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There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 25 at the Fireside Room at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Each donor will be entered in a drawing for tickets on the Grand Canyon Railroad.

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

• Free Weight Loss Program: 6:30 p.m., 100 N. Tonto St.

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.

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

Winning at weight loss

There will be a free program on the Fundamentals of Weight Loss and Good Health with Dee McCaffrey at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 21 at East-West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St.

McCaffrey holds a bachelor's degree in environmental chemistry from San Jose State University. She is a Certified Diet Counselor trained at Bauman College in Penngrove, Calif. She has maintained a 100-pound weight loss for more than 17 years and now teaches other how to cook healthy, buy healthy, and eat healthy through group classes and individual nutritional counseling. She will have a workshop on Saturday at the bookstore. The fee is $125 per person.

May 22 Saturday

• Relay for Life fund-raising events: 7 a.m. and on, various locations

• Waterwise seminar: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., GCC

• Blessing of the Bikes: 9 a.m., Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

• 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

• May Fling: noon to 4 p.m., Rumsey Park Ramada 5, meet Republican candidates

• Concert: 6 p.m., Payson Children’s Theater performs at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline, Payson

Relay for Life fund-raising events planned

Generous local sponsors of the American Cancer Society fund-raising events held by some of the 27 Relay for Life teams and the donations for 200 luminaries have combined to raise $16,000 as of May 17 as part of the upcoming overnight walk.

Fund-raising and more is continuing up to the June 4-5 Relay for Life. Among the events scheduled are:

• The Prudential team is hosting a carport sale and bake sale; and hot dogs and brats will be sold, too. The event is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at 609 S. Beeline. The team’s neighbor, Bob’s Western Wear is giving 10 percent of its May 22 profits to the American Cancer Society.

• A barbecue and car wash is planned at Walgreens, 100 S. Beeline Highway, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 22.

• A quilt raffle will be held at the west exit of Safeway, 401 E. Highway 260, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 28 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 30.

• Luminarias are available at Ace Hardware and Payson Public Library.

For more information, event chair Al “Dusty” Miller can be reached at payson rfl2010@hotmail.com.

RCMS Relay for Life push

The students and staff of Rim Country Middle School are planning a big push for the upcoming Relay for Life, the area’s premier fund-raising event to help fight all cancers.

Members of the RCMS Builders Club, along with the Payson High School Key Club, want to contribute $5,000 and have a lot of projects in place to help reach that goal including Burros for a Cure. RCMS teacher Marlene Armstrong has volunteered her time and talents to prepare green chili burros for sale. Students are currently taking orders for the burros, which will sell for $3 each or five for $10. Orders must be placed by June 2. The burros will be available for pick-up at the school from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 3 (watch for the directional signs).

Those interested in getting the burros, but unable to contact a student, may call Ted Tatum at (928) 978-2978 or (928) 474-2239.

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.

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 a 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 concert, 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 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.

May 23 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Concert: 6 p.m., Payson Children’s Theater performs at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline, Payson

Meditation workshop

Shane Wilson will present a meditation workshop Sunday, May 23 at East-West Exchange Books, Gifts & Practices, 100 N Tonto St. Call (928) 468-2435 or (480) 294-2037, or e-mail www.ew-exchange.com for details.

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