Mountain MidLife Friends

Posted on: July 3rd, 2017

Mountain MidLife Friends:

Sign up NOW for our Mountain MidLife Breakfast and Wildflower Hike THIS Saturday, July 8!


Please set aside a couple of hours on Saturday, July 29, to attend and help with our annual Nederland Coming Home Day Pancake Breakfast. Let us know how and when you can help by replying to this email or calling 303-258-0799. Thank you!

See listings of our great upcoming events listed below. If you are not receiving our monthly NAS Newsletter and would like to receive it so you can see birthday listings and articles from our Mountain Options Counselor of our local Area Agency on Aging, please reply to this email and let us know whether we should email a PDF or send via US Mail.


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 do not turn away anyone over age 60 who 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.



Fourth of July


BAND/PARADE: For those folks looking for a little festive daytime celebration Barker Dam Brass Band, which used to ride on a bandwagon through the parade, will play from 11am to Noon outside the Train Cars. They celebrate their 25th year and this may be its final year performing, so come catch the historic nostalgia of a little brass band in our town. If you play a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument and would like to join for a short, easy-read performance, please contact or 651-238-7312.

The parade was reinstated at last minute, so there should be a Noon Parade up east First Street from the Reservoir towards the business district, turning north at Snyder Street. The band will not be in the parade, as they committed to the Train Cars performance when the parade had been cancelled.


FIREWORKS: We are gathering for the Black Hawk Fireworks on Tuesday, July 4. If you’d like to socialize with others from our group and enjoy the biggest, longest fireworks show we’ve seen anywhere, show up at the Ameristar parking garage 10th floor at 8:15pm. Please note that this is outdoors in the parking garage, not indoors in the hotel.

We cannot drive onto that level, so park where you can, then come up and look for Margaret Freeman with a small table and 8X11 Mountain Midlife logo (batik blue and brown mountain).

Bring your own lawn chair, non-alcoholic beverages (there will be a security check), and finger-food snacks to share.

Details/changes/updates, if any, will be posted here. If you have questions, you may call Margaret’s cell at (Five-One-Two)-6one9-1000.


Luncheon Program – CBD as Medicine


CBD as Medicine:  Cheryl Fanelli shares research regarding the medicinal benefits of Cannabidiol, the

non-psychoactive chemical derived from Cannabis – Wednesday, July 5. Menu is Chicken, Green Beans, Potato Sald, Grapes. Call today (303-258-0799) to join us for lunch at Noon – be there by 12:30 for only the presentation.


Featured Event!  Social Breakfast & Hike


Come join us for breakfast and optional hike following it at the Nederland Community Center on Saturday, July 8. Doors open at 8:30am, with the meal served at 9:00am. Our buffet includes: Spinach Mushroom Frittata, Sausage, Chia Oatmeal, Granola, Yogurt, Melon. All ages of adults are welcome. Cost is only $8 under age 60 and $5 requested contribution from those over age 60. Please RSVP immediately to 303-258-0799 or at


Luncheon Program – Conversation Cafe


Conversation Café:  This monthly circle meets 12:45pm-2:00pm to share wisdom and experience on a

variety of topics—a great opportunity to get to know each other in new ways – Monday, July 10. Menu is Ground Beef Enchilada Pie w toppings, Berry Dessert. Call by Friday, 7/9, (303-258-0799) to join us for lunch at Noon – be there by 12:45 for only the Conversation Café.



Peter Pan w Live MAMPO & Dinner/Hike


Paramount Studios’ 1924 silent film production of Peter Pan has been fully restored from original nitrate

materials with authentic color tints, and will feature a new score written and performed live by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Show time is Wednesday, July 12, 7:30, and we will precede it with options for a one-hour hike or dinner at Chautauqua at 6:00pm. Let us know if you will join us for one of these early events when you call to reserve your place. Show tickets are $12 for this concert and movie night rolled into one.


 Book Group


The July Book Group will be at Lee Kennedy’s home on Ridge Road on Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm, and the format is pot luck. Call us at 303-258-0799 for more info. The book for July is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.


Switzerland Trail & VNB


Nederland Mining Museum shines the spotlight on the Switzerland Trail of America at its Second Fridays history night on Friday, July 14, at 7:00pm. This one-hour presentation invites us for coffee and dessert and some of us will head over to Very Nice Brewing in the Nederland shopping mall for conversation afterwards. Please join us!

Swing Dance to Live Big Band Music

Swing Dance Party at the Avalon Ballroom with ​a live dance band. Dance lesson 7:00 to 8:00 PM included with the price of admission. Dancing 8:00 to 11:00 PM. DJ dance music during intermissions. Light snacks provided. There is a coat room.
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; volunteers free. Children $5 only with responsible adult in charge. Cash or check.


Luncheon Program – Emergency Preparedness


Emergency Preparedness:  Justin Bukartek of the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management shares tips for planning for emergency evacuations – Wednesday, July 19. Menu is Red Beans & Rice w Turkey Sausage, Collard Greens, Mixed Fruit/Nut Salad. Call us (303-258-0799) by Monday, 7/17, to join us for lunch at Noon – or be there by 12:30 for only the presentation.



CMF Open Rehearsal & Lunch


The fabulous musicians of the Colorado Music Festival orchestra arrive at rehearsals ready to perform so the conductor spends their precious little rehearsal time adding only his/her interpretations to the mix. The lush beauty is already a given. Come enjoy listening to a free open rehearsal during the morning


(no chat time, like a concert), then socialize over a delicious lunch on the veranda at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. The rehearsal for the concert of Debussy and Ravel is on Thursday, July 20, 10am – 12:30pm. We will likely need a reservation for lunch, so please sign up by Tuesday, July 18 to join us (call 303-258-0799). 

Plan to arrive early, as musicians and other listeners absorb much of the nearby parking.


 BIGfoot Hike


The BIGfoot Memorial Hike w Lucy Stroock meets at the Nederland Community Center at 10:00am for carpool departure to the trailhead of the hike location to be determined closer to the time. The pace is comfortable and leisurely.


Taming of the Shrew


Join us for the Tuesday, July 25, 6:30pm performance of Taming of the Shrew  at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival at CU in Boulder. They have set it in Little Italy in New York in the 1920s. Only a few tickets remain at the over-age-65 price of $36 (others $39). Although this outdoor venue is fairly small, we recommend checking out a free earbud amplifier at the box office to hear every word in these back area seats. Please sign up and pay by July 10. Optional: Let us know if you would like to meet on the greens in front of the theater for personal picnics at 5:00pm. Call 303-258-0799.



Foot Care

 Local Registered Nurse Debbie Neal serves mountain older adults with toenail and skin care, review of foot concerns – Wednesday, July 26. By appointment, downtown Nederland, $30, sign up at 303-258-0799



Featured Event!  Sasa Harambee at Mountain MidLife Dinner


Our Mountain MidLife Social Dinner on Friday, July 28, hosts guest speaker Carol Carper sharing stories of her ongoing work in Kenya. The Sasa Harambee “Now Let Us All Pull Together” organization works to build community capacity and sustainable economy and agriculture in Sigomere Ward of rural Kenya.

A delicious Kenyan-inspired meal and social time with friends kicks off the evening. Please reserve early for the dinner, only $5 requested contribution over age 60 and $10 under age 60, by calling 303-258-0799.


Featured Event!  Coming Home Pancake Breakfast


The last weekend of July each year hosts the big reunion of all classes of graduates from Nederland High School—and all ages of folks who have lived here over the years. We welcome these returning friends with a pancake breakfast to kick off the Saturday activities. All of the community is encouraged to enjoy

with us the eggs, sausage, yogurt, granola, bananas, coffee, orange juice, and all-you-can-eat pancakes.


Please help us by spreading the word, planning to attend, and bringing guests. We also need help hosting everyone from 8am to 11am on Saturday, July 29. We will need help setting up after dinner the night

before, making coffee, serving the food and cashiering. Please call us at 303-258-0799 to let us know what times you can help:  Friday evening 7pm-8:30pm, Saturday 7:30am-9:30am or 9:30am-11:30am. Thank you!


Luncheon Programs


Scams & Frauds:  Jane Walsh of the Boulder District Attorney’s office, updates us on the latest schemes

targeting older adults – Wednesday, August 2. Menu is TBD. Call us (303-258-0799) by Monday, 7/31, to join us for lunch at Noon – or be there by 12:30 for only the presentation.


 Mountain MidLife & Other Events of Interest


Events we are already planning together appear in bold font and appear on Plan an outing or interest group and we can post it at Meetup. Email details to Serene at Adults of all ages are welcome at all events.


Mons, 7/3-31, Boulder Concert Band in parks, 7pm, 7/3 Salberg Pk, 7/10 Chautauqua,

    7/17 N. Boulder Park, 7/24 Boulder Library Labyrinth, 7/31 Viele Lake

Tue, 7/4 Band by Carousel 11am, Black Hawk Fireworks & Social 6:30pm (see Meetup)

Fri/Sat, 7/7-8 Longmont Rhythm on the River Festival

Sat, 7/8, History & Habitat of Caribou Ranch, 9am-12pm Volunteer Naturalists along trail

Wed, 7/13, Mountain MidLife Book Group, call for location, 6:30pm

Sat, 7/15, Swing Dance at The Avalon, Boulder, $15, 7pm lesson, 8-11pm Big Band Live Music

Sat/Sun, 7/15-16, Pearl Street Arts Fest

Wed, 7/19, Que Mando (Latin band), Bands on the Bricks, Pearl St, Boulder, Free, 7pm

Wed, 7/19, High Country Night Hike w BCPOS, 8-10pm, call to register by 7/17, 303-678-6214

Thu, 7/20, Colorado Music Festival Concert, Chautauqua – Romantics Debussy & Ravel, $24/$21

Fri, 7/21, BIGfoot Memorial Hike w Lucy Stroock, meet at Ned Comm Ctr, 10am

Thru 7/22, Rky Mtn Quilt Museum – “Under the Western Sun” & “Quilting the Wild West”

Sat/Sun, 7/22-23, VegFest at Jeffco Fairgrounds

Thu, 7/27, Colorado Music Festival Concert , Chautauqua – Holst’s The Planets, $24/$21

Th-Su, 7/27-30, Buffalo Bill Days, Golden

Fr-Su, 7/28-8/6, Boulder County Fair

Sat, 7/29 9am-1pm Geology of Caribou Ranch walk w BCPOS, Free, 4.5 mi hike

Su, 8/13, SAVE THE DATE – Tour Tom Hendrick’s mine near Caribou after Brunch


July Menu


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


M    3  Chef’s Salad w Meats/Cheeses, Whole Wheat Roll, Watermelon

W   5   Baked Herbed Chicken, Green Beans, Potato Salad, Grapes

Sa   8  Spinach Mushroom Frittata, Sausage, Chia Oatmeal, Granola, Yogurt, Melon

M   10 Ground Beef Enchilada Pie, Guacamole/Sour Cream/Tomato/Lettuce, Berries

W  12  Baked Fish, Veggie Quinoa Pilaf, WW Roll, Orange

M  17  Veggie Pasta Bake, Italian Green Salad, WW Garlic Bread, Apple

W  19  Red Beans & Rice w Turkey Sausage, Collard Greens, Mixed Fruit/Nut Salad

M  24  Chicken Kiev, Broccoli, Brown Rice, Strawberries

W  26  Hamburger on WW Bun, Pasta Salad, Cheese/Lettuce/Tomato/Onion, Mixed Fruit

Fr  28  Kenyan Inspired Meal TBD

Sa 29  Eggs, Sausage, Pancakes, Granola, Yogurt, Banana

M  31  Crunchy Fish, Cole Slaw, WW Roll, Peach



We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!


Serene Karplus