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July, that sassy, rambunctious month is here. July marches in to a (John Phillip) Sousa beat, accompanied by the whiz of rockets and bang of fireworks.

Nor does she stop after the Fourth of July, the uproar remains high with frequent downpours of rain, slashes of lightning, booms of thunder so loud they shake the buildings, and sometimes even the tattoo of hail.

July is an exciting month, filled with the sizzling heat of midsummer, the scent of early fruit and vegetables ripening, the feel of wind sweeping through Rim Country.

Meals are a challenge this time of year. Now is when we are grateful for the microwave, the slow cooker and the grill. Here's a recipe for a quick and satisfying meal that won't heat up the house.

Ham-Asparagus Croissant

Serves two but can be doubled or tripled as needed.

Make a roux of 2 tablespoons margarine and 1 large tablespoon flour, blend together, add 1 cup milk, stir over medium heat until thickened, add three slices American cheese, allow to melt.

Microwave one cup fresh asparagus cut in bite-size pieces -- should be tender but not mushy.

Slice two croissants lengthwise. Stack bottom halves with deli ham, sliced very thin and warmed in the microwave. Put drained asparagus on top of ham, pour cheese sauce over all and cover with croissant tops. Drizzle with remaining cheese sauce.

If you are watching your diet, use a butter substitute and 1 percent or skim milk and light cheese.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will be closed Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

AARP will offer a driving class for seniors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 5 at the Senior Circle. Call (928) 472-9290 for information or to make reservations.

Yoga classes are held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays at the Circle Activity Center. Tai Chi classes are from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursdays.

The July Members' Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, July 21. Advance reservations are required.

The Arthritis Foundation and Senior Circle will present an educational expo from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 26 at the Mazatzal Casino Event Center.

A new program for treatment of arthritis will be introduced using both aquatic and land-based exercises. Persons with experience in water safety and exercise are encouraged to contact Senior Circle adviser Kathy Coombes if they are interested in becoming class leaders.

Senior Center and Thrift Store

The Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., and Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will be closed Friday, July 4 for Independence Day. The Thrift Store will be open Saturday, July 5.

Kay Kepplinger of the Gila County Genealogical Society will speak on tracing your family roots at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 2 in the Center Dining Room.

Representatives from the Payson Fire Department will talk about fire preparedness at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 3 in the Center Dining Room.

"Pony Express Riders" is the topic of Chuck Jackman's presentation at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 8.

Robert Gortarez will discuss "Funeral Planning and Misconceptions" at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 9 at the Senior Center.

Guitarist Wayne Todd Gendreau will entertain throughout the lunch hour beginning at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 15.

No reservations are necessary for the musical program, however, if you plan to stay for lunch, reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Call (928) 474-4876 or stop in the Senior Center lobby for reservations.

All the above meetings are open to the public.

Rosalind Schuerer is volunteer of the month for July. Rosalind is a longtime member of the Senior Center and has served in numerous capacities. Currently she helps with membership and serving lunches, among other duties.

Men's and women's summer clothing with blue tags will be on sale at 50 percent off the marked price through July. Yellow-tagged garments are 25 percent off and orange-tagged garments are 25 cents each.

Approximately 38 awards were presented to volunteers from the Senior Center and Senior Thrift Store at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer Appreciation Party recently. Volunteers served a total of 17,283 hours during 2006 and 2007 at the center and store.

The Senior Center and Thrift Store is saddened at the passing of longtime member and volunteer Eva Prychodnik.

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