What does June make you think of? Blue skies, warm, sunny days, starry nights, weddings? Did you know that October now rivals June as the most popular wedding month?
Other things of note this month: June is Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month; also Audio Book, Dairy, Flag, Send a Rose, Turkey Lovers', Vision Research and Zoo Aquarium Month.
Tomorrow, June 8, Ice Cream Day, to commemorate the date in 1786hat ice cream was first served in the United States. As if that weren't enough, June 20 is Ice Cream Soda Day.
There are dozens of stories about the origin of ice cream, most of whichall in the category ofolklore. Still, they make interesting reading.
The Roman Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar reportedly sent slaves to the mountains toetch snow and ice to freeze fruit drinks.
Marco Polo is credited for bringing a recipe for a concoction resembling sherbet back from his journeys to the Far East.
In the 1600s, Charles I of England, at an elegant state banquet, is said to have hadis French chef prepare a dessert "resembling fresh-fallen snow," but creamier and sweeter than any other known after-dinner dessert. It was such a hit with his guests that Charles vowed it would be served only at the royal table. He offered the cook 500 pounds a year not to reveal the recipe.
Dolley Madison, wife of President James Madison, is credited with being the first person to serve ice cream in the White House.
Just browsing in the ice cream section of our local supermarkets makes my mouth water. Nowow-carb, sugar-free, low-fat and other varieties arevailable, so there is a way to satisfy that craving for ice cream even when on a restricted diet. Go for it -- celebrate Ice Cream Day tomorrow.
Payson Senior Center
Membership is open to new members, or for renewal to current members, at the Senior Center during June. Dues are $10 a year and may be paid at the greeting desk.
Among the benefits of membership, you may choose from a number of activities, including Old Time Music Makers (Monday), Aerobics (Tuesday), ible Study (Wednesday); Line Dancing and Wood Carving (Thursday). In addition, a number of games are played during the week. Pinochle, Hand and Food, Bridge, Canasta and Rumikube are offered.
Legal aid is availablehrough Gila-Pinal County Council for Senior Citizensne day a month, as are pedicures by a Registered Nurse. Free blood pressure testing will be done at the Centern theecond Wednesday of each month by Payson Care Center. For information call (928) 474-4876.
The Senior Center will be open Saturday, June 18, to accommodate Stampede Weekend visitors.
Four positions are open on the Senior Center board of directors. Interested persons may contact the center for more information. Election will be held June 16.
Wednesday, June 15 is the date of this month's Birthday Bash. The menu will beountry fried steak, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, dinner roll, birthday cake and beverage. Put your name in the Birthday Barrel in the center's lobby if you were born in June to be eligible for a gift drawing.
There will be a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at the center. This event is open to everyone in the community. Juice, pancakes, bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs and coffee will be served for $3.50 a plate.
There will be no choir practice until August.
If you have time on your hands, the Senior Center and Thrift Store need volunteers. Callers are needed to check on homebound members, especially in the hot weather. The Thrift Store can use sorters, stockers and people to help in receiving.
The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will offer a health screening for members from 7 a.m.o 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21. Advance registration is required. The screening includes Lipid Panel, HgA1c, PSA and blood pressure. To register, call (928) 472-9290.
Line dancing is offered from 5:30 p.m.o 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost is1 per session and the class is open to all.
The member luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m.une 28. There will be a guest speaker. Cost is3.50 members; $4 for non-members.
Doc Talk, presented by Dr. Clinton Street, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 13.Attendance is free for Circle members; $1.50 for non-members. Bring a brown bag lunch.
Massage therapy is available Thursdays, by appointment at the Circle. Sessions are $20 for a half-hour, $35 for a full hour. Call (928) 472-9290 to make an appointment.
The Cottage Gift Shop, located in the Senior Circle,is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
Ladies' summer clothes will be on sale for $1 a bag at the Thrift Store, Highway 87 in Pine.he store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Profits from sales at the P/S Thrift Store go directly to the support of the senior dining room, which serves hot, nourishing meals Monday through Friday at noon. A monthly calendar of menus is available in the dining room or thrift store. Members pay $3.50 for lunch; non-members, $5. Meals on Wheels also are available for the homebound. For reservations or information, call (928) 476-2151 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Good advice:It's foolish to work up a head of steam unless you know what's cooking.