Celebrating American Beer Month

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July --idsummer, the sizzling month that kicks off withhe bang and dazzle of Independence Day celebrations, andften ends up with the bang of thunder and flash of lightning as our monsoon season gets into full swing.

Here's one for the guys reading this: July is American Beer Month. The history of beer goes back to as early as 10,000 B. C.Mesopotamian and Sumerian artifacts from that era indicate that aeverage very similar to today's beer was made and consumed. Ancient Egyptians and Chinese also brewed beer, as did the Babylonians, where women brewers wereeemed priestesses. European monks initiated the use of hops as a flavoring agent and preservative during the Middle Ages.hristopher Columbus noted the natives in the new worldaking brew of maize. Even the Pilgrims indulged in beer -- one story is that they landed at Plymouth Rock instead of further south, as planned, because they were out of beer.

If you are really into beer, you might want to mark Oct. 8 on your calendar -- that's the date of the World Beer Festival in Durham, N.C.

Now consider that July 23 is National Hot Dog Day -- pop a top off your favorite brew, fire up the grill, and it sounds like a picnic to me.

How many songs are there about summer? There's "Summertime -- and the livin' is easy" from "Porgy and Bess"; "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer"; "Hot Dog, Summer in the City"; "In the Good Old Summertime"; "Summer Place" and I bet if you and I put our heads together, we easily could come up with 100 more. Most are as light and carefrees the season, but remember, "There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues."

Payson Senior Center

A fund-raiser to benefit the Senior Center's Meals on Wheels program is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Mazatzal Casino Bingo Hall. Brad Zinn will present "A Tribute to the Great Comedians," doing impressions of George Burns, Jack Benny, Groucho Marx and more.Tickets are $10 per person, available at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, or also at the door.

Legal assistance foreniorsill be available Tuesday, July 12, at the Center, through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens.

Advance registration is required. There is no charge for this service, but donations are accepted.

Pampered Feet will be doing pedicures on Wednesdays during July. Call for Center at (928) 474-4876 to make an appointment.

here will be a "Summer Fling" for seniors, sponsored by Payson Senior Center, Powell House and Rim Country Health and Retirement Center, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 15t the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street. Music will be provided by D. J. Craig, refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded. Transportation is available for those needing it. There is no cost for this event. For information, contact Doreen at (928) 474-6249, Marie at (928) 474-1120 or Marsha at (928) 474-4876.

Theelebration for those with birthdays this month will be at noon Wednesday, July 20. Menu for the day is pot roast, vegetables, salad, dinner roll, beverage, and, of course, birthday cake. Put your name in the birthday barrel in the lobby to be eligible for a gift drawing.

The Center and Thrift Store need volunteers for a variety of positions. Call for more information.

Two seminars will be July 27 covering Medicare insurance and supplements. The first is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the second for 4:30 p.m.

Senior Circle

Tune in to KMOG, 1420 AM, at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 7, to hear Rim Country Forum where Cory Houghton, Senior Circle Advisor, and Dr. Amalia Pineras will speak on the Circle's new Healthy Woman Program. Pineras will be guest speaker at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Plan to attend a barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, to celebrate the reopening of the Circle facility after recent remodeling. Cost for members is $5.50, non-members, $6. However, if you RSVP in advance and bring a guest who joins Senior Circle for the cost of $15 a year, both of you can partake of the barbecue for free.

Put on your dancing shoes and get yourself over to the Circle at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 21, to listen and dance to the music of D.J. Craig. Cost is $5 per person; refreshments will be served. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 472-9290 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Thought for the day: Instead of pointing a critical finger, try holding out a helping hand.

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