Do you have a GPS (Global Positioning System) in your vehicle? Recently we went with our daughter and son-in-law to visit family in Southern California, accompanied by Beatrice, their GPS, who never missed a turn in the nearly 800-mile round trip. It is amazing what this technology can do — and a little intimidating as well. No more road maps; no more trying to find your way around a detour. No more figuring out the answer to the kids when they ask “How many more miles?” And you don’t even have to implore the driver to “stop and ask for directions.”
Everyone I know who has a GPS has named it, usually girls’ names such as Isabel, Mary Lou or Annie. One person named his Sally Forth. My favorite though, belongs to our friends Bonnie and John. Their guiding voice is named Gypsy.
If you have a GPS, but are not familiar with its many applications, Payson Parks and Recreation is offering a class from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Payson Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park. There is a $15 fee. For information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
We don’t have a GPS and probably won’t get one as the farthest we usually go is to the doctor, the dentist, the grocery store and Senior Center — and we still can remember how to get to those places. Or maybe the car is just accustomed to finding the way on its own.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store on Highway 87 in downtown Pine is having a half-price sale on purses and luggage Aug. 22 through Aug. 26. There will also be a bag sale on clothing Thursday and Friday only; fill a bag for $2. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
There will be a half-price sale on all books the week of Sept. 5 through 8. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
For pickup of donations, call (928) 476-4633 during business hours.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Senior Center at 514 W. Main St. has a new food service manager. Trudy Aronson comes to the Center with expert culinary experience. She started her working life as a machinist in the aerospace industry, but decided to follow a different path. She returned to her first passion and love — cooking. Trudy has co-owned and managed restaurants and was a food service specialist at multiple care centers. She spent the last 10 years honing her craft in New Mexico. Originally from Colorado, she relocated to Payson in June 2012 to be closer to family.
The Center serves lunch at noon each weekday except holidays. Advance reservations are required and may be made by stopping in the Center lobby between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or by calling (928) 474-4876. A $4 donation is suggested, no tax or tip added. Monthly menus may be picked up at the Center. For the homebound, Meals on Wheels are available.
In observance of Payson’s Rodeo Week, on Friday, Aug. 17, the Senior Center held its annual Rodeo Party from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bob and Helen Hughes served as DJs and provided a wide variety of tunes from boot-scootin’ to waltz.
Party favor bags with all kinds of goodies were supplied by the Payson Care Center for all cowboys and cowgirls in attendance.
Partygoers were also automatically placed into a door prize drawing. Door prizes were donated by Payson Care Center, MissFitz 260 Café, Macky’s Grill and Antler Adventures. After enjoying a barbecued brisket feast, lunch was topped off with an old-fashioned ice cream social.
Think about it: Going out is good, coming home is better.