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FIGHT FRAUD ñ SHRED INSTEADStart collecting your outdated financial documents and bring them to the FREE SHREDDING event and food drive on Saturday, June13, at the Black Forest Lutheran Church parking lot at 12455 Black Forest Road in Black Forest. This Identity Theft prevention event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, as a community service.All documents will be professionally shredded on site. All paper will be recycled. Please limit what you bring to the equivalent of three copy-paper size boxes per person. No plastic bags or three-ring binders will be accepted, as they cannot be shredded.Your donation of cash or non-perishable food items will go to Black Forest Cares in support of their ongoing effort to combat hunger in the local community.For more information, please call Ray at 719-495-6767 or Stan at 719-596-6787, or visit the FREE SHREDDING page of the Black Forest AARP Chapter web site at† † † †† † † † †Community service recognitionDonald and Helen Von Gunden were honored at the April meeting of the Black Forest AARP Chapter. They received the national AARP Chapter and REA Unit Community Service Award and a commemorative pin†for their exceptional hard work and dedication to community service.†The prestigious award, co-signed by the AARP†president, Jeannine English, and AARP CEO Jo Ann C. Jenkins, reads in part, ìYour efforts have enriched the†lives of friends and neighbors and made your community a better place to live.î †††During the past year, Don and Helen volunteered many hours working chapter and AARP Colorado†information tables and health fairs. Don also served as the Chapter 1100 website developer and administrator.†The informative website includes a home page with numerous photographs, the chapter event calendar,†community service involvement activities and more. Don also spends many hours each spring as an AARP Foundation Tax†Aide volunteer. Helen skillfully edits, publishes and distributes a professional monthly chapter newsletter to all†chapter members and selected members in the community. †She is also the chairwoman of the chapter catering†committee, which planned several successful events this past year. † †† † † † †After lunch, Kathy Woods and Larry Hanes from the Colorado Springs Public Utilities Division presented an informative program entitled ìGas Safety.î †They explained why natural and LP gas is†dangerous and must be handled correctly, and discussed what to do and how to report gas†leaks.† † † † †The brief chapter meeting that followed outlined the chapter volunteer needs for the upcoming summer of†community service events, including the June 13 free shredding event.† † † † †Black Forest AARP Chapter membership is open to everyone. †Dues are $10 per year. †Call Chuck at†719-749-9227 for more information, or visit the chapter website at†http://aarpchapter1100blackforest.weebly.comSenior SocialThe past year well over a 100 ìseniorsî have enjoyed participating in a monthly get-together to socialize, play dominoes or do crafts.†There is no obligation to participate in the games.†Individuals bring their own crafts to work. †Others use the opportunity to just sit and talk.†Light snacks are provided.†The group is informal and no membership or dues are assessed.Are you missing out? †The group meets in the Fellowship Hall of the Black Forest Lutheran Church at 12455 Black Forest Road from 1 to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. All ages are welcome.†For more information, contact Lavonne at 719-494-1276.

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