What a gentle, romantic month June is! A month for lovers and weddings, gentle breezes, sunshine, and if we're lucky, maybe even showers.
June's birthstone is the pearl, and the flower of the month is the rose.
In the language of flowers, there are more meanings for the rose than any other bloom. The Austrian rose means "Thou art all that is lovely." The old fashioned cabbage rose is the ambassador of love; the multiflora, grace. A white rosebud is the symbol of girlhood, and the guelder rose signifies age. Beware the yellow rose, which speaks of jealousy and decrease of love! Roses white and red together indicate unity, and the bridal rose, of course, means happy love.
June is Adopt a Cat (or let one adopt you) Month, as well as Candy, Dairy, Flag, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and remember, Flag Day is June 14.
Pine Senior Center
Times listed for the Pine Thrift Store in my last column were incorrect. Hours of the store are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, not 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. as listed.
Payson Regional Senior Circle Association
Becoming your Own Financial Planner is the title of a meeting to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 8, at the Senior Circle office, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Certified Senior Adviser Tom Russell will discuss investing principles, common investments, dollar cost averaging, understanding risk and reward, and trusts. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling Senior Circle Advisor Cory Houghton at 928-468-1012. There is a $1.50 fee for Circle Members, $5 for non-members.
Senior Circle men who have not had a screening in the last six months can take advantage of a health screening day June 22. Tests will be given for blood pressure, PSA, HgA1c and cholesterol. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling the above number.
Dr. Clinton Street will begin a new series of "Doc Talk" meetings at noon, June 14 at the Senior Circle. Dr. Street will cover eight points of staying well and coping with changes as we age. Cost of the program is $1.50 and reservations are required.
The monthly member lunch will be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. June 21 at PRMC's Conference Room. There will be a guest speaker. Cost of the meal is $3.50 for members, $4 for non-members. Parking is available in the lot across from the Administration Building.
Payson Senior Center
Adelphia from Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, from 10 a.m. June 15, to assist seniors with legal advice. Those wishing to meet with Adelphia must sign up in advance at the greeting desk. The service is on a donation basis.
The annual picnic for Senior Center members will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18 at Rumsey Park. The menu will include hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad, soft drinks and dessert. The Old Time Music Makers will provide music. Advance reservations are required. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.
June 23 is the date of the monthly birthday celebration in the Center dining room. There will be birthday cake and ice cream and a drawing for a gift certificate. Put your name in the birthday barrel if you have a June birthday, to be eligible for the drawing.
June is membership month 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. This enables seniors to take advantage of the benefits and programs of both organizations at a $15 saving. The offer is good only until July 1, 2004.
Movies for the month are "Chicago" on Friday, June 11 and "Cheaper by the Dozen" on June 25. The movies begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street. There is no charge and light refreshments are available.
Thought for the day: Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.