Schools registering kindergarten pupils
Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools are conducting kindergarten registration for the 2008-2009 school year.
Kindergarten registration requires the child's birth certificate (the prospective student must be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2008), immunization record and proof of residence with a utility bill or rental agreement that lists the parents' or guardian's street address.
Julia Randall Elementary School welcomes kindergarten registration any time during April. The best times to register are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Payson Elementary School will register kindergarten students from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15.
Frontier Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 16.
Questions about kindergarten registration, including attendance areas, required immunizations and alternate dates and times may be directed to the Payson Schools District Office, (928) 474-2070.
Head Start enrollment
Enrollment for the 2008-2009 Head Start school year is now taking place.
Needed items for enrollment include: a complete and updated immunization record including a negative TB skin test and chicken pox vaccine; proof of birth; and proof of income for the year 2007.
Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office to set up an appointment with a staff member. Once the application process has been completed, the child will be put on a waiting list until an opening is available.
The Head Start staff encourages parents and guardians to get the needed items for enrollment and call for an appointment, as classes are filling quickly for fall.
Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income, and for those families with children with disabilities. Families need to income qualify, have a child with a disability or have extenuating family circumstances to be admitted into the program. Head Start is a government program that serves 3- to 5-year-old children and does not charge any fees for services. Head Start does not provide transportation, however many families volunteer to assist others.
First School Steps Preschool and Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center collaborate with Head Start and provide transportation to their facilities after morning class.
Brat, Dog and Bake Sale to be held April 5
The Payson Pink Ladybugs will host a Brat, Dog and Bake Sale starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 5 at Wal-Mart.
Have your morning coffee with the women, along with a brownie for only $1. Fresh baked goodies and breast cancer items will also be available. Brats and dogs will be available at 9 a.m. Donations will also be accepted.
This is the second year the group has walked in the 3-day, 60-mile Susan G. Komen Walk for a Cure.
Call (928) 472-7811 for information on joining the Payson Pink Ladybugs. Each walker must raise $2,200 to participate in this walk. The women spend many months raising money and 26 weeks training.
A lap afghan, made and donated by Ann Nap, will be on display and raffle tickets will be on sale. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The raffle will continue until June 28 when there will be a fund-raising dinner at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley.
Senior Circle clothing drive April 4 and 5
The Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle facility at 215 N. Beeline Highway is having a used clothing drive.
Between now and April 5, bring gently used infant, toddler, young adult, men's and women's clothes to the Senior Circle.
For a donation, you can fill a brown bag with clothes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., April 4 and April 5.
Proceeds from the donations will be used to enhance Senior Circle programs.
For more information, call (928) 472-9290.
In response to requests to increase cultural offerings for Payson residents, the Payson Parks and Recreation Department is offering Kindermusik classes again this spring, in cooperation with Gila Community College.
Classes for newborns to children up to 18 months old will be from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 9 through May 14. The cost is $65 per child.
The class provides an opportunity to expose young children to the wonders of music. For more information, call (928) 474-5242 ext.358, or stop by the parks office in Green Valley Park.
Free appliance disposal event Saturday
Fees at the Buckhead Mesa landfill will be waived for all appliances made of metal: washers, dryers, refrigerators, hot water heaters and other metal items April 5. No trash of any kind can be mixed with the metal, so please separate your loads.
Walk-A-Hound, Lose-A-Pound 5K Saturday
Register now for the Walk-a-Hound, Lose-a-Pound 5K set for Saturday, April 5 at Green Valley Park. The event begins at 10 a.m. The cost to pre-register is $25, which includes an event t-shirt for all participants. All dogs must be leashed and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their four legged friends.
No pooch? No problem. "Loaner" dogs who are looking for homes will be available courtesy of the Payson Humane Society.
For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or check the Web at www.paysonparks.com.
Food care is a smart way to stretch food dollars. It is offered to everyone, young and elderly, with no income qualifications. It costs $30 or the equivalent in food stamps for a basic box, and $16 for a meat box. Pay by April 7 and pick up the food at Masonic Lodge on April 16. Payment may be made at Rim Guidance, Pine Country Outfitters, JD & JL LockShop, First Southern Baptist Church or Oasis Book Store. Oasis is the only site accepting food stamps.
For more information, call J.D. or Loretta Haggard at (928) 474-6613 or Karen at (928) 472-9127.
Easter Seals benefit
The public is invited to drop off any gently used books, DVDs, CDs or VHS tapes during regular business hours at Safeway. The items will be sold to benefit Easter Seals between April 4 and May 3.
Brush pits open
Rim Country residents can drop vegetative debris at two different brush pits this weekend.
The Blattner Pit, east of Payson, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 5.
The Pine Pit, south of Pine on the Control Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 6.
The pits are operated as part of the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country.
Beyond Limits Disability Ministry
Beyond Limits Disability Ministry is reaching beyond Payson's town limits this month to meet at The Church on Randall Place, 6338 W. Randall Place in Pine from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 8. Participants are encouraged to meet at the parking lot of Mountain Bible Church at 5:15 p.m. to caravan in church vans to Pine. Call Annie Spencer at (928) 595-2804 by Monday if you plan to go.
A hearty, free dinner will be followed by a musical program by the children's choir and a mission presentation by Simone Lake. Family members, caregivers and service providers are always welcome.
Beyond Limits is an interdenominational Christian group for adults with developmental disabilities, age 18 and older. For more information, call Mark or Jennie Smith at (928) 468-8434.
Christopher Creek melodrama auditions
Auditions for the annual Christopher Creek melodrama will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9 at the LDS chapel in Christopher Creek.
Lectures on C.S. Lewis
Beginning April 9, Pastor Todd Arnold of the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church will present a series of four lectures on author C.S. Lewis. The theme of the lectures is "The life and theology of C.S. Lewis."
The lectures are a culmination of Arnold's studies at Cambridge and Oxford Universities while on sabbatical with his family in England.
The lectures will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.
For more information, call (928) 474-5440.
Time Out Thrift Shop anniversary sale
The Time Out Thrift Shop is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a sale April 1 through April 10, during regular store hours. The sale will conclude with a $1 bag sale on winter clothing April 10.
The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call (928) 474-3989.
Z-Coil shoe sale
The Mogollon Health Alliance is having a Z-Coil shoe and sandal sale at the lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center April 11 and 12. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Proceeds benefit MHA programs and scholarships.
Chili Cook-off April 12
There will be a Tonto Basin Chili Cook-off and Corn bread Bake Down at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Kiwanis Community Youth Center in Punkin Center.
There are three prize categories: chili with beans, no-bean chili and corn bread. Trophies for first, second and third will be awarded in all three categories.
There will be activities for children, a cake (or pie) walk, a sledge hammer car-pounding event, silent auction and live music with Junction 87.
The entry fee is $10, payable to Pvt. Joe Hardt Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 798, Tonto Basin, AZ 85553 or sign up at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Tonto Basin Pvt. Joe Hardt Marine Corps League Detachment 818.
Payson Emergency Preparedness Fair
There will be an Emergency Preparedness Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St. There will be demonstrations, mini-classes and handouts on how to prepare for emergencies. Learn from the community's experts who are responsible for this area's emergency response plans. Learn how you can be prepared for home or regional emergencies.
There will be free refreshments. For more information, call (928) 978-2960.
Low-cost rabies clinic
A low-cost rabies vaccination clinic is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St.
Vaccinations will be given for $10 per animal.
Licenses for pets may also be purchased as well as other vaccinations. For more information, call (928) 474-9292.
Weed removal project
Persons who owe community service can earn up to $100 off of their fine balance by participating in a Star Thistle removal project with the U.S. Forest Service.
The project will start at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12. Instructions will be provided by a Forest Service representative in the parking lot of the Payson Ranger Station the day of the event.
Bring water, lunch, digging tool and gloves. Be prepared to hike and work. You will need to provide your own transportation. Contact the court for eligibility for credit towards fines.
Volunteers from the community are also needed to eradicate this very destructive weed that chokes vegetation and destroys habitat for wildlife. Come out to the Payson Ranger Station at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12.
Contact Bill Barcus with the Forest Service for more information at (928) 474-7900.
Mountain bike ride
The Payson Area Trails System presents a mountain biking ride on the Cypress and Boulders Trail at noon, Sunday, April 13.
This route is for riders with beginner level skills. There is no charge for the ride, which will be led by mountain bicycling instructors. The ride will start and end at Frontier Elementary School parking lot, 1000 E. Frontier St.
Register at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information
Free tax help and e-file
Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP Volunteers in Payson. AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the IRS.
This free service is provided to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. It is available through April 15 at the following locations and times: Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Beeline Highway, Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please bring a picture ID, Social Security card for all persons claimed on the return, last year's tax return and your 2007 tax documents. An appointment is not necessary, however, if you would like information or need an appointment, call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229.
Cruise Port Travel helps Humane Society
The Payson Humane Society is partnering with Cruise Port Travel as the first organization to benefit from the company's Group Cruising Fund-Raising Promotion.
"Cruise companies love groups, because they fill a ship faster," said Carol Watts, co-owner of Cruise Port Travel.
"For every eight cabins an organization can fill, they receive a cash donation for the cost of one fare. It's an easy, no sweat way for nonprofit groups to raise funds."
Cruise Port Travel has reserved space on 12 different cruise itineraries such as Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, Western-, Southern- and Eastern Caribbean from August through December 2008. Deposits to reserve a cabin are due in May and June.
"We are excited that Payson Humane Society had the vision to join with us in this fund-raising effort. People travel anyway; why not have their travel benefit your non-profit organization?" said Watts.
Other organizations are urged to contact Sallie Loman or Carol Watts at Cruise Port Travel to discuss how they can participate.
"We need many organizations to join with us in an effort to fill these cabins. The more organizations that participate, the more funds will be made available to Rim Country nonprofits and that will benefit all of Payson," Watts said.
Habitat application period extended
Payson Area for Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) has extended the Longhorn Village Phase II Complex application period to May 31.
Fourteen new homes will be built on the corner of Longhorn and McLane roads to provide low-income families with home ownership opportunities.
Two additional application workshops will be offered April 24 and May 15. Each workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. in room 202, Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. All those interested in applying may call the PAHH office, (928) 474-0330, or Lois English, (928) 468-8512.
Basket raffle to benefit Humane Society
The Payson Humane Society has a new basket raffle. Tickets for the "For the Birds" basket are now on sale at the Ponderosa Market in Pine. One of the basket prizes is a two-night stay at Eagles Landing in Fountain Hills.
For more information, call (928) 478-6517 or (928) 468-7132.
Register for GCC summer classes
Summer classes at Gila Community College Payson Campus begin May 27 and go through July 21. Register for summer classes now. Tuition is free for students age 55 and over.
Some of the new classes offered this summer include: swimming, power vocabulary, figure drawing, keyboarding, sculpture, PC troubleshooting, ESL/SEI methods, rocks and minerals, and sewing and quilting.
The entire summer schedule may be viewed at www.gilaccc.org.
Arizona Supreme Court visiting Payson
The Arizona Supreme Court will hold oral arguments from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 29 at Payson High School Auditorium, 409 West Longhorn.
Members of the legal community from around Gila County are invited to attend as the Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases. The cases to be heard will be announced approximately three weeks prior to scheduled date.
"It is important for the judicial branch to reach out to all Arizona residents, giving them the opportunity to see the Supreme Court at work," said Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor.
"Following the oral arguments the Court will host an informal question and answer period, giving those in attendance a chance to learn about Supreme Court practice," said Presiding Judge Peter Cahill.
The public is welcome, but seating is limited, so please arrive early. Attendees are required to pass through security screening, and are strongly encouraged to leave all electronic devices and bags at home.
If you have any questions, please contact: Coleen Stevens, Gila County Superior Court Administration, 1400 East Ash, Globe, AZ 85501, (928) 402-8674 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Xeriscape garden
Now is a great time to visit the Xeriscape (waterwise) garden at the Gila Community College Payson Campus on Mud Springs Road. The garden features drought-tolerant plants and offers ideas on water-saving strategies.