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Blood drives planned in Rim Country this week



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Shea Shields learned about fly-tying and fly fishing from Payson Flycaster member Gary Altman at the May 9 Wildlife Fair. Youngsters in grades 1-4 will get a chance to learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from professional bass fisherman Mark Kile from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 3 at Green Valley Lake. The class meets at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. All fishing equipment and bait for the class is provided. Space is limited, so register early. The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 2 and the cost is $5 per child. Prospective participants can register online at or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

There will be two Payson area blood drives in May.

Tuesday, May 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. residents of the Pine Strawberry community are invited to come to the gym at the First Baptist Church, 4039 Hwy. 87, Pine and donate blood. Contact Sheri Earp at (928) 476-3655 or go to for additional information or make an appointment.

Thursday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., go to the Payson High School auditorium lobby, 301 S. McLane Road, to make a donation. For information or to make an appointment, call Shelly Camp at (928) 474-2233, or go to

During May, all donors receive a coupon for a pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Women’s Health Week at Senior Circle

A Mother’s Day themed tea will be held as part of Women’s Health Week at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

The tea is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 13. The cost is $3 per person with tea, tea sandwiches, cookies, scones, and much more. Speakers include Sharon Bowes of Chakra Botanika on the Benefit of Herbal Teas, and Merle Shewey of Home Depot on Growing Herbs.

Those attending should bring their favorite teacup for the “Most Unique Teacup” contest. There will be give-a-ways, raffles and more for participants. Make a reservation by calling (928) 472-9290.

Schools have half day

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, May 13.

Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional Club period. The RDMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

Children’s Outdoor Survival class set

The Payson Parks Department is presenting a Children’s Outdoor Survival Skills Class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 13.

Want your child to know what to do in the woods? There is still room for children in the fourth through sixth grade in a two-hour class on age-appropriate outdoor survival skills, including basic orienteering, leaving signs in the woods, outdoor clothing and planning ahead. The program will be at Ramada 1 in Rumsey Park, and the cost is $5 per child.

Participants can register online at, or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. For more information, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

Forum on childhood development, health

The First Things First Gila Regional Partnership Council is hosting a community forum in Young from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 13 at the Young Public School.

Hear ideas for improving early childhood development and health for children, birth through age 5, in Gila County. For more information, call Eva Cook at (928) 425-8172, or e-mail

Science meets Spirituality

Attend an evening of lively dialogue and open inquiry on “Life on the Edge: Where Science Meets Spirituality” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 13 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

The speakers are retired Stanford professor of physics Dr. William Tiller, featured in the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know?” and Tom Russell, author of “Super Wisdom: Seven Vital Secrets for a Rich and Purpose Filled Life.”

This presentation is free and sponsored by the SuperWisdom Foundation. For more information, please call (928) 474-1233.

Supervisor speaking May 14 at library

Tommie Martin, Gila County Supervisor District 1, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Citizens Awareness Committee. Her topic will be “Status of Gila County Issues Affecting Payson.”

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the Payson Public Library.

For more information, email

Learn about Reiki

The public is invited to come learn about the Reiki healing energy system, a practical hands-on tool for daily living stress, disease and more. The program is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14 at Red Elephant Bakery, 1101 S. Beeline Highway. For more information, call (928) 478-6908

‘China Today’ is topic

The Payson Institute of Learning’s Discussion and Lecture League will present the program “China Today” by Jeff Robbins at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 14 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Robbins is a former Associated Press photographer and recently returned from an extended visit to China.

A donation of $10 is being requested to benefit the Payson Institute of Learning. For more information, call (928) 472-3393.

Benefit rummage sale

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold a rummage sale to benefit Payson Helping Payson, St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank and Rim Country Literacy from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at 605 S. Beeline Highway.

Donations for the sale (no clothing or footwear) may be dropped off at that location on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, or call (928) 474-3834 for drop-off or pick-up.

Chamber events

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation will host the next Business Buzz meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 14 at the Downwind Hangar at the Payson Airport. The guest speakers will be representatives from the Payson Airport Authority. Lunch catered by Cardo’s will be served at a cost of $8 for chamber and PREDC members and $10 for others. Make a reservation with the chamber office, (928) 474-4515.

Later on May 14, the chamber’s May mixer will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for others. Proceeds will be donated to the Payson Humane Society. Make a reservation with the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Aero Fair is May 16

The Payson Regional Airport Authority will have the 2009 Payson Aero Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 16 at the Payson Airport.

The day opens with a hearty breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Payson Pilots Association is serving pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. For adults the cost is $7, for those under 10, it is $4.

View planes, take to the air, see classic cars and vintage tractors. Check out all the tasty treats, unique merchandise and information available from vendors, clubs and organizations.

Houston Loop hike

Parks and Recreation hiking instructors will have a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) group-led hike on the Houston Loop Trail starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 16. Participants will meet at the American Gulch South Trailhead, which is 2.6 miles west of Highway 87 on Main Street (Doll Baby Ranch Road).

This hike is approximately 3 miles roundtrip and is moderately difficult, with periodic steep grades. This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event.

There are no facilities at the trailhead, so plan ahead. Don’t forget your hiking boots and water. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or visit

Gardening for Kids

A free seminar on gardening for children of all ages will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 16 at Plant Fair Nursery, 3497 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley. Participants must be accompanied by an adult, and will learn how to plant seeds, how to transplant vegetables and flowers and how to care for garden plants. Participants will get to take home a tomato plant and a giant pumpkin seed in a peat pot to be planted at home.

Local teacher and gardener Eileen Lawson will present the seminar. Lawson has been a teacher and librarian for the last 14 years in Payson schools. A Payson resident for 40 years, she has successfully grown vegetables and flowers ever since she moved to the Rim Country. In the past, she has directed the Youth Conservation Corp and participated in reforestation and other projects that benefit the health of the forest. She has been the superintendent of floriculture at the Northern Gila County Fair for 25 years and consistently encourages children to exhibit their plants and vegetables. She is an active member of the High Country Garden Club.

Baseball skills program

A MLB Pitch, Hit and Run program is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 16 on the Kiwanis Field at Rumsey Park. Payson Parks is hosting the free skills challenge through Major League Baseball.

The event will take place on the Kiwanis East baseball field, located in South Rumsey Park. The program provides boys and girls, 7 to 14, the opportunity to showcase their skills. Participants must bring their own gloves; other equipment is provided. Winners will go to the Arizona Team Championships in June.

For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7; e-mail jharris@ci or visit the Web site

Pine ramada dedication

The new ramada at the Pine Community Center will be dedicated at ceremonies planned between 11 a.m. ant 2 p.m., Saturday, May 16. There will be several speakers, fire safety demonstrations, food and fun for the whole community.

One of the extra events planned for the day is the first Antique Tractor Show in downtown Pine. Organizers Dave Fohr (928) 476-3623, and Randy Ahrens (928) 476-4151, expect at least 30 to 50 tractors from all over Arizona to be on view from 8 a.m. until around 3 p.m. They’ll be lined up all along Highway 87. There will be many awards given for various categories and this is shaping up to be quite a show.

Children’s recreation registration underway

Register children going into the first through fifth grades today for the Payson Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Recreation Program.

The first session is June 1-18, the second session is June 29-July 16. The program is held from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Children will participate in inside and outside games, do arts and crafts, go on field trips, walk to the parks and have a snack, all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants. The cost is $75 per child and space is limited, so register today at the Parks and Recreation Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive or online at

Cooking class at library

The public is invited to sign up for the Capirotada Cooking Class and Book Discussion for Adults at the Payson Public Library. The programs will be presented Tuesday, May 19 as part of the OneBookAZ program. Multiple copies of the 2009 selection “Capirotada: a Nogales Memoir” are available for checkout.

There will be two cooking classes on Mexican dishes — one from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the other from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — taught by the library’s resident chef and director Terry Morris.

Stop by the library today to check out a copy of the book and sign up for the class. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

Relay for Life teams

Payson’s Relay for Life is now forming teams to participate in its annual all-night event, Friday, June 5 to Saturday, June 6 at the athletic field at Payson High School.

For more information, call Relay Chair Robin Holt at (928) 595-1968, or Team Chair DJ Craig at (928) 468-1482.

Arts, crafts in Pine

The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair will be at the Pine Community Center off Highway 87 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 23, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 24.

Come to the cool pines for lots of fun, food and over 80 booths of arts and crafts. An all-you-can eat pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Navajo Tacos will be served at the Senior Center.

Payson transportation meeting on May 28

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Citizens Awareness Committee, will host a meeting to present multiple transportation projects currently ongoing or in design phase at ADOT.

The tentative time of the meeting is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 28 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

The topics scheduled for the afternoon include a welcome and introduction from ADOT Resident Engineer Tom Goodman and Bill Williams, the Payson Transportation Study by the Phoenix ADOT team, SR 260 projects of Little Green Valley and Doubtful Canyon by Vicki Beaver, and Electric Fencing and Electromat Proposal by Tom Goodman; SR 87 projects of Airport Road roundabout by Mike Andazola, Payson to Pine by Richard Weeks, Payson to Pine fencing by Mindy Schaible, Pine to Rim pavement preservation by Steve Mishler, Landslide Phase II by Mike Andazola, Oxbow Hill by Akram Friekh, Jct. 188 pavement preservation by Steve Mishler.

Weather spotter training in Globe

The National Weather Service is offering free training from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 30. Participants will learn how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety.

These classes are free of charge and are open to anyone who has an interest in severe weather and/or public service.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to (928) 402-8805 or lasberry@co.gila The class will be at the Gila County Division of Emergency Management, 5515 S. Apache Ave., Suite 400, Globe.

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

Community swim meet planned May 30

Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in a special community swim meet to benefit the Payson Pikes youth swim team. The only requirement is that a contestant be able to swim 25 yards.

The event is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 30 at Taylor Pool. Participants choose three events in which to compete: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, individual medley, lifeguard races.

Registration is $5 per person before May 25, and $7 after May 25. Additionally there will be a silent auction and refreshments for sale.

For more information, contact Chris Giarrizzo, parent coordination, at (480) 861-7996, or e-mail or Coach Wendy Ward at (928) 468-0137. Register online at


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