April Is Evidence Of Mother Nature’S Wonderful Mood


Mother Nature must have been in a good mood when she created April, it is such a happy month. Don’t you just love the morning birdsong, the perfect weather, flowers blooming, trees leafing out? April is the month of the full pink moon, so named after the herb moss pink, also called wild ground phlox, one of the earliest blooming plants. The moon will be at its fullest on Sunday, April 17. April also is National Kite Month, International Guitar Month, National Humor and Garden Month. April 7 is my favorite day — it is No Housework Day. By the end of the month, gardeners will be setting out plants — here’s a gardening tip for you from the Old Farmer’s Almanac: pieces of banana peel in the planting hole will provide potassium and phosphorus for the plant.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Shop

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store will be featuring Easter clothing April 6 through April 9. Most garments are priced at $5 each. The store is located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Music, music, music is on the agenda at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. this month. The Old Time Music Makers will play beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, April 11 and Monday, April 18 in the Center Dining Room. Anne James and the Anything Goes Band perform at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 19. The Country Gospel Misfits entertain from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, Wednesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 20.

If you are yearning to dance, country western dance lessons are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays.

All the above activities are free and open to the public. For information, call (928) 474-4876 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

A free art class is offered at the Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays. Helen Tennent is the instructor, teaching in all media — ink, oils, pastels, acrylics, chalk, watercolors and more. 

There will be a special presentation by Judy Talley of Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 19. Talley, who holds a master’s degree in gerontology, will speak on “When Memory Loss Gets in the Way — Tips for Those Who Care.” She will discuss many immediately applicable tips to make life easier and more enjoyable for you and your loved one. Refreshments will be served.

On Thursday, April 21, Payson Care Center will give free blood pressure checks at the Center. No appointments are necessary, first come, first served. Call (928) 474-4876 for time.

Stop in the Center to see its new look. Recent renovations and paint have done wonders to brighten it up. While you are there, get a copy of the monthly menu and events calendar.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is now stocked with spring and summer clothing at very reasonable prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


More music is among the many activities offered at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Payson. If you are interested in performing, call (928) 468-2435 to schedule an appearance in their Saturday open mic program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., April 16. Or join in the acoustic jam sessions, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday.

Enjoy lively discussions on a variety of subjects? The Socrates Café is the place to be. “What Is Art and of What Value Is It to Society?” is the topic for the April 12 discussion. “What Is Clean Energy?” will be the topic on April 26. The group meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Exchange coffee shop.

All the above activities are free and open to the public.

The hours the shop is open are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Think about it: Isn’t it appropriate that April begins with April Fool’s Day and after taxes, ends with cries of “May Day, May Day!”?


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