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Open House And Holiday Craft Sale

—Placitas Community Center staff

On December 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Placitas Community Center located at 41 Camino de las Huertas, Placitas, center members will be showing and selling items made during classes at the Center. Come by and talk with staff and seniors about what is offered at your local senior/community center. The Placitas Community Center is a wonderful place to meet new friends and hone in on old and new skills.

Members discuss senior centers

—Bill Diven

If the people using Sandoval County’s senior centers have any gripes, the staff and the food are not among them. “The meals are exceptional,” Jermaine McGregor said in a comment echoed by others during the county’s annual public hearing on senior programs. “The staff is polite, courteous, and so respectful.”

But most important, she added, is the transportation service that gets senior residents to shopping and doctor appointments. “It’s marvelous,” McGregor said.

Those comments came during an annual public hearing held by the Sandoval County Senior Program and Share Your Care, which provides adult day care and other services for the frail, elderly, and developmentally disabled. Such hearings, surveys, and other reports are required as part of state contracts related to the federal Older Americans Act.

About 15 percent of state and county residents are 65 and older, slightly more than the national average. The hearing in Bernalillo drew around 75 county residents, caregivers, and program staff.

“They were very positive in their comments, which is always nice to hear,” Denise Montoya, the county’s executive director of senior programs said after the hearing. “It’s important for us to know where there are needs in the program… Valid criticism can help with changes in the program and what services out there are needed that we can advocate for.”

Program participants cited among other issues: new chairs at one senior center that were difficult to get into and out of; adding fresh fruit and vegetables to canned food-pantry assistance; serving mashed potatoes less often; help in dealing with rising food and medical costs as Social Security stays flat; adding beer to lunches; the limited reach of field trips; offering grief counseling as seniors lose spouses and friends; and combating depression and loneliness for seniors living alone.

One goal for the coming year is partnering with lawyers and the Thirteenth Judicial District to provide more legal services, Montoya said. And transportation is always a need given the limitations of staff and vehicles, she added.

The Placitas Senior Center won a mention for its friendly staff and exercise equipment while the Bernalillo center earned a shout out for improving the quality of its lunches.

Bernalillo also is in line for a new senior center that has been designed and is about to go out to bid. Montoya said the program hopes to break ground in the spring with construction to take about ten months. The center will occupy a 1.5-acre section of Rotary Park set aside by the town of Bernalillo in September 2014. Voters in the November election approved borrowing up to $1.85 million dollars to build the center. The Legislature previously approved funds to help design it.

Bernalillo Senior Center activities

December 1: Decorate Center 10 a.m., Christmas crafts 12:30 p.m.

December 2: Roadrunner Mobile Food Pantry 9 a.m., Sandoval County Treasurer’s outreach 9 a.m., Tai Chi 1:30 p.m.

December 3: Local shopping 10 a.m., Beehive Homes Tour 11 a.m., Cards 12:30 p.m.

December 4: Crafts 10:30 a.m., Old Town Holiday stroll 4 p.m.

December 7: Coffee social 10 a.m., Bingo 10:30 a.m., Cards 12:30 p.m., Table Tennis 1:30 p.m.

December 8: Wal-Mart 9:30 a.m., Senior advisory meeting 12:30 p.m., Christmas crafts 12:30 p.m.

December 9: Breakfast and movie 10 a.m., Line dancing 10 a.m., Tai Chi 1:30 p.m.

December 10: Enchanted Hills Plaza and Cottonwood Mall 10 a.m., Cards 12:30 p.m.

December 11: Crafts 10:30 a.m., Dinner and River of Lights 5:30 p.m., $12 entry fee

December 14: Coffee social 10 a.m., Bingo 10:30 a.m., Cards 12:30 p.m., Table Tennis 1:30 p.m.

December 15: Shopping for Fudge Class 10 a.m., Fudge Class 2 p.m.

December 16: Echo 9 a.m., Line dancing 10 a.m., Tai Chi 1:30 p.m.

December 17: Local shopping 10 a.m., Holiday luncheon 11 a.m., Cards 12:30 p.m.

December 18: Pool Tournament 10:30 a.m., five dollar entry fee (prizes awarded)

December 21: Coffee social 10 a.m., Bingo 10:30 a.m., Cards 12:30 p.m., Table Tennis 1:30 p.m.

December 22: Wal-Mart 9:30 a.m., Holiday cookie class 2 p.m.

December 23: Dollar Tree 10 a.m., Line dancing 10 a.m.

December 24: Center closed

December 25: Center closed

December 28: Coffee social 10 a.m., Bingo 10:30 a.m., Cards 12:30 p.m., Table Tennis 1:30 p.m.

December 29: Dollar Tree 10 a.m., Birthday social and senior appreciation dance 1 p.m.

December 30: Line Dancing 10 a.m.

December 31: Local Shopping 10 a.m., Cards 12:30 p.m.

The Bernalillo Senior Center is located next to Our Lady of Sorrows on Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo.

Placitas Community Center Events Calendar

For further information, contact the Center at 867-1396.

Weekly programs:

  • Monday: Yoga 9:30 a.m., Duplicate Bridge 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Painting class 9:30-11:30 a.m., Enhanced Fitness noon-1, Fused Glass Open Studio every
  • second and fourth Tuesday 2:30-4 p.m., Yoga 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Project Linus Blanket Making 9:30 a.m., Cards 1 p.m., Tai Chi 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Yoga 9:30-11 a.m., Beading Class 1-4:30 p.m., Enhanced Fitness 12-1 p.m.
  • Friday: Having fun with clay 9:30 a.m., Enhanced Fitness noon-1, Collage like Picasso Learning Studio first and third Friday from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Special classes/events:

. December 1: Hair cuts 9:30 a.m., Bingo 1 p.m. (no evening yoga)

December 2: Food pantry in Bernalillo, depart 8:10 a.m.

December 3: Sandoval County Treasures Department will be here at 11 a.m. to collect tax payments or answer any questions.

December 4: Holiday Decorating Party 9:30 a.m., Chinese herbalist mini treatments 10-11:30 a.m.

December 7: Candy-making class with Cathryne Richards 10 a.m., Holiday extravaganza with 4H group depart 2:15 p.m.

December 8: No evening Yoga

December 9: Los Altos Market shopping 12:30 p.m.

December 10: Legal Resources for elderly workshop 10 a.m., Gift tags 1 p.m.

December 11: Handmade gift bags workshop 1 p.m.

December 12: Open house and craft sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

December 14: Tamale-cooking class 1 p.m.

December 15: Hair cuts 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Holiday Bingo 1 p.m.

December 17: Holiday luncheon 11:45 a.m., Health checks by the Placitas Fire Department 11-noon

December 18: White Elephant gift exchange 1:30 p.m.

December 21: Cookie exchange 1:30 p.m.

December 22: Visit to Old Town 10 a.m.

December 24-25: Center closed in observation of holidays

December 30: Birthday social/New Year’s luncheon 11:30 a.m., Advisory Board meeting 10 a.m.

January 1: Center closed in observation of New Years

Sandoval County Senior and Community Centers 
Lunch Menu

December 1: Baked chicken breast, steamed brown rice, mixed veggies, tossed salad with dressing, whole wheat roll w/margarine, chilled tropical fruit cocktail

December 2: Beef Stew w/potatoes, stew vegetables, mixed green salad w/dressing, cornbread w/margarine, fresh grapes, cookie

December 3: Chicken cacciatore w/pasta, Italian vegetables, Caesar salad w/dressing, garlic toast, chilled pears

December 4: RC beef enchilada, pinto beans, zucchini and onions, shredded lettuce and tomato, fresh banana

December 7: Chicken breast strips, steamed brown rice, steamed broccoli, mixed green salad w/dressing, chilled apricots

December 8: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed veggie, garden salad w/dressing, biscuit w/margarine, and fresh grapes

December 9: Lemon pepper chicken, steamed brown rice, steamed carrots, spinach salad w/dressing, ww roll w/margarine, chilled fruit cocktail

December 10: Green chile stew w/potatoes, zucchini & onions, tossed Salad w/dressing, tortilla, pineapple upside down cake

December 11: Waldorf chicken salad wrap, pasta salad, w/broccoli and peppers, coleslaw, cookie

December 14: Salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, mixed veggies, mixed green salad w/dressing, ww roll w/margarine, fresh orange

December 15: Chef’s salad w/turkey, ham, tomato, cheese and egg, croutons, club crackers, banana

December 16: Pork posole, zucchini/onions, garden salad w/dressing, flour tortilla, apple crisp

December 17: Holiday luncheon, baked ham/sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts au grain, spring mix salad w/dressing, sweet roll w/margarine, fresh grapes/pumpkin pie

December 18: Lemon pepper tilapia, brown rice, Italian veggies, coleslaw, ww roll w/margarine, chilled fruit cocktail

December 21:  Country fried steak w/gravy, mashed potatoes steamed broccoli, tossed salad w/dressing, biscuit w/margarine, chilled peaches

December 22: Lasagna, Italian green beans, cucumber/tomato salad w/dressing, garlic toast, chilled apricots

December 23: Bean and cheese burrito, Spanish rice, spinach w/onions, shredded       lettuce/tomato, chilled peaches

December 24-25: Happy Holidays, all centers closed

December 28: Pepper steak, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, mixed greens salad w/dressing,   biscuit w/margarine, chilled pineapple tidbits

December 29: Baked chicken ziti, Italian vegetables, Caesar salad w/dressing, garlic toast, cantaloupe

December 30: Frito pie, Spanish rice, zucchini/onions, shredded lettuce, tomato, fresh orange

December 31: Roasted pork lion, baked potato w/sour cream, mixed veggies, garden salad w/dressing, soda bread w/margarine, fresh cantaloupe

2% milk served with each meal. Canned fruit in light syrup. Menu subject to change.

This menu applies to all Sandoval County senior centers, except Meadowlark Senior Center in Rio Rancho.

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