Cookbooks Rule Summer Reading

SENIOR MOMENTS

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Books! Don't you just love ‘em? As a volunteer, I have the pleasant task of taking care of donated books at the Senior Thrift Store. It's fun to find books that I have not yet read by my favorite authors, or to make the acquaintance of new ones. I like talking to the customers about their reading preferences or helping them find that special book they've been looking for. I lovehe look and scent and feel of a book andant to buyvery one, but as Len points out, the house is going to sink if I acquire any more.

Cookbooks are among my favorites, and recently one came in published in 2003 titled "Recipes from the Rim Country, Honoring its Women," put out by the Soroptimists International of Zane Grey Country. The recipes are an eclectic collection contributed by many of the area's movers and shakers.

And the recipes -- crab stuffed deviled eggs, chicken curry, tarragon shrimp,ree house carrot cake -- just reading them makes my mouth water.

Check out the book sections of the various thrift stores around town -- and don't forget the Library Friends used book store -- you'll be surprised at the quantity and variety of good reading available for very little money.

Overheard a few days ago in the gardening department of Wal-Mart -- two people comparing notes on their gardens. Both said they had already picked their first vine-ripened tomatoes. Made me envious -- is there anything better than veggies right from your own back yard?

Speaking of gardening, I've discovered a delightful website called "The Upbeet Garden Newsletter," the newsletter that celebrates what's good in the world. It's published by Marion Owen, Fearless Weeder. Check it out for useful gardening information and a few smiles.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

The July/August Circle Newsletter has a very comprehensive explanation onhe new Medicare prescription drug coveragewhich becomes available January 1, 2006.

If you have not received a copy, stop by the Circle office at 215 N. Beeline Highway weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to pick one up.

The Senior Circle Monthly Member Luncheon Meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Senior Circle. Cost is $5.50 for members; $6 for nonmembers.

This will be an old fashioned barbecue and there will be a guest speaker.

Rim Country Writers is a new group for beginning and experienced writers.

Meetings are from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Senior Circle. Call (928) 468-9269 for information and to reserve a spot.

Payson Senior Center

Tom Booth was named Volunteer of the Month at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., recently. Tom has delivered Meals on Wheels for the past year. In recognition of his service, he receivediftertificates from severalim country establishments. Volunteers areeeded both for the Senior Center and the Thrift Store.o learn more, call (928) 474-4876 (Center) or (928) 474-3202 (Thrift Store).

The Senior Center will expand its transportation services in the near future. Stay tuned for further news soon. At this time, transportation is available to seniors for shopping, doctor and dentist appointments, and to other locations around town. To make a reservation, call (928) 474-4876. A handicapped vans available for those needing it.

There will be no choir practice until August.

Rumikube has been added to the list of games being played at the Senior Center. It is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

The Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. will be having a Back to School Sale beginning July 18.

Other selected summer merchandise will be offered at 50 percent off. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

The Pine/Strawberry Senior Thrift Store will have a half-price sale on all furnitureJuly0 through July 23. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.ednesday through Saturday.

Senior scholarship offered at college

Gila Community College now offers a Senior Citizen Tuition Scholarship that pays all in-state tuition for individuals 55 years of age and above.

To obtain the scholarship, students need to register for classes. Based on their date of birth in the college's records, the scholarship is awarded automatically. No application is necessary.

The scholarship does not pay for class or lab fees or for out-of-state tuition; however, it will cover the in-state portion of out-of-state tuition, considerably reducing the actual out-of-pocket cost to non-Arizona residents.

For more information, please call your local campus: Payson Campus (928) 468-8039, Gila Pueblo Campus (928) 425-8481, San Carlos Campus (928) 475-5981.

See Gila Community College's Fall 2005 Class Schedule booklet inserted in the July 19 Payson Roundup.

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