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Midvalley Seniors have been keeping busy

Esther Winick

Dear Editor,

Hello again! If you are a senior and haven’t yet visited or joined the Midvalley Seniors at Valley Pines Condominium clubhouse, read on and learn what you are missing.

Over the past few months, in addition to our regular lunches, we celebrated special lunches for St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s and Father’s days. At our volunteer lunch, a group of us performed (after months of rehearsals) a show called “The Golden Girls Remember the ’50s and ’60s.” It was a huge success, and everyone had a great time. We even had our own “Elvis Presley” do a number with his guitar.

An overnight mystery trip took us across Vail Pass to breakfast in Frisco. Then across Loveland Pass through Eisenhower Tunnel to Empire. Highway 40 took us over Berthod Pass to Granby. Highway 34 took us to Grand lake, where we stayed overnight. While in Grand Lake we attended a Marx Brothers show, which was hilarious. Breakfast was enjoyed at the grand Lake Lodge followed by a pontoon boat tour of Grand lake. Homeward bound through Rocky Mountain national Park by way of Trail Ridge Road. Dinner at Estes Park. Highway 7/72 to Nederland-Blackhawk, and then Highway 70 to home.

An invitation for lunch from Bair Ranch proved to be another great outing. At the bottom of the mountain, a covered hay wagon awaited us and took us up the mountain (approximately 7,000 feet straight up). At the top was the new “High Canyon” adventures, operated by the Bair family. Lunch was good, we walked around and enjoyed the view, and later the hay truck took us back down the mountain to our van. Eagle seniors joined us on this trip, as it was also a COA (Council on Aging) meeting.

Another day trip took us to a fish hatchery and to Lime park. Then to the ranch of Lea Vasten, our van driver, for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we made a trip to Woods Lake and then back over Bunt Mountain Pass to home.

A three-day trip to Mesquite caused some happy faces and some sad faces, but I’m glad to say most were happy faces.

Whereas seniors love their meetings, their day trips and other outings, we also believe in “giving back.” We do this by driving nondrivers to their medical and dental appointments and by teaching English to the foreign born through the Literacy program. Other seniors volunteer at the Music School and work at the refreshment stands at the Music Tent. Still others help with the delivery of “Meals on Wheels.” Some volunteer to help with the mailings of other organizations. Another teaches a chair exercise class. There are many ways seniors lead useful and fulfilling lives – not only with seeking employment but also in giving back.

Yours,

Esther Winick


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