Pagosa Senior Center joins with Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership to enhance nutrition services

Pagosa Senior Center joins with Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership to enhance nutrition services

By Rose Chavez

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The Pagosa Senior Center and the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) are becoming a member of forces, together with a lot of different native organizations, to help enhanced diet providers for our senior group and their households by rising recent meals within the Community Garden Dome (CGD) in downtown Pagosa Springs. 

The complementary nature of this collaboration permits these organizations to deepen our influence and attain within the Archuleta group by rising wholesome meals and self-reliance by social and academic alternatives about sustainable agricultural practices utilizing native renewable power. Food grown within the CGD is donated the place every group specifies or is eaten by individuals. 

The GGP will debut new indicators on its web site in Centennial Park within the close to future describing the aim of every dome, together with the Community Garden Dome, the Education Dome and the Innovation Dome. These indicators are supplied in partnership with the Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board. 

According to the GGP, “Food safety is a helpful measure of family and particular person welfare and, after all, meals insecurity happens inside our group. The Community Garden Dome demonstrates sustainable meals manufacturing, supplies area for teams to backyard year-round and supplies meals to those that expertise meals insecurity. The CGD brings collectively organizations whose objectives handle these points. The work within the greenhouse helps their pursuits locally and facilitates working collectively in the identical area to foster cooperation and collaboration. The CGD is essential to participating the group at massive in precise rising experiences and to illustrating self-sufficiency.

“A purpose of the CGD is to maximise the quantity of wholesome meals distributed to the higher group. This might embrace households in want, people needing a more healthy eating regimen and households, associates and neighbors of individuals. Community gardeners work collectively to handle soil well being and bug pests with pure strategies. The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership encourages a consultant cross-section of Pagosa Springs’ teams to reveal these ideas of sustainable meals manufacturing. The values inherent in these rising actions go a good distance towards bringing individuals a higher sense of safety. These identical values promote meals fairness, guarantee meals security, and enhance psychological, emotional and bodily well being.”

Community members are invited to hitch the Senior Center and the GGP Thursday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. on the Community Garden Dome, situated in Centennial Park simply off U.S. 160 and fifth Street. We will get pleasure from a tour of the Community Garden Dome and could have a dialogue concerning the group and health-promoting advantages of rising native and seasonal meals utilizing native renewable power. 

Senior Center Christmas Party Dec. 21 

The group is invited to attend an informal and festive Christmas get together on the Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from midday to three p.m. 

Come for lunch and keep for a joyful time collectively. Local musicians will present two 45-minute units of vacation music and we’ll observe lunch with sizzling espresso served alongside house-made vacation desserts. 

Please RSVP through textual content at (970) 264-2167. We are planning a pseudo snow combat, some shenanigans with Santa Claus and some free door prizes to jazz up the moments we share collectively. 

We invite group members to hitch in serving our seniors and their households by providing a donation of shelf-stable meals or heat clothes this vacation season. 

Support the Senior Center by ‘adopting’ a senior

To spherical out our year-end fundraising efforts, Archuleta Seniors Inc. (ASI) and the Senior Center are saying our “Adopt A Senior” marketing campaign. 

As meals prices proceed to rise and price of residing grows in our beloved Pagosa Country, we hope the group will stand in solidarity with our Pagosa seniors and assist pay for healthful and nutritious meals, medical monitoring and social actions for our group in want. 

We have a wide range of value factors that may match anybody’s price range: $10 equals one senior meal, $50 equals 5 senior meals, $250 equals 25 senior meals $650 feeds a senior for 3 months, $1,300 feeds a senior for six months and $2,600 feeds a senior for one yr. 

You are welcome to make your donation through snail mail, on-line on our web site at, or be happy to stroll in throughout our workplace hours and drop off your donation. 

COVID-19 check

Stop by the Senior Center to select up a pack of 5 free COVID-19 checks kits on your private use. These kits can be found to anybody within the public that wants reasonably priced entry for well being promotion and illness prevention. 

Text reservations

Text us at (970) 264-2167. The Community Cafe is now accepting textual content messaging for meal reservations, cancellations and/or communication of any type. When texting, please embrace your identify, cellphone quantity and the times you need a meal. If you might be calling to cancel a reservation, please embrace your identify, cellphone quantity and the times you need to cancel. 

Texting providers can be found for dining-in meal reservations, Grab-n-Go meals and Meals on Wheels recipients.

Mobile meals pantry service obtainable for seniors

The Senior Center wish to remind the group about our cellular meals pantry providers we offer in partnership with Archuleta County MET to seniors age 60 and older all through most areas of Archuleta County. 

In order to take part on this program, group members should go to with Barbara Noriega on the Senior Center, situated within the Ross Aragon Community Center, to fill out an software to qualify for warm meal supply service and/or the cellular pantry service. 

The software, known as the eating evaluation type, can also be obtainable on our web site on the backside of the Community Cafe web page: For extra data, contact us at (970) 264-2167.


Mahjong is a nineteenth century Chinese tile-based recreation that’s generally performed with 4 gamers. Each participant receives 13 tiles with a purpose to make matching units and pairs (like poker). To win, a participant should type 4 units and one pair. Come to the Senior Center to be taught or play each Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.

Medicare name by

For anybody who wants assist enrolling and navigating Medicare plans, we assist with components A, B and D. We can even provide help to with fraud considerations and troubleshooting any billing points chances are you’ll be having. By appointment solely. Please name our Medicare line at (970) 264-0501, ext 4. 

Hand and foot card recreation

Hand and foot card recreation to begin up once more on the Senior Center. Whether you might be new handy and foot or enthusiastic about studying, please be part of us most Thursdays at 1:15 p.m. on the Senior Center. This card recreation entails 4 rounds of taking part in till the ultimate spherical is reached — some two to a few hours later. Plan to remain and meet some new associates or meet up with these you’ve got missed over the past couple of years. No expertise is important so come prepared to be taught.

Community Cafe menu

Thursday, Dec. 15 — Beef Frito pie chile, cilantro lime rice, backyard salad, fruit, milk and vanilla pudding.

Friday, Dec. 16 — Pork tenderloin with caramelized onions, apples, cranberries, couscous, asparagus, hollandaise sauce, backyard salad, fruit and milk.

Monday, Dec. 19 — Chicken Dijon, broccoli and cauliflower, backyard salad, fruit and milk.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 — Cod fish with steak fries, tartar sauce, backyard salad, fruit, milk and chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 — Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, inexperienced beans with bacon, backyard salad, fruit and milk.

Thursday, Dec. 22 — Potato leek soup with crackers, glazed carrots, backyard salad, fruit and milk.

Friday, Dec. 23 — Sliced ham with cherry sauce, mashed candy potatoes, backyard salad, fruit and milk.

Grab-N-Go meals

Grab-N-Go meals reservations and cancellations are required. Please name or textual content by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you need to choose up a meal. A advised donation of $5 helps to maintain our program. No one might be turned away for his or her incapacity to donate. For ages 59 and youthful, the price is $10.50. Please name or textual content us at (970) 264-2167 to make a reservation.

Meals on Wheels

We ship recent Meals on Wheels 5 days per week (and supply frozen Meals on Wheels for weekends) to homebound Archuleta County residents. Call or textual content us at (970) 264-2167.

Requesting donations

ASI has an instantaneous financial have to help ongoing operations and programming that present essential providers to a number of the most susceptible in Archuleta County. Please think about donating to ASI. 

You might mail your donation to P.O. Box 3444, Pagosa Springs CO 81147 or please go to our web site: Donation checks might be written to: Archuleta Seniors Inc. We are situated at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. 

For extra details about ASI, please go to

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