February was a flirtatious month and April will be downright delightful, but March is like a willful child, capricious and unpredictable. March is perfectly capable of charming us with spring sunshine one day then throwing a tantrum, complete with a full-scale blizzard, the next.
This year, we'd probably prefer the blizzard, wouldn't we? Our oft-promised rain continues to evade us while the Pacific Northwest is awash in it.
My friend Lois from Oregon wrote recently that they have had rain 54 out of 55 days.
Beyond the weather, March is noted for having some bizarre holidays. Try these: Be Nasty Day on March 8 followed by Panic Day on March 9. Here's a guy thing -- March 11 is Worship of Tools Day. March 15 is time to observe Everything You Think is Wrong Day.
Remember those radio shows of yesteryear like Fibber McGee and Molly, The Shadow, Jack Benny Show, Little Theater off Times Square? You can relive those days Monday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m. by tuning to KCMA -- LP at 98.5 FM. And if the big band sound is your thing, tune in an hour earlier to hear music of Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, the Andrews Sisters and others.
The Senior Circle honored outstanding volunteers at their recent volunteer banquet. Volunteer of the Year award went to Ruth Hardister, who was also recognized as Most Caring and Outstanding Ambassador. Sue Beckwith was given the Top Customer Service Award. Gift Shop Service went to Judi Harman and Rosalind Schuerer. Volunteers with the most hours of service were Sue Beckwith, Carolyn Scott and Pat Rollinson. Receiving Five-year pins were Ruth Hardister, Dick Reintjes, Pat Rollinson, Carolyn Scott, Rosalind Schuerer and Mary Spencer.
Volunteers are needed for a number of positions. Call volunteer coordinator Kathy Coombes at (928) 472-9290 weekdays.
A Game Night, co-sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Senior Circle, will held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 16 at the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline. Thereafter, it will be held the third Thursday of each month. A variety of games will be available and popcorn will be served. There is no charge to attend.
Life Care Packets containing information about Durable Power of Attorney, Living Wills and other information defining your wishes should a health-care crisis occur are available free of charge at the Circle office.
The Senior Circle Monthly Member Luncheon is scheduled for Monday, March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a guest speaker. Cost is $3.50 for Circle members; $4.00 for non-members. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot.
Payson Senior Center
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 9 at the Center, 514 W. Main St.
Adelphia from the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will offer legal assistance for seniors March 14 at the Center. Advance registration is required and may be made at the sign-up desk in the Center lobby. This service is offered on a donation basis.
A visiting nurse from the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be at the Center from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 14 to test blood pressure and blood sugar. No appointment is necessary for this free service.
March 15 is the date of the monthly birthday celebration at noon in the dining room. Seniors with birthdays in March may put their names in the Birthday Barrel to be eligible for a gift drawing.
The Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 16.
A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Activities Committee is planned from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 25 in the Center Dining Room. This event is open to the entire community.
The Senior Center offers van service from your home to locations in Payson between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost of a round trip to one destination is $4. Wheelchair access is available. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.
For information about these and other events, call (928) 474-4876, or stop by the Center to pick up a March menu and activities schedule.
Library Friends of Payson
Wilma Dalby was awarded the Nan Pyle Award at the February meeting of Library Friends of Payson. This is LFOP's highest honor, presented to one person each year who has given outstanding service to the organization. Her name will be etched on the Special Service Award plaque in the Library's entrance hall, alongside previous winners. Longtime Library supporters Martha and Elmer Searle also were honored with a Special Recognition Award for decades of service.