Farewell, 2010 — You gave us a final fling before departing that we won’t soon forget! The snow was fine, but you really didn’t need to make the sidewalks and streets icy first. We more mature folks didn’t appreciate that. Hello, 2011 — what do you have in store for us? Hopefully, the unemployment situation will improve and there will be fewer people in need. And, could you work on easing world tensions? Enough already of endless wars!
To my readers out there, I wish you a year of good health and happiness filled with love, peace and joy.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Country Gospel Misfits will present a program of country and gospel music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, Jan. 12 and Jan. 19 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The event is free and open to the public.
Life Line Screening will be done for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Carotid Artery Blockage and Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Thursday, Jan. 6 at the Senior Center. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 1-800-710-1913. You need not be a Senior Center member to participate.
Enjoy a free movie, hot muffins and coffee at 9:30 a.m. Fridays at the Senior Center, no reservations required.
Exercise with Inger at 9:30 a.m. at the Center. For information call (928) 474-4876.
Legal assistance for seniors is offered beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11 in the Center Meeting Room. Advance appointments are required and may be made by calling the above number or signing in at the Center Lobby between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
You can safely dispose of old and no longer needed drugs from 11 a.m. to noon at the Center, Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Free Country Western dance lessons are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Center.
Card games such as Canasta, Bridge and Pinochle are played at the Center.
Stop in the Center Lobby for a schedule or for information on joining in the fun.
Kerry Rawsthorne is Volunteer of the Month for January. Kerry works in the Thrift Store several mornings a week. In doing so, she is following family tradition — her grandmother, Carol Rawsthorne, was a volunteer at the store for many years before retiring.
P-S Senior Center and Thrift Store
Now that we’ve had a blast of real winter weather, perhaps you are thinking of taking a break on a tropical cruise. If so, check out the sale at the P/S Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine. They have a good selection of cruise wear in excellent condition at very reasonable prices — far less than you would pay at retail, which leaves you with more money for shopping at those exotic port markets. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, weather permitting.
If you can’t go on a cruise, you can at least enjoy an evening of free Caribbean Vibe music performed by Paysonites Dee Dread and Sister Care-i from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the coffee shop at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Suite 102. Their reggae and island music will set your feet tapping and make you feel like you’ve just had a vacation.
The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at East West Exchange to plan the group’s upcoming events to support human rights locally and globally. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17. To learn more, call Penny Navis-Smith at (928) 474-8628.
East West Exchange will offer a free introduction to Transformational Kinesiology (TK) from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20 in its fitness studio.
TK is a form of kinesiology that uses muscle testing in a goal-centered process to explore and identify limiting beliefs, old decisions, emotional attachments and concerns and how to receive more joy in our lives. The sessions will be led by Payson resident Shiranda Deerwoman, M.A., whose background is in teaching and counseling. She has studied extensively with Grethe Fremming and Rolf Hvsboel, developers of TK. For information, contact Shiranda at (928) 970-2490.
Think about it: A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.