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Antique auction to help humane society

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Antique auction to help humane society

A community auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society building fund will be held Saturday, April 26 at "Miss Kitty's," 406 E. Bonita.

Bid on lots of wonderful items, including a 125-year-old hump back trunk, a 48-star "Old Glory," antique furniture, vintage pewter tea set, collectibles and more.

The preview is at 8 a.m., and the auction starts at 8:30 a.m. Ted Tatum will serve as auctioneer.

For more information, call 474-3596.

Fire department open house saturday

Payson Fire Department will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in conjunction with the Beeline Cruise-In and Charity Auto Show. The event will feature a vintage fire truck, fire station tours, free popcorn, fire safety movies for adults and children, a ring toss game, temporary tattoos and free gifts for children, a dog-watering station and more. The fire house is located at 400 W. Main St.

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PHS students present ‘Little Shop of Horrors'

Payson High School drama students will present a spring musical, "Little Shop of Horrors" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in the PHS auditorium.

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.

Free, 10-week walking program for seniors

Payson Parks and Recreation and AARP will sponsor a free, 10-week walking program for persons age 50 and over. Come join in the fun and start walking your way to better health.

The kick-off event will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 at the Parks and Rec office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr. in Green Valley Park.

To register for the program, call Claudia at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7. For more information, call Ginny at (928) 474-8936.

Rummage sale, quilt raffle

The Big Brothers Big Sisters team will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Realty Executives parking lot, 611 S. Beeline Highway. The proceeds will be going to "Relay for Life" to help with the fight against cancer. The team is also raffling a beautiful quilt to raise money. If you would like to buy raffle tickets before or after the rummage sale, call Deborah Hughes at 978-3201.

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.

Shop for bargains at Senior Thrift Store

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26 during the 15th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Classic Car Show.

There will be a display of books and other automotive memorabilia in the Antique Boutique, located in the front of the store. A shuttle bus will run from a parking area atommunity Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., to the OxBow Saloon.

Beginning Monday, April 28, men's and women's clothingith orange tags will be 50 percent off the marked price. New spring and summer garments are being put out daily.

The Thrift Store also will be open Friday, May 2 for First Friday on Main Street activities.

For information, call (928) 474-3205 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

‘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.

Unique boutique sale Saturday

Soroptimists of Zane Greyill host a unique boutique sale, featuring slinkylothes,esigner-look handbags and accessoriestaffordable prices from9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April26 athe Church of Christ,01 E. Tyler Parkway.

Proceeds fromthe salewill go to support the manyprogramssponsored by the club, including Time Out Shelter,Marcy's Kids, Rimiteracy Center and Payson Community Kids.

For more information, call (928) 472-4827 or (928) 468-6956.

Amateur radio buffs will have breakfast Sunday

The Tontomateur Radio Association's informalreakfast is at 8 a.m. the lastunday of the month(April 26) atherosswinds Restaurant nearhe airport. Anyone interested in amateur radios invited to attend.

Contact John Swenson, president, at (928) 472-3331, forfurther 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.

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.

Opera audition winners to perform in Payson

We've got winners! Yes, the Arizonaetropolitan Opera auditioninners are coming to Payson.

Whetherou enjoy arias fromfamousperas or familiarelectionsrom Broadway theater, the afternoon will be a memorable one. Fourutstandingocal performers,sponsored byhe Friends of Metropolitan Auditions,hould behe hit of the season.

The concert wille presented ina venue enhancing the qualityf music to beerformed.

Don't delaynrdering your tickets forhe coming event, to be held Sunday, May 4 at the Rim Club. Included in the ticket price of $75 is auffet suppernd a selectionf wines,oftrinks, etc.

Call928) 476-2720order your tickets.

Decorate Relay for Life luminaria at car show

Join the Relay for Life team and help decorate a luminaria between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 during the car show. The team will be at the High Desert Denistry building, 406 W. Main St. Call Robin at 472-8400 for more information.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Relay for Life booth at the Business Showcase to sign up for the Walking for a Cure team. Congratulations to Patty Brown, who won our drawing for a beautiful gift basket.

The next meeting for committee members and captains will be at 5:30 p.m. May 1 at Majestic Rim on Tyler Parkway. Deadline for T-shirt applications is April 30.

Applications will be gathered at the meeting and will include any sponsorships from businesses.

50 Percent Off Book Sale next week at FES

Frontier Elementary School will host a 50 Percent Off Book Sale April 29 through May 2.

You'll find lots of fiction and nonfiction books, accelerated readers, chapter and easy readers, hardcover and picture books, paperbacks, children's classics, adult best sellers, cookbooks, Spanish books, toys and activities, and computer software. For your convenience, cash, check or credit cards will be accepted.

Hours will be from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Book Fair and Family Activity Day at PES

Payson Elementary School will have a Spring Book Fair from Monday, April 28 to Friday, May 2 in the school library.

The fair will be open during the morning and lunch recesses and after school from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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).

Handbags & More sale Monday at hospital

Paula's Bags & More of Scottsdale will be having a sale at the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 28 -- just in time for Mother's Day!

Come check out the wide variety of purses, men's and women's wallets, fanny packs, travel bags and various other items. Purchases may be made by credit/debit cards, checks and cash.

Proceeds from the sale willo to support the many programs and scholarshipsfferedy the Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.
Town engineer will speak at CAC meeting

The Citizens Awareness Committeewill meet at 2 p.m. Monday, April 28 in the Payson Public Library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road. Payson Townngineer LaRon Garrett,.E., will discuss the statusof Payson streets.

To contacttheC.A.C.,-mail paysoncac@yahoo.com.

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.

Free brush pits open this weekend

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

Saturday, April 26, 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.

Sunday, April 27, 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. 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. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Raffle tickets on sale to benefit Humane Society

Paysonumane Society representatives wille selling raffle tickets for a Mexicaniviera cruise from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley.

Tickets will also be sold forhreerize basketstoberaffled.

One basket is "For the Birds," and features a hummingbird feeder,birdeednd a birdouse. The basket also includes dinner for twoat Fargo's Steakhouse andwo-night stay at Eagles Landing in Fountain Hills.

Basketwo is a romantic getawayathristopher Creek Lodge, and a lot of goodies to celebrate a specialevening for two.he winners will be notified May 10, the day before Mother's Day.

The Father's Day Basket is sure to please any man in your life. It includes everything from chrome to wheels for detailing hispecial ride. Tickets for this basket will also be sold Saturday, April 16 at the Beeline Cruise-In Car Show. The winner will be announcedhe day before Father's Day,une4.

Callo at (928) 478-5617, or Betty at (928) 468-7132, for tickets or more information.

CERT is coming to Pine-Strawberry area

The Payson area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructors are offering to hold classes in Pine-Strawberry.

CERT is a great "neighbors helping neighbors" program. You'll learn how to prepare, take care and assist yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a major community incident.
Depending on the number in of participants, the classill run either two nights a week for one month, or one night a week for two months. The classes will be held in the P-S Fire Department training room.

Anyone interested,lease call 476-4272o that a list may be compiled for the instructors. For this program to be a success, severalembers of our neighborhoods must participate.
ISO ratings

Last year, the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department hadn ISO test done for our district. Our district went from a rating of 7 down to a 5.This is good. The lower our ISO rating, the better our insurance rates can be.

Homeowners, please contact your insurance companies to verify that they are aware of the rate change, and to make sure you are receiving the benefits of the improved rate of 5.

For more information, contact the PSFD at 476-4272.

Spring rodeo parade entries sought

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee will present the 10th annual "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.

A $25 prize will be awarded to the winner in each of eight categories: 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.

A $50 prize will be awarded for best over-all Judges' Choice for the entry that best "Exemplifies the Sprit of the Springodeo Parade." Prizes will be sent in the mail.

The staging area is on Westerly, south of Main Street. The parade will travel west on Main, ending at Green Valley Park.

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

Trike-a-Thon May 2

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. stjude.org/trike.

Get tickets now for 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.

Special Mother's Day jazz concert May 11

Payson Friends of Jazz and Community Presbyterian Church will present a special Mother's Day performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at 800 W. Main St.

Jazz and blues vocalist Renee Patrick will be in concert with special guest -- "Chicago's favorite Jazz Woman" -- Judy Roberts. They will be accompanied by bassist Ted Sistrunk and drummer Gerry Reynolds.

Patrick has a powerful voice combined with passionate delivery. Her music captures the listener and doesn't let go.

Roberts is recognized as a worldwide jazz star, thanks to the success of her international jazz recordings and concert performances.

While the event is free to the public, a $5 donation at the door helps assure that professional level musicians continue to be heard in Payson each month.

For more information, or to let us know you plan to attend, call (480) 785-1278 or e-mail gerryr@cox.net.

Refreshments will be served.

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.

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.

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.

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