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Placitas Community Center May Events Calendar

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

Weekly Programs

  • Monday: Aquatics in Rio Rancho 9:10-11:45 a.m., yoga 10:15, duplicate bridge 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Painting class 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Project Linus blanket making 10 a.m., cards 1 p.m., duplicate bridge 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Yoga 9:30-11:00 a.m., beading class 1-4:30 p.m
  • Friday: Aquatics in Rio Rancho 9:10-11:45 a.m., belly dancing

Special Classes / Events

May 1: Trip to Jemez Valley Community Center for May Day party

May 4: Senior Olympic horseshoe tournament at Placitas site, guitar singing group 12:30 p.m.

May 7: Hair cuts by appointment only

May 8: Trip to Cuba-presentation on Cuba area and barbeque lunch, fused glass group 2-4 p.m.

May 9: Mothers Day luncheon 11:30 a.m.

May 10: Greeting cards 1:00-2:00 p.m.

May 11: Gourd class—gourd texturing and techniques 1:00-4:00 p.m.

May 15: Healthy aging 12 p.m., bingo 12:30 p.m.

May 17: Health checks by Placitas Volunteer Fire Department 11:30 a.m.

May 18: Senior picnic and dance at Rotary Park in Bernalillo—Placitas site will be closed (all activities will be at Rotary Park) 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

May 21: Hair cuts by appointment only

May 22: Fused glass 2-4 p.m.

May 23: Trip to Bernalillo Senior Center-Salas contest 12:30-2:30 p.m.

May 24: Trip to Peña Blanca—high tea social and presentation of Peña Blanca

May 25: Senior prom hosted by the Placitas Community Center at Rotary Park—lunch and dance—call for details: 867-1396

May 28: Center closed in observation of Memorial Day

May 29: Healthy aging 12 p.m.

May 31: Birthday social 11:30 a.m., advisory board meeting 1:00 p.m., Heinrich Mobile Unit 1-2 p.m.

For more information or to verify times, call the Placitas Community Center at 867-1396.

Sandoval County Senior and Community Centers 
May Lunch Menu

May 1: Chicken strips, pasta salad, island vegetables, garden salad with dressing, whole wheat roll with margarine, fruit salad

May 2: Turkey and cheese sandwich with mayo, carrot and raisin salad, lettuce and tomato slices, tropical fruit, cookie

May 3: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, Capri vegetables, tossed salad with dressing, whole wheat roll with margarine, baked apple slices

May 4: Red chili cheese enchilada, Spanish rice, zucchini and onions, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, orange

May 7: Chicken taco, pinto beans, cucumber salad, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, strawberries and bananas

May 8: Tortilla cheeseburgers, potato salad, mixed vegetables, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, pineapple

May 9: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, island vegetables, garden salad with dressing, whole wheat roll with margarine, diced pears

May 10: Spaghetti with meat sauce, Italian vegetables, Caesar salad with dressing, garlic bread, crushed pineapple

May 11: Orange chicken salad, coleslaw, lettuce leaf, tomato wedges, crackers, fruit salad

May 14: Chicken breast, brown rice, California vegetables, tossed salad with dressing, biscuit with margarine, applesauce

May 15: Barbeque pork sandwich, carrot coins, garden salad with dressing, tropical fruit, cookie

May 16: Turkey tetrazzini, fettuccini noodles, Capri blend vegetables, garlic toast, spinach salad with dressing, orange

May 17: Open face chilidog, steak fries, steamed carrots, coleslaw, cantaloupe, cookie

May 18: All Centers closed for Annual Picnic. Green chili cheeseburger, lettuce and tomatoes, sliced onion and pickles, fresh fruit salad

May 21: Salisbury steak, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, spinach salad with dressing, whole wheat roll with margarine, baked apple slices

May 22: Baked fish with tartar sauce, rice pilaf, coleslaw, steamed carrots, whole wheat roll with margarine, diced pears

May 23: Green chili chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, cauliflower, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, pineapple

May 24: Sloppy Joe sandwich, carrot and raisin salad, green beans, tossed salad with dressing, fruit with Jell-O

May 25: Baked pork chop, corn bread stuffing with gravy, Chateau vegetables, tossed salad with dressing, whole wheat roll with margarine, mixed fruit

May 28: All centers closed in observance of Memorial Day

May 29: Chicken fried steak, scalloped potatoes, broccoli mélange, tossed salad with dressing, whole wheat roll with margarine, diced peaches

May 30: Chicken and rice pot pie, tossed salad with dressing, strawberry short cake

May 31: Lasagna, Italian vegetables, Caesar salad with dressing, garlic bread, applesauce

• Milk served with every meal. Canned fruit in light syrup. Menu subject to change.

Sandoval County honors its senior volunteers

—Sidney Hill

It’s not unusual to walk into a hospital, school, or community center and see senior citizens volunteering their time to help keep those places running. But have you ever wondered how much time those seniors actually give to the community?

The Sandoval County Senior Program staff has. That’s why—after tallying the exact number of hours seniors donate to various organizations throughout the county—the Senior Program staff asked the County Commission to designate April Senior Volunteer Month in Sandoval County.

The commission passed a proclamation to that affect on March 15, giving a formal “thank you” to the 250 plus seniors who have volunteered thousands of hours at twenty four different agencies serving Sandoval County residents of various ages over the past year.

To show how much these seniors deserve special recognition, the Senior Program Staff is sharing the stories of the three seniors who have logged the most volunteer hours from April 29 2011 to April 25, 2012. These highly-dedicated seniors are:

  • Marge Haas—put in 2,068 volunteer hours as business manager for the St. Felix Food Pantry in Rio Rancho.
  • Boonie Miera—has spent 979 hours as a Foster Grandparent at Algodones Elementary School.
  • Lynda Carol—has spent 1,908 hours as a Senior Companion for three elderly Sandoval County residents.  

“A lot of people don’t realize that some people don’t have anything,” says Haas, who has been doing volunteer work for ten years. She started with the St. Felix Food Pantry nearly 2.5 years ago. Haas refers to her work at St. Felix as simply doing what she loves—working with people.  She also believes she’s helping the pantry accomplish its mission, which is to restore hope to people who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances.

Boonie Miera has been a part of the Sandoval County Foster Grandparent Program for nearly four years. She currently is working with third-graders at Algodones Elementary School, giving students the individual attention the teacher may not always the time to provide. Miera says working with children brings joy to her life, and she seems to have the same affect on the children. Students are comfortable in seeking “Grandma Boonie’s” help when needed, and she can get them back on track with a gentle touch and a whisper, says Ms. Hill, the third-grade teacher at Algodones Elementary.   

Lynda Carol has been with the Sandoval County Senior Companion Program for more than four years. She is currently working with three elderly clients in the Cuba area. Her work involves visiting with elderly residents and assisting them in any way she can. Carol feels she is making a difference in her clients’ lives, while also learning from them. Several of her clients have said Carol’s presence makes them less dependent on family members, and that gives them a sense of relief.

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