How do you say it — two thousand ten or 20-10? Which is correct, or are both acceptable? There’s an upbeat feeling about the sound of either. It doesn’t seem very long ago that we were awaiting the turn of century with hope and apprehension and here we are already in the second decade of the millennium. What does it hold in store? Let’s pray it brings peace to our world.
Our town offers so many opportunities to improve and enhance your life in the new year!
The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, has many exercise and health programs for those of us who made resolutions to lead a healthier lifestyle in 2010. Explore the benefits of Tai Chi Mondays and Thursdays. The Feeling Fit Club meets for classes from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. every Friday with exercises for all levels of ability, from sitting to standing. Like to have fun while getting that body moving? Join a dance class and learn basic dance steps, ballroom, Latin or line dancing.
Need help in dealing with your own or a family member’s diabetes? The Circle provides a diabetes support program meeting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For information about any of the above activities, and more, call the Circle office at (928) 472-9290 or stop in from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up a three-month schedule.
The Senior Circle member lunch will be Jan. 20 in the Circle building. Comfort food — meatloaf and mashed potatoes — is on the menu, just right for a chilly winter day. Bring a guest who might be interested in joining. Reservations required, call the above phone number.
Looking ahead, a delightful sounding motor coach trip to Branson, Mo. is planned for May 15 to May 23. Sign up early to ensure a place, as space is limited. First payments are due by March 1.
Not to be left out, the Senior Center at 514 W. Main St. also has an abundance of activities and programs scheduled for 2010. You missed it this morning, but there’s still time to join in Thursday’s aerobics and line dancing classes.
If cards are your thing, you can sit in on a game of bridge on Mondays, canasta or pinochle Tuesdays and Fridays. Betty Moore calls Bingo the third Monday of each month, there is no charge to participate and the game is open to the public.
Love live music? The Old Time Music Makers get together to make music Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 — if you play an instrument, feel free to join in, otherwise, just come to enjoy those great old songs and have a cup of coffee with friends.
Old movies — aren’t they the greatest? Come see them on the big screen for free at 10 a.m. every Friday and enjoy fresh hot muffins too.
Interesting speakers and performers present programs before lunch each weekday. Pick up a copy of the menu and schedule of events at the Center’s information desk from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you no longer drive, you can participate in the activities via the Center’s senior van transportation. Call (928) 474-4876 for information and reservations.
Homebound? You can still enjoy a delicious hot lunch delivered to your home through Meals on Wheels.
Jerry Knights is the Center’s volunteer of the month for January. Jerry not only helps with dining room duties and wherever else needed, but he is also known as the Center and Thrift Store’s court jester. Thanks for making us smile, Jerry!
The Senior Thrift Store is having a sale through the end of the month on men’s and women’s winter clothing. Orange-tagged garments are 25 percent off; those with green tags are 50 percent off; and yellow-tagged items are just 25 cents. Watch for weekly sales on other merchandise. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
A little farther to the north, the Pine-Strawberry Community Center and Thrift Store also has an exciting schedule of events planned. Check out the hot lunches served in the Community Center weekdays and while you are there, visit the adjacent Thrift Store (open Wednesday through Saturday) where there are bargains galore. For information, call (928) 476-4633.
In the mood to give something back to the community? Volunteer opportunities abound at any of the above organizations or perhaps you would like to join the Library Friends of Payson. They offer free monthly programs ranging from historical, cultural, civic and just plain entertaining topics. LFOP also sponsors a service bringing books to the homebound and volunteers are always welcomed. For information, call Alice Natale, LFOP president, at (928) 474-2838.
Think about it: It’s not how old you are but how you are old.