Nederland AreaSeniors (NAS) Newsletter

Posted on: January 30th, 2017

Newsletter – February, 2017

President’s Podium By Jim Guertin

We are off to a great start in 2017! We have already had some interesting speakers and fun

events in January. There are more to come in February and March, including a Wine Tasting, a trip to the Gem Museum and Lunch in Golden, a Games Night, an Art House Social, and a concert by flutist Sir James Galway at CU. Please sign up early if you are interested in these events.

Our new Board met for the first time in January and is already hard at work. One key initiative is to involve more of our participants in helping to improve our organization. Board members will be asking for help to plan our meals and events, and to reach out and welcome our newest friends. Please consider helping when asked. If we all contribute a small amount of time we can shape our organization to serve us all well.

Social Sunday Brunch

We launch our first Social Sunday Brunch at the Nederland Community Center on Sunday, February 12. Doors open at 11:00am, with the meal served at 11:30am. The event began as a Mountain MidLife interest group potluck in private homes and was so popular we expanded it to a bigger space and decided to serve the meals so guests could enjoy a day off from cooking. Come join us at a later morning social meal for those who found our Saturday breakfasts a bit too early for them. Everyone will find something they enjoy on our buffet: Ham, Eggs, Cheeses, Kale/Spinach Quinoa Salad, Potatoes, Whole Grain Breads/Muffins, Vegetables, Fruit Salad. We will supply the coffee, orange juice, apple juice, and tomato juice. Those who enjoy specialty brunch drinks, are welcome to bring their own beverage of choice. All ages of adults are welcome. Cost is only $8 under age 60 and $5 requested contribution from those over age 60. Please RSVP

a week ahead to 303-258-0799 or at

Gem Museum & Sherpa House

Sparkling crystals, gems, and minerals of every color and shape dazzle us on Friday, February 17,

as we visit the School of Mines Geology Museum in Golden. Home to a moon rock collected during the Apollo 17 mission, the museum displays mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite and historic mining artifact exhibits on two floors. An outdoor geologic trail features fossilized dinosaur tracks, logs and leaves.

After marveling at nature’s art, we enjoy Nepalese culinary arts at the nearby Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center. We depart from the Nederland Community Center at 9:30am and return in the early after- noon. Cost is only for lunch, with entrees ranging $11 to $18. If ten people sign up by February 8, we may be able to provide bus transportation; otherwise, we will carpool.

Dinner & Games Night

With so many suggestions for a games night, we have decided to incorporate this into our next

dinner together. Both the meal and games are open to all age adults, including those who are
unable to attend the meal. We encourage guests to bring their favorite board or card games (no gambling) to the Mountain MidLife Dinner on Friday, February 24. Social begins at 5:00pm and the meal is served at 5:30pm (see menu & RSVP info on page 3). After 6:30pm, we will rearrange into small groups around games guests bring. On arrival, list your game on the poster paper, along with a minimum and maximum number who can play at one time and how long the game typically takes to play. We need to wrap up the evening by 9:00pm, so please select games that fit within our time frame.

Luncheon Programs

Victory Gardening with Altitude: Gardeners “Brock” Brocklehurst, Jim McVey, and Wendy Monroe share the story of Victory Gardens and discuss tricks and tips about gardening at high altitude – Wed, 2/1.

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 – Mon, 2/13.

Barker Dam: Eric Johnson, Water Source Operations Manager for the City of Boulder, shares the history and logistics of Barker Dam, the pipeline, and its hydroelectric power – Wed, 3/1.

Art/Music/Wine Social

The Art House in Nederland sets the scene for a spectacular social evening. Enjoy inspiring
music, locally crafted wines, fine art, appetizers, and the company of favorite friends. Mountain MidLife friend Paula Farrell hosts a special event just for us at the yellow gallery house at 171 E. Second Street, Nederland, on Friday, March 3, 4:30pm-7:30pm. Augustina’s Winery provides a variety of wines to sip (soft beverages available, too) while we enjoy the sounds of solo guitarist Max Kabot and the potluck finger foods we each bring with us. Our first glass of wine is complimentary (thank you, Paula!) and additional pours will be available for purchase. No charge, just bring a potluck appetizer if you are able. Please RSVP to 303-258-0799.

FDGD Pancake Breakfast

Mark your calendars now for our busy breakfasts on March 11 and 12, during Frozen Dead Guy Days. Please plan to volunteer a couple of hours if you can and bring friends to work, eat, and enjoy with us!

Mountain MidLife and Other Events of Interest

Plan an outing or interest group gathering and we can post it at; email details to Serene at All adults are welcome at all events, attended mostly by folks over age 50. Sign up for all MML events (in bold font) at 303-258-0799 or

Th, 2/2 – Medicare Basics Class, 2pm-4pm, East Boulder Senior Ctr, 5660 Sioux Dr, Free, RSVP 303-441-1646 Sa-Su, 2/3-4 CU Bioneers Conference
Sa, 2/4 – Boulder Philharmonic with Ukelele Soloist, 7:30pm, $
Tu, 2/7 – CU Faculty Concert—Vibraphone—Grusin Music Hall, 7:30pm, free

Th, 2/9 – Mountain MidLife Book Group, 6:30pm, location on Meetup site or call us 303-258-0799 Fr, 2/10 – USAF Band w CU Wind Symphony, 7:30pm, Macky Auditorium, Boulder
Fr-Su, 2/10-12 – CU Guitar Festival & Competition
Sat, 2/11 – Dotsero at The Dairy, Boulder, 7:30pm

Su, 2/12 – Mountain MidLife Social Brunch, See article page 1
Su, 2/12 – Mountain MidLife Social Hike after brunch, 1:00pm. Meet at Ned Comm Ctr in brunch room.

Bring poles, YakTrax or similar ice grippers if you have them, water, and dress for the weather.
Su, 2/12 – Boulder Chorale at Boulder Public Library, 2pm-3:15pm, free
W-F, 2/15-17 – Mile High Jazz Festival at CU Macky Auditorium
Sa, 2/18 – Caribou Ranch Open Space Hike w BCPOS Vol Naturalists, 10am-12:30pm, free, 303-678-6214 Sa, 2/18 – Deborah Voigt operatic soloist, CU Macky Auditorium, 7:30pm, $

Sa, 2/18 – Swing Dance to live big band music at The Avalon, Boulder, 7pm lesson, 8pm-11pm dance, $15 Th, 2/23 – Senior Hike w BCPOS at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve, 10am-Noon, free, 303-678-6214
Fr, 2/24 – Mountain MidLife Social Dinner and Games Night, See article page 1
Sa, 2/25 – Birds of Prey Driving Tour w BCPOS, 9am-2pm, free; Register at 303-678-6214 by Thurs prior.
Su, 2/26 – Violist Geraldine Walker of Takacs Quartet solo concert at Boulder Public Library, 2:00pm, Free Th, 3/2 – Medicare Basics Class, 2pm-4pm, East Boulder Senior Ctr, 5660 Sioux Dr, Free, RSVP 303-441-1646 Fr, 3/3 – Art/Music/Wine Social, 5-7pm, The Art House in Nederland, 171 E 2nd St, RSVP 303-258-0799 We, 3/22 – CU Presents flutist Sir James Galway, Macky Auditorium, 7:30pm, $30-$50

Caregiving and Respite

Colleen Sinclair, Mountain Area Options Counselor, 303-258-3068

This is an overview of the caregiving and respite services available through the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (AAA). There are many other programs available to older adults, their families and caregivers such as: Information & Assistance, Medicare Counseling, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, LGBT Older Adult Services, Wellness & Nutrition Programs and Aging Resource Consultation.

Caregiving Services
Thousands of people in Boulder County provide part-time or full-time assistance for an older loved one. These “family caregivers” help with tasks such as transportation, bill paying, shopping, meal preparation, emotional support, and/or hands-on care. The “care recipients” may live in their own homes, in the caregiver’s home, in a long-term care facility, or at a distance. Whatever the situation, family caregivers give a lot, and they deserve recognition and support in return.
The Caregiver Initiative of Boulder County Area Agency on Aging offers a variety of services for family caregivers and serves Boulder County residents who provide unpaid care for a relative, partner, or friend who is 60 or over (or any age if the person has dementia). An example of one of the services available is the National Caregiver Training Program, a 21-hour course held four times yearly to help family caregivers acquire the skills needed to provide safe, confident home care for frail older loved ones. Taught by a registered nurse, the course covers topics such as caring for someone on bedrest, providing personal care, medication management, taking vital signs, and more. For more information on this program and more, contact Emily Cooper at 303-678-6116.

Respite Services
Respite Services of Boulder County Area Agency on Aging provide options for substitute care of older loved ones, and needed time off for caregivers. Trained volunteers are matched one-on-one with frail older adults 60 years + providing about 2 hours weekly of free companion-level assistance and safety while the family caregiver is away.
Many older adults, caregivers, and volunteers in Boulder County benefit from mutual companionship through the Respite & Companion Volunteer Program. Older adults (60+) who are experiencing isolation or some degree of compromised health or caregivers of older adults might qualify to have a volunteer. Volunteers offer social companionship for about two hours each week in the older adult or caregiver’s home. We are recruiting volunteers to visit older adults in our program. If you would like to learn more about the Respite & Companion Volunteer Program, call Kari Middleton at 720-864-6526.

I’d like to encourage the Nederland Area Seniors, Mountain MidLife friends, and others in the Peak to Peak area to consider signing up as volunteers – it’s a great service and we need more volunteers in our mountain communities.
Additionally, the Respite Assistance Program provides funding to assist caregivers in hiring a neighbor, friend or trusted community member to provide respite caregiving services for a limited number of hours per year.

Please contact me if you have questions about this topic, caregiving, community resources or any other information related to aging and caregiving. My office hours are generally from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Monday and Wednesday at the Nederland Community Center. Please call 303-258-3068 for an appointment.

February Menu

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

W 1 M6 W8 Su12 M 13 W 15 M 20 W 22 Fr 24 M 27

Baked Potato w Broccoli/Cheese, Pinto Beans, Corn Bread, Banana
Chef Salad, Vegetable Soup, WW Roll, Peach
Mustard Balsamic Pork, WW Roll, Greens Salad, Orange Ham,Egg,Cheeses,Kale/SpinachQuinoa,Potatoes,WholeGrainBreads/Muffins,VegPlatter,Fruit Lemon Baked Fish, Sautéed Spinach, Potato Wedges, WW Roll, Grapes

Chicken Enchilada Pie, Glazed Carrots, Spanish Rice, Guacamole/Sour Cream, Apple/Grape Meatloaf, Beets, Baked Potato/WW Roll, Almond Pear
Crunchy Fish, Green Beans, Potato/WW Roll, Orange
Beef Stroganoff, Broccoli/Cauliflower Carrot, Mixed Greens Salad, Apple/Blackberry Compote Macaroni & Cheese, WW Roll, Mixed Greens Salad, Grapes/Melon

Nederland Area Seniors PO Box 188
Nederland CO 80466 303-258-0799


NAS Director: Serene Karplus

Director: Serene Karplus

Board of Trustees:

Jim Guertin
Jim Elder
Martin Cheshes Roland Siebold Margaret Freeman Terry Goyer Linnea Grovom Randy Sachter

President Past President Vice President Secretary Member Member Member Member

2 Jamie Polisher
2 Dona Smith
3 Eckart Schutrumpf 5 Tom Chapman
5 Venice Kelly
5 Mary Meyer-Scully 6 Barbara Donahue 7 Sondra Lowe
9 Henry Karplus
9 Ron Pederson

10 Bette Ventrella 11 Susan Ayer
11 Burt Rashbaum 12 Jim Eismueller

12 Gaylord Morrison 12 Sharon Perea
18 Naomi Harris
19 HaroldBonertz 18 Bob Mason

20 Jeannette Smith 21 Judy Hubbard
23 Ruth Sterkel
24 Jim Borgman
25 Casey M-Newman 25 John McGinley

25 Barbara Siebold 26 Larry McGrath 27 Norman Linke


Lunch at Ned Community Center—see p.3 RSVP Every Monday & Wednesday, Noon

Mtn MidLife Breakfast/Brunch, Ned CC—RSVP Second Sat Bkfst Odd # Mos, 8:30am/9:00am Second Sun Even # Months, 11:00am/11:30am

Mtn MidLife Dinner at Ned Comm Ctr—RSVP Fourth Fridays (except 4th Qtr),5:00pm/5:30pm

Exercise at St. Rita’s Catholic Church; free Every Monday & Wednesday, 10:30am

Pickleball at Nederland Community Center; fee Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10:00am

Writing Skills at Community Center; free Every 1st and 3rd Monday, 1:00pm

Writing Life Stories at Community Center; free Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 1:00pm



Wed, 2/1 – Lunch Program – Gardening w Altitude Thu, 2/2 – Medicare Basics Class, EBRC, Boulder Sat, 2/4 – Mtn MidLife Wine Tasters!
Thu, 2/9 – Mountain MidLife Book Group

Sat, 2/12 – Mountain MidLife Brunch & Hike
Mon, 2/13 – Lunch Program – Conversation Café Wed, 2/15 – NAS Board Mtg, NAS Ofc, 1pm
Wed, 2/15 – Foot Care—call NAS Ofc for appt
Fri, 2/17 – Golden Outing—Gems & Lunch
Sat, 2/18 – Swing Dance at The Avalon, Boulder Fri, 2/24 – Mountain MidLife Dinner & Games Night Thu-Sun, 3/2-5 – Boulder International Film Festival Fri, 3/3 – Art/Music/Wine Social at Art House Ned Sat/Sun, 3/11&12 – FDGD Pancake Breakfast

Additional Info re Events: 303-258-0799

Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. PO Box 188
Nederland CO 80466


February, 2017