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Neighborhood plans cleanup day April 18

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How high can your dog jump? See some great canine athletic contestants in a Dogs on Course in North America Agility Trial this weekend at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road. The competition is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. Agility trials are competition dog sport that is based loosely on the sport of equestrian jumping. Dogs are handled through a series of timed obstacle course challenges like tunnels, teeter-totters, jumps, etc. Saturday the contests will include courses designed by the handlers for their dogs — called Gambles — Snakes N Ladders and jump obstacle courses. Sunday there will be a trigility contest, timed Gambles and more jump obstacle courses. Come out and watch the fun, there is no admission.

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.

Brush pits open

The regional Payson Area project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, April 18, the Blattner Pit will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, April 19, the Pine Pit will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings, and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned.

Soroptimist sale

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.

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

Poetic license

Celebrating National Poetry Month, live poetry readings by local poets — that means anyone interested in reading one, two or three of there poems — will be held starting at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson. This free event will be open to the public.

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.

Genealogy group wants yard sale donations

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.

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. 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. The tasting will be limited to 100 attendees. Cost is $20 per person, or $50 for all three tastings. Buy your tickets 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-mailpaysonhumane@gmail.com or call (928) 474-8787.

Silver Ring Thing

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.

Blood drive in Tonto

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.

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 (928) 472-9290.

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