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El Paso County Colorado District 49

Falcon area senior center in the works

Long-time Falcon residents and community activists Nick and Bev Ordon are coordinating efforts to start a meals and exercise program in the Falcon area for seniors over age 60. Long-range plans include a senior center, where people can socialize and participate in activities.However, it takes a “village” to build a new idea, and volunteers are needed immediately for the meals and exercise program. The Falcon Fire Protection District has offered space and the kitchen at the Falcon station for meal preparation and dining. Initially, the plan is to prepare and serve meals to seniors 60-plus at the station two times a month – the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.Before initiating this program, the Ordons sought advice from the Pikes Peak Area Council on Aging. Bev Ordon said the council informed them that Falcon also could participate in a five-day hot meal plan, where meals are brought to the area from the downtown Acacia facility. But the program would not be available to Falcon residents until July 2007.The Falcon Business League has pledged $500 to help get the senior meals program started.Bev Ordon said they are looking for volunteers to lead the exercise program as well. “We’re not sculpting bodies,” she said. “We’re just looking for agility and strength training.” Experience is not necessary, as training will be provided. Pat Jeffries, pastor at Grace Community Church, has volunteered the church as a site for the exercise class. The class will take place at Grace Community Church from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Fridays.CALL BEV ORDON TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE EXERCISE PROGRAM – 719-495-2994.

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