243-8250. Call GJ Parks & Rec to register.
Pickleball is a sport for all ages and is played on a badminton-sized court. Equipment consists of a wooden paddle and a whiffle-type ball. Equipment is available to borrow at the Parks office. Call 970-254-3866 for more information. Until the Lincoln Park courts are completed, Pickleball at 8-10 a.m. each day and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be held at Pine Ridge courts located at Ridges Boulevard and Desert Trails Drive in The Ridges. Just show up and play. No registration needed.
Senior Softball is open to men and women ages 50+ and is an excellent avenue for exercise and friendly competition. For more information, call Carl at 970-255-6688.
For more information or to pre-register, call Sarah at the Palisade Rec Dept. at 970-464-5602 or visit http://www.townofpalisade.org.
Fall Biking Series, Oct. 4
Enjoy morning rides along the Colorado River. Each month, Palisade Rec. will take a group to a different section of the Colo. Riverfront Trail. Bring your own bike and helmet. $4/biker. Meet at 8 a.m. at Palisade Town Hall. Register by Oct. 1.
Fall Hiking Series, Oct. 14
Palisade Hiking Club will take a hike to McDonald Creek to see some rock art. Meet at 8 a.m. at Palisade Town Hall and take a shuttle to the trailhead. $4/hiker includes transportation. Register by Oct. 10.
Tea and History, Oct. 15
Dive into the past with group discussion and readings on various facets of local history the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:15-7:15 p.m. at Palisade Town Hall. Cost is $3 and includes tea and cookies. Register by Oct. 10.
Fall Hiking Series, Oct. 21
Palisade Hiking Club will take a hike to Pollock Bench. Meet at 8 a.m. at Palisade Town Hall and take a shuttle to the trailhead. $4/hiker includes transportation. Register by Oct. 17.
Basic Tech Class, Oct. 22
Learn the basics of the internet, social media, smartphones and photo sharing with a four-week class held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. through Nov. 12 at Palisade High School computer lab. Register for individual classes for $8 or for the four-week course for $25. For more info or to get a copy of the class schedule, contact Sarah at 970-464-5602.
Telescope Night, Oct. 26
Meet at Riverbend Park at dusk. Free event open to all ages. Learn about the stars through a huge telescope. For more information contact John Sabal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Hiking Series, Oct. 28
Palisade Hiking Club will take a hike to Kurt’s Lane in the Lunch Loops. Meet at 8 a.m. at Palisade Town Hall and take a shuttle to the trailhead. $4/hiker includes transportation. Register by Oct. 24.
Medicare 101 Seminars, Oct. 2 & Nov. 6
Facilitated by the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Project (SHIP) navigators, these are held every month to cover the basics of Medicare for newly-eligible Medicare beneficiaries. No selling; just telling! The next two classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at 422 White Ave., lower level US Bank building. Seating is limited, so call 970-243-9839 to reserve your spot.
Medicare Annual Enrollment period, Oct. 15-Dec. 7
The first three Medicare Annual Enrollment Events for 2014 will be Oct. 21, Nov. 13 and Nov. 19. Attend a morning (9 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-3 p.m.) session during these walk-in enrollment events at RSVP, 422 White Ave., lower level US Bank building. A SHIP navigator will help you consider your options and select an appropriate Medicare prescription drug and/or health plan. Call 970-243-9839 for more information.
“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s,” Oct. 23
This RSVP educational seminar runs from 10 to noon and will be presented by Teresa Black, Alzheimer’s Association regional director. Among other things, learn to recognize differences between normal age-related changes and more serious memory loss. Seating is limited, so call 970-243-9839 to reserve a spot.
Medicare Plan Finder event, Nov. 15
RSVP SHIP navigators will facilitate a Medicare Plan Finder event at Mesa County Public Library, 443 N. Sixth St., from 10 to noon. Medicare-eligible individuals will learn how to find their own Medicare Part D drug plan for 2014. This hands-on class will teach you how to complete a general or personalized plan search on the http://www.medicare.gov website. Participants must have computer skills and be able to navigate easily on the internet. Class is limited to 12 individuals, so call 970-243-9839 to reserve a space.
Western Slope Non-Smoking Singles group for seniors
(not affiliated with any church)
• Oct. 12 & 26 — Potluck meeting followed by ice cream social at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 ½ Road, at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish. Games or program to follow. Guests are welcome.
To join the group or for more information, call Flora at 970-434-5277. Guests are not only invited to all functions, but are encouraged.
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