Senior Center Welcomes New Cook

Todd Youtz is the new cook at the Payson Senior Center.

Todd Youtz is the new cook at the Payson Senior Center.


A warm welcome to Todd Youtz, new cook at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Todd has been in the cooking field since 1983 and has worked in numerous restaurants around Arizona including the Forest Lakes Steakhouse, Red Elephant Bakery, and the Overgaard Country Club Dining Room, as well as several Valley restaurants. He attended the Scottsdale Culinary Arts School and is currently pursuing an online culinary degree.

“I can cook almost everything but I like ethnic foods best, especially Chinese and Mediterranean,” he says. One of the diners’ favorite meals he has served so far is chicken parmesan for which he makes his own homemade batter.

Todd’s parents and other close family are also Payson residents. His long range goals upon completing his degree are to go into holistic nutrition. “It’s not practicing medicine, but helps people to feel better through nutrition,” he explains.

“We can jazz up our (Senior Center) menu so we can do food as good, or better, than a lot of restaurants,” he states.

Meals are served in the Center Dining Room at noon weekdays. Suggested donation for those 50 and older is $4; for those younger, $5. There is no tax or tip, but 24-hour advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (928) 474-4876 or stopping in the Center Lobby. Meals on Wheels also are available for the homebound by calling the above number.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

I Ching meditation classes are held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays at the Senior Center. I Ching is described as the inner pathway to health, happiness and self knowledge. The classes are led by Kim Young, who has taught I Ching since 2000, with students in private practice and at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Tucson. She received her training and certification from the I Ching Institute in Stow, Mass. For more information, e-mail her at

Gentle yoga classes are offered at 9:30 a.m. and basic yoga at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Center. Call (928) 474-4876 to learn more about the classes.

If you enjoy Wii Sports Games, set aside Thursday, Aug. 1 to take part in Wii Sports Games competition at the Center. Call the above number for times.


The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is holding a free household hazardous Waste Recycling Event from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 27 at the Payson Event Center (across the Beeline Highway from the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino). Paints, solvents, motor oil, pesticides, fluorescent lights and similar items will be accepted. For a complete list of what will or won’t be recycled, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 371 or (928) 337-3565.


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