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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner tonight

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Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is opening a mission church in Tonto Basin. The mission church will use the building belonging to the Punkin Center Baptist Church at 441 McLellan Drive. The culmination of the effort to start the Tonto Basin Lutheran Church will start with an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Services will start Saturday, March 28 and will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church will host its 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 17.

The church is at 507 W. Wade Lane, and the cost of the dinner is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, glazed carrots, parsley potatoes, Jell-O salad, rolls, dessert and beverages.

Tickets are available at the door and take-out is offered.

For additional details, call (928) 474-5440 or (928) 468-8371.

Groundbreaking ceremony planned

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity announces the Ground-breaking Ceremony and Community Briefing for Phase II of Longhorn Village, Saturday, March 21.

The event will begin with a presentation of the families, a review of Habitat for Humanity’s international, national and Payson-area work, key individuals and volunteer leaders involved in the project, plus light refreshments at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary.

At 3:30 p.m. the formal dedication ceremony will begin at Longhorn Village. Guests may provide a blessing and best wishes by writing them on a construction wall for each of the five homes under construction. Family members will be present as their prospective new homes are dedicated.

For more information, call Cris Royer, executive director, (928) 951-0330, or Ric Hinkie, chair of the Family Partnership Committee, (928) 848-4501.

GED testing

Dr. Linda O’Dell, Gila County Superintendent of Schools, announces the following GED testing dates in Payson: March 21, April 18, and May 16.

Seating is limited. The cost for the complete test is $65; retakes are $10 per test. Those taking the test must be pre-registered at the County School Superintendent’s Office, 719 S. Beeline Highway in Payson. Office hours are 8 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday, other times by appointment.

For more information, call (928) 472-5373.

Teen dance Saturday

A “Spring Fling Teen Dance” for young adults, 13-18 years old, will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 21 at the American Legion Hall on East Highway 260. Admission is $4 per person or $6 per couple. All money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society to help fund cancer research and support local cancer programs.

DJ Craig will be spinning the latest Hip Hop, Rock, Country and Latin hits. Snacks will be available, along with lots and lots of great give-away prizes.

Call Linda Sprague at (928) 472-4675 or (928) 978-2194 for more information.

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.

Young Authors group

The Payson Public Library is looking for young authors, journalists and poets who enjoy creative writing. The Young Authors Group begins March 21 with the objective of encouraging young writers to create and share stories.

The Library Mouse program for first- through fifth-grade age levels meets from 11 a.m. to noon. The Teen Ink program for middle school grade levels meets from noon to 1 p.m.

Sign up at the library or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

Business Buzz

The next Business Buzz meeting is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19 at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors office in Mario’s Borgata, north of Tiny’s Family Restaurant.

The speakers will be Julie Ruttle and Maria Cohen, along with others, who will discuss “The Truth about Financing Home Loans from A to Z.”

The cost of the luncheon, catered by Fargo’s Steakhouse, is $10 for members of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, and $12 for nonmembers. To reserve a spot, call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Z-Coil shoes available

New Z-Coil shoes will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Styles include sneakers, boots, clogs, and much more.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Business Showcase

The mixer for the annual Rim Country Country Business Showcase will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 20 at Majestic Mountain Inn. Call (928) 474-4515 for details.

The annual Business Showcase, “Team Up to Succeed,” is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 21 at the old gym at Payson High School. Call the above number for additional information.

Free family fossil hunt

Register your family today for the first Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Family Fossil Hunt to be held Saturday, March 21.

Parks staff and volunteers will guide participants on a fossil hunt just 20 minutes from Payson. Handouts and education will be provided.

Hunters meet at 9 a.m. at the Rim Country Mall parking lot south of Sears and will carpool or caravan with the group, utilizing their own vehicles. Don’t forget water and snacks.

Register today at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr.

Blood drives

Blood drives will be held in Payson from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 23 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, contact Dave Lyons at (928) 970-1117 for details; and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 at Frontier Elementary, 1000 Frontier St., contact Ginny Ennen at (928) 468-2666 for details.

Those interested in donating can also make an appointment online at www.bloodhero.com.

Health care challenges is talk topic

The Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will have a Lunch and Learn program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at the Senior Circle. The topic will be Health Care Challenges, Part 1.

Reservations are required. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.

Public input meeting

The public is invited to attend a special meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 at the Town Hall Council Chambers. The town is seeking public input regarding ideas for the Corporate Strategic Plan and the Payson Goal Plan.

The meeting was originally scheduled for March 17.

Lymphedema workshop

There will be a free educational workshop on lymphedema from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 at Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Dr.

Make a reservation by calling (928) 474-6896.

Free Weather Spotter training offered

The National Weather Service is offering free training classes to teach people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomenon and contribute to public safety.

The class will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 at the Gila County Division of Emergency Management, 5515 S. Apache Ave., Suite 400, Globe.

There is limited seating, so registration is required. Contact Leana Asberry at (928) 402-8805 or lasberry@co.gila.az.us.

Health screening at Senior Center

The Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., will host Life Line Screening on Thursday, March 26.

There will be screening tests for stroke and osteoporosis. Appointments are required, call 800-697-9721 or go online to www.lifelinescreening.com. There is a fee.

The program is sponsored by the Gila County Division of Emergency Management and Public Health Preparedness.

Arts and Crafts sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Arts and Crafts Auxiliary will be holding its annual Spring Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Many lovely, handcrafted items including a beautiful selection of baby blankets, decorative floral lights, jewelry, denim purses and aprons, steering steel covers and much more will be on sale.

All proceeds benefit the many programs, scholarships, and grants offered to the Rim Community by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Storyteller at Pine library

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine will host storyteller Alice Natale at 2 p.m., Friday, March 27.

Natale is affiliated with East Valley Story Tellers, Payson Library and currently is the Rim Country Literacy group’s president. All children and adults are invited to hear her share her favorite stories. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact the library at (928) 476-3678.

Pine’s library hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Pancake breakfast to help Kids and Lions

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation in conjunction with Payson Community Kids will host a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade. Proceeds will go to Payson Community Kids to support the after-school programs for all children, provide food and clothing, school supplies and job skill training for teens, and to the Payson Lions Charitable Foundation to continue to provide eye exams and glasses to the residents of Payson.

Tickets can be purchased at Payson Community Kids, 300 W. Wade Lane; Dan Good Flooring, 810 N. Beeline Highway; Vita Mart, 512 S. Beeline Highway; Oasis Book Store, 512 S. Beeline Highway, and Chase Bank or from members of the Lions Club.

Adult tickets are $5 if purchased in advance or $6 at the door, and $3 for children.

Women’s Spring Conference March 28

Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, is hosting its annual Women’s Spring Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28.

The theme is “Spur one another on to …” The keynote speaker is Margie Williams and there will be 10 workshops in which to participate. The fee is $20, which includes a continental breakfast and box lunch.

For more information, contact Jeri Chilson at (928) 474-2880.

Immunization clinics

The Gila County Health Department will have a special immunization clinic — “Shoot and Scoot” — from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 28 at the Health Department located at 5515 S. Apache Avenue, Globe.

This clinic is designed so working parents can get their children the important immunizations they need. Immunizations are free to those 18 and younger.

Teams of four wanted for adult spelling bee

The Rim Country Literacy Program is hosting its fifth annual Adult Spelling Bee Challenge Saturday, March 28. Register your team of four at 809 W. Longhorn, C14, call (928) 468-7257 or go online to rclp@wydebeam.com.

Folk music concert coming March 28

A folk music concert to benefit the Payson High School Drama Club will be presented by The Fabulous Limeliters at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Payson High School auditorium.

This premier folk music group will offer a fun-filled concert of family-friendly music. Tickets are $25, with 50 percent of all profits going to the PHS Drama Club.

Get tickets from the chamber, (928) 474-4515, KRIM radio, 500 E. Tyler Parkway, or call 800-838-3006.

1989 graduates wanted

The Payson High School Class of 1989 will have its 20-year reunion June 19-20, 2009. The organizing committee is looking for all graduates from 1989. Please contact Stacy (Galusha) Larson at stacylarson@wwt.net or on Facebook.

Latex paint dump day

The Buckhead Mesa landfill will coordinate a latex paint exchange day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28.

Residents are encouraged to bring in leftover latex paint to the Gila County Landfill at Buckhead Mesa, north of Payson, for disposal or recycling. All unusable paint will be properly disposed of and the good paint will be bulked and distributed.

Please read paint cans carefully, only latex paint will be accepted at this event.

To dispose of other painting supplies: pop the lid open and let oil paints and varnishes dry to a hard substance — in solid form they may be disposed of in small quantities with your household trash. Adding kitty litter to the paint or varnish will speed the drying process.

As you collect your latex paint cans for recycling, remember to gather your newspapers to drop off in the roll-off bin located at the landfill for paper recycling. Acceptable items are newsprint, junk mail, catalogs, phone books and cardboard. Other local opportunities for recycling include taking your plastic shopping bags back to your store, putting them into the recycling containers located at the entry. All aluminum cans that are dropped off at the scale house are donated to the Payson Humane Society.

For more information, call the Gila County Landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Free concert March 29

Joe Falkner is performing a free concert at Ponderosa Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 29 to benefit the church’s annual Vacation Bible School Program. Falkner is an accomplished vocalist, and the program, featuring music of the faith, includes several genres of music and a collection of original compositions.

The concert will be held at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway. There is no charge for admission, but an offering will be taken.

Dutch Oven cooking

Learn how to cook main dishes, apple pie and fresh bread from award-winning Dutch Oven cooking instructors. Loaner ovens will be available. The program is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at Ramada 4 in Rumsey Park. The cost is $30 and the deadline to register is April 9. Participants must be at least 16.

Register at the Parks and Recreation Office, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or online at www.paysonparks.com. Class size is limited, so register today.

Fly-fishing classes

The Payson Flycasters will present a program on the art of fly-fishing in a two-class series on April 4 and April 11. Fly-fishing 101 on April 4 will cover classroom information on fly-fishing basics and history. Fly-fishing 102 on April 11 includes hands-on fishing techniques at Green Valley Lake.

The $10/person fee covers registration for both or just one class, and participants will register and pay the day of class at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358, or visit the Web site at www.paysonparks.com.

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