It sure is hard to get out of bed these dark mornings, isn’t it? I am normally a morning person and an early riser, but with the sun coming up around 7:30 a.m. and the house chilly from lowered night temperatures, it is very tempting just to roll over and doze until daylight. Already we can see more sun in the late afternoons, but it seems Old Sol also wants to sleep in mornings this time of year. Oh yes, come June, we will be saying “Wow, it sure gets light early!”
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The P/S Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine is having women’s skirts on sale Jan. 19 through Jan. 21. It is a buy one, get one free sale. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Free blood pressure checks will be done by Payson Care Center beginning at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 20 in the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., on a first-come, first-served basis, no advance appointments needed.
Because the Center was closed due to bad weather, the New Year’s Eve party originally scheduled for Dec. 30 was canceled. A Winter Gala is to be held in its place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 20 in the Center Dining Room. Guests are encouraged to wear party attire. Menu for the day is beef stroganoff, corn and zucchini, parsley noodles, homemade whole grain dinner rolls, mandarin orange bowl and beverage. Big Bob will entertain with karaoke. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (928) 474-4876.
Art classes by Helen Tennent are taught from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Center. All mediums are offered including ink, pastels, acrylics, chalk and watercolor.
Computer classes are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Center. Call the above phone number to register.
If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, join Inger in the Center Dining Room at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday for a free workout geared to all levels of ability.
A free musical presentation by Ann James, singer and guitarist, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the Center Dining Room. The program is open to the public.
The Old Time Music Makers meet at 9 a.m. every Monday in the Center Dining Room to play the old favorites. If you play an instrument, join in the fun, or come and listen to the music.
Check out the daily bargains at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Library Friends of Payson
For those who are homebound, the Library Friends has free delivery of books and other library materials. Volunteers are needed to help with this program. For information, call (928) 474-9260.
If you are searching for an out of print, antique or collectible book, Online Bookstore Coordinator Pete Rothenbach is available to assist you in your hunt of the Library’s Bookstore inventory. Call (928) 468-0866 for an appointment. Library Friends members get a 15 percent discount on direct purchases. For membership information, contact Vice President Linda Lanctot at (928) 472-9160.
There will be a free film, overview and discussion session on transition towns from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. A transition initiative is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and economic contraction. For information call (928) 468-2435.
Think about it: Aspire to inspire before you expire.