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.
Foods for Thought
This group meets the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month to discuss nutritional facts along with providing recipes that can make meal time enjoyable. Share menus, recipes and food tastings at the Senior Rec Center. Call for time.
Grandparents’ Day, Nov. 2
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, Nov. 8
This is Fruita’s new twist on a famous TV show. Enter your favorite dish to win. Come on down at 5 p.m. 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: Apple, walnut, squash (acorn or butternut) and cinnamon.
Senior Social Night, Nov. 8 & 22, Dec. 13
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, Nov. 18
Dress the part, collect the clues and solve the mystery of the month. Dinner provided. 55+. Cost $10. Must pre-register.
Parents’ Day Out, Dec. 7
An opportunity for parents and grandparents to get some Christmas shopping in without the kids. Leave them in good hands at the FCC from noon-5 p.m. where the kids or grandkids will get a yummy meal, play games, swim, watch movie, photo opp with Santa and more. Cost is $10. For ages 3-12. Must pre-register due to popularity of event.
Cookie Exchange, Dec. 10
The first annual Cookie Exchange is at 2 p.m. at the Fruita Senior Center. Bake your favorite holiday cookie, attend the party and exchange cookies to take home. Pre-register by Dec. 9. Must bring three dozen cookies to participate in the exchange.
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.
Total Core Conditioning, Tues. & Thurs.
Perform deep torso and spinal muscle work to improve control, strength, balance and core conditioning from noon-12:45 p.m. at Lincoln Park Barn. $4 drop-in fee.
Beginning Line Dance, starts Nov. 4
No partner or previous dance skill needed. Class runs each Monday from noon-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.
Cowboy Cha Cha, Nov. 14
No experience necessary to learn this couples’ line dance. Instructors are Rick and Glenna Sheley. Fee is $12/person. Register as a couple. Class is at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Park Barn.
Garden Talk: W. Colo. Botanical Gardens, Nov. 20
Margie Frey will demonstrate how to make fairy/gift gardens from noon-1 p.m. at the W. Colo. Botanical Gardens. Cost $5. 18+. Bring a brown bag lunch.
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.
Thanksgiving Party, Nov. 21
Celebrate the season with food and fellowship from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Senior Rec Center. $3 if you pre-register, or $5 at the door.
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.
Holiday Light Tour for 50+, Dec. 11
Get in the spirit as you relax and enjoy the city’s best light displays. Enjoy hot chocolate and goodies. Pick up and drop-off is at Lincoln Park Barn, 6-7:30 p.m.
Pickleball is a sport for all ages and is played on a badminton-sized court. Equipment consists of a wooden or composite paddle and a whiffle-type ball. Equipment is available to borrow at the Parks office. Call 970-254-3866 for more information. The Lincoln Park Pickleball courts are now finished, and regular play during the winter starts at 9:30 a.m. each day and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Folks may also play at the Pine Ridge tennis 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. You do not have to be Palisade resident to participate in any of the events, and the price is the same for all.
Geocache Meet & Greet, Nov. 2
Free event to learn basics of geocaching from 10 a.m. to noon. Open to all ages, perfect for multi-generations.
Tea and History, Nov. 12 & Dec. 10
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 Nov. 7.
Green House Design, Nov. 13
Meet at noon at Palisade Bakery for the lecture. Event is free.
Fall Yoga Workshop, Nov. 16
It’s happening from 9-noon at Palisade Community Center. Register by Nov. 8 to get an early bird rate of $25.
Telescope Night, Nov. 16
Meet at Riverbend Park at dusk. Free event open to all ages. Learn about the stars through a huge telescope. Bring a lawn chair and flashlight and dress warm.
Give Thanks Yoga, Nov. 28
Bring the family and expand your gut before you indulge in a Thanksgiving feast at 9 a.m. at the Palisade Community Center. $7 drop-in fee, or two for $10.
Snowshoe on the Mesa, Dec. 16
Meet at Palisade Town Hall at 8 a.m. Cost is $4/person; bring your own gear, sack lunch and water. Register by Dec. 12.
Medicare 101 Seminars, Nov. 6 & Dec. 11
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 Events
Nov. 13, Nov. 19 and Dec. 5. 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.
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; guests are always welcomed)
• Nov. 9 — 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.
• Nov. 16 — Outdoor activity for the month will be a visit to Museum of W. Colo., Fifth & Ute. Meet at the museum at 10:30 a.m. Lunch afterwards.
• Nov. 20 — Dine out at Village Inn on Horizon Drive at 11:30 a.m. Call Winnie at 970-589-9309 by the 19th to RSVP.
• Nov. 23 — Turkey dinner celebration followed by games. Bring side dish, salad or dessert. Meet at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 ½ Road.
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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