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GARDENING AND LANDSCAPE COURSE

Gila County Community College and Gila County Cooperative Extension are offering AGR 230 “Gardening and Landscape” class in Young this spring.

This class also provides the training and opportunity to become a Gila County Master Gardener.

County Extension agent and instructor Chris Jones said, “Since teaching the class in Young for the first time in 2009, I’m excited about teaching again this spring. The Master Gardeners from Young are a valuable group of volunteers and leaders that conceived and executed the Young Cemetery Community Forest and Kiosk projects. I am proud of them and hope other residents of Pleasant Valley join this great bunch of people.”

Classes will be held at the Young Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., starting Jan. 19, 2011. The class includes many guest instructors from the University of Arizona and includes hands-on activities. The cost for the course is in accordance with standard tuition at Gila Community College. The text is $45. If you are 60 or older, ask about the senior waiver.

Register at any GCC campus in person, by phone at (800) 678-3808 ext. 8221, or through Gila Hank Online at www.gilaccc.org. Jan. 21 is the last day for late registration.

A Master Gardener receives certification after successfully completing the course, and conducting 50 hours of volunteer educational service. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Susan Bolt, (928) 474-4160. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For more information about the class, call Chris Jones at (928) 402-8586.

HUMAN RIGHTS AWARENESS MONTH

Join Payson Amnesty International as we celebrate and advocate for human rights. All events take place at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto. Call Penny at 474-2391 or e-mail paysonamnesty@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Human Rights Movie and Discussion: “Rabbit-Proof Fence” will be screened, followed by a discussion with special guest Sara Schmidt, regional field organizer for Amnesty International.

BUY A WREATH, HELP A HORSE

New Hope Equine Rescue has a limited number of the popular 25-inch Victorian wreaths – decorated, including lights – available for sale for at the New Hope facility in Star Valley in December.

These are the same as the beautiful, fresh wreaths from Minnesota sold by New Hope during its recent fund-raiser, which ended Nov. 12.

Please call Jean at (928) 978-5155 for more information and to order. There is also information on New Hope’s Web site, www.newhopepmuequinerescue.org.

READOUT MENTORS NEEDED

If you, or a responsible adult that you know, are interested in investing 30 minutes of your weekly time into the life of a juvenile court client, contact Bessie Tucker at (928) 474-9260.

ReadOut is a Gila County Juvenile Court program geared toward pairing juve- nile court clients with adult mentors in a quest for literary exposure and engag- ing conversation.

Gila County Judge Peter Cahill selects Juvenile Court clients he believes will benefit from this one-on-one time with an active adult member of our commu- nity.

Volunteering as a ReadOut mentor is easy. Call Tucker to be paired with a stu- dent; meet your ReadOut client at the Payson Public Library once a week for 20 to 30 minutes to discuss the book you’re both reading at home; e-mail a short recap of your weekly meeting to Tucker and the student’s probation officer.

PAYSON RELAY FOR LIFE

The organizing committee for the 2011 Payson Relay for Life is currently being formed.

Relay for Life is the annual fund-raising event to benefit the American Cancer Society’s efforts in support of cancer patients and also medical research work- ing toward a cure.

Those interested in being involved as part of the committee, please contact “Dusty” Miller at paysonrfl2011@hotmail.com.

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