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Barrel & Pole Practice starts at the Payson Event Center Wednesday, April 18. Books open at 4 p.m., with time-only runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fee is $3 per run or $5 for a three-minute time slot. Friday Night Barrel & Pole 4D contests will start April 27, with books opening at 5 p.m.

April 17 Tuesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Yard sale donations sought

The Unity of Payson Church will hold its second annual Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 1500 N. Far View in Payson.

Unity of Payson is growing. The proceeds of the sale will be dedicated to securing a permanent location for the membership and to further its fellowship. To donate items before the sale, call (928) 474-3472.

Reserve a space at the Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 12. It is an outreach of the church to the community, giving a great venue for residents to make a few dollars at a very low cost with advertising handled by the church. A 10-foot-by-19-foot space can be rented for just $10.

All proceeds from this event go to the Community Presbyterian Church Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need.

The Community Yard Sale will be at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). Reserve a space by calling the church office at (928) 474-2059 from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

April 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.

• Clothing distribution: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rim Country Middle School

• Equestrian events: 4 p.m., Payson Event Center

• Acting recital: 7 p.m., PHS auditorium

Clothing distribution

The next Kaitie’s Closet clothing distribution will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18 at Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow St., Payson.

This is the last distribution of the school year. The distributions will begin again once school resumes in late summer. While there will not be any distributions for a few months, contributions of good, gently used clothing and monetary donations are always welcome. Look for the collection sites around town.

Weekly equestrian contests begin

Barrel & Pole Practice starts at the Payson Event Center Wednesday, April 18. Books open at 4 p.m., with time-only runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fee is $3 per run or $5 for a three-minute time slot.

Friday Night Barrel & Pole 4D contests will be held at the PEC April 27, May 11, June 22, July 20, Aug, 24, Sept, 14 and Oct. 12. Books open at 5 p.m. and competition starts at 7:30 p.m. Time-only events are from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and cost $3 per run and have a one-minute time limit.

The jackpot includes $250 added money to open. The fees include $25 for registration and a $5 arena fee. There will be a 60 percent cash payout.

Acting recital

Members of the Longhorn Theatre Company will present their annual Acting One Recital at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18 in the high school auditorium. 

This year, the students will present four short plays, Hannah’s Nightmare by Craig Sodaro, Poor Little Lambs by Stephan Gregg, For Love or Money by Juliet Garver and If Boys Wore the Skirts by Anne Coulter Martens. Admission is free, but donations would be appreciated.

April 19 Thursday

• 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

• Gosar staffer visits: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gila County offices, 610 E. Hwy. 260

• Business Buzz: 11:30 a.m.with Congressman Paul Gosar at Best Western Payson Inn

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

• Weight issues and options: 5:30 p.m., Healthy Perspectives

• The American Tenors in concert: 7 p.m., PHS auditorium

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Paul Gosar

Gosar staffer in Payson

U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-1) has announced that his staff will be holding office hours in Payson from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19. Gosar’s representative will be at the office of Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin, 610 E. Highway 260.

Staff will answer questions and provide help with the Veterans Administration and veterans’ benefits, Social Security, issues with federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, or issues with the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other federal agencies.

Business Buzz

The April Business Buzz, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 19, will feature Congressman Paul Gosar. The event will be held at the Best Western Payson Inn, 801 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. 

Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe will cater lunch for $15 per person. To ensure enough meals are prepared, please call the Chamber for a reservation, (928) 474-4515.

The Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce co-host the Business Buzz.

Learn options to deal with weight related issues

Dealing with weight related issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, thyroid issues or hard to get rid of cellulite? 

Join natural health educators and wellness advocates Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI, and Vivian Seville, CNA, LMT Joyologist to discuss root causes of these issues; effective options to successfully improve your quality of life and manage your weight without shots, prescriptions, stimulants, juices or FAD treatments.

Lectures will be presented at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19 and Thursday, May 10. The lecture is free, but reservations are required. Call (928) 472-7120 to learn more.

The American Tenors

The 2011-2012 season of the Tonto Community Concert Association will close April 19 with a performance by The American Tenors at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. They will be accompanied by producer/pianist Frank McNamara.

Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. For more information, visit the association’s Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

The north parking lot on Longhorn Road is closed due to construction. There is no access to the auditorium from any parking lot on Longhorn Road. Concertgoers must park in the west lot on McLane Road. There will be a very limited number of parking places for patrons that require close access to the auditorium. These patrons should pull into the Wilson Dome parking lot on Wade Lane; a student will direct them to on-campus parking just steps away from the auditorium. 

For more information about the Payson High School parking status, please contact Susan Campbell at (928) 474-2070.

April 20 Friday

• Humane Society Thrift Shop grand opening: 9 a.m., at 510 W. Main, continues Saturday

• 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

Humane Society Thrift Shop moving

In order to better serve the needs of shoppers, the Humane Society of Central Arizona Thrift Shop will be moving just across the street from its current location at 501 W. Main St. to 510 W. Main St. — the Payson Womans Club building.

The grand opening will be held Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

To donate gently used items for the benefit of the animals, call at (928) 468-6419 and a pick-up can be arranged. Receipts are available for tax purposes. For more information, visit the society’s Web site at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.

Looking ahead

Better water?

Are you getting the greatest health benefits from your drinking water? Find out at a free lecture from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 21 at Healthy Perspectives Wellness Center, 805 E. Highway 260, Payson.

The program will be presented by natural health educator and wellness advocate Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI. This will be an interactive discussion regarding hydration needs, types of drinking water and an introduction to ionized water. Guests are invited to bring a sample of their drinking water to be tested for pH content.

Please register for this free educational event at (928) 472-7120.

Storm Spotter training

Interested in Weather? Become a National Weather Service Storm Spotter. A free training will be held in Tonto Basin Saturday, April 21 that will teach people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety.

Participants will learn about how thunderstorms work, how to identify cloud features associated with micro bursts and tornadoes, visually estimate wind speeds, and how spotter reports tie in to warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).

The training will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21 at the Tonto Basin LDS Church, Arizona 188, Tonto Basin (across the highway from the Tonto Basin Marketplace). To register, contact Leana Asberry at lasberry@co.gila.az.us or call (928) 402-8805. For more information about the program, contact Ken Waters or Austin Jamison at the NWS Phoenix Forecast Office (602) 275-0073 or visit weather.gov/ phoenix and

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