Health Fair Slated For Feb. 26

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Payson Care Center crowned a Valentine’s Day queen and king at a party Feb. 13. The queen was Shirley Gushoney and the king was Willie Olague. The party included residents from Powell House, Rim Country Health & Retirement Community and the Payson Senior Center.

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Queen of Payson Care Center’s Special Care Unit was Eleanor Gilroy, who gets a dance with Laura Bierwith, the king was Harry Stewart.

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Mattie Wolf

If awards were given out for the best contemporary inventions, my vote would go to the person who developed the mute button on the TV remote control. Is it my imagination or are commercials — both TV and radio — becoming louder, more frequent and annoying? I hate being shouted at, hearing a phone number repeatedly blasted at you, and worst of all, having the end of the commercial speeded up to get in required information which you can’t understand anyway. Another pet peeve: the Phoenix television station that we prefer for the quality of news coverage has everyone from the anchors, reporters, weather and traffic announcers, and even the helicopter pilot incessantly using the phrase “you guys.” In a recent 90-second segment I counted four “you guys.” Gr-r-r!

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Wednesday, Feb. 18 the February birthday celebration will be held at noon at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road. Persons with birthdays this month should put their names in the birthday barrel to be eligible for a gift drawing. Hot lunches are still being prepared and served at that location while work continues to repair damage to the Center due to a water pipe break. Lunch reservations should be made through the Center at 514 W. Main St., 24 hours prior to the dates you wish to attend, or you may call (928) 474-4876 to make a reservation. Tram service also is in operation and may be requested by calling the same number.

Some activities have resumed at the Center: canasta, bridge, pinochle, euchre and mah-jongg are among the games offered. Line dancing and wood carving also are available at the Center and a non-denominational Bible study is held Wednesdays at the Masonic Lodge. Stop in the Center office for a full schedule.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

Treat your feet to a half-hour of pampering Thursday afternoons at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Betty Pontious, R.N. will do pedicures that include a soak, cut, file, trim and massage for Senior Circle members. Cost is $20 and advance reservations must be made. Call Betty at (928) 595-0183 to make a reservation.

Diabetic support information is available at the Circle’s Diabetic Support Group meeting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Circle. For information, call (928) 472-9290.

The next Senior Circle Health Fair will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Circle building. Cholesterol, HgA1c and PSA testing will be done for those who have not been to a Senior Circle Health Fair in the last six months. Tests require fasting after midnight. This service is offered by reservation only. To make reservations, call the above number.

The Senior Circle line dancing classes will resume in March.

Senior Fair

The 34th annual Pinal-Gila Senior Fair and Fiesta will be held at Central Arizona College, 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 14. There will be handmade arts and crafts, musical entertainment, food booths and raffles. Persons wishing to exhibit handmade crafts or goods must be over 50 years of age. Registration for exhibitors is open until Feb. 27. Admission and parking are free. All proceeds go to support Meals on Wheels programs throughout Pinal and Gila counties. For information, call Debra or Ivana at 1-800-293-9393.

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