Have you ever found a baby abandoned on your doorstep? We did! Last Thursday morning I got up a little before six, my usual time. A light rain was falling and the temperature hovered around freezing. Because I had to go out early, I wanted to know if the streets were icy, but it was too dark to see from the house, so I turned on the outside light and opened the front door. There, huddled against the building and sheltered by the porch roof was a baby javelina. It was about the size of a small house cat, wet, shivering and looking thoroughly miserable.
Thinking that the mother must be in the vicinity, I immediately shut the door and turned off the light. When I checked 15 minutes later, the baby was still there. Again, I left it alone, but after a half hour, I was becoming concerned so I called Animal Control. They told me they don’t handle wild animal cases and I should call Game and Fish. I did so, but they had no one on duty that early and referred me to a wildlife rescue organization in Scottsdale. By this time, more than an hour had passed and the baby hadn’t moved from its meager shelter. When I checked several minutes later, it was struggling to its feet and finally managed to get down the porch step and run off, hopefully to be reunited with its mother and the rest of the herd. Shortly thereafter, a local woman affiliated with the rescue organization arrived to help with the situation — nice to know there are people who care enough to go out of their way for the helpless creatures!
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
There will be a one-hour presentation on Alzheimer’s disease at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 3 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. There is no charge to attend and the program is open to the public.
Wayne Todd will entertain with live music throughout the lunch hour beginning at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4. Please make advance reservations if you plan to stay for lunch. The menu for the day is a cheeseburger on a bun, mixed beans, oven fries, sliced strawberries and beverage. You can make reservations in the Center lobby or by calling (928) 474-4876.
Councilor Su Connell will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the Center dining room.
There will be a Valentine’s Day party beginning at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 12 in the dining room. Ann James will provide live musical entertainment.
Betty Moore will call Bingo at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 15 at the Center. Everyone is invited to enjoy the free games, free prizes and free refreshments.
Penny Mayer is volunteer of the month for February. Penny is one of the Lunch Bunch who wraps silverware for the lunch table settings. Feb. 19 is her birthday — Happy birthday, Penny.
A warm welcome to Joanne Roethlein who has joined the Center as benefits specialist through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens. Joanne is available for assistance with Medicare, health insurance and similar problems. She can be contacted by calling the above Center phone number.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a sale on men’s and women’s clothing during February. Blue-tagged garments will be 25 percent off the marked price; orange tags represent 50 percent off; and items with green tags are only 25 cents. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 pm., Monday through Saturday. Donations may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and large items such as furniture in good condition can be picked up. The store does not accept large appliances such as refrigerators or ranges. Call (928) 474-3205 to arrange for a pickup.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Christy Vander Molen is the new Senior Circle adviser. The Pine resident started work at the Circle Jan. 19.
The Heart of the Matter is the topic for discussion at the Munch and Learn meeting at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the Circle building. A light snack will be served. Please RSVP by calling (928) 472-9290.
An AARP Driving Safety Class will be offered from noon to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. There is a $14 fee for course materials, which can be paid the day of the class. Advance reservations are required and may be made at the above number.
The Circle will be closed Feb. 15 for Presidents Day.
The Circle bridge class is now held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. And the new open art class is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, except Feb. 15 due to the closure mentioned above.
The monthly member lunch is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17.
The ballroom dance classes, held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays for beginners and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.,Thursdays will be joined by a line dancing class starting in March. The line dancing class will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Fridays.
Think about it: One nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people.