November seems to hold the record for the number of wacky days in it, beginning with Plan Your Epitaph Day today, the first. Add to that Waiting for the Barbarians Day on the 4th; Gunpowder Day on the 5th; Marooned Without a Compass Day, the 6th; Dunce Day, November 8; Chaos Never Dies, the 9th; and Have a Bad Day Day, on the 19th. Now who would ever wish someone that? Probably no one, which may be why Absurdity Day follows it on the 20th. On the 22nd you can observe Start Your Own Country Day and Thanksgiving, the 24th, is also the officially Use Even if Seal is Broken Day. To wind things up, the 30th is Stay at Home Because You're Well Day.
Payson Senior Center
A Gila County nurse will be at the center, 514 W. Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 for blood sugar and blood pressure testing. There is no charge for the tests and no appointment is necessary.
The center will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans' Day, and Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving. There will be no hot lunches on these days.
Legal help for seniors is available beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 15. Advance sign-up is required and may be made at the greeting desk in the center lobby. The service is offered on a donation basis.
Registration is now being taken for January computer classes, which are held Monday mornings and afternoons, upstairs in the center. A sign-up sheet is available at the dispatch desk.
The November birthday celebration is at noon Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the dining room. The menu for the day includes ham steak, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, birthday cake and beverage. People with birthdays in November should put their names in the birthday barrel in the center lobby to be eligible for a gift drawing.
Volunteers are needed to help deliver lunches for the 100-plus local residents who receive Meals on Wheels. Call (928) 474-4876 for more information.
Feeling lucky? A very nice gift basket filled with all kinds of goodies is being raffled off at the center. Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. The drawing will be held Nov. 23, just in time for Thanksgiving, and you need not be present to win.
Candice Wise has been named Volunteer of the Month at the Senior Thrift Store. Candice works in the sorting and pricing department.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will be open Veterans Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving. Saturday, Nov. 26, store hours will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special "Men's Only Christmas Shopping Hours" are planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Personal shoppers will be on hand to assist men in selecting those perfect gifts for the women in their lives. Refreshments will be served and gift wrapping will be available. Attractive gift certificates in various denominations may also be purchased.
Beginning this month, the store will close at 4 p.m.
Health and Care Fair
Free information on community resources will be available at the Community Health and Care Fair at the Payson High School Old Gym, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5. This event is for all ages, with screenings, vision and hearing tests. Attendees are invited to donate unused eye glasses and hearing aids and bring nonperishable food items for the local food bank. For information, call (928) 472-2588.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Volunteers are needed in several areas of the Senior Circle at 215 N. Beeline Highway. There are openings in the gift shop, gardening and patio crew, office/reception, hospital and homebound ambassador, pastoral care, newsletter preparation, scrapbooking and women's health. For information, call Kathy Coombes at (928) 472-9290 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Senior Circle members will make miniature gift Christmas trees to sell as a fund-raiser this month. Each tree will have a special theme. Individuals and businesses may donate items to decorate the trees.
There will be a contest for the best trees and the winners will be announced at the circle's Christmas party, Dec. 3.
Professional chef Gary Bedsworth will present a class on "Cooking for One or Two" at the Nov. 8 monthly member luncheon in the circle building. The luncheon meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $3.50 for members, $4 for nonmembers. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 472-9290.
There will be a new knitting and crocheting club at the circle, meeting from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday morning, starting in January. Beginners to advanced are welcome. Call the above telephone number for more information.
"Doc Talk" will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at the circle building. There is no charge for circle members; cost is $1.50 for nonmembers. Advance reservations are required.
No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.
Payson Senior Center menu
The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St. No membership is required. Cost of the meal is $3 for members, and $4.50 for nonmembers and those younger than 60. If you need transportation, call the center. Meals can also be delivered to homebound individuals. Reservations must be made one day in advance. For reservations, call (928) 474-4876.
The menu for November is as follows:
Nov. 1: Pork roast, sweet potato casserole, asparagus, baked apples, roll
Nov. 2: Chicken Parmesan spaghetti, garden salad, Brussels sprouts, pie, garlic roll
Nov. 3: Chicken-fried steak, potato wedges, country greens, fruit pudding, roll
Nov. 4: Salisbury steak, noodles, peas/carrots, garden salad, peaches, roll
Nov. 7: Chicken enchilada, Spanish rice, refried beans, melon, corn chips
Nov. 8: Fish fry, herbed potatoes, coleslaw, fruit Jell-O, corn bread
Nov. 9: Pot roast, roasted veggies, peas, fresh fruit, biscuit
Nov. 10: Sloppy Joes, carrot salad, chez cauliflower, potato soup, pie
Nov. 11: Center closed for Veterans Day
Nov. 14: Meatloaf, spinach, salad, citrus fruit, roll
Nov. 15: Chicken pot pie, rosemary potatoes, carrots, apple crisp, cranberry juice
Nov. 16: Ham steak, au gratin potatoes, California veggies, pie, roll
Nov. 17: Pizza, cottage cheese, garden salad, peaches, soup
Nov. 18: Baked fish, twice baked potato, broccoli salad, fruit Jell-O, roll
Nov. 21: Sliced beef, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit ambrosia, roll
Nov. 22: Spaghetti and meat balls, garden salad, mixed veggies, citrus fruit mix, garlic bread
Nov. 23: Baked turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, roll
Nov. 24 and 25: Center closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
Nov. 28: Brats and kraut, mashed potatoes, corn bread, beets, orange juice
Nov. 29: Imperial chicken, rice pilaf, broccoli, mixed fruit, roll
Nov. 30: Stuffed pork loin, sweet potatoes, spinach, pie, roll.