June is the sixth month of the year. June, we are now halfway through the year. June, we can enjoy this warm time of the year. June, we like hot days and lots of sunny days. June is the time when we have lots of rainy days and nights. June is when we have lots of grass and weeds that have to be taken care of. June means that now we can plant and watch our flowers that beautify our yards and gardens as they grow. June is time for children to have more fun and sleep later because schools are closing. June is when parents take time off from their jobs to get some down time to pack the car, grab goodies and their children to travel. Yes, this is the time to visit family members who do not live nearby. This is the time to get the grill ready to cook some goodies outside. Some children are planning to go to camp. Some children are getting some easy jobs.
June is also special because June 16 is Father’s Day, the annual day to honor our fathers. Father’s Day is on the third Sunday of the month of June. Send a special card, make a telephone call or visit your daddy. Have dinner at home or take him out somewhere to enjoy a good meal together. Surprise him with the special gift that you will give him. Yes, let him know, feel and see just how much he means to you — today, yesterday and even tomorrow.
How about a very special treat? For Juneteenth, Saturday, June 15, from noon until 5 p.m., Prince George’s County’s Department of Parks and Recreation presents at Watkins Regional Park the opportunity for the whole family to have a very good time. You are asked to bring your own blanket and lawn chairs so all of you can enjoy some live entertainment, exhibits, historical interpretation and art. There will be activities for the children as well as food vendors for your food delights. Watkins Regional Park is located at 301 Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro. You can go to www.pgparks.com/juneteenth or call 240-264-3415 if you want more information about this free event.
“Thanks Dad!” will be the opportunity for dads and granddads to enjoy a brunch honoring Father’s Day at the Camp Springs Senior Activity Center. They can enjoy “a scrumptious meal of chicken and waffles” at the Center located at 6420 Allentown Road. in Camp Springs on Thursday, June 13. You must RSVP at the front desk and have an M-NCPPC Senior ID Card for this event. The phone number at the Center is 301-449-0490.
Tickets are available for the play “Forever First Lady” which is based on the life of Michelle Obama. This play also “celebrates her achievements and ongoing philanthropies that continue to empower and inspire countless women around the world today.” The play will be held on Saturday, June 22, at University of Maryland Baltimore County Event Center located at 1000 Hilltop Circle in Baltimore. You can get tickets from Ticketmaster or you can call 1-800-745-3000.
There are some other special dates, events and people in the month of June. June 14 is Flag Day. As stated before, June 16 is Father’s Day. June is Health Awareness, Men’s Health and Black Music Month.
Another very special day in June was the annual Mall Walkers Picnic at the Gilbert Park on Tuesday, June 4, hosted by the St. Charles Towne Center Mall Walkers nurses, workers, members and other volunteers. There was plenty of favorite foods to pick from including picnic salads, casseroles, veggies, chicken, hot dogs, chips and lots of goodies — various cakes, pies, brownies, puddings, candies and cookies. There was plenty of music and lots of talk and laughter. There was a raffle as well as plenty of bingo games with several happy winners. We do enjoy this event and extend special thanks to all who helped make this event very special as gifts were given to people who were there who had special days in June — birthdays and anniversaries.
Birthdays in June are on June 1, Gloria Jefferson-Diggs and me, Priscilla F. Jones (received a gift card for a free meal at the picnic); on the 8th, my-daughter-in-law, Towanda Jones; on the 10th, the Rev. Ronald K. Minor; on the 17th, Kenneth Cantu; and on the 29th, Cynthia Brown and Toni Garrison-Perry.