Welcome to December — this year the month has five Saturdays, five Sundays and five Mondays. This only happens once every 824 years, so make the most of it. According to Chinese legend, it is a month of good luck. Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve are the best-known December holidays, but there are others that you may not know about. How about today, which is Wear Brown Shoes Day? Or, on the 10th, you can observe the Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales; Ice Cream and Violins Day on the 13th; and my favorite, National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, Dec. 16. If you don’t get what you want for Christmas, you might be in the mood to partake in Whiner’s Day on the 26th. Be careful on New Year’s Eve though, it is Unlucky Day!
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
Doing your Christmas decorating? Check out the multitude of Christmas decorations at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Hwy. 87 in downtown Pine. While you are there, find a special outfit for yourself to wear over the holidays and unique gifts for your family and friends. There’s a large selection and the prices are great!
December is Book Month at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store. Shoppers can buy one book at half price and get two books free. That’s an easy and inexpensive way to stock up for winter reading — if winter ever comes!
The week of Dec. 5 through 8, men’s suits and blazers are on sale for 50 percent off the marked prices. From Dec. 15 to 22, ladies’ lightweight coats will be on sale for half price. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For information, call (928) 476-4633.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Legal assistance provided by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Center, 514 W. Main St. Advance appointments can be made in the Center Lobby.
Edwin Peace will present a program of gospel music beginning at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Center Dining Room.
The chamber of commerce mixer will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the Center Dining Room. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas.
The Rim Country Classic Auto Club is collecting items for needy and homebound seniors in the area. Donations of toiletries, blankets, socks, gloves and similar items are appreciated and can be dropped off in the Center Lobby.
Care Pro is holding a five-week workshop on Friday afternoons between Dec. 7 and Feb. 1 at the Senior Center to explain Alzheimer’s disease and its impact. The program is to help caregivers manage their frustration, stress and ways to take better care of themselves while teaching communication with their loved ones and patients. This is a free workshop but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call (602) 528-0545 or (800) 272-3900.
There will be no Zumba Gold Dec. 26 and no Retrofit or Sit and Fit Dec. 27. Pick up a full schedule of December events in the Center Lobby between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
Nancy Bessler is Volunteer of the Month for December at the Center.
If you haven’t purchased your Christmas cards yet, Payson Community Kids has a specially designed set of 12 cards for sale. The front of the card has a picture of all the kids in their cute Christmas hats. Inside there is a hand-drawn picture that includes Christmas themed characters and the kids’ favorite things about Christmas. To place an order, call (928) 978-3256.
Think about it: There are two kinds of gratitude — the sudden kind we feel for what we take and the larger kind we feel for what we give.