Sneak Around With Zucchini This Sunday



August is a mellow fellow -- laid back and leisurely, made for sitting and taking it easy, waiting for the cooler days of fall to arrive. It's a time to savor the harvest from our fields and gardens -- watermelon, sweet corn, tomatoes just off the vine, and, of course, that most prolific of vegetables, zucchini.

Did you know that Aug. 8 is "Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night"?

Zucchini is a member of the cucurbita family which includes squash and pumpkins. It is easily grown, producing a copious harvest in around 55 days in our climate. There are as many recipes for zucchini as there are zucchini.

Browsing through the book section of my favorite place to shop -- the Senior Thrift Store -- I found a copy of "The Versatile Zucchini Cookbook", published in 1979 and compiled by the Anglican Church Women of the Church of the Holy Nativity, Payson, Arizona. Inside are approximately 80 pages of zucchini recipes, ranging from dozens of recipes for ever-popular zucchini breads to zucchini chips, dill pickles, applesauce, Turkish zucchini dolmas, and much more.

The Internet also is a veritable treasure trove of zucchini recipes, including one for a zucchini martini. Would you call it a zutini or a marcchini?

The ubiquitous vegetable even has its own festival every May in Windsor, Fla. Proceeds benefit the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department.

Regretfully, my tiny yard is not big enough for even one zucchini plant -- so you can sneak some onto my porch if you want.

Payson Senior Center

A representative from the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be at the Center, 514 W Main Street, beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, to help seniors with legal questions. Thessistance is providedn a donation basis. Those wishing to take advantage of the service are asked to sign uprior to that datet the Greeting Desk.

Beginning this week, the Senior Thrift Store at 512 W Main Street will be featuring Western wear for the upcoming August Doin's. There will be men and women's western style shirts, pants, skirts and boots, all at very reasonable prices. Don't be caught without proper attire for the Rodeo!

Wednesday, Aug. 18, is the birthday celebration honoring members having birthdays this month. It will be held at noon in the Center Dining Room. The birthday menu includes ham steak, potatoes au gratin, spinach, roll, and of course, birthday cake and beverage. A gift certificate will be given to the person whose name is drawn from the birthday barrel.

Payson Regional Senior Circle Association

Dr. Clinton Street will present a program on "The Facts of Aging and What Can Be Done" at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Senior Circle. For information or to register, call (928) 468-1012.

Registration is now open for a volunteer training session to be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13. Those who volunteer a minimum of 40 hours a year will receive one year's free membership to the Payson Regional Senior Circle. Call (928) 468-1012 for information.

It is not too early to register for the monthly member luncheon scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 in PRMC's conference room. There will be a guest speaker. Cost is $3.50 for members; $4 for non-members.

Senior Circle's annual rummage and bake sale will be held Aug. 27 and 28 at the Circle office, 215 N Beeline Highway. Volunteers are needed to sort and price merchandise and to bake. Carolyn Scott is heading up the sale committee and can be reached at (928) 474-8076.

A Christmas trip to New York City is being planned by the Senior Circle Travel Committee. Departure Date is Dec. 2, 2004. Watch for more information in the next Senior Moments column.

S.O.S.! On July 3, someone bought a Ted De Grazia print at a yard sale on Bronco Circle. The prints was offered for sale by mistake; it belongs to a relative of the person having the sale. It had been given to the relative by someone who has passed on and has great sentimental value for her. If you are the person who bought the print, and are willing to return it, please call Marsha at (928) 474-4876 days, or on her cell phone, (928) 595-0772. Your purchase price will be refunded.

Thought for the day: every minute spent angry is 60 seconds of wasted happiness.

By Carol Zebb
Roundup columnist

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