June -- the enchanting month. Earlyunshine and pleasant temperatures just made for morning walks. Long, languid golden days stretching into evening, not yet touched by the drama of the monsoon. And what could beore pleasant than a picnic lunch on the shore of one of our fabulous Rim lakes?
Did you ever wonder where the word picnic originated? According to Wikipedia, the first usage of the word was in the 1692 edition of a French book titled Origines de la Langue Francaise di Menage. "Pique-nique" was usedor a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine.
Later the word came to be used to describe a meal to which everyone contributed something -- kind of like our potluck meals of today.
The word picnic first appeared in English texts in 1748 and evolved toonnote a meal eaten out of doors.
Whoever thought of the concept, there's no better way to celebrate June.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will host a volunteer recognition party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at Rumsey Park.
Volunteers from Time Out Shelter and Thrift Store, Pine Senior Center and Thrift Store, Northern Gila County CASA program, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, Payson Care Center, RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, Northern Gila County Historical Society, Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store, Gila County Sheriff's Office, Payson Community Kids and Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will be honored for their services to the community. There will beuest speakers, entertainment and a picnic lunch.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
Volunteers of the month at the Senior Center are Bobbie Ward and Rena Hudson. Bobbie and Rena do Meals on Wheels and have been volunteers for more than six months.
Do you have a pocket full of pennies weighing you down? The Senior Center and Thrift Store each have a "Pennies for Seniors" bottle where you can deposit your spare pennies -- other change or folding money will be accepted as well. Pennies do add up and all funds will be used to enhance services and programs for the Senior Center.
Chiropractor Dr. Bob Sanders will discuss the benefits of chiropractic at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 4 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The program is free and open to the public.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will be open until 8 p.m. Friday, June 6 for First Friday on Main Street activities. There will be free book table, refreshments, door prizes and a 10 percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Senior Center Board of Directors' annual meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 10. Members will vote on proposed changes to bylaws and a vote of affirmation will be taken to accept three candidates to fill three open seats on the board.
June is membership month at the Senior Center. If you have not already renewed your membership, please do so this month. Annual dues are $10 per person.
Join the fun at bingo, 10 a.m. Monday, June 16. The game is open to the public.
The Senior Center has three new offerings on its schedule of events. Beginning in June, members of the Old Tyme Music Makers will form a jazz band, which will play from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays in the center dining room. Musicians interested in jazz are invited to join them.
Cribbage will be played on alternate Wednesday afternoons beginning June 4.
Anyone interested in learning and playing Mah Jong may call the center and leave a message for Eva Wagner.
For information, call (928) 474-4876.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Lynne Wheeler from Payson Rimstones will teach beginning wire wrapping from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each Thursday in June at the Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. For information, call (928) 472-9290.
The Senior Circle annual picnic potluck and ninth anniversary celebration is scheduled for June 21 at Rumsey Park. Advance reservations must be made by June 13.
Betty Pontiuous, R.N., of Pampered Feet, is accepting appointments for half-hour pedicures and foot care. She is available at the Circle Thursday afternoons and Saturdays.Cost of the treatment is $20. Call Betty at (928) 595-0183 to make an appointment.
Think about it: No matter which check-out line you get in, the other ones always move faster.