I recently heard someone offering pussy willows for sale. I was immediately transported back in time to my childhood. One of my favorite memories is of walking with my mother and sister on an early spring day to Grandma’s house. The road was muddy and rutted and passed by a small stream rushing with melted snow-water. Along its bank was a pussy willow bush (or is it a tree?) with its boughs popping with soft, silvery buds. “Oh, spring is really here,” my mother would exclaim as we carefully broke off a few branches.
Just the other day, I noticed that the tips of the willow trees here in Payson are turning yellow in preparation of spring. The aspen in our front yard also are putting forth buds. Undoubtedly we will have more wintry weather, but isn’t this promise of spring nice?
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Matt Osborn of Desert Schools Credit Union is guest speaker at 11:40 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street. The program is open to the public.
Feb. 18 is the birthday celebration for those having birthdays this month. Wayne Todd will provide live musical entertainment. Please make advance reservations by stopping in the Center Lobby or calling 928-474-4876.
The importance of setting up wills and trusts is the topic to be discussed by attorney Manny Montana at 11:30 a.m., Friday Feb. 19 in the Center Dining Room.
Pine/Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store
A benefit will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 to assist with medical expenses for Scott Frederick who fell from a roof recently and sustained extensive injuries. There will be a bake sale and silent auction. Donations of baked goods are needed and may be brought to the Thrift Store on Highway 87 in downtown Pine from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Feb. 27. Donations of other items for the silent auction may be left at the Thrift Store prior to the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, offers a “Look Good, Feel Better” free, national program that assists female cancer patients on how to cope with the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. All items and services are free. More information can be obtained by calling Senior Circle Adviser Christy VanderMolen at 928-472-9290.
If you are looking for a gentle exercise workout, visit the Tai Chi and Qigong classes held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road. The class is especially designed for men and women over 50, although it is beneficial for all ages. The program is free to seniors but offerings will be accepted. For information, call Christine Harrison at 928-468-1983.
Feb. 27 is the date of the Pinal-Gila Senior Fair and Fiesta to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Arizona College, 8969 McCartney Road (Exit 190 off Interstate 10) Casa Grande, Ariz. There will be live entertainment, food booths, and vendors offering handmade crafts and gift items and home-baked breads, pastries and snacks. All vendors must be over the age of 50. Proceeds from the fair will help support the Pinal-Gila Council’s Senior Foundation, Central Arizona College Foundation and the Casa Grande Senior Center.
Think about it: In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.