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Metro Services photo Register for a special fly casting workshop at Kohl’s Ranch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 27 with Bob Youtz, president of Trout Unlimited. Register by noon, Wednesday, May 26. Call Kohl’s Ranch to register, (928) 478-4211. Instruction is from 9 a.m. until noon and creek casting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $15 and class size is limited to 15 people. Lunch is not included. Proceeds will benefit the Trout in the Classroom Project.

May 25 Tuesday

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

• Blood Drive: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fireside Room, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

• Cake decorating class: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Senior Circle

• Wildlife rescue seminar: 2 p.m., Payson Public Library.

Blood drive

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

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

Cake decorating class at Senior Circle

There will be a cake decorating class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 25 at the Senior Circle.

Participants will learn to use a decorating bag along with star tip borders, leaf and petal tips, plus flower nail for roses.

Bring a cake to decorate or use our practice cardboard. Those attending will also need to bring a bag of decorator frosting, which can be found in area grocery stores. The class is free, however the cake decorating kit cost is $12. Leanne of Black and Tan Tales will teach the class. Reserve a spot by calling (928) 472-9290.

Wildlife rescue seminar

Wonders of the Wild, a wildlife rescue organization, and the Humane Society of Central Arizona will present a special seminar at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 25 at the Payson Public Library.

Diane Reid, the shelter’s Capital Campaign Chairwoman, will be sharing plans for the Humane Society’s new building project and the direction they will be heading.

Mitzi Brabb, a state licensed wildlife rehabber with more than 15 years experience, will also give a presentation about wildlife care and offer hands on pointers with live animals.

For more information call Mitzi at (928) 478-4803.

May 26 Wednesday

• 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

Benefit fly casting workshop

There will be a fly casting workshop at Kohl’s Ranch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 27 with Bob Youtz, president of Trout Unlimited. Register by noon, Wednesday, May 26. Call Kohl’s Ranch to register, (928) 478-4211.

Instruction is from 9 a.m. until noon and creek casting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $15 and class size is limited to 15 people. Lunch is not included.

Proceeds will benefit the Trout in Classroom Project.

May 27 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

• Humanities program: 10:30, Payson Public Library

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

• Chamber mixer: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Head to Toe Essentials

• PHS graduation: 7 p.m., Wilson Dome or football field depending on weather

Library hosts Humanities program

Arizona Humanities Council has provided a special grant to bring Chautauqua speaker T.J. McMichael to the Library Friends of Payson May month. Visiting from Eagar, Ariz. McMichael will don the personality and likeness of environmentalist and ecologist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). A research biologist and storyteller, the lecturer will bring to his Leopold presentation a deep knowledge of the flora and fauna, as well as a passion for the legacy of The Sand County Almanac author. McMichael is a former University of Arizona student of wildlife management under the instruction of Dr. Lyle Sowls, a former student of Aldo Leopold.

The program is Thursday, May 27 at the Payson Public Library for the discussion and potluck luncheon to follow. This 10:30 a.m. general meeting is open to the public and free of charge. Those interested in joining the group may want to attend the 10 a.m. business meeting.

Questions about this and other Library Friends of Payson events may be directed to Bessie Tucker, programs director at (928) 474-9260.

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.

Graduation is Thursday

Payson High School’s graduation will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 27 either outside or in the dome, depending on the wind. The decision will be made Thursday morning. Arrive early to get good seats.

May 28 Friday

• Paws in the Park sale: stop by Walmart to get Paws in the Park merchandise to help Dog Park and Humane Society of Central Arizona

• 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

Help Paws in the Park

Stop and see what members of the Paws in the Park group will be selling at Walmart May 28.

There will be mugs, shirts, bandanas and more. The proceeds help the group with the off-leash Dog Park it built in Rumsey Park and to assist the Humane Society of Central Arizona with injured and ill animals in order to heal for adoption.

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.

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.

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