March Is Month For Optimism; Count Your Blessings


March is National Optimism Month, a time to get rid of negative or intruding bad thoughts. According to one source on the Internet, optimism is an outlook on life that maintains the world is a positive place.

“Optimism strongly correlates with high self esteem, psychological well being ... and better immune systems,” according to the source.

There is much to be optimistic about in March — the first day of spring, shrubs and trees starting to blossom, summer birds returning.  Sure, winter is not over yet here in the high country, but it is never too early to plan your garden.

Ironically, today, March 15 is Everything You Think Is Wrong Day, but not to worry, tomorrow is Everything You Do Is Right Day. One of my favorites is Chocolate Caramel Day on March 19, and if you don’t like any of the above, on March 26 you can celebrate Make Up Your Own Holiday.


Joanne Conlin (left), Senior Center Director; Rosemary Gannon of SRP Community Outreach; Lori Mills; Gracie Mills; and Suzy Tubbs, Payson Community Kids; assemble one of the three banners currently being displayed at the Payson Senior Center to commemorate the centennial of Roosevelt Dam.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Volunteers are needed for both the Senior Center and Thrift Store. Stop in the Center at 514 W. Main St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to learn more about openings.

There will be a St. Patrick’s Day/Birthday party beginning at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, March 17 in the Senior Center Dining Room. Anne James and Anything Goes will entertain with live music. Advance reservations are needed to feast on corned beef and cabbage, carrots, Irish soda bread, apple cake and beverage. Call (928) 474-4876 for reservations.

Free art classes in all mediums are held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays in the Center. For more information, call the above phone number. 

National singer and songwriter Bobby Dean Stephens of Rock of Safety Ministries will perform in concert at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, March 23 at the Senior Center. There is no admission charge and all are welcome. 

Join in the fun of free Bingo at 10 a.m., Monday, March 21 in the Senior Center Dining Room.

A non-denominational Bible study is held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Center, open to all.

Sheree Schmidt is volunteer of the month for March. Sheree delivers Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors.

The Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. is accepting donations of furniture, small appliances, household items, clothing, tools, books and other items. Donations must be clean and in suitable condition for resale. Pick up is available for larger items and may be arranged by calling (928) 474-3205 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Receipts will be given for tax purposes upon request.

Pine/Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store

The P/S Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine is getting ready for spring. To make room for new merchandise, it will have a $2 bag sale beginning March 16. All garments, shoes, belts, hats, gloves and purses are included in the sale. Luggage will be $1 a piece, audio cassettes are 10 cents, and jewelry is 50 cents per piece. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Senior Circle

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle is taking reservations for an excursion on the Verde Canyon Railroad April 28.

Participants will enjoy luxury motorcoach transportation to Clarkdale, Ariz. where the Verde Canyon train will be boarded.

On the train, those taking part in the day trip will ride in a first class train car and enjoy lunch and beverage service, which is included in the $121 cost.

There will also be time for shopping at the depot gift shop.

The bus is scheduled to leave Payson at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 28.

Reservations must be made by March 25.

Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 for more information or contact AZ Trails Travel at 1-888-799-4284 or e-mail


The 36th annual Pinal-Gila Senior Craft & Wellness Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 26 at Central Arizona College, 3470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, Ariz. Highlights of the event are arts and crafts made by Arizona seniors and winter visitors, 50 years of age and older, health information and screening, food booths and raffle prizes. For information, call Mary Quintero or Debra Goodman at (800) 293-9393.

The Readers’ Roundtable Book Club meeting will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 16 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. There is no charge to attend. Also at East West Exchange on Thursday, March 24, there will be a free workshop on Introduction to Transformational Kinesiology from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call (928) 468-2435.

Think about it: Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.


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