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Payson schools have half-day Wednesday



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

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, April 22. Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

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 Second Annual Art Show, a book fair and ice cream social. Admission is $1 per person.

American Legion benefit

The American Legion in Payson is having a day of fund-raising activities Saturday, April 25. Beginning at 8 a.m., there will be a rummage sale and bake sale, and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a barbecue chicken dinner at $5 per plate.

PATS hike April 25

Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) Group-Led Hike on the Peach Loop Trail at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 25.

Participants will meet at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office prior to carpooling to the trail. The hike is approximately 2.6 miles long and is moderate to difficult hiking, with some loose rocks and one very steep incline.

This is a free event. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or visit

Genealogy Society sale

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society will have its annual yard sale April 24 and 25. The sale will take place at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita.

Student exhibit

Students from Gila Community College art classes will be exhibiting artwork at the Artists of the Rim Gallery, 408 W. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 25.

The student exhibit will be judged, and the three winners will be invited to show two pieces of their work in the gallery during the month of May. Also on exhibit, but not judged, will be “Wearable Art” by students from the college. The students will be showing their creations and publicizing their fashion show to be held at the college at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 30.

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. Silent auction items and a 50/50 drawing will help raise funds. There will be great door prizes. The Moose Lodge will also offer a steak dinner with all the fixings’ 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.

GCC real estate courses

Gila Community College will be presenting real estate classes on the topics of contract law and beneficiary deeds Saturday, April 25. 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. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, call (928) 468-8039.

World T’ai Chi Day

In celebration of World T’ai Chi Day, Gila Community College will be presenting a Taijiquan demonstration at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 25 on the Payson campus, 201 N. Mudsprings Road.

Laoshir Rick Clark’s students will perform their Taijiquan demonstration, followed by a informational seminar on Qigong.

This event is part of GCC’s Mind-Body-Spirituality Exploration Series. Clark’s seminar that follows will discuss the roots and history of Chinese human Qigong, its effects on the body, and popular aliments that enjoy relief from practice.

Clark began his internal studies of Taijiquan and Qigong in 1991 and received certification to teach in 1996, is a National/International competitor of Chinese Martial Arts, AAU certified judge and AAU Executive Committee Member for the Chinese Martial Arts Division, Certified Instructor of the Health Preservation Association. 

La Boutique Sale

La Boutique Gift shop will be holding a sale the week of April 27 through May 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital. There will be many gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, or just a special treat.

All proceeds from the sale go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call the MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Senior Circle program

The Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, 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.

FES book fair

Frontier Elementary School is hosting a 50 percent off book sale April 28 through May 1. Tuesday through Thursday the Book Fair will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, the choir will be performing “Child of the World” at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, the fifth-graders will have a history museum in the gym from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Thursday, the school picnic is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

At the Book Fair, shoppers will find lots of fiction and nonfiction books, Accelerated Readers, chapter and easy readers, hardcover and picture books, paperbacks, children’s classics, adult best sellers, cookbooks, Spanish books, toys and activities and computer software.

Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

Long-term care discussion on April 29

Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim will be hosting guest speaker Rebecca Jennings, of the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens Area Agency on Aging, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 29. She will be discussing the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program.

The facility is at 310 E. Tyler Parkway. Make a reservation for the program by calling (928) 474-3912.

Head Start enrolling

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2009-2010 program year. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low-income and children with disabilities. It is a government program that serves 3- to 5-year-old children and does not charge any fees for services.

Items needed for enrollment include: complete and updated immunization record, proof of birth, and 2008 tax return for each household member that financially contributes. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call for an appointment to fill out an application. Once the application has been completed, the child will be placed on a waiting list until an opening is available.

All interested parents and guardians are encouraged to get the needed items for enrollment assembled and call for an appointment now, as classes are filling quickly for fall. The first day of class will be Sept. 1, 2009. For additional details, call Lynne S. Winans, Site Manager/ FCA, Payson Head Start, 1008 S. Westerly Road, (928) 474-2738.

Piano recital

There will be a piano recital at 2 p.m., Friday, May 1, at Gila Community College Room 301. The program will be presented by the adult students from Victoria Harris’ piano class. The public is invited to this free event.

Wilderness first aid certification course

An American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Certification Course is planned from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at the Payson Fire Department. This program is being offered due to an overwhelming response when offered earlier this year.

This comprehensive, two-day course is designed to teach participants and outdoor enthusiasts the skills needed to survive in an emergency medical situation until help is available, such as mountaineering, first aid administration in the wilderness, help signals and dealing with weather conditions. Upon successful completion of the 16-hour, two-day class, including a written test and skill segments, participants will receive a Wilderness First Aid certification, valid for three years.

Prerequisites: CPR certification is not required although it is highly recommended (and current knowledge of skills will be assumed); participants must be at least 15 years old by the second day of class. Register now through April 30. Due to a grant from the Red Cross, the course fee has been reduced to $25. Space is limited, so register today. Call Parks and Recreation with questions, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department will be holding a free “Family and Friends” CPR class Wednesday, April 29. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information and to register.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, its gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to its Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

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.

Rim Country Business Awards seeks nominees

Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation (NGCEDC) is seeking nominations for the 2009 Rim Country Business Awards. The program is presented by NGCEDC (formerly Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation) in conjunction with Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Town of Payson Office of Tourism. The awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and contributions of business towards the economic health and vitality of our community. 

Nominations are open to all businesses in Rim Country. Awards will be given for Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year and Businessperson of the Year.

Some of the selection criteria include contributions to the economic vitality of the area, community impact and involvement, innovation and customer service. Nominations are due April 30. Nominees will be notified by May 15.

To request a nomination packet, call (928) 978-5557 or (928) 978-0681. Nomination forms are available on these Web sites: www.paysonecon .org,, or

The 2009 Rim Country Business Awards will take place a noon, Thursday, June 4 at the Chaparral Pines Golf Course Clubhouse. Tickets are $25 each or $175 for a table of eight and must be purchased in advance no later than noon, May 29. Call Carrie Dick at (928) 978-5557 or send an email to

Wearable Art Fashion Show April 30

Gila Community College will be presenting a Wearable Art Fashion Show at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 30 at the Payson campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road. The event will showcase projects from Leslie Peacock’s class. Prospective students may register for the summer class now.

Learn about virtual education April 30

An information session on Arizona Connections Academy, a virtual schooling program, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30 at Majestic Mountain Inn, 602 E. Highway 260.

Meet the staff and other families involved in virtual education.

May Rodeo Parade

Payson Pro-Rodeo Committee will present its 11th rodeo parade starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 16. Residents, local organizations and all those who want 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 in 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 to the entry that best exemplifies the spirit of the May Rodeo Doin’s Spring Parade. Prizes will be sent in the mail. The 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.

Plant sale planned

The High Country Garden Club will be holding a Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2 in the Walmart parking lot. There will be plants grown by garden club members, gardening implements and even some goodies to munch on while shopping.

The club has a number of Master Gardeners who will be available to answer questions.

For more information, please contact Joanne Jones at (928) 970-0714, or Dan and Dorothy Howell at (928) 472-7396.

Safe boating classes

The Gila County Sheriff’s Roosevelt Lake Patrol and Arizona Game and Fish Department will present several safe boating classes throughout the summer.

Classes are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be offered May 2, May 16, June 13, July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 12 and Oct. 17. Participants need to arrive 10 minutes before the start of their class. Topics include Arizona boating laws, equipment requirements, rules of the road, registration requirements, aids to navigation, trailering, anchoring and more.

The cost is a donation of $5 per family, and classes are held at the Roosevelt Substation at MP 243 on State Route 188.

To register, call Lu DuBois at (928) 467-2515 or (928) 467-2155.

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.


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