Last week was Fire Prevention Week. Have you checked your smoke alarms lately? If the batteries have not been replaced in the past six months, now is the time to do so. For those of us who no longer are comfortable climbing ladders, the fire department offers a service whereby they will come to your home and change the batteries for you. Call (928) 474-5242, extension 300, for an appointment.
Have you noticed how short the days are getting? Sunrise is around 6:35 a.m. and sunset is around 5:53 this time of year. Our earliest frost is usually around the 20th of October, but this year it made its appearance closer to the 7th. It is not too late to put in bulbs for spring blooming. Planting bulbs is such an act of faith! Into the cooling earth they go, to sleep beneath their frosty blanket for several months. The late February sun may entice them to send forth tentative shoots, but fickle February too often betrays them with another snow storm. Patiently, steadfastly they wait until true spring arrives to bring forth the fulfillment of faith, the eagerly awaited first blooms of a new season.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Oct. 20 is Birthday Thursday at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., honoring those with birthdays in October.
The menu for the day is pork roast, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll and beverage, plus birthday cake provided by the Payson Care Center.
There will be a program presented by Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing explaining their programs and services. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not required unless you plan to stay for lunch. Call (928) 474-4876 for information and reservations.
The Old Time Music Makers will play all your favorites from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24 in the Center Dining Room. Come just to listen or join in if you play an instrument.
At 11:15 a.m., Monday, Oct. 24, a representative from Walgreens Pharmacy will present Medicare information. The program is open to the public.
If you have tension or pain in the neck or shoulders, arms and legs, joints hips, or upper, mid and lower back, plan to attend a 45-minute presentation on easy, gentle self-care especially beneficial for seniors. The program, taught by Shiranda Deerwoman, begins at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Senior Center. For information, call (928) 970-6928.
There will be a Halloween party beginning at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 31 in the Senior Center Dining Room. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Don and Candy Brooks of Brooks Entertainment will present karaoke-type entertainment including old standards, country, duets and more. Stay for lunch and enjoy a meal of eyeballs, stewed worms, sautéed spiders and mud pie with eerie treats. Lunch reservations may be made by calling the above number at least 24 hours in advance.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a 25-cent sidewalk sale of clothing and miscellany through Saturday, Oct. 22. There also will be a parking lot sale of furniture. Inside the store, sales include half off the marked prices of all clothing, except boutique items, and half off on televisions and lamps. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday except Thursdays when it is open until 6 p.m.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store will have sleepwear, slippers and all merchandise in the linen room one-half off marked prices Oct. 19 through 22. Shoppers can choose Halloween costumes and dress like stars of the past from a selection of vintage coats — Bogart, Hepburn, Kennedy, Annie Hall and others.
The store is located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Upcoming events at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline include:
Member lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 with Scott Flake as guest speaker. His topic will be long-term care.
Learn about 2012 Medicare Annual Enrollment — Tips to Save Money from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26. How can Medicare beneficiaries save money and make better selections? In this educational seminar, Payson’s longtime health insurance broker, Tom Russell, reveals simple ways to navigate the maze of choices.
Free flu shots for members, 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 27.
Day trip to Queen Creek Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms, Thursday, Nov. 17. The fee is $80 per person and includes: luxury motor coach transportation round trip from Payson, returning around 5:30 p.m.; tour of the Olive Oil Mill; noon train ride followed by lunch (included in cost); guided hay ride tour.
Please call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 for more information about any of these events and to make a reservation.
Think about it ... old friends are the best antiques.