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Enjoy an evening of live acoustic music when guitarist and vocalist Joanie Smith-Reynolds teams up with guitarist and vocalist Dale Knighton, along with drummer Gerry Reynolds in a single Payson performance. This special concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 25 at the East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. A $10 donation at the door is requested. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the venue. Seating is limited to 70. An RSVP can be sent to gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

March 18 Friday

• Arts. crafts sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., PRMC

• 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

• Folk music gathering: 7 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

Arts, crafts sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary will be having an Arts and Crafts Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 18 at the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

A raffle drawing for a Yo-Yo Quilt will be held around 4 p.m., Friday, March 18.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Folk music gathering

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church will host the third Payson Dead Folk Singers Society Gathering at 7 p.m., Friday, March 18. A suggested donation of $5 is requested.

The Dead Folk Singers Society Gathering is an acoustic music “open stage” and jam session to share songs and stories of musicians of the past. Years ago, this type of gathering was known as a “Hootenanny.”

Join local musicians to share the music of past generations through songs that share experiences and provide us with a connection to earlier times.

For more information, call Anne Eichberger at (928) 951-4420.

March 19

Saturday

• Roosevelt Dam Centennial celebration: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starts at Roosevelt Lake Visitors’ Center

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Archaeology Awareness Month: 10 a.m., Church of the Holy Nativity; speaker and native foods potluck

• Payson Public 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

Brush drop sites

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, March 19 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, March 20, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

 RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Lions International helps Japan

Payson Lions Club asks the community’s help making the hope for a brighter tomorrow for those who so urgently need. The most immediate way to give hope is through a designated donation to Lions Club International Foundation.

Making a designated donation to provide relief in Japan, Lions and LCIF play an important role supporting both the immediate and long-term needs of a community.

Every donation helps. An individual’s gift as small as $25 U.S. can have a significant impact by providing an entire family with water, food, and clothing for one week following a disaster.

Please make your donation check to Lions Clubs International Foundation/ Japan and mail to LCIF, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA, Attn.: Donor Processing. 

Roosevelt Dam Centennial

The public is invited Saturday to celebrate the 100th birthday of Theodore Roosevelt Dam by taking a walk across the crest of the dam as part of a free centennial event offered by Salt River Project, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service.

Festivities will originate at the Roosevelt Lake Visitors’ Center, located on State Route 188 about a mile and a half east of the dam, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through 4 p.m. There will be informational videos and presentations throughout the day. Parking is free at the visitors’ center.

Trips across Roosevelt Dam, which is now closed to the public, will also begin at 9 a.m. Complimentary shuttle buses provided by SRP will take people to the crest of the dam on a first-come, first-served basis.  The last shuttle to the dam will depart from the visitors’ center at 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate archaeology awareness month

The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society is celebrating Arizona Archaeology Awareness Month with a program by Garry Cantley, regional archaeologist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Western Regional Office in Phoenix. He will be speaking on the Archaeological Resources Protection Act: An Overview of Our Nation’s Anti-looting Law.

State and local archaeological organizations all over Arizona plan special activities to celebrate the state’s special prehistoric heritage. The Rim Country chapter has organized a native foods potluck lunch to be held immediately following the program by Cantley.

The program begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 19 at the Church of the Holy Nativity at the corner of Bradley Dr. and Easy St., Payson.

The Chapter meets the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.  

Non-members are always welcome to attend monthly speaking programs. This month, the chapter invites Rim Country residents and visitors to learn more about the activities of the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society and stay for a taste of the unique native foods.

March 20

Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

March 21

Monday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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

• Learn Celtic lore and more: 10 a.m., Payson Public Library meeting room

Learn of Celtic lore, traditions at library

Lloyd D. Gibson has been a student of Celtic history for several years. As a vendor of clothing bearing Celtic crests at Celtic events around the southwest, Gibson places great importance on having a keen knowledge of the history of his and other Celtic clans. He values the clan trivia he has learned from fellow historians that cannot be learned in books. Parallel to his quest to learn, he enjoys sharing with others the value of his ancestral origins.

Join the Library Friends of Payson for a presentation by Gibson at 10 a.m., Monday, March 21 at the Payson Public Library. For more information, call (928) 474-9260.

March 22

Tuesday

• 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

Looking ahead

GCC closed for spring break

Gila Community College will be closed for spring break from March 21 through March 25. All campuses, Gila Pueblo, Payson and San Carlos, are affected.

Classes will resume Monday, March 28. Students should check with their individual instructors about classes on Saturday, March 19 and Saturday, March 26.

Gosar staff in Payson

U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar’s staff will be holding office hours in Payson next week. Staff will be able to provide help with federal agencies and answer questions. 

Gosar staff will be at the Gila County Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 24. 

Scholarship applications

Each year, the Democratic Women of Rim Country gives at least two $500 scholarships to outstanding students who are or will be attending Gila Community College.  Those registering at GCC for the fall semester of 2011 may apply for one of these scholarships.

Applications are available in the guidance office at Payson High School and in the admissions office at GCC, or request an application via e-mail from lilsemoff @yahoo.co.uk.

Special concert

Enjoy an evening of live acoustic music featuring tunes from different genres that blend early pop ballads, Dixie, jazz and even some country.

Guitarist and vocalist Joanie Smith-Reynolds will be teaming up with guitarist and vocalist Dale Knighton, along with drummer Gerry Reynolds in a single Payson performance.

This special concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 25 at the East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Payson. A $10 donation at the door is requested. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the venue. Seating is limited to 70. An RSVP can be sent to gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

GCC registration open

Gila Community College has started its summer and fall semester registration.

View the schedule of classes and register online at www.gilaccc.org, or come in person to register at the campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, Payson.

Summer session dates are May 31 through July 25; fall semester dates are Aug. 22 through Dec. 15.

Family concert

Payson’s newest coffee house, Uptown Espresso, is presenting a music event for the entire family at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 26. Uptown Espresso is located at 612 N. Beeline Highway in Payson.

The performers for the evening will include the popular Payson music group Anything Goes performing a variety of popular tunes and Wayne Todd, who will be performing gospel and country music. The group Anything Goes and Wayne Todd are known for their performances on First Fridays in Payson at the Payson Senior Center and various festivals.

A $5 donation at the door is suggested.

For more information, call Anne Eichberger at 928-951-4420

Library bookstore specials

During March, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is offering a two for one special on a large selection of gardening books. The bookstore’s collection of nature, science, and animal books also will be on special at two for the price of one during March.

The bookstore has a large collection of children’s and young adult books, many of which are Accelerated Reader titles. None of these books is priced over $1 and often are in the 10-to-25-cent range. All of these books will be included in March’s two for the price of one specials. 

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information, visit the LFOP website at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

Program on Japan’s nuclear crisis at GCC

Gila Community College will present a talk by Dr. Robert Mayer on the nuclear crisis in Japan at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 30 in room 405 on the Payson GCC campus.

Mayer has 50 years work experience in the nuclear industry. He will talk about how the reactors in Japan are similar to the ones in the U.S., what happened at Three Mile Island, and the damage the Japanese earthquakes have done to the nuclear reactors there.

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