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Patriot's Day commemoration

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Patriot's Day commemoration

The American Revolutionary War began April 19, 1775. A commemoration will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Veterans' Memorial in Green Valley Park.

The commemoration, a citizens' initiative, will include a presentation of "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The event is open to all, and for all ages. After the reading, there will be an open discussion about our patriotic roots and legacy.

Lew Levenson will lead the Saturday program. In 1975, Mr. Levenson was a member of the Sudbury Minute Company, which participated at Concord, Mass. North Bridge in the Bicentennial Commemoration of the events of the "shot heard 'round the world."

For more information, call Levenson at (928) 472-7175.

Aviation emergency training

The Payson Regional Airport Authority (PRAA) invites all first emergency responders from the Rim Country to 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, including the Payson Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 810 and the Mazatzal Mountain Airpark residents invite first responders to a free session to learn about 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, courtesy of the Federal Aviation Administration, Flight Service District Office, Scottsdale. Lunch will be provided to all attendees. For information and reservations, contact Paul Pitkin at (928) 474-3663, ppitkin@npgcable.com.

Yard sale, bake sale and car wash Saturday

On Saturday, April 19 there will be a benefit sale at Calvary Chapel. The event includes a yard sale, car wash and bake sale to raise money for young people of the church to attend high school and junior high summer camp programs, and for youth outreach events in the community.

All of the proceeds will go toward the cost of sending students to summer camp and for planning youth events in the community.

Calvary Chapel is at 1103 N. Beeline Highway. Activities start at 6:30 a.m.

Spring rodeo parade entries sought

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is presenting the "Main Event" -- the 2008 Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo Parade.

The parade will be Saturday, May 17, starting at 9 a.m. There is no fee to enter, and forms to participate are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce on the northwest corner of Highway 87 and Main Street.

Categories will be walking individual or group, motorized individual or group, manual powered vehicle individual or group, individual or group float, corporate float, mounted horse group or individual, leading horse group or individual, other animals -- individual or group, Best Rodeo Royalty entry, Best Overall.

For more information, contact Ruth Klaver at (928) 474-8837.

Free greenwaste day

Buckhead Mesa Landfill will accept greenwaste free of charge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 19. Do not mix any trash with the greenwaste.

Buckhead Mesa Landfill is located east of Highway 87 between Payson and Pine.

CFL bulb exchange

Bring an incandescent bulb to the APS booth at the 2008 Business Showcase in the Mazatzal Casino exhibition hall on Saturday, April 19 in exchange for a free CFL (compact fluorescent light). The exchange is limited to the first 300 people and limited to one per person. CFL bulbs are 75 percent more efficient and last 10 times longer.

The showcase is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 19.

Music at GCC

The students of Victoria Harris will present a recital at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 in room 301 of the Gila Community College Payson Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road. Admission is free.

Tenor Wayne Nelson, accompanied by pianist Victoria Harris will present a concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 20 in room 301 of the GCC Payson Campus. Admission is free.

$6 Jewelry Sale

A wonderful selection of $6 jewelry, watches, and accessories for men, women, and children will be available at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22. The sale is presented by Elle's Fundraising.

Cash, credit cards, and PRMC payroll deduction will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the many programs and scholarships available to the community through Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588

Craft vendors sought

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is looking for local craft vendors for the Gary Hardt Spring Rodeo. The rodeo will be May 15, 16, and 17. For details call Larry Hinds at (928) 474-0985.

Search and Rescue benefit at Swiss Village

A benefit for the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad, "Volunteer Heroes of Rim Country," is planned by DJ's Bed and Bath and Dan Good Flooring. The benefit will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 25 in the Swiss Village, 806 N. Beeline Highway.

The event will include raffle drawings for an Arctic Cat, a vacation getaway at Kohl's Ranch and gift certificates. There will be free refreshments, including Pepsi Cola, and the squad will be selling its T-shirts, which sport the clever motto "Support Tonto Search and Rescue, Get Lost in the Rim Country," and caps. All proceeds will remain in the Rim Country.

Library presents program for boys

The Payson Public Library program "Knights of the Round Table," is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

It is for boys only, ages 5 to 10. Participation is limited to 12. Register at the front desk, or call (928) 474-9260 for details.

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.

New Life Foundation seminar scheduled

The New Life Foundation will present the seminar "Get Out Of Your Own Way!" from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sunday, April 20 at the New Life Foundation, Healing Pines Lane, 5067 N. Highway 87, Strawberry. Admission is $3.

Sheriff seeks re-election
John Armer has announced he intends to seek another term as Gila County Sheriff.
In a release issued April 17, Armer said he filed his campaign committee papers on Feb. 25, 2008. Armer is a Democrat. If he is successful in his bid for re-election it will be his third term as sheriff.
Armer has served as sheriff for seven years
"I am deeply involved in our community, both professionally and personally," Armer said in his release.
"I am a member of the Globe Rotary Club. I sit as a member of the Constable Ethics Standards and Training Board, The Governor's Traffic Safety Advisory Board and the Rules Revision Advisory Committee for Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST). I am past president of the Arizona Sheriff's Association. Governor Napolitano appointed me to the East Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council and, most recently, to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. These appointments have not come easily but through experience and demonstrated competency and earned respect. They are very important to our security in Gila County."
Armer has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience.

Spring Book Fair
Payson Elementary School will have a Spring Book Fair from Wednesday, April 23 to Friday, May 2 in the school library.
From April 23 to April 25 the fair will be open before school, during the lunch recess and after school from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The fair will be open during the morning and lunch recesses and after school from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 28 to May 2.
The fair's Family Activity Day is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1. Family Activity Day events include a spaghetti dinner with food by Gerardo's Italian Bistro and a student art display. The book fair will be open to everyone that day as well. Dinner is $4 for children; $6 for adults and $20 for families (immediate family members only).

Pine library closes for spring cleaning
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will close from Wednesday, April 23 through Friday, April 25 for spring cleaning. It will reopen at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 26. While the library is closed, books may be returned at the outside book drop.

Parking lot sale
The Second Annual Youth Parking Lot Sale is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at the Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway. Donations will be accepted the afternoon of Friday, April 25 and in the early morning, Saturday, April 26.
The sale is being held in conjunction with the World Vision International 30-Hour Famine, a program designed to raise funds for hungry children throughout the world. Proceeds will also be used to fund summer missionary projects of the youth of Ponderosa Baptist, including trips to Ensenada, Mexico and Gray Mountain on the Navajo Reservation.

Student art exhibit
Artists of the Rim will sponsor the third Student Art Exhibit in front of the gallery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26 during the Beeline Cruise-In.
Adult students of Jim Strong's oil, watercolor and drawing classes at Gila Community College and students of longtime Payson instructor, Joy Layson, will show their best works.
First- through fourth-place ribbons and six honorable mentions will be awarded to the students by a panel of gallery judges.

Trike-a-Thon set
The Payson community can help save lives by participating in a St. Jude Trike-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event is scheduled for May 2 and is sponsored by Payson KidCare.
The Trike-a-Thon is designed to expose preschool children to using riding toys safely through a week-long fun activity and provide a parent-awareness program that involves the parents in safe behavior practices to help ensure their child's well being.
To participate or make a donation, contact Shawna Zale, coordinator of the event, at (928) 468-1694. For more information, go to the Web site www.stjude.org/trike.

Drawing class set for home school students
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine will have a free drawing class for home school students from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 2.
Participants will learn how to draw people and animals. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.
For more details and to register, contact the library at (928) 476-3648.

Star Valley spring fling
Star Valley's spring fling is Saturday, May 3 at the Moose Lodge. Arts, crafts, food, live music and more will be featured.
Some vendor spaces are still available for $25. Call Jude (928) 472-1146, Hells Gate Fire Department Auxiliary and the Moose Lodge in Star Valley.

Home improvement help
At the end of April and beginning of May, the group "Campers On Mission" will be coming to the Church on Randall Place in Pine to assist those in the community who could use a little help. They will be available to do light yard work (fire prevention), light maintenance (painting, general repairs etc.), grocery shopping for those unable to get out. They can also give caretakers a chance to take a break for a few hours for personal renewal, as well as many other services.
This will be the second year the group of about 15 to 20 has come to help the church serve the community. There is no fee for this service; it is being done to simply bless others.
For more information, contact Pastor John Lake at the Church on Randall Place, (928) 476-4249 or (928) 970-4249.

Wilderness Red Cross first aid class planned
A Red Cross wilderness first aid basics class is planned from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.
This is a comprehensive two-day course designed to teach participants and outdoor enthusiasts the skills needed to survive in an emergency medical situation until help is available. The course will include skills needed in accidents that might occur in mountaineering; administering first aid in the wilderness; help signals; and dealing with weather conditions.
Upon successful completion of the 16-hour, two-day class - which will have a written test and skill proficiency segments - participants will receive Wilderness First Aid certification, valid for three years.
Participants don't need CPR certification, although it is highly recommended and current knowledge of skills will be assumed. Participants must be at least 15 by the second day of class. Registration is open until the program is filled. Thanks to an educational grant from the American Red Cross, the course fee is only $25 for this weekend. Class size is limited, so register early.
Register at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1000 W. Country Club Dr. Payson, or call (928) 474-5242 ext. 358 for more information

Gila Foundation for Higher Education
The Gila Foundation for Higher Education is a not-for-profit organization based here in Payson, who support students trying to improve their goal in life for a better future through their pursuit of higher education.
It is hosting its 2nd annual fund-raiser, a western theme "Casino Night" at Chaparral Pines beginning at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 27.
Support the foundation's mission by purchasing individual tickets or by sponsoring a table. Tickets to the event are $100 per person.
Call (928) 472-3633 or (928) 472-2588 for tickets or additional information.

Teen Maze needs volunteers
New Beginnings is seeking volunteers for the Teen Maze to take place from May 5 through May 9 during school hours at the Payson high school. If you are interested or would like more information please call Michele DeRouin at (928) 978-0164.

Blessing of the Bikes
The Riders of the Purple Sage, a motorcycle ministry of Payson United Methodist Church is holding the 2nd Annual Blessing of the Bikes (motorcycles) for the greater Payson area at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 3 at the church, which is located at 414 N. Easy St., Payson, behind ACE Hardware
The primary purpose for this event is to give riders throughout the community an opportunity to fellowship with each other and to receive a blessing on themselves and their motorcycle.
All riders who value a spiritual connection with a higher power are welcome to this event, regardless of church affiliations they may have and regardless of what brand of motorcycle they ride!
Another goal is to let the general public know that many negative stereotypes about motorcyclists are simply not true of all riders.
he blessing will include music, Scripture, prayer, and a personal blessing from Rev. David Rennick.
Themes for the event will include: the freedom experienced while riding; connecting with nature and creation; safety while riding; and remembering riders who have passed away.
After the blessing participants will be escorted through Payson by the Payson Police Department and ride east on Hwy. 260 to a look-out on the Mogollon Rim for a final prayer. Riders are then welcome to keep riding east on Hwy. 260 together or return to Payson.

Choral Society program
The Payson Choral Society's spring concert "Showtime," a musical stroll down Broadway, comes to the Payson High School auditorium on Saturday, May 3. Performances are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Concert tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for students ages 12 to 18, and free for children ages 11 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup, and at the Payson Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert. Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students. These are awarded each year at the spring concert.

Fiber art exhibit set
The Threadplayers of Payson will present a fiber art exhibit, "Expressions in Fiber II" at Gila Community College from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4.
The exhibit will feature fiber art such as wall hangings, wearable art, jewelry, altered books, framed art, baskets and more.
For more information, contact Nancy Bollard, (928) 476-2305

Community Flea Market
The Community Flea Market, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17. This is a great one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors offering everything from homemade crafts to new "as seen on TV" merchandise and everything in between. To accommodate shoppers and vendors alike, coffee and doughnuts will be sold from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and hot dogs, chips and pop will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Early shoppers will be turned away.
Vendors are wanted for the event. Anyone who would like to have a booth at this event should call (928) 474-2059 for more information, or come to the church office weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon to reserve a space.
The cost is $10 for a 10-foot-by-19-foot space, plus a refundable $10 deposit (returned in cash the day of the event when the vendor's space is completely empty).
The market is located at 800 West Main Street (corner of Oak and Main).

Friends of Ferals raffle
Payson Friends of Ferals is raffling off a "Getaway Basket" through Mother's Day. The winner will receive a night at the Wooden Nickel Cabins at Christopher Creek with all the extras to make it memorable.
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Call or visit Payson Humane Society at (928) 474-5590 for tickets and support Payson Friends of Ferals.

Sell concessions at park
Payson Parks and Recreation department looking for community service organizations to provide concessions
Starting Saturday, May 10, Green Valley Park will fill every Saturday evening for 10 weeks of summertime fun for people of all ages. It begins with a three-week family movie night series and seven-week summer concert series. The parks and recreation department is looking for local community service organizations to provide concessions at each of these evening events. Everything must be prepackaged or you must have a food-handling license.
Slots are on a first-come, first-awarded basis. For additional information call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

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.
The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in roundtable discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other investments and hot topics. It is an opportunity to learn from one another and exchange ideas on a variety of issues about how individual investors can help make their money grow and build wealth over time, as well as have fun. Call (928) 468-1470 for more information.

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