Why is it that calendar makers no longer put the dates of the moon phases on the months? Used to be, first and last quarter, new and full moon were noted. We have four calendars in our house, and not one of them shows those important dates.
There are many theories that the different phases of the moon affect human behavior.
Early farmers planted according to the moon. Even today, some gardeners practice moon gardening believing the best time to turn over garden soil is during the moon's last quarter and sowing seeds of plants that grow above ground, fertilizing and grafting should be done from the new moon to full moon.
Many people in health care say more babies are born during a full moon than the rest of the month, and there also is a theory that more violent crimes are committed then.
Even animals can be affected -- it is said by some that more dog bites occur during a full moon than at any other time.
Whether or not you believe the moon's cycles can affect creatures on Earth, it still would be nice to know the exact dates.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
Seniors interested in running for the board of directors of the Senior Center may pick up a candidate application form at the information desk at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. All applications must be returned by noon, Friday, May 16, 2008. Prospective candidates must be at least 50 years old and preferably members of the Senior Center. Two candidates will be chosen to serve for three years. One person will be appointed to fill a two-year vacancy on the board. There will be a candidate forum at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 13 in the center's dining room for candidates to be introduced.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions at the Senior Center and Thrift Store. Opportunities include Meals on Wheels, registering people for lunch, decorating and entertainment committees and thrift store workers.
Computer classes will no longer be offered at this time because the computers that were in use have become obsolete. The center is hoping to obtain enough new computers to resume the classes in the near future.
Dale Klausner and her Australian Shepherd therapy dog, Zoe, will visit seniors at the center at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 7. Klausner will explain just what a therapy dog is and how the program can be of benefit to humans. The public may attend free of charge.
Beginners and experienced crocheters are invited to a crochet class at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 14 at the center. Also on May 14, Gila Community College President Pam Butterfield will speak at 11:15 a.m. about senior citizen educational opportunities at the college.
Monday, May 19 kicks off the annual Senior Center Membership Drive. Rosalind Schuerer will be available throughout the month prior to the lunch hour to discuss membership benefits with interested persons. Membership is open to seniors 50 and older and the annual fee is $10 per person. This entitles members to participate in all activities, get a reduced rate on hot lunches Monday through Friday, keep abreast of local, state and national senior news and enjoy the many social events offered.
White Elephant Bingo will be held beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, May 19. At 11:30 a.m., May 19, Doug Herbster of the High Country Garden Club will present a program on gardening in Payson. This presentation is open to the public.
Legal assistance will be available for seniors beginning at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 20 at the center. Advance reservations can be made prior to that date at the information desk in the center lobby. This service is offered on a donation basis by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens.
"Making Sense of Investing" is the topic to be covered by Scott Flake of Edward Jones at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 21 in the dining room. The presentation is open to the public.
This is also the date of the monthly Birthday Bash. Menu for the noon luncheon is chicken parmesan and wheat spaghetti, three-bean salad, brussels sprouts, oat bran dinner roll, orange slices, birthday cake and beverage. Please sign up for lunch 24 hours in advance by calling (928) 474-4876 or stopping in the center lobby between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
The Thrift Store is having a 25 percent off sale on men's and women's clothing marked with orange tags during May.
Volunteer of the Month for the Senior Center and Thrift Store is Betty Moore. Betty has been a volunteer at the Thrift Store for more than two years.
For information about any of the above activities, call (928) 474-4876.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Pat Carr is Volunteer of the Month at Senior Circle. Pat handles the front desk Monday mornings and coordinates the Circle's computer classes as well as entertaining groups with her line dancing class. She has been active with Senior Circle for two years.
Senior Circle offers a number of exercise classes such as passive exercise, Tai Chi, line dancing and yoga. Call (928) 472-9290 or stop in at the Circle office, 215 N. Beeline Highway to pick up a schedule.
Historian Jinx Pyle will be guest speaker at the May 19 Senior Circle monthly luncheon. Space is limited and advance reservations are required.
A class in tole painting meets each Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call (928) 472-9290 for information.
There will be a scrapbook workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 15. Anyone interested in working on a current album or beginning a new one is welcome. Bring some photos -- tools, punches, cutters and pens will be available. Please pre-register.
An interest list is being formed for persons who want to participate or attend a fashion show in the fall. Call the Circle office to be added to the list.
Senior Circle will be closed May 26 for Memorial Day.
The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St. No membership is required. Cost of the meal is $3 for persons 60 and older, $5 for those younger than 60. Meals also can be delivered to homebound individuals.
Reservations must be made one day in advance. For reservations, call (928) 474-4876.
The menu for May is as follows:
May 7: Pot roast, roasted veggies, brussels sprouts, biscuit, sugar-free Jell-O with berries.
May 8: Barbecue beef/pork, sandwiches on wheat bun, carrot salad, baked french fries, sugar-free lemon pie filling in a graham cracker crumb cup.
May 9: Tuna fish salad sandwiches, tomato slices, potato salad, potato chips, cake.
May 12: Meat pizza, garden salad with tomato wedges, three-bean salad, whole grain bread stick, peaches.
May 13: Baked fish, garlic and low-fat American cheese potatoes, broccoli salad, wheat roll, macaroni salad, fruit Jell-O topped with mixed berries.
May 14: Chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes w/cheese, salad with four slices of tomato, wheat roll, baked apple with cinnamon.
May 15: Spaghetti with meatballs, garden salad with four slices of tomato, three-bean salad, garlic bread, Italian pasta salad, mandarin orange slices.
May 16: Oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes fortified with vitamin C, carrots, seven-grain roll, cake.
May 19: Turkey sausage steak with mild chilies, Japanese vegetables, peas/carrots, wheat bread, banana.
May 20: Pork roast with round potatoes, asparagus mix, seven-grain roll, stuffing, baked apples-no crust/cinnamon/sweetener.
May 21: Chicken parmesan and spaghetti (wheat), three-bean salad, brussels sprouts, oat bran dinner roll, orange slices, birthday cake.
May 22: Stew bowl, broccoli salad, one-half cup veggies in stew entree, low-fat pudding with berries.
May 23: Baked fish with dill, baked beans, baked potato tots, corn bread, citrus fruit, cranberry and orange relish.
May 26: Closed for Memorial Day. Meals on Wheels frozen meal to be delivered on Friday, May 23.
May 27: Chicken breast with light teriyaki sauce, white rice, one-half cup mixed veggies, egg roll, oatmeal raisin cookie, orange slices.
May 28: Turkey ham steak, baked beans, California veggies, seven-grain roll, fresh strawberry pie in graham cracker crust.
May 29: Meat pizza, garden salad with tomato wedges, three-bean salad entree, whole grain bread stick, peaches.
May 30: Baked fish, garlic and low-fat American cheese mashed potatoes, broccoli salad, wheat roll, macaroni salad, fruit Jell-O topped with mixed berries.