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GCC open house

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will have an open house at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 for parents and prospective students to tour the campus; learn about registration, financial aid and courses of study available.

Complimentary pizza and beverages will be served.

For more information, call (928) 468-8039. The GCC Payson Campus is at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Book discussion in Pine

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will be holding a book discussion on this year’s “One Book AZ” selection Hopi Summer by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 14 inside the library. Refreshments will be served. Copies available at the library. Any questions, call the library at (928) 476-3678.

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 50/50 raffle for charity. Donations are $3 for members and $5 for others. Please call (928) 474-4515 for reservations.

Gearing up for motorcycle run for Payson Supply Line

Payson Post 69 of the American Legion Riders is beginning preparations for its sixth annual Charity Bead Run to benefit Payson Supply Line. Over the past five years the group has raised many thousands of dollars for this worthy charity, with last year’s event contributing more than $8,000. Members have made it the goal of the 2011 effort to raise at least $10,000.

With 30,000 more troops now being deployed to Afghanistan, Payson Supply Line’s mission becomes much more important to the morale of young men and women of the U.S. serving overseas.

The American Legion Riders is a nonprofit 501-3C association. All funds are contributed to the Payson Supply Line, which is the group’s only charity.

The 2011 annual event is being expanded to include many more local merchants and social organizations in the roster of stops from the motorcycle bead run.

Ride participants will be directed to more local businesses by increasing the number of stops in the ride, as well as extending the hours of the event to allow for a more leisurely visit of Payson.

The American Legion Riders are asking local businesses and social organizations to contribute in any material way they can — whether through cash donations, products or services. Make checks payable to Payson Supply Line or the American Legion Riders Post 69.

The Charity Bead Run will be held Saturday, May 7, starting at the American Legion Hall on East Highway 260 in Payson. In addition to the motorcycle fun run, activities will include raffles, live music, T-shirt sales, food and a silent auction.

First-time homebuyer seminar

A seminar to help first-time homebuyers navigate the world of HUD, FHA, VA and conventional financing will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 21 at the conference room at 418 S. Beeline Highway, next to Payson Paint.

Clark Jones will talk about how to buy a HUD home and Debra Isaac will discuss FHA, VA and conventional financing.

Among the questions to be answered are:

• How much money do I need to make?

• Is my credit good enough?

• Do I need a down payment?

• How do I pick a Realtor and lender?

To reserve a seat, call (928) 472-3517 or e-mail csjones@theriver.com.

St. Vincent de Paul 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.

Library Bookstore specials

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore’s theme for April is Spring Into Fitness.

Spring is a great time to start correcting winter’s indulgences. Therefore, the library bookstore is featuring two-for-one specials on health and fitness materials. The categories included in this promotion are health, diet, and self-help.

Since the bookstore normally prices hardback books at $3, $2 or $1, this is a golden opportunity to load up on extremely reasonably priced fitness material.

The bookstore recently received several large donations of videos. They are being offered for the incredible price of three videos for just $1. 

The bookstore is located inside the library.

Seder Dinner

Ponderosa Baptist Church will have a Jewish Passover Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 22. Tickets are $22 per person. The Jewish Center in Scottsdale will cater the dinner. Barry Berger of the Christian Jewish Foundation will be conducting the service. Anyone interested in attending the dinner, please call Ponderosa Baptist Church, (928) 474-9279.

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