March — It sounds like an order, doesn’t it? April, May and June are soft, gentle months and July sparkles, but March tolerates no foolishness. Either the day is so bright and crisp that it demands you Get Outside and Clean up the Yard or the weather is so nasty you don’t want to set foot out the door. March has no major holidays (unless you are Irish and observe St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th). March is the month most divorces occur. March 9 is Get Over It Day, March 11 is World Plumbing Day and the week of March 25 to March 31 is Root Canal Awareness Week — don’t they all sound like a lot of fun?
On the brighter side, the first day of spring is March 20; March 19 to March 25 is Act Happy Week; and one I plan to observe, American Chocolate Week, is March 19 to March 24.
Anyway, Happy March — and that’s an order!
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Country Gospel Misfits perform at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 21 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The program is free and open to the public.
An Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 21 at the Center. The meeting is for family members and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. There is no charge to attend and reservations are not required.
Western dance lessons are given from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at the Senior Center. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.
The monthly birthday bash for members with March birthdays is March 15. Menu for the day is turkey ala king over whole-wheat biscuits, seasoned spinach, carrot coins, ambrosia salad, beverage, and, of course, birthday cake. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance; call (928) 474-4876 or stop by the Center Lobby. While there, remember to pick up a monthly menu and full schedule of events.
Anne James will present a free St. Patrick’s Day program of Irish music at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 16 in the Center Dining Room. The public is invited. Please make advance reservations if you plan to stay for the corned beef and cabbage luncheon.
Harold Groves is Volunteer of the Month for March at the Center.
The Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. is having a March Madness Sale of all winter clothes this month. Prices on garments begin at 50 cents each. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine, is having a half-price sale on jewelry, watches and articles in the linen room, Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10. Specialty clothing also will be on sale as well as craft and quilting books.
From Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day décor and items will be featured. Plates, glassware, mugs and dish sets will be sold at half off the marked prices. The store will have its first clearance of winter clothing at $2 a bag. The following week, March 21 to March 24, Easter items will be offered. This will be the last week of the winter clothing sale with a $1 a bag sale. Spring and summer clothing will go on the racks beginning in April. For information, call (928) 476- 4633.
Rim Country Regional Senior Circle
In these days of social networking, here is another way of connecting with others besides using Facebook or Twitter. Senior Circle members can meet E-Pals by signing up through the Senior Circle Web site www.seniorcircle.com and clicking the e-pal tab at the top right. You could be exchanging messages with folks from Seattle to Orlando next week.
The Senior Circle is offering free hearing tests conducted by Abbot Hearing Centers from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 at the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 for an appointment.
Library Friends of Payson
Alice Natale was named winner of the Nan Pyle Distinguished Service Award at the February LFOP meeting. She has served as president of the group for three years, and vice president for two years prior to that. Natale also has numerous years of service with the Rim Country Literacy Program and is a well-known storyteller around Rim Country.
Think About It: Being over the hill is better than being under it.