Several Musical Programs Set At Senior Center During July

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Volunteers and staff share the work at the Payson Senior Center to make the daily meal program a success.

Is your refrigerator anything like mine? If it is, you undoubtedly accumulate mystery packages — you know, dabs of leftover tuna salad, half a jar of tomato sauce, a dish of pudding, mashed potatoes and whatever else isn’t enough for a meal but too much to throw away. The whole problem is that too often the containers get shoved to the back and aren’t discovered in time to be of any use. Cleaning the refrigerator has never been one of my favorite household tasks and I must confess that once in awhile I pull out what I think is a tub of margarine only to discover an unknown green substance inside. Maybe someone could invent a container that would sound an alarm after three days — “empty me!”   

Senior Center and Thrift Store 

Ann James will present a musical program at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St.

Legal assistance is available on an appointment basis beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 14 at the Center. The Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens provides this service. Advance sign-up may be made at the front desk of the Center.

Take a trip down Memory Lane at 11:30 a.m., July 15 with Mike Stuart of Gasoline Alley.

Wayne Todd entertains with birthday music at the noon July birthday celebration July 16. If you have a birthday this month, put your name in the Birthday Barrel to be eligible for a gift drawing. Thanks to Payson Care Center for providing the monthly birthday cakes.

If Bingo is your game, mark July 20 on your calendar. Bingo begins at 10 a.m. in the Center Dining Room.

Harold Fleeger of U-Turn for Christ will provide Christian music and an uplifting message at 11 a.m. July 20.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Center at (928) 474-4876 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Senior Center and Thrift Store volunteers were honored for serving the most volunteer hours in 2008 at the recent RSVP picnic/volunteer appreciation ceremony. Center volunteers accumulated a total of 4,443.50 hours, and thrift store volunteers 10,335.75 hours.

Volunteer of the Month for July is Kathe Sampson, who works the lunch registration desk. Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions at both the Center and thrift store. Call the above number for information.

Senior Circle

Good Morning for Good Health is a free, health-related program held monthly at Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The next class is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, July 8. The topic to be discussed is “Understanding Breast Changes: A Health Guide for Women.” For information, call (928) 472-9290.

The Afternoon Tea Series is a new venue being offered alternate months with the Lunch and Learn health talks. The teas will include a light menu and great selection of hot and cold teas. The Circle is assembling a collection of teacups and saucers for these events and donations are welcomed. The next event in this series will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 28. Call the above number to RSVP.

Another new event is shallow water aerobics at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Mary Jo Artwohl will instruct the 50-minute classes.

If you suffer from, or think you may have Restless Leg Syndrome, call Beverly Davis, (928) 474-6300 for information about the affliction.

Senior Circle will accept donations of magazines, no older than six months, at the Circle Activity Center.

Pat Carr was named Senior Circle Volunteer of the Year for 2008 at the recent Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Current Volunteers of the Month for July 2009 are Luaine Williams and Phyllis Ellis.

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Think about it:  If you want to live longer, give up all the things that make you want to live longer.

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