Do you enjoy playing games? What kind do you prefer -- board, card, word, quiz? Payson offers a number of choices for aficionados of all ages. The Rim Country Chess Club meets Wednesday evenings and a Scrabble Club gets together Thursday evenings at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline Highway; card games and dominoes are played weekday afternoons at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Probably every household in Rim Country has one or more board games -- which ones are in your closet?
Games have been around for thousands of years. Artifacts of a board game similar to checkers, dating from 4000 B.C., have been found in what was Babylonia. Ancient Samarians played a backgammon-like game in 3000 B.C. Chess is believed to have evolved in India from a game called Chaturanga. Korean, Syrian and Aztec cultures, from around 300 A.D., all had Parcheesi-type games. Playing cards came into being around 1000 A.D. in China.
Even animals enjoy games. A dog is never happier than when someone is throwing a Frisbee for him. We once had a cat that loved hide-and-seek. Q, the feline that now rules our roost, has her own version of that game. She will hide her favorite toy mouse beneath furniture or push it under closet doors, and then I am expected to get down on my hands and knees and find it for her. There's something wrong with this picture -- isn't the animal supposed to retrieve, not the human?
Payson Area Senior Circle
There will be a meeting for volunteers, both current and those interested in becoming a volunteer at Senior Circle, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday Jan. 18, at the Circle office, 215 N. Beeline Highway. A number of volunteer opportunities are available. For information, call Kathy Coombes, volunteer coordinator, at (928) 472-9290.
The annual Volunteer Award Banquet is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 31 at the Circle building. Volunteers are asked to reserve a spot by calling the above number.
Plans are in the works to publish a Senior Circle cookbook. Sign-up forms will be available in the March/April Circle Newsletter for those who wish to work on the project or contribute recipes. The cookbook also will feature pictures and short histories of the recipes. It's not too early to begin going through your family recipes and thinking about what you would like to have included.
A crafts group meets at 9 a.m. each Thursday in the Circle building. Various crafts are worked on and may be sold in the Circle's gift shop, with proceeds benefiting Senior Circle. Some crafts, such as lap robes, are also donated to the hospital and various other facilities in Rim Country.
Collette Vacations will present a program at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 to introduce upcoming trips. Among the planned vacations are a 16-day tour of Japan and China; Mozart's Musical Cities, 11 days; From the Alps to Dubrovnik, 14 days; and more. For information, call 1-800-852-5655 and mention promotion code W138-AX3-663.
The Circle Gift Shoppe, located in the Circle building, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Library Friends of Payson
Volunteers are needed for the free homebound program to provide library books to individuals who are unable to get to the library. Homebound Volunteers meet on the second Monday of each month at 10 a.m. prior to the 10:30 a.m. Library Friends general meeting, in the LFOP office at the library, 328 N. McLane Road. Call Coordinator Carol Breen at (928) 468-8670 to learn more about the program.
The next Library Friends meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 in the meeting room of the library. This will be a Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Program and presentation of the Nan Pyle Award given for outstanding service.
Payson Parks and Recreation
Thought not for seniors only, but certainly great opportunities for those of who no longer care to drive to events in the Valley, the Payson Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled three trips in the coming months. On Jan. 25, a motor coach will take musical comedy fans from Payson to the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre for a buffet-style lunch and performance of "Oklahoma." On Feb. 15, a trip to the Arizona Renaissance Festival is offered. In March, a visit to Boyce Thompson Arboretum is planned. Call (928) 474-5242 for details -- and thanks, Parks and Recreation.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Senior Center will host a series of presentations by candidates for the upcoming Payson mayoral and council elections. Tomorrow, Jan. 18, Diane Sexton will speak at 11:30 a.m.; Barbara Underwood is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1; and Sue Connell will share her views at 11 a.m. Feb. 9. Other candidates will be scheduled over the next few weeks. Those wishing to stay for lunch following the presentations are asked to make reservations by calling (928) 474-4876 at least 24 hours in advance.
Story Telling with Janet Erickson is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Jan. 26. Seniors' reminiscences will be put on cassette tape and given to them for their families.
The Thrift Store Volunteer of the Month for January is Russ Christofferson, who is new to the Thrift Store and works magic on donated electrical appliances.
Memorabilia from another era will be offered at a special sale Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Thrift Store. Among items to be sold are glassware, dishes, commemorative plates, vintage clothing, 1920s National Geographics, antique sheet music and much more. Prices will be lower than same or similar items offered on the Internet. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Senior Center is located at 514 W. Main St. and the Thrift Store is next door, at 512 W. Main St.
Payson Senior Menus
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, $4.50 for nonmembers and those younger than 60. Meals also can be delivered to homebound individuals.
Reservations must be made one day in advance. For reservations, call (928) 474-4876.
The menu for the remainder of January is as follows:
Jan. 18: Pot roast, stewed veggies, salad, pie, roll
Jan. 19: Beef enchilada, Mexicorn, chips, pudding, V-8 juice
Jan. 20: Baked salmon, twice-baked potatoes, spinach, fruit surprise, roll
Jan. 23: Meat lasagna, salad, green beans, yogurt, garlic bread
Jan. 24: Chili dogs with cheese, salad, corn, pie
Jan. 25: Chicken Cor don Bleu, scalloped potatoes, lima beans, cake, roll
Jan. 26: Sauerbraten, cottage fries, cabbage, applesauce, roll
Jan. 27: Chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, berry pudding, cheese biscuits
Jan. 30: Cheeseburger melt, deluxe salad, roll, onion rings, pie
Jan. 31: Chicken Parmesan/ spaghetti, broccoli salad, peaches, garlic bread