Mountain Midlife news

Posted on: July 27th, 2017

Mountain MidLife Friends:
It is not too early to sign up now for our Mountain MidLife Brunch and Mine Tour on Sunday, August 13! We look forward to seeing about 75 who have signed up for dinner this Friday. Please mark your calendars and don’t wait for reminders!

 Please bring a few friends to our pancake breakfast this Saturday, July 29 details below.

See listings of our many great upcoming events 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.

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. 

Featured Event!  Coming Home Pancake Breakfast & Events

All of the community is encouraged to welcome our friends returning for the big reunion of all classes of graduates from Nederland High School—and all ages of folks who have lived here over the years this Saturday, July 29. Kick off the day’s festivities with our pancake breakfast (only $8 adult, $5 requested contribution over age 60, and $4 children under age 12) including eggs, sausage, yogurt, granola, bananas, coffee, orange juice, and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Nederland Area Seniors, which sponsors Mountain MidLife, so come support your own organization!

After breakfast, visit the Library Book Sale at 10am, then bring a dish to Chipeta Park for a Noon potluck!

 Shakespeare in the Park

It is brother against brother but love still blossoms in this Civil War adaptation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” a classic romantic comedy with a twist. Taste of Shakespeare offers a FREE performance of its traveling show to Nederland’s Chipeta Parkon Sunday, July 30, 2:00pm. The show is free and accepts donations at the end of the performance, so please bring something to contribute if you can. It is sponsored by the Longmont Theatre Company and the Theater Company of Lafayette. Bring seating, water, sun screen, bug spray, and anything else you might need for a couple of hours outdoors.

Carmen at Central City Opera

Fifteen signed up last May to attend the Central City Opera performance of Carmen on Sunday, July 30. Emails have been sent to those participating.

Luncheon Program – Scams & Frauds

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 Cashew Curry Turkey Salad, WW Roll, Carrot Slaw, Berries. 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.

 “Spite Marriage” w Live MAMPO

 Buster Keaton’s final silent film “Spite Marriage” (1929) is a comedic treasure and is paired this evening with a short film “Neighbors” (1920) also starring Keaton. The score is performed live by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Show time isWednesday, August 2, 7:30. Let us know early if you plan to attend this last film in our summer series, because if ten of us sign up by Monday, July 31, we can get a discounted price on the $12 ticket for this concert and movie night rolled into one.

 Wine Tasters!

Mark your calendars for our next Wine Tasters! on Saturday, August 5, 6:30pm. Jim Guertin and Maureen Sherman will host us – Thank you! We’re featuring wines of the Pacific Northwest this time. Please bring a bottle of wine, an appetizer to share, and your own wine glasses. If weather is favorable, we will be outdoors (follow the path from the driveway), but if weather is bad, we will need to enter the “shoes off” house, so please bring clean indoor footwear. Please RSVP to 303-258-0799 (or respond at Meetup).

Luncheon Program – 1-on-1 Free Nutrition Counseling

Why Nutrition Counseling?:  Patti Murphy, Registered Dietitian, of Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, explains at lunch on Wednesday, August 9, how one-on-one nutrition counseling is helpful. Menu is Fish Tacos on WW Tortilla, Spanish Rice, Lettuce/Tomato/Guacamole, Pears. Call us (303-258-0799) by Monday, 8/7, to join us for lunch at Noon – or be there by 12:40 for only the presentation.

Just need a half-hour or one-hour session? Call us to schedule a FREE private session in Nederland on Wednesdays, August 16 & 30, 10am-2pm.

Book Group

 The Book Group will meet at Helen Huff’s home on Ridge Road on Thursday, August 10, 6:30pm, and the format is pot luck. Call us at 303-258-0799 for more info. The book for August is Stitching a Revolution by Cleve Jones.

Nederland Swing Dance to Live Big Band Music

Swing Dance with local friends to ​the Flatirons Jazz Orchestra dance band at the Caribou Room in Nederland on Friday, August 11. Dance lesson 7pm-8pm included with the price of admission. Dancing 8-11pm. No partner or dance experience required. Admission: $15 plus ticket fee.

Featured Event!  Brunch and Gold Mine Tour

Local gold miner Tom Hendricks works the mine just above Nederland at Caribou. He will open the mine to a private tour for our NAS/Mountain MidLife friends who attend our brunch on Sunday, August 13. Space is limited on the tour and preference will be given to those who have never been in this mine before and who attend the brunch. Brunch doors open at 11:00am and the meal is served at 11:30am (menu on separate web page). Those who are registered and approved for the mine tour will carpool from brunch around 12:45. Please make reservations for brunch as far in advance as possible and indicate if you are registering for the tour (and whether or not you have visited this mine in the past). Tour participants will need to bring sturdy, closed footwear and warm clothing suitable for cool dampness.

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, August 14. Menu is TBD. Call by Friday, 8/11, (303-258-0799) to join us for lunch at Noon – be there by 12:45 for only the Conversation Café.

Free Nutrition Counseling

 Registered Dietitian Patricia Murphy offers free one-on-one coaching to adults over age 60 and family caregivers who reside in Boulder County. Nutrition counseling can help with specific health conditions, nutrition-related concerns, or if you want to learn more about healthier eating. The sessions last 30-60 minutes. She will introduce this program at our lunch on Wednesday, August 9 and accept signups for time slots on Wednesdays, August 16 and 30, 10am – 2pm, in the Nederland Community Center. Call for reservations for the August 9 lunch or for the free private sessions at 303-258-0799.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Join our group at the Rooftop to watch the Colorado Rockies vs Atlanta Braves Baseball Game on Thursday, August 17, for the 1:10pm game. A few tickets remain at their call-in box office at the price of $21.50 for general admission and include a burger, fries, and beer (add a $3.50 handling fee per order). Call the Rockies on your own and buy tickets direct at 303-762-5437 and request the Business-person’s Special. No aerosol containers, liquor, oversized umbrellas, or coolers. We recommend arriving more than an hour or two before game time to get the better seats in this section.

  BIGfoot Hike

The BIGfoot Memorial Hike with Lucy Stroock meets at the Nederland Community Center Friday, August 18, 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.

Swing Dance to Live Big Band Music

Swing Dance to the Crystal Swing live dance band at the Avalon Ballroom at 63rd and Arapahoe in Boulder on Saturday, August 19. 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.

Solar Eclipse

 Gather at Barker Reservoir’s west end parking lot on Monday, August 21, after 10:15am to share the wonder of the solar eclipse. We will provide solar eclipse CE & ISO certified viewing glasses FREE to the first 25 people who show up from our group. The eclipse begins around 10:20am and the total eclipse (well, our 85% version) will be around 11:40am, so come early and socialize around the fun! (We serve lunch that day at the Community Center at Noon – Citrus Roasted Fish, Vegetable Medley, Brown Rice, Berries – so reserve ahead at 303-258-0799 and join us there, too!)

 Foot Care

 Local Registered Nurse Debbie Neal serves mountain older adults with toenail and skin care, review of foot concerns – Wednesday, August 23. By appointment, downtown Nederland, $30, sign up at 303-258-0799

Featured Event!  Sam Bass at Mountain MidLife Dinner

Mountain MidLife Dinner on Friday, August 25, features the live musical entertainment of local MidLifer Sam Bass on guitar performing songs we know from the 40s to 70s, with a little snippet of history surrounding each. Gather at 5:00pm for social time, then dinner at 5:30pm is Salmon, Green Beans Almondine, Brown/Wild Rice, and Peach Dessert. Please reserve as far in advance as possible by phone or Meetup site – only $5 requested contribution over age 60 and $10 under age 60 – by calling 303-258-0799 or signing up at Meetup.

Luncheon Program – Connecting Volunteers

Connecting Volunteers: Chrysti Britt of Care Connect updates us on the services this fellow nonprofit provides and how we can work together to better serve mountain older adults – Wednesday, September 6. Menu is TBD. Call us (303-258-0799) by Monday, 9/4, to join us for lunch at Noon – or be there by 12:30 for only the presentation.

Featured Event! New! Italian Night Dinner & Film Festival

Celebrate our community at our first-ever Italian Night serving family fare of Spaghetti, Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread, and Fruit. No reservations required, just stop in on Saturday, September 16, 4:30pm-7:30pm. Dinner is $10 Adult, $5 Requested Contribution over age 60, and $4 Children under age 12; proceeds benefit the nonprofit Nederland Area Seniors, which sponsors Mountain MidLife, so please come support your organization.

This special evening is offered during the Nederland Film Festival and is scheduled between films so everyone can attend it all. The Festival is offering the before-dinner shorts and after-dinner feature for a combined price of $10, so let’s all join in all the fun! The 4:30pm shorts will be music-related and include scenes from the film produced by local filmmaker Eric Abramson, who will be present for Q&A following the screening. At 7:00pm, the feature continues the Italian Night theme with the story of a young man trying to produce his grandfather’s never-performed opera.

Falls Prevention Class – A Matter of Balance

Afraid of Falling? Limiting your favorite activities due to fear? You are not alone. Half the population over age 65 shares your concerns. Get your life back and strengthen your resolve, awareness of ways you can prevent falls, and shore up your physical abilities. Local Teacher Randy Sachter offers this evidence-based program to prevent falls here in Nederland. This FREE eight-week program runs weekly, Mondays, September 18-November 6, 9:30am-11:30am, at the Nederland Community Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Reserve your seat in this interactive workshop by calling 303-258-0799 or at Meetup.

  Other Events of Interest

Plan an outing or interest group and we can post it at Meetup. Email details to Serene (see page 4, top, for contact info). Adults of all ages are welcome at all events.


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

Mo, 8/7, Full Moon Hike, 7:30-9:30pm RSVP to BCPOS 303-678-6215 for location by 8/4

We, 8/9, Nature Journaling at Gilpin CSU Extension, Reg required 303-582-9106, 6pm-8pm, $5

Fri, 8/11, Geology Program, Ned Mining Museum, 7-8pm, includes Coffee & Dessert

Fri, 8/11, Groove-a-Licious (Rocky Mountain Funk) at Lafayette Art Night Out, 5-9pm

Fr-Su, 8/11-13, Loveland Sculpture Show

Th-Sa, 8/17-19, Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival, Loveland

Fr-Su, 8/18-20, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest in Lyons

Sa, 8/19, Lafayette Peach Festival

Sa, 8/19, Boulder Craft Beer Fest

Fr-Su, 8/25-27, NedFest

Fr-Sa, 8/25-26, Loveland Corn Roast Festival

Th, 8/31, Caribou Ranch Open Space Hike for Seniors w BCPOS, 10am-12pm

Sa, 9/16, SAVE THE DATE – Nederland Italian Night Dinner & Film Festival

Mons, 9/18-11/6, SAVE THE DATE – Falls Prevention Class offered in Nederland w local instructor

August Menu


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


W   2 Cashew Curry Turkey Salad, WW Roll, Carrot Slaw, Berries

M   7  Meatloaf, Roasted Potatoes, Greens Salad, Strawberries

W   9  Fish Tacos on WW Tortilla, Spanish Rice, Lettuce/Tomato/Guacamole, Pears

Su 13  Hopple Popple w Broccoli/Potato/Mushroom, Bacon, Blueberry Oats, Breads, Granola, Yogurt, Fruit

M  14 Mixed Summer Vegetables w Pasta, Garlic Roll, Italian Salad, Apricots

W  16 Half Chicken Sandwich on WW, Vegetable Bean Soup, Mixed Fruit & Yogurt Cup

M  21 Citrus Roasted Fish, Vegetable Medley, Brown Rice, Berries

W  23 Beef Cabbage Rolls, Potatoes, Cottage Cheese, Apricots/Peaches

Fr  25 Salmon, Green Beans Almondine, Brown/Wild Rice, Peach Dessert

M  28  Chicken Enchilada Pie, Black Beans, Lettuce/Tomato, Orange

M  31  Roasted Vegetable Pizza, Greens Salad, Apple 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Serene Karplus