September is deceiving in Rim country. So easily does August become September that one could forget to turn the calendar page. In harsher climates, September is emphatic, bringing autumn leaves in reckless abundance of color before they fall to the ground, and the first frosts of the season.
Here the message is subtle, but as the month progresses, it comes through loud and clear. Fall is here; winter is coming. Stack up that woodpile, put away the tank tops and get out your sweatshirts.
Two recent columns sparked interesting letters in the mailbag. The first was in response to my column about zucchini, in which I mentioned a 1979 cookbook published by the ladies of Holy Nativity Church. Bishop James Stewart, in a nice note, wrote that he had received 47 phone calls about the Versatile Zucchini Cookbook, which has been reprinted several times, along with four others compiled by the women of the church.
The second response was an e-mail from Stan Brown, former Roundup columnist, Payson town historian and our former neighbor, now living in Prescott. Stan wrote, "The Lost Art of Whistling brought to mind many happy memories of my dad, who was a whistler. He had a three-note call for my mom that always signaled his arrival home. He traveled weekly in his business and on those long drives, he would practice whistling until he was really very good ..."
Dr. Clinton Street will be at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, to discuss "The Mental Aspects of Aging". Advance reservations are required.
Craig Matthews of the Apothecary Shop will present an update on arthritis medications at 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Senior Circle. This program, developed by the Arthritis Foundation Class, will give up-to-date information about medications used in the treatment of arthritis. There is no charge:ake reservations in advance.
Come and enjoy a wonderful meal, great conversation, and a guest speaker, at the Sept. 20member breakfast in the PRMC cafeteria. The gathering begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost for members is $3.50; $4 for non-members.
The Senior Circle and Payson Regional Medical Center are partnering in offering September Health Screenings. If members have not participated in an SC screening for cholesterol, diabetes and prostate disease in the past six months, they may sign up for all screenings, offered from 7 a.m. to noon, Sept. 22. You may also participate in PRMC's Legs for Life screening for Peripheral Vascular Disease.
For further information or to register for any of the above programs, call (928) 468-1012.
Payson Senior Center
Thanks to a grant from the town of Payson, the Senior Center now has ramps leading to entrances to the center and adjacent thrift store. This puts both facilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Further work will be done on the center's bathrooms to accommodate the handicapped in the near future. The center is very grateful to the town for enabling these improvements to be made.
Faith Lowenhagen, former representative for Pinal and Gila County Council for Senior Citizens, is no longer available to assist seniors with questions about Medicare, Medical Aid, Social Security and other issues. We wish Faith much happiness in her retirement, and will keep you posted as to who will be taking her place, and when the service will be offered again.
The Salvation Army is no longer functioning out of the senior center. To contact them, call (928) 970-0601 and leave a voice mail message for Ginny.
Legal Help for Seniors, sponsored on a donation basis by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, will be held Sept. 14 at the center, 514 W. Main Street. Advance sign-up is required and maybe made at the greeting desk in the center office.
The September birthday celebration is scheduled for noon, Sept. 15. The menu is pepper steak over rice, green beans and carrots, dinner roll, strawberry shortcake and beverage. If your birthday is this month, be sure to enter your name in the birthday barrel to be eligible to win a gift certificate.
There will be a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the center dining room. Cost of the breakfast is $3.50 per person. All ages are welcome and reservations are not required.
Senior center members Hazel and Jim Patterson of Payson were grand prize winners of a dinner for two at Cedar Ridge Restaurant, in the recent National Thrift Store Day celebration at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street. The dinner was donated by the Mazatzal Casino. Other businesses and organizations contributing to the festivities were Bashas', Finishing Touch, Marble Slab, Safeway and the Senior Center.
Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation
The Pine Thrift Store is now featuring fall merchandise at very reasonable prices. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
There will be a community potluck dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Pine community center. Guests with last names beginning with A through L are asked to bring a main dish or salad; those with last names M through Z, a main dish or dessert. There is no charge and the event is open to all ages. For information, call (928) 476-2151.