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Easter Egg Scramble Saturday at Rumsey



Photo courtesy of Michael Ottero

Contemporary Christian music recording artist Buck Storm returns to the Rim Country to perform at the annual Resurrection Celebration Saturday, April 11 at Rumsey Park.

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.

Majestic Rim to host open house today

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.

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.

Fools’ Day Fun

A Family Day of Fun and Games is planned at the Payson High School gym from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 11.

There will be free food and prizes, plus interactive events to help parents learn how to talk to their children about the dangers of alcohol use before they are 21.

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.

Virtual Academy program planned

Arizona Virtual Academy’s next activity will take place at the Crosswinds Restaurant, 800 W. Airport Road, at the Payson Airport from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 14.

This is a chance for AZVA students to get together to mingle and share a story and seasonal project. Families interested in learning more about AZVA are also welcome. This is a great chance to ask questions and learn more about AZVA.

AZVA has completed its CITA accreditation process and is a fully accredited K-12 charter school. Please RSVP to

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 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.

‘A Toast to Broadway’

The Payson Institute of Learning will have A Toast to Broadway at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at The Rim Club. Tickets are $35 per person, and must be bought by April 14; there will be no tickets sold at the door. For more information and tickets, call (928) 472-3393.

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.


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