April showers — we’ve had several so far this month, and aren’t they welcome? The trees sure are enjoying them; every day there is a new burst of leafy green on their branches. It sure has been a windy spring too, hasn’t it? Makes you want to go out and fly a kite!
And isn’t it nice to see iris blooming around town? Iris come in many colors but the purple, or blue, are most popular.
The history of iris comes from Ancient Greek mythology when Iris, the messenger of the gods, acted as a link between heaven and earth. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to guide the dead in their journey. Irises have been used to make perfume and for medicinal purposes. The iris also represents faith, hope and charity, courage and admiration. The iris is the state flower of Tennessee and the Fleur-de-lis is the emblem of New Orleans. One of the best things about iris is that they require little in the way of care. That’s my kind of gardening!
Here’s one of the best deals in town. The Payson Public Library at 328 N. McLane Road has coupons for visiting Arizona State Parks. You can redeem your coupon at the time of your visit to selected state parks for 50 percent off the entry fee per vehicle, up to four adults, or a two-for-one admission for one free adult or child admission with one paid adult admission. The offer is good Monday through Friday until December 2009 and does not include camping. Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.
Helping adults and at-risk elders live independently in their own homes is the goal of In-Home Senior Services. This is available when immediate short- or long-term assistance is needed and also to provide time off for family and professional caregivers. Services provided include assistance to general well-being, companionship, daily living activities, errands, meal preparation, medical reminders and transportation to medical and other appointments. For information, contact Ardith Hogan at (928) 468-1480.
Massages at a discounted price are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, by appointment only. For information, call (928) 472-9290.
A registered nurse at the Circle takes free blood pressure checks Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. No RSVP is needed.
Persons who are in need of medical equipment such as crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, commodes and other medical items may borrow them from the Circle’s Medical Loan Closet. There is no charge for the service. Donations of such items also are needed.
It’s not too late to make reservations for the free April 28 Lunch and Learn program featuring a presentation by Chris Wolf, CEO of Payson Regional Medical Center. His topic will be health care challenges. Please RSVP by calling (928) 472-9290.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
Now that the Center at 514 W. Main St. is fully re-opened, you can pick up a monthly schedule of events and activities in the lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Lunches are served at noon in the dining room and Meals on Wheels are available for the homebound. A benefit specialist is available from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday to assist seniors with Medicare, Social Security, insurance and other issues. Call (928) 474-4876 to schedule an appointment. There is no charge for this service.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will participate in First Friday on Main Street activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 1. There will be live musical entertainment, refreshments, door prizes and a 10 percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100.
Men’s and women’s clothing marked with green tags will be on sale at 25 percent off the marked price beginning April 27. All proceeds from sales at the thrift store benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.
Don’t see a service you would like offered? Talk to the administration at either the Senior Circle or Senior Center and make a suggestion.
Think about it: Families are like fudge — mostly sweet with a few nuts.