“October is the jewel set in the hand of time” — so wrote Gladys Taber in her book The Best of Stillmeadow and I must agree that October truly is a splendid time of year, especially here in Rim Country. Summer’s heat is gone, but we do not yet need winter’s warm clothing. The monsoon season (what there was of it!) is past, days are bright and sunny.
The sky is that special blue so quintessentially southwest. Flowers are still blooming and here and there are glimmers of leaves turning color. We should celebrate Oktoberfest all month!
In case you don’t know who Gladys Taber is, she was a well-known writer of the 1900s, having written more than 50 books and hundreds of columns appearing in Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle as well as other publications. Remember, those were the days before computers or even electric typewriters. Although she died in 1980, her works live on and are as timely today as when first written. She wrote both fiction and non-fiction and is best known for her writings about life with family, friends, dogs and cats at Stillmeadow, a 1600s farmhouse in Connecticut, and Still Cove, her Cape Cod home. Friends of Gladys Taber is an organization of more than 450 members from across the country as well as in Canada, Australia and Germany, dedicated to keeping her works alive. For more information, check their Web site at info@FriendsofGladysTaber.org or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any juniper trees near your home, you probably have noticed that there is a bumper crop of berries this fall. Carpets of blue berries cover the ground beneath the trees around our house and the walk must be swept daily. Some varieties of juniper berries have been used medicinally and as spices throughout the ages, they have even been found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. I don’t know of anyone or anything here that harvests them. Do any of our local birds eat them? If so, I’d sure like to invite them to our yard!
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Representatives from the Town of Payson will be at the Senior Center Wednesday, Oct. 5 to discuss the building of an ASU campus in Payson. On Oct. 6, members of the police department will speak on programs, such as Guardian Angel, that are available for seniors. Both meetings begin at 11:15 a.m. in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. and are open to the public.
The Misfits Country Gospel present live entertainment at 11 a.m. Wednesdays in the Center Dining Room. There is no charge, but advance reservations must be made if you plan to stay for lunch. Call (928) 474-4876 for reservations.
Payson Care Center will hold a free Senior Fitness class at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Center.
On Thursday, Oct. 20, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be at the Center with information relating to people with hearing loss. The organization gives users access to a wide variety of no-cost assistive equipment, serves people with hearing loss and speech difficulties and is a public policy advocate. The program begins at 11:30 a.m.
A 45-minute demonstration of gentle, self-care movements for seniors by Shiranda Deerwoman will take place beginning at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Center. The movements are designed to assist in releasing pain in the tissues and joints, promoting relaxation and letting go of stress, encouraging an increase in range of motion and interrupting accruing tension and pain patterns. For information, call (928) 478-6928.
Senior Center’s Volunteer of the Month for October is Kathe Sampson.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a sale on house wares, 50 percent off the marked prices; sweatshirts and pants are $1 per garment; and baby car seats are also half off. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
Fall and winter clothing is now being displayed at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine. New items are put out daily. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Rim Country Senior Circle
There will be a driving class for seniors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.
The Senior Circle is also offering new classes this fall in digital photography, beginning ballroom dancing and self-defense for seniors.
Also coming to the Senior Circle is a Lunch and Learn program on breast cancer awareness from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 12.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — for those hesitant about getting a mammogram, this program is for you.
Guy Lanahan, director of radiology and Nel Collins, mammographer, will be on hand to alleviate any apprehension. Learn about state of the art diagnostic tools available at Payson Regional Medical Center. Every woman in Rim Country should attend this free presentation.
The public is welcome, but reservations are needed. Call (928) 472-9290 for more information.
A Senior Circle member lunch is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19. Guest speaker will be Scott Flake, who will talk about the benefits of long term care insurance. Call (928) 472-9290 to make a reservation.
The Senior Circle is planning two trips in the near future. It will have a Sedona Day Trip Thursday, Oct. 13, which will include: round-trip luxury motor coach transportation, a three-hour tour on the Sedona trolley, all gratuities and taxes, plus time on your own for shopping and lunch.
The bus departs Payson at 7:45 a.m. The cost is $70 per person.
Then on Thursday, Nov. 17, there will be a trip to Queen Creek Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms, which includes: round-trip luxury motor coach transportation, a tour of the Olive Oil Mill, noontime train ride followed by lunch (included), and a guided hay ride tour. Participants will arrive back in Payson around 5:30 p.m. The cost is $80 per person.
Jamie Shreiner is the new volunteer coordinator for Payson Community Kids. She looks forward to drawing in new volunteers; if interested, call (928) 478-7160.
There will be an Italian Harvest Wine Tasting and Fine Cuisine benefit for PCK Monday, Oct. 17 at Gerardo’s Firewood Café, 512 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Chef Gerardo Moceri will present a five-course meal. Silent auction items are needed. For information, call Suzy at (928) 978-3256.
Think about it: You know you are growing old when you realize that history textbooks include events that you remember reading about in the newspaper.