Payson Senior Citizens Center Activities Abound

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The Payson Senior Citizens Center offers something for everyone.

A hot meal is served at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main Street. No membership is required. Cost of the meal is $3 for persons 60 and older, $5 for those younger than 60. Meals also can be delivered to homebound individuals.

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The work of preparing meals to serve in the dining room at the Payson Senior Citizens Center on Main Street, as well as those that are delivered to the homebound through the Meals on Wheels program, is a team effort that starts early each morning, Monday through Friday. Here (left to right), cook Tracie Belcher and kitchen assistant Felma Lillard place the food into trays while Meals on Wheels drivers Terry Bottesh and Michael Ritter package the meals and place them in containers for transport.

Reservations must be made one day in advance. For reservations, call (928) 474-4876.

Throughout the week, there are different activities as well.

Here is a sample:

Monday -- Old Time Music Makers, bingo, canasta, bridge

Tuesday -- aerobics, line dancing, pinochle, Euchre, Rummikub

Wednesday -- crochet, Bible study, Rummikub, bridge, wood carving

Thursday -- new line dancing, aerobics, line dancing

Friday -- pinochle, canasta

Each month, a variety of special programs are also offered at the Senior Center. Speakers discuss topics ranging from health and financial planning to interesting occupations.

Through one of its sponsoring agencies, the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, the Area Agency on Aging, the Payson Senior Center also is able to provide regular legal advice and information on benefits available to the Rim Country's older residents.

The senior citizens of Pine and Strawberry have similar services available through the Pine Senior Citizens Center in the Pine Community Center complex at the corner of Highway 87 and Randall Place. Meals are served Monday through Friday. For more information, call (928) 476-2151.

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