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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.

Trout Unlimited banquet

The Gila Trout Chapter #530 of Trout Unlimited of Payson will be holding its second annual banquet starting at 5:15 p.m., Saturday, April 23 at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

There will be a drawing for a 9-foot Outlaw Renegade frameless pontoon boat valued at $1,000. Tickets are available from Dorothy H. at (928) 472-7396 or dandort@msn.com. Proceeds will be used toward conservation projects in the Payson area and projects with local school students.

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.

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.

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.

Beeline Cruise-In

The 18th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Charity Auto Show for 2011 will be held Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at Green Valley Park off of Old Main Street. Friday activities at the park are geared for the car entrants, club members and sponsors and will include car registration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a cruise around town from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., returning to the park for the Kiwanis Brat Burn and an evening’s entertainment with music and dancing.

The car show is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, with raffles, a 50-50 drawing, judging of the vehicles, oldies music, and items for sale from vendors including a food court. We will also have shuttles available to everyone which will run from the park to participating merchants around town to collect free raffle tickets. These will be brought back to the park and drawn for cash prizes. At the end of the show there will be a presentation of trophies and awards.

For more information, contact co-chairmen John Turner (rughead_1@msn.com) 928-472-3236, or Ken Gunderson (kkg1077@hotmail.com) 928-595-1980.

Middle School events planned

The Rim Country Middle School student council is hosting a couple of fund-raising events in the next few weeks.

The first one, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30, is a walk-a-thon on the high school track to help raise money for the Humane Society of Central Arizona. Students will collect pledges for how many laps they will complete around the track, and the proceeds will go toward the Humane Society. The Humane Society will be present as well as Scoops. Students will also be selling snacks, drinks and other items.

Next will be a car wash and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7. The students will be collecting clothes and slightly used shoes or cash to help Kaitie’s Closet. This will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The site will be announced closer to the date of the event.

PCK benefit

Enjoy the food and wine of the Mediterranean at Gerardo’s Firewood Café at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 15 and Monday, May 16.

All proceeds will be donated to the Payson Community Kids after-school program, a 501c3 Arizona Nonprofit Organization.

Tickets may be purchased for either or both evenings, as the food will be delightfully different for each event.

There will also be a silent auction with great items.

If you are interested, please call or e-mail Suzy at (928) 978-3256 or payson communitykids@gmail.com.

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