by Kathleen Spring
It’s that time when cabin fever will soon be hitting residents of our small mountain town of Lyons. Mark your calendars for special offerings from the Lyons seniors’ Golden Gang coming up. Its mission is to raise funds to provide meals and social events to Lyons seniors.SWEETHEART VALENTINE’S DAY EVENT
Share a merry song and a sweet dessert with your loved one at the second annual Sweetheart Valentine’s Day event at the Walt Self Senior Center on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local musician Vance French is putting together an expansive roster of musicians to serenade lovers while they feast on multiple selections of scrumptious home-made desserts. This is open to the public for a flat $8 per person.
BOUNTIFUL BREAKFASTS AND MORE
The popular home-made pancakes and fixings fundraiser will be brought back this summer at the Walt Self Center on the second Saturday of each month. Watch out for a calendar of dates. Also coming in spring is the annual Honoring Mothers May event. Volunteers, bakers, and entertainers of all ages can call Donna Cole (303) 678-0079.
An invitation is extended to all Lyons seniors, 55 years or older, to enjoy a hot, healthy meal and plenty of socializing and free activities at the Lyons senior center. It’s not just a meal, but also an experience. It is a proven medical fact that seniors live a longer and fuller life when they interact with a community of friends. Lyons Golden Gang has become many local seniors’ extended family. It is convenient and inexpensive, and membership is free. To help fulfill this mission of the Golden Gang, the board voted last week to lower the lunch price to $2.75, which is below their cost. Call (303) 823-6386 to make a reservation.
MEMBERSHIP & NEW ACTIVITIES
Every organization goes through a period where old members fade away, and new members arrive with fresh ideas. It is time for such a renaissance in Lyons Golden Gang. To aid visitors who want to check out the group, they will be assigned an ambassador to show them around. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best days to come, when there are approximately 15 people attending.
Membership is free, and seniors can attend as often or little as they wish. Meals are served Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:15 a.m. at the Walt Self Senior Center on Railroad Avenue, next to the post office. Members get a monthly calendar of events and the menu. Meals are now discounted to $2.75 a day; but struggling seniors can pay a reduced amount. Attendance to social events is free, as well as a birthday party on the second Friday of each month, and a free monthly group lunch at Oskar Blues.
Younger members and new ideas are being sought. Suggestions have included a scrap booking day, a bird watching field trip, or a monthly movie day. Aggie Brown, chair of the educational committee, and Janet Freeman, chair of the entertainment committee, have joined forces and will be operating as one motivating force to activate new programs. Some of the most popular events have been field trips, bingo with fun prizes, and travelogue speakers. Call Janet with your new ideas or to offer your entertainment services (303) 823-5223.
BOARD MEETING & CHANGES
Much of the recent meetings of the Lyons Golden Gang have been focused on how to increase membership, as part of their mission, and how to raise money to pay for the cost of meals which has been eating into their emergency reserve funds. A key issue is to strongly encourage current participants to call in to reserve or cancel their lunches. President Diane Briggle states that more than $1,000 was wasted last year in over-orders of food. Also, a Senior Resources Day has been in the plans for a few months. It will gather Boulder County groups that will explain what free resources they offer seniors.
The group has recently been working with officials from the Longmont Meals on Wheels and Senior Center. They are discussing a possible arrangement that could help the Golden Gang become more time efficient and save money by developing a consolidation plan to run the two meals program.
Note, the Lyons Area Council on Aging is no longer operating in Lyons. Golden Gang also runs the Lyons Meals-on-Wheels program, which offers free delivery of weekday meals to homes of disabled or house-bound people in Lyons at $2.75 day. To volunteer, join or donate, call (303) 823-6386.