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The 5th Annual Optimist Fishing Festival is this weekend, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at Green Valley Park. Registration and fishing licenses are not required. Poles and bait will be available, along with fishing clinics by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Trout Unlimited members.

April 5 Tuesday

• Book Fair: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., through April 8, Payson Elementary School

• 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

• Freemason information night: 7 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road

Payson Elementary Book Fair

Payson Elementary School invites the entire community to the School Book Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8 in the Payson Elementary Library. Every purchase made at the book fair helps the school’s library purchase new books for students.

For more information, call Payson Elementary at (928) 474-5882.

Freemason information night

The Payson Masonic Lodge is sponsoring an informative discussion and tour of the lodge at 200 E. Rancho Road in Payson at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5. Any person interested in learning about Freemasonry is welcome to attend. After a short talk about Freemasonry, a tour of the Lodge will be offered and light refreshments will be served.

Anyone interested should leave an RSVP on the Lodge answering machine, (928) 474-1305, or contact Bill Herzig at (928) 951-2662.

April 6 Wednesday

• Stock market seminar: 9 a.m., Chaparral Pines Club House, 500 N. Club Dr., Payson

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 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

• Kyl staff visit: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 610 E. Hwy. 260, Payson

• Game night:: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Payson Education Center, 112 W. Cedar Lane

Take stock in the market seminar

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Ross Hage of Rim Country will host a free 60-minute educational seminar titled “Take Stock in the Market” at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 6 at Chaparral Pines Club House, 500 N. Club Drive, Payson.

During the seminar, participants will learn about basic stock terminology, as well as time-proven stock strategies created to help investors reach their financial goals.

This seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Deborah at (928) 468-2281.

Kyl staff in Payson

On the first Wednesday of each month, Emily Pitha, a constituent service representative for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, conducts office hours at the Gila County Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260, Payson, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next Rim Country visit is Wednesday, April 6.

This is a great opportunity for constituents to have Sen. Kyl help resolve problems they are having with a federal agency. Constituents seeking assistance with federal agencies are asked to bring copies of documentation relevant to their concern.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the Senator’s Phoenix office at (602) 840-1891.

PEC game night

The Payson Education Center invites the public to attend game night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 6. Light refreshments will be served. PEC is located at 112 W. Cedar Lane. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.

April 7 Thursday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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

• Hello Dolly: 7 p.m., Payson High Auditorium, also Saturday, April 9 and 4 p.m., Friday, April 8

PHS presents ‘Hello Dolly’

The Payson High School Musical Theatre Club will present “Hello Dolly,” a classic comedy with music, dancing, matchmaking, and romantic connivance this week.

Performances, in the PHS Auditorium, are at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7; 4 p.m., Friday, April 8; and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9.

Prices at the door are: adults, $8; students, $6; seniors, $7.

Advance tickets are available at MoJoe’s Café, the Payson Public Library and Oasis Bookstore at $2 off the at-the-door prices.

April 8 Friday

• Community breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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

• Barbecue dinner: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Payson High softball field concession stand

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, April 8 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

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

BBQ dinner

The Payson High School Girls Softball team is hosting its annual barbecue beef dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 8 at the PHS softball field.

Albert Hunt’s delicious barbecue and beans will be served with salad, dinner roll and drink for $6 per plate.

Both the Longhorns softball and baseball teams will be playing Blue Ridge, beginning at 4 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the field or from Coach Will Dunman, Coach Bobbi Jo Haught or Mikie Halenar.

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