Roses are blooming in Payson. You can see them peeking over backyard fences, lining walkways, even in front of some businesses. One of the prettiest displays is in the courtyard of Rim Country Health and Retirement Community on Longhorn Road where every hue can be seen, from palest apricot to deep red.
Did you know that different colors of roses have different meanings? Red roses stand for love and also for courage and respect. Red and white roses together mean unity; pink symbolizes grace and elegance, but light pink means admiration and sympathy, dark pink, gratefulness and appreciation. Innocence, purity, friendship, reverence and humility are ascribed to white roses. Orange or coral blooms signify enthusiasm and desire; burgundy means beauty and purple, protection. Beware of the yellow rose, however, which conveys jealousy and infidelity.
Roses are the national flower of the United States. Take time to smell the roses today.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle's Medical Loan Closet provides crutches, walkers, commodes, wheelchairs and other medical items to those who need them on a loan basis, free of charge. Visit the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway, or call (928) 472-9290 for information or to borrow equipment. Donations also are accepted.
CPR/first aid classes are offered from 8 a.m. to noon on the last Saturday of each month in the education building at Payson Regional Medical Center. Cost is $25 for first aid only; $25 for CPR only; or both classes for $45. The next class is scheduled for May 31. Call the Senior Circle to register.
Mark June 21 on your calendar -- that's the date of the Third Annual Picnic Potluck and Ninth Anniversary celebration. The event will be held at Rumsey Park. There will be free pulled barbecue sandwiches for those bringing potluck dishes. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling the Circle office.
Donations are needed for craft classes, which are held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. alternate Thursdays. The next class will be May 22. All crafters are invited. Items such as straw and cowboy hats, ribbon, yarn, lace, felt, Popsicle sticks, small and large coffee cans, beads and more are being accepted.
Lunch and Learn will present Dr. Charles Calkins speaking on orthopedics from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 27. Please make advance reservations.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Pardon our dust at the Senior Center where old flooring is being torn out and a new floor will be installed.
Several positions on the Center's board of directors will be filled by affirmation of the membership. Serving three-year terms will be Barbara Underwood, Sally Cantrill and Carolyn Water. Toni Fahey will fill a two-year appointment. Shirley McGeary will be appointed to a one-year term. New board members will begin their terms July 8.
The Center's membership drive continues through the month of June. Annual membership is $10. For information, call (928) 474-4876.
An Edward Jones representative will speak on "Making Sense of Investing" at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 21 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. This program is presented free to the community.
After the presentation, stay for lunch at noon and play Director's Trivia for prizes. Reservations may be made by calling (928) 474-4876.
The Center and Thrift Store will be closed May 26 for Memorial Day.
Chuck Jackman will talk about the Hashknife Pony Express, an Arizona tradition, at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 27. The program is open to the public.
Thrift Store sale
Beginning May 27, the Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. will have men's and women's clothing marked with orange tags at half price; blue-tagged clothing will be 25 percent off the marked price. Paintings and wall artwork also will be discounted 25 percent. 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 seniors of the community.
Think about it: Don't count the days -- make the days count.