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Head up to the Payson Airport on Saturday. Celebrate flying on International Learn to Fly Day from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 15 at the Payson Airport, 802 Airport Road. Start the day with a pancake breakfast by the Payson Pilots Association from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. At 11 a.m. there will be a Learn to Fly seminar as well as displays and vendors at the annual Aero Fair.

May 11 Tuesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

• CPR class: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., call (928) 472-2588 for details and to register

Free CPR class tonight

The Mogollon Health Alliance in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department will be holding a free Heartsaver CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 11. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, its gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to its Almost New Thrift Shop, 304 E. Aero Drive.

Summer recreation program 

Wondering what to do with your children going into the first through sixth grades in Fall 2010 this summer? Register them today for the annual Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Summer Recreation Program. It is being held Monday through Thursday, June 7-24 for Session 1 and July 5-22 for Session 2.

This is a fantastic opportunity to keep your children safe, busy and happy over summer break. Children will participate in inside and outside games, do arts and crafts, go on field trips, walk to the parks and have a snack all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants.

In addition, a new and exciting addition to the program this year is the involvement of the Payson Police and Fire Departments, which will be putting on special programs and activities for the children on various days in each session. One of these programs is a Bike Rodeo, which entails teaching the kids bike safety and maintenance on their own bikes, offering second-hand bikes to children who don’t have one, and handing out free bike helmets.

Hours of the program are from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $75 per child, which includes a daily snack. Space is limited, so register today at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or online at www.paysonparks.com.

May 12 Wednesday

• Free Qigong: 7 a.m., introductory session, Healthy Perspectives, 805 E. Hwy. 260

• 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

• Fry bread sale: bring backpacks and school supplies to Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Fireside Room and get a free fry bread meal

• Help Komen walkers:11 a.m. to 10 p.m., get a flyer at Chili’s and funds will be contributed to a group of women walking in the Komen walk for breast cancer

Free Qigong introduction

Qigong (Chi Kung), often called Chinese Yoga, is an easily learned moving meditation that can be practiced standing or seated, thus benefiting students of all ages and physical abilities.

Slow, gentle movements combined with diaphragmatic breath can result in deep relaxation; cardiovascular and circulatory improvement; increased vitality, balance and focus; overall physical and mental health and well-being.

Penny Navis-Schmidt will present two free introductory sessions: 7 a.m., Wednesday, May 12 at Healthy Perspectives, 805 E. Highway 260, Payson; and 9 a.m., Thursday, May 20 at Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio, 3617 N. Highway 87, Pine.

Classes will soon begin at both locations. For more information, call Penny at (928) 474-8628.

Help Chili’s help walkers

The Payson Chili’s is helping one of the Payson teams participating in the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. The Payson group, “Rim Country Ta Tas” will walk in the 60-mile, three-day walk in November. Each team member must raise $2,300. Chili’s has offered to give the group 10 percent of their sales from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday, May 12 for customers who present a special flier (look for the team members outside the restaurant to get your flier) or pick one up at the chamber or by contacting Arlene Wion, team captain, (928) 472-3225.

Fry bread sale

Fry Bread for Families is raising money for school supplies for students.

Bring a backpack and school supplies to the Fireside Room inside Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and receive a free fry bread meal May 12, June 17 and July 15.

May 13 Thursday

• Book sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., PRMC main lobby benefits MHA

• 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

• Women’s s Rodeo:Gates open at 5 p.m.; performance at 7 p.m., Payson Event Center, admission is a can of food

• Ascension Service: 6 p.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

MHA to sell books, more

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the “Books Are Fun” Fair, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 13 and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 14 in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Quality books and unique gifts including photo albums, stationery, music, and much more will be sold to the public at great discounts.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Women’s Rodeo Thursday to help area food banks

The Annual Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo takes place Friday and Saturday, May 14-15 at the Payson Event Center on Highway 87 across from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

The opening event is the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association program at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 13 at the Event Center. Gates open at 5 p.m. and admission is a can of food to benefit the area’s food banks.

Friday night is the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance, where cowboys and fans alike wear pink to help local breast cancer support groups. For all wearing pink, $1 per fan and $3 per contestant is donated to the local groups.

More than 200 contestants are expected to compete for this year’s event. Performances start at 7 p.m. each evening and the gates open at 5 p.m. for some pre-rodeo entertainment. Tickets for adults 12 to 64 are $14, seniors $12 and children 8 to 12 $10, 7 and under are free. All active military admitted at no charge.

Tickets may be reserved online at www.paysonrimcountry.com or www.ticketforce.com or purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bob’s Western Wear and the Circle K stores in Payson, as well as Bill Armstrong’s Jewelry and Pawn in Star Valley.

A rodeo dance at the historic Oxbow Saloon will be held both Friday and Saturday nights, with music by Junction 87.

For added information, call Bill Armstrong at (928) 474-9440.

Ascension Day worship

The Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church will have a special Ascension Day service at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 13 with the theme of “Christ is Lord Over Your Frustrations.” The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

May 14 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

• Tough Enough to Wear Pink: 7 p.m. performance at Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo will benefit breast cancer research and support groups

Tough Enough to Wear Pink benefit at Friday’s rodeo

The Annual Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo is Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 at the Payson Event Center on Highway 87 across from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Friday night is the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance, where cowboys and fans alike wear pink to help local breast cancer support groups. For all wearing pink, $1 per fan and $3 per contestant is donated to the local groups.

More than 200 contestants are expected to compete for this year’s event. Performances start at 7 p.m. each evening and the gates open at 5 p.m. for some pre-rodeo entertainment. Tickets for adults 12 to 64 are $14, seniors $12 and children 8 to 12 $10, 7 and under are free. All active military admitted at no charge.

Tickets may be reserved online at www.paysonrimcountry.com or www.ticketforce.com or purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bob’s Western Wear and the Circle K stores in Payson, as well as Bill Armstrong’s Jewelry and Pawn in Star Valley.

A rodeo dance at the historic Oxbow Saloon will be held both Friday and Saturday nights, with music by Junction 87.

For added information, call Bill Armstrong at (928) 474-9440.

May 15 Saturday

• 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

Moose Lodge plans party

Join us on Saturday, May 15, 2010 for our annual Spring Celebration fund-raiser for Moose Lodge Charities and Hellsgate Fire Department.

This is a great way to kick off what promises to be a fun-filled day throughout Payson.

The day’s events begin with breakfast served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. This wonderful start to the day will include eggs cooked to order, bacon or sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy or toast along with juice and coffee or tea for just $5. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include your choice of Big Daddy’s Pizza, hamburger or hot dog along with the usual accompaniments of chips and soda or bottled water also for the low price of $5.

Vendor booths are available to all at no cost. Space is limited, so please contact the Moose Lodge at (928) 474-6212 to reserve a space today.

There will be games for the kids, and fun for all.

Looking for that unique treasure? Come on down and check out the large yard sale that will be going on at the Hellsgate Fire Department located directly behind the Moose Lodge. Get here early for the best buys.

The Greater Payson Moose Lodge is located at 4211 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley, just 4 miles east of Payson on the south side of Highway 260.

A variety of dinner specials are served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday along with the lodge’s regular fish fry.

For updates on weekly and monthly activities call (928) 474-6212.

Are you looking for the right place to hold your next event? Contact us for information regarding lodge hall rental.

Aero Fair

Celebrate flying on International Learn to Fly Day from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 15 at the Payson Airport, 802 Airport Road.

Start the day with a pancake breakfast by the Payson Pilots Association from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. At 11 a.m. there will be a Learn to Fly seminar by Alliance Aviation and all-day EAA #810 airplane rides for $25 per person. There will be food and craft vendors, activities and a raffle for a Magellan RoadMate 1440 GPS device.

For more information, call Dick Garmon at (928) 468-0147 or visit the Web site www.paysonairport .com.

Plant sale

The High Country Garden Club will hold a plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 15 in front of Walmart near Highway 87. Expect a big variety of indoor plants, vegetable plants, cacti shrubs, flowering plants and exotics. Garden items and baked goods will also be available. For information, call Dorothy at (928) 472-7396.

Register for Summer Reading

It is time to register children for the Summer Reading Program at the Payson Public Library. The theme is “Catch the Reading Wave” this summer. The program includes puppet shows, crafts, games, and more.

Registration begins May 15 and continues through June 5. Baby Summer Reading for those 6 months to 3 years is at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays. The Summer Program for ages 3 to 12 will be held in several different sessions: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesdays; 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., Thursdays. The “Make Waves” Summer Program for those 10- to 18-years-old is at 4 p.m., Wednesdays. Class space is limited, so sign your children up today. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

PRCA Spring Rodeo

The Annual Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo is Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 at the Payson Event Center on Highway 87 across from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Friday night is the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance, where cowboys and fans alike wear pink to help local breast cancer support groups. For all wearing pink, $1 per fan and $3 per contestant is donated to the local groups.

More than 200 contestants are expected to compete for this year’s event. Performances start at 7 p.m. each evening and the gates open at 5 p.m. for some pre-rodeo entertainment. Tickets for adults 12 to 64 are $14, seniors $12 and children 8 to 12 $10, 7 and under are free. All active military admitted at no charge.

Tickets may be reserved online at www.paysonrimcountry.com or www.ticketforce.com or purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bob’s Western Wear and the Circle K stores in Payson, as well as Bill Armstrong’s Jewelry and Pawn in Star Valley.

A rodeo dance at the historic Oxbow Saloon will be held both Friday and Saturday nights, with music by Junction 87.

For added information, call Bill Armstrong at (928) 474-9440.

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