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Memorial Day Weekend

There will be four formal programs in Payson for Memorial Day, according to retired Col. Bill Sahno.

The annual Pioneer Cemetery Tribute begins with a flag-raising ceremony at sunrise Saturday, May 28, after which the cemetery will be opened for visitation.

The Mountain Meadows Tribute will begin at about 10 a.m., Sunday, May 29, sponsored by Messinger Payson Funeral Home with the support of the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

There will be a flag-raising ceremony at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino at 8 a.m., Monday, May 30, with patriotic music and a program to follow.

The main Memorial Day Tribute will take place at the Veterans Memorial at Green Valley Park, starting at approximately 10 a.m., Monday, May 30. Presented by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the program will include patriotic music, a presentation of the colors, an address by Mayor Kenny Evans and guest speakers. There will be a tribute by the Payson Military Honor Guard, including a rifle salute and the playing of Taps and a bagpipe presentation of Amazing Grace.

Events planned for the weekend in addition to the formal ceremonies include:

• Beaver Valley Day, starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 28. The theme is Beaver Valley Day at the Beach. It starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; continues with Fire Fighter Water Olympics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; plus, throughout the day, food, crafts, volleyball; and an outdoor movie at approximately 8 p.m.

Humane Society mixes fund-raising and fun

The Humane Society of Central Arizona hopes to raise money to save hundreds of dogs, cats and other pets with money donated for a unique fund-raiser.

Fresh off awarding a bid to build its new shelter, the Humane Society will launch one of its major annual fund-raisers, which features an afternoon filled with music, food and wine on the picturesque grounds at Randall Ranch in Rye on June 4. The event will include a gourmet picnic lunch, delectable desserts, bluegrass and blues, as well as a bronze art display.

Dubbed “Reds, Whites, Bronzes and Bluegrass,” organizers will serve red and white wines presented by winemaker Mark Lyon, of Sebastiani Vineyards, Sonoma, California and Southern Arizona’s Coronado Vineyards owner Jacque Cook. The Lyon family hosted last year's successful event "Country Wine, Jazz, Cheese and Chocolate Festival" at their La Cienega Ranch.

Coronado Vineyards, a family business owned and managed by Jacque Cook and her husband Mark, produces some of Arizona’s finest wines from vineyards nestled against the Dos Cabezas mountains an hour's drive from Tucson. The vineyard has won numerous awards.

On stage will be "Murphy’s Law" offering an eclectic mix of bluegrass, swing, old-timey, and original music from a group of highly regarded musicians. The group uses varied instruments, including mandolin, guitar, and claw hammer style banjo.

Sharing the stage will be "The Loose Cannons Blues Band," known for its unique style of "deep" traditional Chicago style blues. Led by James Bailey, the original Loose Cannon Band founder and drummer, the members of this eclectic band include some of the top blues musicians in Arizona.

Donors will participate in a raffle to win a trip to California’s wine country. The trip includes round trip airfare to Oakland and a three night stay, wine and food pairings and Spa Treatments at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, Calif.A $100 donation earns a ticket. The Humane Society is selling tickets for the event online at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org, or through the board of directors and individual ticket captains. All proceeds will benefit the animals served by the Humane Society of Central Arizona a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

For more information call (928) 474-5590.

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