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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.

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Participants in the Main Event Parade of the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo make sure everyone lined up along the street to watch the procession has as much fun as the entrants. Watch for smiles, cowboys, glittering costumes, beautiful girls, beautiful horses and clowns to get you giggling. The parade starts at 9 a.m. on West Main Street Saturday, May 17. For a complete guide to all Rodeo Weekend events, see the free Rodeo Guide inside this issue.

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 November 2007 Payson Roundup. Three beautiful homes are in the 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.

Friday night jazz

The Payson Jazz Trio, featuring Bob Smolenski on piano, Jason Larson on bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums, will perform from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Community flea market Saturday on Main Street

The Community Flea Market, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17. The event is in the parking lot of the church, located on the corner of Main Street and Oak -- a perfect vantage point for the parade.

This is a great, one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors offering everything from homemade crafts to new "as seen on TV" merchandise and everything in between.

One of the vendors is the Rim Country Museum. "After our spring cleaning, we have many items that benefit you," said Judy Buettner, president of the board of directors for the museum.

Coffee and donuts will be sold from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and hot dogs and brats, with all the trimmings, will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. DJ Craig will be playing his hits all through the event.

All proceeds earned from food sales, space rental and the church's sales booth go to the Deacons Assistance Fund, which supports families in crisis

The church administration requests there be no early shoppers.

Aero Fair Saturday

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 the 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.

Middle school students present ‘Ramona Quimby'

"Ramona Quimby" by Beverly Cleary, adapted for the stage by Len Jenkin, will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at the Payson High School 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.

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

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 kicks off reading program

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 library meeting room. 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.

Elks Craft Fair and breakfast this weekend

The Payson Elks Annual Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17, and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 18.

More than 30 crafters with a broad range of goodies are expected this year. The Craft Fair is free to the public. The Elks will also be serving breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for $5 per plate.

Brush drop off

This weekend, the Regional Payson area project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will staff free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting.

On Saturday, May 17, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, May 18, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Wood, branches, etc. from ponderosa pines or other trees killed by bark beetles will be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

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.

Family movie night

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department's Family Movie Night for Saturday, May 17 will feature "Everyone's Hero," which is a G-rated animated feature about a baseball bat in Yankee Stadium. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Valley Park amphitheater and is free of charge.

The Safeway Foundation will be selling concessions for the evening and will have deli sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, cookies, popcorn, soda, juice and water for sale starting at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds from the concessions May 17 go toward the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Guest speaker

The Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness will host guest speaker Lisa Angelini at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 18.

Angelini will speak on "Self Love: The Key to True Spirituality" in a celebration service.

The Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness is at 107 W. Wade Lane.

Summer reading

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

The summer reading program runs June 3-25. 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; 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 may also be taken on-line.

NARFE steak fry

The Mogollon Chapter #1235 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will be holding its Annual Steak Fry on Saturday, May 31. Serving will begin at noon. The steak fry will be held at Ramada 4 in Rumsey Park. All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend.

Please bring a dish to share and your own table service. Coffee and cold drinks will be furnished. The steaks will be $6. Please pay in advance. Checks should be to NARFE, Chapter 1235, P.O. Box 1810, Payson, AZ 85547

Please respond by May 20. For more information, contact Jim York at (928) 472-2489, or John Wilson at (928) 474-8276.

There will be no regular meeting on May 28.

Rim Country Fashion Show coming May 22

Past and Present Boutique will present a fashion show hosted by Crossroads Women's Connection from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 22. Local models will show off the latest fashions worn in the Rim Country. The public is cordially invited.

Crossroads Women's Connection meets at 1 p.m., the fourth Thursday and at 7 p.m., the second Monday of each month at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E Cedar Lane.

For additional information, call Carole Hampsch (928) 478-6431, or Marilyn Huffman (928) 472-7462.

Scrub sale Thursday

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.

Payson Pink Ladybugs have eats and treats

The Payson Pink Ladybugs will be hosting a brat, hotdog and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24 at Wal-Mart. Also on May 24, the group will have a "Soak the Cashier" contest, selling three water balloons for $1.

Join the Ladybugs for delicious baked goods, including homemade cream puffs and more, plus lots of Breast Cancer Awareness items.

All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure. This is a 3-day, 60-mile walk Nov. 14, 15, and 16. A 50/50 drawing will be held along with "Soak the Cashier." Raffle tickets are a $1 each or six for $5. Raffle items will be on display. The drawing will be held on June 28 at the Payson Moose Lodge benefit dinner. Winners need not be present.

All you can eat pancake breakfast

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Fighters Association and the Strawberry Elites will present an all you can eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 at the Pine Community Center.

For only $5 you get all the pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice you can eat.

The breakfast is being held in conjunction with the Memorial weekend craft fair in Pine.

Have breakfast under the Mogollon Rim

The Hellsgate Fire Department and the Tonto Village Fireflies will have a breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, May 24 at the Tonto Village Chapel, 711 Haught Ave. off Highway 260 about 3/4 mile past mile post 266 to Tonto Village turn off, go a mile on the Control Road to the little blue chapel on the right.

The breakfast will feature sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee at a cost of $5 for adults and $2 for those ages 6 and under. There will also be chorizo burros for sale for $2 each.

Arts, crafts fair

The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair for Memorial weekend 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. More than 80 booths are expected, along with food vendors.

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.

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