Ah, these wonderful warm May days and cool nights. It’s hard to believe the temperature can be near 90 in the afternoon and in the high 40s and low 50s by the next morning. It’s perfect weather for sleeping with the bedroom window open — nature’s air conditioning. I admit though that I sleep more soundly when the windows are closed —even in my sleep I hear all the night sounds: a dog barking for hours a few blocks away, a helicopter overhead, coyotes howling, and in the early hours before daybreak, the guy who delivers the morning paper from an 18 wheeler with a bad muffler! Maybe I should try earplugs…
Along with warmer temperatures come insects. Just this week we discovered a small infestation of tent caterpillars on our quaking aspen. Fortunately we found them before they had begun to spin their nest. Also, one of the junipers in front of the house has bark beetle, which is being treated systemically. Check your trees and other growing things!
A Grief Support Group for spousal loss meets from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Monday at the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. New members are welcome to attend. For information call (928) 472-9290.
May 26 is the date of the next Lunch and Learn meeting at the Senior Circle. Dr. John Dacany and Kay Chase, R.N. will discuss women’s surgical procedures. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to the above number.
Pine Senior Center and Thrift Store
There will be an indoor and outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival at the Pine Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and 24. The Center is part of the Pine Community Center, 3916 N. Highway 87. Center members and volunteers will be selling their famous Navajo tacos, and “Cookin’ in the Pines” T-shirts will be for sale at $15 each. For information, call (928) 476-4633.
The Pine Thrift Store will have a sale on all women and men’s Hawaiian apparel for $5 per garment beginning Wednesday, May 20. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
Applications are being accepted for positions on the Senior Center Board of Directors. There are three openings to be filled. Applications may be picked up at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and must be returned by May 30. The election will be held at the annual meeting June 23. This is an unpaid volunteer position. For information, call Reed Cox, Senior Center executive director, at (928) 474-4876.
The Birthday Bash for May will be celebrated Thursday, May 21 at noon in the Center Dining Room. Wayne Todd will present live musical entertainment. There will be birthday cake for all and a gift drawing for seniors with birthdays this month. Advance reservations are required.
Health First Screenings are being offered Friday, May 22 at the Center. Call 1-800-209-4848 for information and appointments.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will have a sale on men’s and women’s clothing beginning May 26. Orange-tagged clothing will be 50 percent off, and blue-tagged garments are 25 percent off.
In honor of National Rose Month, everything will be rosy at the Thrift Store’s June 5 First Friday on Main Street observance. The store will remain open until 8 p.m. There will be refreshments, live musical entertainment by Wayne Todd, hourly door prizes (need not be present to win) and special sales.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.
Seen on a bumper sticker around town: “America Bless God”. Something to think about.