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Bid on NASCAR tickets at Safeway

The staff at Safeway in Payson has four NASCAR tickets to be given away in a silent auction to benefit its Easter Seals campaign.

Bids will be accepted at the store until 10 a.m. Thursday, April 10. The tickets are for the Subway Fresh Fit 500, Saturday, April 12 at Phoenix International Raceway. Bids will be taken on two or all four tickets. Please visit or call Safeway for details, (928) 472-8208.

Additionally, 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 now through May 3.

Christopher Creek melodrama try-outs

Try-outs 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.

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.

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.

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.

Citizens Awareness Committee meeting

The Citizens Awareness Committee will host Cameron Davis, Payson tourism and economic development director, at 2 p.m. Monday, April 14 at the Payson Public Library meeting room.

For more information, e-mail the CAC at

Free tax preparation

Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP Volunteers in Payson 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 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring picture IDs and Social Security cards for all persons claimed on the return, last year's tax return and your 2007 tax documents. For information or an appointment, call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229.

Diabetes discussion

Crossroads Women's Connection will have Ramona Coppelli as its guest at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14. Coppelli will discuss a wide variety of issues relating to diabetes including symptoms, health, nutrition and treatment. Her colleague will discuss menopause. Both men and women are encouraged to attend to hear this information of interest to both.

Crossroads Women's Connection meets on the fourth Thursday at 1 p.m. and the second Monday at 7 p.m. of each month at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E Cedar Lane.

For more information, call Carole Hampsch at (928) 478-6431, or Marilyn Huffman at (928) 472-7462.

Learn about rural development funds

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program will have a representative in Payson April 15 to promote local applications for federal loans and grants for more than $100 million in funding that will be available for rural Arizona communities and entities.

"We are seeking applications from this area -- including Star Valley, Pine, and Strawberry -- for a variety of projects, such as senior centers, hospitals, libraries, housing, business development and police and fire stations and equipment," a spokesperson said.

USDA Rural Development has funded thousands of projects throughout rural Arizona in the past and new applications are being sought for this funding cycle.

The meeting, which is free to the public, is scheduled at 1 p.m. at Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway. There will be break-out sessions for the various program areas.

The agency is partnering with the Arizona Rural Water Infrastructure Committee (RWIC) for the meeting in order to better address water and wastewater infrastructure needs. RWIC representatives will be available during the break-out sessions.

Investment talk

Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an investment talk at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at his office, 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B. It is an opportunity to learn from one another and exchange ideas on a variety of issues. Call (928) 468-1470 for more information.

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.

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.

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. Sign up at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Tonto Basin Pvt. Joe Hardt Marine Corps League Detachment 818.

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