Twirlers Rounding Up Money For Jerry's Kids

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The Zane Grey Twirlers will be dancing for Jerry's Kids this Labor Day weekend.


Raising money to aid children with muscular dystrophy through Jerry Lewis' annual telethon is a Labor Day tradition that local square dancers, the Zane Grey Twirlers, are bringing to the Rim country.


This Sunday, Sept 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Twirlers invite everyone to come to Star Valley to kick up their heels in support of Jerry's Kids. The dance will be in the new recreation hall at the Lamplighter RV Park at 255701 E. Highway 260.


"Everybody is welcome, all ages," said Connie Stiffler, a Zane Grey Twirler. "We are going to have hotdogs, soda pop, chips and cookies and lots of dancing."


There is no cost at the door. Organizers are just looking for a donation for the children.


"Fill the bucket for Jerry's Kids," Stiffler said.


There will be three callers, Larry Ingber from Phoenix, and Mike Stewart and Carl Stiffler from Strawberry, Connie Stiffler said.


"They tell the dancers what steps to do," she said. "They call beginners, mainstream and plus square dancing."


There will be a short class every hour for new people or anyone who wants to get up and give it a try, she said.


The Twirlers are including round dancing in the Labor Day lineup. Cuers Barb Lopez from Prescott and Helen Rowe of Payson will lead these sessions.


"It is just couple dancing -- a type of ballroom dancing," Stiffler explained. The cuers tell the couples what style of dancing to do as they move in a circle around the room.


In the past, dancers from the Rim country traveled to Dewey on Labor Day weekend, where the Mile-Hi square dancer, hosted a Jerry's Kids dance, Stiffler said.


"Dewey has been doing it every year and they stopped doing it because they don't have a place to dance anymore," Stiffler said.


The Payson group picked up the slack with the support of the Pineberry Promenaders, Lamplighter RV Park, Safeway, Bashas', Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

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