Have you noticed — necklaces are hot on the fashion scene these days? If you watch any television at all, you will see news anchorwomen, talk show hostesses and others wearing necklaces. These are not the classic string of pearls or diamond pendant of bygone days; necklaces in style today are big, bold and colorful. Nor is the trend limited to women only, many male sports figures and celebrities also sport (pun intended) chains and other neckwear. Necklaces are believed to have originated during the Stone Age, 40,000 years ago. The earliest ones were made of vines or animal sinew, sometimes with shells or animal bones or teeth on them. Now beads or gemstones are most popular. Since my wardrobe consists mainly of jeans, sweatshirts and T-shirts, I guess I won’t need any new necklaces, no matter how in they are!
Today, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day. Begun in 1997, this is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. For more information, check out www.americarecyclesday.org. Another interesting Web site is greatgreengadgets.com. The current page discusses the amount of discarded plastic items in our oceans and the impact it has on sea plant and animal life as well as humans.
Pine/Strawberry Community Center and Thrift Store
There will be a free community Thanksgiving dinner for Pine and Strawberry residents at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 24 in the Community Center Dining Room in downtown Pine. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 476-2151 or (928) 476-4633.
The Center and Thrift Store will be open Friday, Nov. 25. The store has Christmas merchandise on display for those who like to do their shopping early. Sales for Nov. 16 through Nov. 19 include 50 percent off marked prices on individual sweatshirts and pants, 50 percent off everything in the middle room (except Christmas items).
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Birthday Bash for members with November birth dates will be held at noon, Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Center Dining Room. Menu for the day is Brunswick stew, sautéed green peppers, whole wheat biscuit, citrus cup, birthday cake and beverage.
A Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and all the fixin’s will be served Wednesday, Nov. 23 in the dining room.
Reservations for both events should be made 24 hours in advance by calling (928) 474-4876.
The Center and Thrift Store at 512 and 514 W. Main St. will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving. The Center will remain closed until Monday, Nov. 28, but the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Rim Country Regional Senior Circle
A potluck luncheon is planned for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. Turkey will be provided and attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share. Guest speaker will be Shiranda Deerwoman, a certified facilitator of Transformational Kinesiology.
Members of the Senior Circle will have a day trip Thursday, Nov. 17 to Queen Creek Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms. The bus departs at 8 a.m. sharp from Stage parking lot. Tour the Olive Oil mill with time to shop. Take a ride on a narrow gauge train; enjoy lunch and a guided hayride tour at Schnepf Farm. The bus will return to the Stage parking lot at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Those interested can reserve a spot up to 24 hours in advance of the trip, so call the Senior Circle by Wednesday, Nov. 16 at (928) 472-9290 if interested in participating.
Another trip is planned for Thursday, Dec. 8 with an evening of fun beginning with dinner at the Blue Adobe Mexican Grill in Mesa, followed by a holiday lights tour and a holiday concert at the Mesa Mormon Temple Gardens. At Christmas time, the grounds are converted to an exquisite Nativity display accented by hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights. Nov. 23 is the deadline to book this unforgettable trip.
There will be a Lunch and Learn program Wednesday, Dec. 7 with Dr. Toby Paulson, Payson’s newest cardiologist. Join Dr. Paulson and Dr. Sam Gillette as they discuss heart health during the busy and sometimes-stressful holiday season.
The Senior Circle Christmas lunch is planned for Saturday, Dec. 3.
Senior Circle members and their guest are invited to a Christmas brunch at St. Philip the Apostle parish church hall. Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe will cater the luncheon. The price is $16.50 per person. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve your seat.
The Circle’s annual bake sale is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. Purchase a basket of goodies or just stop by for some coffee or tea and a sweet treat.
For reservations call (928) 472-9290.
Payson Public Library and Library Friends of Payson
New arrivals at the Payson library include the following works of fiction: The Race by Clive Cussler; Pirate King by Laurie King; Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours and The Buddha in the Attic by Julia Otsuka. New nonfiction books are Wayne Nance’s Thin, Rich and Happy; C Street by Jeff Sharlet; The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown by Charles Morris; and Clarence Darrow by John Farrell. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. The library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving.
Think about it: Smile — it adds to your face value.