Film screening highlights new calendar for active seniors |

Film screening highlights new calendar for active seniors

Margaret Hair

— A new series of documentary film screenings at Bud Werner Memorial Library strives to put a local twist on global issues.

Community Cinema showings will pair a critically acclaimed documentary with a presentation by a local community organization about once a month. The series starts with a free screening of "Young@Heart" and a presentation by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Aging Well Program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Library Hall.

Steamboat Springs is one of 50 cities selected by the Independent Television Service in conjunction with the PBS "Independent Lens" series to screen one documentary from the series each month, said Jennie Lay, adult programs coordinator for the library.

"For us at the library, I think this PBS partnership is just a really great opportunity. We have something that shows kind of late on a Tuesday night … and this is a way to watch it with some community conversation and some dialogue about big issues," Lay said. The "Independent Lens" series airs on the local PBS affiliate at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, she said.

"Young@Heart" follows a chorus of the same name for senior citizens. The group, which is based in Massachusetts, features singers ages 73 to 89. They sing hits by James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, The Clash and other pop, punk, funk and rock groups.

Before the screening Thurs­day, representatives from Aging Well will lead a short Tai Chi demonstration. They will be on hand during a short intermission with information about health and wellness programs and will sell copies of the new Aging Well Calendar Journal.

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Lay said the spirit of Aging Well's exercise and health programs for people ages 50 and older was in line with the message of "Young@Heart," "a great film about aging with this tremendous spirit."

"There are all these locals who really fit the same kind of mentality that this group of people who are in the Young@Heart Chorus have," Lay said.

Ann Ross is one of those locals with an active mentality and lifestyle. She started work on the Aging Well Calendar Journal about a year ago, interviewing local senior citizens about what they do to stay active in body and mind. She found more people than could possibly fit into a year's calendar and journal, she said.

"I guess if I have a regret it's that I couldn't do everyone that I talked to and had a chance to meet and had a chance to interview," Ross said. "That is my regret, that I couldn't use everyone that is active, is healthy and is interesting."

The 120-page calendar is separated by month and features about 65 people from Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas enjoying healthy activities such as skiing, biking, golfing, swimming, kayaking, eating vegetables and hiking, Ross said.

The calendar is available for a $15 donation to Northwest Colorado VNA at Thursday's screening. VNA produced the calendar journal.

Tamera Manzanares, community outreach specialist for Aging Well, said the documentary screening and informational event offers people a chance to try some gentle exercise and to be inspired by "Young@Heart."

"I think it's a great opportunity for us to let people know about our program, and to let people know in general that there are resources out there to help them through the aging process," Manzanares said.

Lay has planned similar events with "Independent Lens" documentary films about once a month through May.

A screening of "Garbage Dreams," a documentary about trash collectors in Egypt, is scheduled with presentations from the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampa Valley Recycles on Jan. 25. For information about future Community Cinema screenings, go to

If you go

What: “Young@Heart” screening and Aging Well event

When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Cost: Free

Call: 879-0240

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