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Hospital gift shop has Spring Sale this week



Photo courtesy of We Make History

While there never was a Civil War battle in Payson, many of the early settlers in the community had either direct experience in the War Between the States or had relatives who participated on one side or the other. The opportunity to learn from a re-enactment gives a special perspective.

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.

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.

Senior Thrift Store sale

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will have a bag sale now through 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.

Senior Center reopens

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

A grand re-opening is planned for Wednesday, April 15. Announcements will be forthcoming.

Kiwanis Dinner and Auction is Saturday

The Kiwanis Annual Dinner and Auction is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 4 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Exhibition Hall.

There will be a prime rib dinner, silent and live auctions and more. All proceeds go the Kiwanis scholarship funds for Rim Country Students.

Tickets are $60 per person, $30 is deductible. Tables of eight are $450. For additional information, contact Bobby Davis at (928) 474-5251, ext. 105.

Supervisors, development offices relocating

The Payson offices of the Gila County Board of Supervisors and Community Development, currently located at 714 S. Beeline Highway, will be closed Friday, April 3 for a move to their new location at 610 E. Highway 260. They will be open again for the public Monday, April 6.

Services provided in these offices include: Board of Supervisors, Payson Gila County Administration, Information Technology, Personnel, Engineering, Wastewater, Building Safety, Planning and Zoning, Floodplain and Code Enforcement.

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.

JRE tour and breakfast

Julia Randall Elementary School will have a breakfast and tour of its new building Saturday, April 4. Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with tours continuing until 11 a.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The breakfast menu includes regular or blueberry pancakes, sausage and syrup with coffee or milk. Tickets can be purchased in advance and will also be available at the door. Call (928) 474-2353 for more information.

Julia Randall Elementary School is at 902 W. Main St.

Yard sale donations wanted

Donations are being accepted by the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society for their annual Yard Sale, to be held April 24 and 25. The society is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, therefore all donations are tax deductible. 

Please drop off your donations at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita, during regular business days and hours. The library is open Thursday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Marriage seminar scheduled April 4-5

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.

Blood drives

Blood drives in the Payson area are planned for April:

• Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road. Contact Rick Skoglund at (928) 970-1169 to make an appointment, visit www.United or call United Blood Services at (877) 448-4483.

• Friday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Walmart parking lot, 300 N. Beeline Highway. Contact Colleen Pointer to make an appointment, (928) 474-0029.

• Monday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kiwanis Club of Tonto Basin Kiwanis Community Room, 227 Old Hwy. 188, Tonto Basin. Contact Mary Loges to make an appointment, (928) 479-2795.

Golfers wanted for charity tournament

Time is growing short for registration in the New Hope Equine Rescue’s charity golf tournament.

New Hope Equine Rescue invites all golf enthusiasts to participate in the Fore the Animals golf tournament at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Sunday, April 5.

This shotgun start, scramble format tournament will include a chipping/putting range, silent auction, prizes and a banquet dinner. Proceeds will go to benefit New Hope Equine Rescue of Star Valley, Ariz. and Healing Hearts Animal Rescue of Willcox, Ariz.

Call (928) 468-1514 for registration forms. For more information and an online registration form, visit the Web site:

Veterinary tech exam preparation

A study session to prepare for the veterinary technician certification exam meets in room 404 of Gila Community College from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening. This is an opportunity to prepare to take the veterinary technician certification exam before it’s too late.

After June 2010, you will not be allowed to take the exam until you have finished an AVMA accredited program. Call (928) 474-3472 for information.

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.

There are two new awards this year.  The Business Excellence Award will be presented to a business person operating a business in Payson. Outstanding Service Award will be given to a business that is a member of the Chamber.

Some of the selection criteria include contributions to the economic vitality of the Rim Country regional area, community impact and involvement, innovation and customer service. Deadline for nominations is 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:,, or

The 2009 Rim Country Business Awards will take place  a noon, Thursday, June 4 at the Chaparral Pines Golf Course Clubhouse. Lunch will be served and winners will be announced for five awards. 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

Rodeo committee wants scholarship applications

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee’s scholarship applications are available for all Payson School District high school seniors at the Payson High School guidance office.

For students not attending Payson High School, applications may be obtained from PHS or by calling John Landino at (928) 468-6684 for information.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 10. Scholarships are available for higher education or for vocational training. Scholarship winners will be informed during the month of May.

Roosevelt Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday

The Roosevelt community will host the 18th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Grapevine Campgrounds in the Heron Loop Saturday, April 4.  The event will start at 10 a.m. with an Easter Parade led by the Easter Bunny and Smokey the Bear.

Young and old alike are invited to decorate a bonnet or cap and be in the Easter Parade. Prizes will be awarded to the best of show. Children are asked to decorate an egg and enter it in the egg decorating contest.

Activities include face painting, games, piñatas, coloring contest, children’s ID program, pictures with the Ester Bunny and Smokey the Bear. The Tonto Basin Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, Forest Service and other government agencies will have vehicles for the children to inspect.

Children will be divided into four age groups: toddlers 3 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 12 years. Each hunt will be held at different times so parents can watch all their children hunt eggs and take pictures.  There will be 2,500 plastic eggs and prize eggs filled.

At the end of the Easter Egg Hunt, grand prize drawings will be held for six bikes, four large Easter baskets and all unclaimed prizes.  Children must be present to win. All activities are free.

Please call Brand Orozco at (928) 467-2258, Linda Warichak at (928) 467-2215, or Lon and Jeannine Thiele at (928) 467-2260 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.

Driver Safety Class Set

AARP will hold a driver safety class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This is an eight-hour classroom refresher for motorists ages 50 and older. AARP members cost for tuition and materials is $12, however for the discounted rate participants must have their current AARP membership card and drivers license with them. All other participants must pay $14, only cash will be accepted.

Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount upon completion of the course.  Enrollment is limited so call Dave Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register or for more information.


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