Recycling is all the rage these days, but it is nothing new. For those of us who were born around the Great Depression or lived through World War II, it was a way of life. Those were before the days of instant gratification and there was no such thing as a credit card — imagine that! If we wanted something we saved for weeks, months or even years until we could afford it. When the heels or soles wore down on our shoes, we had them re-soled and wore them another year or two. Clothing was handed down from big brother to little brother. We saved string and wrapping paper, beads and buttons, jelly jars, scraps of material and any and everything that could be re-used. Stale bread was grated (by hand) for breadcrumbs or made into oh-so-delicious bread pudding. Coffee grounds, eggshells and sour milk were turned into the ground to nourish garden soil. Our motto was “Use it up, wear it out; make it do or do without.”
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Ann James will provide live musical entertainment prior to lunch Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The program is free and open to the public.
The Rim Country Classic Auto Club is sponsoring a food/gift drive to provide Christmas baskets to needy seniors. There is a drop box at the Senior Center where non-perishable food items and toiletries may be placed.
Everyone attending the Center’s Halloween Party Oct. 30 had a wonderful time by all accounts. Winners of the costume contest were Charlene Todd, Jerry Knight, Dee Todd and Carmen Brown. Betty Moore was winner of the Halloween Scrabble game.
Sing along, dance or play along or just enjoy the music when the Old Time Music Makers gather at 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 9 in the Center Dining Room. The event is free and you need not be a member to attend.
Legal assistance for seniors is available beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17. Advance appointments are required and may be made at the Center’s information desk.
Helen Tennent is offering free art classes at the Senior Center. She teaches painting of any type, charcoal drawing, working with clay and more. For information call (928) 474-3996.
Billy Robinson is Volunteer of the Month for November. He volunteers numerous hours in addition to his job as receiving clerk for the Thrift Store.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be open Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Check out the grand opening of the Thrift Store’s Christmas Shoppe in the back yard of the store for a large selection of Christmas trees, lights and ornaments, decorations, gifts and many more holiday items at very reasonable prices.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. will remain open until 8 p.m., Nov. 6 for First Friday on Main Street activities. There will be live musical entertainment by Wayne Todd, refreshments and door prizes. Anyone bringing a non-perishable food item for the food bank will receive a 10 percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100.
Pine-Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store
The PS Senior Center, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine will present a fashion show and silent auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14. Models from size 4 to 2X are needed. Homemade finger foods will be available for purchase throughout the event. There is no charge for admission. If you would like to be a model or for other information, call (928) 476-4633.
Health screenings will be offered at the Community Health and Care Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 7 in the old gym at Payson High School. There will be free screenings for blood pressure, breast exams, dental, diabetes, hearing, lower extremity circulation, nutrition, oxygen saturation, skin and vision, and low cost glucose, cholesterol and PSA testing. For information call (928) 472-9290.
Library Friends of Payson
If you love to read but are unable to get out to visit the Payson Public Library, the Library Friends offers a service delivering books to your home. Call (928) 474-9260 to learn more.
Just in time for the holidays, Library Director Terry Morris is presenting a cooking class on Holiday Fare Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the library, 328 N. McLane Road. There will be two sessions: one from 9 a.m. to noon and another from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $15 per class and attendance is limited. Each class will include a book and book discussion. Registration may be made at the library’s circulation desk.
Think about it: If you want to feel rich, just think about all the things you have that money can’t buy.