May Is Amazing Month

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Deb Buckner checks on the progress of Tarn Nez’s birdhouse during a Home Depot visit to Payson Care Center for a birdhouse building project. The plan is to sell some of the houses, while others will be kept by residents to enjoy.

Here we are in the aMAYzing month. Sunny, warm days without the oppressive heat of midsummer. Nights cool, but no longer the danger of frost nipping those tender plants. Beautiful clouds beginning to build in the afternoon foretelling the coming monsoon season. I had a moment of nostalgia last week when making May baskets for the Senior Thrift Store’s First Friday celebration. My mind went back to childhood days — every May Day I would make a basket of woven colored construction paper, paste it together (no scotch tape or Elmer’s glue in those days) and fill it with wildflowers from the woods around our house. Yes, even as a young child I was allowed to roam the woods unaccompanied and somehow I never got lost or hurt in any way. I searched for what we called May flowers (hepatica) and arbutus, and when the basket was filled, I presented it to my Aunt Lou who lived down the shore from us. Of course she made a big deal of it and I felt quite special. Precious memories ...

Senior Center and Thrift Store  

May is Older Americans’ Month and the Senior Center and Thrift Store at 514 and 512 W. Main St. will hold special events and sales in observance of the occasion. Stop in and pickup a May menu and schedule or call (928) 474-4876 for information.

Gay Walberg is Volunteer of the Month at the Center. Gay pitches in wherever needed and is always a willing and smiling helper.

The birthday celebration for members with May birthdays will be held at noon, Thursday, May 21. Put your name in the birthday barrel if you were born in this month to be eligible for a gift drawing. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Wayne Todd.

The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be closed May 25 for Memorial Day.

Senior Circle

May 10 to 16 is National Women’s Health Week. Senior Circle will mark the occasion with a week-long series of events beginning with a walk for good health May 9 at Green Valley Park. Other activities include a free speakers forum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., May 12 at the Circle activity center, 215 N. Beeline Highway; a women’s tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., May 13 with guest speakers Sharon Bowes from Chakra Botanika and Merle Shewey, gardening manager from Home Depot who will speak on using and growing herbs. A variety of teas, finger food and desserts will be served. Bring your own cup for the “Most Unique Teacup” contest. Cost is $3 per person. Please RSVP at the Circle office or by calling (928) 472-9290.

Other Women’s Health Week observances include free health screenings May 14 at the Circle building and a health expo and conference being presented in Phoenix. Call the Circle office for further information.

Scott Flake will speak on long term care at 10 a.m., Monday, May 18 at the Circle meeting room. Coffee and refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but advance reservations should be made.

Pat Rollinson and Amy Petersen are Volunteers of the Month at Senior Circle. Both began volunteering in 2004. Pat works at the reception desk and is secretary on the Senior Circle Advisory Board. Amy also serves at the reception desk explaining the Circle’s program to new members, as well as working with the Medical Loan Closet.

The Circle is accepting board games, playing cards, books and other items patients at Payson Regional Medical Center might use. Items can be dropped off at the Circle building weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Senior Circle will be closed May 25 for Memorial Day.

Payson Public Library

Just can’t wait to get your hands on the latest best seller by your favorite author? The library, at 328 N. McLane Road, is offering a new “Best-Sellers Club” service. For $5 a year, the library will automatically place reserves on new acquisitions by best-selling authors. You will be contacted by phone or e-mail when the books become available. As a special bonus, when you join the Library Friends of Payson with a year’s membership, you will be enrolled automatically in the program. For information, call (928) 474-9260.

Think about it: The difficulties of life are meant to make us better, not bitter.

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