October is such a robust month, fairly crackling with energy. Time to clean the closets and get warm clothes out; wash the windows; clean the yard; winterize the car. With cooler weather we can again make heartier meals and restock the pantry with baking supplies. What could be better than the aroma of homemade bread fresh from the oven?
October also is Fire Prevention Month. Take a few minutes of your day to check your smoke alarms. If the batteries are a year old or older, it is time to replace them with new ones. Not only does this ensure they are in working order, but also will prevent them from beeping a warning that the battery is dead at 2 a.m. If, like Len and me, you no longer climb ladders, the Payson Fire Department will come to your home and replace them for you at no charge. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 3, the department’s non-emergency number, to request this service.
Pine-Strawberry Senior Center
If you love chili, get yourself over to the ramada at the Pine Strawberry Community Center, 3916 N. Highway 87, for a chance to taste and vote for the best chili in Rim Country on Saturday, Oct. 24. Local cooks are invited to participate in the competition by bringing a Crockpot of chili to the event. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Contestants may contact Sheri at (928) 476-3655 or Judy at (928) 476-6512 for information. There is no registration charge, but there is a $3 fee for those who wish to be tasters and voters. The event begins at 11 a.m.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Ann James Group will present a free musical program at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. On Oct. 26 Bill Broce of Guardian Angel will explain this program and on Oct. 28 Andy Towle from the Roundup will be guest speaker. The events are open to the public.
There will be goblins and ghosts, witches and monsters galore at the annual Senior Center Halloween Party to be held at 11 a.m. in the Center dining room. Dress up in your craziest costume for a chance to win a fabulous prize. If you plan to stay for lunch, please make an advance reservation 24 hours prior to the event. For information call (928) 474-4876.
The Center has a new cook. Tim Hilgendorf now heads up the kitchen staff assisted by Steve Webb and Jesse Williamson. Tim has previous cooking experience at the Baptist Summer Camp and as a baker at Safeway.
Monthly menus and an activity calendar are available in the Center lobby, open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
The Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. will have a sale of men’s and women’s clothing beginning Oct. 26. Garments marked with blue tags will be 50 percent off the marked price; yellow tags, 25 percent off; and orange tags, 25 cents per garment. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The monthly Senior Circle members’ lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The menu will be roast beef and a variety of side dishes. Cost for members is $4, non-members, $5. Call (928) 472-9290 for reservations.
On Oct. 28, Dr. Luis Coppelli will speak on gastroesophageal reflux disease at Munch and Learn. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. For information and reservations, call the above number.
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