Lots Of Activities Planned For Seniors

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Photos courtesy of the Senior Circle

Members of the Senior Circle in Payson have the opportunity to learn any number of new skills, from the latest in computer technology and digital photography to dancing. The main focus is health and fitness education though, so members hear from professionals in the medical industry on a regular basis.

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Peter Zonakis

Branson trip payments are due

The remainder of the Branson trip payment is due this week. Please come by the Senior Circle office and make the remainder of your payment. There will be 44 Senior Circle members headed out to Branson for a week of fun and activity on May 15. This active group of seniors ranges in age from 50-75 and are excited about meeting new friends and finally making that trip they have all talked about for so long. We are taking names for a substitute list in the event of a cancellation, so come and in and sign up. The Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Senior Circle Ambassadors

If you are interested in helping others through our Cancer Gift Closet, please sign up this week to attend the training. The class will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 12 at the Senior Circle. Call the Senior Circle now to register at (928) 472-9290.

Health event focuses on stress

Jeri Byrne, executive director for the Eastern Arizona Health Education Center, recently spoke at the Senior Circle’s Lunch and Learn. She worked with 25 people, who were taught exercises to help eliminate stress.

Byrne also talked about how critical it is to learn effective ways to deal with stress. She had the group take a stress test questionnaire and discussed how their score affects their overall well-being.

She shared statistics on how stress affects our health and if we don’t deal with it we have an increased chance of getting a serious illness.

The group shared the different ways they deal with stress. For some it’s fishing, rocking, meditating, praying, exercising, or listening to music. Ways not to deal with stress include overeating, drinking too much alcohol, oversleeping and over-shopping.

Byrne also taught the class some great breathing exercises to help deal with tension and difficulty with sleeping.

The next Lunch and Learn program is with Dr. Peter Zonakis. Zonakis will be the guest at the March 24 Lunch and Learn. His topic will be skin cancer, what increases the risk, how to protect yourself and the different types of skin cancer The Lunch and Learn is from 11 a.m. to noon a light lunch is provided and the event is free.

To make reservations, call (928) 472-9290.

Educational series

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

The instructor, Kenny Boyd, has been volunteering at the Senior Circle for two years. Boyd has more than 20 years of computer experience and also teaches the digital class on Monday mornings. Boyd has 60 years of photography experience.

Senior Circle Line Dancing

The Line Dancing class is back by popular demand. The class will start in April and meet each Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Senior Circle. To register for this class, call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.

AARP Driving Safety Program

AARP Driving Safety Program is held on the second Saturday of each month. The next class will be held at the Senior Circle office from noon to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 13. The cost of the workshop is $14.

Check with your insurance company to see if they offer a discount for attendance at this workshop. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Social events

The next movie date is April 6. Meet your Circle of Friends at the Senior Circle office at 12:30 p.m., and head over to the Sawmill Theatres for the matinee. Cost is $5. To find out what movie we will be seeing and to sign up, call the Senior Circle office at (928) 472-9290.

The Senior Circle Wii Bowling League will begin in April. The open bowling class is open to men on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sign up now for this fun and challenging video game played on the big screen TV. Anyone can do it! It’s great exercise and helps with balance and eye-hand coordination. Sign up now and let us know you are interested in attending. Don’t worry ... we will show you how to play — it’s easy. Call (928) 472-9290 to sign up.

Merchant program

Senior Circle welcomes the following new merchants to our discount program:

• Marks Matthews Mobile Notary Service — Matthews is a Mobile Notary Service that is offering his service free to Senior Circle members for simple documents. Matthews has been in business in Payson for more than a year. He offers same-day appointments. He can be reached at (928) 970-2429.

• Ultimate Carpet Cleaners — Senior Circle members get a 10 percent discount on carpet cleaning and water extraction. The owner, David Gilliland, has been in the carpeting cleaning business for 20 years and serving Payson for the last 11 years. Ultimate Carpet Cleaning is a family owned and operated business. They can be reached at (928) 472-4595.

• Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art and 520 W. Main St., (928) 472-4323 — Ken and Brenda Mooney opened Bootleg Alley approximately four years ago. They specialize in Western wear, Hallmark items, collectibles and artwork. Their discount to Senior Circle members is 10 percent.

• Small Café, now owned by Laura Beal, is offering patrons who show their Senior Circle card 10 percent off their meal. The Small Café is a popular lunch spot for the local Payson community. The Small Café is located at 512 S. Beeline Highway.

Senior Circle membership

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 more for only $15 a year.

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