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Order Krispy Kreme doughnuts by June 5


The Safeway Relay for Life team will be delivering Krispy Kreme Doughnuts between noon and 4 p.m. Friday, June 6. One dozen glazed will be delivered to your place of business for just $15.

Proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society. Please email orders to or fax to Attn: Lynne (928) 472-8165. Orders must be in by June 5.

We will also have Krispy Kremes available at Relay for Life June 6 at Payson High School.

Relay for Life Friday

Payson's Relay for Life, the annual fund-raiser for The American Cancer Society, begins at 6 p.m. Friday, June 6 and ends at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 7.

Organizers are expecting hundreds of Rim residents and their friends to participate. There will be music, food and games to keep spirits up and energy high. The luminaria ceremony to remember victims of the disease is at 9 p.m.

Contact Robin at (928) 595-1568 for details.

First Friday on Main Street June 6

The Payson Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation are hosting the First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 6.

Art galleries, antique stores, restaurants and other businesses will remain open and offer free refreshments. Free on-street parking is available on the south side of Main Street between Westerly Road and the Oxbow. A free shuttle bus service will make a continuous loop between the Main Street Grille and the Vietnam Memorial Wall at Green Valley Park, and riders can get on or off anywhere along the route.

Car club members are invited to display their cars along Main Street during this event. Vendors, street performers and local businesses are invited to participate at no charge.

For more information, please call Mike Stuart at (928) 595-0573 or Brenda Mooney at (602) 859-0507.

Silent auction June 6 to benefit Humane Society

Down the Street Art Gallery at 703 W. Main St. invites everyone to join them from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6 for a Silent Auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society.

In conjunction with an animal-themed art show called "Little Creatures," they will be auctioning works of art and related items donated by members of the gallery as well as other generous artists.

All proceeds from the auction are going to help the animals of our own community.

Dance recital

Dancin' on the Rim School of Dance will present a recital at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

For more information on this event or summer classes, call (623) 536-7923 or e-mail to dancinonthe

Please give blood

Arizona patients require approximately 300,000 blood transfusions each year.remature babies, trauma victims, as well as patients suffering from cancer, leukemia and heart disease all require lifesaving blood transfusions.

Please give blood Thursday, June 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Payson Regional Medical Center, 807 S. Ponderosa. Blood mobile will be in parking lot close to Emergency entrance.

To schedule an appointment, call Cory Houghton at (928) 472-1275.

Old Tyme Auction Saturday

Mogollon Health Alliance will be holding its seventh annual Old Tyme Auction Saturday, June 7 at 308 E. Aero Drive. Preview of items will be at 8 a.m., followed by the live auction at 9 a.m.

All monies raised will be used to support health-related programs in the Rim Country. Donations are currently being accepted at the MHA office. For pick-up or more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Garden Tour June 7

The Rim Area Gardeners are hosting a Garden Tour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 7. Tickets and brochures for the tour are now available at Payson Library, Pine Library, Ace Hardware, Plant Fair Nursery and on the day of the tour at any of the gardens. The cost of tickets is $5 per person. Six gardens are on the tour featuring a wide variety of styles, including bonsai, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and flowers, plus clever ideas for fountains, arbors, cold frames and containers. There is also an "estate" on the tour. A unique gray water design for flowers and vegetables and a Japanese style garden, both in Pine, round out the tour.

Free plane rides for kids

Free orientation flights for kids ages 8 to 17 years will be offered from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at Payson Airport.

This is an introduction to the basics of flying. No reservations needed. First come, first to fly. You must bring a parent or legal guardian to sign the permission slip.

This free flight is sponsored by the pilots of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter #810 Young Eagles Program.

For more information, contact Marie at (928) 978-5139.

Computer workshops for small businesses

Gila Community College's Small Business Development Center will be hosting the following free computer workshops for small business owners and managers.

Computer Wellness -- Ways to keep PCs safe from viruses and spyware and how to do an annual cleanup, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at Payson Campus, Room 402.

Web Security -- How to secure the Internet and how to limit or restrict access by users, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at Payson Campus, Room 402.

Seating is limited, so call early to reserve your seat, (928) 468-8039.

Annual quilt show to be held June 6-8 in Pine

The Strawberry Patchers will present the 12th Annual Quilt Show June 6, 7 and 8 in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, admission is $2 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free.

The show will feature more than 100 beautiful quilts and wearables. The group will be selling tickets for its Opportunity Quilt and will once again offer the Berry Patch Boutique filled with quality, handmade items. The show will include Viewers Choice Voting and a vendor mall. Quilt appraisals by Karen Housner (by appointment) will also be part of the show. Make an appointment at

The show is held in conjunction with the annual Strawberry Festival, which will also be in downtown Pine June 7 and 8.

SonHarvest County Fair Vacation Bible School

SonHarvest County Fair Vacation Bible School will take place from noon to 3 p.m. daily June 9-13 at Pine Strawberry School, 3868 N. Pine Creek Drive in Pine. Classes are for children ages pre-school through sixth grade. There will be Bible stories, crafts, skits, games and songs.

A pre-registration fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo and games.

For more information, call (928) 476-3552.

Grant makes pay/neuter surgeries available

Payson Humane Societyas received a grant to providepay and neutering for dogs in Payson and the surrounding communities.

Please stop by the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road to complete the paperwork. Donations are requested, but not required.

Books for Dad are 2-for-1

In honor of Father's Day, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be featuring a 2-for-1 sale of books about topics sure to be of interest to Dad. Included in this sale will be topics such as sports, history, politics, home repair, hobbies, business and finance. Consider giving Dad a couple of great books and a few hours in the hammock on Father's Day.e'll like that much better than another tie.

The bookstore's large print collection grows larger by the day.hose who prefer large print books or know someone who does, should stop by and discover the variety of large print books available.

Purchases from the LFOP Bookstore are one of the best values to be found in Payson. Bookstore stock changes daily, so the wise shopper visits frequently.

The bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit our Web site at

Attention: jazz fans

Payson jazz fans, mark your calendars for these performances.

The Payson Jazz Trio and Friends play from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.; and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday at the Strawberry Lodge on North Highway 87 in Strawberry.

The Jacob Koller Trio will be in concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at Community Presbyterian Church.

Construction safety training program

A construction safety outreach training program will be offered to those currently employed in the construction industry in two 5-hour sessions, June 14 and June 21.

Contractors, save money and protect your employees in this class which will cover the information in the 10-hour OSHA Outreach Training Program Guidelines. The course is to promote a safe workplace for the employee, emphasizing hazard identification, avoidance control, excavation, stairways and ladders, personal protection equipment, electrical and more.

Seating is limited. To register, contact Calvin Wright at (928) 472-2544 or via e-mail to

Libraries host summer programs for children


"Catch the Reading Bug" this summer at the Payson Public Library.

The summer reading program is from June 3 through June 25. Registration takes place now through June 7.

The program is designed to promote reading and learning in a fun way and to help maintain skills during the summer recess.

Children, ages 3 to 12, will have a choice of classes: 1 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m., Wednesday; 1 p.m., Wednesday. The program will include singing, stories and puppets.

The class for those ages 8 to 18 will be at 4 p.m., Tuesday, it is called "Metamorphosis".

This program is free of charge.

Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 with any questions.


Movie Madness -- movies for children and families -- will be shown at 11 a.m. every Thursday in June and July in the Pine library. Refreshments provided. Bring your pillow to be comfy on the floor!

Coming attractions: Thursday, June 5, Ace of Hearts, G rated; Thursday, June 12, Disney-Minutemen, G rated;Thursday, June 19, Pokemon Movie, not rated;Thursday, June 26, Spiderwick Chronicles, PG rated.

July 3, 10, 17 and 26 movies will be announced at a later date.

Drama workshops will be held every Thursday in the Pine Library activity room. Grades 6-8 meet from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and grades K-5 meet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wii Gaming takes place in the Pine Library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Summer Strings violin instruction for ages 5-7 will be offered free of charge. Check out a junior violin for the summer. Enroll your child at the Pine Library.

Pre-School story time for ages 2-5 will be held at 10:15 every Wednesday at the Pine Library.

"Catch the Reading Bug" this summer at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine. Children can explore the amazing world of bugs and enjoy lots of fun, games, books and educational activities during the library's Summer Reading Program.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Friday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. -- NAU Traveling Arthropod Bug Show, includes bugs, dead and alive, and lots of instruction and information about arthropods and their place in our world.

Friday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. -- Learn to dance the Jitter Bug.

Friday, July 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. -- Reward Luncheon and the "Creepy, Crawly Bug Café. Children will make their own lunch.

Stop by the Pine Library and pick up a flier of children's summer events. All activities are free and open to the public.

Vacation Bible school

Payson Church of Christ is having its annual Vacation Bible School June 23-27.

This year's theme is "Castaway Bay" a study of faith. Classes are daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a Family Finale Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 27. Four-year-olds up to children who have just completed sixth grade may attend. There is no charge. Enrollment is limited due to space available. Registration forms are at Oasis Christian Books, 512 S. Beeline Highway, or call Jean at (928) 474-0692, or Rowena at (928) 970-0082. The church is located at 401 E. Tyler Parkway.

Rock Reunion to benefit Humane Society

Local rocker Barb Wolkin and her former Whiskey Blu band members will join other retired Arizona rock bands including Surgical Steel for the Arizona All-Star Rock Reunion on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8 at the Venue of Scottsdale (formerly the Cajun House), 7117 E. 3rd Ave., (480) 945-5150.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Payson Humane Society, online at or at the door on show days.

Barb and Whiskey Blu will give all proceeds purchased in their name to Payson Humane Society!

Firewise seminar June 13

The Central Arizona Board of Realtors proudly presents a Safety and Beautification Fire Wise Seminar to be held Friday, June 13 in the CABR conference room, 600 E. Highway 260, Ste. 14. The two-hour seminar will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Guest speakers include Jim Paxon, Type One Information Officer U.S. Forestry Service (retired); LeeAnn Berry, Natural Resources Manager U.S. Forestry Division; Fire Chiefs from Payson, Hellsgate and Pine/Strawberry, Whispering Pines Fire Departments. Local insurance representatives will be on hand to answer questions about potential insurance benefits.

Seating is limited to 65 people per session. Please RSVP to CAZBR at (928) 474-1944 or

Admission is a nonperishable food item at the door. Donations are to assist Payson Community Kids.

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