Dandelions! They must have been put here on earth just so small children could pick them without being scolded. Their saucy blooms are among the first to welcome spring. Dandelions grow anywhere — roadsides, open meadows, cracks in sidewalks, yards — especially yards! There is a golden band of them along the north side of Highway 260 in front of Bashas’. Although it is commonly believed that early colonists brought the dandelion to this country, there are at least seven species native to North America. The common dandelion, which is often considered a garden pest, is an offspring of those introduced by European immigrants. They prized the early spring leaves as garden vegetables and made wine from the blossoms. Dried, ground roots were used for medicine. Dandelions are rich in potassium, which stimulates the production of bile and may be helpful in the treatment of liver disease. In the late 1800s, dandelions were in such demand that they were advertised in seed catalogues. The name is taken from the French dents de lion (lion’s teeth) referring to the jagged outline of the leaves.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine, is having Spring Cleaning Week April 18 through 21. All books, including craft and pattern books, will be 50 percent off the marked prices, as will be lampshades and selected Tupperware pieces.
April 25 to 28, the store will feature Mothers’ Day surprises. Beautiful items just right for Mom will be on display, including a special selection of handbags and purses, some with designer names. All ladies tops, including plus sizes, will be half price. Buy one craft book and get a second one of lesser value free. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Pickups can be made in the Pine-Strawberry area by calling (928) 476-4633 during business hours.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18. This event is for family and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. There is no charge to attend.
April 19 is the date of the monthly celebration at the Senior Center for those with April birthdays. On the menu for the day is pork, Oriental vegetables, carrifruit salad, applesauce, birthday cake and beverage. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876.
Free legal assistance will be available to seniors at the Center beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 24. Advance appointments are required and may be made by calling the above number or stopping in the Center Lobby between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Old Time Music Makers will be playing all the favorites from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 30 in the Center Dining Room. Everyone is welcome.
Patrick Underwood is Volunteer of the Month for April. Patrick is Jack-of-All-Trades and is always willing to pitch in where needed.
Sales for this week at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., are as follows: Tuesday, 10 percent off home accessories and knickknacks; Wednesday, bedding and linens; Thursday, boutique clothing; Friday, men’s, women’s and children’s clothing (no boutique) and Saturday, shoes, belts and ties, buy one, get one free. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Edna Welsheimer, Thrift Store operations manager, thanks everyone who has made donations to the store and reminds donors that receipts can be given for tax purposes.
Prospective volunteers are encouraged to learn more about helping out at the store. Call (928) 474-3205 or come into the store to become a volunteer or make a donation. Pickups can be scheduled for large items.
Want to help the Payson Public Library? There are many ways, such as memorial books whereby you can donate money for books or materials in memory of a friend or relative. A special label is placed in each book or item. Donations of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and other materials are needed, some of which will be placed on the shelves and others to be sold in the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore, located just to the right, inside the library entrance. All funds raised in the bookstore benefit the library. Tax-deductible contributions also are appreciated. Volunteers are always welcomed. The library is at 328 N. McLane Road. For information, contact Library Director Terry Morris at (928) 474-9260.
Think about it: April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go. (Christopher Morley)