“Ooo? Oo oo oo” — It is a little after 4 a.m. and still dark outside. From the back yard comes a sleepy call of our resident mourning dove. He must have decided it was too early to get up; no more calls for another half-hour. Then the serenade begins in earnest and continues through the day. The male’s call is territorial and also voiced for courtship. Mourning doves are monogamous and both parents take part in brooding and caring for the chicks (rightfully called squabs). One pair can produce from two to six broods of two eggs each per season. They are seedeaters and can often be seen on the ground, feeding in pairs. They are widely spread over most of the country. Here in Rim Country we can enjoy their company throughout the summer; in winter they migrate to warmer areas. If you would like to attract them to your yard, you can try spreading cracked corn, millet or milo (aka grain sorghum) seeds on the ground or in a ground feeder.
At one time, there was an active birders’ club in Payson. It must have disbanded as I no longer hear anything about it. If it is still in existence, please let me know at email@example.com.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The meeting is open to family and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not required.
Thursday, July 19 is the monthly Birthday Bash at the Center. Menu for the day will be meatball/mozzarella marinara sandwich, green pepper sauté with celery, whole wheat bun, frosty salad with cherries, apricots and pineapple, and of course, birthday cake. Wayne Todd will entertain with live music. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876.
What better thing to do on a hot July day than go to a Beach Party? That’s what the Senior Center has in store for you beginning at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 20. Summer sportswear is suggested — it needn’t be a swimsuit though! There will be live music by Candy and Don Brooks. Menu for the event will be surf and turf: crab cake and sausage, pepper skewers, roasted potatoes and oatmeal bars for dessert. Advance reservations required.
The Old Time Music Makers fill the Center Dining Room with music, music, music from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, July 23 and 30. Everyone is welcome to come, listen, sing along or join in.
There will be information about diabetic shoes at 11 a.m., Monday, July 23 in the Center Dining Room. Bridge and dominoes follow lunch at 12:45 p.m.
“We Bought a Zoo” is the free movie to be shown at 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 27 at the Center. Enjoy a beverage and muffin too. No reservations needed.
Euchre and Poker players are needed to form new card groups. Call the above number for information.
Beth Carollo is the Center’s Volunteer of the Month for July.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
You still have until July 21 to get in the island mood at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine. Hawaiian clothing and décor is featured Wednesday through Saturday of this week. Here’s a great chance to pick up something to wear to your next barbecue. Children’s Hawaiian clothing will be $1 per garment; women’s and men’s Hawaiian shirts, $3 each or two for $5. Also on sale July 18 to 21 is jewelry, half off marked prices, and entertainment items such as DVDs, videos, cassettes and more, half price. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Library Friends of Payson
Officer and selected board elections are coming up soon for the Library Friends of Payson. Current president Alice Natale will not seek re-election, but will remain on the board as a member at large. LFOP is seeking an energetic, dedicated candidate to take Alice’s place. Interested persons may learn more about the position by contacting Alice at (928) 474-2838 or e-mailing library firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special fund-raising program is planned from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the library, 328 N. McLane Road. “Arizona Authors & Artists: Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial” is the title of the event which will feature a select group of Arizona authors with signed books and local artists who are donating fine art for a Silent Auction. Guests can enjoy a complementary wine tasting and refreshments. Tickets will be sold for a 50-50 cash raffle. Admission is free and open to the public. All funds from the event will benefit the Library Friends General Fund, which provides supplies and programs for the library not included in its regular budget. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event; there will be a sign-up sheet at the circulation desk.
Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, but also the youngest you will ever be, so enjoy it while it lasts.