July is here, marching in to drums playing patriotic music, picnics, outdoor fun and hot weather. July is no shrinking violet; it is big and bold and ... Hey! Was that a rumble of thunder I heard? July puts on its own fireworks complete with spectacular light shows and booms that can rock a house. Don’t forget the rain that sometimes comes down like a waterfall. After our long late winter and spring drought, many of us will be out frolicking in the first drops of precipitation before taking refuge from the deluge. And if we are lucky, we may have a few nights of gentle rain lulling us to sleep.
Are you wondering about those insects making that high-pitched humming these days? The cicadas are back! While the high-pitched shrill may not sound romantic to you, it actually is the mating call of the male cicada. Cicadas do not bite or sting and are relatively harmless, although they can cause damage to shrubs and trees when the female bores holes in branches where she deposits her eggs. Once the eggs are hatched the larvae drop to the ground and burrow into the soil where they remain for 13 to 17 years before emerging to begin singing and mating, thus being called the 13-year or 17-year cicada.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine (the Community Center) is having a half-price sale on women’s sleepwear and children’s clothes July 6 through 9. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
July is jam-packed with events at the Senior Center. The Old Time Music Makers will gather in the Dining Room at 514 W. Main St. at 9 a.m., Monday, July 11 and Monday, July 25 to make music. Come to listen or if you play an instrument, join in.
In the mood for a good laugh? The comedy team of Abe and Gloria will put a smile on your face at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, July 12 at the Center.
If exercise is your thing, check out your choice:
• The “stretchercize” classes Tuesdays or Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
• Country and western dance lessons are given from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Zumba dance class is held at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and 6:30 p.m. July 7, 14 and 28.
Anne James and friends will entertain with live music at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 19 and Wayne Todd will perform at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, July 21. Stop in the Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up a full schedule of events.
Legal assistance for seniors is available by appointment beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 12. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby.
July 21 is the July Birthday Bash. Advance reservations are required for lunch and may be made at the Center or by calling (928) 474-4876. Menu for the day is chicken potpie, green beans, whole-wheat biscuit, melon cup and birthday cake. Cost of the meal is $3 for persons over 60 and $5 for those under 60, no tax or tip.
Meals on Wheels runner Jim Kane is Volunteer of the Month for July.
The Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. is having an Independence Day sale July 5 through July 8. Selected merchandise will be offered at 50 percent off the marked prices. Many women’s garments are priced at 25 cents each.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Think about it:
Everyone is too old for something, but no one is too old for everything.