Etiquette Needed In Cell Phone Age



Where are Miss Manners and Emily Post when you need them? Someone should write a new book on etiquette in the electronic age -- specifically, in the cell phone era.

How rude is it to carry on a conversation, usually loud, while dining out, shopping or in the dentist's waiting room? Do the rest of us really care about what youust ordered from the menu, that the dog chewed up your slipper or that Aunt Betty won $20 at bingo last night?

And, unless you are hopelessly lost or it is a matter of life and death, talking on the phonehile driving a vehicle is justlain stupid.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Evelyn Wright is the April Volunteer of the Month at the Payson Senior Center. Evelyn helps with dining room chores and has been with the Center for a year and a half. Get well wishes go to Evelyn, who recently suffered a fall.

The Grandparents Support Group will meet at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 12.

Legal assistance for seniors is available through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens at the Center beginning at 10 a.m. April 17. Advance appointments are required and may be made at the Dispatch Desk or by calling (928) 474-4876.

April 19 is the date of the next Alzheimer's Support Group meeting at the Center. The group meets from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Senior Center and Thrift Store, 514 and 512 W. Main St., will be closed Friday, April 6, for Good Friday. The store will be open Saturday, April 7, and the Center will reopen on Monday, April 9.

Beginning this week, the Thrift Store will display spring and summer clothing on its racks at very reasonable prices.Volunteers are needed for both the Center and the Thrift Store. To learn more, contact the Center at the phone number above, or the Thrift Store at (928) 474-3205.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

The Senior Circle will celebrate its eighthear in Payson April 25 with an anniversary open house at the Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. and will feature a live KCMA radio broadcast, giveaways and refreshments. Senior Circle offers a generous selection of activities and benefits. Membership is $15 a year for adults age 50 and older. For information, call the Circle at (928) 472-9290.

Betty Sue Conway, Director of Patient Financial Services at Payson Regional Medical Center will be guest speaker from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 4 for "Dessert with the Director" at the Activity Center. Complimentary desserts will be served. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Library Friends of Payson

Dr. Chris Smith from the Arizona Humanities Council will speak at the next meeting of the Library Friends. The meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 9, in the Library Meeting Room, 328 N. McLane Road and the public is invited. There is no admission charge.

"Americans and their Things" is the topic of Smith's presentation.

Call (928) 468-1154.

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