Culinary Arts Students Warm Senior Circle Hearts


The Payson High School Culinary Arts Department catered a spectacular Valentine event at the Senior Circle last week. Twelve students from the culinary department prepared and served a delicious chicken alfredo dinner.


Photos courtesy of PRMC Senior Circle

Payson High School culinary arts students served up a scrumptious chicken alfredo meal to Senior Circle members for a Valentine’s Day party. The event helped the students raise $420.

Karaoke tunes featuring local singers Lily Heffner and Nate Johnson further highlighted the event. Lily sang Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Nate serenaded Circle members with his karaoke rendition of “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

Many Senior Circle members braved singing alone and others just sang along. It was a fun event and a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day — singing with your friends and being served a wonderful meal.

The event was also a fund-raiser with all the money going to the Payson High School Culinary Arts Department. Seventy tickets were sold, raising $420 for the students.

The next big event for the culinary students is the “Taste of Culture” March 2 at the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria. Serving times are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — all types of food and desserts will be presented, including Greek, Italian, Asian and Mexican. You won’t want to miss out on these culinary delights and the opportunity to support these great kids.

Senior Circle on the road

Senior Circle has added another day trip to its travel roster. Monday, March 21 members are headed to Sabino Canyon for a 45-minute tram ride through the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson; then it is on to the DeGrazia Galleria and Mission before heading back home.

The cost of the trip is $70 and includes transportation, the tram ride, museums and sack lunch for picnicking at the canyon.


Photos courtesy of PRMC Senior Circle

Also at the party, Circle members had some fun with karaoke, in the photo below Denny and Dee Dee Dickenson sing the well-known love song “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” made famous by Paul Anka.

There are 10 seats left for the Verde Canyon Railway trip on April 28. Participants will travel by first class train through the scenic wilderness of Sycamore Canyon via the Verde Canyon Railroad. The trip also includes food and beverage service.

Upon reaching the ghost town of Perkinsville, the engine will reverse directions and you’ll make a leisurely trip back to the depot. The tour includes transportation, train ride lunch, beverage service, all gratuities and taxes. The cost is $121.

A two-night stay is also planned May 10-12 to Las Vegas, Nev.

Participants will be staying at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino; the trip includes $10 in gambling dollars; and all gratuities and taxes. The cost is $219 for both nights.

For more information on any of these trips call Renee at the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290. Or stop by the Senior Circle at 215 N. Beeline Highway and reserve a spot on the trip.

Thirty people must attend each trip in order for the trip to take place.

Upcoming health events

Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny, the new general surgeon for Payson Regional Medical Center, will be introduced in a program from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 23. Reserve a spot by calling (928) 472-9290.

A Healthy Woman roundtable program with Dr. Cynthia Booth is slated at noon, Friday, Feb. 25 at the Senior Circle.

This discussion on women’s health issues at any age is open to all. Dr. Booth will answer questions and give her experienced medical opinions on what women need to do to stay healthy and active.

Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot.  Light refreshments will be served.

Lunch and Learn with Vicki Robinson of Payson Home Health Care will be Wednesday, March 9.

Robinson will discuss home health issues and introduce some of her staff. She is the new manager of Payson Home Health and has brought new direction to this division of Payson Regional Medical Center. Reservations are required; please call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat.

Lunch and Learn with cardiologist Dr. Sam Gillette Wednesday, March 23. Those who have not met Dr. Gillette won’t want to miss this event. In addition to being introduced to Senior Circle members, Dr. Gillette will speak on cardio care and update those attending on his practice.

Reservations are necessary for all Lunch and Learn events. Please secure a spot by calling (928) 472-9290. All events are from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Circle’s Diabetic Support Group meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28. Also, free diabetic meter check kits will be given away at the Senior Circle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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