May is the prelude to June — the month when hours of daylight are the longest. In the midst of winter, we yearn for this time of year, but when the sun lingers late in the sky and the temperature climbs, we like to sit out on the patio in the cool of the evening, watch the daylight slowly fade away, and, as our family says, talk smart. Sometimes it is just Len and me, sometimes we are joined by other family members. There’s usually a lot of laughter — it doesn’t matter what the topics are, whether the day’s events, politics, gardening or whatever, it is a pleasant end to a summer’s day. And, remember, the days will begin growing shorter after the summer solstice on June 20, so enjoy this while you can.
May is Personal History Awareness Month. Those of you who are interested in learning more about your ancestry may want to visit the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society at 302 E. Bonita St. This is an “open to the public” research facility with extensive records, archives and capabilities to aid in your search. There are three computers for use, librarians to assist you and there is no charge for any of the services. The library is usually open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and by appointments at other times; to arrange one, call (928) 474-2139.
Hooray! Waste Matters has made it easier for us to recycle more than paper with the installation of new dumpsters, conveniently located, one in Green Valley Park and one near the Sawmill Theatres, for recycling tin and metal food cans, glass and plastics. These items need not be separated, nor do they need to be rinsed, although in this warm weather, I suggest that be done to eliminate odors. Papers can be recycled at the above-mentioned sites as well as in the northeast corner of Walmart’s parking lot. C’mon, folks let’s all do our part! No household waste, please.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Zumba Gold is offered at 9 a.m. and Tone and Stretch classes follow at 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday mornings at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Call (928) 474-4876 for details.
The Alzheimer’s Support Group for family or caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients will meet at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 in the Center Dining Room. There is no charge to attend.
May 17 will be the Center’s Birthday of the Month celebration, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with music by Wayne Todd. Menu for the day is macaroni and cheese, Italian mixed vegetables, tomato slices, whole wheat roll, birthday cake and beverage. Please make advance reservations if you plan to have lunch.
“Flying Tigers” is the movie for Friday, May 18.There will be a 9:15 a.m. and a 1:30 p.m. showing, refreshments will be served at each event. “The Best Years of Our Lives” will be the May 25 movie.
Vicki Dietz, RN and Transition Care Manager at Payson Care Center will speak at 11 a.m., Monday, May 21, on medical and physical changes that affect seniors. She will have copies of “A Tool To Better Health,” a free health booklet developed by Payson Care Center to assist seniors in their self-care.
There will be a Summer Music Jam Session at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 29 in the Center Dining Room, open to the public. Please make advance reservations if you plan to stay for lunch.
The Senior Center offers Meals on Wheels for the homebound every weekday. For information on how to join, call (928) 474-4876.
The Senior Thrift Store has been busy spring cleaning the store at 512 W. Main St. Clean, reusable furniture and other items are needed to restock for summer. Volunteers also are needed, particularly to sort clothing. Donations may be dropped off in the receiving area from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pick-ups of larger items are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (928) 474-3205 to schedule pick-ups. Stop in the store to see what is featured on sale each day. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Helen and Russ Christofferson are Volunteers of the Month for May. They are among the elite group that has volunteered at the Thrift Store for many years. Their faithful service is gratefully appreciated.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be closed May 28 for Memorial Day.
Think about it: Coincidence is when God wishes to remain anonymous.