Home Party Plan Day Nov. 8

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Keep on trucking: Gene Benson wants to play Santa this year for some lucky kid and the Payson Senior Center to boot. So he’s selling 25-cent raffle tickets (six for $1) for a die cast, 18-wheeler truck. The winner gets the truck and the money goes to the Payson Senior Center. You can buy tickets, by dropping by the senior center on Main Street.

Cookbooks — don’t you love ’em? Even though I don’t cook as elaborately as I did in my younger years, I still enjoy browsing through cookbooks, everything from the slick, beautifully illustrated ones like Martha Stewart’s, to the more humble, but no less interesting, ones put out by organizations as fund-raisers.

Recently I found one from the Ladies Christian Fellowship of Shepherd of the Pines Evangelical Lutheran Church right here in Payson.

There was no date on it but enlisting the aid of Steve DeSanto, current pastor of the church, we determined it was most likely dated from the 1980s when the church was first built. There are recipes from the then-pastor, Herman Etzold, and others from his wife, Mable. There is one from “Florence’s Mom” and another from “A lady in Edinburgh, Scotland.”

The one I found is “Recipes from the Rim Country Honoring its Women” a collection by Soroptimists International of Zane Grey Country  published in 2003.

As I’m writing this I have a couple loaves of banana bread in the oven from a recipe in that book. Smells good!

Payson Regional Senior Circle

A Home Party plan day will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Persons who have Home Parties and would like to display their merchandise are welcome to do so.

The event also is open to those who want to do some early holiday shopping. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call (928) 472-9290 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have documents to shred and feel secure about how safe your shredded documents will be, Senior Circle will have a shred-a-thon from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 13.

This event is co-sponsored by the Arizona Attorney General’s office and Shred-it, the company who handles PRMC’s shredding.

Crafters and bakers are needed to make items for the upcoming Senior Circle Holiday Craft and Bake Sale to be held Friday, Dec. 5.

A Photo Elements III Workshop will be offered  from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. Space is limited; call the above phone number to register.     

Scott Flake of Edward Jones will speak on “How to Create a Budget” at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17 at the Circle Activity Center. The meeting is open to the public and coffee and refreshments will be served.

If you are interested in playing cards, please call the Circle office to have your name put on an interest group. Games will begin when enough members have signed up.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store 

Payson’s first mayor, Ted Pettet, will speak on “Some Payson History” at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. Andy Towle, Payson Roundup photographer, is the guest speaker at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 6 in the Center Dining Room. Both programs are open to the public.

There will be a High Country Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Senior Center. There will be vendors, a bake sale, lunch and Santa will pay a visit.

A Veterans Day celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Center. Plan to attend and stay for lunch. Menu for the day is pot roast, roasted carrots and potatoes, wheat roll, beverage and a Veterans Day cake. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Cost of the meal is $3 for those 60 and older, $5 for those younger. Call (928) 474-4876 or stop in the Center lobby to register.

Mark your calendar for 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17 to play Bingo at the Center. 

Seniors needing legal assistance can sign up for Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens Legal Assistance service offered Nov. 18. Advance registration is required. This service is offered on a donation basis.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St.,  will remain open until 8 p.m., Nov. 7 for First Friday on Main Street activities. Wayne Todd will provide live entertainment and there will be refreshments, door prizes and special sales.

Men’s and women’s clothing with yellow tags are on sale for 25 percent off the marked price during November.

The Christmas Shop, located in the back yard of the Thrift Store, will open Monday, Nov. 10. Shop early for Christmas trees, decorations, ornaments, wreaths, glass and dishware,  and much more. Items are bargain priced and new merchandise will be put out throughout the season.

Think about it: You can’t change the past but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.

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