The month of August has no official holidays. It is a quiet month, some may even say dull, but August has its own charm. After the excitement of July, the pace slows down (until the rodeo comes to town in Payson). It is a great time for a leisurely stroll through the park, a glass of lemonade with a friend, picking tomatoes from the vine. August is Celery, Fennel and Cactus Month (I wonder how cactus got put in that grouping?), National Win With Civility Month and What Will Be Your Legacy Month — topics for musing on these lazy summer days. Two designated days should be of interest to Paysonites: Aug. 8 is Garage Sale Day and nowhere will you find folks who love garage sales more than we do; Aug. 17 is Thrift Store Day and with the multitude of thrift stores here, we should make it a town holiday.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Senior Center, at 514 W. Main St., is celebrating Rodeo Days during August. A Rodeo Party beginning at 10:30 a.m. is planned for Friday, Aug. 17. There will be games, entertainment and line dancing led by Bob and Helen Hughes. A chuck wagon lunch will be served at noon. Partygoers are encouraged to wear Western style clothing. Advance reservations are required and may be made by stopping in the Center Lobby or calling (928) 474-4876 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Stretch and Relax classes are offered at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Center Dining Room.
“City Slickers” is the classic movie to be shown at 9:15 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10 at the Center. Muffins and a beverage will be available. Everyone is welcome.
The Old Time Music Makers will be playing from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13 in the Center Dining Room.
Legal assistance for seniors is offered by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14. Advance appointments are required and may be made by signing up in the Center Lobby.
The Birthday Bash is Thursday, Aug. 16 for those who were born in this month. Be sure to register for the gift drawing. Reservations for lunch should be made in advance.
Bo Bochansky is volunteer of the month for August. Bo is a longtime volunteer at the Center.
If you need Western Wear for the upcoming rodeo or rodeo party, check out the Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. There is a good selection of appropriate clothing at very reasonable prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. While there, consider becoming a volunteer. Helping hands are always needed.
The Payson Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is designed to help people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers. PD is a neurological disorder affecting more than 1.5 million American men and women. The goals of the group are to offer friendship, support and encouragement to patients and family members. Monthly meetings are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash St. in Payson. Lunch will be served. For information, call Kathie Carpenter at (928) 468-2196.
The Town of Payson Police and Fire Departments offer Guardian Angel services to those who live alone. This is a device installed through your telephone system and programmed to call for help in case of a fall or disablement. Users wear a small pendant around their neck and activate the service by pushing a button. It calls a friend or neighbor who will listen in to your home to determine the nature of the problem and get assistance. There is no charge for Guardian Angel. For information, call (928) 474-5242, extension 429 or 300.
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