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Soroptimists to host boutique sale April 18



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Show your support for the Humane Society of Central Arizona by participating in one or more of the following fund-raisers. 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. Buy tickets for the next Wine Tasting Series which kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro. Donate original artwork or auction items for the annual Silent Auction to be held June 6 at Down the Street Art Gallery. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

A unique boutique sale featuring easy travel clothes, designer-look handbags, jewelry and accessories at affordable prices will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, on the corner of Sherwood and Easy St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

This event is sponsored by the local Soroptimist club and proceeds from the sale will help support the club’s many service projects including: Time Out, Payson Community Kids and Rim Country Literacy Program, as well as financial awards to local women.

For more information, call (928) 472-2423, (928) 474-4827 or (928) 468-6956.

Poetry readings April 18

In celebration of National Poetry Month, live poetry readings by local poets will be held starting at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline Highway.

This free event will be open to the public. Poets and the public are encouraged to show their support by attending and listening to the poetry.

Study for ham license

The Tonto Amateur Radio Association will be providing a seven-week course leading to a Technician Radio Amateur license starting Friday, April 17. The course will be presented at 6 p.m. at Gila Community College, Room 402.

For registration or more information, contact John Swenson at (928) 472-3331.

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. 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.

GCC presents real estate courses

Gila Community College will be presenting real estate license renewal classes every Saturday in April. The classes qualify as Real Estate Department renewal classes, but they are open to anyone interested in the topics. The classes are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Humane Society tea

 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.

Piano recital

Gila Community College will host a piano recital at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18, with Andrew O’Brien, doctoral student at Arizona State University. The program is in Room 301 and is open to the public, free of charge. O’Brien will play works by Haydn, Schumann, Sxymanowski, Debussy and Chopin.

O’Brien is a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Arizona State University and an adjunct faculty member in piano and music theory at Scottsdale Community College. He also teaches privately in Phoenix and is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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.

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.

Mike Rose will be the moderator for the Mind–Body–Spirit Exploration Series April 18. No pre-registration is required.

Future programs include: Qigong (breath/energy cultivation) with Rick Clark, April 25; Medicinal Herbs with Leilah Breitler, May 9; Art Therapy with Jacque Jeffrey, May 16; Manta (chanting for health) with Juliet Wing, June 6; Ayurveda (rejuvenation and life-extension) with Tony Alfano, June 13; Body Mapping and Psych-K with Vivian Seville, June 20; and Spiritual Psychology with Mike Rose, June 27.

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.

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.

One-day shoe sale

Come check out the great selection of footwear for the clinical professional from Dansko, Klogs and Spira from noon to 7 p.m., Monday, April 20 at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby. Cash, checks, credit cards, and payroll deduction for PRMC employees will be accepted.

All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to residents of the Rim Country through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Senior Circle programs

The Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, is hosting two programs in the next couple of weeks.

A Speaker Forum will be presented from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, April 20 with the Cert-Community Emergency Response Team.

The Senior Circle will be holding a Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 28 with PRMC’s chief executive officer Chris Wolf. His topic will be Your Community Hospital Happenings.

For more information or to RSVP, call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.

Free community dinner

Mountain Bible Church is providing free dinner on Monday nights. The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Building C of the church at 302 E. Rancho Road.

If you desire more information or would like to volunteer to serve, call Jana at Mountain Bible, (928) 472-7800.

PES Family Night

The Payson Elementary School Family Night is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23. The evening will include the PES 2nd Annual Art Show, a book fair and ice cream social. Admission is $1 per person.

Family Fun Day coming to Pine April 25

Family Fun Day, sponsored by Take Pride Project and Strawberry’s Elite, will be held Saturday, April 25 in Pine. This will be the first official community event to take place at the new ramada at the Pine Community Center, so be sure to come out and see the collaborative effort of so many in our community. The festivities will begin with a pet parade, so bring your leashed pet (of any sort — real, stuffed or other) to help celebrate. The organizers have planned silent auctions for both adults and kids.

Girls’ Tea Party April 25

All girls, kindergarten through 5th grade, together with their mothers, grandmothers, aunts or special lady friends, are invited to a Tea Party at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Mountain Bible Church. Dress up in your Easter clothes and enjoy an afternoon tea, a craft, a treasure hunt, and teaching about God’s love. The girls will learn that their identity is not found in how they look, fitting in with the crowd, or what they do. Instead, they will learn that there is great advantage and blessing in living the values of a pure life.

Please call Cheryl at 225-2420 or Amy at 472-2359 for further information.

Rodeo Committee Scholarship Fund Dance

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is holding a Scholarship Fund Dance from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley. This year’s event will feature music by Junction 87. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m. The Moose Lodge will also offer a steak dinner with all the fixins’ for $8.50. Tickets are a $10 donation at the door, or in advance at the chamber of commerce or from Rodeo Committee members. For more information, call John Landino, 468-6684.

Arts and crafts vendors needed for May 2 benefit

The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary needs arts and craft vendors for the annual Spring Fling benefiting the fire department in Star Valley. The event is Saturday, May 2. Spaces are $25 each. The Spring Fling will be held in Moose Lodge parking lot, four miles east of Payson on Highway 260. For applications or more information, call Joan at (928) 472-7870.

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.

Blood drive in Tonto Basin April 20

There will be a blood drive Monday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kiwanis Club of Tonto Basin Community Room, 227 Old Hwy. 188, Tonto Basin.

Contact Mary Loges to make an appointment, (928) 479-2795.

May Rodeo Parade

The Payson Pro-Rodeo Committee will present its 11th rodeo parade starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 16. Residents, local organizations and anyone who wants to participate and have a good time are invited. Entry forms may be obtained at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce office or by calling (928) 474-8837. There is no entry fee to participate.

This year there will be a $25 prize for the winner of each of the eight categories. The categories will be: Walking Individual or Group, Motorized Vehicle Individual or Group, Manual Powered Vehicle Individual or Group, Floats Individual or Group, Floats Corporate/Business, Horses Individual or Group Mounted, Horses Individual or Group Leading/Driving, Other Animals Individual or Group.

There will be a $50 prize presented for Best Overall Judges Choice for the entry that best exemplifies the spirit of the May Rodeo Doin’s Spring Parade. Prizes will be sent in the mail. Staging area will be at Green Valley Park, with the route going east on West Main to Westerly.

For more information, call Ruth Klaver at (928) 474-8837.


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