Enjoy September’S Gentle Days

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Now that Labor Day is over, we can settle into September and enjoy the cooler days and nights. We realize fall is near as the days shorten.

September is a gentle month with much to recommend it. The monsoon winds down — no longer are there almost daily afternoon storms and while we welcome the much-needed precipitation, we really don’t miss the accompanying thunder and lightning. Although there are some hot days, the air conditioner doesn’t run day and night, and isn’t it pleasant to sleep with the windows open? The morning walk doesn’t need to be taken at six o’clock; it is still cool enough at eight or nine. Enjoy September!

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Sit and Fit chair exercise is offered at 8:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Retrofit exercise classes follow at 9:30 a.m. For information on both classes, call (928) 474-4876.

Love football? Friday, Sept. 7 is Football Spirit Day to welcome the season in. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite football team’s colors.  Friday’s free movie is “Invincible,” the true story of Philadelphia Eagles player, Vince Papale.

Laughing is healthy for you, so plan to be at the Center Sept. 11 for the Abe and Glo Comedy Show.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a Monsoon Madness Sale on all summer clothing except boutique items the week of Sept. 3 to 8. All garments are 50 cents each. There is also a good selection of shoes at bargain prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Donations of items in re-saleable condition are appreciated and pick-up of larger pieces can be scheduled by calling (928) 474-3205 during business hours. Receipts will be given for tax purposes upon request.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store 

Kitchen appliances will be on sale at 50 percent off the marked prices Sept. 5 through 8 at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store on Highway 87 in downtown Pine. Everything in the linen room is on sale.  There will also be a Mix and Match Sale on books until Sept. 15.

Payson Public Library 

Library Director Terry Morris is retiring after many years of exceptional service to the library and community. The Library Friends of Payson are planning a farewell party. For information, call (928) 474-9260.

Final thoughts

On our recent trip to Southern California, we passed through the very small town of Hope, Ariz. Small is the operative word here — Hope, at best, is two blocks long. Someone there, however, has a great sense of humor. Just past the settlement, there is a very professional looking roadside sign stating, “You are now beyond Hope.”

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