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Easter Fest on Main Street

The Payson Womans Club Easter Fest is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 22 at 510 W. Main St. There will be lots of goodies to eat and buy.

Easter bake sale

PAWS, the group responsible for building the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park, is having an Easter bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 22 at the Safeway.

There will be pies, cakes and cookies for humans and special treats for their canine companions. The group will also be selling T-shirts, caps, tote bags, aprons and coffee cups.

Easter basket raffles

The Payson Humane Society will be at North Rumsey Park (right of the pool) on Saturday, March 22 selling raffle tickets on two special Easter baskets until 11:30 a.m. The drawing for both baskets is at 11:30 a.m. during the Payson Parks and Recreation Department's community Easter egg hunt.

The humane society will have two photographers at the event to take pictures of your children with their baskets.

For more information on this and other humane society events, visit, or call at (928) 478-6517 or (928) 468-7132.

Spring Eggstravaganza

The 14th annual egg scramble for children ages 12 and under is Saturday, March 22 at North Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.

Scrambles (also known as egg hunts) for different age groups will be held at the following times: 9:30 a.m., ages 0 - 3; 9:45 a.m., ages 4 and 5; 10 a.m., ages 6 and 7; 10:15 a.m., ages 8 and 9; 10:30 a.m., ages 10 to 12; 10:45 a.m., special needs.

Children can collect eggs filled with candy and coupons for special prizes. There is no charge for this event. For more information, call Payson Parks and Recreation at (928) 474-5242 ext. 7.

Resurrection Celebration

The 2008 Resurrection Celebration Saturday, March 22 at Rumsey Park features the following music schedule: 10 a.m., Calvary Praise Band; 11:30 a.m., Two or More; 1:15 p.m., Blue Grass; 2 p.m., La Roca; 3 p.m., R-U.

Also included this year are clowns and several information booths.

Everything is free.

Walk-A-Hound, Lose-A-Pound

Register now for the Walk-a-Hound, Lose-a-Pound 5K set for Saturday, April 5 at Rumsey Park. The event begins at Rumsey Park at 10 a.m.

The cost to pre-register is $25, which includes an event t-shirt for all participants. All dogs must be leashed, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their four-legged friends.

No pooch? No problem. "Loaner" dogs that are looking for home will be available courtesy of the Payson Humane Society.

For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or check the Web site at

Free tax preparation for seniors

Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP volunteers in Payson. AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the IRS. This free service is provided to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. It is available through April 15 at the following locations and times: Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Beeline Highway, Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a photo ID, Social Security card for all persons claimed on the return, last year's tax return and your 2007 tax documents. An appointment is not necessary, however, if you would like more information, or if you need an appointment, call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free family and friends CPR class on Wednesday, March 26. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information and to register. MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, our gift shop at the hospital and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Group cruise program to benefit humane society

The Payson Humane Society is partnering with Cruise Port Travel as the first organization to benefit from the company's Group Cruising Fund-Raising Promotion.

"Cruise companies love groups, because they fill a ship faster," said Carol Watts, co-owner of Cruise Port Travel.

"For every eight cabins an organization can fill, they receive a cash donation for the cost of one fare. It's an easy, no sweat way for nonprofit groups to raise funds."

Cruise Port Travel has reserved space on 12 different cruise itineraries such as Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, Western, Southern and Eastern Caribbean from August through December 2008. Deposits to reserve a cabin are due in May and June.

"We are excited that Payson Humane Society had the vision to join with us in this fund-raising effort. People travel anyway; why not have their travel benefit your nonprofit organization?" said Watts.

Other organizations are urged to contact Sallie Loman or Carol Watts at Cruise Port Travel to discuss how they can participate.

"We need many organizations to join with us in an effort to fill these cabins. The more organizations that participate, the more funds will be made available to Rim Country nonprofits and that will benefit all of Payson," Watts said.

Chili cook-off planned

There will be a Tonto Basin Chili Cook-off and Cornbread Bake Down at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Kiwanis Community Youth Center in Punkin Center.

There are three prize categories: chili with beans, no-bean chili and cornbread. Trophies for first, second and third will be awarded in all three categories.

The entry fee is $10, payable to Pvt. Joe Hardt Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 798, Tonto Basin, AZ 85553 or sign up at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Tonto Basin Pvt. Joe Hardt Marine Corps League Det. 818.

Blood drives set

Arizona patients required more than 300,000 blood components last year. Most of us will need a transfusion during our lifetime.

Please participate in one of the following blood drives: Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 22 in the meeting room; Payson High School, 301 S. McLane Road, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25 in the lobby of the auditorium.

Half-day at schools

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in service day Wednesday, March 26. Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m., with lunch served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. and the high school dismisses at 12:05 p.m. These students will not be served lunch. The Payson Center for Success will operate on a regular schedule.

The Rim Country District of APW will meet at noon, Friday, March 28 at Pizza Factory.

The group is hosting Peter Aleshire, a reporter for the Payson Roundup, who has managed to write more than 12 books while working a variety of day jobs.

Over the years his day jobs have included being an English and journalism teacher at Arizona State University, working as a journalist at a variety of newspapers and serving as editor of Arizona Highways.

Aleshire's books focus on Arizona history, biography and natural history topics. He will talk about "Writing History Books While Working Your Day Job."

The meeting is open to the public free of charge and will take place in the meeting room of Pizza Factory, 238 E. Highway 260. For more information, call (928) 468-9269.

Support for Writers

Rim Country Writers supports both beginning and experienced writers. Members explore both nonfiction and fiction writing and discuss how to get work published.

Meetings are from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.

For information, call (928) 468-9269 or (928) 472-4361.

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