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Two quilt shows will be presented at the Payson campus of Gila Community College this week. The Threadplayers show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2. The works of students in the GCC quilting classes will be presented in a show on campus at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 5.

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

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 include 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.  

PSFD driver training

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department is starting its mandatory, yearly driver’s training course.

All of the members of the department are required to do a designated course in each vehicle for documentation of hours and mileage in our employee records for insurance purposes. If residents see the same truck cruising through their neighborhood several times in one day, there is no need for alarm.

For more information, feel free to call the fire station at (928) 476-4272.

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., Saturday 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

• Threadplayers Quilt Show: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gila Community College Room 301

• 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.

Brush disposal

This coming weekend, 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 1, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, May 2, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

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.

‘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.

Quilt shows

Members of the Threadplayers quilting group will no longer follow the rules or patterns of traditional quilting with its crisp, clean lines; these artists let their imaginations and sewing machines do as they please — stitching outside the lines, members continually push the boundary of design.

Catch a glimpse at these fabric works of art at the “Archi-texture” Fiber Art this weekend. The art exhibit will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2 in room 301 at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

GCC will present another quilt show next week. Its 2nd Annual Wearable Art & Quilt Show opens at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 5.

The event showcases projects from the students of Marque Jacobs, Leslie Peacock and Dorothy Tatsch.

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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