EVRPD March Senior Services Programs

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), provider of numerous recreational and community activities in the Estes Valley, is pleased to offer a variety of weekly social opportunities for seniors at the new Estes Valley Community Center.

Beginning in March, Senior Services will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The coffee bar, lounge, game room, and many social opportunities are free to seniors. Apart from the following scheduled activities, seniors are invited to drop in anytime for coffee and socialization.

Ongoing Social Opportunities

Tuesday Social Hour: Drop in on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and enjoy chatting with friends over fresh baked goods and coffee.

Mahjong Games: Drop in on Mondays and Fridays between 12:30 and 4 p.m. to play this popular four-player, tile-based game. Don’t know how to play? Free lessons will be offered every Tuesday in March from 1 to 3 p.m. (Advanced sign-up is required for lessons.)

Community Bridge: Free drop-in lessons are offered on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. and games are played on Thursdays between 12:30 and 4 p.m. To play, call facilitator Lloyd Parker at 970-581-3505.

Rocky Rollers Wii Bowling: Drop in on Mondays at 10 a.m. to bowl electronically with the Wii video game.

Palette Pals Open Art Studio: Bring your own materials and projects; get inspired by others! Drop in on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Civil War Class

EVRPD is excited to offer a four-week class series entitled “My Family in the Civil War.” Classes will be instructed by local professional educator Jeff Arnold.

Classes will meet on Wednesdays, March 14 through April 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. No class will be held on March 28. The cost for the four-week series is $35, and all classes will be held at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 7. To register, visit evrpd.com/recguide, call 970-586-8189, or visit the Estes Valley Community Center at 660 Community Drive starting February 28.

Like many Americans, Jeff Arnold has ancestors that fought on both sides of the Civil War. According to Jeff, “They were all ‘Westerners’ whose toughness was tested in the brutal battles west of the Appalachians.” In this class, Mr. Arnold will explain those battles with the stories of his ancestors woven into the narrative. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary to participate.

Instructor Jeff Arnold has been teaching United States history classes in Estes Park schools for over 20 years. He is a National Board-Certified Teacher who holds a B.A. in History from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan. His passion for history and extensive studies of American history bring excitement to these outstanding classes.

Great Courses Series: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

The 18-week course will be held on Fridays beginning March 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The course is free and open to the public. Participants may attend any or all sessions; no registration is required. A complete list of each week’s course topics is available online at evrpd.com. Go to the “Seniors” tab, click on “Programs, Classes, and Travel,” and then scroll down to click on “Lifelong Learning.” 

Video lectures will be taught by Anthony A. Goodman, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Montana State University and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He spent 20 years as a general surgeon in South Florida and worked aboard the hospital ship for Project HOPE and with the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

According to Professor Goodman, “60 to 65 percent of longevity is within your control. My overall objective in this course is to help you see your options and make educated health-related decisions for a lifetime of good health and well-being. This course will present an accessible, science-based program to help preserve your health and enhance your quality of life at any age. The lectures explain how and why the body and mind age and how you can build the pillars of a health-maintenance program: good nutrition, beneficial exercise, stress-relieving relaxing and restorative activities, and more and varied healthful lifestyle choices.”

This DVD lecture series is produced by The Great Courses, a twenty-seven-year-old educational company dedicated to producing engaging audio and video lectures by professors from leading universities.

Health and Wellness

Blood Pressure Clinic

EVRPD is pleased to offer monthly blood pressure clinics sponsored by the Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC).

Clinics are offered on the third Monday of each month. The clinics this spring will be held on March 19, April 16 and May 21 at 12:30 p.m. No sign-up is needed; just drop by the Estes Valley Community Center and get checked by a registered nurse from EPMC’s Home Health Care/Hospice team.

Medicare Counseling

EVRPD is pleased to collaborate with UCHealth Aspen Club to offer free Medicare counseling. All counseling sessions are conducted by trained State Health Insurance Program Counselors from the UCHealth Aspen Club.

Counseling sessions will be held at the new Estes Valley Community Center. The individual 45-minute appointments are offered between 9:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through October. Registration is now open for the March 28, April 25, and May 23 dates.

These sessions are useful for those new to Medicare, those with questions or problems with coverage, or anyone needing good information on Medicare services and plans.

For more information about Aspen Club, please visit their website at www.uchealth.org/aspenclub or call (970) 495-8560 in Fort Collins or (970) 624-1860 in Loveland.

Monthly Group Meditation Program

EVRPD is pleased to offer free group meditation on the first Thursday of each month.

Meetings will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, March 1. No advanced registration is required; just drop in. The group is open to all those interested, and no prior meditation experience is necessary. Each class will include an exploration of issues and challenges that may arise in developing one’s own practice, a guided meditation, as well as silent meditation.

The group will be led by local meditation and dream teacher Mary Jo Heyen. For more information on Mary Jo’s background and training, please visit her website, Dreams: The Sacred Experiment, at www.maryjoheyen.com.

Day Trips

Denver Museum of Art

Join your friends for a day trip to see a special exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

“Degas: A Passion for Perfection” showcases prolific French artist Edgar Degas’ works from 1855 to 1906, including paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, and sculptures. The Denver Art Museum is the sole American venue for this exhibition. Participants will also be given time for lunch and exploration of the museum’s other collections.

The trip will take place on Wednesday, March 28, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, March 14. The van will depart the Estes Valley Community Center at 10 a.m. and return approximately 4 p.m. The trip fee is $48 and includes round-trip transportation, entry to the museum, and a ticket to the Degas exhibition. To register, visit evrpd.com/recguide, call 970-586-8189, or visit the Estes Valley Community Center at 660 Community Drive starting February 28.

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Join friends and other Estes Valley residents to see Man of La Mancha at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown, Colo.

The trip will take place on Sunday, April 29, and the registration deadline is Friday, March 30. The van will depart the Estes Valley Community Center at 11 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m. The trip fee is $84 and includes round-trip transportation, a ticket to the show, full dinner, tax and tip.

One of the most heralded musicals of all time, the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse describes Man of La Mancha as “a glorious affirmation of the unyielding resilience of the human spirit that will leave you breathless.” Man of La Mancha enters the mind and world of the “mad knight,” Don Quixote, as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. In a tale told by Cervantes himself in defense of his life’s work, Quixote is, against all odds, a man who sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. Featuring stirring classic songs like “The Impossible Dream,” Man of La Mancha is a multi-Tony Award®-winning theatrical masterpiece that blurs the line between dreams and reality.

Weekly Pilot Lunch Program

EVRPD is excited to begin the weekly lunch program starting March 8 with a warm and friendly atmosphere for the community to enjoy lunch each Thursday.

Lunches will be served at the new Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive, in the lower level community room. This pilot program, available through a generous grant from SupplyWorks, will be offered each Thursday from March 8 through May 31 at 12 noon. The fresh and healthy lunches are catered by Jubliations Catering and include a hot main dish, salad, drink, and dessert. The meals provide nourishment for the body, and the socialization provides nourishment for the soul!

The cost is $5 per person for seniors 55 and older or $7 per person for those under 55. Reservations are required no later than 2 p.m. the Monday before, and can be made by calling 970-586-8191. The monthly menu is available online at evrpd.com/weekly-lunch-program.

Once per month, the luncheons will have a special theme. The first special themed luncheon will be in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 15. Don’t forget to wear green! 

Step Into Your Creative Space

EVRPD is excited to offer metal embossing workshop at the new community center.

The class will take place on Tuesday, April 3 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $45 and most materials are included. The registration deadline is March 27, and a minimum of four students are required.

In this basic metal embossing class, students will learn to outline and emboss a Rocky Mountain columbine flower and turn it into a beautiful greeting card souvenir. Students will learn the use of eight basic tools and four embossing techniques. Two cards may be completed in class, and most supplies and tools will be provided.

The class will be taught by Libby Rehm, an Estes Park local whose formal education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University. Libby has taught metal embossing and bookmaking classes with the Colorado Calligrapher’s Guild and Trinidad State Junior College, as well as private classes. In addition to her expertise in metal embossing, Libby is a juried photographer and mixed media artist. Samples of her artwork can be found on her Facebook page (Elegant Elk Studios), website (www.libbyrehm.com), and Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/people/libbyrehm).


For more information about the new community center, to purchase a membership or inquire about senior services, visit evrpd.com or call 970-586-8191.