This month deserves to be in big, bold print. July is filled with activity, excitement, picnics, outdoor sports —and fireworks! Some manmade and some from Mother Nature as the summer storms roll through Rim Country.
If you are planning a July wedding, you might want to change your mind — July is The Unlucky Month For Weddings. Come to think of it, I don’t know anyone who was married in July.
July is National Blueberry Month. I remember one late July afternoon in northern Wisconsin my husband and I went to a little-traveled country road to pick wild blueberries. Len decided to stay in the car, so I made my way along the roadside, happily filling my bucket with the delicious berries. I looked back to see if any traffic was coming, and I noticed Len frantically waving me back to the car. Worried that he might be ill, I ran back as fast as I could. When I got there, he gestured me in. “Didn’t you see that bear and cub just down the road in front of you?” he asked in a loud whisper.
Today, July 3, is Compliment Your Mirror, Disobedience and Stay Out of The Sun Day. Do you ever wonder who makes up these so-called holidays? Here’s one I like, July 11 is Cheer Up The Lonely Day. Drop a note, make a phone call or take a person who is alone to lunch — it will make you feel good too.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The “Road to Recovery” is a new Senior Circle program designed to provide transportation help for Payson area cancer patients. Volunteers are needed to transport people with cancer to and from their medical appointments. Drivers will donate their time and personal vehicles to ensure the patients get the life-saving treatments they need. To learn more about the program or to volunteer, call (928) 472-9290.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Senior Center will be closed tomorrow, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day, but will reopen Thursday and Friday.
A new exercise class, Stretch, Strength and Tone, starts today at the Center, 514 W. Main St. and will continue on following Tuesdays and Thursdays. A class in Qigong Tai Chi also is in the planning stages. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.
The July movie is “Road to Bali” (postponed from an earlier date).
Country Western Dance Lessons are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting July 10. Participants will learn how to two-step, waltz, line dance and execute basic turns. The lessons are held over a period of seven weeks and the eighth week there is a dance party. The cost for all eight events is $8 for singles and $12 for couples, or $3 per event for singles and $5 per event for couples. For more information, contact Bob and Helen Hughes, (928) 468-6247. All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels and Dial A Ride programs.
The Senor Center is looking for people interested in forming both a poker group and a euchre group. Call the above number to register or to learn more.
The Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. is having a Ten-for-Ten Sale on clothing, excluding Boutique and blue jeans, the week of July 2 through 7, 10 garments may be purchased for 10 cents each. The store is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The store will be closed on the Fourth of July.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store on Highway 87 in downtown Pine will be closed July 4, but will be open Thursday, July 5 through Saturday, July 7. Shoes will be on sale at 50 percent off the marked prices and ladies pants will be three pair for $1. Men’s and women’s T-shirts also are priced at three for $1. The store is going Hawaiian Wednesdays to Saturdays, July 9 through July 21 and will feature men’s and women’s Hawaiian clothing.
Library Friends of Payson
There will be no LFOP monthly meeting in July. The next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 20 in the library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road. Jim Turner of the Arizona Humanities Council will review Arizona’s Centennial History. The meeting will be open to the public.
The Gila Library District is launching a new program enabling users to download digital audiobooks to their audio devices or computers in July. You will need your library card to register. For information, go to http//gilaaz.one clickdigital.com.
LFOP is seeking someone to fill the position of membership chair. The job takes about two hours a month. If interested, please call Alice Natale at (928) 474- 2838 or Linda Lanctot at (928) 472-9160.
Think about it: “Summer is the time when it is too hot to do the things it was too cold to do during the winter.”
— Gladys Taber