Now that the long Fourth of July weekend is over, we settle in to enjoy this midsummer month. Days of long sunlight and shimmering heatwaves -- lingering twilight facing into dark, and the sky filled with stars.
This month we'll have a blue moon on the 31st -- the second full moon in one month. There is an earlier definition using a convoluted formula of four full moons in one season, the third of which is called the "blue moon." Whichever definition you prefer, go out and take a walk in the silvery moonlight.
July is Anti-Boredom Month, time to try something new. It is also Baked Bean, Hot Dog, Ice Cream, Blueberry and Peach Month -- sounds like a picnic to me. July 3 through 13 are the Dog Days of summer; the 15th through 21st, Hug Week, and lest we forget, July 15 is Cow Appreciation Day. Combine the two and hug a cow -- how's that for trying something new?
Payson Senior Center
Recently elected newcomers Bill Martin, Ann Christenson, Michael Lumley, John "Doc" Holiday and Alice Natale join incumbents Patricia Frisbie, Rosalind Schuerer, Lola McKee, Ruth Craig, Gerald Imboden and Jack Ward in serving on the Senior Center Board of Directors. Board meetings are held at the Center, 514 W. Main Street, at 9 a.m. the third Thursday of every month.
The monthly birthday celebration will be held at noon, July 21 in the Center Dining Room. Chicken Parmesan, salad, Italian green beans, garlic bread and birthday cake are on the birthday menu. Put your name in the birthday barrel if you have a July birthday to be eligible for the drawing.
"Dream Wife" is the movie to be shown July 9 and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is scheduled for July 23. The movies begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street. There is no charge and light refreshments are served.
Legal help for seniors will be available beginning at 10 a.m. July 13 at the Center. The service is provided by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens on a donation basis. Persons wishing to take advantage of the service must sign up in advance at the Center Greeting Desk.
Payson Regional Senior Circle Association
The Payson Regional Senior Circle bi-monthly newsletter has a new look. It is now combined with Circle News, the official newsletter of the Senior Circle Association. In addition to color photos and glossy finish, it includes helpful and interesting articles as well as a schedule of events at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.
There will be a volunteer training session from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 9. Volunteer opportunities include office/ reception, board membership, hospital and homebound ambassador, pastoral care, and newsletter, event and scrapbook committees.
The monthly member lunch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 19 in PRMC's conference room. There will be a guest speaker. Cost of the meal and program is $3.50 for members, $4 for non-members. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (928) 468-1012.
Several local travel activities are being planned. These include a visit to Strawberry Schoolhouse, the oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona, with lunch at the Randall House; a trip to Tonto Fish Hatchery with box lunch provided; and a tour of the Museum of Rim Country Archeology and lunch at Mad Dawg's and Mel's. Call the Circle office for further information.
Around the Rim
A community potluck dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 17, in the community center on Highway 87 in Pine. This event is open to all ages. Persons with last names beginning with A through L are asked to bring a main dish or salad; those with last names beginning with M through Z, main dish or dessert. For information, call (928) 476-2151.
Gerardo Moceri from Cucina Paradiso will present a cooking demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10, inside the front entrance of Bashas' supermarket. The public is invited to watch Chef Gerardo prepare a variety of dishes. Samples and recipes will be handed out. There is no charge for the program.
What an honor for Payson Public Library to be one of only seven places in Arizona to host the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibit, "Yesterday's Tomorrows -- Past Visions of the American Future." We had the pleasure of viewing the presentation recently and found it very interesting. The exhibit will run through Aug. 1. This is a free special presentation, so be sure to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity right here in Rim country.