The mourning doves that have nested near our back yard in previous years are back — we hear their cooing morning, noon, and yes, even at night. Thank goodness it is a soothing sound. We’re glad it isn’t a family of ravens! A pair of jays also have nested nearby, they and the squirrels are in constant battle over rights to the baby acorns just beginning to grow on our back yard oak trees. Fun to watch!
May is Older American’s Month, a time to unleash the power of age. If you aren’t already involved in our community, now is the time to join. Become a volunteer in one or more of the many organizations to improve life for others. Mentor a student, help out at or donate to the food bank, support events to raise funds for worthy causes, do your part in keeping our streets and parks clean. Oh yes, if you are a youngster under the age of 70, you also can join in!
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Non-denominational Bible studies are held at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.
Something new is being offered at the Center — Anne James is teaching a class in playing the ukulele at 11 a.m. Mondays.
“This is one of the easiest instruments to learn,” she says. The ukulele was developed in Hawaii in the 1800s and has since become a staple in Hawaiian music. For information or to register for the classes, call (928) 474-4876.
If you enjoy playing Dominos or cards, check out the Center’s activity schedule which lists all monthly events.
For a full schedule of Senior Center monthly activities, stop in the Center Lobby weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Payson Christian School’s first- and second-graders will visit the Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 8 to sing for lunch diners. The program is open to all, come listen to their sweet voices.
Jerry Knights is the volunteer of the month for May. Jerry is a longtime member of the Center and is always willing to help out where needed.
The Center and Thrift Store will be closed May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine has re-opened after lengthy repairs due to a water break in January.
In celebration of their re-opening, a raffle is being held for a new picnic cooler with eating accessories, ice storage space and more. The Strawberry Patchers have donated a picnic quilt to be raffled with the cooler. Tickets are $1 each or seven for $5 and are available at the Thrift Store. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The drawing will be held July 6.
The Pine/Strawberry Community Dining Room is open at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Any senior age 50 or older is welcome. A full meal is $4 for SCAF members and $5 for non-members. There is a salad bar at $2.50 for members and $3 for non-members. Meals on Wheels also can be delivered to the homebound. Call (928) 476-3788 for reservations.
Richard Moreno will present a program on Payson Regional Medical Center emergency room services at the 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 22 Lunch and Learn meeting.
The June 5 meeting will be “Child Safety 101 for Grandparents” by area public safety personnel. For information or reservations, call (928) 472-9290.
Think about it: If you see a friend without a smile, give him/her one of yours.