Remember the Jim Stafford song from the mid-70s: “I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes...”? That could be my theme song. It seems there is a proliferation of spiders this fall. We’ve found them in almost every room in the house over the past few weeks — the hall, living room, in a glass in the kitchen sink, the laundry and even the bathroom shower. The ones we don’t see, our cat, Q, scouts out and alerts us to. It’s getting so I go around the house scanning the walls and ceilings. I don’t know how they get in, as there are screens on all the windows and doors. Every morning the patio and front entrance way are festooned with webs. As much as I dislike the creepy crawlers, I must admit there is a beauty to their lacy creations, especially when glistening in the early morning sun.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle will have a Clothing Bag-A-Thon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 in the Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Donations of gently worn men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, shoes and handbags will be accepted beginning Oct. 13. Funds raised will benefit the Senior Circle and its programs, and unsold items will be donated to various organizations in Rim Country.
Craig Jestila, Laboratory Director, will speak on Community Cares at the Oct. 28 “Lunch and Learn” meeting. For more information or to RSVP please call (928) 472- 9290.
The Diabetes Support Group will host Dr. Christian Risser speaking on eye health from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 29. Call the above number for reservations.
There will be no member luncheon in October or November; instead, there will be a Thanksgiving potluck in November.
The Senior Circle National Fall Membership Campaign runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15. When you recruit a new member to the Payson chapter, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Visa Gift Card. Three prizes will be awarded to members who recruit others, randomly drawn from among all the entries.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Flu and pneumonia shots will be offered at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, during October. Call (928) 474-4876 for times and to make an appointment.
Oktoberfest will be celebrated at the Senior Center Wednesday, Oct. 8, with music, German food, dancers and more. Menu for the noon luncheon will be bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, spiced apples, German chocolate cake and beverage.
Joel Dean of Humana will speak on Medicare at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 14. The program is open to the public.
There will be a bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Center Dining Room. The monthly birthday celebration will be held at noon. Wayne Todd will provide entertainment. If you were born in October put your name in the Birthday Barrel in the Center Lobby prior to lunch to be eligible to win a prize.
Carole Mathewson, author of “Writing your Memoirs” will discuss ways to preserve family history at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 16.
Patty Sneed and Debra Shewey from Rim Guidance will speak on “Elderly Stereotyping” at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 21. All members of the community are invited to attend. Reservations are not necessary.
Volunteers are urgently needed weekdays to deliver Meals on Wheels at the Senior Center. This requires a commitment of only a few hours a week. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.
It is not too early to plan your Halloween costume. Members, volunteers and employees are asked to dress up for a Halloween party to be held in the Dining Room from around 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 31. There will be a talent contest, (sign up with Sandra if you wish to participate), door prizes, good food and lots of laughter.
The Senior Center will be closed Oct. 13 in observance of Columbus Day. The Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Finy and Louis Staalberg are Volunteers of the Month at the Thrift Store. Both are long time members of the Senior Center and have worked several years at the store.
Payson Public Library and Library Friends
The Payson Public Library hosts a family night of board game fun from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the third Friday of each month in the Library Meeting Room, 328 N. McLane Road. Dozens of popular games are available and all ages are welcome. There is no admission charge, no sign-up is necessary and light snacks are provided. The next session is Friday, Oct. 17.
The next Library Friends of Payson meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 13. Guest speakers will be representatives from the Payson Packers Club and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public and no reservations are needed. The library will be closed in observance of Columbus Day, but the LFOP program will be held in the library meeting room.
A special note
Senior Center Director Reed Cox and the SC staff wish to thank the volunteers for their hard work at the recent pancake breakfast, and the community for its outstanding turnout and support.
Think about it: You don’t stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop laughing.