August is such a laid back month, perfect for enjoying these lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer. Did you know that Aug. 10 is the official date of Lazy Day? There’s also a Relaxation Day on Sept. 15 and a World Sauntering Day on Sept. 28, so take time out to do nothing much this month.
Other events of note in August are Garage Sale Day on Aug. 8 — that should be a biggie in Payson where garage sales seem to be the favored form of entertainment; International Left Handers’ Day on Aug. 13, which all of us southpaws will celebrate; National Thrift Shop Day Aug. 17; and Senior Citizens’ Day, Aug. 21 — so declared by proclamation of then President Ronald Reagan in August of 1988.
While you are savoring all the above activities, add time after dark to watch the night skies for the Perseid meteor showers Aug. 9 through Aug. 13, peaking on Aug. 11.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Ann James will present a musical program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. James is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who performs a wide spectrum of music including country and country blues, standards, classic jazz and ’30s to ’50s swing. A full-time Payson resident, she has written more than 300 songs. There is no charge to attend, but if you wish to have lunch during the program, you must make advance reservations. The menu features ham and scalloped potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, fruit or dessert and beverage. Cost of the meal is $3 for those 60 and older, $5 for persons under the age of 60. Call (928) 474-4876 for reservations.
Legal assistance for seniors will be offered by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8. Sign in at the Center’s Information Desk for appointments.
August menus and event schedules are available in the Senior Center Lobby.
Rose Waite is August’s Volunteer of the Month. Rose does a fantastic job handling the children’s section at the Thrift Store where she has served for several years.
Just in time for the August Doin’s Rodeo, the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is featuring a good selection of western wear at very reasonable prices.
The Thrift Store will be open until 8 p.m., Aug. 7 for First Friday on Main Street activities. Wayne Todd will celebrate his one-year anniversary of entertaining at the event with an evening of music. A western theme and decorations will add to the festivities and there will be refreshments, hourly door prizes (need not be present to win) and 10 percent off sales from $1 to $100 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
An AARP Driving Class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 for information and reservations.
New classes in beginning ballroom dance will start Aug. 11; they are held 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening. Phone the above number for further details.
The monthly Member Lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Senior Circle. Please make advance reservations.
Pine-Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store
Western wear and accessories are on sale at the Pine Thrift Store, which is in the Pine Community Center complex on Highway 87 in downtown Pine. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
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