Wake Up: Expect to have a good day
Dress Up: Be sure to wear a smile
Shut Up: Learn to listen, and say only nice things
Stand Up: For what you believe in
Look Up: To the beauty around you
Reach Up: To your full potential
Lift Up: Your prayers to the Lord
Folks who have lived in Payson for a while will remember Lee and Joe Pretsch. They both were very active members of the community, working on behalf of veterans' groups, persons with disabilities and displaying the flag. A few years ago, they moved to Kailua, Kona, Hawaii, very close to where the epicenter of the recent earthquake struck. We're glad to hear, via e-mail, that they are OK and had no serious structural damage to their home.
"Mostly just broken glass," Lee writes.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Age Alert Wellness Classes are held at 11:15 a.m. Thursdays at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.
Grandparents' Support Group is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Nov. 9.
The Board of Directors will meet in the dining room at 1 p.m. Nov. 14.
The monthly birthday celebration is Wednesday, Nov. 15. Menu for the day is pork roast, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, dinner roll, birthday cake and beverage.
If your birthday is this month, put your name in the Birthday Barrel in the Center Lobby to be eligible for a gift drawing.
The Alzheimer's Support Group meets at 1 p.m. Nov. 16.
The Center will be closed Nov. 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving. The Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St., will be closed the Nov. 23 and open Nov. 24.
Volunteer of the month is Pat Carr. Pat has been with the Center for several months, and serves on the Board of Directors and also works at the greeting desk. Clothing items marked with yellow tags will be half-price at the Thrift Store during November; blue-tagged garments will be 75 percent off the marked price.
Hazel Peace was named Volunteer of the Month at the Thrift Store. Hazel has been a volunteer for over a year and works in sorting and pricing, with a good eye for spotting boutique items.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Each Thursday during November, members will be working on crafts to sell at the annual Craft, Bake and Plant Sale. The crafts are easy and fun and crafters are invited to join the group, which meets at 1 p.m. in the Circle Building, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. The sale is scheduled for Dec. 8 in the West Lobby at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Tom Russell, Payson's long-time health insurance specialist, will present "Your Medicare Options for 2007: How to Avoid Confusion" on Nov. 15. There will be two one-hour sessions: A continental breakfast at 10:30 a.m. or dessert at 12:30 p.m. Russell will review several Medicare Advantage plans, alert seniors to changes in the Part D plan, and discuss new high-deductible Plan F for traditional Medicare.
Call (928) 472-9290 for reservations.
"Dessert With the Director" is held at 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Circle Building. Payson Regional Medical Center Department Directors present health related educational classes throughout the year. The next program will be "Walking for Exercise: A Physical Therapist's Perspective" on Dec. 6. Call the above number to register.
Flu shots will be offered all day at the Circle on Nov. 8. Call for an appointment.
The next open enrollment period for Senior Circle's partnership with the Tonto Gym will be in January, for the months of February through April. Cost to Circle members is $42 for each three-month period.
There will be no Fibromyalgia Support Group Classes in November and December. They will resume in January.
Nov. 18 is the date of the next meeting of the Restless Legs Syndrome Group. For more information, call Beverly Davis at (928) 468-6626.
The American Cancer Society will host an Open House at 2 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Circle Building. Please register in advance.
It's not too early to make reservations for the Circle of Friends Holiday Party from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Mazatzal Casino Bingo Hall. Entertainment will be provided by Jazz in AZ featuring the Gerry Reynolds Band. The menu includes choice of Chicken Bonne Femme or Prime Rib with a variety of side dishes and desserts. Cost is $12 for members or $17.50 for non-members. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 17.
Pinochle is offered at 1 p.m. Monday afternoons at the Circle Building.
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 persons 60 and older, $5 for those younger than 60.
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:
Nov. 1: Pepper steak, salad, creamed corn, fruit mix, rice.
Nov. 2: Chicken tenders, rice pilaf, coleslaw, pudding, roll.
Nov. 3: Pork with gravy, mashed potatoes.
Nov. 6: Ham steak, sweet potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower.
Nov. 7: Stuffed peppers, succotash, coleslaw, corn bread.
Nov. 8: Country ribs, sauerkraut, boiled potatoes, cake.
Nov. 9: Baked fish, potatoes au gratin, spinach, pudding.
Nov. 10: Spaghetti, meat balls, salad, garlic bread, lemon tart.
Nov. 13: Patty Melt, baked beans, potato wedges, pudding.
Nov. 14: Baked chicken, Japanese veggies, baked potato.
Nov. 15: Pork roast, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes.
Nov. 16: Meatloaf, green beans, mashed potatoes.
Nov. 17: Fr. fish strips, coleslaw, herbed potatoes.
Nov. 20: Barbecue chicken breast, salad, peas/carrot mix.
Nov. 21: Salisbury steak, country gravy, mixed veggies, biscuits, broccoli salad.
Nov. 22: Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, dressing, pumpkin pie.
Nov. 23 & 24: Closed for Thanksgiving.
Nov. 27: Meat lasagna, salad, green beans, garlic bread, fruit.
Nov. 28: Stir-fry chicken, stir-fry veggies, egg roll, rice.
Nov. 29: Pot roast, stewed veggies, salad, pie, roll.
Nov. 30: Chipped beef, gravy over biscuit, home fries, egg omelet, orange juice.