Payson Senior Center Always Has Happenings


There’s always something happening at the Payson Senior Center, from bingo to woodcarving, Zumba dance classes to bridge. Among the most popular events are the almost daily pre-lunch programs, which include informational speakers, health issues, holiday celebrations and everyone’s favorite: live music. A relatively recent addition is the Country Gospel Misfits, who perform gospel songs with country flair. The group, all Rim Country residents, consists of John Kesterton, who plays lead guitar and sings; Jerry Decker on steel guitar; Lorene Myers, lead harmony gal and tambourinist; and James Nye on bass and vocals.

According to Nye, the band name evolved when one of the members commented, “Our backgrounds are so different, but we’re all able to misfit together.” The group has been together for about a year-and-a-half and has played at several locations around Rim Country. They perform in the Senior Center Dining Room at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. The program is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required for those who plan to stay for lunch. The number for reservations is (928) 474-4876. The Misfits also perform at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Cowboy Church service at Star Valley Baptist Church and are available to entertain at other events. For information, call James Nye at (928) 951-0218.

The Center wishes to thank all who contribute their time and talent to brighten the members’ days.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

Hawaiian clothing and other items will be featured at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine from July 20 through July 23. Ladies’ blazers will be on sale, three for $1. Tagged furniture will be half off the marked price and other selected merchandise also will be on sale. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Zumba dance classes are held at 9 a.m., July 20 and July 27; and 5:30 p.m., July 28 in the Center’s newly renovated Exercise Room. There is a $5 fee for each class. For information, call the Center at (928) 474-4876.

Stretchercize classes are scheduled at 9:30 a.m., July 21, July 26 and July 28 at the Center. Call the above number for information.

There is a non-denominational Bible study class every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Center Dining Room.

Wayne Todd will entertain with vocals and guitar at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, July 21 in the Center Dining Room. This is Birthday Bash Day honoring all whose birthdays fall during this month. The program is free, but those who plan to stay for lunch must make advance reservations.

The Old Time Music Makers will gather to play old favorites at 9 a.m., Monday, July 25 in the Center Dining Room. The public is invited to come and listen or if you play an instrument, to join in.

The Senior Center and Thrift Store ask that patrons “Excuse the dust” as the Thrift Store is reorganized to make shopping easier and more pleasant. The Thrift Store is located at 512 W. Main St., adjacent to the Senior Center. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To make room for new merchandise, there are huge sales on men’s and women’s clothing and other items.  

Payson Public Library Friends

What better thing is there to do on a hot summer afternoon than to find a shady spot and curl up with a good book in a comfy lawn chair? The Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd., has several new books for summer reading.

Among the fiction works are The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly; Henry and Clara by Thomas Mallon; Fern Michael’s Southern Comfort; and the wildly popular James Patterson’s new book 10th Anniversary. If non-fiction is your preference, you can choose from Pioneer Doctor by Mari Grana; Del Quentin Wilber’s Rawhide Down; All My Life by Susan Lucci; or The Rise of The Creative Class by Richard Florida among many others. There are also several new DVD movies. For information or library hours, call (928) 474-9260.

Think about it: Is the opposite of a friendly senior citizen an elderhostel?


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