New Year Brings Abundance Of Activities



'Twas the week after Christmas

And all through the house

Nothing would fit me

Not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled

The cheese I must taste

At holiday parties

Has all gone to my waist.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome,

Life is a bore.

Isn't that what

January is for?

Unable to giggle,

o longer a riot.

Happy New Year to all

And to all a good diet!

-- (author unknown)

January -- not only a new page, but a whole new year.What a variety of calendars there are -- wall, desk, daily planners, weekly engagement calendars, promotional, cartoon,rt, photographic -- you name a subject, odds are there is calendar art for it.hat is your favorite kind?

Whatever your choice, I wish that all the days on it are happy ones for each of you.

Payson Senior Center

Adelphia from the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., at 10 a.m. uesday, Jan. 11 to give legal aid to seniors in need of it. Persons interested in this service must sign up in advance at the greeting desk in the Senior Center Lobby. This program is offered on a donation basis.

Tune in to local radio KMOG at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, when representatives from the Senior Center will be guests on Don Holcombe's "Rim Country Forum."

A Taste of Magic, a fund-raiser to benefit the Senior Center, is planned from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, in the Mazatzal Casino Bingo Hall. Proceeds raised will be used to continue the Center's programs for the elderly of the community, including Meals on Wheels, hot lunch program, transportation and other services, whichay ben jeopardy because of rising prices.This event is open to the community. Those attending need not be seniors or Senior Center members.

The fund-raiser will include a buffet of roast beef au jus with horseradish sauce, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, salad, rolls and butter, dessert and beverage.

Yesterdaze Music, a duo of vocalist Fay Lumley and keyboard artist Bob Morgan, will entertain with dinner music. Lumley is a professional actress/singer appearing on stage, television, radio and has done voice-overs. Morgan had his own band for many years, and has played in numerous clubs and resorts, including Mountain Shadows and Camelback Inn.

Following dinner, Aaron Radatz will present a magic show. Radatz has studied with many masters of magic, and apprenticed with Harry Blackstone Jr.He is the only magician to be commissioned by the Pentagon for a command performance for the U.S. military. Within the last year, Radatz and his cast have toured more than 37 states, 20 countries and on five continents.

All tickets will be sold in advance; there will be no ticket sales at the door. Tickets are $35 each, which includes dinner, musical entertainment and magic show. Persons purchasing a company table of eight receive $80 in Casino Cash. Ticket sales end at noon, Friday, Jan. 21. Tickets are available at the Senior Center. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

The monthly Birthday Bash will be held at noonednesday, Jan. 19 in the Center Dining Room. Menu for the day is stuffed meatloaf, parsley potatoes, cabbage, corn bread, fruit, birthday cake and beverage. Seniors with January birthdays should put their names in the Birthday Barrel to be eligible for a gift drawing.

Pine Senior Thrift Store

The Thrift Store, located on Highway 87 in Pine, is offeringpecial sales on selected merchandise each week. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Payson Senior Circle

The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, is offering a number of exercises classes to get you in shape in the New Year. Stop by the Circle office or call (928) 468-1012 for achedule.

Senior Circle travel activities for 2005 include a Hawaiian Island Cruise, Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise, Reflections of Italy, and more. Several shorter trips are planned as well.

Remember -- living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

Pine Senior Center menu for January

The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation of Pine-Strawberry serves a hot meal Monday through Friday at noon, in the Senior Dining Room, Highway 87 in downtown Pine. Meals on Wheels also are available for those who are homebound. Members of SCAF pay $3.50 for lunch; non-members, $5. Reservations must be made between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 24 hours in advance. Call (928) 476-2151 for reservations.

The menu for January is:

Jan. 3: Chicken pot pie

Jan. 4: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggie

Jan. 5: Oven fried chicken, yams, veggie

Jan. 6: Italian sausage ‘n' peppers, rice

Jan. 7: Salmon fillet, baked potato, veggie

Jan. 10: Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes

Jan. 11: Chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, refries

Jan. 12: BBQ pork ribs, baked potato, veggie

Jan. 13: Ham, yams, veggie

Jan. 14: Baked or fried cod, wild rice, veggie

Jan. 17: Chicken cordon bleu, yam, veggie

Jan. 18: Vegetable beef soup, corn bread

Jan. 19: Pork chops, mashed potatoes, veggie

Jan. 20: Chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, refries

Jan. 21: Salmon fillet, parslied potatoes, veggie

Jan. 24: Lasagne, bread stick, veggie

Jan. 25: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, veggie

Jan. 26: Pork loin, mashed potatoes, veggie

Jan. 27: Beef burrito, Spanish rice, refries

Jan. 28: Chefs' choice

Jan. 31: Sweet ‘n' sour chicken, rice, Oriental veggie

All lunches are served with a salad bar. A 24-hour advance reservation is necessary to assure enough for all. On Friday, cod days, please ask for baked or fried. Call Cheryl at (928) 476-2151. If cancellation is necessary, please call 24 hours in advance.

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