The music of August! With the windows open, one can hear a whole symphony -- the hoarse call of ravens flying over in early morning, looking for breakfast; kids' chatter as they wait for a school bus; the whir of hummingbirds vying for a turn at the feeder; the rumble of thunder on a monsoon afternoon and the chirp of crickets on a hot August night.
Only the male crickets chirp, and it isn't really a chirp at all, but sound made by rubbing one forewing against the other. The higher the temperature, the more chirps are produced. It is possible to calculate the Fahrenheit temperature by adding the number 39 to the number of chirps produced in 15 seconds, although that does not apply to all 900 species of crickets around the world.
Crickets are thought to be good luck in Asia and are considered culinary delights in some other parts of the globe.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
A passive exercise class is offered at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. The line dancing group meets at 10:30 a.m. Fridays. These and other programs are held at the Senior Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. For information call (928) 472-9290.
Diane Dodge offers healing massage therapy Monday through Wednesday by appointment only. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (928) 970-1773. If you are a Senior Circle member, you will receive $10 off a one-hour treatment or $5 off a half-hour session.
The Circle Shoppe located inside the Senior Circle building at 215 N. Beeline Highway, now carries an assortment of honey, jams and apple butter from The Honey Stand in Pine.
The Senior Circle will be closed Friday, Aug. 31 for the Labor Day weekend.
Food boxes are available for seniors age 60 and over who meet eligibility guidelines. The boxes include cheese, juice, cereal, beans, canned meat, vegetables and powdered or condensed milk. Call (928) 425-3231, extension 8818 or 8819 for distribution sites in Gila County.
Payson Senior Center
The Senior Center and Thrift Store, 514 and 512 W. Main St., will be closed Sept. 3 for Labor Day.
A bag sale will be held at the Thrift Store Monday, Aug. 27 through Saturday, Sept. 1. Customers may fill a standard size grocery bag (which will be provided) for $1. All men's and women's summer clothing will be on sale. Children's clothing is not included. New merchandise will be put out daily. The store will be restocked with fall and winter clothing beginning Sept. 4. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Thrift Store staff extends thanks to Bashas', Safeway and Wal-Mart for their generous donations for the recent National Thrift Shop Day celebration. Thanks also go to the many volunteers and friends of the store who contributed cookies.