Things are starting to heat up. Old Sol leaps out of bed before most of us are awake, to begin the work of warming our part of the planet. Nights grow shorter as we edge toward the summer solstice -- time of numerous celebrations from ancient times to the present.
May is the gateway to summertime, a month of sunshine and still-manageable temperatures in Arizona. The flower of the month is one of my favorites -- lily of the valley.
Older Americans Month is also observed in May. The theme for 2006 is "Choices for Independence."
The oldest baby boomers are turning 60 this year. In 1946, James and Mary were the most popular names for babies. In 2006, Jacob and Emily are the names most often chosen.
The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. You can bet that the second is Gamblers Week and the fourth is International Pickle Week.
May 3 is Lumpy Rug Day. The eighth is No Socks Day. For the teenagers in your lives, the tenth is Clean Up Your Room Day.
Celebrate Twilight Zone Day on May 11 and be sure to Wear Purple for Peace on the 16th. Write yourself a note to observe Memo Day on May 11 and Grey Day on the 26th. Looking on the Internet, I could not find any specific reason for Grey Day, but living in Rim Country, I wonder if it might somehow be connected with Zane Grey. Anybody out there know?
Senior Center and Thrift Store
There will be a "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" conference at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., on Saturday, May 13.
This is a day-long symposium beginning at 9:30 a.m., sponsored by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens. For information, call 1 (800) 293-9393.
Legal help is offered for seniors at the Center beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 16. This service is provided by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens on a donation basis. Advance registration is required and can be made at the greeting desk in the lobby.
There is a sign-up sheet at the dispatch desk for the next series of computer classes. These classes will begin in September.
The birthday celebration for May is Wednesday, May 17. Menu for lunch is ham steak, scalloped potatoes, vegetable mix, dinner roll, birthday cake and beverage. Please make reservations 24 hours in advance. If your birthday is this month, put your name in the birthday barrel to be eligible for a prize drawing.
Chuck Stailey is Volunteer of the Month. Chuck assists with meal preparation.
The Center will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day.
Following several days of closure for reorganization, the Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. is reopened and stocked with men's, women's and children's summer clothing, as well as new-to-you household and other merchandise.
Due to increased volume of donations and lack of space, large appliances will not be accepted and donations cannot be left when the store is not open.
Betty Moore has been named Volunteer of the Month. Betty works as cashier and also does sorting and pricing of linens and other merchandise.
Get well wishes go to longtime Thrift Store cashier Eva Prychodnik and manager Marian Barber, both of whom are undergoing surgery.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle now offers free notary service from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please call to make an advance appointment.
Monday, May 15, is the date of the monthly member/new member luncheon meeting to be held at the Senior Circle. The event will have a Cinco de Mayo theme. Lunch will be catered by the El Rancho Restaurant. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost for members is $3.50 and $4 for non-members.
Senior Circle is looking for volunteers to demonstrate an easy craft or crafts to members. The new crafts would be introduced on the second Thursday of each month and then the craft materials would be available each Thursday thereafter for members to work on their own or in a group. For information about this or to register for other Senior Circle activities or meetings, call Kathy Coombes, volunteer coordinator, at (928) 472-9290 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Recipes are now being accepted for the Senior Circle 2006 Cook Book to be published soon. Categories include appetizers, beverages, bread/rolls, casseroles, main dishes, desserts and more. Recipes will be accepted through June 19. To pick up a recipe submission form, stop by the Circle office weekdays.
The Senior Circle will be closed May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
Something to think about
"A detour is just a chance to see something new."