Payson Senior Center, Thrift Store Need Volunteers

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The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle will have its members/new members lunch at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 17. This will be a salad-only potluck. Bring your favorite or fanciest salad; dessert will be provided. Call (928) 472-9290 for reservations.

There are many wonderful people in Payson and today I would like to introduce one of these very special people. Because of a disability, Marva Smith is dependent on a wheelchair and walker to get around, but no way does that keep her from being active in the community. Marva loves to sew and is a volunteer for the Senior Thrift Store, doing mending on the quality clothing that is donated but in need of repair. She also bails out those of us who are sewing-challenged by doing alterations and adjustments to our personal wardrobes. She will not accept payment for these services, however.

An animal lover, she shares her home with two canine companions. Instead of payment, she says “I don’t sew for money, I do it because I like to sew and it keeps me busy. But, if you want, you can buy a bag of dog food for the Humane Society.”

Thanks, Marva, for your excellent seamstress skills and for your contributions on behalf of the shelter animals.

The Senior Center and Thrift Store are in need of volunteers to work in a variety of positions. A minimum of four hours per week is required and can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

If interested, please fill out an application at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

June is bustin’ out all over and isn’t it beautiful? This month we celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day, but if you are looking for more to celebrate, here are some less well-known events: June 10 is National Yo-Yo Day; June 11, National Hug Day. National Hollerin’ Day is something to shout about on June 16; and one of my favorites is National Columnist’s Day, June 27.

Senior Center and Thrift Store

June is membership month at the Senior Center, so it’s time to become a new member or renew your current membership. Annual dues are $10 per person and this year you can also become a member of Senior Circle for an additional $10. Each organization offers numerous benefits including health information and programs, educational classes, social activities and much more. Visit the Center at 514 W. Main St., or the Circle at 215 N. Beeline Highway for further information.

Roundup photographer Andy Towle will present a program at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 3 in the Center Dining Room. Wayne Todd will entertain with live music at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 4. These presentations are open to the public.

If Bingo is your thing, be at the Center at 10 a.m., Monday, June 15. You may be the winner of a fabulous prize.

Judi Freegard is Volunteer of the Month at the Senior Center. Judi delivers Meals on Wheels and also works in the Thrift Store.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will be open until 8 p.m., Friday, June 5 for First Friday on Main Street activities. In observance of June being National Rose Month, everything will be rosy that evening. Come see our rose trellis, enjoy delicious refreshments, musical entertainment by the Center’s Old Time Music Makers, door prizes (need not be present to win), special sales and a treasure hunt: find an item marked with a rose sticker and that item is yours (one per person). The Thrift Store has men’s and women’s clothing on sale during June. Items marked with blue tags are 25 percent off; orange tags indicate 50 percent off the marked prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All proceeds from sales benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the seniors of the community.

Senior Circle

The Senior Circle offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. each Thursday. No advance appointment is needed. Tai Chi classes also are offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursdays. Call (928) 472-9290 for information.

The Circle’s members/new members lunch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 17. This will be a salad-only potluck. Bring your favorite salad; dessert will be provided. Call for reservations at the above number.

Collette Vacations, in conjunction with the Senior Circle, offers a wide selection of group travel opportunities. Stop in the Circle office for a brochure.

Library Friends of Payson

Mark your calendar for 10:30 a.m., the fourth Thursday of the month: that’s when the LFOP monthly meetings are held in the library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road. Future meetings will host Arizona Humanities Council speakers Edward Williams, Judy Nolte and Gregg Scott with a variety of presentations. A potluck luncheon follows the programs. A door prize drawing is held at each meeting. There is no charge to attend. For information call (928) 474-9260.

Think about it: For some things to make sense, you have to live a long time.

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