Pasta, pizza, pretzel, pickled pepper, popcorn popping -- say that fast three times in a row. Those are all things that are observed as special days during the month of October. Hm-m-m, wonder if cooler weather and heartier appetites have anything to do with that?
Aside from food, October is also Adopt a Dog, Roller Skating, Polish-American Heritage, Clock, and Kitchen and Bath Month. October's birthstone is the opal for hope, and its flower is the calendula, signifying grief and jealousy. Doesn't seem like a very good choice for such a beautiful month, does it?
An informational meeting for current and prospective volunteers is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at the Seniorircle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The program will outline volunteer opportunities and provide interested persons with the background and benefits of Senior Circle. Anyone who serves a minimum of 40 hours per year receives a free Senior Circle membership.
The annual volunteer banquet will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Mazatzal Casino. Volunteers are encouraged to turn in their time sheets for the year as soon as possible and to register for the free banquet.
Oct. 18 is the date for the monthly Senior Circle Members' Luncheon, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Circle. Cost of the meal is $3.50 for members, $4 for non-members. Advance reservations are required.
The Newsletter Committee will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 at the Senior Circle to prepare the November-December newsletter for mailing. Anyone wishing to help is welcome.
Just in time for Halloween, there will be a pumpkin-carving class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Circle. Retired chef Gary Bedsworth will demonstrate how to carve a pumpkin. Attendees are asked to bring their own pumpkins and wear aprons. Cost of the program is $3.50 per person.
Welcome to Diane Fredericks-Bedsworth, who is the new Dietary Director at Payson Regional Medical Center. Diane is the wife of the above-mentioned Gary Bedsworth. The Bedsworths recently relocated to Payson from Minnesota.
If interest warrants, Gary will conduct a series of "Flavors of the World" cuisine classes beginning in January. Persons who are interested in participating may pre-register at any time.
Payson Regional Senior Circle is one of only 10 Senior Circle Chapters in the entire country to participate in the Healthy Woman Program, focusing on health issues for women. Community Health Services will sponsor the program. Senior Circle Advisor Cory Houghton will attend training sessions in Tennessee in November to get the program up and running in Payson.
For information about any of the above activities, call (928) 468-1012.
If you are a grandparent or adult 60 years or older, who is raising a grandchild or minor child, you may be eligible for help from the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens.
The council can assist financially with instrument rentals, athletic passes, child care, activity uniforms, physicals and athletic shoes. The Grandparent Support Group provides information and support about legal issues, rights and responsibilities, benefits and preparing yourself for a new/old role. For information, call (800) 293-9393.
Payson Senior Center
Many seniors who have given up their driving privileges no longer have official identification cards. Howard Shapiro from the Gila County Sheriff's Office in Globe, will issue photo identification cards Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The cards will be made on site. For more information, call (928) 474-4876.
Oct. 13 is the Birthday Bash for members who have birthdays this month. Lunch menu for the occasion is ham steak, yams, corn bread, California mix, peach cobbler and beverage. There will be a drawing for a door prize from the names entered in the Birthday Barrel.
Friday, Oct. 29, in observance of Halloween, diners at the noon meal are encouraged to come dressed in costume.rizes will bewarded for the best costumes.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, has received a donation of a collection of approximately 500 post cards. New, used, antique, travel and other categories are included. The cards will be sold as a collection only. To see the collection, inquire at the cashier's desk. Store hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 3 p.m. Saturday.
October is National Book Month, and to commemorate the occasion, the thrift store is offering a "Buy Two, Get One Free" special on hard cover fiction, excluding new releases and best sellers. Here's your chance to restock your library for those chilly winter afternoons and evenings when the best thing to do is to curl up in a cozy chair with a mug of hot coffee, tea or chocolate, a good book, and perhaps, a cat on your lap.
Has this ever happened to you? Recently I had a prescription refilled for 30 pills, but when I got home and opened the bottle (carefully, so as not to spill any), there were only 29 pills. I immediately called the pharmacy and was told I could pick up the missing pill at no charge. Thiss not the first time this has happened to us. My husband, Len, once was missing six pills from a mail prescription, and I have been shorted by three pills when we lived in Wisconsin. Interestingly enough, in all the times we've counted our prescriptions, they have never exceeded the prescribed number.
At the cost of medications, it is wise to make sure you are actually getting what you pay for.
Payson Senior Center menu
The Payson Senior Center serves a hot lunch every weekday at noon in the dining room at 514 W. Main Street. No membership is required. Cost of the meal is $3 for members, $4.50 for non-members and those younger than 60.
Meals can also be delivered to homebound individuals.
Reservations must be made one day in advance by calling (928) 474-4876.
The menu for October is as follows:
Oct. 1: Swiss steak, baked potato, mixed vegetables, roll, pudding
Oct. 4: Sausage-potato casserole, salad, roll, succotash, fruit jello
Oct. 5: Pot roast, cabbage/vegetable, apricots, biscuits
Oct. 6: Pork kraut, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, roll, cherry cobbler
Oct. 7: Barbecue sandwich, green beans, corn, beets, orange juice, pudding
Oct. 8: Fish and Tater Tots, baked beans , slaw, fruit, corn bread
Oct. 11: Beef noodles, peas, carrots, pears, V-8 juice, biscuits
Oct. 12: Lasagna, salad, roll, spinach, fruit jello
Oct. 13: Hamsteak, yams, corn bread, California mix, peach cobbler
Oct. 14: Pizza, vegetable salad, broccoli, mixed fruit
Oct. 15: Chicken tenders garlic potatoes, lima beans, roll, pudding
Oct. 18: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, Japanese mix, pudding
Oct. 19: Salisbury steak, spinach, twice baked potatoes, fruit mix, roll
Oct. 20: Oven fried chicken, brussel sprouts, cake, mashed potatoes, dressing
Oct. 21: Cheeseburger, waffle potatoes, vegetable soup, jello, orange juice
Oct. 22: Chicken enchilada, Spanish rice, refried beans, fresh fruit
Oct. 25: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruit, roll
Oct. 26: Beef stew bowl, salad, lima beans, fruit jello
Oct. 27: Chicken fried steak, baked potatoes, spinach, lemon pie, roll
Oct. 28: Taco salad, rice, green beans, fruit mix
Oct. 29: Fish sandwich, cole slaw, bean soup, pudding
Join with friends at the Senior Center. Enjoy Payson's beautiful fall weather, sip a hot chocolate, have a nice meal and just think of yourself as being at home. The meal is only $3, and you must have one-day reservations.