If you thought with Labor Day over, there is nothing left to celebrate this month, think again. September has a lot going for it.
Among other things, it is Self Improvement Month, International Square Dance, National Chicken, National Courtesy, and Classical Music Month. Newspaper Carrier Day is Sept. 4; the 5th is also Be Late for Something Day and you can observe Swap Ideas Day on the 10th. Be sure to greet the folks next door on the 26th, National Good Neighbor Day.
Have you noticed how much politics is becoming show business? Perhaps we should coin a new word -- politainment.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
When making purchases at Bashas', be sure to enroll in their "Shop & Give" program whereby nonprofit organizations receive a percentage of purchases. The Senior Center number is 23290 and you need register only once using your Thank You card. The program runs through March 31, 2009.
There will be an ice cream social courtesy of Sterling Health in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. on Thursday, Sept. 4 following lunch.
Roger Hattrup of the Ombudsman program will speak at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 8 at the center. The meeting is open to the public.
Volunteerism is the topic to be discussed by Vicki Rotsteen of Payson Care Center at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Donna Hastings with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will present information on Rural Home Loans and Rural Low Cost Repair Loans and Grants at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Representatives from the Time Out Shelter are scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 11.
Bingo will be played beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 15. The public is invited to join in the free games.
Legal aid for seniors is available by advance appointment Tuesday, Sept. 16. For information call (928) 474-4876 or stop in at the Senior Center information desk. This service is offered on a donation basis.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 27 for a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Senior Center.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will participate in First Friday on Main Street activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5. There will be refreshments, door prizes and special sales. The Old Time Music Makers will perform.
Noreen Holland is Volunteer of the Month for September. Noreen has been a volunteer at the thrift store for almost a year, currently serving as cashier.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
If you feel in the need of gentle exercise, the Senior Circle offers Tai Chi classes Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Yoga classes meet from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays. A passive exercise class is held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. All classes are held in the Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. For information, call (928) 472-9290.
Line dancing will resume this month at the Circle. Call the above number for times.
Library Friends of Payson
A new slate of officers will be elected at the Monday, Sept. 8 meeting of Library Friends of Payson. The proposed slate is as follows: president, Linda Lanctot; vice president, Alice Natale; secretary, Dana Fladhammer; treasurer, John Wilson; membership, Marge Buland; financial secretary, Billie Gibbs; bookstore, Jeanne Schoonover and Karen Thornton; and at-large delegate, Kay Runbeck. Only current LFOP members are eligible to vote.
Guest speaker at the meeting will be David Leeson from East Yorkshire, England, who will present a review of Zane Grey's Lackawaxen, Pa. home, a museum managed by the National Park Service. Leeson is a member of Zane Grey's West Society and has visited Payson and the Zane Grey cabin several times. The meeting is open to the public.