March -- wild child of the calendar, no longer winter, but not yet spring. March has mood swings. Its bright sunshine and warm temperatures coax trees into cautious budding and then it throws a tantrum, complete with dismal clouds, snow showers and March's legendary winds. If you are going to be out and about this month, be sure to carry both sunglasses and an umbrella!
Payson Regional Senior Circle
There will be an informational meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 at the Senior Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway, for persons interested in playing Bunco. The group will meet regularly for play from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Taking pictures these days is a lot more sophisticated than using the Brownie point-and-shoot cameras many of us grew up with. If you are new to the world of digital photography and baffled by some aspects of it, you may wish to attend a digital camera/photo workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, March 10 at the Senior Circle Activity Center. Kenny Boyd will explain the fine points of the technology and teach you how to put your pictures on the computer, or have prints made from them. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call (928) 472-9290 to make a reservation.
Yvonne Marie House, a certified yoga instructor, will teach beginning yoga from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month. Pre-registration is required. Call the above number for information and registration.
The knitting/crocheting group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday mornings in the Senior Circle Building. Both beginners and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. The focus will be to knit or crochet blankets, scarves and slippers to include in gift baskets for the Senior Christmas Tree. Senior Circle is partnering with First State Bank to make sure seniors in need will receive a gift bag at Christmas. The Circle is asking for new socks, house slippers, footcare kits, toenail clippers and other items related to foot care to be donated for this cause during March and April.
Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 27 to attend a scrapbook workshop. Lynda Killman, a Creative Memories consultant, will be at the Circle from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to show how to organize photos and memorabilia in traditional scrapbooking, digital albums and custom framing. You need to bring two photos to the presentation; all other supplies will be provided. Make a reservation by calling (928) 472-9290.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Ann Hunter will teach an art class in drawing at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 6 and March 20 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street. A crochet class will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 10 and March 17. Participants in classes need not bring anything; supplies will be provided. Donations will be accepted to offset costs.
Bingo will be played beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, March 7 and 28. The game is open to all seniors; you need not be a Senior Center member to play. White elephant prizes will be awarded to winners.
Dr. Helen Denton of the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will speak on Senior Medical Services at 11 a.m., Monday, March 10. This program is open to the public and no reservations are needed.
Legal assistance for seniors will be available through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens beginning at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 11. Advance registration is required and may be made at the information desk in the lobby, or by calling (928) 474-4876 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This service is offered on a donation basis.
Department of Economic Security representative, Pam Lindley, will be at the Center at 11 a. m., Wednesday, March 12 to discuss DES senior services.
On Thursday, March 13, crafters will meet at 10 a.m. to work on an Easter project. All interested crafters may participate.
Monday, March 17 will feature a corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick's Day lunch at the center. Diners will enjoy Irish music with their meal. Advance reservations are required.
A Director's Raffle will be held at noon March 18 in the center dining room. Be sure to pick up a ticket to be eligible to win a prize.
March menus and activity schedules may be picked up at the Center Monday through Friday.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, has men's and women's clothing on sale during March. Orange-tagged garments are 25 cents each; blue-tagged clothing is half price and yellow-tagged clothing is 25 percent off the marked price. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Think about it: Don't count the days -- make the days count.