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Treat your favorite lady to some terrific candy for Mother’s Day and help area charities. Members of the Soroptimists will be selling See’s Candy this weekend at both Bashas’ and Safeway.

April 28 Wednesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Hear about Proposition 100: 4 p.m., Payson High School auditorium

Impact of Proposition 100

The Arizona state legislature has already approved the education funding reductions that will take effect should Proposition 100 (the temporary 1-percent sales tax increase) fail.

The public is encouraged to attend a presentation that will provide information on Prop 100 relative to Payson Schools at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 28 at the Payson High School auditorium.

Bat Night

Join retired AZGFD bat biologist, Nancy Rennison, for an evening of bat watching and listening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29 at Green Valley Lake. Learn about these mysterious fliers, how they navigate and capture their insect prey, and listen to their vocalizations.

This event is open to all ages. Fee is $5 for ages 12 and up, under 12 free. Register at the parks and recreation office, in Green Valley Park by April 28.

April 29 Thursday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Family fiesta: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Payson Public Library

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

•PUSD showcase for Gifted and Talented Students: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Rim Country Middle School gym

• PHS Drama presents M*ASH: 7 p.m., Studio Theatre

Family fiesta at library

The Payson Public Library will be celebrating Dia de los Niños, Children’s Day, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 29. The celebration will include a bilingual story time, piñatas for all ages and maybe even dancing. No sign-up is necessary.

PUSD Gifted and Talented student featured in showcase

Payson Unified School District’s gifted and talented program will showcase its students and their projects from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29 at the Rim Country Middle School gym.

PHS presents ‘M*ASH’

The Longhorn Theatre Company will present the school version of Tim Kelly’s M*ASH, which he adapted from the original novel by Richard Hooker.

M*ASH will play two weekends in the Studio Theatre. It opens Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and plays the following two Fridays, April 30 and May 7, at 4 p.m. in the afternoon as well as the following two Saturdays, May 1 and May 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets, at the door, are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students through 12th grade. Students can get a dollar discount if they wear purple and gold. Thespian cardholders are free. Longhorn Theatre would like to encourage the audience to wear Army green to show support for the armed services.

April 30 Friday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• Book signing: 1 p.m., Gordon Hunsaker will be at the Payson Public Library

• Spring Fling Carnival: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Julia Randall Elementary

Book signing

Author Gordon A. Hunsaker, formerly of Star Valley, will sign copies of his book Gunfights & Gunfighters at the Payson Public Library at 1 p.m., Friday, April 30. He will also be offering an interactive lecture.

The book is a semi-autobiographical memoir based upon his experiences as a native of Phoenix and a police officer and detective in that city.”

Fishing benefit

The first Justice McNeely Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the folks at Hat Creek Electric will be May 1. Registration takes place between 1 and 5 p.m., Friday, April 30 at the Roosevelt Lake Cholla Boat Ramp. The fishing starts at daylight the following morning, Saturday, May 1 with weigh-in at 1 p.m.

Afterward, everyone is invited to the Rimside Grill in Pine where awards, prizes, and lots of fun will be served up.

The entry fee is $75 per boat and proceeds will be donated to the Justice McNeely Foundation. For more information, call Mike Greer at (928) 476-4575.

Spring Fling Carnival

A carnival will be held at Julia Randall Elementary from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 30.

The JRE PTO invites the community to this fun family event. There will be great food such as Scoops Ice Cream, Gerardo’s mini pizzas, cotton candy and snow cones. Fun events including sand candy, stuffed pet adoption, a bake walk, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo and lots of games. There will also be a silent auction for gift baskets and a book fair.

Tickets for games and food are 4 for $1. Admission is free.  

May 1 Saturday

• Lions Pancakes: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson

• ‘Spa’ day for caregivers: 9 a.m. to noon, Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline, Payson, free

• Aero Fair helicopter project: 9 a.m. to noon, Home Depot

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• See’s Candy: Soroptimists will sell at Bashas’ and Safeway, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdaay and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• May Day Celebration: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• May Day Chili Cook-off: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Christopher Creek Creekside Steakhouse

Lions Pancake Breakfast

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation will host a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1 at Crossroads Church, 114 E Cedar Lane. Proceeds will go to the Payson Lions Charitable Foundation to continue providing eye exams, glasses and hearing aids to the residents of Payson.

This is the first of Payson Lions’ Pancake Breakfasts to be held the first Saturday of the month through September.

Adult tickets are $5 and children eat for $3 a plate.

‘Spa’ day for caregivers

All area caregivers are invited to a free “Spa” treatment from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 1 at the Senior Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The Arizona Children’s Association program will help caregivers learn to practice self-care to maintain their health and happiness.

Vanessa Chamberlain will make a presentation on ideas and activities to assist in improving caregiver well-being from the Cultural Wellness & Family Enrichment Center, Phoenix.

Licensed massage therapist Lori Vario of Payson will also participate, providing chair neck massages for attending caregivers and a free therapeutic massage as the day’s drawing prize.

Those who need them can get three credit hours for attending the program.

To learn more, call (928) 232-7149 or (928) 951-0411.

Payson Aero Fair and Home Depot host workshop for kids

Home Depot has joined the Payson Aero Fair in sponsoring a special workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 1 at The Home Depot in Payson. Participants will build a model helicopter, then they may take it to the Payson Aero Fair at the Payson Airport, 800 W. Airport Road, on May 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for display and a gift. Sign up at Home Depot before May 1.

See’s Candy available

See’s Candy will be available for Mother’s Day from the area’s Soroptimist members. Purchases can be made at Bashas’ and Safeway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 1 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 2.  For the last minute shoppers, See’s will also be available on First Friday, May 7 on Main Street.

Call Tambra for more information, (928) 978-2356.

All proceeds benefit local charities.

Pine will host May Day Celebration

Pine will have a May Day Celebration May 1 at the Community Center ramada. The theme is all about gardening and there will be plants and loads of information available, plus food, music and games. There will even be a traditional May Pole dance. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.

May Day Chili Cook-off

The Christopher Creek Visitor’s Association is having their first May Day Chili Cook-off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 1 at Creekside Steakhouse, Christopher Creek. The entry fee is $20 for fire, police and forest service personnel and $30 for others. Prizes include four nights or a catered party for 30. Taste the chilis for $3. All proceeds go to the Christopher Creek Visitors Association. Reservations are required for cook-off contestants. Call (928) 478-4389 for details.

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