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Guest vocalist LeAnne Leman will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. Bring Mom out to enjoy this special jazz performance.

Sculpture Month at Art Gallery

The public is invited to the opening reception for the newest member artist at Down the Street Art Gallery, Dennis Weber, who will be demonstrating techniques of his chosen medium — sculpting in paper clay. His sculptures in this new molding material made with clay and paper, are whimsical, fun and colorful. Weber will be the featured artist along with bronze sculptor Gail, who is renown for her exquisite bronze sculptures of western women and wildlife. She will be showing many of the various steps in creating a bronze sculpture from armature to patina.

Visit the gallery at 703 W. Main St., Payson from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 6.  Mexican-inspired refreshments will be served in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Math and Literacy Night

Rim Country Middle School invites students, families and community members to a Family Math and Literacy Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 in Building C.

Ag Daze

The agricultural education program, “Ag Daze” will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6, sponsored by The Tonto National Resource Conservation District and H-4 Ranch.

Lani Hall, the Gila County Extension Leader, and Lori Brown have put together a program in the classroom and out in the field with a ftrip to the H-4 Ranch. Each semester, twice a year, students from Gila County schools are taught five classroom lessons and then take a field trip to the H-4 Ranch.

For more information, contact Lori Brown, H-4 Ranch/Black Mountain Excavating Corp., 49831 N. Hwy. 188, Payson, AZ 85541, (928) 978-2440 or visit www.h-4ranch.com.

Cinco de Mayo celebration

The Payson Public Library will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in style Thursday, May 5.

Lucy’s Tacos To Go Lunch — reserved in advance — will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The $6 lunch includes two tacos, rice, beans, salsa and chips.

Then the library will have a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta from 4 to 5 p.m.

Master story teller Alice Natale will present “Mariposa Mariposa.” There will be butterfly tissue paper crafts, face painting, refreshments, piñatas and more. All for free!

The Payson Public Library is at 318 N. McLane Rd. Call (928) 474-9260 for more information and to reserve your Lucy’s Tacos To Go Lunch.

American Legion Riders Fun Run

The American Legion Riders Tonto Rim Post 69 is hosting its fifth annual Fun Run to benefit Payson Supply Line on Saturday, May 7.

This year an increased number of local merchants and organizations have donated both money and gifts to the participants.

The American Legion Post at 709 East Highway 260 will be the start and finish for the run, with 11 merchants serving as Bead Stops.

Breakfast and lunch will be available at the Legion for a nominal fee. Sign in is from 8 to 9:30 a.m., with participants returning to the Legion by 2:30 p.m. for the closing ceremonies.

Last year the Fun Run raised more than $8,000, so this year the goal has been set at $10,000. All proceeds benefit Payson Supply Line, whose mission is to provide needed personal items to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For further information call Post 69 at (928) 474-6969.

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 paysoncommunitykids@gmail.com.

Aloha benefit breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will have a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee from 7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7. This is the first of a series of benefits planned by the church to help send the Payson High School marching band to Hawaii to perform at the 70th Anniversary celebration of Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7, 2011. The band will be performing aboard the USS Missouri.

Adults are asked to make a $5 donation for the breakfast and children under 10 will be served free of charge. For more information call Clayton Hatfield (928) 474-4435.

Mother’s Day jazz concert

Bring Mom out to the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 8 for a jazz concert with Lew Turano on piano and guest vocalist LeAnne Leman, accompanied by Tony Vacca, sax and flute; Steve Douglas, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

LeAnne Leman has been performing jazz standards with big bands, jazz combos, and symphony orchestras for more than 30 years. She also has been the director and musical arranger for various jazz, Christmas and inspirational music productions.

A donation of $5 or more for each person includes refreshments.

For information or to RSVP reply to gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

Benefit dance

There will be a benefit dance for the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank of Payson from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7.

The dance will feature the music of the Elliotts. They’ll be playing ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, swing, oldies and country at Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway (in the Swiss Village).

Desserts by Gerardo’s Firewood Café and coffee or tea from Uptown Espresso will be provided for free with each $10 per person donation or try the many items available for purchase on the Uptown Espresso menu.

For ticket or donation information, visit Uptown Espresso or call Bill at (951) 634-4208.

Pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast to raise funds for the Calvary Chapel youth program will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Saturday, May 7 at Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

GCC Quilted Clothing Fashion Show

The Rim Country community is invited to attend Gila Community College’s Quilted Clothing Fashion Show from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 5 in the campus Community Room. No admission will be charged.

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