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Public can have say in town plan, goals



Photo courtesy of Rim Country Optimist Club

These little anglers had the thrill of catching fish at the 2008 Annual Optimist Kids’ Fishing Festival. Don’t miss out on the fun this year. The Fishing Festival is this weekend, Saturday, March 28 at Green Valley Park. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and there are special surprises for those who register early.

The public is invited to attend a special meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 at the Town Hall Council Chambers, 303 N. Beeline Highway. 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.

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

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 There is a fee.

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

Time Out Thrift Shop sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a sale March 26, 27 and 28. All regular clothing will be only $1 a bag and all Easter items will half off.

The store is at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (928) 474-3989.

Donations may be made from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during store hours.

All profits from the shop support Time Out, Inc., its domestic violence programs and services in our community.

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.

PHS Culinary Arts Chinese Buffet

The Payson High School Culinary Arts students will be having a Chinese Buffet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at the Rim Country Middle School Cafeteria.

Each year, these young people showcase their talents. They will be offering a variety of dishes from Orange Chicken to Sweet and Sour Pork to Fried Rice, all for $8 for one trip or $10 for two trips through the buffet line.

The PHS Culinary Arts students hope to take an educational trip with the proceeds of this dinner, and various catering events they have been doing all year. Attending the dinner will be a great way to show your support and in return we hope they will provide a quality workforce in our local restaurants.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, by contacting them via email to or by calling (928) 472-5750.

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.

Wildland Fire Safety training planned

There will be a Wildland Fire Safety Refresher Training program at 7 a.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Rumsey Park ramadas (by the Beery Complex). Check-in starts at 7 a.m., with the briefing beginning at 8:15 a.m. Participants must bring: packs, PPE, IRPG, and good attitude. Lunch will be provided.

There is no reason to bring apparatus; but please carpool if you are able. Please call with approximate head counts so we can prepare enough food for lunch.

For more information, call Toby Waugh at (928) 474-5242, ext. 330; or Rick Heron, (928) 474-3835, ext. 1005.

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 Lane.

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.

Family fun at Fishing Festival

Looking for a fun-filled day for the whole family?

The annual Optimists Kids’ Fishing Festival will take place Saturday, March 28 at Green Valley Parks.

Anyone, whether a tender 2 or a tottering 102 and everyone in between, can participate in this event, which starts at 8 a.m. A fishing license isn’t even needed — if you register for the event.

No fishing gear? No problem. There will be plenty of gear to borrow for the day. No bait? No problem. Extra bait will be available.

Kids registered for the event also receive a free hat.

The third Annual Optimist Kids’ Fishing Festival is a cooperative effort of the Rim Country Optimist Club, Payson Parks and Recreation Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Payson Community Christian School, John Wisner and KRIM radio station. Young and old are invited to cast a line and try to catch the biggest fish. KRIM will be taking free photos of kids and their catch.

Plan on visiting the Optimist Club’s food booth, which will offer reasonably priced family-style fare throughout the day.

A raffle and silent auction will take place during the day to help cover costs. Items may be donated up until the morning of the event. Volunteers are needed in various positions.

For further information about the event, raffle tickets or to get a list of the raffle and silent auction items, call Joan Young, Rim Country Optimist Club, (928) 472-2264. To learn more about the Optimists, check out the Web site at

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 offices in Payson, at the courthouse complex on West Frontier St., and at 5515 S. Apache Ave. in 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.

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

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

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. Tickets will be available at the door.

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.

For more information, call the 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.

La Boutique Spring Sale

The La Boutique Gift Shop will be holding a Spring Sale the week of March 30 through April 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital.

There will be lots of stuffed animals, handbags, many gifts for all ages, and Christmas and holiday items. 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.

Seminar scheduled

The Payson Church of Christ will host Dr. Dennis DeWayne Andrew, a marriage and family therapist and author, in a two-day seminar April 4 and April 5.

A program for church leaders and their spouses will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 4.

A program on the challenge of trust and commitment will be offered 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a question and answer session from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, April 4. Dr. Andrew will then have a Sunday morning class for adults, called “Forgive and Forget”; and offer both the Sunday morning and evening lessons.

The Payson Church of Christ is at 401 E. Tyler Parkway. For details, call (928) 951-0170.

Hunters’ education class set in April

The Arizona Game and Fish Department hunters’ education class will be held in Payson Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a four-hour field day beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 11.

For information and registration, contact Dave Daniels at (928) 474-3142 or at The class costs $5 and is limited to the first 20 persons to register.

Jewelry sale

A $6 jewelry sale is planned by the Mogollon Health Alliance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7 and 8. Rings, belts, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, bracelets, scarves, necklace/earring sets, sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more will be available at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby.

Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or online at

Spring Tea for Humane Society

The Red Elephant Bakery and Café 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 silent auction items and a raffle. Gather up your friends, neighbors and family and come and enjoy an afternoon of tea, cake and fun.

Children’s programs postponed at library

The Jr. Puppeteer Troup and the Young Authors Writing program at the Payson Public Library will be postponed until summer. Please contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 with any questions.

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.

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.

Head Start does not provide transportation, however Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center provides transportation to its facility after Head Start’s morning class. 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.

Calling all art and animal lovers

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., is hosting the second annual Silent Auction to benefit the Humane Society of Central Arizona, formerly known as the Payson Humane Society, on June 6, during the First Friday celebration on Main Street.

Donations of original art are being sought to complement other contributions. Prints, framed posters, collectibles and goods and services would also be welcomed. All will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the Humane Society.

The Humane Society relies on the generosity of the community to run its operation. This is an opportunity to assist. For more information, contact April Bower at (928) 978-5533, or leave a message with your phone number or e-mail address at Down the Street Art Gallery, (928) 468-6129.


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