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Are you ‘Tuff 'Nuff to Wear Pink?'


Are you Tuff 'Nuff to Wear Pink?

Wrangler Jeans, the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, The Ox Bow Inn and KCMA 98.5FM invite everyone to come to The Ox Bow Inn this Saturday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to midnight for a steak dinner and live entertainment by Brandon Shepard and The Silver Star Band.

Admission is $20. Guests may choose a 14-ounce center cut black angus steak or a chicken dinner.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Ox Bow Inn, Best Western Inn of Payson, KCMA 98.5FM, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or Chapman Auto Center. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness.

The Ox Bow Inn is located on historic Main Street. Don't forget to wear pink!

Join the Lions Walk for Sight Saturday night

The Payson Lions Club will have its second Walk for Sight at Green Valley Park from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 29.

Registration is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt and water.

Last year the Lions raised $4,500 at the first Walk for Sight. The money went to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, which helps the club provide eyeglasses and hearing aids for Rim Country residents in need.

Approximately 65 people participated in the first event. "It would be great if we had 75 to 100 people come out this year and help us raise at least as much money as we did last year," said event coordinator Sandy Phillips.

To learn more, call her at (928) 474-9201.

Anyone interested in learning more about the club is invited to attend its meetings, which, effective in April, will be held at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at Tiny's Family Restaurant.

Brush pits open

Rim Country residents can drop vegetative debris at two different brush pits this weekend. The Blattner Pit, east of Payson, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 29. The Pine Pit, south of Pine on the Control Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 30.

The pits are operated as part of the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country.

Bag sale ends March 29

The bag sale at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., ends Saturday, March 29.

All remaining men's and women's winter clothing is 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. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

Register now for GCC summer classes

Summer classes at Gila Community College Payson Campus begin May 27 and continue through July 21.

Register for summer classes now. Tuition is free for students age 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

Report flood damage

Recent flooding caused both isolation for some residents in Tonto Basin, as well as property damage throughout Gila County. In order to assess damages, Gila County is compiling flood data, along with an estimation of losses.

Residents interested in having their losses included in the report are encouraged to forward their information, in writing, by March 31 to Gila County Emergency Management by fax at (928) 425-7714, e-mail at or mail at 5515 S. Apache Avenue, Ste. 400, Globe, AZ 85501.

The Gila County Emergency Management Hotline is (928) 402-8888 or toll-free at 1-800-304-4452, ext. 8888.

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. Each participant is invited to work in whatever drawing materials they prefer. 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.

Basket raffle to benefit Humane Society

The Payson Humane Society has a new basket raffle. Tickets for the "For the Birds" basket will go on sale Saturday, March 29 at the Ponderosa Market in Pine. One of the basket prizes is a two-night stay at Eagles Landing in Fountain Hills. For more information, call (928) 478-6517 or (928) 468-7132.

Marshall Trimble program April 3

The Discussion and Lecture League of Payson will present An Evening with Marshall Trimble, Arizona's official state historian, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. The program is a benefit for the Payson Institute of Learning.

Trimble is a storyteller, novelist, musician and humorist. He is a 2006 Emmy Award winner for "Arizona Backroads;" 2006 Medal of Honor winner, awarded by the National Daughters of the American Revolution; and a 2004 Inductee in the Arizona Veteran's Hall of Fame.

Tickets are available for $10 at the Payson Institute of Learning, 600 E. Highway 260, #6. Call (928) 472-0093 for more information.

Donations sought for antique auction

Last year, the Payson Humane Society held its first annual Antique and Collectibles auction. As a result of the generosity of the community, it was a huge success.

Another auction is planned in April and donations of antique and collectible items are being sought.

All proceeds will benefit the humane society, with 90 percent of the proceeds going toward the much-needed building fund, and the remaining 10 percent to operations. Volunteers will pick up all items donated, and a tax-deductible receipt will be given at the time of pick up. Call Miss Kitty Lucek to schedule pick-ups at (928) 474-3596.

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