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What is in your medicine cabinet? If yours is anything like ours, there are probably lots of things that are obsolete in there. When I found out that the Senior Center is having a “Dump the Drugs” day where old, outdated and no longer needed medications can be disposed of safely, I immediately began going through the medicine cabinets and the space beneath the bathroom sink. I couldn’t believe how many partly filled bottles of expired prescriptions there were! In one drawer I found four unopened boxes of samples of some medication I had never heard of, nor did I have any idea what it was supposed to be used for or how it came to be in our house. Then there were half used over-the-counter quick fixes, some more than eight years old!

From 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 11, you can bring your unneeded medications to the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., and they will be disposed of legally and safely. The program is being presented by the Community Prevention Council and Southwestern Behavioral Health Services. For information, contact Debra Shewey at (928) 595-1199, or call the center at (928) 474-4876.

Pine-Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store

Just in time for the Spring Rodeo, beginning May 5, all western wear will be on sale at the P/S Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Brenda White, a representative from Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, is available from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., to assist seniors with Medicare and Social Security “Extra Help” programs. Persons on limited incomes may qualify for lower drug premiums, co-payments and deductibles. Applying for the program is free. For information, call 1-800-293-9393 or stop in the center Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Advance appointments are not required.

The Country Gospel Misfits will have a jam session in the center dining room at 2 p.m. every Wednesday. Bring your instrument if you would like to join in, or just come and enjoy the music. The performances are open to the public.

Movies and Muffins — What could be better? It is free, free, free! Classic movies and warm, homemade muffins are offered at 9:30 a.m. every Friday in the center dining room.

There will be music for dancing at the Senior Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 7 to observe First Friday on Main Street’s third anniversary. Refreshments will be available. The Senior Thrift Store next door at 512 W. Main St. also will remain open until 8 p.m. They will have live entertainment by Wayne Todd, hourly door prizes, refreshments and a 10 percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100.

Men’s and women’s clothing marked with orange tags is on sale at 25 percent off the marked prices at the Senior Thrift Store. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Learn about fun facts of the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo at 11:40 a.m., Monday, May 10. John Landino will present the program, which is open to the public.

Legal aid for seniors is available by advance appointment beginning at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 11. Call 1-800-293-9393 to reserve a time or make an appointment in the Senior Center office.

A local group from Hope for Women International is making dresses from pillowcases to give to young girls in underdeveloped countries around the world. One of the easily made, charming dresses is on display in the Senior Thrift Store. The organization’s goal is to provide every girl living in poverty with at least one dress of her very own. For information, check www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com on your computer.

Ah-choo!

Allergies got you down? There will be a free lecture about allergies beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 15 at East-West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. (Tonto and Longhorn Road). No advance reservations needed.

Also at East-West Exchange, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 21, there will be a program on Fundamentals of Weight Loss and Good Health. Every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. an acoustic jam session is held. Musicians are invited to join the music makers, or if you don’t play an instrument, just come to listen.

Love good conversation and an exchange of views? Drop in on the Socrates Cafe from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month for lively discussions on a variety of topics. All the above events are free and open to the public. Stop in the store for a complete list of activities or call (928) 468-2435 to request an e-mail schedule.

Think about it: If you laugh a lot, when you get older your wrinkles will be in the right places.

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