June is pure magic. It transforms Rim Country into a fairyland of blossom and birdsong. Early June’s clouds are white and puffy and look soft enough to sleep on. Later this month, they will grow heavier and darker, preceding the coming monsoon. Then, perhaps, we will get our much-needed rain.
1984 was the year recorded to have the most monsoon rains (99 days), and 1962 had the least at 72 days. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we get a happy balance somewhere between the two this year.
The Full Strawberry Moon falls on Friday, June 13 this year.
June 21 is the official first day of summer, which has the most hours of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun will rise at 5:12 a.m. and set at 7:38 p.m. with maximum darkness at 9:23 p.m. A perfect evening to go to Green Valley Park and enjoy a summer concert presented by Payson’s Parks and Rec. The music begins at 7 p.m. and there is no admission charge.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Enjoy the music of Ken Wolfer, better known as LOBO, at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Tuesdays, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Center Dining Room. There is no charge and reservations are not needed unless you plan to stay for lunch. Monthly menus are available in the Center Lobby and feature delicious, nutritious meals, such as cranberry stuffed chicken and rice, dilled carrots and zucchini, cranberry and apple relish, banana in chocolate pudding and beverage (June 10); or baked ham, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, whole wheat roll, pineapple upside down cake and beverage (June 12); and many other lunches, all for a very nominal donation. Meals on Wheels also are available through the Center. To learn more or to make 24-hour advance reservations, stop in the Center or call (928) 474-4876 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A non-denominational Bible study takes place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Center, open to all.
BINGO, with cash prizes, will be played from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. The public is invited and there will be a snack bar.
Old Time Music Makers meet in the Center Dining Room at 9 a.m., Monday, June 9 and 30. Come listen to old favorites, or join in making music if you play an instrument.
Feast on German cuisine June 17 while enjoying a presentation on Germany. The event is part of the Center’s monthly Around the World Tour featuring countries other than our own. Please make advance reservations.
A Braille and Talking Library program is scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 18 at the Center. Call the above number for further information.
Marylyn Ayers is Volunteer of the Month for June. Marylyn works in the Thrift Store.
Feeling lucky? Here’s your chance to get a discount at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., adjacent to the Senior Center. The first Friday and Saturday of each month, you will be offered a chance to toss a pair of dice upon entering the store, and your score will determine whether you get 25 or 50 percent discount on your purchases. The Thrift Store also will have Bag Day Sales the weekends of June 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28. A bag, which will be given you at the cashier station, can be filled with as much clothing as will fit in it, for $1.
Two day-trips are being planned by Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway: one, a ride on the Dolly Steamboat at Canyon Lake followed by lunch at the Mining Camp Restaurant, and the other, a trip to Bearizona in Williams, Ariz. Call Rene at (928) 472-9290 for dates and information.
Payson Public Library is offering a chance to improve your language skills. If you would like to practice your English or Spanish, come to the library at 328 N. McLane Road from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fridays for an hour of conversation. Learn vocabulary, slang and informal expressions with others wanting to become more fluent in another language. All ages are welcome. For information, call (928) 474-9260.
All cookbooks and children’s books will be for sale at two for the price of one (second item must be of equal or lesser value than the first item). The bookstore is located just to the right as you enter the library. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays when the library is open.
It was a pleasure to visit with Ruth and Stan Brown at the Northern Gila County Historical Society’s recent book signing of his latest book, “A Frontier Teacher in Tonto Basin.”
The Browns now live in Prescott, but were Payson residents (and our neighbors) for many years, when Stan was Payson’s historian.
I enthusiastically recommend his new book, which not only is beautifully written, but also gives a fascinating look at life in Rim Country at an earlier time. The book is available at the Historical Society’s museum gift shop at Green Valley Park.
Think about it: The infinite wonder of the universe remains. The perfection of a June day is God given.
— Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Calendar