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Low-cost rabies clinic Saturday

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.

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.

The program will be held 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.

Book signing saturday

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Payson's Ernie Schmidt - Author

Payson's Ernie Schmidt has written a science fiction novel -- "Good-Bye Earth?" -- which he will be signing at the Payson Public Library from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12.

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 Cornbread 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 cornbread. Trophies for first, second and third will be awarded in all three categories.

The entry fee is $10, payable to Pvt. Joe Hardt Marine Corps League.

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 is 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.

Register at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1000 W. Country Club Dr., Payson, or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information.

Free computer class

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., is taking registrations for a six-week Introduction to Computers class. The class will meet from 9 a.m. until noon, Tuesday mornings beginning April 15. Call (928) 474-3834, to register for this free course.

Learn about rural development funds

The U.S. 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.

The meeting, which is free to the public, is scheduled at 1 p.m. at Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Hwy. There will be breakout 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.

General aviation emergency training day

The Payson Regional Airport Authority (PRAA) urges all First Emergency Responders from the Rim Country, including firefighters, police, EMTs and paramedics, to participate in the Payson Airport General Aviation Emergency Training Day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19.

The general aviation community of Payson invites first responders to a free session to learn how to handle aviation emergencies.

Single- and twin-engine aircraft will be on display with explanations from pilots about the aircraft. A video -- "First Response and Other Emergency Situations" -- will be shown.

Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

For information and reservations, contact Paul Pitkin (928) 474-3663 or ppitkin@npgcable.com.

Home school workshop

A home school workshop for those currently home schooling or considering home schooling is planned for Friday, April 18.

The program will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane.

Childcare is available by reservation with Kathy Arnold; call by April 15, (928) 474-7449. Bring a sack lunch.

Travel seminar

Payson Senior Center will host a travel seminar at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15 in the dining room, 514 W. Main St.

Kelly Watts of Cruise Port Travel will present travel options for seniors, from mini-tours to world cruises. He will discuss some of the many changes in traveling today. He also will speak on nonprofit, fund-raising group travel opportunities.

The program is open to the public.

Drop off brush

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting.

On Saturday, April 12, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, April 13, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings, and other vegetative materials only. Wood, branches, etc. from Ponderosa pines or other trees killed by bark beetles will be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes.

Story time for tiny tykes

The Payson Public Library has story times for the youngest of youngsters.

The library has an infant and toddler story time for children up to age 2. It is at 10 a.m. every Monday in the library meeting room. Registration is not required.

Preschool story time is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for children ages 3 to 6. It is also held in the meeting room, with no registration required.

For additional details, call (928) 474-9260 and ask for Harryette.

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