By Kathleen Spring
After some hard times, the Lyons Golden Gang has had a bit of four-leaf-clover luck over the winter months. Three large donations came their way: from the Town of Lyons, from the organizers of the Holiday Craft Bazaar, and from the Lyons Polar Bear Club.
The chilly water and brisk temperatures did not deter those frisky Polar Bears from jumping into the St. Vrain River at Black Bear Hole last month. Lyons local Harry Kellogg again contacted Vance French about donating all the funds raised to the Lyons Meals on Wheels (MOW)
program. Several of the seniors came to cheer on the hearty souls as they jumped in, wearing everything from shorts to crazy costumes (they just as quickly jumped out and put on thick terry cloth robes). A giant check was handed over to representatives of the Golden Gang, in the amount of $3,315. The fun event and donation brought warm smiles to Lyons seniors.
Lyons Golden Gang has begun their annual mailing fund drive. The Lyons Golden Gang relies on local town, county, and residents to help provide nutritious meals to its senior citizens. If you cannot donate now, save the envelope in your bill paying drawer and donate later this year.
Everyone can come and try their luck playing Bingo Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m., and then go off and celebrate their winnings on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday. Almost half the people attending win something, from $15 to $50. The games are open to the public on the third Saturday of each month, all for the low cost of $5 for eight games. Each of the eight rounds offers a new style game, like Crazy-L, Kite, and Blackout, to keep things interesting. Free tea and coffee, and snacks for sale. Currently it is offered in the Walt Self Senior Center. Call to confirm the location (303) 396-2498, or if you want to get some fliers to distribute at your club or church. All proceeds go to the MOW program.
Town Offered Programs:
There is no excuse to stay home alone this month. Seniors age 50 years and older have opportunities to participate in multiple fun programs each week to keep their mind and body active. The Lyons Parks and Recreation Department has assigned a part-time supervisor to plan senior activities, including arts-and-crafts activities twice a month, organize social hours at the senior center a couple of times a month, and plan at least four bus field trips this year. For more details call Adriana at (303) 823-8250, or check the activities brochure that was mailed to all residents.
Each month, active adults can participate in a game day on the first Thursday at 9 a.m., and arts and crafts on the last Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Events are held in the Walt Self Senior Center. The exception is this March, in celebration of Easter, the crafts will take place Wednesday, March 27, from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Youngsters, five to ten years old, and seniors are invited to join in making Easter arts and crafts. Seniors are encouraged to bring their grandkids.
Three free exercise classes will be offered. Restorative Flow Yoga will begin March 13. Fall Prevention Exercise Class will begin April 1. Seated Fitness began February 27, but it is not too late to join. All classes are taught by professionals, are easy for seniors, and require pre-registration. They are a great value, both to the pocketbook and for better health.
Seniors, 50 years and older, are invited to take a free bus ride to Black Hawk on Thursday, March. 21, departing at 11 a.m. Registration deadline is March 11. Other workshops are offered for a fee, including writing, cooking and pottery. Call (303) 823-8250.
March Golden Gang Events:
Love that old Americana-style music? Zeke and Jani Little will be bringing that foot stomping, finger snapping, sing-along kind of song to the senior center on Friday, March 29, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. They will be offering a variety of songs, including Western swing, country, gospel, blues and jazz.
St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 13, at 12:15 p.m., at the Senior Center. Bring your lucky charms! Easter will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 3, at 12:15 p.m. Don your Easter bonnet, and that goes for the guys! Decorative baseball hats are fun too! Details on events and prizes to be announced by manager Sandy Cottrell.
A golden day of birthday celebrations takes place on Friday, March 15, including song and cake. No one should be home alone on their birthday. The Golden Gang offers informal Bingo games twice a month, and includes an optional free spot massage. A free movie matinee takes place on the last Friday of each month, including popcorn. The Senior Center is open for lunch and socializing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Allenspark seniors joined the Lyons seniors in February and a good time was had by all. Upcoming speakers include a Valley Bank & Trust representative who will talk about fraud, a rep from Eco-Cycle will talk about what is recyclable and what is not, and a rep from Greenwood Wildlife Center will talk about their mission. Call to get details on how you can participate (303) 823-6771, or arrange to be a speaker. Travelogues and food cooking demonstrations are especially prized by the seniors.
Nail Nurse Changes Date:
Many seniors find it a struggle to take care of their toenails. Lucky Lyons seniors have the benefit of a nurse coming to the senior center every other month to rescue them. Please note, the day has been changed to the first Friday at 12:15 p.m. Register for the $32 pedicure by calling (303) 651-5224. The next date will be April 5.
Enjoy the outdoors? Snow does not stop the wildlife from crisscrossing our snowy terrain, so why should it stop the chances to take pleasure in hikes and talks from Boulder County and the State of Colorado wildlife departments? Many of these events are listed in the Town Recreation brochure, or go to the www.BoulderCounty.org web site and look for Parks activities. Sign up for their terrific informative monthly newsletters. Many activities are aimed specifically for seniors.
Finding it hard to get to the grocery store in snowy weather? Three programs help seniors get to their medical appointments or grocery store. For more information, call Medical Mobility (303) 443-1933, ext. 407; or Carry-Out Caravan for weekly shopping trips (303) 772-2262. VIA Mobility (formerly Special Transit) also has buses that take people to Longmont (303) 447-2848.
Senior Day at the state capitol is March 20, and includes a free continental breakfast. For several years, Lyons Area Advisory Council on Aging had taken seniors on a free bus ride to attend, but LAACA is now closed, so seniors will have to arrange their own ride. It is a chance to talk to your legislators and look at issues facing Colorado seniors. Call (303) 862-8555 for more information.
GG Board Meetings:
The Golden Gang board meetings are open to the public. Contact secretary Karen Ryan if you would like something considered for the agenda. Meetings take place the third Thursday of each month, after the birthday party, at the Walt Self Center. A treasurer is urgently needed. Agenda items for February included revisiting the development of the Bingo fundraiser, start planning for Good Old Days, and plan an April Volunteer Thank You dinner. Volunteer Kathleen Spring wants to graciously thank the Lyons Recorder for commending her as a “dedicated servant to Lyons seniors,” and she wants to offer her knowledge of how and where to volunteer to other Lyons citizens who may not know how to get involved in community work. Contact the Golden Gang at (303) 823-6771.