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Lions plan pancake breakfast Saturday

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Would you like a beautiful piece of handcrafted furniture on which to display your prized fishing poles? This display stand was built by the advanced wood working students of Richard Alvarez at Payson High School for the special events at the Optimist Fishing Festival, which will start at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 28 at Green Valley Park. This is just one of the many items the community’s businesses and residents have donated for the silent auction and other festivities planned. The display case can be seen at National Bank for closer inspection.

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.

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.

Optimist Fishing Festival Saturday

Bring your family to the 3rd Annual Rim Country Optimist Club’s Fishing Festival this Saturday at Green Valley Park. The fun takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a free event offered in conjunction with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. A fishing license is not required for registered participants during the festival and registration tables will be available on-site at the event. Rods will be available on loan for the day, and a limited amount of free bait will also be provided.

Activities will include a raffle for many fantastic prizes, live music from KRIM, free hats for the first 300 children that register, and delicious food for sale from breakfast through lunch by the Optimist Club.

Please call Mary McMullen at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for more information at (928) 474-5242, ext. x 358.

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. Immunizations are free to those 18 and younger.

Adult spelling bee

The Rim Country Literacy Program is hosting its fifth annual Adult Spelling Bee Challenge at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 28 in the parish hall at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St.

Folk music concert

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.

Senior Thrift Store sale

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will have a bag sale from March 30 to April 4. Shoppers can fill standard size grocery bags, which will be provided, with men and women’s clothes for $1 a bag. Besides remaining winter merchandise, some spring and summer clothing also will be included. Children’s and boutique items are not included.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

Payson Senior Center

The Payson Senior Center will be open for regular business on Monday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon, advance reservations are required.

They are planning a grand re-opening on Wednesday, April 15. Announcements will be forthcoming.

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.

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.

Gardening in containers

The Rim Area Gardeners will present a program on container gardening at the Majestic Rim Retirement Community at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 1.

First Friday fun

Join the fun on Payson’s Historic Main Street the first Friday of every month. Merchants up and down Main Street stay open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The next celebration is April 3 and the theme is “Spring Fling.” There will be food, music, classic cars and lots of ambiance at this monthly Arizona Main Street Award Winning Event.

Payson’s Historic District is located just west of the Beeline (Highway 87) on Main Street.

First Friday, Easter Fest at Womans Club

The Payson Womans Club will take part in First Friday on April 3 and then hold its Annual Easter Fest on Saturday, April 4 at the clubhouse located at 510 W. Main Street.

The Easter Fest is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a big basket of eggs filled with candy and prizes for children and more. Area crafters are invited to rent booths for $25 for either day and $35 for both days.

For more information, call Lois at (928) 474-3028, or Jayne at (928) 474-0380.

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