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High school band, choir concert tonight

The Payson High School music department will present a concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13 in the auditorium. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students; those 10 and younger will be admitted for free.

The concert will feature the Mixed Choir and Modern Choir and the Longhorns Concert Band.

Relay for Life planning

Planning for the annual Relay for Life in Payson continues. There is a committee meeting scheduled at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15 for team captains, which will be followed by a trip to the high school field where the American Cancer Society event will be held June 6 and June 7.

The meeting is at Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

RCMS play

"Ramona Quimby" by Beverly Cleary, adapted for the stage by Len Jenkin, will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15 and at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at the PHS Studio Theatre (behind the auditorium). Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students.

The program is produced by Longhorn Theatre and performed by Rim Country Middle School students. This is the Longhorn Theatre Drama Club for middle school students, also known as Payson's Junior Thespian Troupe.

The directors are PHS senior and Senior Thespian Troupe President Jessie Carpino and PHS Drama Department volunteer Zach Horsley.

Movies in the park

Payson Parks and Recreation Department has two free movie nights remaining -- May 17 and 24.

"Everybody's Hero" will be presented starting at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Green Valley Park amphitheater.

Concessions from the Safeway Foundation will be sold May 17 and by the Rim Country Optimist Club May 24. All children will receive free glow necklaces from the parks department.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating, and flashlights for safety. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 357 for the May 24 movie title.

Dance recital

Dancin' on the Rim School of Dance will present a recital at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at the Payson High School auditorium.

For more information on this event or summer classes, call (623) 536-7923 or e-mail dancinonthe rim@hotmail.com.

Habitat application workshop Thursday

The 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.

Educational board nominating petitions

Gila County School superintendent Linda O'Dell advises that non-partisan petitions for governing board members are available in the Gila County School superintendent's office and at local school district administration offices. Any person who is a resident of the school district and is a registered voter is eligible to seek election to the local school district governing board.

Candidates seeking election will run in the general election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.

First day to file nomination petitions for the general election in the Gila School office is Monday, July 7, 2008. Last day to file nomination petitions is Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 by the end of the business day.

The following educational governing boards in Northern Gila County have openings: Payson, three seats currently held by Charles Brown, Don Engler and Michael Horton; Pine, two seats currently held by Margaret Parker and Katie Parks; Tonto Basin, one seat currently held by Sheri Kovar; the Gila Community College, District 2 seat, currently held by Larry Stephenson; and a seat on the board of the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology, currently held by Scott Flake.

For further information, contact your local school district administration office or contact Linda O'Dell at the Gila County Courthouse, (928) 425-3231 ext. 8783.

Yoga for beginners

Help get to rid of aches and pains and have a feeling of overall well-being. Come join the fun. Gentle Yoga for beginners will be presented at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Road. For more information, call (928) 474-5777.

Payson Aerofair

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 at Payson Airport on West Airport Road. 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 Street at 12:30 p.m. to begin tour.

One home is a completely green home hosted by Thomas Loeffler. It was featured in a 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.

Senior Center 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 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.

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

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 online.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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