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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.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Spring Fashion Show

The American Legion Auxiliary Thrift Shop will be hosting a Spring Fashion Show starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9. There will be a soup and salad luncheon followed by a fashion show, silent auction and Easter bonnet auction. It will be held in the Legion dining hall and is open to the public.

All proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary Scholarship Program, which benefits local students.

Jazz concert

Trumpeter Ken Taylor Quartet with Dave Ihlenfeld, piano, Steve Douglas, bass, and Gerry Reynolds, drums, will be in concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson

Taylor came to Arizona in 1998 after a successful teaching and performing career in Ohio and Michigan. He is now a part of many of the Valley’s top jazz and symphonic ensembles. These include the Mesa Community College Band, Arizona Big Band, Extreme Decibel Band, Prince Shell/Ted Goddard 10tet, Scottsdale Symphony and the professional symphony “MusicaNova.” He also supports top area vocalists Margo Reed, Nancy Gee, Michele Camey and Delphine Cortez.

For advanced seating reservations, contact Gerry Reynolds (gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.) A $5 to $10 donation per person is requested at the door. Refreshments will be served.

This event is a produced by The Payson Friends of Jazz in conjunction with the Payson Community Presbyterian Church.

Chamber Mixer

Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Plant Fair Nursery present the April Chamber Mixer on April 20. Spring flowers will be blooming, Glen, Rob, Linda and staff will discuss what, where and when to plant for vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs. Walk through the different shrubs, flowers, pond accessories and hot tubs to enhance your garden. The evening mixer begins at 5:30 p.m., with finger foods and beverages, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle for charity. Donations are $3 for members and $5 for others. Please call (928) 474-4515 for reservations.

Tee Off for Hunger

St. Vincent de Paul Tee Off for Hunger 10th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting the Rim Country Food Bank begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 30 at Payson Golf Course. The entry fee is $75 per person. To learn more, call Jim at (928) 951-3480 or Wayne at (928) 951-4108.

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A gold medalist at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Japan’s Nobuyuki Tsujii will perform Thursday, April 21, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts as part of the long-running Virginia G. Piper Piano Series.

Virginia G. Piper Piano Series: Nobuyuki Tsujii

Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Tickets: $25

A magnet for media attention, Nobuyuki Tsujii achieved a superhuman victory when he tied for the gold medal with Haochen Zhang in the most recent Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The first Japanese and the first blind pianist to win the coveted award, Tsujii is a phenomenon on the classical music scene. Already the subject of a documentary and a mega star in Japan, he inspired Time magazine to coin the phrase “Nobu Fever.” With few piano scores available in Braille, Tsujii learns the music by ear as he listens to custom-made recordings that are broken down into the left hand and right hand parts. Mr. Tsujii will perform Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, K. 330; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 (The Tempest); and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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