Inclusion Do you need assistance to fully participate in activities listed throughout the Recreator? The City of Fort Collins welcomes individuals of all abilities into our classes and programs

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Party Bridge & Pinochle – M

Drop-in Bridge and pinochle for Senior Center members.

Ongoing Tu 12:30–4:00 PM No Fee

Bridge Mentoring – M

Mentoring instruction is based on Standard American Bridge.

Nila Hobbs will help you with working through the play of the hands.

9/8, 9/22 M 6:30–8:30 PM

10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24

Duplicate Bridge – M

Weekly Duplicate Bridge skills development and companionable play.

Ongoing F 11:30–3:30 PM $3.50

Member: $2.80

Celebrations – M NW

Celebrate July, August and September birthdays and anniversaries

of the Senior Center members with cake, gifts and entertainment.

9/25 Th 1:30–3:00 PM No Fee 412410-01

Donut Make U Wonder – M

The group engages in local, national and global topical discussions with donuts and coffee.

Ongoing F 10:00–11:30 AM No Fee

Movies, New Release – M

Join us for new release movies! Schedule of movie titles is available at the registration desk.

9/5, 9/19, F 1:00–3:00 PM
10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21

Moonlight Melody Dances

Dance to live music. Refreshments served.

Jim Ehrich, Polka Dot Dance

9/15 M 7:00–10:00 PM $4

Darrell Sullivan

9/29 M 7:00–10:00 PM $4

Pepie Carlberg

10/6 M 7:00–10:00 PM $4

CC Collier, Halloween Chili Supper

10/20 M 7:00–10:00 PM $4

Peter Lopez, 20’s Theme Dance

11/3 M 7:00–10:00 PM $4

Harris & Harris

11/17 M 7:00–10:00 PM $4

Dance Club Fridays – NW

Baby Boomers here is your chance to collect your friends, get into those funky costumes and have a great time with lots of music from the 60’s and 70’s from the Backline Band. Dancing and partying is encouraged. Get your “Groove” and “Funk” on. Note: Cash bar and snacks are available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

10/31 F 7:00–10:00 PM $10


Classes are for ages 50 years and up and are located at the Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, unless otherwise noted.

Experience the World…Experience the East African Rift Valley (make this heading like the special events heading just above this)

Experience … Rift Valley of Africa (countries include: Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya) in our next chapter of Experience…the World. Members of the Fort Collins community who generously share their hereditary culture or those who have had the opportunity to study, to reside or to travel, provide us with a glimpse of ways of their world through art, music, food, dance, religion, traditions, history, geology and the influence of politics.

This fall events will focus on a region of the world viewed
as the “Cradle of Humankind” and is currently experiencing much political and social change. Amazing scenery, high mountains, jungles, volcanoes and the deepest lakes in the world are in this area. The area is still splitting and will rupture and break off in approximately 10 million years. This series is presented by the
City of Fort Collins Recreation Department and Global Village
Museum of Arts and Cultures.

Special Displays

Displays will be viewable at the Fort Collins Senior Center during our exploration of Africa including memorabilia, artifacts and art. Pick up your copy of the book list and movie guide provided so that you can lean more about it.

Cooking: Healthy Ethiopian Dishes

See page 47 for details.

Trip: Wild Animal Sanctuary Tour

See page 108 for details.

Trip: Ras Kassa’s

See page 106 for details.


The Great Rift

2 hours 56 minutes, PG-Documentary

Great Rift Valley created when African and Arabian Teutonic plates separated 35 million years ago.

10/3 F 1:00–3:00 PM

Africa: The Serengeti

39 minutes, PG-Documentary

This movie depicts the annual trek of 2 million herd animals to the north to feed and mate.

10/10 F 1:00–4:00 PM

The Last Lions

1 hour 28 minutes, PG-Documentary

Award winning film makers Dereck and Beverly Joubert build a case for the moral duty we have to protect lions.

10/10 F 1:00–4:00 PM

The Last King of Scotland

2 hours 7 minutes, R Rated

This fictional story is of a young Scottish doctor who travels to Uganda and becomes the personal physician to the dictator Idi Amin.

10/17 F 1:00–4:00 PM

Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa

2 hours, PG-Documentary

This movie documents the journey of climbers on Kilimanjaro.

10/24 F 1:00–3:00 PM

Hotel Rwanda

2 hours, PG-13

This movie depicts the true story of one of man’s brave stances against savagery during the 1994 Rwanda conflict.

10/31 F 1:00–3:00 PM

Lunch & Lecture: Postcards from Burundi – NW

William Timpson, professor, School of Education at CSU, has dedicated his life to the pursuit of world peace. He established the University of Ngozi in northern Burundi a country that has suffered from warfare, corruption and poor access to education. Timpson will share his extensive experiences. Note: Lunch will be served after presentation. Please indicate special dietary needs at registration.

10/9 Th 11:30 AM–1:30 PM $20

Members: $16

Reflections on A Life with Violin: A Book in Concert

Local musician Victoria Loren will present a violin concert and readings from her book Reflections on A Life with Violin: A Book in Concert. Note: Concert is from 6:00–7:00 p.m. with the reception

and book signing from 7:00–8:00 p.m.

11/2 Su 6:00–8:00 PM $10

Members: $5

Lunch & Lecture: Who & Why Did People Settle

in the East Africa Rift Valley – NW

John Roberts, retired State Department and world traveler will share his vast knowledge of one of the most interesting and unusual part of the world the Rift Valley of Africa. He will talk about the unusual geologic facts that supported the aboriginal and migrating people. Note: Lunch will be served after presentation. Please indicate special dietary needs at registration.

10/2 Th 11:30 AM–1:30 PM $20

Members: $16

Lunch & Lecture: Ugandan Experience – NW

Carolyn Griebe has traveled to Uganda six times. Her latest trip lasted three months in which she taught women self-sufficiency, fitted people with glasses and dedicated wells 5 and 6 in the East African country. Hear her story and be amazed. Note: Lunch will be served after presentation. Please indicate special dietary needs at registration.

10/23 Th 11:30 AM–1:30 PM $20

Members: $16

Lunch & Lecture: African Night – NW

Experience drumming, dancing, crafts and exotic food from the East African Rift Valley with community members from the region. Participate in african drumming with the African Drum and Dance Collective of Fort Collins, enjoy professional photography by Marjorie Moringstar, and shop at the African Bazaar

Note: Dinner is included, indicate special dietary needs at registration. Door to door transportation available upon request.

10/27 M 6:00–8:30 PM $20

Members: $16

Showcase: Africa Cradle of Humankind – NW

The Smithsonian Natural History Museum houses many human

fossils from Africa which is known as the Cradle of Humankind.
The Museum will present a live interactive tour of their Human
Origins exhibits. Participants will be able to ask questions of

the tour guide. Note: Seating begins at 12:30 p.m.

10/14 Tu 1:00–3:00 PM $10

Members: $5

Showcase: East African Art – NW

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present a live interactive tour of their East African Art exhibits and explain the differences in the origins and the sophistication of the tribal pieces. The participants will be able to ask questions. Note: Seating begins

at 12:30 p.m.

10/28 Tu 1:00–3:00 PM $10

Members: $5

Historical Cafe

Buffalo Bill Experience – NW

Jeff Norman, re-enactor will take you back to the untamed frontier. He will talk about the Civil War, the Western Expansion, and the Indian Wars. He will talk about his concept and organization of the unprecedented international Wild West Show. Included will be humor, drama and little known historical anecdotes. Note: Lunch will be served. Please indicate special dietary needs at registration.

9/18 Th 11:30 AM-1:30 PM $20

Members: $16

Hats & History – NW

History comes in many forms and Colleen Estes Cassell has found a way to study U.S. History through fashion, especially the hats that were worn. She is a dynamic speaker and makes history come alive

as she models some of the 500 hats she has collected. Note: Lunch will be served. Please indicate special dietary needs at registration.

10/30 Th 11:30 AM–1:30 PM $20

Members: $16

Special Events

Grandparents Day

See page 84 for details.

Tribute to Legends of the 50’s – NW

Pirate Radio 93.5 FM and the Fort Collins Senior Center will present a Tribute concert to the legendary singers of the 1950’s. The Matt Pack will sing the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. and Greeley’s Elvis, George Gray will make an appearance. There will be lots of Pirate give-a-ways. Note: Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

11/8 Sa 7:00–9:00 PM
$15 in advance
$20 at the door

Veteran’s Day Breakfast – NW

The Fort Collins Golden K Kiwanis Club and the Fort Collins Senior Center invite the community to share a morning of food, song, and patriotism. This is a yearly honor celebration of those who served. Note: Posting of the Colors is at 8 a.m. with music to follow.

11/11 Tu 7:00–10:00 AM No Fee

Pool Tournaments – NW

Competitive 8-ball tournament with prizes for the top three scores. Note: Rules will be reviewed. Snacks and beverages provided.

9/13 Sa Noon–5:00 PM $15 412457-01

10/11 Sa Noon–5:00 PM $15 412457-02

11/8 Sa Noon–5:00 PM $15 412457-03

Members: $10

Cemetery Stroll – NW

“Under the Shadow of the Civil War: a Fort is Born” is the theme for the 19th Annual Cemetery Stroll, the longest historical presentation event in Fort Collins. Learn why the Fort was established and why it’s named for Colonel Collins. Food provided by MacKenzie Place and the Senior Center. Note: Tickets on sale at the Fort Collins Senior Center and at Grandview Cemetery.

Location: Grandview Cemetery

9/20 Sa 10:00 AM & 1:30 PM $6

Senior Learning Network

A House Divided – NW

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will provide a live

interactive field trip through its Civil War Exhibition. American’s outlook on the war changed significantly with the depictions. Participants can ask questions of the Smithsonian guide about
the pieces and how they reflect the historical context of war.
Note: Seating begins at 12:30 p.m.

9/9 Tu 1:00–3:00 PM $10

Members: $5

Follow the Buffalo – NW

The Homestead National Monument of America, in Beatrice, Nebraska, will provide a live interactive tour of its exhibitions that depict land use for survival and the importance of the buffalo to the Plains Indians. Participants will be able to ask the guide questions about the exhibitions and the objects shown. Note: Seating begins

at 12:30 p.m.

9/23 Tu 1:00–3:00 PM $10

Members: $5

Honoring Veterans – NW

The National Parks Services will provide a free interactive tour of the Pacific National Monument. The Rangers will bring the sites and stories of Pearl Harbor and take the participants where other visitors cannot go. Participants will be able to ask questions of the Rangers throughout the tour. Note: Registration required. Seating begins

at 12:30 p.m.

11/11 Tu 1:00–3:00 PM $10

Members: $5

Copland Music – NW

A concert of Aaron Copland’s music will be performed from the Stage of the Fort Worth Bass Performance Hall. Included in the performance will be Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “John Henry,” and “The Lincoln Portrait”. The Conductor will give a brief history of Copland’s life and music. Note: Registration required. Seating begins at 12:30 p.m.

11/25 Tu 1:00–3:00 PM $10

Members: $5

Trips & Travel

General Information

Age: All Senior Center trips are for ages 50 and up unless

otherwise noted.

Registration: Pre-registration is required for all trips. Some ticketed events will have an early registration deadline. Call 970.221.6644 to register or online at

Refunds/Cancellation: When you purchase seats for any ticketed event, the sale is considered final. No refunds are given unless
we resell that ticket.

Discounts: No discounts are allowed for trips.

Departure: All trips leave from the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, CO unless otherwise noted. Out of respect for the other participants we cannot wait for those “running late”. The trip will leave promptly at the posted trip time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to avoid missing out.

Return Times: Due to traffic situations, length of show/program

or other unknown occurrences, all return times are approximate. Please do not schedule appointments close to return times in case delays occur.

What is included: All trip prices include at least transportation and escort. Many include more depending on the trip (See trip details).

Accommodations: Individuals who are not independent in daily living activities or are in need of extra supervision are encouraged to register and participate with a personal care attendant. At time of registration, please inform us of any accommodation needed.

There is no transportation fee for the personal care attendant providing assistance but he/she must pay for ticket or meal expenses if those are part of the trip fees. Attendants must register separately from individuals they are assisting so we can make sure to provide necessary seating, meals, tickets, etc.

Smoking: Trips are smoke-free whenever possible. No smoking is allowed on vans or buses.

Door-to-Door Transportation: Round trip transportation to and from your home is available for most trips if you reside within the Fort Collins city limits (with some exceptions). The cost for this service is $3/person. Requests must be made at the time you register or at least three days prior to the trip.

Waitlist: If a trip is sold out you may have your name placed on a waitlist. This list is used to gauge whether we offer another trip or add a van. You will be called in the order it was received; however after the call it will be first come first served.


Senior Hiking

See page 82 for details.

Autumn East

Witness the magnificent fall colors of New England… a train ride into the White Mountains, eat lobster on the coast, and take in the history of Boston before heading to the famed Finger Lakes of Upstate NY. Ferry up to Niagara Falls, tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and ending in Amish country. Boston to Cleveland. Note: 10 day/9 night includes all transportation, lodging, most meals, admissions, tours,

and escort. FLY 10 days (Boston-Cleveland) or roundtrip coach drive
(15 Days)


10/13-10/23 M–Th 9:30 AM–9:00 PM 405995-01

$2,995 Double Occupancy, $3,899 Single Occupancy


10/11-10/25 Sa–Sa 8:00 AM–5:00 PM 405996-01

$2,995 Double Occupancy, $3,899 Single Occupancy

Ongoing Trips

Rockies Game

Enjoy the game from shaded seats in Denver’s Coors Field.

Note: Fee includes van transportation, ticket and escort. This trip

is not discountable.

Rockies vs Giants

9/3 W 11:00 AM–6:00 PM $30 405901-01

Rockies vs Dodgers

9/17 W 11:00 AM–6:00 PM $30 405901-02

Casino Trips – Mardi Gras Blackhawk

Join us for a day in the mountains at the specified casino. The fee helps support our great Fort Collins Senior Center. Note: Casino trips leave from Rolland Moore Park. Fee includes motor coach transportation, casino package and escort.

Location: Rolland Moore Park

9/30 Tu 8:00 AM–5:30 PM $8 405911-01

10/28 Tu 8:00 AM–5:30 PM $8 405911-02

11/18 Tu 8:00 AM–5:30 PM $8 405911-03

Out to Lunch

Note: Fee includes van transportation, and escort. Lunch cost is on your own.

Wild Mountain Smokehouse

The Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery is a family owned and operated restaurant in the heart of downtown Nederland. We’ll enjoy top-quality, house-smoked cuisine while taking in the autumn views of Boulder Creek, Barker Reservoir, and the Continental Divide. Bring cash.

9/22 M 10:00 AM–3:30 PM $15 405930-01

Ras Kassa’s

Our “Experience the World” this fall is Africa. Ras Kassa’s Ethiopian restaurant in Boulder provides award-winning, authentic, healthy Ethiopian meals including both meat and vegetarian entrees served with salad and bread. Buffet lunch around $10.

10/24 F 10:00 AM–2:00 PM $15 405930-02


Housed in the historic North Denver Highlands, Gaetano’s was originally opened in the 1930’s by the Smaldone family. Today it plays homage to the classic cocktail era with leisurely lunches, and rustic and fresh Italian food. Entrée range: $10-$26.

11/19 W 10:00 AM–2:30 PM $15 405930-03

Sunday Out to Lunch

We will head to somewhere in the specified area for lunch to enjoy a day out of the house. We won’t tell you which restaurant because the mystery is half the fun! A scenic ride home tops it off. Note: Fee includes transportation and escort. Lunch cost is on your own.

Poudre Canyon

9/28 Su 11:00 AM–3:00 PM $8 405932-01

Red Feather

10/26 Su 11:00 AM–3:00 PM $8 405932-02


11/9 Su 11:00 AM–3:00 PM $8 405932-03

Traveling Gourmet

Note: Fee includes transportation and escort. Dinner cost is on your own (except at The Curtis Club).

Flagstaff House

Back by popular demand! Built into a mountainside at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the Flagstaff House overlooks Boulder offering breathtaking views and an award-winning wine list and menu. The French-American cuisine is a splurge as entrees range from$30-$70, but it is worth it.

9/11 Th 3:30–9:30 PM $25 405940-01

Member: $20

Fawn Brook Inn

Historical elegance built in Allenspark in 1927. Featuring a 5-Star menu with Old World Atmosphere, the Fawn Brook Inn has been serving fine food in an intimate dining room for more than 33 Years. Entrees range from $31-$55.

10/9 Th 3:30–9:30 PM $25 405940-02

Member: $20

The Curtis Club

Voted one of Denver’s best new restaurants by 5280 Magazine, The Curtis Club is an urban gathering place with rustic appeal. The restaurant features local and sustainable cuisine from chef Eric Johnson, chef at the Flagstaff House for eight years. Cost includes three course meal, non-alcoholic drink and gratuity.

11/11 Tu 3:00–9:30 PM $65 405940-03

Member: $60

Colorado Symphony

Note: Fee includes transportation, pre-concert lecture, Mezzanine
5 or better seats and escort. Bring a lunch for the van ride. New
start time.

Shaham Plays Brahms

The Colorado Symphony welcomes Gil Shaham. One of today’s greatest violinists takes the stage with one of the greatest solo works for violin, Brahms’ Violin Concerto. We close this masterful program with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, known for its sweeping melodies and considered the height of romanticism.

10/5 Su 10:30 AM–4:30 PM $70 405973-01

Member: $65

Mahler’s The Titan

Beginning with the iconic, minimalist style of modern master John Adams, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and the accessible classicism of Mozart, juxtaposed with Mahler’s gorgeous, complex, and Beethovian first Symphony. Marin Alsop and Taki Fellow Karina Canellakis skillfully and beautifully lead this phenomenal program.

11/2 Su 10:30 AM–4:30 PM $70 405973-02

Member: $65

Ainomae Play Dvorak

Colorado Symphony Principal Cellist Silver Ainomäe makes his solo Masterworks debut with one of Dvorák’s most significant works, the Cello Concerto in B minor. Led by Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton, we close out the evening with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, one of his most recognizable works.

11/23 Su 10:30 AM–4:30 PM $70 405973-03

Member: $65

Outdoor Strolls

Want to see the great outdoors? These short, easy, level strolls in scenic areas are at your own pace and you determine the distance you want to walk. Perfect for photographers and artists. No guide, but driver will accompany. Appropriate footwear is required. Note: Fee includes transportation and escort. Please bring your own lunch, snacks, water and appropriate clothing (ex: rain gear, warm hat, jacket, etc.)

Barr Lake State Park

9/23 Tu 9:00 AM–3:00 PM $12 411904-01

Gateway Natural Area

10/8 W 9:00 AM–3:00 PM $12 411904-02

Poudre River Trail

10/15 W 9:00 AM–3:00 PM $12 411904-03


Blue Man Group”

Blue Man Group’s critically acclaimed show has been called “visually stunning,” “wildly inventive,” and “hysterically funny.” Although impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that their show is a unique theatrical experience like nothing else.

Note: Fee includes transportation, ticket and escort. Show is at UCCC in Greeley. This event contains loud amplified music.

9/21 Su 12:45–5:00 PM $85 405922-01

Member: $80

Justice Meets Art

Behind the scenes of our Fort Collins finest. Tour holding cells, booking, defensive tactics, 911 dispatch, bearcat and more. We will also find out how Art in Public places helps make our city truly choice and how art can deter graffiti. Note: Includes transportation, tour, and escort.

9/9 Tu 9:00 AM–12:30 PM $20 405951-01

Member: $15

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