Say November and what comes to mind? Thanksgiving, of course. But, this eleventh month of the year has much more to celebrate than one day of food, family and football. November is Aviation History, Family Stories, National Adoption and American Indian Heritage Month, along with many more causes, including Vegan Month. To learn more about a vegan diet and lifestyle, call 1-877-GO-VEGAN. Today, Nov. 6, is National Young Readers Day. Let's hear it for tomorrow, Nov. 7 is Men Make Dinner Day (Hooray!), followed by Cook Something Bold and Pungent Thursday, Nov. 8.
Nov. 8 through10 is the Great American Warm Up Weekend -- a time to go through your winter wardrobe, weed out what you no longer wear or need and donate it to homeless shelters or organizations that distribute warm garments to the needy. Coats, jackets and sweaters are especially needed, as is winter footwear.
Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and the week of Nov. 10 through 16 is Hug a Veteran Week. Mark your calendar for Nov. 17 for the best viewing of the Leonid meteorite showers. And finally, here's one for the Zane Grey Twirlers: Nov. 29 is National Square Dance Day.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Payson Senior Center and Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges a recent gift of $300 for the general fund from Rim Country Garrett Retirees. "We regret that we could not find an address to send a personal thank you," said Board Secretary Pat Carr, "but we deeply appreciate the group's generosity."
The Sterling Health Organization will present a program on affordable supplemental health plans available to seniors at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street. The program will be repeated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28. No reservations are needed and the program is open to the public.
Add a little excitement to your life - watch a demonstration of belly dancing by Kathy at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Senior Center. This colorful activity is an excellent way to exercise as well as fun to do and see.
The Craft Corner is a new monthly activity at the Senior Center. The first meeting will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12. Materials for a Thanksgiving craft will be provided; there is no charge but donations will be accepted.
The Activity Committee is having a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Center Dining Room. Donations will be accepted Nov. 13 and the morning of the 14th. Please mark your goodies for "Bake Sale" and leave them with Cheryl.
Payson Police Department will be at the Senior Center at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 to explain their Guardian Angel and PATH programs for seniors, which offer daily checks on the homebound or those living alone, to make sure they are okay. You need not be a Senior Center member to attend and no reservations are needed.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, Senior Center member Gene Benson will give a presentation on "Travel and Coins," discussing his travel experiences and displaying a number of foreign coins. The meeting is open to the public.
Summit Medical will have a representative at the Senior Center Friday, Nov. 16, to meet with diabetics and fit patients with diabetic shoes and discuss proper foot care. The representative will be at the Center, beginning at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21 will be the Birthday Bash in the Center Dining Room. Menu for the day includes oven-baked chicken legs, mashed potatoes, carrots, 7-grain dinner rolls, birthday cake and beverage. Please make advance reservations 24 hours in advance by stopping in at the Center or calling (928) 474-4876. If your birthday is this month, place your name in the Birthday Barrel to be eligible for a gift drawing. Also on Nov. 21, there will be a Director's Raffle with one lucky person winning a prize.
White Elephant Bingo will be played Friday, Nov. 30 beginning at 10 a.m.
Anna Urioste is Volunteer of the Month at the Center. Anna delivers Meals on Wheels and is always available on a moment's notice to fill in if someone is unable to fill their regular slot.
The Senior Center will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Senior Thrift Store, at 512 W. Main Street, will be closed Nov. 22, but will reopen Nov. 23.
The Senior Thrift Store is having a 25 percent off sale on men and women's fall and winter clothing marked with blue tags through the end of November.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle will be giving free flu shots to members and SC and hospital volunteers from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Circle Building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. It is not necessary to bring insurance cards. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.
Dessert with the Director is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Circle Building. Call the above number for more information or to register.
Francis Lola is Volunteer of the Month at the Senior Circle. He teaches computers to Circle members and also has upgraded the equipment.
The Senior Circle will be closed Nov. 9, 12 and 21 through 25. Stop in at the Circle office for a complete schedule.
Senior Circle members Joe Roche and Jack Nelson are pictured representing the Payson Chapter in the fall issue of Inside Circle, the national publication of Senior Circle.
Library Friends of Payson
The next LFOP meeting will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12 in the library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road. Jan Dominguez will speak on proper care of the American flag, flag repair and disposal.
Think about it... How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it! Make someone's day beautiful today.