Plenty To Celebrate In February

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Just in case you thought that after Valentine's and Presidents days there is nothing left to celebrate this month, here's a reminder that Feb. 22 is Be Humble Day, Feb 23 is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, Feb. 26 is National Pistachio Day and Public Sleeping Day is on Feb. 28 -- whatever that means.

Pistachios are native to the Middle East and have been carbon dated back to 6760 B.C. They are mentioned in the Old Testament and are believed to have been grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. They are from the same family as mangos and cashews, as well as sumac and poison oak.

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To date, the Library Friends of Payson have donated $18,612 to the library for books and services.

Most pistachios in this country are grown in California, but they are also grown commercially in Arizona, primarily in the high desert near Cochise, about 70 miles east of Tucson.

Pistachios are a powerhouse of nutrients -- rich in iron and potassium along with B-6, thiamin, copper, phosphorus and magnesium. They are cholesterol free, low in saturated fats, 20 percent protein and have the dietary fiber of an apple or orange. And, besides, they taste good.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Majestic Rim Apartments, the new senior housing development being built on Tyler Parkway, is hosting an open house at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. A program will be presented about the facility and lunch will be served. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 474-4876.

Mayoral candidate Jon Barber will speak at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 in the Center Dining Room. On Feb. 24, mayoral candidate Bob Edwards will address seniors at 11:30 a.m. in the Center Dining Room.

Mardi Gras will be celebrated before lunch on Tuesday Feb. 28 in the dining room. The Senior Dancers will perform and guests will be given Mardi Gras beads. A special pre-Lent lunch of ham loaf, sweet potatoes, asparagus, pineapple, dinner roll and beverage will be served. Please make reservations no later than 24 hours in advance.

If you and/or your spouse are raising grandchildren, mark your calendar for March 9. There will be a meeting of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Center. This is a support group formed to share information and resources. There is no charge for admission.

Ray Ruetz has been named Volunteer of the Month for the Senior Center. A relatively new volunteer, Ray is a dedicated "runner" (one who delivers meals to the homebound) for the Center's Meals on Wheels program.

Finy Staalberg is Volunteer of the Month at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. Finy now sorts and displays children's clothing, but throughout her many years of service, has worked in virtually every position in the store.

Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens

The 31st Annual Pinal-Gila Senior Fair and Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday March 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Arizona College in Coolidge.

Tables are still available for crafts made by seniors 50 years of age and older.

Featured at the fair will be handmade crafts, baked goods, entertainment, health and safety information, programs and guest speakers discussing topics of interest to seniors.

The Senior of the Year Award will be presented.

For information, call PGCSG at (800) 293-9393.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

The Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 24 at the Circle Building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. There is no charge for attendance. For information, call (928) 472-9290.

A number of new activities are planned beginning in March. Call the Circle at the number above, or stop by the office for a schedule.

Library Friends of Payson

Library Friends of Payson Bookstore co-manager Mary Lou Lopez-Miller announced that donated used textbooks, hardcover nonfiction and reference materials are being offered free of charge to any teacher in the Payson Unified School District.

Teachers are asked to provide proof of occupational status when requesting books.

For information, contact LFOP at P.O. Box 13, Payson, AZ 85547 or via e-mail at library_friends@hotmail.com.

During the fiscal year to date, the Library Friends have donated $18,612 to the library for books and services.

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