It has been said that to stay young at heart one should keep open to new thoughts and experiences and never quit learning. Len and I had a good example of that recently when we attended a Native Flute presentation at Tom Russell’s Health Insurance Office. Tom has been our health insurance agent and friend ever since we moved to Payson many years ago. When we saw the announcement of a Native American Flute Circle in The Roundup, we decided to attend. Our first surprise was that there were so many people there. Second was Tom’s announcement that he has been taking lessons on the flute for about a year. “The Native American Flute is one of the easiest instruments to learn to play and one of the most beautiful,” Tom says. He credits it not only with providing personal satisfaction but also with lowering his blood pressure, soothing his mind and improving his health.
Before the program, we didn’t know anything about Native American Flute music, except that it has spiritual significance to Native Americans. Besides listening to beautiful music played by a number of people, we heard a brief history of the instrument as well as a demonstration of its versatility and playing features by Betty Acker, well-known local flute teacher and performer. Also present were three flute makers who spoke on and illustrated the craft of flute making, which truly is a work of art.
If you want to find something new (to us) to experience, the group meets at 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at Tom’s office, 620 E. Highway 260, Suite D-3, behind Fargo’s Steakhouse. The program is free and no reservations are required. For more information, call Tom at (928) 474-1233.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
April 18 is the monthly birthday celebration at the Center, 514 W. Main St., for those whose birthdays are this month. The menu for lunch is chicken enchiladas, corn and black bean salad, Spanish rice, pineapple tidbits and birthday cake. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876.
Rebecca Jennings and Donna Card of the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will speak on options available to seniors who are affected by termination of their Medigap coverage at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 18 in the Senior Center Dining Room. The presentation is open to the public. For information, call 1-800-293-9393.
Akeelah and the Bee is the free movie to be shown at 9:15 a.m., Friday, April 19 in the Center Dining Room. Light refreshments will be served.
The Old Time Music Makers will be playing a variety of music beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, April 22 and 29. Join in if you play an instrument or just come to enjoy the music.
Anything Goes will perform live music at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 23.
May 1 is May Basket Day at the Center to welcome the fifth month of the year. Stop in and enjoy the spring flowers.
Rim Country Senior Circle
Many local businesses offer discounts to Senior Circle members. You can get a complete list by stopping in the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway weekdays. For information, call (928)-472-9290.
A series of six consecutive grief support seminars will be held from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. starting today, April 16 and each Tuesday thereafter through May 21. Bereavement Coordinator Janine Affeldt will present the programs. The seminars are held at Hospice Compassus, 511 S. Mud Springs Rd. Call (928) 472-6340 for information or to register.
More at Senior Circle
Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. - Lunch and Learn about hypertension with Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton. Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. Dumbolton will discuss what causes it, how can it be successfully treated and the risks if left untreated.
Tuesday, April 30 – Senior Circle Health Fair – This members only event includes a fasting blood draw checking cholesterol and glucose, vitals, peripheral vascular screening, eye chart, juice bar. Appointments are required.
Please call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot at the Lunch and Learn and health fair
Senior Circle travel plans
The Senior Circle is working to arrange several trips in the coming months.
The first will be June 23 through June 27, Sierra Nevada Journey.
Participants will fly from Phoenix to Sacramento, travel by train to Reno through Donner Pass, visit Lake Tahoe, historic Virginia City, Elko and then to Salt Lake City, from where they will fly home. The cost is $875 per person, double occupancy; or $1,025 per person, single occupancy.
Ireland is the destination Sept. 1 through Sept. 10. The cost is $2,099 double occupancy; $2,499 single; $2,069 triple – this does not include airfare.
October 8-11 there will be a trip to the Albuequerque Balloon Fiesta. The cost is $775 per person, double occupancy, or $975 single occupancy.
Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 for contact information, registration deadlines, etc.
Relay for Life
The annual Relay for Life, to fight cancer, will be held from noon to midnight Saturday, June 1 at the Payson High School track. If you would like to volunteer by becoming a committee member, there will be an organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24. If you want to form a team, a team captain meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. the same date. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 to learn more about the event.
Think about it: To live longer, you must laugh more.