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Flycasters to show how to build fly rods

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The Payson Flycasters will be demonstrating in a series of three classes on how to build your own custom fly rod. Classes will be March 8, 15 and 22 at Green Valley Park. This is a free program, but registration is required. Register now through March 7 at the Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park.

First Friday celebration

The Payson Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation are planning lots of things to see and do during the First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 7

You can listen to a great jazz trio while munching on delicious cinnamon rolls and chocolate delights at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. The church will also have its Greater Gift sale featuring handcrafted items from around the world.

Bootleg Alley will feature Celtic and classic rock music performed by vocalists Kathleen Kelly and Jim West. Git A Rope will offer a 10-percent discount on every item in the store. The Soroptimist Club will be at Gasoline Alley with their See's Candy.

The Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery will show the work of their first-ever guest artist, Jay Kemp. Galarneau's Gems will have a special display of local rocks used in the art of jewelry making. In addition to the beautiful artwork at Down the Street Art Gallery, raffle tickets to support the Humane Society will be available.

Jazz around the Rim

As part of the First Friday celebration on Main Street, Friday, March 7, Bob Smolenski, Danny Shannon and Gerry Reynolds will be playing at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., at about 5 p.m.

On Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m., local jazz pianist John Shevlin performs in a quartet of piano, guitar, bass and drums in the monthly Jazz in Az performance at the church.

Trio Excelsior! at PHS

The Tonto Community Concert Association hosts Trio Excelsior! in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7 at the Payson High School auditorium.

Admission is by subscription or by individual tickets, if available. Individual tickets are $30 and go on sale 30 minutes before the performance, when doors open.

Visit Spring Training

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department will take a tour to Spring Training Saturday, March 8. The price is $40 per person (adult and child prices are the same). This includes round-trip deluxe motor coach transportation and Terrace Box Seats in section 209. Meet at Green Valley Park at 10 a.m.

Shade is very limited, so bring plenty of sunblock and a hat. There are a limited number of tickets available, so stop by the Parks office in Green Valley Park today and reserve your seats. An adult must accompany all children under age 18. There will be autograph opportunities before and after games and workouts.

Manhattan Piano Trio

The Manhattan Piano Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. A $10 donation is requested to help defray the expense of bringing them to Payson. The group will be performing the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Mozart, Hayden, Strauss and others.

For ticket and seating information, call (928) 474-2059, or e-mail cpcgen@localnet.com.

Great books and gifts

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the "Books Are Fun" Fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11 in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Quality books and unique gifts including photo albums, stationery, music and more will be sold to the public at up to 70 percent off retail. Purchases can be made by VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover, debit and checks. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Spring Break program

Register your child today for the first Payson Parks and Recreation Department Spring Break Recreation Program, being held Monday through Friday, March 10 through 14 for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

This is a fantastic opportunity to keep your children safe, busy and happy during regular school hours over spring break. Children will participate in inside and outside games, build crafts, walk to the parks and have a daily lunch and drink all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants. Hours of the program will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be two locations: K-2 children will be at the high school's old gym and third- through fifth-graders will be at the Julia Randall Elementary School rock building. Cost is $40 per child and space is limited, so register today at the Parks and Recreation Office at 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or online at www.paysonparks.com. Phone (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Grief support group

RTA Hospice is offering a free eight-week grief support group beginning Monday, March 10. It will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the RTA Hospice office on Mud Springs Road. Group size is limited. Please call Allyson Danielson or Dani Woods at RTA Hospice, (928) 472-6340, to reserve your place.

Driver safety class

An AARP driver safety class will be held at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. This is an eight-hour classroom refresher for motorists aged 50 and older who have years of driving experience. It is not necessary to be a member of AARP to participate. There will be a $10 fee for materials. Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount. Participants should bring a sack lunch and their driver's license. Enrollment is limited, so call Jim Serfling at (928) 472-6372 to register or for more information.

Friends of Ferals

Payson Friends of Ferals celebrates its third anniversary at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 with an open house at the Twin Lakes Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 903 E. Granite Dells Road.

The Payson Friends of Ferals no-cost TNR (Trap Neuter Return) program has sterilized more than 600 cats in the past three years. Residents of mobile home parks, apartment complexes and neighborhoods dealing with unsterilized feral cats are especially encouraged to attend. Payson Friends of Ferals can help. Call Lisa Boyle at (928) 474-1836 or Ellie Watson at (928) 474-5590 for more information.

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