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The annual Payson Aero Fair will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Payson Airport. Festivities include a pancake breakfast, vintage to new aircraft on display and airplane rides featuring an aerial view of the Mogollon Rim Country.

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 call or e-mail Suzy at (928) 978-3256 or paysoncommunitykids@gmail.com.

PAL has marketing talk set

The Payson Art League will host Jason Horejs as its guest speaker in May. Horejs is renown for his marketing expertise and has written a book, “Starving to Successful the Fine Artists Guide to Getting into Galleries and Selling More Art.”

With more than 18 years of gallery experience, including nine years as owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Horejs has experienced first-hand the challenges artists face when approaching galleries. He has observed that many artists are making the same mistakes and are ill-prepared when talking to gallery owners, setting themselves up for frustration and often failure.

Emerging and established artists are invited to attend this presentation designed to help understand how gallery owners select artists and ask questions about the gallery business.

Several topics will be covered on the subject, including marketing strategies and portfolio recommendations with a focus on successful presentation to galleries.

The Payson Art League meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road. The public is welcome.

Aero Fair

The annual Payson Aero Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21 (the rodeo show is at 7 p.m., so there is no conflict) at the Payson Airport. Admission is free.

The day starts off with a pancake breakfast by the Payson Pilots Association from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the cost is $7 for adults and $4 for those under 10. In addition to the pancakes, there will be eggs, sausage, juice and coffee on the menu.

All day there will be fly-in traffic with a wide assortment of vintage aircraft to new and Light Sport Aircraft. Also all day, the EAA Chapter is offering airplane rides for $25 per person, providing an aerial view of the magnificent Mogollon Rim Country.

Once again, Home Depot is sponsoring a building event for children and there will be vendors with something for everyone. Participants can buy a raffle ticket for just $1 for a chance to win a Garmin GPS.

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