June is here, that delightful month of long, sunny days and warm evenings. June is a gentle month made for being outside, whether having lunch on the patio, gardening, stargazing or simply savoring life in Rim Country.
It is a month of blossoms. The honeysuckle at the side of our house just finished blooming and is now threatening to take over the rest of the building. We try to keep it trimmed, but if we turn our backs for a day or two, its tendrils sneak out and grasp whatever is within reach. It is lush and green and seems to thrive on neglect. June is the month of roses.
Have you noticed how many are blooming in yards around town? I’m envious of anyone who has success in growing roses; although I love them, I’ve never had much luck in growing them. Or, as Vernon Johnson, author of “In a Quiet Garden,” wrote in a recent column, “People who say they don’t have luck with roses really do, but it is bad luck.” He recommends that gardeners who don’t want to spray, water and fertilize stick to plastic roses. Sounds like a plan to me.
As the month progresses, we shall begin to see billowing clouds building up over the Rim, a promise of the monsoon approaching. In the many places we have visited and lived, I don’t think any have more beautiful cloud formations than right here. Let’s hope the rains arrive early and put an end to the drought and wildfire threat.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
In honor of the upcoming Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show and Strawberry Festival, the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in the heart of Pine is featuring beautiful quilts of all origins, cotton material, quilting books and a unique collection of quilting collectibles.
Scheduled sales for June 6 through June 9 are televisions and purses, 50 percent off the marked prices. There will be a special sale of wedding dresses also at half price. Some of these dresses were originally retail priced more than $1,000.
Father’s Day is approaching — what would your father like? The P/S Thrift Store has a great selection of gifts to choose from.
The scheduled June 13 to June 16 sales include books, and pillows of all kinds, bed, floor and throw pillows at half off the marked prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Donation pickups in the Pine and Strawberry areas can be scheduled by calling (928) 476-4633 during regular business hours.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Exercise classes are forming to be held at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, call (928) 474-4876 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Zumba Gold classes are held at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Center, followed by Stretch and Relax movements at 10 a.m.
The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 in the Center Dining Room. The meeting is open to those who are family or caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. No reservations are needed.
Wayne Todd will present musical entertainment at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 7 and June 21. Anne James and Friends perform at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Please make advance reservations if you plan to stay for lunch.
“Secretariat” is the movie to be shown at 9:15 a.m., Friday, June 8. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served. Scheduled for future Fridays are “Nothing Sacred” on June 15; “In the Good Old Summer” June 22; and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on June 29.
Legal services will be offered beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 12 at the Center. Advance reservations are required and may be made at the information desk in the Center’s front lobby.
Joe Vario of Miracle Ear will speak on hearing loss at in the Center Dining Room at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 13. The meeting is open to the public.
There will be a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 14 at the Center sponsored by the Lioness Club. Call (928) 474-4876 for information and reservations.
June is membership month at the Senior Center — be sure to renew your membership or join if you are not already a member.
Helen Katches is the Center’s Volunteer of the Month for June.
Weekly sales at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., for the week of June 4 through June 9 are as follows: Tuesday, children’s clothing, 50 percent off; Wednesday, women’s and men’s clothing, excluding boutique items, 50 percent off; Thursday, shoes, buy one pair, get one free; Friday, Boutique clothing, 10 percent off; Saturday, linens and household items, 10 percent off.
Library Friends of Payson
“Give Back Day” coupons for Chili’s Restaurant are available at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd. and may be used from 11 a.m. to closing on Wednesdays, June 6, July 11, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5. Chili’s will donate 10 percent of your bill to the Library Friends of Payson, which will be used to support the library (one coupon per check).
Remember to fly your flag on June 14.