Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Did you ever wonder how Mayday came to be the oral radio signal for requesting aid? From the Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase origins comes this explanation: It is derived from the French "m'aidez," meaning "help me."
Besides Mother's Day on May 9 and Memorial Day on May 31, May has much to shout about. It is Better Hearing and Speech, Better Sleep, Older Americans', and Teacher Appreciation Month.
The first week of May marks National Hospital Week, Be Kind to Animals and Safe Drinking Water Week. The second week you can bet is Gambler's Week and Nurses' Week. Give your favorite nurse a hug on May 12, which is Florence Nightingale's birthday. I personally salute all 27 million nurses in the United States. They are unsung heroes in my book.
International Pickle Week runs from May 15 through May 24, making it International Pickle 10 Days. The reason is that it includes Memorial Day weekend with the traditional start of picnics and outdoor cooking, serving, of course, lots of pickles.There are 36 basic types of pickles, with dill pickles the most popular, followed by sweet pickles. Have any of you ever eaten fried dill pickles? A friend from Starkville, Miss., sent me a recipe for them, noting that they are a deep South favorite. I've never been brave enough to try ‘em!
Payson Senior Center
Lots going on at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, this month. Wednesday, May 12 is the noon birthday celebration for those born in May. The lunch menu offers a hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, green beans, birthday cake and ice creams. There will be a drawing from among the birthday honorees for a gift certificate. Put your name in the Birthday Barrel in the Center lobby to register.
The movie "Carousel" is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 11 and "Music Man," May 25. There is no charge and refreshments are available.
There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15. All members of the community are invited to drop in and see what the Senior Center has to offer. There will be displays, refreshments, entertainment and door prizes.
Immediately after the open house, and on subsequent Saturdays, the Center will present Big Bob and Kool Ken's Karaoke Party from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here's your chance to listen to good music, dance, socialize, maybe win a door prize, and partake of refreshments.
There is no charge for the open house; admission for the karaoke party is $3.
Adelphia from the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be at the Center beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, to assist people needing legal advice. Please sign up prior to that date to reserve a time.
For information about any of the above activities, call (928) 474-4876.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, is having a half-price sale on women's and men's blue jeans, through May 8.
Payson Regional Senior Circle Association
The sixth annual Women's Wellness Forum will be held May 8 at the Payson High School. The forum is open to all women ages 18 and older, but attendance is limited to 300. Call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for information.
Dr. Clinton Street will present "Doc Talk" from noon to 1 p.m. May 10 at Payson Regional Medical Center. "Eight Points to a Better You" is the topic of his discussion. Cost is $1.50 for members; $5 for non-members. Reservations may be made by calling (928) 468-9470.
A members' luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at PRMC. Cost is $3.50 and advance reservations can be made by calling (928) 468-1012.
The Senior Circle offers a number of programs relating to health and wellness, including diabetic support and education; fibromyalgia support; arthritis aquatics; aerobics for arthritics and more. For a full schedule, stop by the Circle office at 215 N. Beeline Highway, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Library Friends of Payson
The LFOP Bookshop is offering travel, camping, hiking and nature-related hardcover books at half price during the month of May. The bookshop is located just to the right of the main inner entrance to the library at 328 N. McLane.
Library Director Terry Morris is looking for an experienced puppeteer to establish a puppet program for the Children's Library. For information, call Terry at (928) 474-9260.
Pine Senior Center
There will be a Community Potluck Dinner, beginning at 4:30 p.m. May 15, in the Community Hall, 3916 N. Highway 87. This event is free and open to all ages in the community. People whose last name begins with A through L are asked to bring a main dish or salad; those whose last names begin with M through Z should bring a main dish or dessert.
Meals on Wheels are available for the homebound in Pine and Strawberry. A delivered meal, which includes a main course, salad and side dish, costs $4. To make arrangements for a delivered noon meal, call Cheryl at (928) 476-2151.
A thought from The Positive Side of Life: A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Payson Senior Center Menu
The Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, serves a hot meal in their dining room at noon weekdays. Cost of the meal is $3 for those 60 years of age and older, and $4.50 for those under 60. Reservations must be made by 4 p.m. of the preceding day. You do not need to be a member.
Transportation is available for those needing it, or meals can be delivered to persons who are homebound. To make reservations, call (928) 474-4876.
Menus for May:
May 3: Hamburger, waffle fries, broccoli salad, pie, V-8 juice
May 4: Sweet and sour chicken breast, veg/rice, egg roll, yogurt
May 5: Country fried steak, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, fruit ambrosia, roll
May 6: Beef stew in a bread bowl, cottage cheese, tomato, fresh fruit, cookie
May 7: Chicken tenders, chive potatoes, salad, cranberry jello, bread sticks
May 10: Chicken and dumplings, broccoli and cheese, stewed tomatoes biscuits, pudding
May 11: Hamburger steak with onions, potato wedges and vegetables, melon, roll
May 12: Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, green beans, cake
May 13: Pork stir fry, stir fry vegetables, egg roll, fruit mix, V-8 juice
May 14: Macaroni and cheese with Polish sausage, asparagus, applecrisp, rolls
May 17: Pork roast, spinach, sweet potato casserole, baked apple, rosemary roll
May 18: Baked chicken, salad, scalloped vegetables, pineapple, cheese biscuit
May 19: Stuffed meatloaf, vegetable casserole, sliced tomatoes, cake, roll
May 20: Lasagna, Italian green beans, apricots, garlic bread
May 21: Baked Cod, twice baked potatoes, lima beans, fruit jello, cheese rolls
May 24: Pot roast, boiled vegetables, tomatoes, peaches, biscuits
May 25: Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, Parmesan veggies, fruit, roll
May 26: Ham steak, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, cake, roll
May 27: Stuffed peppers, salad, corn, pudding, bread sticks
May 28: Chicken wings, Parmesan potatoes, stir fry veggies, fresh fruit
May 31: CLOSED. Memorial Day