No High-Tech Games Needed When We Were Kids



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Free, one-on-one instruction on computer use is offered at 4 p.m. every Tuesday at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Do kids still play hop scotch? Marbles? Jacks? With the proliferation of computer and electronic games, the things that amused us back in the day probably would bore the youngsters of today.

Having grown up in the country, there were no sidewalks to draw a hop scotch square on, but I remember Elsie, my best friend and I scratching the pattern with a stick on the dirt road in front of our house. We had few toys, but we made dolls from clothespins and sewed clothing for them from fabric scraps. We invented our own games — how many songs can you think of with girls’ names in them? Or, Geography — the first person says a city, state, country or other geographic location; for example, London, then the next person has to name a place beginning with the last letter of the previous site, in this case, New Orleans, and on it goes until one cannot come up with an answer.

We were not allowed to go into the hay mow in the barn on the farm where Elsie lived, but sometimes we snuck up there and pretended we were spying on imaginary enemies below. No computers, television and only rarely a movie, but we had a great time, and I don’t ever remember anyone saying “I’m bored” or “There’s nothing to do.”

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

One-on-one instruction in computer use is offered every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The classes are free; for more information, call (928) 474-4876.

Helen Tennent teaches fine art classes from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Senior Center. All mediums are offered, including ink, oils, pastels, acrylics, chalk, watercolors and more. There is no charge to attend. If you have extra supplies to share, please bring them. There is a registration sign-up sheet at the information desk in the Center Lobby.

An AARP Drivers’ Safety Class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at the Center. For information and reservations, call the Center at (928) 474-4876 or call (623) 696-8992.

Legal assistance for seniors will be held by appointment only beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 13. Appointments may be made at the Center Information Desk.

Thursday, April 15 is the date of the monthly birthday celebration for those born during April. Wayne Todd will provide live music and Payson Care Center donates a delicious and beautiful birthday cake. Advance reservations are required if you plan to stay for lunch.

Bingo is on the agenda for 10 a.m. Monday, April 19 in the Center Dining Room. There is no charge to join in the fun.

A free blood pressure clinic is offered courtesy of the Powell House at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20 on a first come, first served basis.

In anticipation of Payson High School’s upcoming spring prom, the Boutique section of the Senior Thrift Store has several formals on display at very reasonable prices. Come early for a good selection. The store is open  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

Persons in need of medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, commodes or other medical items may borrow them at no cost from the Senior Circle. Call (928) 472-9290 for information.

The Circle offers grief support to persons who have lost a loved one. The New Hope Grief Support group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Senior Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The class is led by Jerry Button.

Have you always wanted to learn how to play bridge? A beginners’ class meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Circle. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Pine-Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store

Raffle tickets are on sale at the P-S Thrift Store to win a quilt handmade by the Department of Public Safety Angels, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild. Proceeds will help defray medical costs from a fall suffered by volunteer Scott Frederick. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The store is located on Highway 87 in downtown Pine.


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