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February 2013

Saturday, February 2,  6:30-9:30 PM. Dance at Heather Gardens .  Perfect Harmony will be performing. This is for residents and non-residents.  They will have a special table for singles.  The cost is $5.00 for residents and $7.00 for non-residents and the day of the dance.  Rosalie and a few other SNC members are planning to attend.  Give Rosalie a call at 303-751-1226 if you are planning to go.  They will have light refreshments and punch and you may bring a beverage of your choice along too. The attire is classy casual.  They will also have Dance Hosts and Mixer Dances.  The next dance will be Saturday, March 2.

Sunday, February 3 at 4:00 PM Super Bowl Party at Blossoms in Heather Gardens. Even though the Broncos are not playing you still may be interested in watch the big football game or the fun commercials. For $6.95 (does not include tax, tip and drinks) you can purchase their buffet.  It includes chicken wings, Brats, Jalapeno Poppers, chips, Guacamole and salsa, etc. It starts at 4:00 pm.  A few SNC members are going so call Rosalie at 303-751-1236 if you would like to join her. Gina and Rosalie have prior plans and will be getting to Blossoms between 4:30 and 5:00 PM.  There may be other SNC members there earlier than this.  They have a huge TV to watch the game on.

Saturday,  February 9th at 8:00 AM – Walk with a Doc.  This group will be meeting at Crestmoor Park which is off of S. Locust and Cedar, near Alameda.  They meet near the Tennis Courts.  We have been having a few SNC members join us every month. This month’s health topic is Getting More from Your Dr. Visit. Every month during these walks we walk, talk, and exercise our way to a healthier you! – Learn with a high yield health discussion given by a local expert healthcare provider – Exercise with new friends, doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals – Eat healthy with free refreshments, water, and a healthy breakfast.  What’s better than free breakfast, healthy tips for smart living, and a way to talk to your doctors and nurses without any co pays!? Come… Walk with a Doc! Ask questions, get to know your doctors, and have a great time improving your life! Join us at the next one! We’ll check blood pressures, give away lots of free stuff, and get you to use exercise as medicine to improve your life! FREE.  If you want to register, please go to Walk with a doc on MeetUp groups. Rosalie will be walking this month and if you want to let her know you are walking call her.  In case it is very cold or snowy Rosalie may not be going on the walk, as we have had some cold Saturday mornings in the past.

February 9 at 6:00 PM. Dakota Blonde Concert. Join Gina Abegg and Tom Keeton on Saturday, Feb. 9 to see the wonderful group Dakota Blonde at Swallow Hill Music  Center. According to the Swallow Hill Website, Dakota Blonde is one of the most unique acoustic sounds around. Their combination of original tunes and carefully selected covers, along with their endearing stage presence and humor is out of this world. They are a unique blend of heart, authenticity and contagious spirit. This marks the 10th consecutive year that Dakota Blonde have performed their February Valentine’s concert with Swallow Hill Music. We plan to meet at Colore Restaurant, on the corner of Yale and Broadway for dinner at 6:00, going to the concert at Yale and Lincoln by 7:30. Please let Gina or Tom know if you will join us for the dinner, concert, or both. Tickets can be obtained at www.swallowhillmusic.org. Saturday, February 16, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Bemis Library: 6014 So. Datura St. in Littleton. The kilted Scotsman, Matthew Gurnsey, will entertain you with Celtic love songs. Gurnsey has appeared on hundreds of stages nationally and internationally, delighting audiences with his Scottish charm and melodic voice.

Saturday, February 16, 6-9pm Game Night at Gina’s. Have you been missing game night? Join Gina and friends on Feb. 10 from 6 – 9 for a chance to play some of our old favorite games or try a new one you bring. This time we will not be having a potluck. Gina will provide pizza, salad, drinks and dessert. Please pitch in $5 to help with the cost.  This is just to the east of the clubhouse and tennis courts in the Heather Gardens complex. Please contact her to rsvp and for directions.  Jennifer and Andrea will be hosting game nights in March and April, but we still need a generous host for May.

Sunday, February 24, 5:00 PM – Monthly Meeting. Annual Academy Awards Party at Rosalie’s House. This will be the 85th year of the Academy Awards and the host this year will be Seth MacFarlane. The best films of 2012 will be chosen tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. There are nine films up for awards this year and that alone will make it a terrific show.  Many of the movies are up for more than one award so if you have time between now and February 24 check out “Amour,” “Argo,”  “Beast of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,”  “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”  This year they will also have a 50th Anniversary Tribute to the James Bond Film Series and I am sure many of us have seen most of those movies.

This year to make it easier for members Rosalie is charging $6.00 for SNC members and we will get pizza, salad, fruit, dessert, etc. She will have water, soda and tea for drinks and if you want something else, please BYOB.  You will need to RSVP to Rosalie  by Friday, February 22 if you will be able to attend and will be responsible to pay the $6.00 if you cancel after February 22 as she has to order the food.   We sent a list around at the January meeting and already have a large group of members attending.  Please call Rosalie and make sure you get your name on her list and leave your phone number.  If you would like to bring a guest there will be an $8.00 charge but if they decide to join SNC that night we will charge them the $6.00 price for the food.  Let’s hope it doesn’t snow but if that is the case Rosalie will call everyone and have to cancel as it may be hard for members to get to her house and you will get your $6.00 back should you pay in advance.
We will have our usual ballot for the Academy Awards to fill out and see who comes the closest in guessing the winners. Ballots will be $1.00 a piece and you can fill in multiple ballots if you like with the person getting the most correct choices winning the money collected or sharing in case of a tie.  To see the Oscar Ballot ahead of time you can find it at various web sites on the Internet.  Another place to check out information on the Oscar Awards can be found at  www.oscar.com.  You have less than  a month until February 24 to see all the movies up for awards before the big night and pick your own choices or otherwise you can make some good guesses.

Again, remember to call Rosalie to RSVP  by Friday, February 22 or if you have any questions on the above or on the directions. You can also reach her on her cell phone on Sunday night . See you there!

Monday, February 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Bemis Library: 6014 So. Datura St. in Littleton. A Journey Through Afghanistan. Explore Afghanistan through the photography and watercolors of Londoner Brian Serff, . Serff, a photographer, traveled with the Royal Geographic Society from England to Afghanistan to go on an expedition in the Hindu Kush mountains. The trip occurred in 1965 when Afghanistan was a much different country than it is today. It was a lifechanging experience for Serff, who captured in his photographs the life and faces of the people as well as the country’s landscape. Serff has painted numerous watercolors based on these photos. Serff will show both the photographs and the art that he has created. Serff also will talk about the people he met on his journey.

Tuesday, February 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Bemis Library: 6014 So. Datura St. in Littleton. Exploring Mars – The Curiosity Rover and Future Colonization. The enigmatic Red Planet will be the focus of two presentations. This is the first one when Dr. Steven Lee, Curator of Planetary Science at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will discuss the ongoing exploration of Mars and show spectacular recent images of Mars taken by the newly-arrived Curiosity Rover. Learn about the latest findings from the Red  Planet! Then, on Tuesday, March 5, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Dr. Robert Zubrin, chairman of the National Space Society, will talk about how we can send human explorers to Mars in the next decade and Exploring Mars – The Curiosity Rover and Future Colonization. The enigmatic Red Planet will be the focus of two presentations. This is the first one when Dr. Steven Lee, Curator of Planetary Science at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will discuss the ongoing exploration of Mars and show spectacular recent why we should. He also will discuss the possibility of establishing a Martian settlement and a plan to build life on a new world. Dr. Zubrin is the author of The Case for Mars.
Additional Fun Things to do Now That it is Winter – Can you sponsor one of these events?

The 17th Denver Jewish Film Festival is going on from February 6-17.  They have some very wonderful films  both in English, French with English subtitles, Hebrew with English subtitles, German with English subtitles.  You can see a listing of all the movies at www.maccjcc.org/film and you can purchase tickets at the box office during open hours or on line.  Call 303-316-6360 for more information.  Rosalie and Phyllis are planning to be at many of the movies.

How about meeting for breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday?  How about going to a movie on a Saturday night or another night plus dinner out? How about setting up a Happy Hour during the week or on the weekend.

Remember you can call the DCPA on Tuesday at 10:00 AM and find out which plays they have tickets for $10.00 for that week.  The DCPA number is 303-893-4100.

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