Do you realize today is the longest day of the year, the first day of summer? And, do you also realize that from now until Dec. 22 the days will get shorter? Since early times, humans have observed the summer solstice, a celebration of light and fertility. Many cultures still do, often marking the occasion with bonfires. Let’s hope no one in our tinder-dry Rim Country does so!
These warm days of long sunshine have coaxed my container garden tomato plant into producing tiny tomatoes. How exciting to see the blossoms turning into green marbles which will soon become salad!
Senior Center and Thrift Store
June is membership month at the Senior Center — time to renew your membership, or if you are not yet a member, to check out the many advantages of joining. For $10 a year, you can participate in numerous activities ranging from health and exercise classes to wood carving, card playing, country western dancing, Bible study and much more. The Center makes a reasonable accommodation to allow persons with disabilities to take part in programs and services. It also offers Meals on Wheels and transportation around town at a modest cost. Hot lunches are served in the dining room at noon every weekday (except holidays) and live music and interesting programs are presented before and during lunch many days. The Center welcomes volunteers as well. It is located at 514 W. Main St. and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. It is also available Saturdays for special events. Stop in to pick up a monthly menu and schedule of events or call (928) 474-4876 for more information.
The Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St., adjacent to the Senior Center, is open from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Clothing, household items, furniture, books and much more are offered at very low prices. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community. Volunteers are needed to help in numerous areas. Donations of items in good, resalable condition are accepted and receipts for tax purposes will be given upon request. Large items such as furniture can be picked up. For information, call (928) 474-3205.
Christie Walton teaches Zumba at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in the newly remodeled upstairs studio at the Senior Center. There is a $5 walk-in fee. For information, contact Christie at (928) 595-0406.
If you are a fan of bingo, join the fun at the Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22. There is no charge and you may win one of the fabulous prizes.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine will feature Fourth of July clothing and decorations June 29 through July 2. Small kitchen appliances and linens will be on sale for 50 percent off the marked prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Rim Country Health & Retirement Community
The Rim Country Health & Retirement Community at 807 W. Longhorn Rd. offers a free educational wellness program. Licensed therapy and nursing professionals lead classes. Supervised open gym also is available. For information, call (928) 474-1120.
Think about it: It’s wonderful to grow old if you can remember to stay young while you’re doing it.