August, the month with the royal name, is not very royal at all. It’s lazy and laid-back, time to sit on the front porch (if you have one) or on the patio, sipping lemonade, savoring the garden harvests, or stretching out in the hammock with a good book.
The month is named for the Emperor Augustus. Originally the month of August had only 30 days, but because July, named for Julius Caesar, had 31, one more day was added so that August would not be inferior to July.
August does not have any major holidays, but plenty of celebrations to take note of. It is a friendly time: Admit You Are Happy Month; Family Fun Month; and Romance Awareness Month.
As we move into week two of August, we observe National Smile Week; week three is Friendship Week; and week four encourages us to Be Kind to Humankind.
Aug. 1 was National Friendship Day; the 11th is Son and Daughter Day; 12th, Middle Child Day; and the 27th is Global Forgiveness Day.
One of my favorite days is Aug. 13 — Left Handers’ Day, and you undoubtedly can guess why. Yes, I am a southpaw. That term’s origin is frequently questioned, but is most often explained as being coined in 1885 as baseball slang for left-handed pitchers when baseball diamonds were regularly oriented with home plate to the west. Its founder, Dean R. Campbell, first celebrated Left Handers’ Day in 1976. His birthday also happens to be on this day.
It is estimated that only 10 percent of the world’s population is left-handed, but among them are three of our most recent presidents, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Barack Obama. Three U.K. kings named George were left-handed. It will be interesting to see if the new prince also is a lefty, as is his father, Prince William.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Senior Center has a new look, thanks to the artwork of Heather Oberg. The gifted artist has just finished painting five panels alongside the Center’s entrance. Come take a look at the colorful, super-sized flowers brightening the building.
There will be no Zumba class Aug. 7, classes resume at 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 12, 14, 19, 21 26 and 28.
The Anything Goes Band entertains with live music at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St.
Bridge and Mexican Train Dominoes are played Mondays at the Center.
Legal assistance provided by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will not be offered in August; the service will resume in September.
There will be a special Wine in the Pines fund-raiser Saturday, Aug. 10 in the Center Dining Room, presented jointly by the Time Out Shelter and Senior Center. The event is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature wine tasting of local and state wines as well as non-alcoholic beverages and hors d’ oeuvres.
All proceeds will benefit the Time Out Shelter and the Center’s Meals on Wheels program.
As a special attraction, there will be “Champagne with Sparkles” — buy a glass of champagne with sparkles for $10 and one lucky winner will receive a beautiful half-carat diamond courtesy of Payson Jewelers, which will have staff on hand to identify the real diamond.
The tickets are $25 to participate and $10 for designated drivers. For ticket information, call (928) 474-4876.
Get into the Rodeo spirit at a Rodeo Party with live music by Take Two beginning in the Dining Room at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14. The lunch menu includes cowboy chicken, beans, garlic bread, watermelon, beverage and more. There will be games and dancing. Western wear is encouraged. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance and may be made by calling (928) 474-4876.
A Before The Parade Breakfast will be served in the Center Dining Room beginning at 7 a.m. prior to the August Doin’s Rodeo Parade Saturday, Aug. 17. Reservations are not required and the public is invited.
Donnie LaFoon is Volunteer of the Month for August. Donnie is a whiz at appliances and electronics and is kept busy testing donations.
It is hard to think of warm clothing on these hot August days, but that is exactly what a group of Powell House residents are doing. The ladies are knitting hats, scarves and mittens, which will be given to the needy when cold weather returns.
The group would greatly appreciate donations of yarn, either skeins or leftover yarn from other projects. Donations may be dropped off at the Powell House, 806 W. Longhorn Rd.
Mark your calendar for the evenings of Aug. 11 and 12 — that will be the best time for watching the Perseid Meteorite showers, called the champion of all meteor showers. Best viewing is from midnight to 3 a.m. and it is well worth missing a few hours of sleep.