April So Lyrical, No Wonder It's Poetry Month



April is a landscape painted from a pastel palette. After the (little seen, this year) whites of winter and drab browns and grays of dried vegetation, April tiptoes in and coaxes the flowering plums into rosy hue. She brushes the willows with new green so soft and delicate it looks like lace. Daffodils are lured from their slumber to burst into sunshiny bloom. April's sky is a sweet gentle blue, not yet blazing with the heat of summer.

It's hard not to be lyrical about April. No wonder it is the Poetry Month.


With the calendars changed to April, flowerpots and gardens are filling with blooms.

The full moon is April 13, the same day as Passover. Easter follows on April 16. But, you don't need a holiday to enjoy April. Any day will do.

Phony e-mail warning

From the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens comes the following warning:

Phony e-mails, which look like a 1099 form or say the taxpayer is eligible for a refund and appear to come from the Internal Revenue Service, are actually a scam to obtain personal financial information.

The IRS will not contact taxpayers by e-mail.

Also beware of e-mails that appear to be from your bank, a credit card company or government agency requesting confidential information such as account numbers, passwords or Social Security numbers. If you want to confirm whether the IRS is asking for information, contact the agency by phone before giving out confidential data. Arizona taxpayers can call Live Telephone Assistance at 1 (800) 829-1040.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

There's still time to sign up for the Senior Circle Health Fair to be held Thursday, April 20. Cholesterol, HgAlc and PSA testing will be done for persons who have not had tests in the past six months. For information or to register, call (928) 472-9290.

The Auxiliary Tea originally scheduled for April 26 has been canceled. Watch for rescheduling.

The knitting and crocheting group meets from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. New members are always welcome.

The AARP will give a presentation on Medicare Part D at 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Circle. No reservations are necessary.

Payson Senior Center

Legal assistance for seniors is available beginning at 10 a.m. April 11. This service is provided on a donation basis through Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens. Advance registration is required and may be made at the Center's greeting desk.There will be a spaghetti dinner to benefit Payson Community Kids and the Senior Center from 4 to 7 p.m. April 18 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

The birthday celebration for seniors with April birthdays is Wednesday, April 19. Menu for the day includes stuffed pork loin, sweet potatoes, spinach, dinner roll and beverage, and, of course, birthday cake. Advance reservations are requested.

There will be an update on Medicare changes presented by Judy Cooley of Rick Renzi's office at 11 a.m. April 27.

The Senior Center will be closed April 14 for Good Friday. The Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Senior Center will be open Saturday, April 29, during the Classic Car Show.

Looking to spruce up your wardrobe without doing serious damage to the budget? Check out the spring and summer fashions now being shown at the Thrift Store. There's a large selection to choose from and prices are very affordable. New merchandise is put out daily.

An after thought: "Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due."

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