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Choral Society's spring concert May 3

The Payson Choral Society's spring concert -- "Showtime," a musical stroll down Broadway -- comes to the Payson High School auditorium Saturday, May 3. Performances will be at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Concert tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for students ages 12 to 18, and free for children ages 11 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup, and at the Payson Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert. Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students. These are awarded each year at the spring concert.

Blessing of the Bikes

The Riders of the Purple Sage, a motorcycle ministry of Payson United Methodist Church, is holding the 2nd Annual Blessing of the Bikes (motorcycles) for the greater Payson area Saturday, May 3 at the church, 414 N. Easy St.

Breakfast sausage sandwiches and coffee will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will help offset the costs of the event.

The blessing is at 10 a.m., and will include music, scripture, prayer and a personal blessing from Rev. David Rennick.

After the blessing, participants will be escorted through town by the Payson Police Department, and will ride east on Highway 260 to a lookout on the Mogollon Rim.

Plant and garden sale saturday

A plant and garden rummage sale, hosted by High Country Garden Club, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3 in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Shop for bargains on plants, perennials and garden-related rummage, such as tools, pots, books, magazines, bird feeders, birdhouses, seeds, bulbs, decorative items, enhancing rocks, petrified wood, garden art and more. There will also be a silent auction and free expert planting and growing advice.


Proceeds are used to fund educational programs and assist with community gardens.

Raffle tickets benefit Humane Society

Payson Humane Society representatives will be selling raffle tickets for a Mexican Riviera cruise from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley.

Tickets will also be sold for three prize baskets to be raffled.

One basket is "For the Birds," and features a hummingbird feeder, birdseed and a bird house. The basket also includes dinner for two at Fargo's Steakhouse and a two-night stay at Eagles Landing in Fountain Hills.

Basket Two is a romantic getaway at Christopher Creek Lodge, and a lot of goodies to celebrate a special evening for two. The winners will be notified May 10, the day before Mother's Day.

The Father's Day Basket is sure to please any man in your life. It includes everything from chrome to wheels for detailing his special ride. The winner will be announced the day before Father's Day, June 14.

Call Jo at (928) 478-5617, or Betty at (928) 468-7132, for tickets or more information.

Rummage sale, quilt raffle Saturday

The Big Brothers Big Sisters team will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Realty Executives parking lot, 611 S. Beeline Highway. The proceeds will go to Relay for Life in the fight against cancer.

The BBBS team is also raffling a beautiful quilt to raise money. If you would like to buy raffle tickets before or after the sale, call Deborah Hughes at 978-3201.

Star Valley spring fling

The Greater Payson Moose Lodge and the Hellsgate Fire Auxiliary will host the Star Valley spring fling Saturday, May 3 at the Moose Lodge on East Highway 260.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and brats, burgers and hot dogs will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be great raffles and activities for the kids. A beer garden will be open at 10 a.m., and guests are also welcome at the lodge later in the day for a steak fry from 5 to 7 p.m. and karaoke by Steve Stevens from 6 to 8 p.m. Music is provided by Larry Ellis.

Other May events at the Moose Lodge will be another steak fry and karaoke Saturday, May 17, and every Thursday night dinner, from 5 to 7 p.m., features specials prepared by excellent member cooks. Guests are welcome.

Fish for Bikes May 10

A Fish for Bikes event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the 14th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair May 10 at Green Valley Park.

Rim Country children under the age of 14 will be able to register to win one of 50 bicycles and helmets. Registration is May 5 through May 9 at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department in Green Valley Park.

When a child registers for the drawing, they will receive fishing promotional materials along with their raffle ticket. Children and their families can fish for free during the Payson Wildlife Fair and receive help from Arizona Game and Fish staff if needed.

Mark Kile of Skeeter Boats will be at the Fish for Bikes booth signing autographs from 10 a.m. to noon.

The bicycle drawing will be at 1 p.m. and participants must be present to win. Please contact the parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358, for more information.

A donation from Bill Luke Chrysler Jeep and Dodge, along with the support of the Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Fund, Mogollon Health Alliance, Arizona Game and Fish and Payson Wal-Mart, makes this event possible.

Shelby School Parent Teacher Get-Together

The Shelby School will host a Parent Teacher Get-Together to answer questions about the school and handle registration for the 2008-2009 school year.

The school will accommodate parents who wish to register their child by meeting in Payson instead of the school site in Tonto Village. Parents will be able to meet the teachers and talk about next year's plans. Refreshments will be served.

The Get-Together will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Walker & Harper Law offices, 111 W. Cedar Lane.

Look-alike moms and daughters wanted

Look-alike moms and daughters are asked to participate in the Payson Roundup's Mother/ Daughter Look-alike feature to be published in our May 9 edition.

Stop by our office and have your picture taken from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 through May 7, or bring your pictures in to be scanned at 708 N. Beeline Highway.

We need individual photos as well as the mother and daughter together.

Photos may be e-mailed (minimum 170 dpi resolution) to or khutton@ Please include names and contact information.

Opera audition winners to perform in Payson

Arizonaetropolitan Opera auditioninners are coming to Payson. Whetherou enjoy arias fromamousperas or familiarelectionsrom Broadway theater, the afternoon will be a memorable one. Fourutstandingocal performers,ponsored byhe Friends of Metropolitan Auditions,hould behe hit of the season.

Don't delaynrdering your tickets forhe coming event, to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at the Rim Club, 402 S. Clubhouse Road. Included in the ticket price of $75 is auffet suppernd a selectionf wines,oftrinks, etc.

Call928) 476-2720order your tickets.

Payson Schools on half-day schedule May 7

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day inservice day Wednesday, May 7.

Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. without serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch.

Payson Center for Success High School will operate on its regular schedule.

P/S Arts and Crafts Fair coming May 24-25

Come to the cool pines for lots of fun, food and more than 80 booths of arts and crafts.

The first Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair of the 2008 season is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday May 24 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday May, 25 at the Pine Community Center in Pine.

Rodeo parade entries

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee will present the 10th annual "Main Event" -- the 2008 Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo Parade.

The parade will be Saturday, May 17, starting at 9 a.m. There is no fee to enter, and forms to participate are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce on the northwest corner of Highway 87 and Main Street.

A $25 prize will be awarded to the winner in each of eight categories: walking individual or group, motorized individual or group, manual powered vehicle individual or group, individual or group float, corporate float, mounted horse group or individual, leading horse group or individual, other animals -- individual or group.

A $50 prize will be awarded for best over-all Judges' Choice for the entry that best "Exemplifies the Sprit of the Springodeo Parade." Prizes will be sent in the mail.

For more information, contact Ruth Klaver at (928) 474-8837.

Special Mother's Day jazz concert May 11

Payson Friends of Jazz and Community Presbyterian Church will present a special Mother's Day performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at 800 W. Main St.

Jazz and blues vocalist Renee Patrick will be in concert with special guest -- "Chicago's favorite Jazz Woman" -- Judy Roberts. They will be accompanied by bassist Ted Sistrunk and drummer Gerry Reynolds.

Patrick has a powerful voice combined with passionate delivery. Her music captures the listener and doesn't let go.

Roberts is recognized as a worldwide jazz star, thanks to the success of her international jazz recordings and concert performances.

While the event is free to the public, a $5 donation at the door helps assure that professional level musicians continue to be heard in Payson each month.

For more information, or to let us know you plan to attend, call (480) 785-1278 or e-mail

Refreshments will be served.

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will offer a free Family and Friends CPR class Thursday, May 15. 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.

Investment talk

Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an investment talk at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at 411 S. Beeline Highway, Ste. B.

The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other investments and hot topics. Call (928) 468-1470 for more information.

CERT is coming to Pine-Strawberry area

The Payson area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructors are offering to hold classes in Pine-Strawberry.

CERT is a great "neighbors helping neighbors" program. You'll learn how to prepare, take care and assist yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a major community incident.
Depending on the number in of participants, the classill run either two nights a week for one month, or one night a week for two months. Classes will be held in the P-S Fire Department training room.

Anyone interested,lease call 476-4272o that a list may be compiled for the instructors.
ISO ratings

Last year, the Pine-Strawberry Fire District went from an ISO rating of 7 down to a 5. The lower our ISO rating, the better our insurance rates can be.

Homeowners, please contact your insurance companies to verify that they are aware of the rate change, and to make sure you are receiving the benefits of the improved rate of 5.

For more information, contact the PSFD at 476-4272.

Arts, crafts sale May 9

The Mogollon Health Alliance Arts and Crafts Auxiliary will have its annual spring sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center, located at 308 E. Aero Drive.

Many lovely handcrafted items, including a beautiful selection of toss pillows and decorative floral arrangements, baby items, many kitchen items, and much more will be on sale. Think Mother's Day or just a spring treat for yourself or a friend.

All proceeds benefit the many programs, scholarships and grants offered to the Rim community by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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