Seniors Invited To Share ‘Favorite Things'



Do you remember the songMy Favorite Things" from "Sound of Music?" I was reminded of it a few days ago, when I received an e-mail from an old school chum, with a list of things that are nice to think about.

Some of them were: falling in love, laughing so hard your face hurts, no lines at the supermarket,nteresting conversation, playing with a puppy,nd finding a $20 bill in the pocket of a coat you haven't worn since last season.

That got me thinking of things I would add to my own personal list: a good book, a letter from a friend, a real fire in a real fireplace, planting spring bulbs in the fall and seeing themloom in the spring, a spirited marching band, a child's hand in mine, the sound of waves lapping on a shore.

Don't all of them bring a smile to your face? I'm sure youave your own personal favoritehings that make you happy. Share your list with me and I'll include them in a future column.

Feeling a little shut in with all the rainy weather we're having?

March 9 is Cabin Fever Day. You'll love this one: March 22 is Goof Off Day.

Payson Senior Center

A representative from Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Services will be at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., to assist seniors with legal questions, from 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8.

The service is offered on a donation basis. Please sign up in advance at the Greeting Desk in the lobby.

Speaking of song, as we were above, if you enjoy singing, consider joining the Payson Singing Seniors. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Senior Center.

You need not be a professional singer, and there is no auditioning. March 22 isational Sing Out Day, so this is a goodime to raise your voice in song. Call (928) 474-3015 or (928) 474-9312 for information.

If wood carving is more to your taste, you can join the wood carving group that meets at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays in the center. Or, you can do aerobics, play cards, shoot pool, or attend the Bible study class. For times and dates, call the center at (928) 474-4876.

To observeardening, Nature and Ecology Month, which are also celebrated in March, all books on these subjects wille sold at 20 percent discount at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St.

Tuesday, March 15, Life Line Screening will be at the Senior Center to offer health screenings for stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis. There is a charge for the tests and advance registration is required. For information, call888) 312-5433.

Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens

The Outstanding Senior Citizens for Gila and Pinal Counties will be announced at the 30th Annual Pinal-Gila Senior Fair and Bazaar to be held at Central Arizona College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12.

The college is located at 8470 N. Overfield Road in Coolidge, Ariz. There will be handmade crafts, food booths, health information, guest speakers and entertainment. For information, call (800) 293-9393.

Pine-Strawberry SCAF and Thrift Store

Plans are under way for a fashion show to be held at 1 p.m. April 30 in the Ramada adjacent to the Pine Community Center on Highway 87 in downtown Pine.
Males and females of all sizes are needed to model clothing selected from the Thrift Store. All clothing items will be auctioned off after the show.

Light refreshments, such as cake, cookies and a beverage, will be available for $1. For more information, contact Becky at (928) 476-4633.

The Thrift Store will have a sale of selected merchandisearch 2 through 5. The store is open from 10 a.m. to4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

Newly elected board members who will serve Senior Circle are Sharlene Sadlier, secretary; Dick Reintjes, treasurer; Hal Heazeltine and Wayne Parent, officers at large.

Sherry Gray is busy setting up the new Circle Gift Shop in the Senior Circle buildingt 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Gray will be the gift shop coordinator and she is seeking volunteers to work in the shop. Shifts are available mornings and afternoons, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.onday through Saturday.

Volunteers will receive a free Senior Circle membership and special shoppers discount cards. The shop is expected to open in April.

Any woman, 25 and older, who is interested in joining the new "Healthy Women" programo be launched at the Women's Wellness Forum May 14 at the Payson High School Campus can call advisor Cory Houghton at (928)72-1275 for information or to register.

The program primarily addresses health issues of women between the ages of 25 and 54, but is open to women of any age.

For time, location and information about the Circle's March Member Luncheon Meeting, call (928) 472-9290. Cost for members is $3.50; $4 for non-members.

"Doc Talk" featuring Dr. Clinton Street, will be presented Monday, March 14.

There is no charge for Circle members, $1.50 for non-members. Call the above number for reservations.

Here's ahuckle forardeners out there, after all the rain we've had: What kind of publication should a gardener read?he Weeders Digest.

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