Seems Spring Can Hardly Wait In Rim Country


Capricious March – the year at its awkward age – too old for winter, not yet grown into spring. March this year certainly came in like a lion didn’t it? Although the much-needed precipitation was appreciated, I hope the flowering shrubs and trees that were just beginning to blossom weren’t damaged. We so enjoy their full beauty this time of year.

March is Optimist’s Month. Think positive!

Spring begins – according to the calendar – March 20. The moon is full on March 16 and was known to Native Americans as the full worm moon, because in many of the country’s climates that is when worms begin emerging from the thawing earth. Easter will be on April 20, late this year, being determined by the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. And good for you if you can figure that out.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Lots of new activities going on at Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.  Pilates classes begin today and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday. Pilates is a gentle workout for all ages. Participants should bring a yoga or exercise mat.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, classes in Irish Ceili Dancing also begin today. Fundamental steps of group Irish dancing which promote health and well-being will be taught. No partners are needed. Classes will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Center. Valerie Casteneda will teach both the Pilates and Ceili classes. She has been a dance teacher and performer since 2001 for community colleges, senior centers, and numerous other venues.

Classes are free to Senior Center members for both Pilates and Ceili classes, $5 per class for non-members. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 and 19 at the Senior Center. The meetings focus on how caregivers and family members of Alzheimer’s patients can best cope and care for those afflicted and themselves. No reservations are needed.

Legal assistance offered by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is available beginning at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Center. Advance appointments are required and may be made at the Center information desk or by calling (928) 474-4876 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.


Dee Strickland Johnson as Buckshot Dot

A special treat is in store Thursday, March 13, when Rim Country’s own Dee Strickland Johnson, better known as Buckshot Dot, will present a program of original cowboy poetry and songs. Dot is a female cowboy poet, author and artist. She has published five recordings of favorite western classics and several books.

She was born in Flagstaff and grew up on the Navajo and Hualapai reservations. She is an Arizona Culture Keeper and has been the Academy of Western Artists Female Cowboy Poet of the Year. Her most recent book, Arizona Women, Weird, Wild and Wonderful, was the Western Music Association’s Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year. Both that and Arizona, Herstory, Tales from Her Storied Past, were awarded the Will Rogers Medallion Award. The program is open to the public.

Be sure to wear green and make reservations for lunch March 17. There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. with Anne James performing Irish music. Lunch menu will be Guinness beef stew, green, gold and white vegetables, brown bread, Irish cake and beverage.

Diane Reese is Volunteer of the Month for March. Diane is a Meals on Wheels runner who helps deliver hot meals to the homebound. For more information about the program, whether to request Meals on Wheels or to learn more about volunteering, call the above phone number. 

Think about it:  If you enjoyed today, it wasn’t wasted.


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