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$6 jewelry sale April 7-8 at hospital lobby



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The 16th Annual Easter Egg Scramble for children ages 12 and under begins at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 11 at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road. Children in six different age groups collect eggs filled with candy. After the first round, it’s approximately 15 minutes between age groups. Age groups are: 1 to 3, 4 and 5, 6 and 7, 8 and 9, 10 to 12, and Special Needs.

A $6 jewelry sale is planned by the Mogollon Health Alliance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7 and 8. Rings, belts, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, bracelets, scarves, necklace/earring sets, sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more will be available at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby.

Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Prostate screening offered April 8

Prostate On-site Project will be bringing an affordable prostate cancer screening to men, 40 years or older, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 at the Gila County building, 714 S. Beeline Highway. The cost is $72 per screening (PSA Blood Test, DRE-Digital Rectal Exam, Testicular Exam and physician consultation).

Appointments are required and can be made by calling (480) 964-3013 or 1-800-828-6139.

Outdoor photography class April 8

An outdoor photography class will be offered from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Come join us for a springtime afternoon of photography with instructor Dennis Fendler. Learn simple techniques to capture the reality of what you’re seeing with your camera.

The class will include a short indoor presentation starting at 4 p.m., followed by a walking trip around Green Valley Park for opportune photography in the late afternoon/early evening. Bring your camera, digital or analogue, but manual adjustment options are preferred.

The fee to participate is $15 per person, and you must register no later than Tuesday, April 7. Register at the parks office, or online at Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information.

Pine Easter egg hunt

Register Pine and Strawberry children for the upcoming Easter egg hunt by April 8. The event is hosted by Pine By Design and Mission Hills Mortgage Bankers and takes place at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 11 and is open to children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old. In addition to an egg hunt, there will be games and activities planned for all age groups, plus prizes.

So bring your children to Pine by Design at 3494 N. Highway 87 (at the corner of the Old County Road and Highway 87 in Pine) and enjoy a great afternoon together.

Learn about radiology and Dexa Scans

The next Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle “Good Morning for Good Health” program is from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 8 at 215 N. Beeline Highway. A light breakfast will be served and Jan Farmer will present information on radiology and Dexa Scans.

Make a reservation with the Senior Circle, (928) 472-9790.

Blood drives

Blood drives in the Payson area are planned for April:

• Friday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Walmart parking lot, 300 N. Beeline Highway. Contact Colleen Pointer to make an appointment, (928) 474-0029.

• Monday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kiwanis Club of Tonto Basin Kiwanis Community Room, 227 Old Hwy. 188, Tonto Basin. Contact Mary Loges to make an appointment, (928) 479-2795.

Rodeo committee wants scholarship applications

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee’s scholarship applications are available for all Payson School District high school seniors at the Payson High School guidance office.

For students not attending Payson High School, applications may be obtained from PHS or by calling John Landino at (928) 468-6684 for information.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 10. Scholarships are available for higher education or for vocational training. Scholarship winners will be informed during the month of May.

Majestic Rim to host open house April 10

Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim Retirement Community, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, will host an open house from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 10. Come for a tour … stay for fondue.

For additional information, call (928) 474-3912.

Kids’ fishing class with Mark Kile April 10

Kids in first through fourth grade will learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from Mark Kile, professional bass fisherman, from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 10 at Green Valley Lake.

Class meets at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. All fishing equipment and bait for the class is provided. Space is limited, so register early. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 9, and the cost is $5 per child.

Register online at, or at the parks office. For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 358.

Annual Resurrection Celebration Saturday

The annual Resurrection Celebration, sponsored by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the big ramada in Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.

Bring the whole family and enjoy live music featuring Buck Storm, the R-U Band, La Roca and other local church Praise Bands. There will be skits, a clothing giveaway, informational booths, games and activities for kids, face painting, prizes, candy, food and drinks.

Admission is free.

GCC presents mind-body-spirit series

Gila Community College is presenting a new series of free Saturday seminars that address alternative approaches to overall wellness.

The first seminar will be held on the Payson campus at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 11. The topic is “Vibrational Healing” by Marie A. Fasano, RN, MN, MA.

Fasano is a nursing instructor at Gila Community College. She has been sharing her healing work of Cranio-sacral therapy and Energy Balancing with clients for more than 15 years. She has volunteered her services as part of the RAIN Project for homeless families in Ventura, Calif. and here in Payson for the residents of Rim Country Health and the Merritt Center the Returning Combat Veteran Program.

Benefit spaghetti dinner

The Moose Lodge in Star Valley will host a benefit spaghetti dinner from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 11. A $6 donation is requested for the dinner. For information about the beneficiary and other details, call (928) 474-6212.

Driver Safety Class Set

AARP will hold a driver safety class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This is an eight-hour classroom refresher for motorists ages 50 and older. AARP members cost for tuition and materials is $12, however for the discounted rate participants must have their current AARP membership card and drivers license with them. All other participants must pay $14, only cash will be accepted.

Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount upon completion of the course.  Enrollment is limited so call Dave Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register or for more information.

Third wine tasting series tickets now available

Tickets are now available for the third round of the “Wines of the World Tasting Series,” a popular fund-raiser for the Humane Society of Central Arizona (formerly the Payson Humane Society) building fund. The venue for the third series is Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, 512 N. Beeline Highway.

The tastings will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, and will feature hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Gerardo Moceri. Noble Collins, wine director for The Beverage Place, will again select and pour the wines. You don’t have to be a wine aficionado to attend.

Tasting 1 will be Sunday, April 19, and will feature Tim Bradley’s Favorite Wines. The event will celebrate the life of Bradley, a Star Valley leader who died recently. It will conclude with a port wine and fine chocolate sampling.

Tasting 2 will be Sunday, May 17, and will feature select wines from the Great Northwest (Washington and Oregon).

Tasting 3 will be Sunday, June 14, and will feature select wines from Spain.

Each tasting will be limited to 100 attendees. Cost is $20 per person, or $50 for all three tastings. Previous tastings sold out quickly, so please buy your tickets soon at the Humane Society, The Beverage Place, Gerardo’s Italian Bistro and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are also available from Humane Society board members.

For more information, e-mail or call (928) 474-8787.

Tee Off for Hunger charity golf tourney

The 8th annual St. Vincent de Paul Tee Off for Hunger Golf Tournament takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Payson Golf Course, 1540 W. Country Club Drive.

The format is a four-person shotgun scramble. Donation is $70 or $45 for Payson Golf Course members, and includes green fee, cart and buffet.

Hole-in-one prizes are a 2009 Ford Focus #8, $10,000 cash #2, $500 Visa gift card #5, Nike driver and irons #14 and a Bose Wave music system #17.

Registration deadline is April 11; call Richard at 474-9559 or Joe at 472-9688, or email svdpstp@ If you would like to sponsor tees, prizes or contests, please contact Richard or Joe ASAP.

Business Buzz

The next Business Buzz meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14 at the Mount Cross Lomona Lodge on Highway 260, east of Granite Dells Road.

The topic for discussion will be Forest Based Economics. Key speakers will be Lucy Murfitt, Director of Partnership and Collaboration, and Dr. Wally Covington, Regent’s Professor and Director, both of the Ecological Restoration Institute.

There will be networking at 11:30, followed by lunch catered by the Payson High School Culinary Arts Class from noon to 2 p.m.

The lunch is $8 for chamber members and $10 for nonmembers.

Yard sale donations wanted

Donations are being accepted by the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society for their annual Yard Sale, to be held April 24 and 25. The society is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, therefore all donations are tax deductible. 

Please drop off your donations at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita, during regular business days and hours. The library is open Thursday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring Tea for Humane Society

 The Red Elephant Bakery and Cafe will have a spring tea to benefit the Humane Society from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

Besides tea and cake, there will be a raffle and silent auction items, including books by Louis L’Amour, Larry McMurtry and Tony Hillerman.

Bring your friends, neighbors, family and come out for an afternoon of tea and cake, good conversation and great fun. Donations gratefully accepted.

Patients’ Choice nominations sought

Payson Regional Medical Center is once again seeking to honor one of its nurses with the Patients’ Choice Award. To make a nomination send the nurse’s name and a few paragraphs explaining your nomination, along with your name (and the name of the patient if different), address and phone number via e-mail to shelleydunman@; by mail to Cory Houghton, Marketing Director, Payson Regional Medical Center, 807 S. Ponderosa St., Payson, AZ 85547, or by fax to (928) 472-1295.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 29, with the award scheduled for presentation during Nurses’ Week, May 6-12.

Neighborhood cleanup day April 18

Residents of Payson North Unit 5 are invited to “Tract Attack 2009” — a neighborhood cleanup day — from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18.

We will be tackling brush only. The brush will be picked up from all entrances to the greenbelts. If your home is too far from the greenbelt openings, we have permission to place the brush in front of your home for this pick-up only. We will try to get it all taken to the RPAP Blattner Brush Pit.

We need all residents to pitch in. You will need to provide any tools that you may need to help with the cleanup. We will provide water and snack stations.

This will be a great day to get together and help to beautify and “fire-wise” our neighborhood. The Town of Payson, Payson Fire and the RPAP are supporting us in this effort.

For more information, call 472-6761, 474-1138, 474-8656, 474-0351, 478-6372, 474-4189 or 474-1866.

Get tickets now for ‘A Toast to Broadway’

The Payson Institute of Learning brings you an afternoon of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live Broadway style entertainment.

Join us for A Toast to Broadway at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at The Rim Club. Tickets are $35 per person, and seating is limited. Ticket deadline is April 14, and there will be no tickets sold at the door.

For more information and tickets, call (928) 472-3393. Tickets are also available at the chamber of commerce, the Payson Roundup or online at

Proceeds will benefit the Payson Institute of Learning.

Silver Ring Thing performance April 19

The Silver Ring Thing (SRT), a high-tech, high-energy performance that educates teens and young adults about the benefits of remaining abstinent until marriage, and the dangers of promiscuous behavior will be presented in Payson Sunday, April 19. Sponsored by Ponderosa Baptist Church, the program will be held at Payson High School Auditorium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Silver Ring Thing is the fastest-growing abstinence program in the United States, and is rapidly gaining international recognition for its relevant and effective abstinence message.

To help financially support this free event for the Rim Country’s young people, please contact Sandy Bennett from Ponderosa Baptist Church at (928) 474-9279.

Daughters of Pioneers offer scholarship

The Daughters of Gila County Pioneers will offer a scholarship to a female student who graduates from a high school in Gila County this spring.

In order to encourage and help members of the pioneering families of Gila County who had an ancestor living in Gila County prior to statehood, Feb. 14, 1912, the Daughters offer this scholarship, as they have done for the past 17 years. Information on the scholarship is available at each high school in Gila County.

For more information, call Patty Rhoades at (928) 474-2286.


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