Education & Trips

The 50+ Winter Games is an annual fundraiser for the Summit Senior Center.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 50+ Winter Games will not be held in 2021.  The 40th 50+ Winter games was held February 9, 10, & 11, 2020 and over $13,000 was raised to support Summit Seniors and our support of Summit County senior citizens through our grants. Learn more about the 50+ Winter Games, sponsorship, and see results and photos for 2020.  To volunteer for the 50+ Winter Games, contact Cathy Sapp at rockymtncmc@gmail.com.

Call (970) 668-2940 for schedule

A fast-paced 4 hour class with updated information and activities complies with insurance discounts in most states. Participants have giving Clint Condict good reviews and enjoy the sessions. Hosted by Summit County Community Center in Frisco. Call (970) 668-2940 or enroll in the activity book at the Senior Center.

Call (970) 668-2940 for schedule

A series of informative lectures from local professionals on maintaining health into your golden years.

Call Aleda Kresge at (970) 668-8448 for more information.

Third Tuesday of the month, 12:00 p.m. | Select months

This is your opportunity to meet for free with an attorney to discuss legal issues in a private, 10-minute appointment. Offered every other month, please call (970) 668-2940 for dates and times.

Bill Kellstrom

Board Member, Term ends June 30, 2022

Bill is originally from Omaha, but has been visiting Summit County for nearly 40 years. He was previously an executive in the energy industry but now enjoys his retirement playing bridge, golfing, skiing and walking. He currently lives in Silverthorne and has two children and five grandchildren living in Denver.

Bob Cardwell

Board Member, Term ends June 30, 2021

Bob has lived in Summit County for the past 12 years. Before retirement, he spent most of his career as a sales engineer and manager for companies like Honeywell and The Trane Company. Today, he and his wife Kathy enjoy skiing, hiking, golfing, boating and volunteering at Lake Dillon Theater. Some of is favorite activities as a Summit Senior are presenting at Great Decisions and participating in the Loosey Goosey club.

Summit Seniors offers a number of bridge groups for all levels during a range of days and times. Browse the list below to find the right game for you or view all bridge groups on the calendar.

 

Ladies’ Bridge

Second Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m.

Second Wednesday of each month, 9:45 a.m., at the home of Sharon Smith. Hosted by Sharon Smith and Lynn Kobelt. Sign up in Hobby Room bulletin board or contact Lynn Kobelt at lkobelt@gmail.com.

 

Novice Bridge

Select Wednesdays, 12:45 p.m.

Games up to 99 points.

 

Party Bridge

Every Thursday, 12:45 p.m.

Held in the hobby room

 

ACBL Duplicate Bridge

Every Monday & Friday, 12:45 p.m.

For details, call Mike Huiatt at (210) 310-6656. For partners, call Howard Brown at (970) 468-2313.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.| April – October

Canine Companions hike mostly moderate-level backcountry trails on Wednesdays. Reasonably well-behaved dogs, as well as dog-less (also well-behaved) people, are welcome. The group meets at 9:00 a.m. to carpool. Bring leashes.

Every Thursday, 1 p.m.

Contact Sandy Ruggaber at sandra154@comcast.net for more information about bridge, dominoes, Mah-jongg, and other games played at the Senior Center.

By appointment

This is your opportunity to meet for free with an attorney to discuss legal issues in a private, 10-minute appointment. Offered every other month, please call (970) 668-2940 for dates and times.

First Tuesday of the month, 1:00 p.m.

Those who have a friend or family member for whom they are caring, or who are experiencing any form of memory loss, are encouraged to come get support and resources to assist them.

Carol Hess

Board Member, Term ends June 30, 2020

Originally from New Hampshire, Carol moved to Colorado in 2017 to be closer to her children living along the Front Range but after falling in love with life in the high country, chose to call Frisco home. Carol’s professional background is in law, with experience as a trial lawyer, mediator and conflict-resolution specialist. She has served and held memberships at several non-profits throughout her life and brings a passion for creating a healthy community through her current role on the Senior Center Board.

Board Member, Term ends June 30, 2022

Cathy was Contract Administrator with Oil and Gas firms for 40 years. Managing large trading floors for the daily purchase and sale of hydrocarbons.

Assuring compliance with all FERC rules and regulations. Expert witness when needed as an alternative to resolve disputes regarding oil and gas interest ownership.

Volunteerism with multiple organizations within Summit County such as Summit County Animal Shelter, Summit Foundation, Lake Dillon Theater, Keystone Neighborhood Company, Summit Senior Center as coordinator of the annual Senior Winter Games, HCA Lead, Keystone’s 50 Plus Ski with Us, Toastmasters with over 1500 hours during 2019.

Board Member, Term ends June 30, 2021

Chuck and his family have been coming to Summit County for over 25 years, and three years ago purchased property in Frisco and live here full time. Chuck worked as a science and computer science teacher, administrator and coach in Prince William County Public Schools located in Northern Virginia for 38 years. The last 10 years of his career he and his wife Sharon built a statewide program where students in grades 5-14 built over 15,000 computers for families and donated them for free. He and Sharon enjoy skiing, biking, hiking and motorcycles.

Select Saturdays, 9 a.m.

Seminars on various tech topics take place in a classroom setting and are typically attended by anywhere from six to thirty people depending on the topics presented. Seminar topics are generally relatively basic, covering subjects such as getting organized on your computer; getting the most out of your operating system (lately Windows 10); downloading, organizing and editing your photographs; using the features of your smartphone or tablet; using Facebook and other social media; the basics of word processing and spreadsheets, etc.

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. | January – March

Moderate-level backcountry trails on Wednesdays, meeting place and start time varies week to week. A weekly email is sent out with details. The distances are usually four to six miles roundtrip. Outings are suitable for all levels of skiers that have mastered snowplow and herringbone skills. You will need backcountry skis with metal edges and fish scales, or know how to wax and/or bring skins.

After each outing, a volunteer host will provide light appetizers, hearty soups, desserts and beverages in his or her home (a $5 donation is suggested). For more information, contact Carol Hess at hess.carol@gmail.com.

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Doug Ryan

Vice President, Term ends June 30, 2021

Doug and his wife Janeen have owned property in Summit County since 2005, but only recently moved here full-time after their retirement in 2016. They previously lived in Aurora, where they raised their two children. Doug has an engineering degree from the University of Illinois and spent 36 years working for Xcel Energy. He has volunteered with several community organizations over the years, including Catholic Charities, the Rocky Mountain Optimist Club, the Aurora Leadership Program and the Boy Scouts of America. Some of his favorite activities as a Summit Senior include skiing, hiking, golfing and the Loosey Goosey club.

Every Friday, 2-4 p.m.

Bring your spinning, crocheting, knitting projects for a couple of hours of social time. If you are interested in crocheting, knitting and felting beginner lessons let us know. Laura Amble, a professional knitter, will be there to help. Contact Loralee at (719) 510-1963.

Helen Gerstein

Secretary, Term ends June 30, 2021

Helen started volunteering throughout Summit County shortly after moving to Frisco in 2012. She has been involved with many community organizations throughout her career as a teacher, including UNICEF, Toys for Tots and the National PTA. She and her husband of 37 years, Don, have two sons and four grandchildren. Helen’s motto, adopted from John F. Kennedy’s famous speech, is: “Ask not what your community can do for you; ask what you can do for your community.”

Thursdays, 9 a.m. | June – October

This hiking group is perfect for people new to Summit County. They normally hike a trail leaving at 9:00 a.m. and walk until around 11:00, then all turnaround and hike back to the trailhead. The fast hikers pick up the slower hikers on the way back. Everyone hikes at his or her own speed, so slow, medium and fast hikers are all welcome. After the hike, the group usually plans an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Although, all indoor Senior Center activities are on hold to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and in compliance with Summit County Public Health recommendations some outdoor Summit Senior activities are taking place. These activities do require following of all recommendations regarding social distancing, wearing of face masks, hand washing and use of sanitizers, etc. .  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 50+ Winter Games will not be held in 2021.  Also, some activities like Bridge and others are in progress online or by Zoom.  Please refer to the Summit Senior Newsletter for the schedule of these activities.

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Hotlines for info and community assistance

Summit County community members can use the following hotlines for various information and community assistance needs related to COVID-19:

  • For assistance with food, medication or mental health resources: 970-668-2940
  • For information about coronavirus or COVID-19: 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911
  • For information about the Summit County Public Health Order restricting public events; sale of food, beverages and retail goods; lodging and transportation services: 970-668-2992

We are trying to provide Meals on Wheels, emergency meals for the public, medication pickup and delivery and medical transportation when volunteers are available.

The Senior Center Tech Help team is also providing remote help to Senior Center members. If you need tech assistance, please submit our Remote Help Form.

Volunteers are needed! For information about volunteering, call 970-668-2942

Find out latest information and sign up at Senior Center front desk.

Board Member, Term ends June 30, 2021

Joan is a transplanted Canadian who arrived in Denver in 1981.  She has owned a home in Summit County since 1984 and moved to Silverthorne full time in 2015.  Her professional background is in the energy industry as a petroleum engineer and geologist. She currently runs her own consulting business specializing in 3D geomodeling of oil and gas reservoirs.  Joan has been an active member of the Summit County Rotary Club since 2016 and serves on their Board as secretary.  She also serves on the Boards of SCSC Timberline Toppers Square Dance club and the annual 50+ Winter Games. 

When Joan is not working, she enjoys participating in all outdoor activities in including hiking, biking, downhill skiing and skate skiing.  Now that she lives in Summit County full time her focus is to give back to the community she loves through volunteerism.

Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. | December – March

Originally affiliated with the Over the Hill Gang International (which today exists in Copper), the Loosey Goosey Group (LGG) has been loosely organizing the 50-plus population committed to celebrating and sharing the joys of living and playing during the snow season in Summit County for more than 30 years. Please note, additional costs may apply for Après ski activities.

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Starting the first Thursday in December, the group holds weekly Après ski parties at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, culminating in the Arapahoe Basin Beach Party the first Monday in April. Attendees and group members are asked to bring a dish to share.

The annual Arapahoe Basin Beach Party will be on Monday, April 6, starting at 11:30 a.m. with the option to ski before and/or after. If you wish to attend, please bring a side dish, salad or dessert item to share; the main course of barbecue will be catered by A-Basin. Water, wine and beer will be provided. Weather permitting, the party will be held outside on “The Beach” so please ensure all food items, dishes, serving utensils, chairs and personal belongings are heavy enough to avoid blowing away.

In the case of bad weather, we will host the party inside the A-frame on the 2nd floor; however, due to Colorado liquor laws, the Loosey Goosey Group will not be able to provide wine and beer inside the A-frame. If desired, group members can purchase drinks at the 6th Alley Bar.

Our annual Awards Party will be held on [TBD] and winners of the Most Improved Skier/Boarder and the Nancy Macey Spirit award winners will be posted on our group blog and Facebook page.

Newsletter updates resume October with information about the upcoming ski season.

Tuesdays & Fridays, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.

The object of the game is to form combinations of suits, numerals, winds, dragons and flowers as illustrated on the National Mah Jongg League’s Official card. Sandy Ladin coordinates the Mah Jongg group. Contact Sandy at (856) 275-7187 or sandyladin@yahoo.com.

Marc Schlesinger

President, Term ends June 30, 2021

Marc and his family have vacationed in Summit County for more than 30 years, and owned property in Silverthorne for 20. Originally from Chicago area, Marc and his wife Joelle moved to the county permanently in 2008. Marc was active in numerous medical staff positions, including Chief of Staff, and has served on boards for Illinois County and State Medical Societies, the Illinois delegation to the AMA, the non-profit board for a retirement community, and others. After a 29-year career as a general internist and hospitalist in Illinois, Marc spent his last 10 working years as a hospitalist at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. He and Joelle enjoy skiing, cycling and golfing in Summit County as well as traveling.

The Margarita Booth happens in the summer during the Frisco BBQ challenge, 4th of July celebration, where seniors set up a booth and sell margaritas with proceeds going to the Senior Center. If interested, there will be a sign up at the front desk of the Senior Center when it gets closer.

Marty Sheets

Past President, Term ends June 30th, 2021

Marty is originally from Littleton but has owned property in Frisco for more than 20 years. Her career primarily focused in telecommunications and healthcare consulting, although she and her husband had most recently owned a security company. She has held board positions with the Lupus Foundation of Colorado, CU EMBA Association and the SkiMeister organization. Her work with Summit Seniors includes projects at the Community Care Clinic and volunteering for the Winter Games and Holiday Home Tour.

Delivered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

The mission of Mountain Meals on Wheels is to provide healthy and nutritious meals to adults of any age who are homebound and unable to prepare their own meals due to health issues. Meals are prepared in a commercial kitchen located at the Summit County Community & Senior Center. Meats are delivered in insulated bags to ensure a safe temperature is maintained. This program is heavily reliant on volunteer drivers, who deliver meals Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays around noon. Drivers are required to have their own vehicle, and be able to pass a criminal background check. If you are interested in driving for this program, or for more information, please email seniors@summitcountyco.gov. This is a year round volunteer opportunity.

By appointment

Trained volunteers are available once a month to assist in answering your questions about Medicare.

Every Monday, 6:00 p.m.

Meal reservations are required by 8 a.m. on the day of the meal. Reservations may be made by calling the Meals Hotline at (970) 668-2944 or by signing up in the Meals sign up book at the Senior Center. Please note that we do not call back to confirm your reservation. Dinners are $15 per person. Checks should be made payable to SCG. Menus are subject to change. After-dinner presentations are subject to change.

Wednesdays, times vary | April – October

The Mountain Goats are our most strenuous hiking group, and are not suitable for beginners.  This group chooses trails which are difficult, challenging and invigorating, and addiction to the views are often a side effect!  The progression of the hikes from the beginning to the end of the season are from shorter, less vertical climbs to longer, higher vertical climbs with demanding terrains and route-finding opportunities. Some hikes are out of Summit County and overnights are sometimes planned at hotels. The Goats communicate through a closed Google Group “Summit Mountain Goats”.  Questions? Contact the group’s owners at summitmountaingoats@gmail.com. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to join the group.  We would love to hear from you.

Every Thursday, 1:15 p.m.

This dynamic evidence-based class will help you improve your balance and decrease your risks for falls. We work on dynamic balance facilitation, CORE strengthening, gait skills and coordination. This class is taught by physical therapists Pat Aden and Gini Patterson who are certified N’Balance instructors. Optional class donations accepted. Please contact Gini at (303) 810-6879 or Pat at (970) 668-1812.

Norb Chehak

Treasurer, Term ends June 30, 2022

Marty is originally from Littleton but has owned property in Frisco for more than 20 years. Her career primarily focused in telecommunications and healthcare consulting, although she and her husband had most recently owned a security company. She has held board positions with the Lupus Foundation of Colorado, CU EMBA Association and the SkiMeister organization. Her work with Summit Seniors includes projects at the Community Care Clinic and volunteering for the Winter Games and Holiday Home Tour.

Third Friday of the month, 10 a.m.

For information and meeting place, call Anne Watson at (970) 390-9690.

Board Member, Term ends June 30, 2022

Having lived in Summit County for more than 20 years, Philip works in a full-time capacity as a local realtor.  Philip has volunteered in a variety of capacities, usually focusing on assisting nonprofits with their technology needs.  In that regard, he has served as co-director of the Evo3 Foundation and otherwise helped a number of nonprofits with their online presence, including Adopt an Angel, Advocates for Victims of Assault and Education Foundation of the Summit.  Philip first became involved with the Senior Center in 2018 as a volunteer, assisting members with their individual computer/device issues and facilitating tech seminars.

Every fourth Monday, 5:30 p.m.

Please bring your own project and material to work on. For details, contact Monique Brownson at Monique.brownson@gmail.com.

Every August

The Rummage Sale is an annual sale at the Senior Center which will be held from August 8 – 11. Drop-off is August 6 & 7. If you are interested in preparation, or have questions on this event, please email Brenda Alberico at bhalberico@gmail.com.

In 2020 in lieu of the annual Rummage sale, cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a successful donation campaign was undertaken and Summit Seniors raised almost $39,000 to support our annual grant giving for 2020.  The annual Rummage sale is the largest fundraiser for Summit Seniors usually raising about $40,000.

 

The Summit County Seniors Golf Program is an excellent way to meet other seniors who have the same passion for the sport. The golf courses in the area are beautiful, challenging and provide opportunities for players of all skill levels. Golf courses in the program include the Keystone River and Ranch courses as well as the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks.

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Three programs exist for the senior golfer…

  • First, the golf program coordinator has arranged discounted green fees at each of the courses identified above for senior members. To participate in this program, seniors must be up to date on Summit Seniors membership dues and have purchased a Seniors Golf Card at the Senior Center for $5.
  • Second, Boomers on the Links: The Seniors Golf Program promotes and supports a weekly Tuesday clinic at the Keystone River Course. During these outings, participants play nine holes of golf, receive a group lesson and are treated to lunch for a reasonable price. Those interested in this clinic should contact the Keystone Pro Shop at (970) 498-1520 to reserve a spot.
  • Finally, special golf outings are arranged at courses apart from those mentioned above. These outings give the senior golfer an opportunity to try courses not played before. The group aims for two special outings in the summer during July and August.

If you would like to help with the Senior Golf Program, please contact Tom McCullough at Tmccull567@aol.com.

Mondays, 10:00 a.m. | January – March

Moderate-level backcountry trails on Mondays, meeting at 9:45 a.m. to leave the senior center and arrive at the designated meeting point by 10:00 a.m. The distances are usually two to four miles roundtrip or about 1.5 to two hours. Outings are suitable for all levels of snowshoers, but may include some hills. Dress in layers and be prepared for fun. For more information, contact Becky Hopkins at beckyhopkins_43@live.com.

The Summit Seniors are excited to announce our first Partner of the Month selection… The Summit Historical Society.  The Summit Historical Society is a non-profit member organization devoted to highlighting the cultural and social history of our community. Not only does the Society provide educational opportunities for all ages, but it helps residents and visitors alike share experiences such as hikes and boat tours which bring alive the history that has made Summit County the amazing place that it is today. When you join as a member of the SHS you are able to participate in member only events. The Summit Historical Society values it Senior Members. Come join and share your life experiences with adults and children through the Summit County Schools and the 1883 School house. Volunteer to be a guide on Lake Dillon, docent in the 1883 schoolhouse and the Dillon Farmers Market. Research historical topics for exhibits and documentation of the collection…. And so much more.

Learn more about the Summit Historical Society.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. | June – September

Summit Older Bushwhackers (SOBs) backcountry hikes are weather dependent on Wednesdays, meeting at 9 a.m. Hiking trails average five to six miles round-trip with an elevation gain around 1,000 to 1,500 feet.

Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

Evidence has shown Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program helps prevent falls and improves health and the quality of life for older adults. Tai chi movements appear gentle and graceful, but they contain much power and internal strength. This is an excellent opportunity to come and learn more about this exercise. Facilitator Kim Greene will review the basic principles of tai chi and provide a demonstration of its fundamental forms.

We are a volunteer team dedicated to helping Senior Center members with your technology issues and problems. We provide tech help sessions at the Senior Center on the first three Mondays of every month from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.  

We also provide occasional monthly seminars on Saturday mornings.  Sign up for any of these sessions is through the Front Desk of the Senior Center.  When signing up for a Monday afternoon help session, please provide us with details on your needs and let the Front Desk know how to contact you. Bring your devices with you so we can help you work with your own equipment.  Space is limited to six attendees (or partner pairs).  So, please be sure to sign up by 9:00 a.m. on the Friday before the session.

Remote Help

While the Senior Center remains closed due to COVID-19, the Senior Center Tech Help team will provide remote help to Senior Center members. If you need tech assistance, please submit our Remote Help Form.

Scam Alert

Scams are recently on the rise.  According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), anyone who demands payments by gift card is always a scammer.  Gift cards should never be used as payments to someone asking for money.  Here is an FTC web link with more information on gift card scams.

Another fraud scheme that’s on the rise is the “imposter” scam.  For more information on various imposter scams, please once again visit this web link on the FTC website.

Zoom Webinar

Zoom is a free video conferencing app that allows you to set up a virtual get-together where you can visit with your friends & family.  On April 18, 2020, the Senior Center’s volunteer Tech Help Team conducted a webinar on how to use Zoom.  If you were unable to attend or would like to watch portions again, here are links to the accompanying slide deck and a useful article.  The webinar follows below.

Web link to Webinar

Web link to our Slide Deck

Web link to Article on Preventing Zoombombing