Today’S Food Costs Make A Garden And Chickens Appealing

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As the late, great Harry Caray used to say, “Holy Cow!” A trip to the grocery store is a frightening experience these days. Be sure to go to the bank for a loan before shopping. It is unbelievable how prices have climbed recently. I went to the grocery store yesterday for a loaf of our favorite packaged white bread. Yikes! It cost $4.59. I remember when a loaf of bread was 25 cents. Yes, I know, the cost of gas pushes up prices on everything else — but $5 a pound for beef roast, nearly $2 for a dozen eggs, more than $1 for a single sweet roll? Maybe it is time to plant a garden and get some chickens ...

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Free blood pressure checks will be done at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., on Thursday, April 21. No reservations are needed, first come, first served. Call (928) 474-4876 for times.

Monday, April 25 is Crazy Hat Day at the Center. Wear your biggest, funniest, prettiest hat or Easter bonnet to lunch. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the above number.

Students from Payson Middle School who are members of the Builders’ Club, sponsored by Kiwanis, will serve lunch to seniors Wednesday, April 27 at the Center. Menu for the day is Sloppy Joes on a whole wheat bun, ranch style beans, confetti salad, orange and a beverage. 

The wood carvers group meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays in the Center. Interested persons may stop in to learn more about the group.

Katy Rovetto will entertain with Gospel Guitar music at 11 a.m., Friday, April 29. The program is free and open to the public.

Jim Clayton is Volunteer of the Month for April at the Center. Jim is always willing to help out in the kitchen as needed.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

The Pine Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 Highway 87 in Pine will have Thrifty Thursday, April 21 and Thursday, April 28 with a bag sale on all clothing.

Shoppers may fill a bag with men’s, women’s or children’s garments for $2. On Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, clothing will be on sale for 50 percent off the marked prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

There will be a potluck luncheon at the Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Wednesday, April 20. Baked chicken will be served and guests are invited to bring side dishes. For information, call (928) 472-9290.

Other 

Looking for something different to do with your grandkids? Marguerite Young, grandniece of author Sybil Kane, will present a free program exploring the book “The Insect Wonderland” at noon Saturday, April 23 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. The 57-page book contains two fully illustrated pages for each letter of the alphabet, depicting 26 different insects, each with verse.

Then, on Friday, April 29 there will be an Earth Day celebration of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.” The program is sponsored by East West Exchange and Natural Beauty Land, Tree and Stone Works together with Parker & Sons Excavating and Plant Fair Nursery. Snacks and drinks will be provided before the reading and following the story each child will receive a seed or sapling to take home and plant. A demonstration on proper planting will be given outside as the first sapling is planted in front of the store. Saplings and seeds are being donated by Plant Fair Nursery.

For information about these events, call (928) 468-2435 or stop in for a full schedule of monthly activities.

Think about it: Don’t let your yearnings exceed your earnings.

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