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Pegi Gould, a founding partner of Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery, and husband John will be moving out of state and leaving their respective galleries the first week of April. As a farewell gift to clients and friends, Mrs. Gould is offering all her original oil paintings and prints for half price during First Friday’s Main Street event April 1. Mr. Gould will be demonstrating pinch pots at Down the Street Art Gallery at the same time.

March 30 Wednesday

• 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

• Nuclear crisis in Japan: 6 p.m., lecture at Gila Community College, Payson campus

Warm weather clothing on sale

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine, will begin selling spring and summer clothing beginning March 30. They also will switch to summer hours, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

For information, call (928) 476-4633.

GCC presents program on ‘Nuclear crisis in Japan’

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 of the Payson campus.

Dr. Mayer has 50 years of 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.

March 31 Thursday

• Voter registration: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tonto Apache tribal administration building

• 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

Tonto Apache voter registration drive

The Gila County Recorder’s Office is conducting a voter registration drive in preparation for upcoming elections at the tribal administration office on the Tonto Apache Reservation Thursday.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, March 31 at BIA 101, Street #30 at the tribal building in Payson.

Anyone who is not a registered voter, or has moved or would like to change their party preference, should come out and see the Gila County Recorder’s Office Voter Outreach Representative.

For more information, call the Gila County Recorder’s Office at (928) 402-8731 or (928) 402-8619.

April 1 Friday

• Greg Day benefits: all day, Sawmill Crossing

• 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

• First Friday events: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Main Street.

• Zumbathon®:5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Payson Senior Center, benefits the American Heart Association, $10 per person

Series of benefits set for Greg Day

Greg Day, who owns and operates Macky’s with his wife Cari, has been diagnosed with a serious illness and is facing major surgery and catastrophic medical costs.

A number of fund-raising events are planned in the next few days to help the family with their medical expenses.

An account has been created by Kiwanis for the family at National Bank of Arizona; contributions can be made to it directly.

Upcoming events for the fund are planned at Paper and Metal Scrappers, Scoops Ice Cream and Espresso and Macky’s.

The scrapbook store is holding a Card-O-Thon on April 1; this is a special “Make and Take” event. The store will have three to five styles of cards to make for $3 each (this will include paper, embellishments and everything else made to make a card).

There will also be a silent auction table featuring scrapbooking materials, as well as handmade jewelry donated for the occasion. Specially contributed bake sale items will also be offered.

All proceeds will go to the Day Medical Fund.

Scoops Ice Cream and Espresso will also have a fund-raiser on April 1.

From noon to 6 p.m. there will be $2 single scoop special, Gerardo Moceri’s popular cannoli will be sold for just $1 and all sales between noon and 6 p.m. will go the Day Medical Fund. Scoops will also have a silent auction featuring such things as a dozen cake pops, Scoops gift certificate, cheesecake and more.

At Macky’s, special green bracelets featuring Greg’s name on the outside, and the Day Family inside are available for purchase for a good will donation. On April 6, a special patio event is planned, featuring the music of John and Lu Carpino and Junction 87 and others performed live. All sales made on the patio will go to the Day Medical Fund.

1st Friday sale at Time Out Thrift Shop

Take ‘time out 2 shop’ before the 1st Friday festivities on Historic Main Street Friday, April 1.

Every item at the Time Out Thrift Shop will be half off. The thrift shop is at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s), Payson. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a pick-up, call (928) 474-3989.

All profits support Time Out Inc., its domestic shelter and transitional housing, along with domestic violence programs and services in Gila County. 

Enchiladas and entertainment

A Chicken Enchilada Bake Dinner with all the fixings, dessert and drink, plus music by Anything Goes, will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 1. The cost is $5 per person and the proceeds go to the Child Learning Center’s children’s programs.  The shuttle bus will be running too, so park at the church, eat dinner and then hitch a ride up and down Main Street.

The church is at 800 W. Main St., Payson.

First Friday

Looking for something to do? Never been to a Main Street First Friday? Stroll Main Street between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, April 1 and enjoy visiting with the merchants and neighbors. Many businesses offer specials and attractions.

MoJoe’s will have the Starlighters performing; Todd’s Books always has something new to tempt a reader’s appetite; Down The Street Art Gallery is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with demonstrations of basket weaving, pottery, gourd art and wood art.

Get that Easter candy now

Just in time to fill those Easter baskets, the Soroptimists will be selling See’s chocolates at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 1.

As always, owners Ken and Brenda Mooney will be treating those gathering on their porch to a concert. This month’s music is by one of Payson’s favorites, John Carpino. Light refreshments will be served.  Everyone is invited to join in the fun that is First Friday on Historic Main Street.  

A farewell sale at gallery

A founding partner of Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery, Pegi Gould and husband John will be moving out of state and leaving their respective galleries the first week of April.

As a farewell gift to clients and friends, Mrs. Gould is offering all her original oil paintings and prints for half price during First Friday’s Main Street event April 1.

Be sure to visit Artists of the Rim for this rare opportunity.

Mr. Gould will be demonstrating pinch pots at Down the Street Art Gallery at the same time.

Gallery anniversary

Down The Street Art Gallery celebrates its 5th Anniversary during the Friday, April 1 First Friday fun. In celebration, guests can enjoy a bubbly toast and anniversary cake while exploring the gallery.

There will be five member artists demonstrating through the evening. Bob Gleason will do basket weaving; John Gould, pottery; Geri Gittings, gourd art; and Dan Basinski, wood display.

New guest artists welcomed

Spring has finally “sprung” and the weather is perfect for strolling down Main Street on First Friday, April 1.

The Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery invites Rim residents and visitors to welcome two new guest artists.

David Sanchez, a graduate of Northern Arizona University, is currently the director of the ceramics program at Gila Community College. Not only is he an excellent instructor, but he is also a gifted ceramic artist.  His work is sure to be very popular with gallery patrons.

Myles Andre Gaehler, one of Sanchez’s students, creates fascinating ceramic masks with an African flavor as well as ceramic sculptures and murals.

ZUMBA® Fitness Party on First Friday

Wear your brightest red shirt during the ZUMBATHON® charity event to benefit the American Heart Association from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1 in the dining hall of the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Advance tickets will be sold at the Payson Regional Medical Outreach Center (Senior Circle), the Senior Center or at Curves.

This event is not a contest or a competition, it’s a party where participants are welcome to come and go as they please. For more information, call Christy Walton (928) 595-0406.

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