Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing a bit of the green? The trees are — is there anything prettier than the lacy green of new foliage on the willow trees around town? Where I grew up in northern Wisconsin, we were always overjoyed to see the pussy willows popping out — that meant it really was spring.
Our Library Friends monthly newsletter arrived last week, unsealed and stamped on the front “Opened for inspection by USPS” in big, black letters. Wonder what that was about: I can’t think of anything less threatening than a library newsletter.
Congratulations to Library Friends president Linda Lanctot, who recently received the library’s Nan Pyle Distinguished Service Award for outstanding work on behalf of the library.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
You can have your blood pressure checked at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is a free service and no reservations are required. Call (928) 472-9290 for information.
Persons in need of medical equipment such as crutches, walkers, commodes and other medical items can get them from the Circle’s medical loan closet. There is no charge or time limit to borrow these items.
A CPR/first aid class will be offered from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28 in the education building at Payson Regional Medical Center. Cost is $27 for CPR or first aid only; both classes for $50. Advance registration is required.
Craft donations of items are needed for craft classes, which are held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Circle building. Among things that can be donated are straw and cowboy hats, ribbon, yarn, lace, felt, Popsicle sticks, fabric, beads and thread.
The Senior Circle members’ lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at the Circle. The menu will be corned beef and cabbage. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members. Reservations may be made by calling (928) 472-9290 or by stopping in at the Circle office.
If there is enough interest, classes in the following subjects will be scheduled in the future: Dutch oven cooking, fly-fishing, Scrabble, Pilates and wood-burning crafts. Contact the Circle if you would like to attend any of these classes.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Rion Thomas of Countrywide Bank will present a program at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 25. Call (928) 474-4876 for location. The presentation is open to the public.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a bag sale on men’s and women’s clothing March 30 through April 4. Boutique items and children’s clothes are not included. Shoppers may fill standard size grocery bags, which will be provided, for $1 each. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Ah, spring! It officially arrives Friday, March 20, and how welcome it is.
It’s spring! It’s spring!
The bird’s on the wing.
The wing’s on the bird.