Senior Circle Plans Huge Holiday Bake Sale

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The Senior Circle Holiday Bake Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Senior Circle facility at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

A couple of times a year, the Senior Circle holds fund-raising events to offset some of the expenses of the free programs offered its members. Earlier in the year the Circle held its first annual Bikini Car Wash, earning more than $1,700, which was shared with the Payson High School Athletic Club.

The earnings from the bake sale will go toward a much-needed large, flat screen television that will accommodate the increased classroom size and the power point presentations of the many speakers that lecture at the Circle.

Members have already donated $478 dollars for the television through T-shirt sales and a Christmas Basket Raffle.

Sharon Myers donated a beautiful Christmas Basket that would probably retail for $150. The Basket Raffle has been a huge success and the lucky winner will be announced at the bake sale.

This year’s bake sale is a little different. The home-baked goods will be beautifully displayed and decorated in holiday cookie jars, plates, stockings and tins ready for you to gift or just display as a part of your holiday décor. Jam and jelly baskets “by Carol” will also be featured, as well as silent auction items.

Members donate generously

The Senior Circle has adopted the nursing home residents for the holidays. Circle members stepped up to the plate by purchasing and wrapping 96 gifts for these residents.

“The senior residents of this community amaze me, they volunteer their time, efforts, money and support to fill the needs of this town,” says Christy VanderMolen, Senior Circle adviser.

“Whenever I have asked for help, they are always willing to lend a hand.”

Senior Circle volunteer Ilona Swenson has organized the angel adoption program this year and did an exceptional job.

Theatre outing

A day trip to the Broadway Palms production of “Chicago” is now forming. Those interested in taking this trip should have their money to the Senior Circle by Dec. 15.

The cost of the show, which includes dinner and transportation, is $89. Checks and credit cards are the only form of payment. Checks should be made payable to Arizona Trails Tours and dropped off at the Senior Circle. For more information on the trip, please call Christy VanderMolen at (928) 472-9290.

Drop by the Senior Circle office and pick up the 2011 list of our day and destination trips.

Upcoming events and activities

The Senior Circle calendar for 2011 is full of activities and events.

Scheduled speakers include: Dr. York, Dr. Gillette and Dr. Zonakis; Lori O’Haver from the billing department of PRMC; representatives from Payson Home Health will be here to speak on the new changes at their organization. In January, Katy Rovetto will be talking about her book “Flying High — Soaring Above the Tragedies of Life” and entertaining us through song and stories. The Valentine’s Member Lunch will feature the culinary delights of the Payson High School Gourmet Cooking Club and the singing sensations of the Circle members through Karaoke. The proceeds of this event will go to the Gourmet Cooking Club.

Joining the Senior Circle

If you are not a member of the Senior Circle you are welcome to join if you are 50 or older.

Just stop by the Senior Circle office at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

The Senior Circle is a national, nonprofit organization committed to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and older. The cost to join is only $15 per person per year. Membership includes discounts from numerous local and national businesses.

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