Breakfast & Votes THIS Week, Dinner Theatre, and More!

Posted on: January 9th, 2018

Mountain MidLife Friends:
Sign up now for Mountain MidLife Breakfast THIS Saturday, January 13!  Optional hike follows. Details in calendar listings below. Sign up by replying to this email or call 303-258-0799. (Meetup recently redesigned the site and no longer shows the “+1” signup to the host, so if you signed up there, please contact us if you are registering more than one.)

 URGENT Special Opportunity! Easy money for NAS! We need less than one minute of your time and your vote to bring dollars to our host nonprofit.

Lucky’s Market in north Boulder has nominated Nederland Area Seniors to be included in their new Bags for Change Program! In Bags for Change, every time a customer brings in a reusable bag they receive a 10¢ credit. They can choose to keep the credit or donate it to one of three local nonprofit organizations. It adds up quickly to a significant donation!

Winning nonprofits are decided by community vote and we need YOUR help to secure this substantial community donation. The voting has already begun and runs ONLY THROUGH MONDAY, JANUARY 15.  At the end of the voting period the three nonprofits with the most votes will be the next Bags for Change recipients. We are currently in 3rd place and we need your votes to stay there!

Let’s make this happen! To vote, go to Lucky’s Market-North Boulder’s Facebook page, or just click here:  We only have this week to do this, so please post this on your own Facebook pages and email your friends, family, and co-workers to ask them to vote for us, too!

 It is not too soon to sign up for Mountain MidLife Dinner & Games Night on Friday, January 26, only two weeks away!  See details in calendar listings below.

 Invite a friend to a meal (lunches every Monday and Wednesday or monthly dinners or breakfasts) and offer to pick them up and drop them home afterwards. With a “requested contribution” of $5 (over age 60), we offer a fun and affordable get-together with friends. We need and appreciate your anonymous meal contributions, but please ensure people know that we welcome anyone over age 60 even if they cannot pay.


All ages of adults are welcome at all events, attended mostly by folks over age 50.

Sign up for all Mountain MidLife events at 303-258-0799 or or by replying to this email.


New Opportunity!  Create Our Events


Our new board is reconfiguring some of the ways our organization can operate most effectively. We invite all of the folks who have enjoyed an event or outing in the past few years—or would like to in the future—to help us sustain our vibrant activity levels. Your input about what specific outings you would like our organization to plan and a small amount of your energy to help make them happen for everyone is needed. We are reducing hours for our tiny overburdened staff and need YOU, our friends we love to get together with, to help keep our group lively. If we don’t step up to make them happen, our wonderful array of activities and outings could become a distant memory. Let’s get together regularly to plan all the fun times we can share! Please call us at 303-258-0799to volunteer with our fun programs and activities planning group.


Open Enrollment Insurance Help


For our MidLife Friends under age 65 not yet eligible for Medicare and needing to sign up for health insurance, open enrollment began November 1. Assistance in navigating the Connect for Health Colorado financially assisted Marketplace is available free at the Nederland Community Center from 9am to 3pm on Tuesday, January 9. No need for an appointment – just drop by. To obtain a list of materials to bring if applying for financial assistance (tax credits) or for more general information:,, or 303-441-1000.


Luncheon Program – AirMedCare Network


Helicopter flights for life threatening emergencies are not covered by many insurance companies and can cost over $40,000. Learn about a program to reduce costs from Amy Scott of the AirMedCare Network at lunch THIS Wednesday, January 10.


 Book Group


The Book Group will meet at a private home on second Thursdays; the next meeting is THIS Thursday, January 11, 6:30pm, and the format is pot luck. Call us at 303-258-0799 for the location or other info. January’s book is The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.


Featured Event!  Social Saturday Breakfast & Hike


Come join us for breakfast and optional hike following at the Nederland Community Center on Saturday, January 13. Doors open at 8:30am, with the meal served at 9:00am. Menu is at end of email. All ages of adults are welcome. Cost is only $8 under age 60 and $5 requested contribution from those over age 60. Please RSVP to 303-258-0799 or reply to this email or (Please note that the newly designed site is not showing us the “+1” on signups, so we need to hear from you on email or voicemail for such registrations…) An optional hike follows at 10:15am.

Please VOLUNTEER to help at these events. If you enjoy cooking and would like to assist our friendly new chef Cher Rainbolt the evening prior or early in the morning, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you can help at the door with greeting/check-in and welcoming/orienting our newest guests, we really appreciate it. We need 2-3 people to handle this each time and need to know several days in advance that we have these positions covered.

New Date! Annie at BDT Stage (Boulder’s Dinner Theater)


Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score features some of the most well-known musical theatre hits, including Tomorrow.


With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. After escaping, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.


Join us for an evening of dinner and show on Thursday, February 15, 6:15pm. NOTE: We have moved this date due to a schedule conflict with the Art at the Center Opening Reception, discovered after our print newsletter’s press time.Ticket price is $45 for angle seats if we have a group of 12 or more. We need to lock in the tickets immediately, so please call as soon as you read this to let us know if you are planning to attend. We need to receive payments by NEXT Monday, January 15.

New Snowshoe and X-C Ski Interest Groups


The BIGfoot Snowshoe hike tradition resumes with our volunteer leader Gunda Starkey. These hikes meet on third Fridays at 10:00am at the lower east entrance of the Nederland Community Center to carpool to a nearby trailhead. Our first snowshoe hike of the season will be on Friday, January 19. Please sign up at 303-258-0799. If you have no snowshoes but would like to learn and participate, let us know.


Join us for classic cross-country skiing on the groomed trails at Eldora Mountain Resort. We will meet inside the Nordic center, just left of the downhill beginners’ slope, on Sunday, January 28, at Noon. Single day trail passes on weekends are $32, or $22 over age 65, and equipment rentals are $27, or $22 over age 65. Our volunteer leader (not a certified ski instructor) can help beginners; otherwise please consider scheduling a lesson in advance with a professional instructor ($80) from Eldora Nordic Center prior to our outing. Plan to arrive early if requiring rental equipment.


With varying skill levels in our group and snow/trail conditions being fickle, we will need to communicate prior to the event. Please call Gunda at 303-459-0412 with questions/reservations and indicate what type of cross country skiing you have done and your skill level so we can plan groups. This event presents inherent risk of injury and all participants must sign a liability waiver.

Swing Dance to Live Big Band Music


Swing Dance to a live dance band at the Avalon Ballroom at 63rd and Arapahoe in Boulder on Saturday, January 20. Dance lesson 7pm-8pm included with the price of admission. Dancing 8-11pm. DJ dance music during intermissions. Light snacks provided. All ages welcome. No partner or dance experience required. Please wear non-marking shoes. Dress to express yourself. Casual is fine. Admission: $15 per person general; $10 students; $5 children accompanied by adult; volunteers free. Cash or check.

Foot Care


 Local Registered Nurse Debbie Neal serves mountain older adults with toenail and skin care, review of foot concerns – Monday, January 22. By appointment, downtown Nederland, $30, sign up at 303-258-0799.


Open Stage with Danny Shafer


The new Boulder Oskar Blues on Pearl Street near 9th proudly hosts Danny Shafer’s Open Mic, which is one of the longest-running in Boulder. Recently featured in the Daily Camera, this jam session features an eclectic mix of some of Boulder’s most talented locals. Come jam with Danny Shafer and friends from 7:30-9:30pm—or enjoy listening while we snack, drink, and visit on Tuesday, January 23. No admission charge. Call our office at 303-258-0799 if attending so we can be sure someone brings the Mountain MidLife table tent sign and everyone can find each other.


Featured Event!  Mountain MidLife Dinner & Games


In all the fun of our Holiday Singalong, we missed our Games Night last month, so we have added it to the next Mountain MidLife Dinner on Friday, January 26 – 5:00pm doors open for social, 5:30pm meal served. Please reserve as far in advance as possible at, by replying to this email, or by phone at 303-258-0799.  If you have special dietary needs not already registered with us, please inform us several days in advance. $10 Adults under age 60 or $5 requested contribution over age 60.

Please VOLUNTEER to help at these events. If you enjoy cooking and would like to assist our friendly new chef Cher Rainbolt in the afternoon, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you can help at the door with greeting/check-in and welcoming/orienting our newest guests, we really appreciate it. We need 3-4 people to handle this each time and need to know several days in advance that we have these positions covered.


Art at the Center Opening Reception


Art at the Center hosts a wonderful wine-and-appetizers event at the Nederland Community Center to launch its new art show of local talent on Thursday, February 1, 5:00pm–7:00pm. Live music by talented young guitarist Desmond Blake. The requested donation of $5 provides two free beverage tickets.


Wine/Beverage Tasters!


This evening is more about the social than any formal tasting. Just bring a bottle of something you’d enjoy sharing and an appetizer. Held in a private home Saturday, February 3, 6:30pm. Call, email, or sign up on Meetup for reservations and we will email the location.

Luncheon Program – TRU PACE


TRU PACE is a unique program of multiple levels of services available to help mountain seniors who need nursing-home-level care so they may age in place at home while benefiting from these services in Lafayette. They even come pick us up at home to take us to their center for everything from PT and medical to counseling, social, meals, and more. Learn about the variety of services offered from Leslie Mader at lunch Wednesday, February 7.


Open-Caption Films at Monday Matinees


Our friendly Backdoor Theatre crew at the Nederland Community Center has added a special matinee showing every Monday at 1:30pm of the prior weekend’s film. Please help spread the word to friends whose jobs or busy schedules prevents them from attending movies on Friday and Saturday evenings. The matinee includes “open captioning”, which shows the words at the bottom of the screen. This is most helpful to those of us who stopped attending movies because we have trouble understanding what the actors are saying. Enjoy this new, enhanced feature and show your support to the BDT so they can continue to offer this new service!


Other Events of Interest


Plan an outing or interest group and we can post it at Meetup. Email details to Serene at serenekarplus (at) Adults of all ages are welcome at all events.





Lunch at Nederland Community Center — RSVP 2 days ahead

   Every Monday & Wednesday, Noon


Mtn MidLife Breakfast/Brunch, Nederland Community Center —RSVP one week ahead if possible

   Second Sat Odd # Mos, 8:30am/9:00am

   Second Sun Even # Months, 11:00am/11:30am


Mtn MidLife Dinner at Nederland Community Center —RSVP one week ahead if possible

   Fourth Fridays, 5:00pm/5:30pm


Exercise at St. Rita’s Catholic Church; free

   Every Monday & Wednesday, 10:30am


Pickleball at Nederland Community Center; Ned CC fees

   Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10:00am


Writing Skills at Ned Community Library; free

   Every 1st and 3rd Monday, 1:00pm


Writing Life Stories at Ned Community Library; free

   Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 1:00pm


NedKnits at Ned Community Library; free

   Second Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Ned Comm Library


BIGfoot Memorial Hike Meet at Nederland Community Center; free

   Every 3rd Friday, 9:00am, Call NAS to Confirm


 January Menu


Please RSVP two days ahead for lunches, a week ahead for breakfasts and dinners to 303-258-0799.


M     1  HOLIDAY—No Lunch

W    3  Ham and Bean Soup, Cornbread, Greek Salad, Orange/Pineapple/Grape

M    8   Herb Baked Tilapia, Quinoa, Spring Mix Salad w Chickpeas, Berries         

W  10  Chicken Pot Pie w Carrot/Peas/Potatoes, Spinach Salad w Egg/Onion/Mushroom, Pear

Sa  13  Vegetable Frittata, Turkey Sausage, Berry Oatmeal, WW Toast, Melon

M  15  Vegetarian Chili, Cornbread, Spinach Salad w Feta, Apple

W  17  Roast Pork, Broccoli/Carrot, Baked Potato, Mixed Berries

M  22  Chef’s Salad, Vegetable Soup, WW Bread. Pear

W  24  Fish Taco, Roasted Vegetables, Pinto Beans/Rice, Lettuce/Salsa, Peach

Fr  26   Beef Pot Roast w Carrot/Celery/Potato, WW Roll, Caesar Salad, Banana

M  29   Chicken Salad Sandwich on Croissant, Italian Salad, Pear

W  31   Grilled Cheese Baguette, Cauliflower Dill Soup, Spring Mix Salad, Strawberries




We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

Serene Karplus