If you have not yet visited Key Ingredients: America by Food, the traveling exhibition co-presented by the Smithsonian Institution and the Arizona Humanities Council at Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, you still have the opportunity to see it before it closes Aug. 7. It is free and well worth your time. Len and I went last week and thoroughly enjoyed the varied displays of America’s food history. From early people’s preservation methods to the first TV dinners; restaurant menus from days gone by; vintage cookbooks; contemporary food production and much, much more — the whole exhibit is beautifully presented. Not only is Key Ingredients interesting, but additional displays contributed by Library Director Terry Morris and other staff and Library Friends members enhance the presentation. How fortunate we are to have a Smithsonian exhibit right here in Payson.
Speaking of food, we had the first tomato from our mini-container garden last week and was it ever delicious! There’s just nothing better than vine-ripened, homegrown tomatoes, or, for that matter, homegrown anything. Yes, we are blessed to have supermarkets full of every kind of produce, but I’ll take homegrown first any time.
Here it is, August already, how did it get here so fast? August is Happiness Happens Month — time to spread joy, pay a compliment or give a gift for no reason. Go on; see how much happiness you can spread today.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store will have jewelry, lamps and items from the linen room at 50 percent off the marked prices Aug. 3 through Aug. 6. T-shirts will be priced at three for $1. The week of Aug. 10 through Aug. 13 it will feature Christmas in August. The store is located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine at the Pine Community Center and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
If you need a fix for your sweet tooth, plan on lunch at the Senior Center tomorrow, Aug. 3, when SimonMed will contribute the Cake of the Month. The Country Gospel Misfits will present live music for your entertainment. The menu for the day is lime baked chicken with rice, buttered carrots, broccoli and beverage, all for a $3 donation for those over 60, $5 for younger. There is no tax or tip. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876.
After all that food, you can attend Stretchercize class at 9:30 a.m., Thursday or Zumba at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the Center.
The Old Time Music Makers will meet at 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 8. On Tuesdays, Ann James and Friends entertain with live music at 10:30 a.m. in the Center Dining Room. Both programs are free and open to the public.
A benefit specialist is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Center to provide assistance with Medicare, Social Security and other senior issues.
There will be a posture screening by Payson Care Center at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 11. Bingo is scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 15 in the Center Dining Room. To pick up a full schedule of August events, stop in the Center Lobby at 514 W. Main St.
The Senior Thrift Store will be open until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 for First Friday events. Men’s and women’s garments are on sale at 10 for $1. Shoes are 50 cents a pair unless otherwise marked. The store recently has been rearranged and re-organized to make shopping easier and more pleasant. Store hours are from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Donations are accepted daily, preferably between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pick-up of large items such as furniture in good, re-saleable condition, may be arranged by calling (928) 474-3205. Tax receipts for donations will be given upon request.
Rim Country Regional Senior Circle
Jeanine Affeldt — “Good Grief Jeanine” — will speak on “Healing Conversations — What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say” at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Senior Circle Lunch and Learn, 215 N. Beeline Highway. A members Ice Cream Social is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 17. For information, call (928) 472-9290.
Think about it: If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours.