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From the Placitas Community Center—
Moving on to a brighter beginning

Janice Mortensen
Placitas Community Center director

The Placitas Community Center is looking to head up new clubs. These clubs will be for all community members (seniors and nonseniors). Days and times will vary depending on staff and volunteers. We will be looking for volunteers to help out and play major roles in these clubs. We are currently in the process of setting up a ceramics club and an arts-and-crafts club to start in August. We also have a few more clubs in mind that may be of interest, such as photography, bridge, investment, nutrition, Placitas play-group toddlers, walking, potters, artists, exercise, chess, garden, and cooking.

If we have interest from the community, we would like to start as soon as possible. If you have any other suggestions, please let us know. If you are interested in participating in any of these clubs or would like to help us start one of them, please call Janice Mortensen at 867-1396, Mondays through Fridays, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Free Cooking Classes:

  1. Gourmet Meals in Minutes—Are you looking for quick and delicious mealtime solutions? In this class we will cook up a gourmet menu in just thirty minutes or less.
  2. What’s So Hard about Cooking?—Cooking is fun, nutritious, and cost-effective. In this class, we will explore how easy cooking can be—with mouthwatering results.
  3. Cooking for a Crowd—Do you have a large family? Or do you entertain a lot? In this class we will prepare recipes that feed a crowd and even supply additional meals.

Please call Janice to reserve your spot. The above classes, taught by Jennifer Chavez, will be offered at the Placitas Community Center on Saturday mornings in August from 10:00 a.m. to noon .

Placitas Playgroup starting:

Do you have a toddler? A brand new Placitas play group will be starting in August. Playgroup will be open to all and will be hosted initially by Jennifer Chavez. We are planning on having the play group from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Please call if you are interested in joining.

Arts and Crafts Club:

The Placitas Community Center would like to get an Arts and Crafts club started in August. It will be held once a week and hosted by recreational aide Mary Lou Arriola. Members will bring in a favorite homemade craft and share it with the group. We will choose one project to make each week. If you do not have anything to bring, but would be interested in the club, you are welcome to join us. For more information, please call 867-1396.

Ceramics Club:

Starting in August, join the Ceramics Club. Do you already know the art of ceramics or have you ever been interested? It is a great experience. The center has all the equipment you will need for this hobby. If you are interested in joining this club, please contact us. Staff and volunteers will be available to help with pouring and cleaning on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All other days will be open for painting on your own. Contact Janice Mortensen at the center at 867-1396.


Wanted: caring seniors

The Sandoval County Senior Companion Program wants caring seniors sixty years old or over who have from ten to forty hours a week to help out homebound seniors by visiting them and providing companionship. Senior Companions also assist their clients with shopping, transportation, and household chores.

  • A Senior Companion not only helps a homebound person but receives:
  • a tax-free stipend of $2.65 an hour (for low-income Senior Companions)
  • tax-free mileage reimbursement
  • tax-free meal allowance for companions who work with clients during lunchtime
  • excess automobile liability insurance
  • one week paid vacation per year
  • nine paid holidays
  • six paid sick days
  • lots of satisfaction

There will be a presentation on the Senior Companion Program at the Placitas Community Center on July 22 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. For further information, call Janice Mortensen at 867-1396.

Placitas Senior Program Calendar

July 1: Center closed due to mandatory staff training

July 2: Exercise 10 a.m., ceramic pouring 8:30 a.m.

July 3: Fourth of July picnic luncheon at noon

July 4: Center closed

July 7: Exercise 10 a.m., painting 1-3 p.m.

July 8: Blood pressure 10:30 a.m.

July 9: Exercise 10 a.m., ceramic pouring 8:30 a.m.

July 11: Exercise 10 a.m.

July 14: Exercise 10 a.m., painting 1-3 p.m.

July 15: Blood pressure 10:30 a.m.

July 16: Exercise 10 a.m., ceramic pouring 8:30 a.m.

July 18: Exercise 10 a.m.

July 21: Exercise 10 a.m., painting 1-3 p.m.

July 22: Blood pressure 10:30 a.m., Senior Companion presentation 12:30-1:00 p.m.

July 23: Old Town trip 9 a.m., exercise 10 a.m., ceramic pouring 8:30 a.m.

July 25: Exercise 10 a.m., garage-sale shopping

July 28: Exercise 10 a.m., painting 1-3 p.m.

July 29: Blood pressure 10:30 a.m.

July 30: Cooking class—What’s So Hard About Cooking? 10:30 a.m.

July 31: Birthday social 12:00 Noon.

SC Senior Program Menu

July 1: Center closed

July 2: Soft tacos, lettuce/tomato/salsa, pinto beans, oatmeal cookies

July 3: Hoagie sandwich, baked beans, potato salad, watermelon

July 4: Center closed

July 7: Baked ham, cabbage and onions, green peas, corn bread, mixed fruit (canned)

July 8: Turkey, mashed potato, turkey gravy, tossed green salad, green beans, gingerbread cake

July 9: Pork and beans with franks, pasta salad, mixed vegetables, mixed fruit

July 10: Spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad with dressing, sliced cucumber, garlic bread, pineapple tidbits

July 11: Breaded pollock with tartar sauce, buttered red potatoes, honey glazed carrots, peach cobbler

July 14: Chicken fried steak, broccoli, potatoes and gravy, strawberry short cake

July 15: Oven baked chicken, rice pilaf, green beans, squash, vanilla pudding

July 16: Meat loaf with gravy, baked potato, peas and carrots, banana, Jell-O

July 17: Red chile chicken enchiladas, chopped lettuce and tomato, Spanish rice, refried beans, mandarin oranges

July 18: Roast beef with brown gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, pudding/rice/raisins

July 21: Swiss steak with gravy, rice, brussels sprouts, tossed salad, chocolate pudding

July 22: Sloppy joes, corn, green salad, gelatin dessert

July 23: Green chile stew, pinto beans, tortilla, carrot cake

July 24: Turkey à la king, biscuit, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, tropical fruit salad

July 25: Beef liver and onions, green beans, sliced cucumbers, apple Betty

July 28: Salisbury steak with gravy, broccoli, three-bean salad, canned plums

July 29: Chile con carne, Spanish rice, tomato-lettuce garnish, flour tortillas, apple cobbler

July 30: Carne adovada, papitas, pinto beans, flour tortillas, cookies

July 31: Oven fried chicken, potato salad, green beans, sliced peaches canned






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