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The annual “Blessing of the Bikes” is Saturday, May 22 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy Street. The church is located one block behind Ace Hardware and Bison Cove Condominiums. The event is social and includes coffee and treats beginning at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., each bike rider and passenger will receive an individual, brief blessing. After the blessing, the group will ride to Heber for lunch at the Red Onion.

May 18 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

• Science Colloquium: 3:45 p.m., Payson High School Room B-6

Science Colloquium takes place at Payson High School

Watch Payson High School’s advanced science students present miniature lectures on a wide variety of science topics currently covered in the news. Each presentation lasts 15 minutes, and there is no obligation to stay for all presentations. Presentations will take place after school, starting around 3:45 p.m. in room B-6, at PHS.

On Tuesday, May 18, students will cover pregnancy’s connection to breast cancer prevention, hermaphroditic chickens and predominant disease killing amphibians. On Wednesday, May 19, rods and cons research at BYU, the science of body language and childhood obesity. On Thursday, May 20, the use of stem cells to treat paralysis, mental illness and creativity, savant brain function and brain capacitance relative to intellect.

May 19 Wednesday

• RECM book fair: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., middle school library

• 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

RCMS book fair

Rim Country Middle School will be hosting a Scholastic Buy-One-Get-One-Free Book Fair May 19-21 in the middle school library. It will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days. There will be a special evening event in conjunction with the annual Band Jam on Wednesday, May 19.

This is the perfect opportunity to get books for the summer months. Research shows that students lose up to one year in reading ability over extended breaks. 

May 20 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

• Chamber lunch: 11:30 a.m., Tiny’s; Casey O’Brien will talk about the outcome of the Proposition 100 vote for Payson area schools; linited seating

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

Scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will have a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 20. Come check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories and much more.

All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

What outcome of 100 means

Two days after the vote on Proposition 100, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien will discuss what the outcome means for area schools at the special Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce lunch. The lunch is at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 20 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Seating is limited to 25, so reservations are required. Call (928) 474-4515 by May 19 to reserve a seat.

May 21 Friday

• RCMS summer enrichment: deadline to register for summer enrichment program is today

• 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

• Clothing giveaway: 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Payson Elementary School

Register today for summer enrichment program at RCMS

Rim Country Middle School is offering enrichment classes this summer. The deadline to register is Friday, May 21. The classes will be held in two sessions, the first is from June 7 to June 18, the second is from June 21 to July 2

Programs offered the first session will include a study of the Salado culture, an in-depth study of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, an exploration of Crime Scene Investigation sciences.

During the second sessions, students may participate in a geological study of caves and caverns, creating video games and animation using Scratch technology.

Clothing giveaway

Kaitie’s Closet will hold its second children’s clothing giveaway from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 21, in Payson Elementary School’s cafeteria. The event is open to anyone needing clothing for children.

Kaitie’s Closet co-founder Jack Gooch said they have tons of children’s clothing to give away, and hope each child walks away with at least two outfits.

Gooch started Kaitie’s Closet with his wife Barbara several months ago to honor their late granddaughter, Kaitie. So far, the community has warmly embraced the program and donated clothing whole-heartedly.

For more information, contact Jack at (928) 468-1036.

Looking ahead

Shelby School taking enrollment for fall

The Shelby School, a kindergarten through 10th grade charter school, is currently accepting applications for the 2010-2011 school year.

The school is offering full-day kindergarten classes with no additional fee for the afternoon portion.

Please call (928) 478-4706 to arrange a school visit and for further enrollment information.

Waterwise seminar

The High Country Xeriscape Council is sponsoring the 3rd annual Waterwise Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

The free event will feature speakers and informational exhibits. Charlie’s Meats will be selling brats, and Scoops will have ice cream available for a nominal fee.

The winning raffle ticket for a lawn swing donated by the PHS woodworking class will be drawn.

Blessing of the Bikes

All motorcycle riders and their passengers are invited to the annual, free “Blessing of the Bikes” Saturday, May 22 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy Street. The church is located one block behind Ace Hardware and Bison Cove Condominiums.

The event is social and includes coffee and treats beginning at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. each bike rider and passenger will receive an individual, brief blessing in appreciation of our freedom to ride in God’s creation. After the blessing and time to greet old friends and meet new ones, the group will ride to Heber for lunch at the Red Onion.

The Payson Riders of the Purple Sage are hosting the blessing and will have information about future rides at the event. Rides are typically held on the third Saturday of the month and leave the Payson United Methodist parking lot at 9 a.m. Most rides are less than 200 miles roundtrip with a stop for lunch and breaks along the way.

For more information, go to www.paysonridersofthepurplesage.com or call the church office between 8 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday at (928) 474-0485.

Trails and Volunteering Workshop set in Pine

Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity for low-cost educational and networking event.

The Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT) and the Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG) are sponsoring a one-day workshop to bring together the trails community and learn more about volunteering.

The Trails and Volunteering Workshop is May 22 in Pine. Registration is only $25.

For more information and to register (space is limited), visit http://azstate parks.com/trails/index.html or call Annie McVay at (602) 542-7116.

May Fling

The Rim Country Republican Club is having a May Fling — a picnic and more — from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5.

Meet and greet candidates for state and local office; enjoy music and a raffle; plus a bake sale. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or three for $10.

Have a hot dog, chips, beverage and dessert for a $5 donation.

For raffle tickets and information, call Patty Ihle at (928) 468-1435; Jane Evans at (928) 474-8430; or Anne Ascoli at (928) 474-8545.

Payson Children’s Theater Choral concert

The Payson Children’s Theater Choral group is presenting its Spring musical, “Broadway Classics and More” at Ponderosa Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23.

The production, produced by choral director and founder Janice Weldon, features musical favorites from Broadway’s classic musicals and other well-loved favorites. Ponderosa Baptist Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, just south of Home Depot.

The group, which was formed by Weldon three years ago, includes more than 40 children from grades 1 through 6. Students from the community are invited to apply for membership in the group, but admission is limited.

To join the group, students must have an interest in performing and be willing to commit to excellent attendance. Weldon stresses the importance of a positive, Biblical attitude toward performing.

Payson Children’s Theater Choral Group has performed at Ponderosa Baptist Church, The Seventh Day Adventist Church and in community programs at Payson High School.

The group will recess for the summer after this performance, but enrollment for the fall productions will begin shortly. Call Ponderosa Baptist Church at (928) 474-9279 for information.

Blood drive

Donate blood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 25 at the Fireside Room of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, Payson.

Each donor will be entered in a drawing for tickets on the Grand Canyon Railroad.

Chamber mixer

The May mixer for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 27 at From Head to Toe Essentials, 904 N. Beeline Highway.

The salon is expanding and the public is invited to see all the changes.

The evening will feature adult refreshments, Kiwanis brats, art show, tours, raffles and 50-50 drawing. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for others. Proceeds will benefit Kiwanis scholarship funds. Make reservations at (928) 474-4515.

Operation Graduation

The Young School District is planning “Operation Graduation” for 2010. The program was created to provide a chemical-free alternative to traditional drinking parties that have unfortunately become an accepted form of celebration following graduation. This is the 18th Annual Chemical Free Graduation Party in Young.

The celebration is a joint school, family, community and business endeavor, and will take place Friday, May 28.

To reward the students who choose to celebrate safely, support is needed from outside the small community. The graduation committee of Young Public School is asking for support with monetary donations, merchandise and/or gift certificates to present to the students throughout the evening. Donations may be sent to: Operation Graduation, Young Public School, P.O. Box 390, Young, AZ 85554.

If needed, representatives will pick up donations. Receipts are available if needed. To learn more, call Susan Hornung at (928) 462-2640.

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.

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 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 ages 10 to 18 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.

Breakfast in Tonto Village

The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, the Fireflies, will present a fun way to start the Memorial Day weekend. The group is having a fund-raising breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29 at Fire Station #22 in Tonto Village, 151 Mathews Lane — go in one mile on Control Road off Highway 260.

The menu includes sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $5 per plate for adults and $3 per plate for a child 10 and under. For those who want a lighter breakfast, a chorizo burro can be purchased for $2.

The day’s events will include a rummage sale.

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