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Register youth for 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.

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.

Business awards

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.

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

Rodeo Committee dinner and dance Thursday

On May 29 the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee invites the public to a special fund-raiser steak dinner featuring a mouth watering 14-ounce, center cut, choice New York strip or a choice of grilled chicken or burger for $15 plus a $5 door cover charge. There will be a no-host bar plus a special door prize drawing for dinner guests. All proceeds will go to the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" program that raises funds for local and regional breast cancer support groups.

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.

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.

Swap meet, craft show

The Payson Womans Club will have its annual Swap Meet/Craft Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 31 at 510 W. Main.

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. Call Lois at (928) 474-3028, or Anita at (928) 474-5999 for more information.

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.

Hike Peach Loop

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 a 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 (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or visit Parks and Rec online at www.paysonparks.com.

Neighborhood block party set in Star Valley

Star Valley Baptist Church will host a neighborhood block party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 31. The party is for the entire neighborhood of Star Valley, complete with free hamburgers and hot dogs for all who attend, plus games for the children.

Star Valley Baptist Church is located on East Highway 260 in Star Valley. For more information, call the church at (928) 474-5557.

Habitat housing application deadline

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. Applications are available at the PAHH office, (928) 474-0330 or contact Lois English, (928) 468-8512.

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.

Special service for graduates June 1

Graduates of the class of 2008, their families and friends are invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service at Mount Cross Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 1.

Mount Cross is located at 601 E. Highway 260 in Payson. For details, call (928) 474-3787, or e-mail youth@mountcross.org.

Volunteers needed by RTA Hospice June 2

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 on 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).

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. Mud Springs Road.

Gallery auction for humane society

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., 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. The event is part of the monthly First Friday on Main Street and takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Annual quilt show to be held June 6-8 in Pine

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.

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 to dancinonthe rim@hotmail.com.

Vacation Bible school

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. 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 church is located at 401 E. Tyler Parkway.

Jazz concert June 8

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 Street.

Camp Meeting Revival

An old-time Camp Meeting Revival will be held in Gisela Valley June 11 through June 15, with programs starting at 7 p.m.

Look for the big tent across from the old steakhouse. RV parking is available, but there are no hookups

For more information, call Pat at (928) 951-0513, or Mary at (928) 474-1923.

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 at 200 W. Rancho Road.

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 gathering is for those interested in participating in 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 as well as have fun. Call (928) 468-1470 for more information.

Yoga for beginners

Help get 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.

Emergency volunteers sought by Gila County

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?

If you you are interested in volunteering, contact the Division Volunteer Coordinator at (928) 402-8805 or lasberry@co.gila.az.us.

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