What’s not to like about April? Gentle breezes, warm sunshine, April showers (we hope), trees leafed out, flowers blooming — oh, sure, here in Rim Country we can still get a bit of leftover winter, but it seldom lasts more than a day or two. The name of this month is either from the Romans, meaning, “to open” or in honor of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.
Today is April Fools’ Day, believed to have sprung from the Romans’ spring festival of Hilaria. Its origin is clouded, but most likely tied to the Gregorian calendar’s changing the beginning of the year to January First. April Fools’ Day, or its like, is observed in many cultures, from Iceland to Iran, USA to Ukraine.
Some interesting events that occurred this month are:
• Beginning of the Pony Express, April 3, 1860
• Civil War begins at Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861
• Paul Revere’s Ride, April 18, 1775
• Showing of the first motion picture, in New York City, April 23, 1896
• First television broadcast, April 30, 1939, from the Empire State Building.
April’s full moon will be on the 15th, and was called the full pink moon by Native Americans. The month’s signature flower is the sweet pea. Diamonds are April’s birthstone. And if you are into horoscopes, Aries is your sign and according to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, you are the initiators of the zodiac. You have boundless energy and rush fearlessly ahead with little regard for you own safety.
SCAF and Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
Easter home décor and favors are available at Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 Highway 87 in downtown Pine. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. There will be a $1 bag sale of clothes and coats April 2 through 5. Quilting books and crafting pattern books are on sale at 50 percent or more off the marked prices. Summer clothes and accessories make their appearance April 16. Donations are gladly accepted during store hours. For information, call (928) 476-4633.
Computer classes for Windows 8 begin April 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Registration is required and may be made by calling (928) 472-9290.
A day trip on Canyon Lake is coming up soon for a cruise on the Dolly Steamboat, followed by lunch at the Mining Camp Restaurant. Call the above number for dates and prices.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Old Time Music Makers will make music from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. April 7, 14 and 28 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. There is no charge to come and listen to the music or join in if you play an instrument.
Shannon from Lutheran Social Services will present a program on assistance the organization can offer seniors in the community at 11:30 a.m. April 7 in observance of World Health Day. The program is open to the public, please make advance reservations if planning to stay for lunch.
The opening of baseball season will be observed April 8 at the Center. Be sure to wear a Diamondbacks cap (or if you are brave enough, another favorite team’s hat) and be ready to sing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” If you plan to stay for lunch, please make reservations 24 hours in advance.
Legal assistance by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is available to seniors beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 8. Appointments are required and may be made at the Center or by calling (928) 474-4876 (this is also the number to call for reserving a spot at any other Senior Center program).
Free blood pressure checks will be given at the Center beginning at 11 a.m. April 15 on a first come, first served basis.
April 16 is Wear A Crazy Hat Day at lunch. Everyone who wears crazy headgear wins a prize.
April 16 also is the date of the next Tour of the World, this month featuring Sweden, with the main luncheon course being Swedish meatballs. Advance reservations required for lunch, no reservations are needed if coming only to the program.
There will be an Easter Egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. April 21 in the Center.
Volunteer of the Month for April is Sherry Proctor, who works in the Thrift Store.
Think About It: Why are people so tired on April 1? Because they have just finished a 31-day March.