How many of the following do you know how to use or even what they are: iPods, text messaging, Blackberry, cell phone, Palm Pilot, high definition or plasma TV, GPS?
Our daughter came for a visit a couple weeks ago in her brand-new car, outfitted with so many technological gadgets that it almost requires a genius to figure them out. Bluetooth, fingerprint recognition, even a device that lets you know when the tire pressure is low.
Maybe Gila Community College or one of our senior organizations in town should offer a course in new technology for those of us who are electronically challenged. I know I sure could use it.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
"Parkinson's 101" is a two-part seminar for people with Parkinson's disease and their families. Basic neurology, the symptoms of PD, medication, nutrition, exercise, mind-body connection and other topics of interest will be discussed.
The seminar will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at the Senior Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway.
There is no charge for the course but pre-registration is required.
Call (877) 287-7122 for information or to register.
Diane Dodge offers a 20 percent discount to Senior Circle members for a healing massage.
She is trained in reflexology and other types of therapeutic massage.
Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Call (928) 970-1773 for an appointment.
Sunday, June 16 is the date for Senior Circle's second annual picnic at Ramada 5, Rumsey Park. This will be the June member lunch and meeting. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. Senior Circle will supply hamburgers and hot dogs and guests are invited to bring a potluck side dish to share. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot.
The Senior Circle Medical Loan Closet is in need of equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, potty seats and other items needed by those who are handicapped or with limited mobility. These items are loaned at no cost to those in need. To donate or request items, call (928) 472-9290.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
Membership dues for 2007/08 are due during June. Dues are $10 per person and may be paid at the information desk in the Center lobby, 514 W. Main St.
Gary Billingsby will speak on Reverse Mortgages at the Center at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 6.
Legal assistance will be available from 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Center. To reserve an appointment, stop by the Center and sign up at the information desk, or call (928) 474-4876.
On Wednesday, June 13, there will be an introduction of board member applicants prior to the noon luncheon. Election of board members will be held Tuesday, June 19.
The June Birthday Luncheon is Wednesday, June 20. The menu includes Chicken Parmesan over spaghetti, garden salad, garlic bread, birthday cake and beverage. Reservations must be made no later than 24 hours in advance. If you have a June birthday, put your name in the Birthday Barrel to be eligible for a gift drawing.
Jerry Knight is Volunteer of the Month at the Senior Center. Jerry helps in the dining room and puts a smile on members' faces.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., has men's and women's clothing with orange tags at 50 percent off, and blue tags, 25 percent off the marked price. Selected boutique clothing also is on sale. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Library Friends of Payson
Nominees are being accepted to fill several Library Friends offices. Openings include president, vice president, secretary, publicity chair and program chair. For information, call Donna Hopkins, President, at (928) 468-1154, or Linda Lanctot, Vice President, (928) 472-9160.
Membership is always open in Friends of the Library and volunteers are needed to fill vacancies in the regular and substitute staffing of the bookstore.
To learn more about opportunities, call Jeanne Schoonover at (928) 474-4930.
Payson writers and historians Jinx Pyle and Jayne Peace Pyle will be guest speakers at the June 11 meeting of LFOP. The meeting, beginning at 10:30 a.m., is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public.
There will be no meeting of LFOP in July. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 11.
Think about it
Swallowing angry words is much easier than having to eat them.