Senior Circle Provides Plenty Of Fun Activities

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There are lots of options at the Senior Circle for those who would like to get fit. The Senior Circle Feeling Fit class has expanded to twice a week. Beginning in March the class will meet twice a week. Currently it meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Fridays. The Circle’s Tai Chi class meets from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday and Thursdays. For those who want to exercise with dance, the Circle’s Beginning Ballroom class is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and no partner is required. A new Line Dance class is starting soon. Sign up now at (928) 472-9290.

The Payson Regional Senior Circle offers a variety of programs for its members and membership is very affordable. Members of Senior Circle receive many discounted benefits both nationally and locally.

Senior Circle is a Payson Regional Medical Center program that improves the lives of people 50 and better.

Members enjoy fellowship and activities, hospital benefits, health education, parties, travel, local and national discounts and much more — for only $15 a year.

To start receiving these discounts, join the Senior Circle now, call (928) 472-9290 for more information or stop by 215 N. Beeline Highway for information.

Health education events

The Senior Circle Mission is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for seniors by providing programs that encourage continued learning, wellness, health and volunteering, coupled with a host of social activities. Through its services, benefits and communications members become knowledgeable and comfortable with services associated with the Payson Regional Medical Center and the Rim Country’s health services programs. All classes and speaking forums are free to members.

Bo Larsen, director of marketing, will be speaking at the next Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, Feb. 24. He will be discussing the importance of the “Community that cares” and what Payson Regional Medical Center’s mission statement means to the community. The Lunch and Learn is from 11 a.m. to noon and the event is free. To make reservations, call (928) 472-9290. He will also be featured on KMOG Radio from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., March 8.

Jeri Byrne, executive director for the Eastern Arizona Health Education Center will be speaking at the March 3 Lunch and Learn. She is certified in teaching stress and time management, leadership, generational differences and communication. On March 3 she will be speaking on stress management. To de-stress, join this informative Lunch and Learn by calling (92) 472-9290.

Dr. Gilbert, gastroenterology, will speak at Senior Circle member lunch on March 10. Dr. Gilbert is one of our newest Payson Healthcare Specialists. Sign up now to reserve your spot by calling the (928) 472-9290. The cost of the “St. Patrick’s Day” lunch is $4.

Dr. Peter M. Zonakis has recently joined the Payson Regional medical team. Dr. Zonakis will be speaking at the Lunch and Learn event on March 24. Dr. Zonakis’ topic will be skin cancer, what increases the risk, how to protect yourself and the different types of skin cancer. Dr. Zonakis and his wife Barb moved to Payson in 2002. To make reservations, call (928) 472-9290.

Senior Circle educational series

Digital Camera meets from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday. This class teaches how to use a digital camera and how to navigate photos on the computer and send via e-mail and much more.

Beginning Computer Class meets from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday. Please contact the Senior Circle to sign up for the next series of classes beginning in March.

Kenny Boyd teaches both the courses. To sign up for these classes, call (928) 472-9290.

Beginning Bridge meets from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Thursday at the Senior Circle.

Social events

Senior Circle Movie Day will be the first Tuesday of every month. The next movie day is Tuesday, March 2 for “Dear John.” Meet at the Senior Circle office at 12:15 p.m. for the 1 p.m. matinee. To sign up for the movie, call (928) 472-9290.

Play Bunko — The Bunko crew meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday at the Circle.

Gift shop

Senior Circle Dollar Days are planned at the Senior Circle Gift Shop.  All items will be $1 (excluding knits and See’s Candy). Maroon counter-high chairs are also $1.

Support groups

The Diabetes support group meets the last Monday of each month. The free diabetes support group offers education on how to live with diabetes and features a guest speaker on a quarterly basis. To sign up for this group call (928) 472-9290. CCS Medical will also be featuring a free diabetes education forum open to the public in March. Watch the paper for the date and time of this event.

The Senior Circle hosts a gift closet for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers assist people with information about specific types of cancer, treatments, American Cancer Society programs and other community resources. Volunteers help cancer patients with wigs, hats and other gift items as well as connect them with other sponsored programs. Anyone interested in assisting with this program contact the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.

If you are currently undergoing chemotherapy and are in need of any of these services please contact us.

Merchant discount news

Senior Circle welcomes the Red Elephant Bakery to its Merchant Discount Program. The Red Elephant Bakery is located at 1102 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. Leonie Dobbins, owner of the Red Elephant has been at this location for the last 2-1/2 years. She was previously located at the Carpenter’s Wife Antique Shop. The Red Elephant is open for breakfast and lunch — its specialty is healthy, natural cooking. The Red Elephant also features a cooking school, with classes taught by a Le Cordon Blue trained professional chef. The next class, Chocolate 101, is on March 2. The cost is $20; call (928) 468-6202 for reservations.

If you are a merchant and would like to participate in the discount program, call (928) 472-9290.

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