Around Rim Country

PHS drama presents ‘The Educated Princess’



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Thomas Kemper, Elaine Richardson and David Higginbothom are among the Payson letter carriers who will be collecting food donations Saturday, May 9 for the St. Vincent de Paul Rim County Food Bank. Postal patrons are asked to donate good, nonperishable food items at their mailboxes on Saturday, or take them to the Post Office lobby. All food stays and benefits local residents. Because of the current economic conditions, the food bank needs donations more than ever. Since last year, there has been an increase of 25 percent in the number of people being helped by the food bank. Volunteers will help carriers pick up donations. Volunteer vehicles will be specially marked.

Longhorn Theatre (Payson High School Drama Department) will present “The Educated Princess,” by Mila Johnssen.

This classic tale about a princess who wants to learn, is based on the story of Princess Ida. Princess Arabella lives in a land in which women are not allowed to receive an education, nor are they encouraged to read or even to think for themselves. Arabella rebels and locks herself in the tower until King Albert agrees to send her teachers.

Performances in the high school Studio Theatre will be at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 and $4.

Beer & Brats, Wine & Cheese event tonight

The Annual Beer & Brats/Wine & Cheese event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the Rim Country Museum. Northern Gila County Historical Society invites Rim County residents and visitors to a fun-filled evening of tasting brats and beers, cheeses and wines. Tickets are $15 at the door, and include 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 and the 1943 fire truck.

Community Flea Market

The Community Presbyterian Church offers a fun-filled event each month, May through September, on the second Saturday in the church parking lot.

The Community Flea Market opens at 7 a.m. and closes promptly at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Originally designed to help raise funds for our Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need throughout the Rim Country area, members of the church felt it was time to begin helping those we serve make a few dollars on whatever they may be able to sell.

The Child Learning Center staff has graciously offered to provide the food service for the day’s event and will serve a Sausage and Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will also offer a sales area featuring children’s clothing, toys and much more. All proceeds from their sales will go to their program for children’s activities.

A wide variety of vendors offering everything from “As Seen on TV” items to crafts and electronics will be available for your shopping pleasure. The church is at 800 W. Main St. at the corner of Main and Oak Streets and there’s plenty of parking.

Mother’s Day Walk for Good Health

Women of all ages are invited to come to Green Valley Park at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 9 to participate in the free Mother’s Day Walk for Good Health presented by The Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network, Payson Regional Medical Center Healthy Woman program, Payson Athletic Club and Fred (Carpenter) the DJ.

The day opens with Zumba Dance, a copyrighted dance program to warm everyone up with Latin music, followed by a one-mile walk around Green Valley Park. Meet at the large pavilion on the north side of the park. The first 100 participants will receive a pedometer.

Brush drop-off sites

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:

On Saturday, May 9, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; it is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, May 10, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; it 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.

Wildlife Fair May 9

The 15th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Green Valley Park. Admission to the public is free. Live animals on display will include owls, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, small mammals and alligators. Fair visitors can also test their skills at a casting booth or the pellet gun and archery ranges, and they can visit booths from a variety of conservation groups.

Green Valley Lake will get more than double its normal stocking of trout in preparation for this event. No fishing license is required for fair attendees, and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.

The Wildlife Fair is a cooperative effort between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, USDA Forest Service, Mogollon Sporting Association and Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Green Valley Park is at 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Charity Ride for troops

The Payson American Legion Riders Annual Charity Ride to benefit Payson Supply Line Troop Support will be held Saturday, May 9. The ride begins at Payson American Legion Post 69 on Highway 260, 3/4 mile east of Highway 87. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The run will end at the American Legion Post about 2 p.m. 

The fee is $10 per person. Run shirts and food will be available. Many great prizes donated by local businesses will be offered to participants.

This year, stops will include antique and art galleries, as well as restaurants and taverns.

For further information, call Post 69 at (928) 474-6969.

See ‘InkHeart’ and help humane society

The Sawmill Theatres will host a special presentation of the movie “InkHeart” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9. Tickets are just $2, and all box office proceeds will go to the humane society.

There will also be a “puppy booth” out front with on-site adoptions.

Free metal day May 9 at Buckhead Mesa Landfill

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.

Community Vegetarian Luncheon Saturday

The public is invited to a Community Vegetarian Luncheon at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at The Meeting Place, located at the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87, at the south end of town.

Letting people know that “healthy food can be delicious” is the purpose of our monthly luncheons. There is no cost and all are invited, but it is important to RSVP to Shirley at (928) 595-1528 as soon as possible so that the hosts can be sure of having enough food. Regular attendees need to RSVP, also.

Create your own herbal medicine cabinet

Create your own herbal home medicine cabinet and first aid kit with a variety of health enhancing herbs and natural products. Learn how to effectively use these natural remedies, as well as techniques, for a variety of health problems and minor emergencies.

A free seminar will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

You may also check the entire summer and fall semester schedules, as well as register online, at


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