What is so rare as a day in June ... so asks the poet. Our June weather so far has been near perfect, except for the incessant winds. The strong winds on Memorial Day weekend whipped our flag, pole and all, from the holder alongside the garage door and landed it on the garage roof! Thankfully, Chip, our son-in-law, retrieved it for us. June brings us Flag Day on the 14th — the celebration had its origin at a country schoolhouse near Waubeka, Wis. in 1885, but was not officially proclaimed a holiday until 1916. Also in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson approved the third Sunday of June to be recognized as Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there on June 19.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store is featuring quilts, quilting books and material June 8 through June 11, coinciding with the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show June, 10, 11 and 12 at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center, which is also home to the thrift store. Shorts and pedal pushers will be on sale for half off the marked price. Paperback books also will be half price. The store, located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For information, call (928) 476-4633.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
There will be a pancake breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 11 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The event is open to the public, no reservations needed. Cost for the meal is $4. There also will be a parking lot sale at the thrift store, adjacent to the center.
The Misfits Country Gospel group will entertain in the center dining room beginning at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 8.
Stretchercise classes are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23 at the center. For information, call (928) 474-4876.
Celebrate the first day of summer at a Beach Party, 11 a.m., Monday, June 20 in the center dining room. There will be live entertainment and a special beach party menu. Advance reservations needed — and no, you do not have to wear a bathing suit — summer clothing will do just fine!
Bridge, canasta and pinochle are played afternoons at the center. Depending on interest, there may also be a poker group forming. Stop in to pick up a full schedule of events or call the above phone number weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The monthly Birthday Bash is scheduled for June 23, honoring those who were born in the month of June.
Roz Turbarg is Volunteer of the Month for June. Roz is a Meals on Wheels runner, delivering lunches to the homebound.
The Payson Public Library will be host to Key Ingredients, America by Food, an exhibit co-presented by the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street project and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The event will run from June 25 to Aug. 7.
Volunteers are needed for the Library Friends homebound library program and for the used bookstore. For information, call LFOP president Alice Natale at (928) 474-2838.
Think about it: Most seniors like the old days better — they were younger then.
Educational programs planned at Payson Care Center
Over the next few weeks Payson Care Center is planning a series of educational programs. Scheduled to be presented are:
• Alzheimer’s Support Group, 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 8 at Payson Care Center
This group is open to families and friends of those suffering from memory loss. The group is led by licensed social worker, Jo Sanders.
• Myofascial Release Therapy, 2 p.m., Thursday, June 9 at the Senior Center
Fascia is the web of connective tissues that “ties” our bodies together. Myofascial Release treats pain by gently stretching and moving fascia to restore movement. This treatment may be covered under your Medicare or insurance benefits.
For reservations to the above events, please call (928) 951-2305.
From Social Security
Question: What is the benefit amount a spouse may be entitled to receive?
Answer: If you are eligible for both your own retirement benefit and for benefits as a spouse, we will always pay you benefits based on your record first. If your benefit as a spouse is higher than your retirement benefit, you will receive a combination of benefits equaling the higher spouse’s benefits. A spouse generally receives one-half of the retired worker’s full benefit unless the spouse begins collecting benefits before full retirement age. If the spouse begins collecting benefits before full retirement age, the amount of the spouse’s benefit is reduced by a percentage based on the number of months before he or she reaches full retirement age. For example, based on the full retirement age of 66, if a spouse begins collecting benefits:
• At age 65, the benefit amount would be about 46 percent of the retired worker’s full benefit;
• At age 64, it would be about 42 percent;
• At age 63, 37.5 percent; and
• At age 62, 35 percent.
However, if a spouse is taking care of a child who is either under age 16 or disabled and receives Social Security benefits on the same record, a spouse will get full benefits, regardless of age.
Learn more by reading our Retirement publication at www.socialsecurity .gov/pubs/10035.html.