April is here, one of the loveliest months of the year. April is many things: National Humor Month (who doesn’t need a good laugh once in a while?) and National Poetry Month. The first week of April is Library Week; the second, Garden Week; the third, Organize Your Files Week; and the fourth, National Karaoke Week — something to sing about. Newspaper Columnists’ Day is April 18 (my favorite) and Volunteers’ Recognition Day is April 20. On April 4, 1877, the first home telephone was installed and on the 9th of April 1833, the first public library in this country opened in Petersboro, N.H.
On a more personal note, Len and I will observe our 59th wedding anniversary this month. Our son and two grandchildren were born in April, so our family has many reasons to celebrate in the pleasant spring weather.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Country Misfits Gospel group will perform at 11 a.m., Wednesday April 4 and Wednesday, April 18 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The event is open to the public, no admission charge. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876 if you plan to stay for lunch.
The menu for April 4 is a chicken enchilada with pinto beans, zucchini, Spanish rice, mixed fruit and beverage; for April 18, the lunch fare will be a Swiss spinach quiche, marinated tomato salad, broccoli, oatmeal raisin bread, melon apple mix and beverage. The suggested donation for the meals is $4 for those over 60, $5 for younger.
The movie Easter Parade will be shown at 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 6 at the Center. Free munchies will be served.
Other Friday movies in April will be: A League of Their Own, April 13; For the Love of the Game, April 20; and The Sandlot, April 27.
Edwin Peace will present gospel music at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 12 in the Center Dining Room.
The Senior Center will offer a shred-a-thon from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 13 in the Walmart parking lot. TNT Shredding will provide the service at $6 per bankers’ box. All proceeds benefit the Payson Senior Center.
Did you know that if you are a member of the Payson Senior Center, you are eligible for discounts at many places around town? You can get a list of local businesses offering discounts in the Center Lobby weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have the following merchandise on sale at 50 percent off the marked prices this week: Tuesday, household items, small appliances, TVs and electronics; Wednesday, men and women’s clothing (except those already sale priced); Thursday, Boutique clothing; Friday, all furniture; and Saturday, children’s clothes. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 4 p.m. Saturday. Donations of re-usable items are always appreciated and pick-ups can be scheduled for larger items by calling (928) 474-3205. Volunteers are also needed for a variety of positions. Contact Edna Welsheimer for information about becoming a volunteer.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
Stop in the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine and check out the newly stocked spring and summer wear, a nice change from sweat suits and winter jackets. From April 4 to April 7, plastic food containers will be 50 percent off marked prices, as will stuffed animals, just in time for Easter. On Saturday, April 7, all Easter merchandise will be half price. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Rim Country Regional Senior Circle
Free hearing tests for seniors are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The test takes about 45 minutes. Advance appointments are required and may be made by calling (928) 472-9290.
A class in digital camera use begins April 10 at the Circle. Learn how to get the most from your camera. Call the above number for information or to register.
Volunteers are needed for a couple hours a week to help water and tend to the plants in front of the Senior Circle. Contact Senior Circle Adviser Jan Parsons at the above number for information.
The Town of Payson Police Department offers seniors who live alone a free service called the Guardian Angel, which is installed through your existing telephone service. A small pendant worn around your neck can be activated to get you help if you should fall. For information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 429 or 300.
Happy Passover and Easter to all.