Signs of fall: squirrels harvesting a bumper crop of acorns in the back yard — pines shedding their needles — Halloween candy and costumes on display — No more does the mourning dove coo from dawn to dusk — slanting rays of sunshine casting long shadows — warm blankets coming out of drawers and closets — apples ripening and falling from the trees — time to bake a pie?
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
There will be a clearance sale of summer clothing Sept. 19 through Sept. 22 at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine. Shoppers may fill a bag, which will be provided, for $2. Shoes and purses will be 50 percent off the marked prices. The bag sale will continue Sept. 26 through Sept. 29 with bags at $1 each, shoes and purses included in the bag.
Beginning Oct. 3, winter clothing will be shown — time to stock up on garments for the cooler weather. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
At a recent Star Valley Town Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to approve $20,000 in funds for the Meals on Wheels program and increase Star Valley’s contribution to the senior citizens’ transportation programs to $9,100. The Payson Senior Center provides these services to the town of Star Valley and Payson’s senior community.
The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The meeting is open to family members and caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s.
The 20th is the center’s monthly birthday bash for members born during September. Menu for the day is ham quiche, broccoli, marinated tomato salad, oatmeal raisin bread, strawberry parfait and ice cream. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 474-4876 or registering at the center lobby.
“Dolphin Tale” is the movie to be shown at 9:15 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21. There is no charge and muffins will be served.
Flu shots will be given from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Monday, Sept. 24 at the center.
Stacey Foote, physical therapist with Payson Physical Therapy, will be at the Payson Senior Center at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 to speak on how physical therapy can help decrease the fear of falling, improve balance and how therapists can evaluate balance to quantify risk of falling. Foote graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science and earned her master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Adams State College before receiving her degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado. She has more than 20 years of experience in a broad range of orthopedics. The lecture is free and open to the public. If planning to stay for lunch, please make advance reservations.
Poker and euchre players and square dancers are wanted to join the activities at the center. For information or to register, stop in the center weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and while there, pick up a full schedule of events for the month.
Eileen Newton is Volunteer of the Month for September.
Library Friends of Payson
Volunteers are needed to man the desk at the used bookstore in the library. Duties include pricing and shelving books, greeting visitors and handling sale money. Each volunteer serves two or more half-day shifts per month. If interested, please stop by the library at 328 N. McLane Road and pick up an application.
Payson Community Kids
Perla Guereque is Payson Community Kids’ new executive assistant. She is no stranger to the organization however — she was a Community Kid herself from the age of 10. “The program did so much for me as a kid growing up, I am thrilled to be able to serve it now,” she says.
PCK needs volunteers in the following areas: photography, donations, recruitment, family coordination, maintenance, event planning and fund-raising. Also needed are people to provide educational presentations for the kids. If you have a special talent or area of interest that familiarizes the children with different careers, helps them build various skills or offers wholesome entertainment, call Suzy Tubbs at (928) 978-3256 for information on how to become a part of PCK.
Think About It: A trip to nostalgia now and then is good for the spirit, as long as you don’t set up housekeeping.