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Payson Pink Ladybugs plan sale


Payson Pink Ladybugs plan sale

The Payson Pink Ladybugs will host a Brat, Dog and Bake Sale starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 5 at Wal-Mart. Have your morning coffee with the women, along with a brownie for only $1. Fresh baked goodies and Breast Cancer items will also be available. Brats and dogs will be available at 9 a.m. Donations will also be accepted.

This is the second year the group has walked in the 3-day, 60-mile Susan G. Komen Walk for a Cure.

Call (928) 472-7811 for information on joining the Payson Pink Ladybugs. Each walker must raise $2,200 to participate in this walk. The women spend many months raising money and 26 weeks training.

A lap afghan, made and donated by Ann Nap, will be on display and raffle tickets will be on sale. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The raffle will continue until June 28 when there will be a fund-raising dinner at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley.

Bag sale set

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a bag sale through March 29. All remaining men's and women's winter clothing will be on sale. Boutique and children's garments are not included. Shoppers may fill standard size grocery bags, which will be provided, for $1 each.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

Payson Emergency Preparedness Fair

There will be an Emergency Preparedness Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St. There will be demonstrations, mini-classes and handouts on how to prepare for emergencies. Learn from the community's experts who are responsible for this area's emergency response plans. Learn how you can be prepared for home or regional emergencies.

There will be free refreshments. For more information, call (928) 978-2960.

Wilderness First Aid

A Wilderness First Aid course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

This comprehensive two-day course is designed to teach participants and outdoor enthusiasts the skills needed to survive in an emergency medical situation until help is available, such as mountaineering, first aid administration in the wilderness, help signals and dealing with weather conditions.

Upon successful completion of the 16-hour, two-day class, including a written test and skill segments, participants will receive a Wilderness First Aid certificate, valid for three years.

Prerequisites: CPR certification is not required although it is highly recommended, and current knowledge of skills will be assumed. Participants must be at least 15 by the second day of the class. Register now through April 18; the fee is $115 and class size is limited.

Please call the Parks office for details, (928) 474-5242, ext 7.

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 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

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.

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

Star Valley mayor's open house

When: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25

Where: Star Valley Town Hall

Meeting highlight: Open meeting on town developments and citizen comments

Payson Housing Advisory Commission

When: 3 p.m., Thursday, March 27

Where: Payson Community Development office conference room

Meeting highlight: Discussion of a variety of loan programs to lower the cost of housing and an overall assessment of the town's supply of affordable housing

Payson Town Council

When: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27

Where: Town hall

Meeting highlight: Giving vice mayor responsibility for recommending appointments. Transfer of $76,000 from shrinking contingency fund to put $70,000 toward a housing needs study.

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.

Chili cook-off planned

There will be a Tonto Basin Chili Cook-off and Corn bread 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 corn bread. 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.

Free tax help, free e-file

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 Hwy, Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When you come, please bring: picture ID; Social Security Card for all persons claimed on the return; last year's tax return; your 2007 tax documents. An appointment is not necessary, however if you would like information or need an appointment, you may call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229.

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," Watts said.

Drawing workshop

A two-day drawing workshop conducted by Bill Ahrendt will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 at the Pine Community Center. There is a $115 fee. This will be a still life class. For details about materials to bring for working in pencil and other information, contact Cathe Descheemaker at (928) 476-5994. The workshop will be limited to 20 students.

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