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The Tonto Community Concert Association’s final concert of the 2010-2011 season, featuring the Dallas Brass, will be held in the Payson High School Auditorium Friday, May 13. Also featured that evening will be the Payson High School band. The concert begins at 7 p.m., however, plan to be there early to enjoy music by “The Big Band Music Machine” — the local jazz band directed by Mike Buskirk, which includes both Payson middle school and high school students. Tickets will be available at the door.

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The old Tractor Guys of Pine and Strawberry are having a show in Pine — the 3rd Annual Pine Tractor & Engine Show will be Saturday, May 14 at the Payson Concrete Materials yard in Pine. There will be a large assortment of old farm tractors and equipment on display. There will raffles with prizes. Admission for spectators is free, however donations of non-perishable food will be appreciated. This is to support the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank. For more information, call Dave at (928) 476-3623, or Randy at (928) 476-4151. 

May 10 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

• GCC Board Meeting: 1 p.m. Payson campus via ITV

• Redistricting meeting: 5:30 p.m., county maintenance yard, east of Star Valley and, via ITV at 610 E. Hwy. 260.

• Chamber music: 7 p.m., community room of Gila Community College Payson campus

Chip sealing in Tonto Basin

The Gila County Road Department will be chip sealing in Tonto Basin at Indian Point (F.S.R. 661) Tuesday, May 10. Please be prepared to expect delays and stay alert to traffic control.

Get a space at flea market

The Community Presbyterian Church Deacons will have three Community Flea Markets — Saturday, May 14, Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10.

Spaces are just $10 for a 19-foot-by-10 foot area where anything that is legal may be sold.

The events will be held from 7 a.m. to noon; set-up must be finished by 7 a.m. There will be no overnight supervision, but if vendors stay in the parking lot all night with their merchandise, they may set up Friday nights after 5 p.m.

All proceeds from space rentals go to the Deacons’ Food Bank, and vendors keep the profits.

Come by the church office at 800 W. Main St. weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon to register. Spaces fill up fast. For details, call John at (928) 476-3758, or the church office at (928) 474-2059.

Redistricting meeting

The Gila County Redistricting Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10 at the Star Valley Public Works Facility, 5320 E. Highway 260, Mile Post 257, Star Valley. It will be available for participation by Interactive Television Video (ITV) at the Gila County Administration Building, 610 E. Highway 260, Payson, and the Gila County Courthouse Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 1400 E. Ash St., Globe.

The agenda includes a presentation from deputy county attorney Bryan Chambers on recent e-mails and the open meeting law; redistricting guidelines and procedural rules by committee chair Roberto Sanchez; receiving and documenting public input by consultant Tony Sissons, who will also make a presentation about the online redistricting mapping tool.

The committee will also possibly take action on selecting study groups and will discuss committee members’ vacation plans in order to schedule future events.

It will also discuss and possibly take action on setting the date for the first round of public information meetings.

The meeting is open to the public, which may attend at any of the sites listed above.

Chamber music at GCC

Gila Community College’s Chamber Ensemble will be performing its end-of-year concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 10. The concert will be held in the community room at the Payson campus and is free to the public.

May 11 Wednesday

• Fire restrictions start: 8 a.m. for all of Tonto National Forest

• 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

Fire restrictions on Tonto begin May 11

Drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 11. Most types of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited.

Restrictions also apply to smoking outside of a cleared area, operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices in effective working order, or discharging firearms except in taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.  

Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed, and some developed campgrounds are also exempted from these restrictions

Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.  

For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.usda .gov/Tonto.

For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll free 877-864-6985, or visit the. Southwest Coordination Center website:  http://gacc .nifc.gov/swcc or http://www.publiclands.org /firenews/AZ.php.

May 12 Thursday

• 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

• CAC meeting: 2 p.m., Payson Town Councilors Su Connell and Ed Blair to speak, Payson Public Library meeting room

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

Citizens Awareness Committee to meet

The Citizens Awareness Committee meeting at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 12 will feature guest speakers Town Councilors Su Connell and Ed Blair.

They will be presenting a review of recent major issues recently resolved by and pending before the Payson Town Council.

Contact the Citizens Awareness via e-mail at paysoncac@yahoo.com.

Open gym

Rim Country Health and Retirement Community is offering residents of Payson and the surrounding communities a free educational wellness program, which includes open gym and a series of informational classes.

The outreach program is being implemented to coincide with the increased focus on improving physical fitness and safety.

The supervised open gym is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month — May 12; and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month. Participants need a note from their primary care provider stating they are OK to exercise.

The classes are from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

May 13 Friday

• 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.

• Shred-a-Thon: 10 a.m. to noon, Walmart parking lot

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., continues through Sunday, see brochure in today’s paper for map, information

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• Pirates of the Caribbean movie marathon: 5 p.m., Julia Randall Elementary auditorium

• TCCA program: 7 p.m., Payson High School auditorium

Rim Country Rotary hosts Shred-a-Thon

The next Shred-A-Thon will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 13, or until the truck is full.

Businesses and individuals can take advantage of this mobile shredding service to properly dispose of sensitive documents and outdated papers.

The mobile shredder will be located at the Walmart parking lot, 300 N. Beeline Highway. Look for the TNT Shredding truck parked near the highway.

Cost per bankers box (10x12x15 inches) is $6, cash or check.

TNT Shredding will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Rim Country Rotary Club. Other sized boxes may be used with the cost estimated on volume.

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rim Country Rotary and TNT Shredding are sponsoring the event. Contact Tim at (480) 329-7412 for more information.

Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour

Tour the studios of artists of the Rim Country from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 13, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15.

Look for the brochure in today’s Roundup, which includes a list of participating artists and a map to the showcased studios.

The event is sponsored by the Payson Art League.

Pirates of the Caribbean movie marathon

There will be a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon at Julia Randall Auditorium starting at 5 p.m., Friday, May 13.

The first film will be screened at 5 p.m., the second at 7:30 p.m. and the third at 10 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person or $20 for families of up to six.

There will be food and drinks at a concession stand.

Along with all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, there will be a Pirates of the Caribbean movie trivia contest, costume contest, with awards for the best Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan impersonation.

Proceeds benefit PAAL and its programs.

TCCA concert will feature PHS band, plus guest artists

The Tonto Community Concert Association’s final concert of the 2010-2011 season, featuring the Dallas Brass, will be held in the Payson High School Auditorium Friday, May 13. 

Also featured that evening will be the Payson High School band. The concert begins at 7 p.m., however, plan to be there early to enjoy music by “The Big Band Music Machine” — the local jazz band directed by Mike Buskirk, which includes both Payson middle school and high school students.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Looking ahead

Community Flea Market

The Community Presbyterian Church Deacons will be holding three Community Flea Market events this summer on Saturday, May 14, Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10 only.

Spaces are just $10 for a 19-foot-by-10 foot area where anything that is legal may be sold.

The second Saturday events will be held from 7 a.m. to noon, with vendors required to be completely set up by 7 a.m. No overnight supervision will be offered, but if vendors stay in the parking lot all night with their merchandise, they may set up Friday nights after 5 p.m.

All proceeds from space rentals go to the Deacons’ Food Bank and vendors keep the profits.

Come by the church office at 800 W. Main St. weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon to register now. Spaces fill up fast. For more information, call John at (928) 476-3758, or the church office at (928) 474-2059.

PEC yard sale

Payson Education Center will hold its second annual yard sale/bake sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 14. The money raised will be used to help pay for student activities.

Anyone with treasures they would like to donate, may bring them by the school anytime on Friday, May 13. The school is located at 112 W. Cedar Lane in Payson. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.

Learn more about ADD and ADHD

Dr. John Barton of Arizona State University’s Tempe Clinical Psychology Center will be presenting a “no cost” training for those living with or working with children, adolescents or adults with ADD or ADHD.

These are brain-based conditions that are characterized by poor attention and distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. Barton will cover multiple topics from symptoms, causes, heredity, how parents can be better advocates to academic modifications and optional services.

ADHD tends to occur among family members, so the condition is thought to have a genetic and biological component. It is estimated that up to 5 percent of preschool and school age children have these disorders.

Sponsored by Arizona’s Children Association, the training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14 at the Mountain Bible Church, building “C”, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson. Register by calling Kelli Schuttinga with Arizona’s Children at (928) 472-4310 or e-mail Mary Jacobson at mjacobson@arizonaschildren .org.

Calling all tractor lovers

The old Tractor Guys of Pine and Strawberry are having a show in Pine — the 3rd Annual Pine Tractor & Engine Show will be Saturday, May 14 at the Payson Concrete Materials yard in Pine.

There will be a large assortment of old farm tractors and equipment on display. There will raffles with prizes. Admission for spectators is free, however, donations of non-perishable food will be appreciated. This is to support the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.

For more information, call Dave at (928) 476-3623, or Randy at (928) 476-4151. 

Code of the West Tour

Summer season events open at the Rim Country Museum at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14. The museum will start its Code of the West Tour that day, which gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a day spent tracing the locations and history found in Zane Grey’s novel Code of the West.

Set in Little Green Valley near Payson, the story tells of the romance between Cal Thurman, a local rancher’s son, and the school teacher’s sister Georgiana — a “vision of youth and beauty” with “big violet eyes” and “lips as red as carmine” who, at 17, is “an outrageous flirt.” On her first visit to Arizona, Georgiana has much to learn about the heart of a cowboy and the “code of the west.”

Stops on the tour include Little Green Valley, historic Kohl’s Ranch and a drive up Tonto Fish Hatchery Road to view the original Zane Grey Cabin site in the distance. While at Kohl’s Ranch, tour members will enjoy a no-host lunch (outdoor picnic with grilled chicken or steak or portabella mushroom sandwich and sides for $11) and a visit to the old schoolhouse (now a summer cabin for the Kohl family).

Betty Kohl Adams, author of a book on the history of her family and their ranch, will be there to speak to visitors and sign copies of her book.

After starting at the museum in Payson at 10 a.m., the tour (drive your own auto) will travel about 40 miles round trip and conclude around 3 p.m. A museum docent will guide the tour.

Make a reservation as soon as possible. Call the museum at (928) 474-3483 to sign up.

Relay for Life benefit

There will be a Relay for Life Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday May 15 at Walmart. Jan Parsons and Connie Webber will also be selling commemorative luminaries for the June 3-4 event.

Book launch

Celebrate the launch of an exciting new urban fantasy series set in Arizona from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15 at 100 N. Tonto St. Author Kevin Hearne, the son of Rim Country resident Gail Hearne, provides an insider’s view of the publishing world along with a book signing open to the public free of charge.

Hearne, a Valley English teacher, will share tips for writers, hold a Q&A session with the audience and read an excerpt from his debut novel, “Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1),” which was released May 3, 2011 by Del Rey/Random House. Fans will not have to wait long to read more of this series. The second and third books will be released in the following months — “Hexed” on June 7 and “Hammered” on July 5.

A paperback version of “Hounded” will be available for purchase for those who want to get a copy personally autographed by Kevin during this event.

Portions of “The Iron Druid Chronicles” were written during Hearne’s visits to Payson.

The novel “Hounded” received a starred review in Publishers Weekly Magazine. In a professional review of “Hounded,” John Ottinger III, editor of GraspingForTheWind.com, said: “This is the best urban/paranormal fantasy I have read in years. Fast paced, funny, clever, and suitably mythic, this is urban fantasy for those worn-out of werewolves and vampires… Highly recommended.”

For more information, visit the author’s website: www.kevinhearne .com.

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 Suzy at (928) 978-3256 or email paysoncommunitykids@gmail.com.

Maternal health is a human right

Every 90 seconds a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth — that’s nearly 1,000 women every day, more than 350,000 a year.

One of the most basic things we can do is to support pending legislation to ensure that all 50 states have review boards to collect data, analyze and report on maternal deaths and near misses, and to develop common sense solutions to protect women’s health.

Amnesty International and its partners across the country are taking action now to create a groundswell of support to improve maternal health, and to make sure this new legislation becomes a reality.

Help shine a light on maternal health in your community and throughout the world by joining Payson Amnesty International’s monthly meeting and Maternal Health letter writing campaign from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, May 16 at 100 N. Tonto St., Payson.

For more information, call Penny at (928) 474-2391.

Economic recovery discussion planned

Scott Flake, Edward Jones financial advisor in Payson, is hosting a free 35-minute educational seminar titled, “Outlook and Opportunities: Economic Recovery — Progress, Not Perfection,” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 17 at The Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

The seminar will include information about: why high deficits and debt shouldn’t prevent making investment decisions; how to hedge against changing interest rates; how to choose municipal bonds during budget woes; where the stock market opportunities are, both in the U.S. and abroad

The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Pat Kolasinski at (928) 468-1470.

An opportunity to do the smart thing

Mike Clark, the principal of Pine Strawberry School, reports that the Rim Country Literacy Program will offer GED preparation classes in Pine.

There will be an information meeting in the school library at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 18.

The purpose of the information meeting is to: tell interested persons about the GED preparation program and services RCLP provides; determine the time the classes will meet; and provide information about the GED exam and what is required to pass it.

For more information, call the Pine Strawberry School at (928) 476-3283 or RCLP at (928) 468-7257.

Donations sought

Donations are being accepted for the Rim Country Middle School Friendship Memorial Garden.

RCMS has formed a committee to design and plan a Friendship Memorial Garden. It is both an RCMS beautification project, providing a relaxing, outdoor environment, for teachers and staff to reflect on their day, and a memorial to former RCMS students and teachers, such as Gloria Joe, who have gone before us.

Honorees will be former RCMS students and teachers who left a positive impact on our school, through their accomplishments and contributions.

The RCMS Friendship Memorial Garden committee would welcome donations, large and small. Checks can be made out to RCMS Memorial Garden. Donations can be submitted to Lorraine Bright at the RCMS Student Services office.

Those interested in a nomination form can contact Halli Kinnick at RCMS by phone, at (928) 474-4511 or by e-mail at halli.kinnick @pusd.com.

Female authors are feature of bookstore

During May, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be honoring mothers with a 2-for-1 sale of works by female authors. Included in this sale will be hardcover, paperback, fiction and non-fiction books.

Come in and find treasures by such prominent authors as Danielle Steel, Mary Higgins Clark, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Judith Krantz, Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwall and many more. Given the already low prices, this 2-for-1 special is an incredible bargain. Consider giving Mom a couple of good books, along with a few uninterrupted hours to enjoy them. She will be delighted with your thoughtfulness.

As June approaches, parents are concerned with keeping children’s reading skills active during summer vacation. The bookstore has a great selection of children’s books to help promote summer reading.  Currently, there is a large supply of Young Adult hardback books, which are being offered during May at the incredible price of 4 for $1. This is a great opportunity to keep older children reading over summer break.

Every penny spent in the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is reinvested in the Payson Library to support the purchase of new material and many special programs. Therefore, bookstore customers not only benefit from one of the best values to be found in Payson, they also support an important civic institution.

Bookstore stock changes daily, so the wise shopper visits frequently. The 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 Library Friends of Payson Web site at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.   

Adult Education classes

Adult Education classes are being offered in Payson through the office of the Gila County Superintendent of Schools. Classes are free of charge for students ages 16 and older who are not currently enrolled in high school. Classes meet from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 112 W. Cedar Lane.

Orientation for new adult education students will begin at 5 p.m. on both days. Classes go until the end of June and resume in August. Classes are not offered in July.

Classes include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and GED Preparation. One-on-one and small group instruction is offered in all subject areas using text-based materials, computer-assisted applications and distance learning opportunities.

The Gila County Adult Education Program also offers a Distance Learning Program for students that can’t get to a class. All Gila County libraries have a laptop computer set aside for GED Adult Education Students. For more information about the Gila County Adult Education Program, please contact Kay Adams at (928) 978-0427 or contact Leslie Owen at lowen@ co.gila.az.us or stop by and talk to Kay during class hours.

Help needed for rescued dogs

Tara’s Babies Animal Welfare in Tonto National Forest just outside of Young is a no-kill rescue facility for dogs, started during the Katrina disaster. It provided a home for more than 100 dogs rescued from New Orleans. Homes were found for all but 10.

The facility keeps unadoptable dogs for life. It is now suffering from the economic downturn and needs an ongoing food supply for 80 dogs. Can someone help?

Contact Kunzang Dolma, director, at (928) 301-1392 or e-mail anipalmo@hotmail.com.

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