June is pure magic. It transforms Rim Country into a fairyland of blossom and birdsong. Soft breezes replace the strong winds of earlier months to ruffle the clear water of Green Valley Lake. June “… then, if ever come perfect days.”
June’s flower is the rose. Already we can see their colorful blooms peeking from yards around town. Rose petals have scent emitters that release fragrant oils. Color determines the scents — pinks and reds are perfume-y, whites and yellows smell of teas and lemon, and orange roses emit a clove-like aroma. Some dual color roses release complex mixtures of mint, cinnamon, licorice, apple or vanilla.
Shakespeare said it best, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Midsummer’s Eve, the summer solstice occurs June 21. The sun’s rays strike the Northern Hemisphere more directly at that time than any other. It’s an evening for a slow stroll through the park or a peaceful hour or two in the back yard. A near full moon will blend dreamy dusk into sweet, still night.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Beginning June 4, Basic Yoga classes will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Center, 514 W. Main St., rather than 5:30 p.m. The Gentle Yoga classes remain the same time as previously, 9:30 a.m.
Evelyn’s Sit and Fit classes are held at 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays. These classes are
especially designed for seniors who no longer are able to participate in more rigorous exercises but who still want to remain fit. For information, call (928) 474-4876.
Anne James’ Anything Goes Band entertains with live music starting at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Center Dining Room. The presentations are open to the public.
The Senior Center’s Old Time Music Makers will be playing your favorite music from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. June 10 and 25. Come to enjoy the music or to join in if you play an instrument.
Legal assistance is available to seniors at the Center beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 11. Advance appointments are required and can be made in the Center Lobby or by calling the above number.
If you have outdated or no longer used medications, they can be safely disposed by bringing them to the Center beginning at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 11. That is also the date for a Hawaiian Luau Luncheon. The menu will be peach glazed pork chop, julienned carrots, green beans, Hawaiian bun, pineapple upside down cake and beverage. Please make advance reservations if you plan to stay for lunch.
A number of card games, as well as bingo and dominos, are played weekdays at the Center and new players are welcome. The pinochle club, which plays Tuesday and Friday afternoons, needs players to fill recent vacancies. Call Len at (928) 472-9302 for information.
June 14 is National Flag Day, be sure to fly Old Glory.
A free blood pressure check is offered at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 18 on a first come, first served basis, no appointments needed.
Rosalind Schuerer is the Center’s Volunteer of the Month for June. Rosalind is one of the Center’s original volunteers — thank you and congratulations, Rosalind. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated, both in the Center and Thrift Store, pick up an application form in the Center Lobby if you have a few spare hours a week to help out.
An AARP Driver Safety Course will be held at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 8. There is a material fee of $14 for non-AARP members; $12 for AARP members. Call (928) 472-9290 for information or to register.
Payson Community Kids now has drop boxes around town accepting donations of back to school items such as clothing, backpacks, paper, rulers, pencils, notebooks and other school necessities. In many cases these are the only supplies the kids will get, so, all donations are appreciated. Cash donations are also welcomed and can be sent to Payson Community Kids, P.O. Box 1856, Payson, AZ 85547.
The PCK kids will have a talent show at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 27 at the group’s facility at 409 S. Tonto St. in Payson. Family and friends are invited to attend. Volunteers at the Center will be given awards as thanks for their work and care. For information, call (928) 478-7160.
Think about it: Make one person happy each day, and in 40 years you have made 14,600 human beings happy for a little time, at least.