This is your day to rest and to dream ... the children are angels, or that’s so they seem ... In a small way, a great debt we’ll repay, to you dearest mother, for this is your day. (Excerpted from “This is Your Day” by Laurie E. Dawson.)
Few people know that the first attempts to set aside a day to honor mothers go back to the 1870s when women’s peace groups met to reunite families whose sons had fought or died on opposite sides of the Civil War. It was not until 1904, however, that Frank E. Hering, president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, made the first known public plea for a national day to honor mothers. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first National Mother’s Day. (Source: Wikipedia)
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
With so many local stores displaying beautiful flowering plants and thriving vegetables, it is very tempting to get those gardens in — but remember, this is Payson and frost is not unknown in May! Yes, I admit to being one who had to cover a few delicate seedlings a few nights ago. Hopefully, that will be the last time this spring ...
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
With the Spring Rodeo just a short time away, the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine is featuring western wear and western home decor May 4 through May 7. Ladies tops, excluding western styles, also will be on sale, three for $1. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Payson Senior Center/Thrift Store
There will be a Cinco de Mayo party at noon Thursday, May 5 at the Senior Center with live music and a luncheon menu of chicken enchiladas, pinto beans, zucchini, Spanish rice and flan. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876 or stopping in at the Center, 514 W. Main St.
The Country Gospel Misfits entertain beginning at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, Wednesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 18 in the Center dining room.
Enjoy Movie and Muffin Day at 9:30 a.m. every Friday.
If you feel the need for exercise, join the “Stretchercise” program Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
A full schedule of activities and monthly menus is available in the Center lobby.
Richard Shaw is Volunteer of the Month for May.
Clothing marked with green tags will be on sale at 50 cents and garments with orange tags are $1 each at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. Videos are also on sale, three for $1 and audio cassettes are 10 cents each.
There will be a free Gila Community College Art Show from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 at 100 N. Tonto St. Wine and cheese will be served. Caribbean Vibe Music will be performed by Dee Dread and Sister Care-i.
“The Second Amendment, What Does it Mean?” is the topic for discussion at the Socrates Cafe Discussion Group, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 10. On May 24, the subject will be “What is Happiness? Why is it mentioned in the Declaration of Independence but not in the Constitution?” The meetings are at 100 N. Tonto St.
Fantasy and science fiction fans will want to join author Kevin Hearne for a reading and book signing of “Hound,” the first of his three-book series, “The Iron Druid Chronicles” from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at 100 N. Tonto St.
Overheard at the beauty shop: Why was the dog sweating? Because it was a hot dog.