The Joys Of Grandchildren


Grandchildren are one of the great pleasures of life. We enjoyed a visit from two of our five adult grandchildren over the Mother’s Day week. From the time they were adorable babies, whom we loved to hold and cuddle, through young childhood when they held our hands on walks, squealed in delight over treasure hunts and helped bake cookies (after which they were returned to their parents and Grandma and Gramps took a nap!) to the tempestuous teen age years when, if we were lucky, we saw them once in a while, they have enriched our lives. Now they are grown, but they still delight. They are articulate, interesting, amusing and loving and open our eyes to the views of a younger generation. What blessings families are!

Is May ever going to decide what season she wants to be this year? Around the first of the month I put away the winter clothes and got out the spring and summer things. It seems now that every other day I’m pulling out a sweatshirt and the next, searching for a tank top!  Springtime in the mountains ...

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

A speaker from Hospice will present a program at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 24 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The program is open to the public, no reservations needed.

There will be a non-denominational Bible study at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 25 in the Center Meeting Room.

Thursday, May 26 is the monthly Birthday Bash honoring members with May birthdays. Please make advance lunch reservations by calling (928) 474-4876. The menu for the day is barbecued pork on a bun, German potato salad, broccoli slaw, beverage and birthday cake.

Free Stretchersize classes are held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Center.

The Center offers a number of free classes and programs as well as card games every weekday. A new group is interested in starting a poker club. If interested, call the above number. A time and day for games is to be decided.

Stop in the Center Lobby to get a calendar of events and menus. The Payson Senior Center makes a reasonable accommodation to allow persons with disabilities to take part in programs, services and activities.

Volunteers are needed to help with Meals on Wheels, Center activities and in the Thrift Store next door to the Center at 512 W. Main St. Volunteer instructors also are needed for painting, crafts, ceramics or other activities. Call the above telephone number for information.

A warm welcome to Diana Hale, the new manager of the Thrift Store. She has past experience with thrift stores, having owned and managed two in Tucson. Most recently she was on the staff of the Center for Success High School in Payson. She looks forward to making the Thrift Store a brighter, more cheerful and user-friendly facility. Stop in and meet her from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

The Center and Thrift Store will be closed May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Pine/Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store 

Western wear will be on sale in the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 Highway 87 in Pine, May 18 through May 21. Wedding clothing and accessories will be featured the week of May 25. The store will be open Memorial Day weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 29. The Center Dining Room also will be open and selling their famous Navajo tacos.


The Readers’ Roundtable Book Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 100 N. Tonto St. For information, call (928) 468-2435.

Author Barbara Fenzl will discuss her book, “Seasonal Southwest Cooking” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at 100 N. Tonto St. The program is free and open to the public.

Fenzl, is the author of “Southwest the Beautiful Cookbook” (Collins San Francisco 1994), “Savor the Southwest” (Bay Books 1999), and “Seasonal Southwest Cooking” (Northland Publishing 2005). She will have these books available for purchase and autographs at the Payson program.

She was the food editor of Southwest Passages and Phoenix Home and Garden magazines and has written for Bon Appétit magazine and other national publications.

She operates a cooking school in Phoenix, appears regularly on the Channel 3 daytime show, “Your Life A-Z,” and has taught cooking at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico, in the Périgord region of southwestern France, and across the U.S.

She and her husband, Terry, are part-time Payson residents.


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