Does anyone remember playing Cat’s Cradle or Hangman or Tic Tac Toe? These were the simple games of our childhoods that needed only a piece of string or pencil and scraps of paper — no expensive video or computer games or iPad required, and we amused ourselves for hours. If we dared say we were bored “because there’s nothing to do” we were given household or yard chores to keep us busy. A new pair of shoes were either sneakers or saddle shoes, neither of which had to be designer names costing hundreds of dollars, and we wore them until they wore out or we grew out of them.
On another subject, I am far from being a fashion expert, but I have just about had my fill of television anchorwomen and hostesses dressed in black and white clothing. It seems to have become a uniform these days. And, another trend I dislike is the newest fashion accessory of wide belts with huge buckles, worn just below the bust line. No matter how slim and trim the wearer, it makes women look like overstuffed mattresses tied in the middle.
October is Fire Safety Month — if your smoke alarms are older than 10 years, they may need replacing. It is also time to check the batteries in your home’s alarms. For those of us who no longer are comfortable climbing ladders, the fire department will come to your home and change them for you. Call (928) 474-5242, extension 300 for an appointment. Have new batteries on hand.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Longtime member and volunteer at the Center, Rosalind Schuerer has been named Volunteer of the Month for October.
The Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., offers two exercise classes, Retrofit and Sit and Fit, for all levels of fitness. The classes are offered mornings on various week days, for information, call (928) 474-4876, or stop in the Center lobby to pick up a printed monthly schedule.
The Alzheimer’s Support Group for family members and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Center dining room Oct. 3 and 17. Reservations are not required.
“Shrek” is the movie to be shown at 9:15 a.m., Friday, Oct. 5 at the Center. On Oct. 12 the selected movie will be “The Addams Family,” a good pre-Halloween choice. There is no charge to attend and complementary warm muffins and beverage will be served.
Legal assistance for seniors will be available beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Center. Advance appointments are required and may be made in the Center lobby or by calling the above phone number. This service is offered through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens. Seniors may also contact them for questions on aging issues by calling 1-800-293-9393.
At 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, Medicare specialist Donna will discuss Medicare Benefit Information at the Center. There will be open Medicare enrollment on Friday, Oct. 19. Call the Center for further information.
Kathleen Kelly and Jim West will present musical entertainment at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Center. There is no charge to attend. Please make advance reservations if you intend to stay for lunch. Menu for the day is pork chops deluxe, casserole with rice, zucchini, applesauce, oatmeal cookie and beverage for a nominal donation, no tax or tip.
Country and Western Dance Lessons are again being offered from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings in the Center dining room. Contact Bob or Helen Hughes at (928) 468-6247 for details.
A Halloween Party is being planned for Oct. 31 in the Center dining room. It is not too early to start thinking about your costume. Check out the Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. for ideas.
Library Friends of Payson
New officers and board members were elected to the Library Friends Board at the Sept. 17 LFOP meeting. Those who will serve are Linda Lanctot, president; Conrad Okerwall, vice president; Kathy Morgan, recording secretary; John Wilson, treasurer, financial secretary; Patty Johnson, Jeanne Schoonover and Karen Thornton, bookstore. Membership is always open in Friends of the Library. For information, call (928) 474-9260.
Think about it: We grow old not so much by living, but by losing interest in living.