The summer solstice is upon us ... the day when the Northern Hemisphere gets the most direct sunlight and daytime hours are at a maximum. From now until the winter solstice in December, our days will gradually grow shorter. Midsummer Eve has been observed with celebrations since ancient times. Druids termed it "Alban Hanien," meaning "light of the shore," symbolized by the crowning of an Oak King, God of the Waxing Year. In Germanic, Slav and Celtic lore, bonfires were lighted to honor love, magic and oracles. Rome honored Vestatia, the goddess of the hearth. So, do something wild and crazy to commemorate the occasion. Have a midnight picnic in your backyard -- complete with cookies and a glass of champagne. Dance barefoot on your patio. Go to the park and swing on a swing.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
If you enjoy games, there are openings for Rummikub and Mexican Train players weekday afternoons at the Center, 514 W. Main St. Call (928) 474-4876.
There is a sign-up sheet at the greeting desk for July legal assistance through Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens. Adelphia will be at the Center starting at 10 a.m. July 11. This service is offered on a donation basis.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be open Monday, July 3, and closed Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day.
Pine/Strawberry Senior Citizen Foundation
Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Fourth of July Arts and Crafts Festival to be held in Pine the weekend of July 1 and 2. Persons interested in learning about volunteer opportunities for this fund-raiser may call Cheryl at (928) 476-2151 or Bruce at (928) 476-4633. A public health nurse will be at the community dining room in downtown Pine from 9 to 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month to test blood pressure and blood sugar. Appointments are not necessary and there is no charge for the service.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
A Healthy Woman program, "Sleep Disorders and Cardiovascular Disease," begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290.