Birds, Longer Days First Signs Of Spring

SENIOR MOMENTS

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They're not blatantly obvious, but signs of spring are appearing in Rim Country -- a huge flock of robins on the west side of town, a male bluebird flying above McLane Road, a roadrunner dashing across our front yard and the tips of bare willow branches turning gold. Q, our resident feline, is starting to shed her thick winter coat. The slant and warmth of the sun is a sign of spring, and isn't it nice to have it daylight by 7 a.m.? Last, but not least, legs are emerging from shorts on some hardy souls, even when the temperature is still flirting with the 50s.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Appointments are now being taken for the next legal assistance day on Tuesday, March 13. This service is provided to seniors by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens Area Agency of Aging (PGCSC). Adelphia from PGCSC will be at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., to assist with legal questions and problems at 10:30 a.m. The service is provided on a donation basis.

The next Breakfast on Main Street is scheduled from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Senior Center Dining Room. Cost of the meal is $3.50 for a meal of orange juice, scrambled eggs, bacon, plain or blueberry pancakes and beverage. Reservations are not needed and the breakfast is open to the public.

Aerobics and line dancing classes are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Center. There is a different program with four new dances each month starting at 8:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month. March's program will begin on Thursday, March 1. This is the best time for beginners to start, so they don't miss any of the dances being taught. To learn more or to register, call (928) 474-4876 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will start its March sale Thursday, March 1. Men and women's orange-tagged clothing will be 25 cents a garment, blue tags will be 75 percent off and garments with yellow tags will be 50 percent off.

The Thrift Store is accepting donations of good quality, sellable clothing and household items. Large appliances, paint, chemicals, broken furniture and nonworking appliances are not accepted. Call (928) 474-3205 for a complete list of what is or is not accepted. Receipts will be given to donors for tax purposes upon request.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

Betty Pontious, RN, of Pampered Feet, will be available Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Senior Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway, to give half-hour foot treatments, which include a pedicure. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Circle office at (928) 472-9290. Cost of the treatment is $20.

The Senior Circle Line Dancing group will meet at the Circle Building at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Call the above phone number for information.

A partnership has been formed between the American Cancer Society and Payson Senior Circle to serve cancer patients in Payson. The Circle now has available a large selection of free quality wigs, scarves, hats and turbans provided by the ACS. These items are available in the Circle's medical supply closet. Other medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and bedside commodes can be also loaned to those in need. Stop in the Circle office or call (928) 472-9290 or (800) ACS-2345 for information.

Tune in to KCMA, 98.5 FM, for "A Look at Children's Health Issues" with pediatrician Andrew Haug at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The program is aired the last Thursday of each month.

Think about it

A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of things.

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