A Month Of Love And Lots Of Activities

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Ah, February - the month of love. Do you have plans to celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone? What would you like most to do -- dinner and dancing, a trip to somewhere exotic, exchanging special gifts? What is love, anyway? Webster describes it as a strong feeling of affection... Doesn't quite cover it, does it? No one has asked, but here are my personal thoughts on how to make love last. L is for laughter -- even when times are hard, find something to laugh about; O is for openmindedness, no two people will agree on everything, but you should respect each other's opinions; V is for sharing the same values; and E reminds you to express your emotions -- say, "I love you" to your partner every day. Need proof that it works? -- Len and I will celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary in April.

New identity theft scam

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Martha O'brien and John Thompson were treated to a special birthday celebration for their 90th birthday in Payson. Family came from throughout the country to honor the twins, who were born Jan. 27, 1918 in Anchorage, Alaska. Family came from as far away as Hawaii for the party, others traveled from Maryland, Colorado and California. Attending the big party were O'brien's son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Barbara Cook; granddaughters Debbie Rodrigues, Christine Buted, Kathy Mahone; Thompson's son and daughter-in-law, Jeremiah and Angel Thompson, son Jay Thompson, grandson Jonathan Thompson. Another son, Doug, and his wife, Daphanie were unable to attend. Other guests at the celebration were Steve and Sue Beckwith, David Nelson, Jack and Georgia Nelson, Amy Peterson, June Elston, Hazel Owens, Jarol and Violet Johnson and Fran Urban.

Beware of another kind of identity theft. You may receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a jury coordinator, or a representative of a local court. They will say you have not responded to a jury summons and there is a warrant out for your arrest. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. If you give out this information, your identity was just stolen. Courts do not request such information by telephone -- do not ever give it out. This warning has been verified as true on Snopes and also the FBI government Web site.

Payson Senior Center

Council Candidate Michael Hughes will speak at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6. The meeting is open to the public.

Join in the fun and play White Elephant Bingo Friday, Feb. 8 in the Center Dining Room. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

Free blood pressure checks will be taken Mondays at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center. No appointments need to be made; checks will be done on a first come, first served basis.

Legal assistance will be available through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens beginning at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Senior Center. Advance appointments are required prior to that date and can be made at the service desk. There is no charge for this service but donations will be accepted.

Mark your calendar for a special Valentine's Day luncheon Feb.14. The menu includes Salisbury steak, baked potato, peas, macaroni salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Please sign up for lunch at least 24 hours in advance.

There will be a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. The menu includes bacon or sausage, eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee. Cost is $3.50 per person. No reservations are needed and all ages are welcome.

Francesca Auceda is Volunteer of the Month for February. Francesca, who is a relatively new volunteer at the Senior Center, already has made herself indispensable, helping out in the kitchen, dining room and with Meals on Wheels.

The Center will be closed Monday, Feb. 18 for Presidents' Day.

Payson Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, is having a sale on clothing through the month of February. All men and women's clothing, with the exception of boutique items, will be half off the marked price. Children's clothing is not included in the sale. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and also will be open Feb.18, Presidents' Day.

Donations will be accepted at the Thrift Store only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. No donations may be left when the store is closed. For information, call (928) 474-3205.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

The Senior Circle has lots of opportunities for members to try new things in 2008. If exercise is on your New Year's list, consider the Passive Exercise Class which meets from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Tai Chi classes are offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursdays to improve leg and lower body strength, increase flexibility, help with arthritis pain and improve balance. Ballroom, Latin and basic dance is taught from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays. All levels are welcome.

Other activities offered are knitting and crocheting classes Tuesdays beginning at 9 a.m., cards and games throughout the week. Computer skills will be offered soon. For information or to obtain a complete schedule of events, call (928) 472-9290.

"Good Morning with the Director" will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Circle building. A continental breakfast will be served and Dr. David Cluff will discuss cardiology and stress testing.

There will be a Valentine Potluck Dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at the Circle building, with games and a movie following at 6 p.m. This event is free to those providing a dish and $3.50 if you wish to attend without bringing a dish to share. Call (928) 472-9290 for reservations.

Do you ever wish there would be a personal letter in your mailbox? Senior Circle has a Pen Friends group for those who enjoy letter writing -- something that is becoming a lost art in these days of instant communication. It's fun to share your thoughts, hobbies, recipes, life experiences and interests with others around the country. For information about joining the Pen Friend group, call Senior Circle Member Services at 1-800-211-4148.

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