Don’T Toss Out The Pumpkin Scrapings

Halloween is just around the corner. If you are carving a jack-o-lantern, don’t waste the inside.

Halloween is just around the corner. If you are carving a jack-o-lantern, don’t waste the inside.

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The door of autumn, Gold on the one side, Silver on the other – Let us pass through softly.

— Irene Stanley

Halloween is just around the corner. If you are carving a jack-o-lantern, don’t waste the inside. Cut out the pumpkin meat, scraping away the seeds and pulp. Dice it into two-inch chunks and place it in a saucepan with water to cover. Boil (covered) until tender. Drain and season with butter or margarine, a teaspoon of sugar, a jigger of orange juice, a hint of nutmeg and serve as a side dish. Yummy!

The squirrels are busy harvesting pinecones and gathering acorns for the winter months — did you ever wonder if they remember where they bury them? It is said, given the choice between walnuts, peanuts and M&M candies, the squirrels will go for M&Ms every time. Just goes to show you how smart they really are!

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store 

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 Highway 87 in downtown Pine has Halloween costumes and decorations at low prices. Televisions, stoves, washers, dryers and exercise equipment are on sale at 50 percent off the marked prices through Oct. 20. Donations of gently used clothing, furniture and other items are welcomed. Pick-up of donations can be scheduled by calling (928) 476-4633 Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store 

Oct. 18 is the date of the monthly Birthday Bash at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Menu for the day includes chicken enchiladas, pinto beans, zucchini, Spanish rice, mixed fruit and, of course, birthday cake. Please make advance reservations if you plan to stay for lunch by calling (928) 474-4876.

Zumba Gold classes at the Center are cancelled until further notice.

The Old Time Music Makers will be playing old favorites at the Center from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 22 and 29. Come to listen or perhaps join in if you play an instrument.

Kathleen Kelly and Jim West present musical entertainment at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Center Dining Room. On Oct. 25, Edwin Peace performs gospel music at 11:15 a.m. Both events are free and open to all.

Dr. Terry Rousseau, full-time on-site physician at Payson Care Center, speaks on Brain Health at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30.  He will discuss the benefits of regular physical exercise as well as brain exercises and food and nutritional supplements that contribute to brain health. There is no cost to attend and registration can be made by calling (928) 951-2305.

Halloween will be celebrated at a “Spooktacular” beginning at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be music by Don and Candy Brooks, dancing, fun, food and a costume contest with prizes for the winners.

Rim Country Senior Circle 

From Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, 2012, members who recruit a new member to the Payson Chapter Senior Circle will have their name entered for a drawing for a Visa Gift Card. Three prizes will be awarded to members who recruit others: one for $100 and two $50 prizes, drawn randomly from among the entries. For information, call (928) 472-9290.

The Senior Circle Travel Series is planning a day trip Dec. 5 to Barleens Arizona Opry Traditional Christmas Show in Apache Junction. The tour includes luxury motor coach transportation, round trip from Payson, show ticket, lunch and all gratuities and taxes. The trip must be booked by Nov. 2. For more information, call the above phone number or AZ Trails Travel at 1-888-799-4284.

Think about it: One good thing about children is that they never pull out photos of their grandparents.

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