Dog Days of Summer
05 Aug

The Dog Days of Summer are the hottest and steamiest part of summer. Typically, this is from July 3 through Aug. 11, so we only have a few weeks left to either enjoy or suffer through … depending on your point of view.

The ancient Romans defined the period between July 3 through Aug. 11 as the dog days. They used a relationship between the stars and the sun. This is the period when Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the sky this time of year, rises as the same time as the sun. It was believed that the heat radiating from the star added to the extreme heat during the day, thus naming it the Dog Days of Summer.

During this period, it is time to do memorable summer activities to help stay cool. They include:

• Watch the sultry days go by in a cozy hammock.

• Laze under a shady tree.

• Go to an evening sporting event, such as a baseball game or a soccer game.

• Sit outdoors in the shade and engage in butterfly or bird watching.

• Plant herbs: parsley, mint, oregano, basil, or thyme–on your windowsill.

• Escape into a world of science fiction or fantasy by enjoying a good audio book.

Any of these activities will provide stimulation that is important for our mental, emotional, and physical health.

Whatever your favorite pastime for the Dog Days of Summer, we believe everyone should get out and enjoy the hot weather while it is here. After all, days are already getting shorter, and you know what that leads to!

As you enjoy these days, we will leave you with a dog days of summer quote by famous humor writer Josh Billings: “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

Weekly Events

Thursday, Aug. 2


• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.

• 10:15 a.m. – “Bunco.”

• Noon – “500” Cards.

Friday, Aug. 3

• 7:30-9:30 a.m. – Friday Breakfast.

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cafe lunch.

• Footcare – call Rayette Heise, RN for an appointment, 612-360-0627.

Monday, Aug. 6

Tator Tot Hotdish

• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.

• 9:30 a.m. – Wellness Walking.

• 1 p.m. – Bridge.

Tuesday, Aug. 7

Beef Stroganoff

• 10 a.m. – Adult Coloring.

• 10 a.m. – Knit & Stitch

• Noon – “Hand and Foot” Cards.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Sloppy Joes – Pasta Salad

• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.

• 9 a.m. – Cribbage.

Thursday, Aug. 9

French Dip/Salad

• 9:30 a.m. – Walking

• 10:15 a.m. – “Bunco”

• Noon – “500” Cards.

Upcoming Events

• Monday, Aug. 6: Momma Mia! Here We Go Again, 10 a.m. See you at the Theater.

• Tuesday, Aug. 14: Let’s Go Fishing. We will carpool to Flickabird’s at 8:30 a.m., fish at 9 a.m. and then eat lunch. Another fishing trip is being planned for the middle of August. Check it out in the next newsletter. Should be back to Center by 12:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Aug. 15: Tour to the Gammelgarden Museum in Scandia and then to Panola Valley for an Aster “Mediterranean” Luncheon. Luncheon includes: main entree, side vegetable, fresh fruit, bread, dessert and beverage. $23.00 (includes sales tax). We will leave at 9 a.m. and shop in Lindstrom before we go to the luncheon. Transportation cost is $15.

• September 6 Shopping: Leave at 9 a.m. and take a trip to Crossroad’s Mall and for those who would like a trip to Munsingwear Garden’s. They have a neat gift shop. Lunch at Coyote’s.

• Monday, Aug. 20: Driver Improvement Class, 5:30- 9:30 p.m. at Center. Call 1-888-234-1294 to enroll.

The Senior Activity Center is located at 140 Buchanan St. N., Suite 164, Cambridge (inside City Center Mall) and can be reached at 763-689-6555. More information can be found online at or by emailing Call 763-689-6555 to sign up for the trips.



« »