Happy New Year. It's time to put out a new calendar and remind yourself to write 2007 on checks and correspondence. It is also time to reflect on how rapidly the years pass and how much life has changed.
In these days of everyday jet travel, it is surprising to realize that only 80 years ago, Charles Lindbergh made the first solo flight to Paris. Polaroid cameras were developed in 1947 by American Edwin Land -- a far cry from today's digital cameras. The Soviets launched Sputnik I and II in 1957 and just a couple weeks ago, we had a crew repairing wiring on the International Space Station.
Only 40 years ago, in 1967, the first heart transplant was performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard. How many people do you know (this writer included) who have had open heart surgery done successfully? How many people are alive today because of transplanted organs?
We are in the age of computers, which has changed life dramatically. Whether or not you are computer literate yourself, all-important records from governmental and medical to financial are stored in computers somewhere. What will 2007 bring?
Senior Center and Thrift Store
An Age Alertness Wellness Class is held at 11:15 a.m. every Thursday at the Center, 514 W. Main St. There is no charge to attend. For information, call (928) 474-4876.
The Grandparents' Support Group will meet at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 11. This organization gives support and aid to grandparents raising or involved in raising their grandchildren.
Legal assistance for seniors will be available through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 16. Advance appointments may be made at the Center Greeting Desk. There is no charge for the service but donations are accepted.
The Alzheimer's Support Group meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 18.
Interested in joining one or more of the social or educational activities offered by the Center? These include games such as bridge, canasta, pinochle, euchre, Rummikub, Mexican Train and Hand and Foot or other activities like aerobics, line dancing, computer class, music makers, wood carving and Bible study.
Call the above number for information.
Herb Felker is Volunteer of the Month at the Center.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a sale on men's and women's clothing during January. Garments marked with yellow tags will be 25 cents each.
Green tags will be 75 percent off the marked price and orange tags will be 50 percent off the marked price.
Children's clothing is not included in the sale.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Now that the holidays are behind us, perhaps you are in the mood for a vacation. Check out Senior Circle's travel opportunities, either long or short. Stop in at the Circle office, 215 N. Beeline Hwy., to learn about upcoming tours, whether to Sedona or Sydney, Australia. While you are there, also check out the Circle's many programs and activities. Maybe you would like to join one of their exercise classes such as passive exercise, line dancing, stress management through breath and movement, or attend one or more of the social and educational classes the Circle offers. Pick up a schedule of activities and start the New Year with a new outlook. For information, call the Circle at (928) 472-9290.
Laugh for today
When asked by a television reporter to what a 100-year-old man attributed his long life, he replied, "Not sure yet. My attorney's still negotiating with two breakfast cereal companies."