Gila Community College students of acrylic painting and pastel drawing classes are presenting a student art show and sale of gallery-quality work from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 24 at the From Head to Toe Salon, 904 N. Beeline Highway, between Back to Basics and the Laundromat. The community is encouraged to attend.
In the pastel painting category will be work in chalk pastels and oil pastels. The acrylic class will offer a wide variety of techniques utilized in their acrylic paintings
Refreshments will include wine, cheese and dessert.
GCC art class students will also 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.
Anime-Manga Cosplay tonight at library
Anime-Manga Cosplay is back by popular demand at the Payson Public Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 24. Come dressed as your favorite anime character for games, prizes and the movie, Inu-Yasha: Sword of a Honorable Ruler (rated PG-13).
The program is open to middle and high school age levels. Register at the library, or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.
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 25, the Blattner Pit will be open from 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 26, the Pine Pit will be open from 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.
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. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.
American Legion benefit
The American Legion on East Highway 260 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 11 a.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. 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 www.paysonparks.com.
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.
Family Fun Day in Pine
The Community Family Fun Day, sponsored by Take Pride and Strawberry’s Elite, starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 25 in Pine. Parade participants need to be at the south entrance of the school (by the large recycle bin) by 9:30 a.m. In addition to the parade, many more activities are planned.
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Girls’ Tea Party April 25
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.
Dress up 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.
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 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, (928) 468-6684.
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. Mud Springs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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@ chs.net; 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.
Children’s Day at library April 30
Celebrate “Dia de los Ninos” or “Children’s Day” at the Payson Public Library from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday April 30 in the meeting room.
The American Library Association celebrates Dia de los Ninos in libraries across the country every April 30. Come and enjoy Bilingual Storytime, dancing, songs, games and piñatas. Bring the whole family to this wonderful fiesta celebrating children, teens and families of all cultures. No sign-up necessary. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.
‘PEACH Night’ debuts
Payson Elks Lodge is initiating an event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 30, the fifth Thursday of this month, which has been named “PEACH Night” — short for Payson Elks Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies Night.
Members of the Lodge will display their hobby or craft collections to the public. These items may be sold, and a percentage of all proceeds are to be donated for Elks charities. The public is welcome to view the items, and purchase those that are for sale.
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.
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.
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, www.rimcountrychamber.com, or www.paysonrimcountry.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wearable Art Show
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.
Children’s theater group performs May 2
The Payson Children’s Theater Group will be performing The Heavenly Fruit Stand at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 700 E. Wade Lane, and at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 3 at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway.
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 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.
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. 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.
Cooking class at library
The public is invited to sign up for the Capirotada Cooking Class and Book Discussion for Adults at the Payson Public Library. The programs will be presented Tuesday, May 19 as part of the OneBookAZ program. Multiple copies of the 2009 selection Capirotada: a Nogales Memoir are available for checkout.
There will be two cooking classes on Mexican dishes, one from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the other from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., taught by the library’s resident chef and director Terry Morris. Stop by the library today to check out a copy of the book and sign up for the class. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.