O, suns and skies and clouds of June
And flowers of June together
You cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather.
Those lovely words written by Helen Hunt Jackson describe perfectly what we experience this month here in Arizona. Have you ever seen such blue skies?
Helen Hunt Jackson was born in Massachusetts but moved to our neighboring state, Colorado, in 1875 after the death of her first husband and two infant sons. There, she devoted herself to writing and through her two books, "Ramona" and "The Indians' Flight," she became well known for assisting Native American cause.
Oct. 6 was National Poetry Day. If you missed it, find a copy of the above poem and treat yourself by reading it aloud.
October also is Book Month, the first through the seventh is Newspaper Week. The third week is Reading Week and the 16th is Dictionary Day. That's enough to satisfy even the most avid reader.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
Flu shots will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Advance registration is required and can be made at the Center or by calling (928) 474-4876. Indulge your sweet tooth at an ice cream social, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Legal help for seniors will be available beginning at 10 a.m. October 17 at the Senior Center. Sign up in advance at the Reception Desk. This service is offered through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens on a donation basis.
Rosalind Schuerer is Volunteer of the Month at the Center. Rosalind has served in numerous capacities for many years. All clothing with blue tags in the Senior Thrift Store will be on sale for 50 percent off beginning Oct. 9. As this month is Book Month, there will be special sales each week in the used book department. The store is located next door to the Senior Center at 512 W. Main St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
John Julian has been named Volunteer of the Month at the Thrift Store. John, who soon will be 90, helps in the workshop and receiving room and makes everyone smile with his cheerful ways.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Enjoy a yummy dessert and learn about health-related issues at Dessert with the Director Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. There is no charge and the event starts at 12:30 p.m. Make an advance reservation by calling (928) 472-9290.
Senior Circle will host an ImageNation Book Sale at the Circle building Oct. 6 and 7. There will be books for sale at 30 to 80 percent discounts. The sale begins at 9 a.m.
There are only 84 days left until Christmas. So, this is a good time and place to start your Christmas shopping.
Senior Circle volunteers will be honored at a Volunteer Luncheon to be held at Main Street Grille Oct. 16. For information or reservations, call the number above. The American Lung Association will do free lung screenings and present a program explaining C.O.P.D. (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Oct. 17.
Screenings will be done by appointment only. To register, call the Circle office. There is no charge for the screenings. Mark Oct. 24 on your calendar for the monthly "Lunch and Learn" meeting. Payson health care providers will present an educational and informative health talk and lunch will be served. Advance reservations are required.
Gee Wigz will be at the Circle Oct. 10 to do fittings for wigs and other medically-related items.
Think about it
The secret of longevity is deep breathing -- as long as you can keep it up for 80 or 90 years.