It's impossible not to like May --uch a sweet, amiable month. Plenty of sunshine and gentle breezes -- temperature still not reaching the heat of summer -- seldom a violent storm.
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month -- if you haven't already sampled Pacific Rim cuisine, now is the time to try it. May is also Better Hearing and Speech, Better Sleep, Teacher Appreciation, and Older Americans Month.
And just in case you care, May is also Fungal Infection Month.
A word of advice to all cell phone owners -- cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketing companies in the near future, which means that users can receive unsolicited sales calls for which they will be charged. To prevent receiving these calls,all (from your cell phone) (888) 382-1222, or register on the Internet at www.donotcall.gov to block unsolicited cell phone telemarketing calls. The block will remain active for five years.
Payson Senior Center
Legal help for seniors is available May 10 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Advance sign-up may be done at the Greeting Desk. Appointments begin at 10 a.m. There is no charge but donations are accepted.
Computer classes are held at 10 a.m. Mondays upstairs of the dining room. Instructor Paul Andrews is accepting advance reservations for the August class at the dispatch desk.
There will be a dance in the Senior Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Trouble in Paradise will provide the music. Cost is $3 for singles; $5 for couples.
Betty Pontious, registered nurse, is available to give pedicures to seniors by appointment, either at the Senior Center or in your own home. Cost is $20 for a half-hour treatment if given at the Center, or $25 at home. To schedule an appointment, call (928) 595-0183.
The birthday celebration for those born in May is Wednesday, May 18. That is also the date for a 12:30 p.m. seminar on Social Security changes that affect seniors, which will be held in the dining room.
There will be no choir practice until August.
There's still time to purchase a ticket for the giant gift basket being raffled off at the Center. Tickets are $1 each orix tickets for $5.00. The drawing will be held at noon tomorrow, May 4.
Volunteers are needed for Meals on Wheels and also in the Thrift Store.
The thrift store, now known as Changing Hands, will have a grand re-opening Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store has recentlyndergone extensive remodeling and refurbishing. All proceeds from sales still benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.ome in and see the changes, check out the great prices on merchandise, enjoy light refreshments, anderhaps win door prize.
Pine/Strawberry Senior Center
There will be a community pot luck dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday,ay 21t the Community Building on Highway 87 in downtown Pine. This event is open to all ages. Call Catherine at (928) 476-4212 for details.
The Pine Thrift Store offers weekly sales on selectederchandise. The store is open Wednesday through Saturday.
Payson Senior Circle
A day-longomen's Wellness Forum will be held at the Payson High School Campus May 14. Numerous seminars on a wide range of women's health issues will be offered. Dr. Suzanne Metzger will be keynote speaker. Metzger is a member of the National Speaker's Association and is listed in Two Thousand Notable American Women. For registration information, call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.
Volunteers are needed for the Senior Circle Office/reception, hospital and homebound ambassadors, newsletter preparation, scrapbooking and The Cottage Gift Shop. Shifts are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
"Doc Talk", a presentation by Dr. Clinton Street, will be held Monday, May 9. There is no charge for Senior Center members; non-members pay $1.50. For information or reservations, call (928) 472-9290.
The Senior Circle Monthly Member Luncheon Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Cost is $3.50 for members, $4 for non-members. Call (928) 472-9290 for reservations.
Senior Center Menu
The Payson Senior Center serves a hot lunch every weekday at noon in the dining room at 514 W. Main St. No membership is required. Cost of the meal is $3 for members, $4.50 for non-members and those younger than 60. Meals also can be delivered to homebound individuals.
Reservations must be made one day in advance. For reservations, call (928) 474-4876.
The menu for May is as follows:
May 2: Hamburger, waffle fries, broccoli salad, pie, V-8 juice
May 3: Sweet and sour chicken breast, stir fry veggies, egg roll, yogurt, rice, orange juice
May 4: Chicken fried steak, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, ambrosia, roll
May 5: Beef stew in bowl, cottage cheese, tomato, fresh fruit, roll
May 6: Chicken tenders, chive potatoes, salad, cranberry jello, bread sticks
May 9: Chicken dumplings, broccoli/cheese, stewed tomatoes, pudding, biscuits
May 10: Steak and onions, potato wedges, Japanese veggies, melon, roll
May 11: Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, green beans, cake, orange juice
May 12: Pork stir fry, stir fry veggies, egg roll, fruit mix, V8 juice
May 13: Mac/cheese, sausage, roll, asparagus, cherry cobbler
May 16: Pork roast, spinach, sweet potato casserole, baked apple, rosemary roll
May 17: Baked chicken, salad, scalloped veggies, pineapple, cheese biscuit
May 18: Meatloaf, cheese cauliflower, garden salad, cake, roll
May 19: Lasagna, Italian green beans, apricots, garlic bread
May 20: Baked Cod, twice baked potatoes, lima beans, fruit jello, roll
May 23: Pot roast, boiled veggies, peaches, roll
May 24: Chicken Parmesan and spaghetti, basil veggies, melon, garlic bread
May 25: Ham steak, scalloped potatoes, mixed veggies, cake, roll
May 26: Stuffed peppers, salad, succotash, pudding, bread sticks
May 27: Honey chicken wings, Parmesan potatoes, stir fry veggies, fruit, rolls
May 30: Closed for Memorial Day
May 31: Sliced beef, mashed potatoes, broccoli, ambrosia, roll