It’s time to put out our cigarettes, set down our vodka and wine glasses, turn our backs to the jelly rolls and do something a whole lot healthier this weekend.
A good start would be to head on over to this Saturday’s Community Health & Care Fair, sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center and others. The free-admittance fair runs from 8 a.m. to noon in the Julia Randall Elementary School gym.
As in the past, the gym will be filled with medical-related businesses and organization booths that will be providing information and conducting screenings and testing. Flu and pneumonia immunizations will also be available. For those who enjoy dance exercise, one-half hour Zumba classes will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
“There are also some new and exciting things that will be happening at this year’s fair,” said Sanja Long, executive director of the Mogollon Health Alliance.
“Payson Care Center is doing balance assessment. Falling is a huge problem for the seniors in our community and creates a lot of health problems with the injuries sustained in a fall.
“The Payson Police Department will also be on hand this year with information about their Guardian Angel program, which is a program that allows those living alone to be checked on daily at no cost.
“Also, Donna Moore, PE teacher at Julia Randall Elementary, and Judy Perham, PE teacher at Payson Elementary, will be there with their fun and energetic Dance Dance Revolution.
“Starting and finishing right in front of the school, the Girls on the Run will have their first ever 5K walk/run in Payson.
“And this year there will be Affordable Health (Obama) Care classes at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to educate the community on how the health care law changes may affect each of us.”
This year’s health fair promises to be better than ever. And if you happen to be walking at Green Valley Park, as so many of you regularly do, this Saturday morning, be sure to walk on over to the fair. For sure, don’t just walk on by!
This week’s question
Can you name the adult contemporary singer whose 1964 Top-10 hit “Walk On By” earned induction into both the Grammy and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame?
She sang in her church choir from age 6, is a cousin of Whitney Houston, was Burt Bacharach’s main “voice” for the songs he composed and co-hosted TV’s “Solid Gold” in the early 1980s.
Some of her other top songs were “Alfie,” “I Say A Little Prayer” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose.”
Is this “Walk On By” singer A) Mahalia Jackson; B) Roberta Flack; C) Dionne Warwick; or D) Labelle?
If you’re the fourth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win this artist’s greatest hits CD. Good luck!
Last week’s question
Last week’s question asked if you could name the 1960s-70s soft-rock band from Jacksonville, Fla. that recorded the early 1968 hit “Spooky,” which became an instant success, spending 15 weeks on the Billboard chart and peaking at No. 3.
The band, featuring David Yost on vocals, went on to chart 13 more hits in the late 1960s-early 1970s, including two that reached the Top 5, “Stormy” (1968) and “Traces” (1969).
The choices were A) The Silhouettes; B) The Classics IV; C) The Commodores; and D) Def Leppard?
The correct answer was The Classics IV.
The one-hit wonder R&B group, The Silhouettes, scored a No. 1 hit with their release in 1958, “Get A Job.” The Commodores, with Lionel Richie as the lead vocal, recorded from the early 1970s through the late 1980s and earned No. 1 hits with their 1978 song “Three Times A Lady” and 1979 hit “Still.” The British hard-rock group, Def Leppard, was popular on the airwaves from 1983-1996 and had two Top-5 songs to their credit with their 1988 hits, “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Love Bites.”
A final note
Payson Community Kids (PCK) is wrapping up its Chair-ish Payson’s Kids Fun Furniture Fund-raiser this weekend. More than 50 local artists have created one-of-a-kind furniture art that has been on display in area businesses and organizations for the past month.
Saturday morning all of the hand-crafted and beautifully decorated furniture will be on display at Chili’s Restaurant. From 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. final silent auction bids will be taken. There will also be $5 raffle tickets available for a chance to win a special fund-raising chair lovingly decorated by the children of PCK.
Suzy Tubbs, PCK program director, said, “The almost 100 percent-proceeds silent auction and raffle will benefit our 60 children that we serve in our twice-weekly after-school program. We are always so grateful for the continued support we receive from our community.”
For more information about this Payson Community Kids’ fund-raiser or how to become a program volunteer, please call Suzy at 978-3256. (I’m a volunteer and just love it.)
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482, Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com