Paper or plastic? Or are you the kind of shopper that remembers to bring your own shopping bags? I have a heavy-duty mesh bag that holds tons of groceries, but despite the fact that it is bright red and resides in the front seat of the car, all too often I forget to take it into the supermarket with me.
Back in the dark ages when I was a child, all groceries were packed in paper bags — plastic didn’t make its appearance until after World War II.
Garbage was wrapped in old newspaper and tied up with string — no such thing as Scotch or masking or duct tape in those days. Every kitchen had a ball of string salvaged from purchases — usually meat from the butcher shop. There were no sink disposals either.
It’s hard to imagine not having a nice, plastic liner in the kitchen wastebasket, isn’t it?
We had a compost heap for fruit and vegetable scraps and folks who lived on farms fed those scraps to the pigs. Meat scraps went to the dogs. I don’t remember my family ever buying commercial dog food — and Coco, our mostly terrier, part mutt — lived to be 14 years old.
Very little went to waste in those days. We do not have a dog these days, but I still cringe when I have to throw out a juicy beef bone.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
June is membership month at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. If you have not already done so, please renew your membership, or if you are not yet a member, now is the time to join. Annual dues are only $10 per person.
Stop in the Center lobby to pick up a full schedule of events and activities and a monthly menu.
There will be an ice cream social at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 16 in the Center dining room. Marcella from Sterling Health Plans will be serving a variety of flavors throughout the lunch hour. There is no charge.
The June birthday celebration will be observed at noon, Thursday, June 17. Wayne Todd will entertain with live music. Menu for the day is turkey a la king over a homemade biscuit, spinach, carrot coins, Waldorf salad, beverage and for dessert a birthday cake provided by the Payson Care Center.
Join the fun at 10 a.m., Monday, June 21 at bingo for fun and prizes in the Center dining room.
Andy Towle, Payson Roundup photographer, presents story time at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 23.
Harold Fleeger of U-Turn for Christ will present uplifting music and a message at 11 a.m., Monday, June 28.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a two-for-one sale every Saturday during June. Buy the first garment at regular price and get a second one of equal or lesser value free. Starting June 28, clothing with orange tags will be 25 cents each; blue tags, 50 percent off; and yellow tags, 25 percent off the marked prices.
The Thrift Store will be open until 8 p.m., July 2 for First Friday on Main Street events. There will be refreshments, entertainment, door prizes and a 10 percent discount on purchases of $1 to $100 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Theme for the evening will be Hooray for the Red, White and Blue.
The Senior Center will be closed Friday, July 2 and the Thrift Store will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.
Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store
From June 16 to 18, audio books and VHS tapes will be on sale for 50 cents each. Fourth of July merchandise, including clothes and a variety of items are now on display at the store located on the west side of Highway 87 in downtown Pine. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Over the 4th of July weekend, Navajo tacos will be sold in the Community Center dining room.
There will be a picnic lunch for volunteers Thursday, June 24 at ramada 1 in Rumsey Park to honor volunteers from Rim Country. For details, contact the organization where you volunteer.
Children and adults will enjoy hearing the story of “The Cautious Coyote Family” read by author Georgia Whitten at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 16 at East-West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. (Longhorn and Tonto). There is no charge to attend.
East-West Exchange has free classes in yoga, ballroom dance and more, Wednesday, June 16 through Saturday, June 19 for its grand opening. On Saturday there will be ninjutsu and tai chi demonstrations. Call (928) 468-2435 for schedules.
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