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’Neath the Rim art studio tour May 1-3



Gerry Reynolds

A fantastic jazz pianist, Jacob Koller, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. A trio will consist of piano, drums and a surprise guest on bass. Koller is a straight-up genius who’s been playing classical music since the age of four. Before entering high school, he had won more than 10 classical piano competitions. At the same time, he studied jazz, which led to his first professional job at the age of 14. A $5 donation is requested at the door. For information about Payson area jazz, contact Gerry Reynolds at (602) 619-3355, or at

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. A printed guide includes artist information and a map featuring participating studios. Pick up your free guide at the chamber of commerce or at the Payson Roundup.

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.

Plant sale Saturday

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.

Brush drop-offs open

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, May 2, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, May 3, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted. RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

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.

Star Valley Spring Fling

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.

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

New animal shelter breaks ground May 2

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.

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.

Children’s theater group performs May 2

The Payson Children’s Theater Group will be performing The Heavenly Fruit Stand at 11 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.

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.

Driver Safety Class set

AARP will hold a driver safety class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. This is a four-hour class new in Arizona (instead of the eight hour class) for motorists age 50 and older.

AARP membership 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 automobile insurance discount upon completion of this course. Enrollment is limited, so call Dave Lloyd at (928) 476-0441 to register or for more information.

Community Farmers Market meeting set

Rim Country residents interested in having a farmers market this summer are invited to a meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 6 at Plant Fair Nursery, 3497 E. Hwy. 260 in Star Valley. The plan for the meeting is to discuss growing and selling food with the goal of building a strong, local food supply chain for our community.

Anyone growing vegetables, flowers or fruits; those with baked goods or meats from a commercial kitchen; musicians who want their music heard, are encouraged to attend the meeting.

For more information and to RSVP, contact John at (928) 472-2249, or Lorian at (928) 468-0961. If you can’t make the meeting but still want to be involved, call us with your contact information so we can include you.

National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer will be observed May 7 with six Christ-centered events in Rim Country.  Each event will have a theme of “Prayer ... America’s Hope,” from Psalms 33:22.

Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar, and Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho, will each be having a time of special prayer from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., along with a light continental breakfast.

At Mountain Bible, Mike Latsko, who has worked in Central Asia, will also be speaking about the National Day of Prayer. Pine will be having two special observances, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Pine Elementary School flagpole, and from 11 a.m. until noon at the Pine Community Center Ramada.

Payson’s Rumsey Park Ramada 5 will be the site of another event, with a patriotic emphasis, from noon until 1 p.m., and will include music led by Payson Community Christian School.

The evening opportunity to observe the National Day of Prayer will begin at 7 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, where town leadership will be a special prayer emphasis.

Everyone is invited to these times of prayer, which are sponsored by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship. If you cannot attend, you are encouraged to pray on your own during this special day. For additional information visit or call (928) 472-8178.

Scrapbook gallery show

The first class of graduates from Gila Community College’s Beginning Scrapbooking class invites the public to a gallery style event.

Class members will be displaying their scrapbooks at Fireside Espresso in the Swiss Village from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 7. Teacher Brenda Martell is excited to present these amazing pieces of art that represent so many family legacies. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy these beginners’ successes.

Summer sessions of Beginning Scrapbooking are registering now at the college, and Martell will also be offering an advanced and beginner class in the fall.

Luminaria decorating

Hospice Compassus, formerly RTA Hospice, invites the public to a special memorial event Thursday, May 7. This gathering is a wonderful way to remember a loving friend, relative or to honor someone special who has touched your life.

The event will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Hospice Compassus, 511 S. Mud Springs Road in the conference room. There will be light refreshments and door prizes.

The purpose is to help Hospice decorate luminaria bags that will be used at the June 5-6 Relay for Life. There is a suggested donation of $10 for each bag to help support the American Cancer Society, but any donation is welcome. Hospice will supply items to decorate the bags and invite participants to bring a picture of the loved one to be memorialized to place on the bag or to be posted on a collage in the Hospice Compassus booth at the Relay for Life Event. Those unable to attend our event in May are welcome to mail in a picture and/or note, send a donation in memory of the loved one and Hospice will decorate the bag(s). Please make all donations payable to American Cancer Society and mail to or drop off at Hospice Compassus, 511 S. Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ 85541.

The Hospice Compassus colleagues have formed a team to participate in this year’s Relay for Life Event. The Relay for Life involves teams and individuals walking over a period of 12 hours at night to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The track at Payson High School will be lined with the decorated luminaria bags. For more information, contact Jean Ramsey at Hospice Compassus at (928) 472-6340.

Mail carriers food drive

Payson mail carriers and post office staff are asking patrons to contribute to their annual nonperishable food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Rim Country Food Bank on Saturday, May 9.

Patrons with street delivery are asked to leave boxes with their contributions at the stations where they receive they their mail — specially designated vehicles will be making the collections. Patrons who get their mail at the post office can make contributions at the facility — a large collection box is in the lobby.

Generous participation by the community is needed more than ever this year.

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.

ance 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.

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. 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.

Beer, brats, wine and cheese for museums

The Annual Beer & Brats/Wine & Cheese event is May 8 at the Rim Country Museum.

Northern Gila County Historical Society invites Rim County residents and visitors to join its members in a fun-filled evening of tasting brats from Charlie’s Meats, plus a variety of beers, cheeses and wines. The ticket price of $15 per person includes access to the entire museum, and participation in a silent auction.

All revenue from the event supports the Northern Gila County Historical Society and the facilities it operates, including the Zane Grey Cabin, Rim Country Museum, the 1907 ranger station, the 1943 fire truck and the museum archives.

Community Flea Market

Community Presbyterian Church’s first 2009 Community Flea Market is Saturday, May 9. 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.

Free metal day at dump

Buckhead Mesa Landfill will have a free metal day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 9. Anything made of metal (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.) may be disposed of free of charge.

No trash of any kind can be mixed with the metal load. It will be necessary to weigh in and out, so remember, no trash. For more information, call (928) 476-3350.


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