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Business awards luncheon is May 29

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The 2008 Rim Country Business Awards will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 29 at the Best Western Payson Inn.

The luncheon recognizes Rim Country business accomplishments and contributions to the community. The cost is $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight.

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The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is helping breast cancer support groups May 29 with a steak dinner for $15 plus a $5 door cover charge (the menu also includes a choice of grilled chicken or a burger). All proceeds will go to the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee to help with their "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" program. The fund-raiser will be at the Oxbow Inn on Main Street from 6 p.m. to midnight. Entertainment will be provided by Silver Star, with special guests Brandon Shepard and Junction 87. Tickets are available at the Best Western Payson Inn, Chapman Auto Center, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and from rodeo committee members, KCMA or at the door. After 9 p.m., there will be a $15 cover charge at the door.

For additional information, contact Ken Volz at (928) 468-6659, or John Stanton at (928) 474-4515.

Payson Pink Ladybugs selling eats, treats

The Payson Pink Ladybugs will be hosting a brat, hot dog 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.

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 24, 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 25, 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.

Yoga for beginners

Gentle yoga for beginners will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road. For details, call Vanda Millien at (928) 474-5777.

PATS hike May 31

Like to hike, but not sure where to go? Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) group-led hike on Peach Loop Trail at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 31.

Participants will meet at the Payson Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park prior to heading to the trail. The hike is approximately 2.6 miles long and is moderate to difficult hiking, with some loose rocks and one very steep incline.

This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or visit www.paysonparks.com.

Economist to speak

The Payson Discussion and Lecture League will feature Elliott D. Pollack at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 29 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Pollack is chief executive officer of Elliott D. Pollack and Company in Scottsdale, an economic and real estate consulting firm established in 1987, which provides a broad range of services, specializing in Arizona economics and real estate.

Pollack will be leading a discussion concerning the economic prospects for Payson and Northern Gila County.

He is frequently featured on Phoenix television programs and is sought out by many corporations as a consultant.

Tickets may be purchased for a donation of $10 at the Payson Institute of Learning, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 6 (across from Tiny's Restaurant). For more details, call (928) 472-3393.

Habitat condo project applications due

All individuals interested in applying for Phase II of the Longhorn Village Condominiums that Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) is building must have their application received at the PAHH office by May 31, 2008. Applications are available at the PAHH office. Call (928) 474-0330 or Lois English, (928) 468-8512, for more information.

Swap Meet, Craft Show

The Payson Womans Club will have its annual Swap Meet and Craft Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 31 at 510 W. Main St. The club has 10 8-foot-by-8-foot spots for sale at $25 each. These spots will be outside in front of the Womans Club building. Call Lois at (928) 474-3028, or Anita at (928) 474-5999 for more information.

Emergency preparedness volunteers sought

The Gila County Division of Emergency Management and Public Health Preparedness is looking for energetic volunteers.

Would you like to help during county emergencies?

Would you like to help keep your community healthy and safe?

Would you like to learn new skills?

Would you like to make a difference?

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, contact the division volunteer coordinator at (928) 402-8805 or lasberry@ co.gila.az.us for more information.

Snake avoidance training class

Would you like your "man's best friend" to be safe from snakes? Bring your dog to the upcoming Snake Avoidance Training Class, being held Saturday, May 31. Advance registration is required and the cost is $1 to participate.

For more information, or to register and schedule your appointment, please call Dave Ross at (928) 472-6780.

Investment Talk

Scott Flake, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, hosts an Investment Talk at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at his office at 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, in Payson. The informal gathering is a roundtable discussion 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.

Gallery to benefit Humane Society

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

In conjunction with an animal-themed art show, "Little Creatures," the gallery will auction works of art and related items donated by members of this gallery as well as other generous artists.

All proceeds from the auction are going to help the animals of our the community.

This is part of the First Friday event for June and will include refreshments and fun. The program is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Quilt show

The Strawberry Patchers will present the 12th Annual Quilt Show June 6, 7 and 8 in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, admission is $2 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free.

The show will feature more than 100 beautiful quilts and wearables. The group will be selling tickets for its Opportunity Quilt and will once again offer the Berry Patch Boutique filled with quality handmade items. The show will include Viewers Choice Voting and a vendor mall.

Quilt appraisals by Karen Housner (by appointment) will also be part of the show. Make an appointment at www.strawberrypatchers.com

The show is held in conjunction with the annual Strawberry Festival, which will also be in downtown Pine June 7 and 8.

Garden tour tickets

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.

Summer reading

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

The summer reading program is from June 3 through June 25. Registration takes place now 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.

Deep pit barbecue

The Payson Masonic Lodge will present its 30th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 14. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $5 for children and includes the barbecue, fixings, a drink and dessert.

The Payson Masonic Lodge is located at 200 W. Rancho Road.

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