I have to tell any younger people reading this column a little secret ... as you get older things in your body will change but your mind usually is a little bit behind on catching up with that.
I tell everyone I know that when I wake up in the morning, I feel like I’m 20 years old — then I get out of bed. When did I get to an age where I can’t move without making some kind of noise?
It’s just one of those facts of life that as we all age things can start to slow down a bit, and if you aren’t careful to keep active you will end up sitting in a chair on the front porch watching everyone else’s lives go by while yours starts to become a memory.
Luckily here in Golden there is one front porch that won’t let that happen to you. It’s the Golden Community Center’s Front Porch program designed for people over the age of 50 to keep them active with games, sports, social events, trips and volunteer activities.
In the upcoming month they have three trips scheduled that sound really fun, and something anyone, no matter what their age, would enjoy.
First up is a trip to Fort Collins to tour the New Belgian Brewery. These are the guys who make Fat Tire Beer, and it’s going to include the tour, story telling, art gazing, and of course the best part, beer sampling. They will also be stopping for lunch on the way.
The trip is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and I am cutting this one a bit close as the registration deadline is today, Thursday, May 9. If you are reading this a bit later, give them a call anyway, they may still have a spot open. The cost is $24 for the van ride and tour, but bring your lunch money too.
If you miss that trip, don’t worry the next one is going to be great, too. It’s to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge for Disappearing Treasures: National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repository Tour.
Every day there are hundreds of illegally imported animal products that are confiscated at the U.S. borders, and this is the facility that stores all of them. It’s a one-of-a-kind place for sure.
Also, as many people know, eagle feathers are highly protected and Native Americans are one of the only groups of people who can legally posses them.
This is the place that manages the Native American Eagle Feather program and you will find out all about how that works.
The tour is Friday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the cost is $11 and includes the van transportation and the tour.
Once again, bring your lunch money. Registration/cancellation for this event needs to be made by Wednesday, May 15.
The third trip will be June 3, and that one is going south to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs.
This is a great zoo nestled right at the foot of the mountains, and it’s always a lot of fun to see. After visiting the zoo, the trip will continue up the mountain to see the Will Rogers Shrine.
Now, I have to warn you that the folks putting this one together rate the exertion level as “5” because there will be a lot of walking at higher altitudes, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a lot of hills, so be prepared for that.
The trip will cost $24 for the van ride only, so bring enough money for the zoo admission as well as, you guessed it, lunch money.
Registration/cancellation for this one needs to be made by May 30. The van leaves at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m..
To find out more about these trips, as well as all the other great activities that the Golden Community Center’s Front Porch has to offer go to their website at www.cityofgolden.net/links/frontporch or call them at 303-384-8130.
Better yet, just drop by the Community Center in person and see what all is going on over there.
John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multimedia production.