Sunday, June 20, is Father's Day. The origins of the holiday are unclear, but the generally accepted explanation is that the idea was conceived by a Seattle woman named Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909 while listening to a Mother's Day sermon. Her mother had died in childbirth, leaving her father to raise six children, including the newborn, on his own. She was so impressed with his single parenting that she felt there should be a holiday honoring fathers as well as mothers. She took her idea to clergymen in Seattle, and it is believed that the first celebration in honor of fathers was the following year. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea, but it was not until 1924 that President Calvin Coolidge made it a national event. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.
Senior Circle Association
There will be a health screening, on June 22, for Senior Circle men who have not had a screening in the last six months. Tests will be given for blood pressure, PSA, HgA1c and cholesterol. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling (928) 468-1012.
The monthly member lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21 at PRMC's Conference Room. There will be a guest speaker. Cost of the meal if $3.50 for members, $4 for non-members. Parking is available in the lot across from the Administration Building.
Payson Senior Center
Election for Senior Center board members is being held this week. There are seven candidates running for five positions: incumbents Elaine Drorbaugh, Gerald Imboden and Rosalind Schuerer, and newcomers John (Doc) Holiday, Alice Natale, Michael Lumley and Ann Christensen. Early voting may be done between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today (Tuesday) and Wednesday, and final day for voting will be between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, June 17.
Members of the Senior Center are invited to the annual picnic in the main ramada at Rumsey Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18. The Old Time Music Makers will provide music. There is a $3 charge and reservations are required. Transportation is available for those needing it.
The monthly birthday celebration will be held at noon June 23 in the center dining room. Membership is open through the month of June and the center, together with Senior Circle, is offering a two-for-one special -- anyone who joins Senior Center for the $10 annual fee, can also join Senior Circle for an additional $5.
The June 25 movie will be "Cheaper by the Dozen." The movie begins at 9:30 a.m. in the center dining room, 514 W. Main Street. There is no charge and light refreshments are available.
Watch the movie in the morning, and put on your dancing shoes in the evening. The Mazatzal Casino is sponsoring a dance to benefit the Senior Center, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 25 in their smoke-free bingo hall. "Whitewater" will provide the music. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $5, available in advance at the Senior Center, or at the door to the bingo hall on the night of the dance.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store want to thank P.K. Noland and Christie Dillman of The Carpenter's Wife for their contributions of time and expertise in evaluating, and assisting in selling antique items that are donated to the Thrift Store ... services for which they take no commission. They also will have a jar available for cash donations to the Senior Center at their annual summer antique sale, June 18 through June 20. Hours of the sale are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at their store at 112 W. Wade Street.
Pine Senior Center
A community potluck dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at the community center on Highway 87 in downtown Pine. To make reservations and find out what dish to bring, call (928) 476-2151.
The Pine Thrift Store will have women's slacks and shorts on sale -- buy one, get one free, through the end of June. The store is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.