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The Rim Country Optimist Club will host the annual Kids Fishing Festival Saturday, March 27 at Green Valley Park, starting at 8 a.m. The festival is for kids of all ages and even for those who don’t enjoy fishing. There will be raffles and a silent auction, food, fun and more throughout the day.

March 24 Wednesday

• Quilt-A-Thon: Pine First Baptist Church, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Senior Center Thrift Store: Bag sale on adult winter clothing, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• 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

• Healing Service: Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade, Payson, 6 p.m.

• Lenten Service:Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road, 7 p.m.; free soup supper at 6 p.m.

• Play recital: 7 p.m., Payson High Auditorium

Sales delayed on forest permits

Due to the extremely wet winter weather the Tonto National Forest has received this year, a decision has been made to postpone the dead down personal use fuel wood and other forest product permit sales until Monday, April 12. This will allow additional time for forest soils to dry and snow to melt in the higher elevations of the forest.

All forest offices, with the exception of the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Phoenix, will offer dead down personal use fuel wood and other forest product permits April 12.

The permits include specific areas on Globe, Payson and Pleasant Valley ranger districts. Two paid permits per household per year will be issued for dead down firewood, all species. Also, a personal use four cord free use pine permit is available. Informational maps are available at the Tonto NF district offices.

The harvest period will be April 12, to Dec. 31. Environmental conditions such as wet weather or high fire danger could cause restrictions during the cutting period; however, no refunds or extensions will be granted. Payments for these permits must be made at the time of permit issuance and acceptable forms of payment can be by cash, cashier’s check or personal check.

Bag sale set

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a bag sale of winter clothing through Saturday, March 27. Shoppers may fill standard size grocery bags, which will be provided, with men’s and women’s clothing for $1 per bag. Children’s and boutique garments are not included in the sale.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community

Quilt-a-thon

The DPS Quilt Angels annual Quilt-a-Thon will be held at the First Baptist Church in Pine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 24, 25, and 26. Sewers and non-sewers alike are welcome as there are plenty of jobs available for both.

For more information, contact Willene Smith at (928) 476-3587.

Special Healing Service

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will have a special Service of Healing at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 24. Physical, spiritual and emotional well being will be the focus of the service. For more information contact Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church Lenten service

The congregation of the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is inviting the community to join them for their sixth Lenten service at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 24.

The theme for the church’s Lenten services this year is “Women of the Passion History.” The March 24 lesson is on “The Weeping Women of Jerusalem.”

Free soup suppers will be at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Rock of Ages is located on the corner of Airport and McLane Roads. Regular Sunday services are at 9 a.m. and Sunday School and bible class at 10:15 a.m.

Play recital

The members of the Payson High School Longhorn Theatre present their annual Acting One Recital at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 24 in the high school auditorium. Admission is free.

March 25 Thursday

• Quilt-A-Thon: Pine First Baptist Church, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• 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

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

Quilt-a-thon

The DPS Quilt Angels annual Quilt-a-Thon continues at the First Baptist Church in Pine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 25, and 26. There are plenty of jobs available for everyone.

For more information, contact Willene Smith at (928) 476-3587.

March 26 Friday

• Quilt-A-Thon: Pine First Baptist Church, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• 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

Quilt-a-thon

The DPS Quilt Angels annual Quilt-a-Thon will be held at the First Baptist Church in Pine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 24, 25, and 26. Sewers and non-sewers alike are welcome as there are plenty of jobs available for both.

For more information, contact Willene Smith at (928) 476-3587.

March 27 Saturday

• Fishing festival: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Green Valley Park

• Bake sale: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., east entrance at Safeway benefits Payson Community Kids

• Recycle latex paint: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Buckhead Mesa Landfill

• Community Spelling Bee: 8:30 a.m., St. Philip’s, Payson, benefits Rim Country Literacy Program

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• 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

• Easter Fest: Payson Woman’s Club, 510 W. Main, Payson, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Renewable and Sustainable Energy class: Gila Community College, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Benefit in Tonto Basin: noon at The Butcher Hook, barbecue, contests, raffles and more

Fishing festival Saturday

The 4th Annual Optimist Kids Fishing Festival is just right tonic for Spring fever — and it’s for everyone, not just the kids.

The fishing festival is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 27 at Green Valley Park.

Registration is free and starts at 8 a.m. and continues throughout the day. Those who register to participate in the festival don’t need a license to fish the Green Valley Lakes that day.

No fishing gear? No problem — there will plenty of gear available for loan during the day. No bait? No problem — extra bait will also be available. The first 300 kids registering for the event will get a free hat.

Bake sale

The Payson Community Kids group is having a bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 27 at the east entrance to Safeway.

All proceeds will go to the group’s building fund. Donations will also be accepted.

Latex paint recycling/disposal

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate a latex paint exchange day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 27.

Residents may bring your leftover latex paint for disposal or recycling to the Gila County Landfill. All unusable paint will be properly disposed of; the good paint will be bulked and distributed. Please read the paint can carefully, only latex paint will be accepted at this event.

Suggestions for disposing of other painting supplies: pop the lid and let oil paints and varnishes dry to a hard substance; as a solid they may be disposed of in small quantities with your household trash — adding kitty litter will advance the drying.

As you collect your latex paint cans for recycling, remember to gather your newspaper to drop off in the roll off bin located at the landfill for paper recycling. Items that can be accepted at this time are newsprint, junk mail, catalogs, phone books and cardboard.

Other recycling opportunities: take plastic shopping bags back to the store and put into the recycling container located at the entry way allowing the bags to be properly handled.

Community spelling bee

Each year Rim Country Literacy holds a spelling bee with members of the community forming teams, finding sponsors and showing their stuff. This year, to add more competition to the event, we have invited Payson Middle School and High School to join in the fun.

So, all of you who want to prove your skills, form your teams through your work, your clubs or your churches and come and match yourselves against the 5th graders or the older kids.

Can the Rotary spell better than 5th-graders? Last year a 5th-grader almost beat them. Can your church spell better than another church?

Rim Country Literacy holds this fund-raiser each year, and those who enter have a grand time. The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 27 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church fellowship hall, located at 511 S. St. Phillips Street. The winners get their names on a rotating plaque and, most importantly, bragging rights.

For more information or to participate, contact Literacy at (928) 468-7257 between 9 a.m. and noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Easter Fest at Woman’s Club

The Payson Woman’s Club will host its annual Easter Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 27. The Woman’s Club is at 510 W. Main St.

The ladies of the club will serve a lunch and have plenty of yummy baked goods on sale. Come for lunch and enjoy a white elephant sale, a silent auction, a cake walk for the kids and lots of Easter baskets and candy.

For more information, call Carole Fries at (928) 478-6860.

Upcoming Gila Community College classes

Gila Community College will be offering a course in Renewable and Sustainable Energy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 27 and April 24.

This class will cover energy production in the U.S. and the use of renewable and alternative forms of energy. There will be discussion of solar (both PV and thermal), bio-energy, wind energy, and different forms of energy production such as solar photovoltaic installations. The class will focus on forms of energy that are pertinent to the Rim Country. Two field trips are planned.

The class will be taught by John Sawyer, an engineer with more than 30 years experience in energy production, both renewable and conventional.

Benefit in Tonto Basin for Michelle Vanderbyl

The friends of Michelle Vanderbyl will have a benefit starting at noon, Saturday, March 27 at The Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin.

A barbecue, for $5 per plate, will be held from noon to 4 p.m.; a horseshoe tournament starts at 1 p.m., with registration at 12:30 p.m.; a shuffleboard tournament will begin at 4 p.m., with registration at 3 p.m. There will also be a 50-50 drawing and raffles for a trip, purse and gift certificates, plus live music and entertainment by D.J. Craig.

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