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New animal shelter breaks ground May 2



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.

The public is cordially invited to the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Payson Humane Society’s new animal shelter at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Soon to be known as the Humane Society of Central Arizona, the site of the new facility is directly behind the current shelter at 812 S. McLane Road.

Scheduled speakers include Kenny Evans, Payson mayor; Bill Rappaport, Star Valley mayor; Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin; and chamber manager John Stanton.

The event is free of charge, and refreshments will be served.

Matching fund donation

An anonymous donor has offered a $5,000 matching fund donation to the humane society’s building fund.

This donor will match all donations to the building fund, made in $100 increments, up to $5,000.

Please send your check for $100 to: Humane Society of Central Arizona, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547. Note on your check that the donation is for the building fund.

Science fair tonight

Payson Elementary School will be holding the annual science fair from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, April 28. Come out and view the entries and show your support for these young people.

PES is located at 500 E. Rancho Road.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

’Neath the Rim studio tour this weekend

The Payson Art League’s annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3.

There will be 26 artists displaying their work at 13 studios. Chat with artists and learn about their subjects, materials and techniques.

The printed guide (inside today’s Roundup) includes artist information and a map featuring participating studios. At the studios, visitors may purchase raffle tickets for the PAL benefit raffle, which will feature works donated by each of the participating artists.

Proceeds from the raffle enable PAL to buy art supplies for area schools and children’s organizations.

Pick up this week’s edition of The Rim Review for complete details.

Star Valley Annual Spring Fling is May 2

The Star Valley Annual Spring Fling is set for Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Star Valley Moose Lodge parking lot (4 miles east of Payson on Highway 260). Proceeds will benefit the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary and the Star Valley Moose Lodge.

There will be a full breakfast by the members of the Moose Lodge at 7 a.m., and burgers, hotdogs and brats by the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary members. There will also be a Beer Garden (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) sponsored by the Moose Lodge.

There will be activities both children and adults can enjoy, an arts and craft fair, plus raffles from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Larry Ellis will provide live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dance studio needs donations for recital

Dancin’ on the Rim is a local dance studio in need of the community’s help. The yearly dance recital is in jeopardy and the staff and students are looking for donations of any kind in order to raise the funds to present the program.

The studio is planning a rummage sale, car wash and a bake sale Saturday, May 2 at Jiffy Lube.

If you have donations of any kind, contact Krista Armstead at (928) 474-5556 or e-mail secret for more information.

Mountain Flying Program May 2

The Arizona Pilots Association and the Federal Aviation Administration will present a Wings Program on density altitude, mountain and back country flying from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2 at the Payson Airport.

This program is sponsored by the Payson Regional Airport Authority and the Payson Pilots Association. For more information, contact Fred Gibbs at (928) 266-0112 or email

Rummage sale Saturday to benefit Pine school

The second annual rummage sale benefiting Pine Strawberry School will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at the Community Center ramada in Pine.

Sale items include gift baskets, clothes, art, shoes, books, household items, jewelry, CDs, furniture and appliances. There will also be silent auctions and items donated by local businesses.

No early sales.

Free model airplane workshop for kids

Home Depot has joined this year’s Payson Aero Fair to celebrate Youth and Aviation by sponsoring a special workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 2.

A Spitfire model plane is free for participants to create, paint and decorate, and then bring to the Aero Fair May 16 for display next to a flying replica of a World War II English Spitfire and to receive a prize for all the hard work.

The May 16 Payson Aero Fair promises to be a fun day, full of the wonder of aviation with plenty of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Among the activities: meet Captain Eric, learn to talk like a pilot, ride a model plane, try on a pilot’s headset, see how the Forest Service puts out fires, talk to the Native Air Ambulance crew about saving lives in the Rim Country, photo opportunities and much more.

Community Flea Market now monthly

The Community Presbyterian Church’s first 2009 Community Flea Market is Saturday, May 9. In order to help families in the community, the church’s congregation has decided to offer this event the second Saturday of each month through September.

Register early and get a good spot: the 10-foot-by-19-foot spaces are available for just $10 each, plus a $10 deposit per vendor. Deposits are refunded in cash at the end of the market when your space is clean.

The CPC Child Learning Center will be offering a sausage and pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and music will be provided throughout the event. All proceeds from rental of spaces go to the Deacons program. Spaces fill quickly, so don’t delay. Come to the church office at 800 W. Main St., weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon to register. Call (928) 474-2059 for more information.

Payson Choral Society spring concert May 9

The Payson Choral Society’s spring concert — “It’s All About Love,” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris — comes to the Payson High School auditorium on Saturday, May 9. Performances are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults and students ages 12 to 18, children ages 11 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup, and at the library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert.

Proceeds provide musical scholarships to local students.

May Special at American Legion Thrift Store

The American Legion Thrift Store, located downstairs, Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, will be having a May Special.

This month, all purses, totes and backpacks are a quarter. Men’s clothing is $1 a bag or 4 for $1. Books are also $1 a bag. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

Arizona Desert Choir performs Saturday

The Arizona Desert Choir is coming to Payson for a performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 2 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Arizona Desert Choir enlists top talent from across the Phoenix area. The concert will include Broadway and patriotic numbers, as well as musical pieces derived from the works of poet Robert Frost and set to music by the legendary Randall Thompson.

The performance is open to the public at no charge. The church is located at 913 S. Ponderosa, immediately south of Payson Regional Medical Center. The audience is asked to be seated by 7 p.m.

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.

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.

Benefit rummage sale

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold a rummage sale to benefit Payson Helping Payson, St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank and Rim Country Literacy from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at 605 S. Beeline Highway.

Donations for the sale (no clothing or footwear) may be dropped off at that location on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, or call (928) 474-3834 for drop-off or pick-up.


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