January is here and it’s usually a time when we see some snow in Rim Country. That hasn’t been happening this year, so far, although most of the rest of the country is getting more winter than they want. We have been blessed by spring-like weather. Hm-m-m, is the other shoe about to fall?
If you are wondering what January has to celebrate, think about this: Jan. 10 is Peculiar People Day; the 13th, Make Your Dream Come True Day; and the 14th, Dress Up Your Pet Day. Some of the dogs I see being walked around town should qualify for winners in that category, the sweaters and jackets and even bootees they are wearing look like they came from a designer’s shop. The 16th is a good morning to stay in bed — it is National Nothing Day. I hope Q, my cat, doesn’t ask me anything too difficult on the 22nd; that is Answer Your Cat’s Question Day. Do you ever wonder who comes up with this stuff?
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Join the fun and play Bingo at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. A $1 charge may enable you to win a fantastic prize.
What is it like to live in South Africa? You can find out Jan. 22 when a guest speaker will discuss her experiences while living there.
This is the first of a series of monthly presentations that will vicariously take you around the world.
Jan. 23 is the monthly birthday bash at the Center. All those with January birthdays will be acknowledged. Advance reservations for lunch are required and may be made by calling (928) 474-4876 or stopping in the Center Lobby between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those whose birthdays fall in other months are also welcome.
Mark your calendar for the Super Bowl party planned for Jan. 31. No matter which team you are cheering for, you will enjoy the camaraderie of other football fans and maybe even a tailgate lunch.
The second annual Zumba-Thon, in memory of Christy Walton, will be held beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 at Payson Senior Center, 512 W. Main St. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.
The Widowed Women’s Grief Group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.
Did you ever hear of Sheepshead? It is a trick-taking card game that I well remember from my childhood days. Every family gathering was sure to end with the grown-ups around the table for a few hands of Sheepshead. If you would like to learn or play the game, call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 and have your name added to the interest list. If there are enough prospective players, a regular time will be scheduled.
The next Lunch & Learn is at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22. Dr. Kristy Gill will present a program on neuropathy and nerve pain.
Make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance by calling (928) 472-9290. The Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.
Want to get away from it all? Senior Circle is taking reservations for a Palm Springs getaway departing Wednesday, Feb. 26 and returning Friday, Feb. 28. The price is $495 per person, double occupancy, which includes transportation, two nights at Palm Mountain Resort, reserved seats for the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, Villagefest, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, continental breakfast and one night’s dinner. For information, call the Circle at (928) 472-9290.
January is a time for beginnings — if you are thinking about adding a new activity to your schedule, consider becoming a Hospice Compassus volunteer. Training will be held in the near future. Call Patty Kauffman at (928) 472-6340 for more information.
Tickets will soon be on sale for Payson Public Library’s 2014 Taste of the Rim to be held at the library, 328 N. McLane Rd., from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 8. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the library circulation desk. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event. For information, call Linda Lanctot at (928) 472-9160.
Think about it: The hours, the days, the weeks and the months are of what years are made, and it is for us to fill them the best we know how. (The Old Farmer’s Almanac)