No joking, today is April Fool's Day! Have you been the victim of a prank yet? Beware - there are still a lot of hours left in April 1.
The origins of this custom are buried in antiquity. It is believed to be a relic of early festivals in observance of the vernal equinox. One theory is that the practice of playing tricks on April 1 relates to the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in the late 16th Century. The beginning of the year was moved from March to January. Those who clung to the old calendar and celebrated the beginning of the year in April had jokes played on them.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Bunco will be played from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at the Senior Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Tai Chi is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. For information, call (928) 472-9291.
The Brown Bag Clothe-a-thon will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, April 4 and 5 at the Senior Circle. Shoppers may fill a bag to the brim with good quality, used clothing and shoes for a small donation. All proceeds will be used for Senior Circle programs.
A yoga class will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., April 14 and 28 at the Senior Circle.
The Senior Circle Member/New Member lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 21. Call the above phone number to make reservations.
Enrollment is open during April for the Tonto Apache Gym and Pool for the months of May, June and July. The cost is $48 for each three-month period. New members will need to complete enrollment forms along with their check.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
Dr. Helen Denton will speak on suicide prevention at 11 a.m., Monday, April 7 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street. The meeting is open to the public.
A sleep apnea seminar will be held at 11 a.m., April 9 at the Center. For information call (928) 474-4876.
Legal assistance for seniors will be available beginning at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 15. This service is offered through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens on a donation basis. Advance appointments may be made at the Center registration desk.
Wednesday, April 16 is Funny Hat Day. Wear your humorous headgear to lunch and enjoy chuckling at your own and others' creations.
Candace and David Wise are Volunteers of the Month at the Senior Center. David delivers Meals on Wheels and both David and Candace work at the Thrift Store.
The Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St., is offering spring and summer clothing for sale beginning April 1. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.