Here's a staggering statistic for you -- approximately 675 million pounds of turkey are served each Thanksgiving! Oddly enough, though, the most turkey per capita is not eaten in the United States. Israelis eat an average of 25.7 pounds per capita, Americans, 18.7 pounds, and the French come in third at 13.4 pounds. (Information from Thanksgiving 101 by Rick Rodgers.)
Whether you call the tasty filling baked inside a turkey stuffing or dressing, you probably will be using some variation of bread filling. That has always been our favorite, but two members of our family are gluten-intolerant, so we're researching alternate recipes this year. Choices range from sausage and apple, oyster, mushroom and chestnut to wild rice and dried cranberry dressing. There are also some really good gluten-free breads on the market now.
From the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens comes this worthwhile suggestion. Enter an emergency contact number in your cell phone under the heading ICE (In Case of Emergency) so paramedics or police can contact a designated person in an emergency situation. This can also be done if you have speed dial on your home phone.
Payson Senior Center
The Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, will be closed Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving.
Betty Pontious, R.N. is taking appointments for pedicures on Wednesday afternoons during November. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at the entrance to the dining room. Cost is $20 for a half-hour pedicure and foot treatment.
Charlotte Evers is volunteer of the month at the Senior Center. Charlotte is a longtime volunteer at the center, having worked as a dispatcher in the past, and is now a runner for Meals on Wheels and receptionist for congregate meals.
The choir program will no longer be held at the center due to lack of participation. If there is enough interest after the first of the year, it may be resumed. Please let the center know if you are interested.
Mark your calendar for Dec. 8 -- Ritch Steven, Arizona state president of AARP, will be at the Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to discuss Medicare changes and the new prescription coverage plan.
For information about the Senior Center and its programs, call (928) 474-4876 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Senior Thrift Store is having a one-half off sale on selected merchandise now through the end of the month. The store will be open the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. On Sunday, Nov. 27, the store will be open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. (after church and before football games) for a Men-only Christmas Shopping event. Refreshments will be served and there will be a large selection of gifts for the ladies in their lives. Personal shoppers will be on hand to assist in making choices, and gift wrapping will be offered. If shoppers don't know the right size, there are attractive gift certificates available in various denominations.
K. C. Kery is volunteer of the month at the Thrift Store. K. C. presides over the back yard and workshop area.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Crafters may still help decorate fund-raiser "Theme Trees" at the circle office, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The group meets from 9 a.m. until noon weekdays.
There are small trees to decorate in a variety of themes such as cooking, sports, writing and more. Participants should bring in at least 12 small items for each tree.
Senior Circle will be closed the week of Nov. 21 through 25 for Thanksgiving.
Exercise classes to fit every need are offered at the Senior Circle. There are programs for people with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or arthritis, stress management, line dancing and more. For information and schedules, call (928) 472-9290.
Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.