Why Do 'They' Always 'Improve' What Already Works?



Is it my imagination or are twist ties not what they used to be? Lately, they seem to be shorter and the wire inside is not as strong as I remember. One of my pet peeves is "they" -- whoever "they" may be -- change things that were perfectly good the way they were.

And while I'm on the subject of pet peeves, why has packaging become so difficult? I just spent 10 minutes trying to open a bag of cat chow without spilling it all over, and I can never get the canned cat food with pull tops open without pliers.

Bleach, aspirin, hair spray, even bread wrappers, become a challenge, especially for those of us with arthritic hands.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

Rosemary Alden will present two workshops on holistic nutrition and healing from 1 to 2 p.m. May 30 and June 20 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Alden, certified in holistic nutrition and reflexology, will present practical information for healing with food, meditation, clothing, detoxification and energetic frequency. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is needed. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat.

Parkinson's 101 is the title of a two part seminar to be presented at the Senior Circle for people with Parkinson's Disease and their families. The course covers basic neurology and the symptoms of Parkinson's, medication, nutrition, exercise, care giving and other topics of interest. The program is presented by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, Barrow Neurological Institute, in Phoenix. The presenters are Margaret Anne Coles, Manager, MAPC and Darolyn O'Donnell, Recreation Therapy Coordinator. The program is free, but persons wishing to attend must pre-register by calling (877) 287-7122.

Here's a chance to clear your home of unwanted knickknacks, books, odds and ends, housewares and whatever you no longer need. There will be a flea market at the Senior Circle May 18 and 19, both indoors and in the parking lot. Call Kathy Coombes at the Circle for information about times and how to reserve a table. Space is limited.

The Senior Circle will be closed May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

Payson Public Library

"Exploring the Mogollon Rim," a quilt made by the Strawberry Patchers Quilting Club, is on display in the Payson Public Library.

The quilt was awarded the Judges' Choice Award in last year's Northern Gila County Fair. The library, located at 328 N. McLane Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call (928) 474-9260 for information.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Helen Denton of the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will present a program on Medicare Management at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Center, 514 W. Main St. There is no charge to attend.

The Grandparents' Support Group will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Center Dining Room.

Appointments may now be made for the June 12 Legal Assistance day provided by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens. Sign up at the Information Desk in the Center lobby.

Persons interested in running for the Center's Board of Directors can pick up applications at the Information Desk.

June is membership month at the Center. An annual fee of $10 entitles members to participate in Center activities, partake of a hot lunch weekdays for only $3, use the Center's transportation services and enjoy social activities. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.

The Center and Thrift Store will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

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