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Robert and Melissa Higginbotham, left, accept their gift from hostess of the annual Black and White Ball, Judy Baker. The ball is a fund-raising event to help support the Mogollon Health Alliance and its mission of promoting community service through volunteers.

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Dressed to the nines, participants of the Black and White Ball listen as Judy Baker announces some of the raffle winners, while the Sonoran Swing Band, takes its first break. The ball took place Saturday evening, Jan. 16, at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Are you still keeping your New Year’s resolutions? Studies show that the majority of resolutions made are broken within two weeks. Unofficially, Jan. 9 is designated as Break Your New Year’s Resolutions Day.

I like these lines from a poem, “Resolutions” by Heidi Spotten:

“This year I resolve not to lose weight

“But to shed the burdens of the mind that weigh me down”

Isn’t that a good resolution for all of us to make? You can read the complete poem at www.my-written-voice.blogspot .com.

Another of my priorities for 2010 is to savor more of the natural beauty around me — for example: the beautiful sunrises turning the sky to splendor on these late winter mornings; the pristine beauty of fresh fallen snow or clouds above the Rim; flocks of Canada geese settling in on Green Valley lakes. I could go on and on, but I am sure each of you have your own favorite sights. Enjoy!

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Ann James will provide live musical entertainment at 11:30 a.m. for the Jan. 21 Birthday Bash in the Center dining room, 514 W. Main St. Persons with January birthdays should put their names in the Birthday Barrel in the Center lobby to be entered in a drawing for a birthday gift. The lunch menu for the day is turkey pot pie with vegetables, broccoli in cheese sauce, homemade whole wheat roll, mandarin oranges, beverage and, of course, a delicious birthday cake, which is provided by Payson Care Center. Make reservations at (928) 474-4876.

The Old Time Music Makers will perform at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 25 in the Center dining room. The free concert is open to the public.

The Senior Thrift Store will have a sale on men’s and women’s clothing beginning Monday, Feb. 1. Clothing marked with green tags will be 25 cents per garment; orange tags indicate 50 percent off and blue tags mean the item is 25 percent off the marked prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Senior Circle

The Senior Circle Member Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Guests are welcome. Please make reservations by calling (928) 472-9290.

The next Senior Circle Health Fair will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28 for those who have not been to a Senior Circle Health Fair in the last six months. Cholesterol, HgAlc and PSA testing will be done by appointment only. Call the above number for appointments.

Senior Circle’s very own Fran Urban’s picture appears in the winter edition of Inside Circle, the organization’s national quarterly publication.

Tai Chi and Qigong classes especially designed for seniors 50 or older are offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road. There is no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted. For information, call Christine Harrison at (928) 468-1983.

Think about it: Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

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