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Community invited to vegetarian lunch

The public is invited to a community vegetarian luncheon to learn "healthy food can be delicious." The luncheons are held on the second Saturday of each month. This month, the luncheon will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at The Meeting Place, at the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87, at the south end of town. There is no cost, but please RSVP to Shirley at (928) 595-1528 as soon as possible so that there will be enough food.


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 (pictured). They will be accompanied by bassist Ted Sistrunk and drummer Gerry Reynolds. 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

Letter carriers collecting food

Payson letter carriers will be collecting nonperishable food donations along their routes Saturday, May 10 for delivery to the St. Philip's Food Bank.

It is the 16th annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers -- the largest, one-day food drive in the nation.

Please place a food donation by your mailbox on Saturday, May 10 before your mail is delivered. Your letter carrier will deliver it to St. Philip's food bank.

Help us help our community. Especially now, in these tough economic times, your donation is appreciated.

Arts, crafts sale

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. The sale continues from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Almost New Shop, 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.

Food Care

Food Care is a smart way to stretch your food dollars. It is there for everyone and there are no income qualifications. It costs $30 or food stamps for a basic box and $16 for a meat box. Pay by May 12 and pick up the food at Masonic Lodge on May 21. For more information, call J.D. or Loretta Haggard at (928) 474-6613, or Karen (928) 472-9127. Payments may be made at Rim Guidance, Pine Country Outfitters, JD & JL Lockshop and First Southern Baptist Church, which is the only place that will accept food stamps.

Senior Center board election

Candidate application forms for the Senior Center Board of Directors are now available at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Two positions are to be filled in the upcoming June 10 election. Prospective candidates must be at least 50 years of age and preferably a Senior Center member. Deadline for applications is noon, Friday, May 16.

There will be a candidate forum in the Center dining room at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 13. Candidates filing between May 13 and 16 will be introduced during subsequent lunch hours.

Voting is by current Senior Center members from June 3 to noon, June 10. Those elected will serve a three-year term. One person will be appointed to a two-year term to fill a vacancy on the board.

For information, call (928) 474-4876 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Habitat application workshop

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is offering its last housing application workshop for Phase II of the Longhorn Village Condominiums at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15. All applications are due by May 31.

The workshop will be at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

For additional information, call the PAHH office at (928) 474-0330 or Lois English at (928) 468-8512.

Walk a shelter dog in the Rodeo Parade

Give yourself and a dog from Payson Humane Society's animal shelter some much-needed exercise and companionship by taking one for a walk in the Rodeo Parade Saturday, May 17.

There are lots of great dogs to choose from, and they will appreciate the outing so much.

Wear light clothing, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Try to bring your own leash and water.

Arrive by 7:45 a.m. May 17 at the Payson Humane Society, 812 S. McLane Road, to pick up your happy pup.

You'll be rewarded with slippery kisses.

For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

‘Blessing of the Hands' for healthcare workers

The American Holistic Nurses Association announces a worldwide commemorative moment for nursing's Florence Nightingale.

The local celebration will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 12 at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

Nurses and healthcare workers are invited for a "Blessing of the Hands" -- a commemorative moment in celebration of holistic nursing and Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

For more information, contact Marie A. Fasano RN, MN, MA, at (928) 978-5139 or send an E-mail to

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.

Spring Rodeo May 16, 17

The annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo will be held May 16 and 17 at the Payson Event Center.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children age 8-12, and children age 7 and under are admitted free.

Advance tickets are available at Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Public Library, Payson Roundup, Corral West, Circle K North and Circle K South.

For more information, call Pat Albritton at (928) 474-4001.

2008 Payson Aero Fair coming May 17

The Payson Regional Airport Authority announces the 2008 Payson Aero Fair will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17.

There will be airplane rides, a chance to win a ride in a 1943 Beech Staggerwing, military and classic aircraft and cars, food, vendors and more.

The Boy Scouts will have a deep-pit barbecue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be serving sandwiches with beans, chips and a drink. All funds will be used to help Troop #354.

Home tour

The United Methodist Women are holding their eighth annual tour of homes from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by contacting Cyndi Heinecke at (928) 970-0864 or Bev Savage at (928) 474-4994. Tickets will also be sold the day of the tour.

Participants will meet at the United Methodist Church parking lot at 414 N. Easy St. at 12:30 p.m. to begin the tour.

One home is a completely green home hosted by Thomas Loeffler. It was featured in November 2007 Payson Roundup. Three beautiful homes are in Chaparral Pines. A bonus tour of Majestic Rim Senior Apartments with refreshments will end the tour.

All proceeds will go to the United Methodist Women's missions fund for women and children in our local area and abroad.

Piano concert

Victoria B. Harris and her piano students will present a concert of piano music at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17 in Room 301 at Gila County Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

A reception will follow. The program is open to public free of charge.

Summer Sun Splash

The Payson Public Library invites the community to get a head start on summer at its Summer Sun Splash event and early registration party for the summer reading program.

The event is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at the meeting room at the Payson Public Library. There will be snacks, games, raffles and an opportunity to register for the reading program.

The games will be beanbag toss, balloon juggling, jump rope and hopscotch. Raffle prizes include Taylor Pool passes, bowling passes, movie tickets and more.

The library is at 328 N. McLane Road, in Rumsey Park. For more information call (928) 474-9260.

Kiwanis roast, auction

The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country will host a roast of Payson Town Councilor Su Connell at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 17. There will also be a dinner and silent auction.

The event features a luau theme, so Hawaiian-style dress is encouraged.

Tickets are $35 per person. For reservations, call (928) 472-6246, or contact Gerry Cruz at (928) 978-5589, or Bobby Davis at (928) 978-4323.

Summer reading program starts soon

"Catch the Reading Bug" this summer at the Payson Public Library.

The summer reading program is from June 3 through June 25. Registration is from May 19 through June 7.

The program is designed to promote reading and learning in a fun way and to help maintain skills during the summer recess. Due to space limitations, registration is required a week prior to the program.

Children, ages 3 to 12, will have a choice of classes: 1 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m., Wednesday; or 1 p.m., Wednesday. The program will include singing, stories and puppets.

The class for those ages 8 to 18 will be at 4 p.m., Tuesday; it is called "Metamorphosis."

This program is free of charge.

Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 with any questions

Hunter education class

A hunter education class will be presented in four sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 20; Thursday, May 22; Tuesday, May 27; and Thursday, May 29.

The class range day is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 24.

The cost is $8. For more information or to register, call Jim at (928) 472-8543

The class can also be taken on-line.

Blood drives

Please be a donor at one of the following blood drives: Pine Strawberry, Tuesday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church gym; Christopher-Kohl Fire Department, Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Christopher Creek Loop Conference Center.

Scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will have a scrub sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 22.

Come check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, shoes, accessories, equipment and more. Look for "Scrub Bucks" around town and receive a discount.

Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Investment Talk

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at his office at 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B.

The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in roundtable discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other investments and hot topics. It is an opportunity to learn from one another and exchange ideas on a variety of issues about how individual investors can help make their money grow and build wealth over time, as well as have fun.

Call (928) 468-1470 for more information.

Memorial Day program

Messinger Payson Funeral Home and Mountain Meadows Memorial Park invites the public to the seventh annual Memorial Day program, to be held at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park located on Upper Round Valley Road, in Payson.

The program is at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 25 for this special event commemorating the lives of loved ones who have passed away. The VFW and the American Legion will place a flag at the head of every veteran's grave.

The program will begin with a flag-raising by the Payson Military Guard and bugler Don Harris, followed by a prayer by Pastor Lynn Richie. Remarks by Mayor-elect Kenny Evans will be followed by the featured speaker, Major Phillip Prince. There will also be a special tribute to remember those who have served in the armed forces.

At the conclusion of the program, refreshments will be served.

Senior Thrift Store

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a sale of paintings and wall artwork during the month of May.

Men's and women's spring and summer clothing marked with orange tags also is discounted 25 percent.

Persons wishing to make donations to the Thrift Store are asked to do so between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily when there is a receiving clerk on duty. Large items such as furniture in good, resalable condition, can be picked up on Mondays and Saturdays. The store does not accept appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers. To learn what items are not accepted, or to arrange for a pick up, please call (928) 474-3205.

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.

RTA Hospice seeking volunteers

Hospice care provides sensitive and compassionate care for patients and their families at the end of life. A Hospice volunteer is an integral part of the interdisciplinary team who contributes to the overall care and support of a terminally ill person and his/her family.

A 30-hour comprehensive Volunteer Education Course presented by RTA Hospice professionals as well as outside professionals will begin training June 2. During this training, volunteers will gain a clear understanding of the Hospice philosophy and their role as a volunteer.

The only requirements for participation in the RTA Hospice Volunteer Education Course are --you must be 18 years of age and have the desire and willingness to serve. We also ask that you have not experienced the death of someone close to you (within the past year).

Hospice volunteering may consist of patient and family companionship, running errands, shopping, office and clerical duties.

An information package will be sent prior to training to those who request it. For further information and to register for training, please call RTA Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator, Tom Hughes at (928) 468-5876 or stop by the office at 511 S. Mudd Springs Road.

Student Art winners

Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery hosted a third student art exhibit for enrolled art students of Rim Country Saturday, April 26.

The exhibit included 28 student artists showing 71 works of art in oil, watercolor, acrylic and photography.

After an hour of critiquing, the judges awarded ribbons to the following students: Pat Sessions, first place; Julie Shipp, second; Joan Savage, third; and Laurel Corley, fourth.

Honorable mention notices were given to Mike Hutchinson, Leonard Kolb, Ann Christensen, Joan Brainard, Lorna Tegarden and Janet Longbotham.

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