Senior 50+ Calendar — 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, Dec. 2 & Dec. 16
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.
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; $5 for each additional child. For ages 3-12. Must pre-register due to popularity of event.
Grandparents’ Day, Dec. 7
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).
Cookie Exchange, Dec. 10
Swap til you drop! 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.
Senior Holiday Lights Tour. Dec. 11 or 12
Take a bus ride through the valley while sipping a hot beverage and noshing on cookies. Pre-register by Dec. 9. Meet at 5:30 p.m. Bring tip for the bus driver.
Senior Social Night, Dec. 13, Jan. 10 & Jan. 24
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.
Glenwood Vaudeville Christmas Revue & Hot Springs Adventure, Jan. 3-4
Go back 100 years to a time when Vaudeville was super popular. Relax at Glenwood Hot Springs hotel and enjoy a warm swim. Go by Amtrak to Glenwood. Double occupancy $135/person; single $200. Register by Dec. 21.
Mystery Night, Jan. 27
Dress the part, collect the clues and solve the mystery of the month. Dinner provided. 55+. Cost $10. Must pre-register.
Hiking Club (NEW)
Don’t catch Cabin Fever this winter? Join in for a weekly hike with other seniors. Days and times vary due to weather. Check the bulletin board at the Fruita Senior Center or call 970-858-0360 for dates and times.
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, Mondays
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.
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.
Jingle Bell Run, Dec. 7
Walk or jog this annual 5K event at Canyon View Park. Race-day registration is from 8-8:45 p.m. at the Canyon View baseball shelter. And make sure you are wearing your jingle bells.
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.
Chocolate Walk, Dec. 13
Experience the charm of downtown Main Street at Christmas time with a guided tour. All paid participants will receive a commemorative mug filled with Enstrom’s hot chocolate.
Senior Christmas Party, Dec. 19
Come on down for some holiday cheer from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Senior Rec Center, 550 Ouray Ave. $3/pre-registration or $5/at the door. Bring a small gender-neutral, wrapped gift if you want to participate in the gift exchange.
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. During the winter, most folks will be playing pick-up games indoors at Lincoln Park Barn. However, there are new outdoor courts at Lincoln Park for teams that wish to brave the weather. 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.
Tea and History, 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.
Holiday Lights Tour, Dec. 18
Meet at Palisade Town Hall at 5:30 for hot cocoa and cookies. Shuttle will depart at 6. Cost is $5/person. Register by Dec. 13.
Snowshoeing, Jan. 13
Meet at Palisade Town Hall at 8 a.m. for an adventure at Mesa Lakes Shoreline – 3 miles, moderate skill level. Participants must supply their own gear. Cost is $4/person. Register by Jan. 8.
Iyengar Yoga Workshop, Jan. 18
Class is from 9-noon at Palisade Community Center. Cost if you register before Jan. 10 is $25; add $10 after Jan. 10. Yoga workshops are held the third Saturday of every month.
Technology Class, Jan. 29
Learn all aspects of social media from 6-8 p.m. at Palisade High School computer lab. Cost is $8. Register by Jan. 23.
Medicare 101 Seminars, Dec. 11 & Jan. 8
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 Event, 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.
WESTERN SLOPE NON-SMOKING SINGLES GROUP FOR SENIORS
(not affiliated with any church; guests are always welcomed)
• Dec. 7 — Meet at City Market parking lot at Coronado Plaza in Clifton at 3 p.m. to go as a group to attend the Downtown Parade of Lights. Bring chairs and dress warmly. Dinner will be at the Rockslide prior to the parade. Call Marge at 970-434-0803 if you plan to attend.
• Dec. 14 — Christmas potluck and business meeting 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 ½ Road. Bring a small gift-wrapped package for a gift exchange. It should be a gender-neutral gift. Guests are welcome.
• Dec. 18 — Dine out at Berna B’s Restaurant, 2913 Patterson Road, at 11:30 a.m. Call Winnie at 970-589-9309 by the 17th to RSVP.
• Dec. 28 — No meeting due to the holidays.
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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