February, second month of the year, is like a small child going through the stage known as the terrible twos. February can be so winsome — it charms the birds into singing spring songs. Beware, though, when it throws a temper tantrum. February’s storms can be fierce. North America’s largest single storm snowfall of 189 inches occurred Feb. 19, 1959 at Mt. Shasta, Calif. Payson’s record snowfall of almost 50 inches occurred in the month of December many years ago — OK, any longtime Paysonites who remember the exact date, please e-mail it to me at email@example.com. So far this year we have a shortage of snowfall, but be careful what you wish for. There’s still time for a blizzard or two.
Leap Year gives us an extra day this month and according to ancient custom that day may be used by “mayden lady to bespoke ye man she likes …”. Should he refuse her proposal, he was liable to a hefty fine, or, in some cases, to compensate the rejected “mayden” with a new dress of pure silk.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Payson Senior Center is looking to hire a part-time activity coordinator to schedule and direct events, classes and programs. Good people, computer and communication skills are needed. Previous activities experience is a plus. If interested, send your resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also needed are volunteers to teach craft, hobby and other classes. For information, call Gayle at (928) 474-4876.
A program on Main Street Memories and History will be presented at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in the Center Dining Room. There is no admission charge and the event is open to the public. If you plan to stay for lunch, call the above number at least 24 hours in advance.
Helen and Bob Hughes are offering Country Western Dance Lessons every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center. The course includes six class lesson sessions plus two dances.
The Old Time Music Makers will play from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 13 at the Center. Guests are welcome to come and enjoy the music.
Ann James entertains every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Center Dining Room. The program is free and open to the public.
The monthly Birthday Bash at the Senior Center is Thursday, Feb. 16, celebrating those whose birthdays are in February. Menu for the day is chicken salad, potato salad, Mexican bean salad, whole wheat roll, birthday cake and beverage. Advance reservations required.
For a full schedule of events, stop in the Center Lobby weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will feature boutique clothing, framed artwork, coats and jackets at 50 percent off the marked prices through Saturday, Feb. 11. Regular clothing remains on sale at five garments for $1. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Volunteer of the month is Lupe Meier, who is a cashier at the Thrift Store.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle Members’ Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway.
For information, call (928) 472-9290.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine has a large selection of Valentines and Valentine merchandise, all bargain priced. From Wednesday, Feb. 8 through Saturday, Feb. 11 there will be half-price sales on quilting and craft books, purses and luggage. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For information call (928) 476-4633.
Library Friends of Payson
The February meeting of the Library Friends will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27 rather than the regular third Monday, which this year is Presidents Day. Meetings will resume on the third Monday of each month beginning in March.
LFOP is looking for speakers for their monthly meetings. If you have a specialized bank of knowledge in a subject such as history, travel, geology, arts or similar topics, and would like to share that information, please contact LFOP president Alice Natale at (928) 474-2838.
Remember to show your affection to a loved one on Valentine’s Day with a call, a card, a gift or a hug.