Goodness! As I am writing this, our cable service has just come back on after being off for more than 12 hours. There we were last night, in the midst of watching PBS’ Nature, one of our favorite programs, when the snowstorm hit — on the screen, that is. We thought it would be just a short interruption but as time passed and no programming returned, we spent the rest of the evening listening to music and having a real conversation — something more than “mute the TV” or “try another channel.” It was a welcome change. We’re not big TV fans, but with the Super Bowl here, we were growing edgy about being without it. I admit, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself — until I remembered the thousands of people in other parts of the country with no electricity at all due to ice and snow storms. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
Payson Regional Senior Circle
An AARP Driver Safety class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb, 17 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, for motorists aged 50 and older. Enrollment is limited. Call (928) 472-9290 for information or to register.
The Senior Circle Member Lunch will be Feb. 18 at the Circle Building. Cost is $4 for members, $4.50 for nonmembers. Advance reservations are required.
Feb. 11 is the date of the next “Good Morning for Good Health” class at the Payson Regional Medical Center. PRMC Cardiopulmonary Care will be discussed at the breakfast meeting from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. RSVP at the above phone number.
The next “Lunch and Learn” program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 24. Heart Health is the topic to be discussed.
Do you enjoy receiving a real letter in your mailbox? Interested in becoming a pen pal? Senior Circle members can join a pen pal group by mailing a submission to Senior Circle Pen Friends, 4000 Meridian Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067. Include your name and address, chapter location, age and gender and any other information you wish to share about yourself.
For a full schedule of Senior Circle activities or membership information, stop in the Senior Circle office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Progress is being made on repairs caused by a water pipe break in late December. Plans are already under way for a party to celebrate the grand re-opening. Watch for an announcement of time and date in the Roundup.
In the meantime, some activities have been resumed at the Center, 514 W. Main Street. Meals on Wheels and transportation continue uninterrupted. The hot lunch program is being served at the Masonic Lodge. Old Time Music Makers play from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each Monday morning; aerobics take place on Tuesday mornings; a nondenominational Bible Study is held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; card and board games are scheduled throughout the week. A list of events is available at the Center office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Several new activities are being considered when the Center is fully operational. If you are interested in a Scrabble tournament, checkers or chess or other games, please leave your name and phone number at the information desk.
Legal aid for seniors will be scheduled beginning at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 10 in the Center. Advance registration is required. This service is offered on a donation basis.
There will be an early Valentine party on Thursday, Feb. 12 with games, music, entertainment and food. Call (928) 474-4876 for information or reservations.
The Center will be closed Monday, Feb. 16 for Presidents’ Day.
The Senior Thrift Store will participate in First Friday on Main Street activities from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6. There will be live musical entertainment by Wayne Todd, refreshments, hourly door prizes and in observance of Valentine’s Day, persons whose birthdays fall on Feb. 14 will receive a free gift.
The Thrift Store is having a sale on men’s and women’s clothing this month. Garments with blue tags will be 25 percent off the marked price; orange tags, 50 percent off and green tags, 25 cents per garment. Donations of a number of silver and gold anniversary items such as glassware, plates and plaques have been received and are now on display for sale at very reasonable prices.
The Thrift Store will be open on Presidents’ Day. Store hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All sales benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.