Fire Season Requires Preparedness

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In this worrisome wildfire season, we are advised to have an emergency kit packed with necessities such as medications, a first aid kit, important papers, phone numbers and information about health conditions, the name and phone number of your doctor, family members to be contacted, etc. in case of evacuation.

Many of us remember that during the Rodeo-Chedeski fire of a few years ago, a number of animals also had to be evacuated along with their owners. Unfortunately, pets were not allowed to stay with their humans, and many went to animal shelters or were caged at other sites. It would have made caring for those animals so much easier if they had a pet pack.

In fact, it is a good idea to have a pet first aid kit in your home at any time. Like humans, pets can have accidents and emergencies, which do not require a visit to the veterinarian but do need attention. Many companies produce pet first aid kits ranging in price from around $20 to more than $100.

A few Web sites offering such kits are DogKits.com, petsfirstaidkits.com and bowwowcastle.com. Pet supply stores also carry first aid kits or you can set up your own.

My thanks to Susan Turnley, editor of “Friends of Gladys Taber” newsletter and Louella Revette, Pet Editor, for permission to use the above information which appeared in the June 2010 publication. 

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

The Country Gospel Misfits will entertain at lunch in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St., Wednesday, July 7. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.

There will be health screenings at the Center from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 22. Advance appointments are required and may be made by calling (877) 854-4735.

Ginny Earl is the volunteer of the month for July.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a sale on men’s and women’s clothing. Garments marked with yellow tags are 25 percent off, blue tags 50 percent off and orange tags 25 cents each. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store on Highway 87 in downtown Pine is having a bag sale July 7 through July 10. Shoppers may fill a bag with clothing for $2 per bag. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Senior Circle

Zumba® classes are offered from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mondays at the Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. QiGong is held at 9 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

Members interested in going to the Flagstaff Celtic Festival on July 17 should contact the Circle for further information and registration.

There will be an ice cream social at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 21. Cost is $2 per person. For information or to request a full schedule of events, call (928) 472-9290.

Other

Effective July 1, 2010, East Valley Adult Resources is the new sponsor of Pinal/Gila Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which was previously under the sponsorship of the Central Arizona Association of Governments. Judy Tripp is the new RSVP director and she can be contacted at (480) 775-1466.

The Write Stuff writers’ group meets from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. The meetings are open to anyone interested in writing. There is no charge to attend.

“A Woman’s Worth” is the topic of a book study program presented by Marianne Williamson from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays from July 12 through Aug. 30 at East West Exchange. There is no admission charge. For information, call (928) 468-2435.

Think about it: Old is when you are cautioned to slow down by your doctor, and not by a police officer.

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