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Garden tour tickets now available


The Rim Area Gardeners are hosting a Garden Tour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 7. Tickets and brochures for the tour are now available at: Payson Library, Pine Library, Ace Hardware and Plant Fair Nursery and on the day of the tour at any of the gardens. The cost of tickets is $5 per person.

Six gardens are on the tour featuring a wide variety of styles, including bonsai, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and flowers, plus clever ideas for fountains, arbors, cold frames and containers. There is also an "estate" on the tour. A unique gray water design for flowers and vegetables and a Japanese style garden, both in Pine, round out the tour.

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.

Summer reading

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

The summer reading program runs June 3-25. Registration is 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.

Don't miss series of jazz concerts coming up

The Payson Jazz Trio, featuring local players Bob Smolenski on piano, Jason Larson on bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums, with other guests are performing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday nights at the birthplace of jazz in Payson, the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Come on by for some refreshments and stay as long as you like.

Smolenski, Howard Brown and Reynolds, with other guests, continue every Saturday at the Strawberry Lodge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be a special jazz performance May 25 in Payson. International jazz guitar great, Jack Wilkins will be featured in concert with Valley jazz stars Jack Radavich on bass, Armand Boatman on piano and Dom Moio on drums. Wilkins has been a part of the international jazz scene for more than four decades.

The performance will be held at 2 p.m. in the Community Presbyterian Church.

The regular second Sunday of the month jazz performance on June 8 will feature Valley jazz piano sensation, Jacob Koller, with bassist Chris Finet and Gerry Reynolds on drums. The show is at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

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.

PEC graduation

The Payson Education Center graduation ceremony is at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 21 at the Tonto Apache Gym.

Pine 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.

Breakfast under the Rim in Tonto Village

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.

Mountain High Days craft bazaar

The 10th Memorial Day Weekend Mountain High Days arts and crafts bazaar opens free to the public at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 24 at the Gila County complex grounds at Frontier and Beeline, across from the post office. The three-day event features some 50 of the southwest's better artisans and crafters.

The bazaar is sponsored by Classic Celebrations, the fund-raising division of Greater Grace Fellowship ministries of Yuma and Show Low, Ariz.

Free family movie night

The last family movie night at Green Valley Park is this weekend. The movie starts at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the park's amphitheater area and will feature concessions by the Rim Country Optimist Club.

For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 357.

Memorial Day services

The Town of Payson will have four different services commemorating Memorial Day this holiday weekend.

The theme of the town program is "Payson Remembers."

Two services will be held Sunday, May 25. The Pioneer Cemetery tribute is at 9 a.m. A program at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park will follow at approximately 10 a.m., sponsored by Messinger Payson Funeral Home and supported by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Monday, May 26 there will be two more programs: a flag-raising ceremony at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino at 8 a.m., and a Memorial Day tribute at the Veterans Memorial at Green Valley Park.

The program at the park is presented by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee and includes music, a presentation of the colors, speakers, including the mayor of Payson, and a tribute by the Payson Military Honor Guard with a rifle salute, "Taps" and "Amazing Grace."

Cancer awareness fund-raisers planned

The Safeway Foundation has a series of great events coming to help raise funds for prostate cancer research and awareness.

Safeway is selling raffle tickets to win a $200 Safeway gift card good for gas and groceries. Tickets are $1 each or eight for $5 and available during regular business hours. The drawing will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 5 and the winner will be notified by telephone.

There will be a Prostate Cancer Awareness Bratwurst/Hot Dog Sale and Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 24. Raffle tickets will be sold for custom-designed wildlife art donated by Ron Bowman. There will be many unique handcrafted items, good music, food and refreshments and a special appearance by Smokey Bear.

Proceeds from these events benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation. For more information, please contact Lynne at (928) 472-4661.

Photo shoot set for 2009 Pet Calendar

Primp your pooch and fluff up your feline for the first photo shoot for Payson Humane Society's 2009 Pet Calendar. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 31 at the Off Leash Dog Park across from the Payson Public Library. A second photo shoot will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the same location.

There is no cost for the photo shoot (but donations to the shelter are welcome). However, the cost to have your pet's photo in the calendar is $20. The calendars will sell for $10.

The society will also accept high-resolution photos, but images are limited to photos of animals only.

You may select the date you wish to have your pet's photo featured on the calendar, but you will be asked to select a second and third date as all requests will be first come, first served. Forms will be available at the event, and are also available at the Payson Humane Society, 812 S. McLane Road.

The calendar's front cover photo will be auctioned off at the Sept. 19 fund-raiser dance at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Benefit auction for humane society

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main Street, will have a silent auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society June 6.

In conjunction with an animal-themed art show called "Little Creatures," the gallery will be auctioning works of art and related items donated by members as well as other generous artists. All proceeds from the auction are going to help the animals of the community. It is part of the monthly First Friday on Main Street and takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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 go online to

Vacation Bible school

The Payson Church of Christ is having its annual Vacation Bible School June 23-27.

This year's theme is "Castaway Bay" -- a study of faith. The classes are daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a Family Finale Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 27.

Four-year-olds up to children who have just completed sixth grade may attend. There is no charge. Enrollment is limited due to space available. Registration forms are at Oasis Christian Books, 512 S. Beeline Highway, or call Jean at (928) 474-0692, or Rowena at (928) 970-0082.

The Payson Church of Christ is located at 401 E. Tyler Parkway.

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.

Investment Talk

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

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