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Page 16 . 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . August 2010 August 2010 . Denver Metro Answers: page 18 50 Plus Marketplace News Wheat Ridge Community Center 303- 205- 7500 41st Annual Wheat Ridge Car-nation Festival. Anderson Park, 44th & Field, Aug. 20 & 21 for mid-way booths, music, entertainment, food, fireworks and more. Breakfast in the Mountains. Aug. 25, Mt. Falcon Park for a de-lightful start to the day. $ 6 Tai Chi in the Park. Sat. Aug. 28, 9am for a morning of Tai Chi. Master Joe shares the benefits, then go outside to practice. No cost, but RSVP. Senior Hikes. Venture out to dif-ferent destinations all summer. $ 15 covers transportation and an escort. Aug. 6: Golden Gate State Park, Aug. 27: Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park. Call 303- 205- 7510 for more info. Memory Writers Class. Create a series of short stories about your life experiences and create a special keepsake. Aug. 3 & 10, 12: 30- 3pm, $ 50, scholarships available, register. Movie Under the Stars. Wed. Sept. 1. Bring a chair or a blanket and watch the show. Free; refresh-ments available for a small fee. Please RSVP. Dance Your Way to Fitness! Tap Dance: advanced, drop- in every Wed. 12: 45 - 1: 45, $ 3, free to Silver- Sneakers ® Line Dance: beginner, every Wed. 2 - 3pm, $ 3, free to SilverSneakers ® intermediate, drop- in every Mon, 2 - 3pm, $ 3, free to SilverSneakers ® Ballroom Blast: Drop- in every Fri. 11- noon, $ 3, free to SilverSneakers ® Zumba Fitness. Every Wed. & Fri. 5: 45- 6: 45pm. All ages. Summer intro fee $ 4 per class. drop- in. Dance Fit. Get fit while dancing to a variety of music, drop- in every Mon. 11- noon. $ 3, SilverSneakers ® , first class is free! Dance Fever. Theme is Awesome August. Sat. Aug. 14. $ 4, free to Sil-verSneakers ® , register. Fun & Games. drop- in. Duplicate Bridge: Mon, 12- 3: 30 pm. Social Bridge: Tues, 12: 40 - 3: 45pm. Mah Jongg: Thur, 1- 3: 45pm. Canasta: Fri, 1- 3pm. Pinochle: 1- 3: 45pm. Clements Community Center 303- 987- 4820 Travel. Includes: trip planning, round trip transportation, tickets and escort. Info & reservations: 303- 987- 4820. The 24- Hour Travel Hotline: 303- 987- 7011, is updated with newly scheduled trips. Bull Durham Casino. Wed, Aug. 4. Includes: transportation, travel leader, a coupon book offering $ 5 with $ 20 buy- in upon arrival, free roll of nickels after 1 hr play, free Danish and coffee, free hot dog & soup and free well, wine & draft drinks while gambling. Trail Ridge Road. Sat, Aug. 7. Drive over Berthoud Pass, lunch in Grand Lake before a scenic high country drive on Trail Ridge Rd. A stop in Estes Park with time for some browsing and shopping. Return through Big Thompson Canyon. Includes: transportation, meal, & driver gratuity. Betty Ford Gardens. Tues, Aug. 10. One day trip to Vail. A guided tour of Betty Ford Gardens with over 500 varieties of alpine and sub- alpine plants. Lunch on own. Includes: transportation, and ad-mission. Sit and Stay Fit. Tues/ Thur, Ongo-ing 11- 11: 45 am. While sitting, do the equivalent of a 1- mile walk. Lis-ten to music while toning & stretch-ing with weights, sticks & balls. Hatha Yoga. Mon/ Wed, Ongoing 9- 10: 30 am. Gentle Yoga. Tues, Ongoing 9- 10: 30 am. A great way to stay fit and mobile. Release stress and tension while gaining strength, flexibility and balance! Kings & Queens of Pinochle. Types of games include single deck, two deck, and three deck. Every Tues. except holidays, noon- 5 pm. Friday Afternoon Social Bridge. Contract bridge with a change of partners every four hands. No partner necessary. Passholder Card or $ 1 drop- in. Light refreshments provided for $ 2. Every Fri. except holidays, noon- 3: 30 pm. Table Tennis. Friendly games of table tennis. All welcome. Every Wed. except holidays 1- 4 pm. & every Fri. except holidays, 1- 3 pm. Sidepockets. Weekdays, 8- 5 pm. Drop in for billiards or snooker. Pool leagues are looking for new members. Friendly games of pi-nochle or poker. Saturday Night Dance. 3 hrs to dance with a live band, and re-freshments. $ 6 person. 7- 10 pm, Sat. doors open at 6. Band sched-ule - Aug. 7: Memories; Aug. 14: Tom Allen Variety Band; Aug. 21: Perfect Harmony; Aug. 28: Terry Norona Titans. Walk in the Woods. Thur. walks are planned to enjoy great scen-ery in Colorado without a difficult climb or too much altitude gain. Walks range from 2 - 5 miles, alti-tude gain not over 700 ft. 8- 3 pm. Hiking. Each hiker goes as far as they want. For moderate hikes the range is up to 8 miles, altitude gain up to 1,500 ft. For upper level the range is up to 12 miles, altitude gain up to 3,500 ft. 7: 30- 5 pm. Lunch at Clements Center. Mon- Thur and 1st Fri. each month The VoA offers lunch at noon. 60+, $ 2.50, under 60, $ 5. Reservations call 2 business days before 12: 30 pm. Morning Dance. Dance to the Happy Hour Band each Wed. 10: 30- noon. No charge.

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A Skilled Nursing/ Rehabilitation Center Franklin Park is owned by American Baptist Homes of the Midwest, a not- for- profit provider of senior living for over 75 years. The Health Center at Franklin Park ' Safety, security and serenity in the heart of the city' 1535 Park Avenue Denver, Colorado 80211 303- 832- 9323 Jefferson County Council on Aging 303- 271- 3487 . www. jeffcoccoa. org experts to answer questions. Kids can enjoy McGruff the Crime Dog along with CHEESO, the Child Internet Safety mascot, ' jumpy castles,' an opportunity to create a ' water safety T- shirt,' and other special activities. Each half- hour there is live pre-sentations including a question and answer with Sheriff Mink and District Attorney Scott Sto-rey, Child Internet Safety, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Safety and ID Theft Prevention. The event also features a ' live' computer lab where District Attorney staff assist attendees in how to enroll in the Colorado No Call List, the Junk Mail Opt Out list, and receive a free credit report which can be reviewed, confidentially, by bank staff from First Bank. Free parking is available and the Senior's Resource Center runs a shuttle from the parking lot to the front entrance. Attendees can also tour the new Table Mountain Animal Shelter. You won't want to miss the Community Safety Awareness Day at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 9 am until 1 pm. One Stop Safety Shop Imagine attending a fun and in-formative event for you and your family where you can receive safe-ty information concerning almost every aspect of life; a " one- stop safety shop." The Community Safety Awareness Day, sponsored by the District Attorney's office, has something for everyone in-cluding: free shredding, prescrip-tion drop off, electronic recycling of old TV's, computers, moni-tors, microwave ovens, etc., ( with a small charge for larger items), Colorado State Parks water safety and patrol boat, Colorado State Patrol rollover crash simulator, crash car, race car and a restored older police car, Jefferson County Animal Control trucks, and a Bike Rodeo with free bike helmets for kids. Sixty- plus vendors provide safety information for every stage of life: children's ID kits, DNA recording, child Internet safety, crime prevention, home and com-puter security, health safety, water and boating safety, fire prevention, transportation safety, and senior safety. Each booth is manned by By Theresa Whisenand Bonnie Carter retired from Qwest Com-munications over 26 years ago and won-dered what to do with her time. Never one to sit still, Bonnie took a couple of college classes to stimulate her mind. This was only a continuation to a lifetime of fruitful adventures. Bonnie has a contagious passion for life that spreads to those she shares herself with. Bonnie Carter currently vol-unteers as a paracounselor at Jef-ferson Center for Mental Health. Paracounselors work closely with degreed professionals to support and guide seniors who may be struggling with alcoholism, de-pression, or other problems. " It is the job of the paracounselor to lis-ten to clients and show them the resources that are available," Bon-nie describes. Her experience has allowed her to create balance be-tween the connections to her cli-ents and the need to " maintain a professional relationship." Bon-nie states that the most rewarding aspect is to assist her community on a larger level. She supports her clients to overcome hardship and promote participation in the community. Bonnie utilizes vol-unteering as a way to balance other elements of her life. She plays bridge every week, is an active member of her church, and she travels all over the world with her daughter, most recently a safari in Kenya. Music is another passion, and Bonnie plays keyboards in Bonnie's Combo, a five- piece band and The Golden Tones, an 11- piece band that plays " music from the 30' s, 40' s and 50' s," throughout the Wheat Ridge area. Bonnie Carter lives her life each and every day. While her friends, family, and some who read this ar-ticle may think that Bonnie takes on too much, she responds, " I just love to volunteer and keep busy. In fact, I'm just getting started." May-be we can all learn a little from Bonnie and her love for life. If you are 55 years of better and want to know how you can make a difference contact Jeffco RSVP. Contact Kathy Novoselac, 303- 235- 6946, or knovoselac@ srcac-ing. org. RSVP Volunteer of the Month Bonnie Carter