Fall's call -- soft, subtle but insistent, autumn urges us outdoors to enjoy its splendor.
Take a walk, harvest the rest of the apples on the tree and bake a pie, pack a picnic lunch and head up to one of the Rim lakes.
Even though we don't get the glorious fall colors like the East and Midwest, the seasonal changes are visible in the golden aspens, the different slant of sunlight and shortened days, as well as so-welcome cooler temperatures.
Another pleasure of fall is real meals again. After a summer of salads, sandwiches and cold foods, a dinner of pot roast, stew or hot soup (cold soups just don't do it for me) is inviting. And, it is nice to get out the cool weather clothes and snuggle up in a sweatshirt on these 40-something-degree mornings.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Bashas' is once again offering its Thank You card program whereby members of nonprofit organizations can register to have a portion of their purchases credited to the organization.
By entering the Senior Center's assigned number -- 23290 -- your Bashas' purchases will be recorded and a percentage given to the Center at the end of the program. Please take the time to enter the number -- it needs to be done only once -- to help raise funds for seniors.
The Senior Center at 514 W. Main Street will be closed Oct. 8 for Columbus Day. The Thrift Store at 512 W. Main Street will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Flu shots will be available at the Senior Center Friday, Oct. 5 and Wednesday, Oct. 24. Please register in advance to receive the shots. For information, call (928) 474-4876.
A representative from Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be at the Center starting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct.16 to offer legal assistance to seniors. Advance appointments are required and may be made at the greeting desk in the center lobby. This service is provided on a donation basis.
Here's a chance to play it at the Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct.17.
Employees, volunteers and members of the Senior Center are encouraged to dress in costume on Halloween, Oct. 31. Winners of the costume contest will be announced at the noon luncheon. Meal reservations should be made 24 hours in advance.
The Senior Thrift Store will participate in First Friday on Main Street/125th Anniversary Celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. The store will remain open during these hours and there will be refreshments, door prizes and special sales on lamps, selected household accessories and furniture.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Dessert with the Director will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Scott Grassel, director of the pharmacy, will be guest speaker. Call (928) 472-9290 for information.
Tai Chi class is held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Circle Center. The next class will meet Thursday, Oct. 4.
The monthly member/new member luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15. This will be an Octoberfest celebration. Please RSVP by phone or by stopping in the Circle office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Lunch and Learn will be at noon Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Senior Circle building. Reservations are required.
Looking ahead, plan to attend the Senior Circle Health Fair Thursday, Oct. 25. Call the above phone number for further information.
"We do not migrate as the birds do, but I notice there is a change in the rhythm of our life when the season ebbs. Nights are cool, days dreamy with blue haze. There is a quickening in the blood, a restlessness. Suddenly we are full of projects which may be our own manner of migrating."