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PRMC plans benefit softball for Relay



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All motorcycle riders are invited to a free Blessing of the Bikes, coffee and treats at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 30 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy Street, one block behind Ace Hardware and Bison Cove Condominiums. The event is social and includes a brief blessing in appreciation of our freedom to ride in God’s creation. After the blessing and time to see old friends and meet new ones, the group will ride up Highway 87 to Lake Mary Road for lunch at Mormon Lake Lodge.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Payson PRMC’s “Batting For a Cure Team” will hold a charity softball event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 31 at Payson Elementary School. A $1 donation per person is suggested, and children attending will get a free hot dog.

Concessions will be provided by PRMC’s Dietary Department. There will also be a raffle for Diamondbacks baseball paraphernalia and “In Honor of” Relay for Life Luminaries.

All proceeds will go toward the 2009 Payson Relay for Life, to be held from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., June 5 and 6. Bring your lawn chair and your cheers and heckles and have some fun. Call (928) 472-1275 for more information.

Week-long sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop is having a week-long Memorial Day celebration sale. Through May 30, everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off; some items will be more deeply discounted. Exceptions to the sale are the boutique, Western wear and jewelry items.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s) and will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during this sale. The donation gate hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All profits from the shop support Time Out, Inc., its domestic violence programs and services in the community.

The shop’s volunteers are happy to pick up furniture and large donations. Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule an appointment for pick-up.

Legion Thrift Store sale

The American Legion Thrift Store, downstairs at Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, is having a special May sale. All ties, purses and VHS tapes are a quarter. Books are $1 per bag. Any and all donations are appreciated.

Friends of Ferals sale

The Payson Friends of Ferals will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 30 at 408 E. Bonita St. To donate items or get directions, please contact Susan Campbell at (928) 978-2847, evenings and weekends.

All proceeds go to the highly successful TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program for feral cats in Rim Country.

Benefit Scrabble tourney

There will be a tournament-style Scrabble game at Fireside Espresso starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 6. The deadline to register is June 3.

Entry forms and rules are available at the Payson Library and Fireside Espresso.

Pick up you paperwork and gather a few sponsors. There is a minimum $30 fee to enter (but find lots of ‘sponsors’ to raise even more money for the library). There will be two winners, the person who raises the most money, and the person with the highest score. Prizes will include gift certificates from your favorite local businesses (each prize will total $100 worth of gift certificates).

To sweeten the pot, Fireside will donate a portion of their proceeds during the tournament to the library fund, so bring in all of your family and friends to cheer you on.

Community swim meet planned for 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. Registration is $7 per person. 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 paysonparks .com.

Shavuot celebration planned for May 30

The Rim Country Minyan will gather at a private home in Christopher Creek from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 30 to celebrate the Jewish festival Shavuot. Bring a favorite piece of inspirational writing to share with the group, a passage from a book or something you have written. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend.

For additional information, contact Naomi at (928) 468-2212 or e-mail her at

Safe Sitter class

Parents, would your babysitter know what to do if your child began to choke?

Injuries are a part of childhood, but many avoidable and unintentional deaths can be prevented.

Safe Sitter classes have helped more than 400,000 adolescents across the country learn basic lifesaving and safety techniques.

The Payson Fire Department is offering a Safe Sitter course for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. These classes will help young people become more confidant caregivers. As a parent, you will feel more secure having a Safe Sitter in your home.

Classes will be June 16 and June 17, and are limited in size. The cost is $20 per student.

Enroll your sitter or your own son or daughter now. Give the PFD a call at (928) 474-5242, ext. 300.

Kids’ fishing lessons

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.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 2 and the cost is $5 per child. Prospective participants can register online at or at the parks office. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

Almost New Thrift Shop $1 bag sale Monday

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts, etc. at the Almost New Thrift Shop. Anything you wear — except jewelry — that can fit into one of our bags, can be yours for just $1.

This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. This month it will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, June 1. There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come and help support the scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the thrift shop at (928) 468-5515.

Estate planning talk in Tonto Basin

Bill Backes and Payson Care Center will have an estate planning program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., June 3 at the Tonto Basin chamber building, Highway 188, Tonto Basin.

Register now for AARP Driver Safety Class

Sign up now for the AARP driver safety class to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 13 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This is a four-hour class for motorists age 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 automobile insurance discount upon completion of this class. Enrollment is limited, so call Diane Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register or more information.


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