March — that temperamental month. March can be winsome enough to coax blossoms from bare branches, and March can turn willful in a matter of hours and cover those same branches with ice and snow. A word of advice if this warm weather tempts you to get out the shorts and T-shirts: don’t pack away the sweats just yet. You may need them tomorrow!
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Activities are slowly resuming at the Senior Center following closure due to a water pipe break. A grand re-opening is planned for later this month.
The Old Time Music Makers will be playing Monday, March 9, 23 and 30. Bingo is scheduled at 10 a.m., Monday, March 16. Aerobics, line dancing, woodcarving and card games take place weekdays.
If there are enough participants, poker games will be added to the agenda. Please register your name at the information desk if you are interested. Stop by the Center at 514 W. Main Street between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up an activity calendar.
Legal aid for seniors will be offered Tuesday, March 17 by appointment only. Call (928) 474-4876 for times. This service is made available by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens on a donation basis.
A St. Patrick’s Day celebration is planned for noon, Tuesday, March 17.
The monthly birthday bash will be at noon, Wednesday, March 18 with live musical entertainment by Wayne Todd. Menu for the day is ham with pineapple, sweet potatoes, corn, dinner roll, birthday cake and beverage. Please make reservations 24 hours in advance.
Kathleen Hughes of RTA Hospice will speak at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 24. The program is open to the public.
Life Screening will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at the Center. Call (877) 792-8480 for appointments.
Betty Dahl is volunteer of the month at the Center. Betty is a member of the Activity/Decorating Committee.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will be open until 8 p.m. (weather permitting) March 6 for First Friday on Main Street activities. There will be live entertainment by Wayne Todd, refreshments, hourly door prizes (need not be present to win) and a 10-percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Thrift Store is having a sale on men’s and women’s clothing this month. Garments with orange tags are 25 cents each; blue tags are 50 percent off the marked price; and yellow tags, 25 percent off.
Senior Fair and Fiesta
The 34th Annual Pinal-Gila Senior Fair and Fiesta will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 14 at Central Arizona College, 8470 N. Overland Road, Coolidge. The event is sponsored by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens. Admission and parking are free.
There will be arts and crafts handmade by Arizona seniors, health information and screening, food booths and raffle prizes. Raffle tickets are available at the Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store or from any board member. All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets benefit Meals on Wheels programs throughout Pinal and Gila Counties.
For information, call (800)-293-9393.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle offers a variety of health, support and social activities for members including yoga, tai chi and exercise classes; line and ballroom dancing, Latin and basic dance; computer instruction; knitting and crocheting; CPR and first aid and much more.
For information, call (928) 472-9290 or stop in the Circle office, 215 N. Beeline Highway between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.
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“For me, the new world begins in beauty on a March morning when I look out the window and see the flying scud of white clouds against a gentian sky.”
Stillmeadow Seasons by Gladys Taber