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Program on Japan’s nuclear crisis

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.

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 1st 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 fifth anniversary with demonstrations of basket weaving, pottery, gourd art and wood art.

Gallery anniversary

Down the Street Art Gallery celebrates its fifth 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 directing 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.

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.

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