Giving Thanks to an Invaluable Volunteer
Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance is blessed with an army of volunteers who devote many hours of their time each month to help keep our senior citizens informed and engaged in the community. These volunteers help make the world a better place to live.
In this issue, we would like to take the time to honor one of our volunteers, Allen Alchian. His devotion to Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance is priceless. One of his first tasks for the Tri-Lakes Advocacy Partnership (HAP) in May 2009, now Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance, was to create a website for the organization to broaden its publicity. Two months later, Allen found himself editing and publishing our fabulous newsletter, the Senior Beat. The website was a great way to easily distribute the newsletter electronically and also by mail.
Allen was asked numerous times to join the Board of Directors because of his wisdom and ability to serve the community but he politely declined because he preferred to work in the background doing a variety of tasks. Allen was involved with some major events such as, the annual health fair, the Thanksgiving Coming Together dinners and Bines and Brews (Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce). He also wrote numerous articles for the Senior Beat.
After 8 years and thousands of volunteer hours spent producing and editing the Senior Beat, Allen has decided that he wants to spend more time with his wife, Ann, and take a well deserved break from the publication.
We cannot thank Allen enough for all that he has done for Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance. Our appreciation of all his time and effort has not gone unnoticed and he will be certainly be missed. We’re hoping that he takes his well deserved break to go on a few adventures!
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Hungarian Chicken Paprika and Dumplings (Marie’s favorite recipe)Serves 4 Ready in 30-60 minutes
1 (3lb size) chicken, cut into pieces
4 tablespoons butter
½ cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika
1 tomato, peeled and chopped
1 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons flour
¼ cup heavy cream
½ cup sour cream at room temperature
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
¾ cup water (more as needed)
Brown chicken, onions, garlic in butter until brown, adding salt midway
Remove chicken and add paprika. Cook for 1 minute
Add tomato and ½ of the chicken broth; lower heat and simmer 5 minutes
Return chicken to the pan and cook 30-40 minutes. Remove chicken and keep it warm
Sprinkle the fl our over the drippings, stirring briskly for 3 minutes to smooth and blend
Gradually add enough chicken broth to make one cup of liquid, then stir in heavy cream
When it’s heated through, turn off the heat and add the sour cream to the sauce, blending
quickly so that it doesn’t boil. Spoon over chicken
Variations: Omit heavy cream and put in a pint of sour cream. Chopped green peppers
and mush rooms may also be added to the cooking chicken
Mix egg, salt and water. Add enough fl our to make a soft dough
Heat a pot of water. Add salt. At the boil, make small teaspoons of the dough and place
into the boiling water. When they come to the surface, cook 1-2 minutes.
When finished cooking, add to paprika sauce.
Note: In a pinch, use wide noodles or bow ties instead of the dumplings
Stroke & Heart Attack Awareness
The Black Forest AARP Chapter and the Black Forest Fire and Rescue will present a FREE Stroke and Heart Attack Awareness session from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on February 14th at the Fellowship Hall of the Black Forest Lutheran Church.
Attendees are welcome to stay for the regular Black Forest Chapter meeting and lunch which commences at noon on the 14th. The program for the day will be by Ms. Hilary Valdez from, Penrose Hospital who will speak on how to maintain a healthy heart.
The session is FREE and open to the public. For more information call Ray at 495.6767 or Stan at 596.6787.
Free Transportation For Senior Citizens
Transportation for Tri-Lakes and surrounding area seniors 60+ is provided free by the Mountain Community Senior Services (MCSS) program, funded by the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging.
* MCSS transports seniors to medical appointments in Colorado Springs Mondays through Th ursdays.
* In the Tri-Lakes and surrounding areas transport is provided for any need, including YMCA, Senior Meals, Senior Center, groceries, appointments, etc.
* To schedule a ride: Call 488-0076. Please schedule a week in advance.
* Village Inn for breakfast, then Walmart: Call Jody 481-4824 to schedule a pick-up. Passenger pickup at your home begins 9:30 AM.
MCSS Operates Monday - Thursday
Volunteers Drivers Always Needed
Donations Gratefully Accepted
Senior Chats: Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon
Life Circles Writing Group: First and Third Mondays @ 9:30-11:00 a.m.
History Buffs Fourth: Wednesday of the month @ 2 p.m.
German Conversation Group: Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m.
No registration necessary, all are welcome.
Monumental Readers Book Club: Friday Dec. 15 10 a.m.- noon. This month’s book: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.
Monumental Bookworms: Tues. Dec. 12 7-8:30 p.m. An evening book club sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Friends of PPLD. All are welcome! They’ll be discussing The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. No registration necessary.
Knitting! Wednesday: Dec. 6, 13, and 20, 3-4:30 p.m. This intergenerational knitting group meets the first three Wednesdays of each month. Practice materials are provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials. Some instruction provided for new knitters.
Spinning Group! Th ursday Dec. 28, 1:30-3:45 p.m. Exploration of hand spinning.
First Thursday Craft : Woodburning Thursday Dec. 7 2-4 p.m. This month we’ll be woodburning picture frames, ornaments, and more for the holiday season. Registration required: registration opens two weeks before craft day. This month’s craft is moved up one week due to a scheduling conflict.
Meet the Author! Sunday Dec. 3 2-3:30 p.m. Local author Diane Sawatzki will read from and sign her new novel Manyhorses Traveling, the sequel to her time-travel Once Upon Another Time. To be followed by Q & A. Both books will be available for purchase.
Coloring for Everyone: Fri. Dec. 1 4-5:30 p.m. A special session that includes coloring with a paper craft . This time we’ll make Holiday Triskie Globes. All materials will be provided and no registration is needed.
Path 2 Empathy Presentation: Dec. 6 5--6:00 p.m. Join us to learn about Path2Empathy, a hands-on program that helps decrease bullying and behavioral issues by educating young people about empathy. If you are an educator, student, or homeschooler, come to this session presented by two trained educators.
Art Collage Class: Thursday Dec. 14 1-3 p.m. Instructor Joanna Bolek from Joyful Mind Arts LLC. will teach a class on creating artistic collages. All materials will be provided. Registration is required.