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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.

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.

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.

Come shop for bargains while helping your neighbors.

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.

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 www.paysonparks.com.

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 .payson.az.us or visit the Web site www.paysonparks.com.

Pine ramada dedication

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the people of Pine and Strawberry in fun and festivities to dedicate the community center’s new ramada. Starting around 8 a.m. view dozens of older model tractors during the first Annual Antique Tractor Show. The tractors will be available to view all along Highway 87 throughout the entire day. At 11 a.m. the Ramada Dedication Ceremony kicks off. Gila County District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin will be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a special “fire update” and safety demonstrations, plus information relating to fire-wise practices. There will also be food, music, and more — all free of charge. Considering the extremely dry spring and the two human-caused fires experienced recently, organizers are hoping that lots of folks come out and take advantage of this opportunity to learn ways to keep the Rim Country’s communities as safe as possible

Pine Library Friends

The Pine Library Friends would like to invite everyone to the grand opening of the Isabelle Hunt Historic Library Gift Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday May 16. There will be children’s story telling in the park at 12:30 and 1:30 pm, next to the Historic Library located next to the Randall House Restaurant.

Looking for great grads

Do you know a Payson High School or Payson Center for Success graduate from any year that is doing great things? Payson Schools wants to know about their accomplishments in order to feature them in an upcoming newspaper article. Call Susan Campbell at the school district office (928) 474-2070 for details.

Edward Jones presents long-term care program

G. Scott Flake, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Payson, is sponsoring the program “Long Term Care is a Family Affair” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, May 18 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. For more information, call (928) 468-1470.

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.

Wine tasting Sunday to help Humane Society

A wine tasting to benefit the Humane Society of Central Arizona building fund is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 17 at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, 512 N. Beeline Highway. The wines of the Great Northwest will be featured, along with wondrous hors d’oeuvres by Gerardo. Tickets are $20 at the door or may be purchased at the chamber, the shelter, Gerardo’s and The Beverage Place.

Children’s recreation registration underway

Register children going into the first through fifth grades for the Payson Parks and Rec 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 www.paysonparks.com.

PHS yearbook on sale

The Payson High School yearbook for 2009 is on sale for $60. Even if you have already purchased one, consider donating money so students who can’t afford one can also share in the memories.

The student yearbook staff has toiled all school year to create this year’s all-color book of memories, which is jam-packed with pictures from school events and of students. Get yours at the high school bookstore.

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