Summer Flew By; And Now It’S Time To Plan For Autumn

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“For it’s a long, long time from May to September” according to the old song, but it sure hasn’t seemed like such a long time since we were anticipating Memorial Day and now Labor Day is just a memory. I hope yours was pleasant … and just think, there are only 110 days until Christmas!

September is, among other things, Classical Music, National Courtesy and Piano Month. It is also the month of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s first 2011-2012 performance, and it promises to be a spectacular season.

The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats open the TCCA season with a dazzling and exciting show Sept. 27. If you don’t already have a season ticket, you can get fliers and order forms at the Payson Public Library, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or online at www.tccarim.org. Cost for season tickets is $90 for all eight performances. Single performance tickets also will be sold as space permits at $35 for each performance.

A few other notable September events include Patriot Day on Sept. 11, which also happens to be Grandparents’ Day, an occasion many of us are entitled to observe.

The 14th is one of my favorites: National Cream Filled Donut Day. Who do you think nominated that as a holiday? Someone with too much time on their hands?

And here’s another one we all should take note of: Sept. 28 is National Good Neighbor Day.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Ann James and Friends perform at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. The programs are free and open to the public.

An early flu season is being predicted this year. You can get your flu shots beginning at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 12 at the Center. Bring your Medicare and insurance cards.

Legal assistance for seniors will be available beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Senior Center. Advance reservations may be made from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in the Center lobby.

If you have outdated or no longer used prescription drugs, you can dispose of them safely from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at the Senior Center.

Payson Care Center will be doing free blood pressure checks at the Center Thursday, Sept. 15. No reservations are needed, first come, first served.

Sept. 15 also is the date of the monthly Senior Birthday Bash. Menu for the day is cheeseburgers, mixed beans, oven fries and sliced strawberries. Birthday cake also will be provided by Payson Care Center. Make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876 or stopping in the Center lobby.

A representative from the Gila County Recorder’s office will be at the Payson Senior Center Monday, Sept. 19 to discuss voting registration or changing present registration. Call the above number for times.

Wayne Todd provides musical entertainment at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22. The program is free and open to the public.

Judy Gagnier is Volunteer of the Month for September. Judy is a Meals on Wheels runner.

Beginning Sept. 6, the Senior Thrift Store will offer a 25 percent discount on Boutique clothing. Remaining women’s and men’s summer clothing continues to be 10 cents a garment. Television sets will be sold at half off the marked prices. The store is located next door to the Senior Center at 512 W. Main St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine will have a half price sale on men’s and women’s pants, women’s dresses, purses, and glasses and mugs from Sept. 6 through Sept. 10.

Models of all sizes are needed for their upcoming Holiday Clothing Fashion Show to be held at 11 a. m., Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Pine/Strawberry Dining Room.

There will also be a bake sale and donations of goodies would be appreciated and a purse silent auction. If interested, contact the Thrift Store at (928) 476-4633.

Think about it: If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise.

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