March Is Not Winter, Not Yet Spring



March is a month with attitude. There's a chip on March's shoulder, perhaps because it has no real identity. March is no longer true winter, nor is it yet spring. There are no major holidays in its rein, unless you count St. Patrick's Day, which is grand but certainly no Christmas or Fourth of July.

March's entire 31 days encompass Lent.

Even the month's claims to fame are negative. Consider this: March 5 is Multiple Personalities Day. March 8 is Be Nasty Day. March 9 is Panic Day and March 15 is Everything You Think Is Wrong Day. It doesn't get much better, either, on March 18, which is Supreme Sacrifice Day, or on March 22 -- National Goof-Off Day.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

Congratulations to Senior Circle volunteers honored recently at the annual Volunteer Award Banquet. Sue Beckwith was named Volunteer of the Year; Amy Petersen, Committed to Caring; Marge Roche, Top Recruiter; Christel Algner, Customer Service; Francis Lola, Education Award and Darrel Elston, Special Achievement.

The National Senior Circle annual photo contest is now accepting entries for the 2007 competition. There are four categories -- landscape and garden, animals, people and cityscape. Photos must have been taken by the submitting Senior Circle member in 2006 or 2007. Only one entry per category per member -- black and white or color photos only and entries must be postmarked by April 2. Complete rules are available in the current newsletter available at the Senior Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

The March member/new member luncheon meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 19, at the Activity Center. Guest speaker will be Cathy Penrod from Chase Bank. Cost for members is $3.50; $4 for non-members. Call (928) 472-9290 for reservations.

Dessert with the Director will be held Wednesday, March 7, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Derron DeRouin, Director of Quality Management Regulatory Compliance at Payson Regional Medical Center, will be guest speaker. Complimentary dessert will be served.

Knitting and crocheting classes meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays in the Circle Activity Center. Call the above telephone number for information.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Tuesday, March 13, is the next Legal Assistance Day at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. This service is provided through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens. Advance appointments are needed and can be made by calling (928) 474-4876 or signing in at the reception desk in the Center at 514 W. Main St.

There will be a pancake breakfast at the Center from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24. This event is open to the public and no reservations are needed.

Because of prospective work to be done at the Center, some meetings and events may be rescheduled. Call the above telephone number to confirm dates for Age Alertness, Grandparents Support and Alzheimer's Support Group meetings.

Paul Andrews has been named Volunteer of the Month at the Center. Paul teaches the Center's computer classes and offers technical support.

The March sale is under way at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. Sale prices are from 25 cents per garment, up to 75 percent off marked prices on blue- and yellow-tagged clothing. This sale will continue throughout the month.

The Thrift Store now has an Antique Boutique within the store. This area features antiques and collectibles that have been received as donations. Most are priced well below prices listed for the same or similar merchandise on the Internet.

Think about it

Life isn't tied with a bow, but it is still a gift.

Senior Center menu

The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St. No membership is required, but a 24-hour reservation is required. Cost of the meal is $3 for persons 60 and older, $4.50 for those younger than 60. Meals can also be delivered to homebound individuals by Meals on Wheels. Reservations must be made one day in advance. Dessert or fruit served with each meal. Hot or cold beverage with meal. For reservations or information, call (928) 474-4876.

The menu for the rest of March is as follows:

March 6 Spaghetti with meatballs, garden salad, mixed veggies, fruit, garlic bread

March 7 Oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, cake, roll

March 8 Cabbage/corned beef, twice-baked potato, asparagus, mixed fruit, corn bread

March 9 Hot chicken sandwich deluxe, potato wedges, cole slaw, V-8

March 12 Brats and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, beets, citrus mix, corn bread

March 13 Chicken breast, Oriental rice pilaf, cauliflower, mixed fruit, egg roll

March 14 Pork loin, potatoes, spinach, strawberry pie, roll

March 15 Liver, onion, bacon, garlic potatoes, almond green beans, pudding with fruit roll

March 16 Sliced beef, noodles, salad, succotash, orange juice, roll

March 19 Sweet and sour pork, stir-fried veggies, egg roll, fruit

March 20 Broccoli/ham/cheese quiche, salad, banana or orange, roll

March 21 Swiss steak, stuffed potatoes, mixed veggies, peach cobbler, roll

March 22 Beef stew, biscuits, broccoli salad, fruit, pudding

March 23 Tilapia fish sandwich deluxe, cole slaw, fries, applesauce

March 26 Sausage links, Japanese veggies, mashed potatoes, citrus fruit, roll

March 27 Pork roast, potato casserole, asparagus mix, baked apples, roll

March 28 Chicken Parmesan and spaghetti, garden salad, brussels sprouts, pie, garlic roll

March 29 Chicken-fried steak, baked potatoes, spinach, plum, roll

March 30 Salisbury steak, wild rice.

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