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The Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, presented by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, is May 19, 20 and 21 at the Payson Event Center. Festivities start with the Cactus Series Women’s Rodeo on Thursday, with the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo on Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m., with performances starting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. A dance will follow at the Ox Bow Saloon, with music starting at 9 p.m.

May 17 Tuesday

• 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

• JRE and Rock Building history: 7 p.m., board meeting room of Payson Unified School District administrative office, 902 W. Main

History of JRE and the Rock Building

A photographic slide presentation featuring Payson’s historic Rock Building and Julia Randall Elementary School will be presented free of charge at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, and again at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 17.

The program will be in the board and community meeting room of the Rock Building, now the home of Payson School District’s administrative office adjacent to Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St.

Three local citizens have partnered with Payson School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien to preserve the history of the rock building: Ted Pettet, Payson’s first mayor and former teacher and coach at the Rock Building school; Glenn Smith, an artist specializing in photographic prints; and Gail Hearne, writer, speaker and educator. The group has collected a number of historic photographs and would like to gather more from members of the community.

Celebrate the history of the rock building that was built by local men with federal WPA funds during the Great Depression. The stone schoolhouse was open to educate Payson’s children for seven decades. The original oak wood floors of the hallway were beautifully restored during the 2009 remodel.

May 18 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

• Deadline to register for GED test: noon at 719 S. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• Chamber Mixer: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Bootleg Alley, Main Street, Payson

• Student showcase: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Payson Education Center “Showcase Night”

• Program on GED: 6 p.m., Pine Strawberry School library

Only two more chances to take GED tests

The spring 2011 GED testing schedule will end June 18. Remaining dates are May 21 and June 18.

Currently, a limited number of spaces are available for the May 21 test. The deadline to preregister is noon on May 18. For more information, call (928) 472-5373 between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday.

The cost is $70 for the complete test, $10 for each retake. Candidates must pre-register at 719 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. The non-refundable fee must be paid at the time of pre-registration, in order to reserve a space in the testing session.

Chamber Mixer

The Wednesday, May 18 Chamber Mixer will be at Bootleg Alley on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Come down to historic Bootleg Alley, home of Payson Dew in a prior life, and enjoy an evening of networking with friends and businesses that are new to you. Enjoy light snacks and beverages, while listening to the authentic Cowboy music of Eddie Armer, a true Rim Country legend.

His new book will be there for purchase and will be signed by the author. The Kiwanis Brat team will be there with great smells and delicious brats and dogs.

The cost is $3 for chamber members and $5 for members of the community.

PEC ‘Showcase Night’

The Payson Education Center invites the public to attend “Showcase Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 18.

This will be a night to celebrate student learning. The night will include music, singing, signing, magic and a photo slide show of the year’s activities.

PEC also invites the public to attend Medieval Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, May 23. This night will celebrate the Medieval era with food, costumes and decorations.

Light refreshments will be served on both nights.  PEC is located at 112 W. Cedar Lane. For more information, call (928) 468-8509

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. An informational meeting in the school library will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 18.

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

May 19 Thursday

• Scrub Sale: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., benefits Mogollon Health Alliance

• 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

• Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo: 7 p.m., Payson Event Center, starts with Women’s Cactus Series Rodeo tonight, continues with Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association performances Friday and Saturday nights, with a dance a Ox Bow to follow May 20 and 21 at 9 p.m.

Scrub Sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will have a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 19. Come check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories and much more. 

All money raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to the community through the Mogollon Health Alliance.

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

Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo

The Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, presented by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, is May 19, 20 and 21 at the Payson Event Center. The livestock for the event is from Salt River Rodeo, which has some of the sport’s top bulls.

The Cactus Series – Ladies’ Barrel Racing opens the festivities Thursday, May 19. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance is at 7 p.m. Admission is a can of food for Rim Country food banks.

The rodeo is at 7 p.m., Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. Gates open at 5 p.m. and admission is $14 for those 13 to 64; $12 for those 65 and older; and $10 for those 8 to 12; children, 7 and under, are free. Tickets are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, all area Circle Ks, Bill Armstrong Pawn in Star Valley and the Payson Roundup office. There will be $2 discount coupons in the Roundup newspaper.

The Friday night performance is dedicated to the Tough Enough To Wear Pink campaign to benefit breast cancer research and patient support programs. The Pro Rodeo Committee will donate $3 for each cowboy contestant wearing pink and $1 for each audience member in pink.

Saturday’s rodeo is the Patriot Performance to honor returning, wounded and fallen veterans. All active military personnel will be admitted free of charge on Saturday night.

Those planning to attend the May 21 show are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

Following both the May 20 and May 21 performances, there will be a rodeo dance at the historic Ox Bow on West Main. The John Eric Band will provide the music starting at 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

May 20 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.

• 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

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