What kind of a food shopper are you? Do you regularly check the expiration dates on products you buy? I usually do on perishables, but have not on canned or packaged foods. I will from now on, however. For as long as I can remember, a certain name brand of saltines has been our cracker of choice. A few weeks ago, I purchased a one-pound box in a local store, and when I got it home and opened it, there was a slight, disagreeable odor and an “off” taste. Thinking it might have been stored near something where it had picked up another flavor, I tossed the box out, and replaced it (from the same store) with a new box. Same thing, only the odor and taste were stronger and the texture not the same as normal. Aha, I thought, the company has changed the recipe. I called customer service, and the representative assured me the recipe was the original they have used for years. She then asked me to check the expiration date — which was not easy to find — and it was January 2009!
“That’s the problem,” she said, and advised me to return it to the store. I did so and was given another box with a current expiration date, which, I am happy to say, tastes just fine. I’ve learned to be a savvier shopper!
P/S Senior Center and Thrift Store
Do you like T-shirts with funny sayings on them? The P/S Thrift Store is having a sale on humorous T-shirts Wednesday through Saturday, May 19-22. The store is at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine (the community center). Buy a shirt and get a chuckle for $1. The store also will have garments at 50 cents each on Thrifty Thursday, May 20. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Country Gospel Misfits, a musical group, will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 in the Center dining room, 514 W. Main St. There is no charge and advance reservations are not required.
Thursday, May 20 is the monthly birthday celebration for members who were born in May. Wayne Todd will entertain with live music and there will be an open mike sing-along at 11 a.m. Menu for lunch is roast pork with mustard sauce, broccoli, mashed sweet potatoes, ambrosia salad, beverage, and birthday cake. Please make advance lunch reservations by calling (928) 474-4876 or stopping in the Center lobby.
Edwin Peace is Volunteer of the Month at the Senior Center. He presents a musical program once a month and attends Bible study and wood carving sessions each week.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a sale on men’s and women’s clothing beginning May 24. Garments with orange tags will be 50 percent off and blue tags will be 25 percent off the marked prices.
The used book section of the Thrift Store has been expanded and is now displaying a number of new titles in all categories. Prices start at 25 cents for most paperbacks, $1 for most hardcover fiction, and very affordable prices on non-fiction.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be closed May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.
Library Friends of Payson
T. J. McMichaels, a chataquan actor from the Arizona Humanities Council’s Road Show Scholar Program, will portray Aldo Leopold, considered by many to be the father of wildlife management for the U.S. wilderness system, in a program Thursday, May 27 at Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd. Following a brief business meeting at 10 a.m., McMichaels, in period clothing, will answer questions as Leopold. A potluck luncheon will follow his presentation. There is no charge for admission.
East-West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., will offer a number of free programs through the end of May. On May 21, Fundamentals of Weight Loss and Good Health will be presented from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At 4:45 p.m., May 22, students from the Payson Music Center will give a recital open to the public. A Meditation Workshop will be offered from noon to 2 p.m., May 23. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted. An acoustic jam session is held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday — sit in with the music makers or just come and enjoy the music. For thought-provoking discussions, join the Socrates Cafe from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. No advance reservations are required for any of the above activities. For more information, call (928) 468-2435.