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Tuesday is ‘Kick Off to Kindergarten'


Payson Schools presents Kick Off to Kindergarten from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 in the Julia Randall Elementary School cafeteria, 902 W. Main St.

Parents of children entering any PUSD kindergarten are invited to the free workshop. Early Childhood expert and JRE pre-school teacher Terri Legassie will tell parents what children need to know before entering kindergarten and offer easy ways to reinforce these needs over the summer.


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, 328 N. McLane Road. 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; 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.

Call the Payson Schools District Office at 474-2070 for more information.

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.

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

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

Grant makes pay/neuter surgeries available

Payson Humane Societyas received a grant to providepay and neutering for dogs in Payson and the surrounding communities.

Please stop by the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road to complete the paperwork. Donations are requested, but not required.

Books for Dad are 2-for-1

In honor of Father's Day, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be featuring a 2-for-1 sale of books about topics sure to be of interest to Dad. Included in this sale will be topics such as sports, history, politics, home repair, hobbies, business and finance. Consider giving Dad a couple of great books and a few hours in the hammock on Father's Day.e'll like that much better than another tie.

The bookstore's large print collection grows larger by the day.hose who prefer large print books or know someone who does, should stop by and discover the variety of large print books available.

Purchases from the LFOP Bookstore are one of the best values to be found in Payson. Bookstore stock changes daily, so the wise shopper visits frequently.

The bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit our Web site at

Great books, gifts at fabulous prices June 2-3

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the Books Are Fun Fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 2 and 3 in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Quality books and unique gifts including photo albums, stationery, music and much more will be sold to the public at up to 70 percent off retail. Purchase may be made by credit or debit card, check or post-dated check.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call (928)472-2588.

‘Catch the Reading Bug'

"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.

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.

Garden Tour June 7

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, 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.

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

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

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

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.

Silent auction June 6 to benefit Humane Society

Down the Street Art Gallery at 703 W. Main St. invites everyone to join them from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6 for a Silent Auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society.

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

All proceeds from the auction are going to help the animals of our own community. Great art, good refreshments and fun. Mark your calendar -- First Friday in June!

Free plane rides for kids

Free orientation flights for kids ages 8 to 17 years will be offered from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at Payson Airport.

This is an introduction to the basics of flying. No reservations needed. First come, first to fly. You must bring a parent or legal guardian to sign the permission slip.

This free flight is sponsored by the pilots of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter #810 Young Eagles Program.

For more information, contact Marie at (928) 978-5139.

Movie madness in Pine

Movie Madness -- movies for children and families -- will be shown at 11 a.m. every Thursday in June and July in the Pine library. Refreshments provided. Bring your pillow to be comfy on the floor!

Coming attractions: Thursday, June 5, Ace of Hearts, G rated; Thursday, June 12, Disney-Minutemen, G rated;Thursday, June 19, Pokemon Movie, not rated;Thursday, June 26, Spiderwick Chronicles, PG rated.

July 3, 10, 17 and 26 movies will be announced at a later date.

Rock Reunion to benefit Humane Society

Local rocker Barb Wolkin and her former Whiskey Blu band members will join other retired Arizona rock bands including Surgical Steel for the Arizona All-Star Rock Reunion on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8 at the Venue of Scottsdale (formerly the Cajun House), 7117 E. 3rd Ave., (480) 945-5150.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Payson Humane Society, online at or at the door on show days.

Barb and Whiskey Blu will give all proceeds purchased in their name to Payson Humane Society!

Please give blood

Arizona patients require approximately 300,000 blood transfusions each year.remature babies, trauma victims, as well as patients suffering from cancer, leukemia and heart disease all require lifesaving blood transfusions.

More donors are needed for the following Rim Country blood drives coming in June.

  • Thursday, June 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Payson Regional Medical Center, 807 S. Ponderosa. Blood mobile in parking lot close to Emergency entrance. To schedule an appointment, call Cory Houghton at (928) 472-1275.
  • Monday, June 9, 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane. To schedule an appointment, call Karen Schwenke at (928) 474-2797.
  • Sunday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mazatzal Casino Bingo Room, Highway 87, Mile Marker 251. To schedule an appointment, call Luci Shaw at (928) 474-6044, ext 102.

In addition to saving lives, United Blood Services donors may have a free cholesterol test. This new benefit, combined with the mini-physical and the opportunity to find out their blood type, gives donors a list of healthy reasons to roll up their sleeves.

Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old.or donor eligibility questions, call (480) 675-5497.

One-of-a-Kind Fashion Show and Luncheon

Time Out, Inc. is proud to announce its annual One-of-a-Kind Fashion Show and Luncheon.

This special event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1208 N. Highway 87. The fashions come to you direct from your favorite thrift store, the Time Out 2 Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway.

Buy your tickets early, as this event sells out fast. All proceeds help fund the programs offered by Time Out. Tickets may be purchased at the thrift shop or by calling Audrey or Jean at (928) 472-8007.

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.

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