What beautiful sunrises we have had the last few mornings! All shades of rose, pink and gold streaked with deep blue paint the sky with reflections almost 360 degrees. The sun rises so late these days that most of us are up in time to enjoy the colorful production — but look quick, for it lasts only a few minutes! The early shafts of sunlight touch pine boughs so dark green as to appear black and dust them with gold. Soon we will have the shortest day of the year before Old Sol starts his journey back to the north. Since time immemorial the winter solstice has been an occasion for rejoicing. In the darkness of mid-winter, hope was found in the sun’s annual rebirth. Pre-Christian cultures celebrated with the lighting of fires, prayers and feasting. Not so far off from the Electric Light Parade of our times!
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Country Gospel Misfits will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 N. Main St. The entertainment is free and open to the public.
Free art classes are offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays at the Senior Center. Helen Tennent is the instructor, she teaches in all media — ink, oils, pastels, acrylics, chalk, watercolors and more. Call (928) 474-4876 for more information.
At 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 10, a speaker from the Pro-Rodeo Committee will discuss the group’s upcoming plans and events in the Center Dining Room.
Join the fun and play bingo at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 13 at the Center — you need not be a member to play. If you are lucky, you may win some senior bucks, which can be used for meals or activities at the Center or purchases at the Senior Thrift Store.
A musical program by Anne James is scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Center. The public is invited.
Also Dec. 14, legal assistance for seniors will be available by advance appointment.
First-grade students from Frontier Elementary School will present a Christmas program at 11:45 a.m. in the Center Dining Room.
The Pinochle Club meets from noon to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Friday at the Center. New members are welcome. For information, call Len at (928) 472-9302.
The Payson Care Center does free blood pressure checks at the Center starting at 11:15 a.m. the third Thursday of each month. The next check will be Dec. 16. No appointments are necessary.
Volunteers are needed for the Senior Center and Thrift Store. Interested persons may call the Center at (928) 474-4876 or stop in weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. has gift cards in denominations from $5 to $20, which can be used for any merchandise in the store — and with the wide variety of items, there is something for everyone at great prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine is featuring women’s holiday and cruise clothing from Dec. 8 through Dec. 11. Special sales include ladies’ blazers at two for $1 and 50 percent off computer and electronic equipment.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Library Friends of Payson
The Library Friends will not meet during the month of December. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 17. Alleen and Don Nilson of the Arizona Humanities Council will review the history of humor. Following their presentation, a potluck luncheon will be served. For more information about LFOP meetings, contact Program Coordinator Bessie Tucker at (928) 474-9260.
If you enjoy scintillating conversation, plan to join the Socrates Cafe which meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St.
The subjects for discussion are chosen by vote or announced shortly in advance of the meeting.
The topic for Dec. 14 will be “Is the group or the individual more important?” There is no charge and attendance is open to all interested persons.
“Raven Stole the Moon” by Garth Stein is the book to be discussed at East West Exchange Book Club from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15. Membership is free and open to the public.
Think about it: Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.