Here’s an idea for one of our local organizations — How about a program explaining contemporary technology to seniors? I doubt I’m the only senior citizen who doesn’t understand what a BlackBerry does, or how to operate an iPod, or if you already have a telephone, why it is necessary to text a message. GPS systems are great for finding your way around, but where does that disembodied voice come from and how does she know where I want to go anyway? Face Book and Twitter seem like vanity things to me — I really don’t want to share my every thought with all those other people.
I still prefer an old-fashioned, hand-written letter from a friend in my mailbox!
If there were such a program, it probably would have to be an ongoing series as new products are coming out almost daily and current technology changes so frequently.
The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will have an ice cream social Wednesday, July 21. Cool off with all you can eat ice cream for $2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Carol LaValley will present a class in Preserving Memories at the Circle from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 28. This is an interactive workshop. Coffee and refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend. For information call (928) 472-9290.
As of May 1, 2010, Senior Circle has 118 chapters across the country and more than 91,000 members nationwide. Call the above number or stop in the Circle building to learn more about the advantages of membership.
Payson Senior Center & Thrift Store
There will be a health screening from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 22 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street. For appointments call (877) 854-4735.
Line dancing, exercise, canasta, wood carving and art classes are offered every Thursday at the Center. There is no charge for any of these activities. Stop in at the Center for a full schedule of events and monthly lunch menu. Hot lunches are served at noon every weekday at $3 for members over 60 and $5 for non-members and those younger than 60. Meals on Wheels also are available for the homebound. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 474-4876.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will be open until 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6 for First Friday on Main Street activities. There will be refreshments, hourly door prizes, live entertainment by Wayne Todd and a 10 percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100 from 5 to 8 p.m.
P/S Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine will have a sale on Hawaiian clothing for $3 per garment or two for $5 July 21-24. There also will be a Christmas in July sale in the dining room behind the Thrift Store. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For information call (928) 476-4633.
The Write Stuff writers’ group will meet from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m., Wednesday, July 21 and July 28 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. The Poetry Club also will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Exchange. Both groups are open to the public and there is no charge to attend.
The Library Friends of Payson will not meet in July. The next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 26 in the library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road. There will be a guest speaker and a potluck luncheon will follow the program.
Library hours have been expanded and now are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Library is closed Sundays and major holidays.
The Library Friends bookstore is having a two for one sale on books about American history, politics and biography. Buy one and receive a second book of equal or lesser value free. The bookstore is located inside the main entrance of the library. Proceeds from sales go into the general fund, which supports Library programs and services.
Think about it: Retirement can be a rocking chair or a launching pad.