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PES Spring Book Fair April 23-May 2

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).

Tricycle safety program

A Trike-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is scheduled for May 2 and is sponsored by Payson KidCare. The event 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 www.

$6 Jewelry Sale today

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Upon successful completion of the 16-hour, two-day class, participants will receive Wilderness First Aid certification, valid for three years.

Participants don't need CPR certification, although 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.

Course fee is $25. Class size is limited, so register early at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or call (928) 474-5242 ext. 358 for more information.

Win a bronze elk

The Payson Gateway project will hold a raffle drawing for a desk-size bronze elk by local artist, Jim Keller, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at the Artists of the Rim Gallery, 408 W. Main St. Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

Until the drawing, raffle tickets are available by calling Nancy Cox at 472-1172. During the Classic Auto Show on Saturday, April 26, tickets may be purchased from the Payson Gateway Committee in front of the senior center on Main Street.

Win a two-night stay at Eagle's Landing

The Payson Humane Society has a new basket raffle. Tickets for the "For the Birds" basket are now available. One of the prizes is a two-night stay at Eagles Landing in Fountain Hills.

For more information, call (928) 478-6517 or (928) 468-7132.

‘Casino Night' Sunday at Chaparral Pines

The Gila Foundation for Higher Education is a nonprofit organization which supports local 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 Payson High School. To volunteer, or for more information, please call Michele DeRouin at (928) 978-0164.

PHS students present ‘Little Shop of Horrors'

Payson High School drama students will present a spring musical, "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 and Saturday, April 26 in the PHS auditorium. A Friday matinee will be at 4 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.

Tickets are a dollar less at Payson Public Library, Oasis Christian Books and Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Habitat housing application workshop

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is offering a housing application workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

For more information, contact the Habitat office at 474-0330, or Lois English at 468-8512.

Student art exhibit

The artist partners of Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery announce their third student art exhibit expressly for currently enrolled Rim Country student artists.

On Saturday, April 26, the gallery will be hosting the exhibit coinciding with the Beeline Cruise-In on Main Street. This student art exhibit will be a first of its kind for art students in Rim Country as it will be a judged exhibit. A panel of artist partners from the gallery will judge each submitted artwork and award placement ribbons. Art students from Jim Strong and Joy Layson are participating and look forward to sharing their current artwork with the public.

Everyone is invited to the free event between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The gallery is located at 408 W. Main St.

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.

Supreme Court in Payson April 29

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 W. Longhorn Road.

Members of the legal community from around Gila County are invited to attend as the Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases.

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.

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.

For more information, call Coleen Stevens, Gila County Superior Court Administration, at (928) 402-8674 or e-mail

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, located at 414 N. Easy St.

The primary purpose is to give riders an opportunity for fellowship 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. The blessing will include music, scripture, prayer and a personal blessing from Rev. David Rennick.

After the blessing, participants will be escorted through town by the Payson Police Department, and will ride east on Highway 260 to a look-out on the Mogollon Rim for a final prayer.

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).

Legion poker run May 10

The Payson American Legion Riders are hosting a poker run to benefit the Payson Supply Line troop support program on Saturday, May 10.

Rider registration is $25, passenger registration is $15. Pick up a registration form at American Legion Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260. Registration must be in by May 9.

The ride will leave from the post at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 10.

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free Family and Friends CPR class on Thursday, May 15. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information and to register.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising efforts, its gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to our Almost New thrift shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

‘Silent Night' event

Gila Community College invites the public to attend a night of communication through sign language from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Fireside Espresso, 616 N. Beeline Highway.

For more information, call Peggy at the college, (928) 468-8039.

Habitat application period extended

The Payson Area for Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) is extending the Longhorn Village Phase II Complex application period to May 31.

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 Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. All interested in applying may contact the PAHH office at (928) 474-0330, or Lois English at (928) 468-8512.

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

Homework help offered

Payson Institute of Learning is expanding its classrooms to include help for students with after-school homework on a one-to-one basis. They also have an art teacher for students who want to work with paints or clay. Classes are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are five students to a class. Call (928) 472-3393 for more information.

Riff Raff Club sale

The Riff Raff Club, a charitable organization of Pine and Strawberry residents, is holding a sidewalk sale from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24 and from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, May 25 at the Ponderosa Market parking lot.

Items for sale will consist of donations from the community. Proceeds benefit residents of the community who have special circumstances that require additional assistance.

Anyone with items to donate (no clothing), please call Jerry Nader, (928) 476-2195, or Jim MacLean, (928) 476-5940. Pick-up is available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday through May 24.

The Riff Raff Club is a 100-percent volunteer organization, composed of 140 members who offer their time to raise funds for disadvantaged residents of the communities.

Investment talk

Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an investment talk at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at 411 S. Beeline Highway, Ste. B.

The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other investments and hot topics. Call (928) 468-1470 for more information.

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