Fling wide the doors! Old Sol, shine down your brightest sunshine! Let’s hear a drum roll, woodpeckers and a chorus of birdsong. Line the path with spring flowers — May is here!
“April is promise, May is fulfillment” wrote Edwin Way Teale in A Walk Through The Year.
At long last, gardeners can get out and till the soil. There is something therapeutic about getting your hands in warm earth, planting seeds and watching them sprout —and, oh my goodness, that wonderful sense of satisfaction when you harvest the first results of your efforts. Does anything taste better than a salad of lettuce, green onions, spinach and other early veggies right from your own garden?
No space in your back yard? Not to worry, you still can have a garden. In case you haven’t heard, Payson First Church of the Nazarene, at 200 E. Tyler Parkway, has made available a portion of its property for a Community Garden. Interested persons may rent a 6-foot-by-25-foot plot for $50 for the growing season. Call (928) 474-5890 for registration packets and information.
Does anyone remember storm windows — those heavy, cumbersome framed panes of glass that went on the outside of home windows to keep the cold winter temperatures at bay? Although they were sometimes numbered, it always was a challenge to find which windows they fit, and then to wrestle them into place.
Upstairs windows took great patience and skill to install. But what a pleasure come spring when they were taken off and once again, windows could be opened to allow the sweet, spring air in. Aren’t we fortunate we no longer have to do this particular household chore?
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
This week, the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store will be honoring moms and the special women in our lives. Designer purses and beautiful gifts will be available at very reasonable prices. All women’s clothing will be 50 percent off the marked prices. Regularly priced children’s books will be: buy one for 10 cents and get 3 free.
In time for the spring rodeo, the store will celebrate Western Days May 9 to May 19. There is an extensive collection of Western clothing and home décor.
The store is located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine, at the community center, and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The store gladly accepts donations during business hours and will also pick up donations. For information, call (928) 476-4633.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
There are three openings for Senior Center members to serve on the Center’s Board of Directors for three-year terms. Elected officers must attend monthly meetings dealing with Center policies, assist with fund-raising projects and coordinating operations. Persons interested in serving may call Joann Conlin, Senior Center Director, or Denise Hughes, Activities Coordinator, at (928) 474-4876 for more information.
Several changes have been made in the Center activity schedule.
• Stretchercize classes no longer will be offered, but will be replaced by another fitness class soon to be announced.
• Anne James will not present musical entertainment on Tuesdays during the summer. In her place, the Center presents a Summer Music Jam Session, which is open to any musician or groups wanting to perform.
• Zumba Gold and Tone and Stretch classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays for a modest fee. Call the above number for times and costs.
• Wayne Todd performs older country, gospel and rock music on the first and third Thursdays. The program is open to the public and requires no advance reservations unless you plan to stay for lunch.
Stop in the Center lobby to pick up a full schedule of events.
The Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. will have the following sales this week: 10 percent off all men’s and women’s regular clothing today, (Tuesday, May 1); Boutique clothing, 10 percent off Wednesday, 10 percent off linens Thursday, and 10 percent off everything in the store Friday and Saturday.
Prospective volunteers are always welcome at the Senior Thrift Store. Call (928) 474-3205 to learn what opportunities are awaiting you.
Chili’s Restaurant, 900 S. Beeline Highway, is having a benefit for the Library Friends of Payson from 11 a.m. to closing Wednesday, May 2. If customers present a Give Back Day coupon when ordering, a portion of the cost of their meal will be donated to the Library Friends. If you don’t have a coupon, stop by the library at 328 N. McLane Road and pick one up at the front desk or bookstore.
For information, call LFOP Vice President Linda Lanctot at (928) 472-9160.
Happy Mothers’ Day to all the moms in Rim Country.
Think about it: You know you are a senior citizen when your joints are more accurate weather predictors than the National Weather Service.