Mountain MidLife Friends

Posted on: October 19th, 2017

Mountain MidLife Friends:

Last call for dinner this week – sign up today! Featuring a Thai menu by Chef Raoul Ysaguirre and an opportunity to meet Nederland’s new Town Administrator Karen Gerrity, our Mountain MidLife Dinner is on Friday, October 20. We shop on Thursday, so your reservations by Wednesday evening help ensure we have enough food for everyone!  


Our next Mountain MidLife Breakfast is a week earlier than usual on Saturday, November 4, and is the last one this year (we have no brunch in December). Please mark your calendars and don’t wait for us to remind you…


Please help us get the word out to local chefs and experienced caterers that we urgently seek a part-time Head Chefwho would like to prepare lunches once a week as well as our monthly MidLife meals and plan/shop for all of them. The detailed position description is posted at Craigslist Jobs Boulder as of 10/17.


Please also note that we have an opportunity for a fun and easy opportunity to raise funds, thanks to the kind owners at Very Nice Brewery in Nederland. Please see the event listing below for the Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, November 5, for details about volunteering to be a tasting judge or server at the event!


REMINDER:  We receive a small amount of donations quarterly from the charitable arm at Amazon, thanks to those who shop there via the site It costs you nothing to use this link to get to your shopping site and when you name our host nonprofit Nederland Area Seniors  as your charity of choice, we receive a tiny percentage of your total purchase amount, just as a gift from the big giant to our little nonprofit at no cost to you! When you can’t buy local, this is a great way to support the little local nonprofit that supports your community!


See listings of our many great upcoming events below – more are added each week… 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. (Note: please pardon delayed posting of October events – the site was unavailable at the time we emailed this…)


 BIGfoot Hike


The BIGfoot Memorial Hike with Lucy Stroock meets at the Nederland Community Center Friday, October 20, at 9:00am (note the time change from previous months) for carpool departure to the trailhead of the hike location to be determined closer to the time. The pace is comfortable and leisurely.


Featured Event!  Mountain MidLife Dinner & Speaker


Please note that for the final three months of the year, the Mountain MidLife Dinner occurs on the third Friday instead of the fourth, due to holidays.


Enjoy a Thai menu and a presentation to meet our new Nederland Town Administrator Karen Gerrity speak about “How a small town administrative staff can impact a mountain region” at Mountain MidLife Dinner on

Friday, October 20, 5:00pm social, 5:30pm meal, at the Nederland Community Center. All ages adults welcome. Please reserve as far in advance as possible at Meetup (see back page) 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. We shop on Thursday, so your reservations by the Wednesday afternoon prior help ensure we have enough food for everyone!


World Singing Day Sing-along



This relatively new holiday originated locally and is spreading to all continents. People gather in multiple towns and cities (we could host one in Nederland next year!) just for the joy of singing together.

We will sing songs we know from lyric books distributed at the event. Meet at the old Boulder County

Courthouse lawn on Pearl Saturday, October 21, at 11:30am. Carpools? Leave a message at 303-258-0799.

Boulder Opera Gala Concert


We enjoy a friendship with Boulder Opera and have been invited to attend their Gala Saturday, October 21, 7:30pm (details below). We offer a limited number of tickets to this $25 fundraising event featuring highlights from their upcoming shows and catered food/beverage to you at no charge, but ask that if you accept this kind gift from the small nonprofit opera organization, that you please donate what you can directly to them at the event. We need everyone who would like to attend to sign up with us by Wednesday, October 18, (email reply here or sign up at Meetup or 303-258-0799) so we can let them know how many of us will attend.

Opera and wine will be flowing as Boulder Opera kicks off their 6th season at The Riverside, 1724 Broadway, Boulder. Join us for a black tie evening previewing the upcoming season with selections from Cendrillon (Cinderella), Così fan tutte, and “Opera’s Best Hits!” and find deals at the Silent Auction.All proceeds from the event will support nonprofit Boulder Opera’s programs.

Admission is only $25 (free for limited number of NAS Mountain MidLife friends who sign up with us) and includes hors d’oeuvres and 1 drink ticket. More info at

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, October 21. 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.


“Wine” Tasters! Expands


“Wine Tasters!” has expanded to ensure all non-wine drinkers feel welcome at these social gatherings in private homes. Bring any beverage you would enjoy sharing and an appetizer on Saturday, October 28, 6:30pm. Register at (or reply to this email or call 303-258-0799) so we can send you the address.


New Event!  BCPH Follow-Up


Thank you to seniors who participated in the Community Health Conversations at a luncheon last spring. Health equity means that everyone has an opportunity for a healthy life and the group’s input on their “magic wand” question provided them with a deeper understanding of the community’s needs. They heard from 53 groups, giving them 3,021 total ideas and 1,776 starred ideas. These ideas along with quantitative indicators from existing assessments were taken to decision makers to determine which would be the most actionable for Boulder County Public Health (BCPH). The top 2 areas that emerged are mental health and housing.


BCPH’s Lane Drager returns to our lunch on Monday, October 30, (see signup and menu info at bottom of email) to report and invite participants to the final prioritization event on November 15, and encourage them to share their thoughts around mental health and housing. We are invited to share in written form why mental health or housing issues affect us and our loved ones. The responses will be anonymous and we will put responses into a manila folder to maintain confidentiality. These sheets will be displayed at the November 15 meeting, where community members and staff will vote on the final priority, to tell the story of mental health and housing in Boulder County.


 Foot Care


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

 Luncheon Program – Intuition & Self Defense

Intuitive Safety & Self Defense:  Rodger Ruge, former law officer, addresses using our intuition to remain safe and shares some simple self-defense techniques for any situation — Wednesday, Nov 1.

CU Volleyball Game

We will get together for the CU Women’s Volleyball Game vs. Washington State at CU’s Coors Events Center in Boulder on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:00pm. The cost is $9.50 (after the $1.50 CU fee). These are reserved seats with chair backs, closer to the action, and are located near mid-court. (General Admission seats are also available for $5 plus fee.) Al Meyer tells us they sell dollar hot dogs at the event, too. Trip Co-Leaders for this outing are Jim Elder and Al Meyer – thank you! 

Carpools depart Nederland Community Center at 6:00pm – and we will meet you there only if we know in advance you will be there looking for us. All will park in the Regent Auto Park, free, north of the event center. Sign up at Meetup, email a reply here, or call 303-258-0799 and pay for tickets by Monday, October 30, Noon, either in person at the NAS office in the Nederland Community Center (slide under door is fine) or by mail a few days earlier. Make checks payable to NAS, P O Box 188, Nederland CO 80466.


Featured Event!  Social Saturday Breakfast & Hike


Come join us for breakfast and optional hike following it at the Nederland Community Center on Saturday, November 4. Doors open at 8:30am, with the meal served at 9:00am. Our buffet includes: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Mixed Vegetables, Breakfast Potatoes, Fruit. 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 at An optional hike follows at 10:15am.


“SEED: The Untold Story” Film & Panel Discussion


This documentary film and discussion on Saturday, November 4, 3:00pm, are offered FREE at the Nederland Community Center. The film will be shown at the Backdoor Theatre and the discussion will follow upstairs in the Multi-Purpose Room (where we dine).


The film has won 13 top film awards. The Village Voice calls it a “Rare documentary…a wonder.” The L.A. Times says it’s a “Gorgeously made film.” NYC Movie Guru advises it’s the “most essential, illuminating and enraging film since Food, Inc.” Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Treasured since the dawn of humans, in the last century 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. “SEED: The Untold Story” follows farmers, scientists, lawyers, gardeners, and indigenous seed keepers as they defend the future of our food, our most treasured resource, and revive a culture connected to seeds. 


The executive director of Seeds Trust, a local high altitude seed company, other Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance-affiliated folks and seed savers who live locally will be on hand for the conversation afterwards. Please come, share, and be a part of the new mountain seed movement!


Featured Event!  Chili Cook-Off Benefit for NAS


We are the chosen ones!  The Very Nice Brewing Company has selected our nonprofit sponsor Nederland Area Seniors as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off competition on Sunday, November 5. Live music!


We provide the volunteers who judge the chilis (3:00pm-3:30pm) and to serve all competing chilis to the donating public attendees (3:30pm – 5:00pm), who pay $5 per person for three small servings. We need to plan now who will be judging and who will be serving, so if you’d like to help with this fun event, please respond by Wednesday, October 18, by calling 303-258-0799 or emailing us with a reply here or at indicate whether you would like to be one of the few judges (MUST like spicy foods!) and allow that if we have to draw this popular position by lottery from those interested, that we would still appreciate your help to serve the chili if you don’t win the coveted “taster” position…


 Book Group


The Book Group will meet at a private home on Thursday, November 9, 6:30pm, and the format is pot luck. Call us at 303-258-0799 for more info. The book for November is Love Wins by Debbie Cinziper and Jim Obergefell.


9 Health Fair & Human Services Fair


The Nederland Community Center hosts the annual 9 Health Fair and the annual Human Services Fair at the same time on Saturday, November 11, from 9am until Noon. Blood labs are very affordable there and multiple free screenings help us stay healthy. [If you know someone who needs basic blood labs and can’t afford them, please contact event coordinator Mary Coan at 303-258-0799 regarding a handful of vouchers available.]


We would love to have someone volunteer to man our table at the Human Services Fair who know a little about our many programs (lunches, breakfasts, dinners, fitness, writing, etc…) that can answer any questions, sign interested folks up for our newsletter or emails, and refer those in need to our AAA Options Counselor Colleen Sinclair – a very easy, sociable event…Please call us to volunteer – 303-258-0799.

Community Thanksgiving Potluck


The entire Peak to Peak region converges on Sunday, November 12, to enjoy a feast together at the Nederland Community Center. Details later when published – typically late morning until early afternoon. Volunteers cook the turkeys, ‘taters, and stuffing. Participants bring potluck for the rest.


Luncheon Program – Conversation Café


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, November 13, see menu listed at bottom of email. Call by Friday, 10/6, (303-258-0799) to join us for lunch at Noon – be there by 12:45 for only the Conversation Café (no reservation required).

Auction Items


Our annual Silent Auction  at the Holiday Mountain Market is our largest fundraiser of the year. We appreciate everyone’s support as shoppers and buyers at the event to help turn all the lovely donations into funds for us. We also appreciate your donations of gift certificates, services, and new/like new items you think people will buy as holiday gifts. Ask everywhere you shop or obtain services—your hairdresser, doctor, nail polisher, shoe repair, etc. Our newest staff member Gunda Starkey is out soliciting as you read this—thank you! If you would like to donate a massage, a vacation at your timeshare condo, a ride, a lesson, your home

cooking/baking, your new Porsche, or whatever seems suitable, we will be most grateful. Call 303-258-0799.



Holiday Mountain Market


Vendor applications are pouring in (deadline September 30) and volunteer performers are lining up for the enormously popular annual community event on the first weekend of December. To ensure longevity of this event, we need volunteers to shadow Serene’s work now. We are not asking our volunteers to take full responsibility for anything, just learn how the planning works. Thank you, Annemarie Fruth, for volunteering to manage our Santa area!



Volunteering can be more than just two hours at the event. Please contact us right away to join our volunteer production team to learn about: Vendor Coordinator, Market Layout, Entertainment Manager, Promotion/Publicity, Santa Photos, Silent Auction Manager or Solicitations or Data Management or Display. Many hands make light work and your contribution to the success of this big event is both essential and much appreciated.


Other Events of Interest


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

 Fr, 10/13—11/3 Land Through the Lens, Open Space Photo Exhibit, Great Frame-up, Longmont

Th, 10/26, Heil Valley Ranch Open Space Hike for Seniors w BCPOS, 10am-12pm

Sat, 10/28, Green Funerals Natural Death Symposium, Boulder,

Tu, 10/31, Pearl Street Halloween—Munchkin Masquerade (kids 3-6pm), Adults after 6pm 

October Menu


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


M    2   Half Chicken Sandwich on WW, Vegetable Bean Soup, Mixed Fruit & Yogurt Cup

W   4   Ground Beef Taco, Black Beans, Spanish Rice, Lettuce/Tomato & Toppings, Apricots

Su  8   Egg, Ham, Kale/Spinach, Whole Grain Breads, Apple/Pear

M   9   Macaroni & Cheese, WW Roll, Mixed Greens Salad, Grapes/Melon

W  11  Herbed Baked Fish, Quinoa Pilaf w Broccoli, WW Roll, Pears

M  16  Sweet & Sour Pork, Broccoli, Brown Rice, Mixed Greens Salad, Apple

W  18  Vegetarian Lasagna, WW Roll, Caesar Salad, Banana

F   20  Thai Broccoli/Beef, Pad Thai, Asian Slaw, Coconut Milk Raisin Pudding

M  23  Beef Stew, Cornbread, Spinach Salad, Pear

W  25  Turkey Sausage, Collard Greens, Red Beans & Rice, Fruit/Nut Salad

M  30  Herb Roasted Chicken, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Garden Salad, Grapes/Orange


We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

Serene Karplus