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The public is invited to the first annual Pine/Strawberry Trails Day celebrating being named an Arizona Trail Gateway Community. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at the ramada in the Pine Community Center. The day’s events will feature demonstrations; two trail hikes, one led by a llama at 10 a.m. and a Bradshaw Meadow hike at 11 a.m.; live music and more.

April 20 Friday

• Benefit yard sale: 1504 N. Farview to help Democrats

• 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

Benefit yard sale

In order to raise funds for the Democratic Club of Northern Gila County’s election office and activities, George and Shirley Schriner have volunteered to host a yard sale at their home Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. Their home is located at 1501 N. Farview Drive in Payson. It is near the corner of North Easy Street. 

HSCAZ Thrift Shop holds grand opening April 20-21

In order to better serve the needs of shoppers, the Humane Society of Central Arizona Thrift Shop has moved just across the street from its former 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.

April 21 Saturday

• Rummage sale: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Payson Public 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

• Storm Spotter training: 10 a.m. to noon, Tonto Basin LDS

• Water education: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Healthy Perspectives

• Pine/Strawberry Trails Day: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pine Community Center ramada

Nazarene Church rummage sale

The Children’s Ministries of the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, is holding a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21. Proceeds will go toward sending the Bible Quizzers group to San Diego, Calif. for the final competition. Church members as well as the Children’s Department will be participating.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, April 21 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, April 22 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings, and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

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 click on the link for “Weather Spotter.”

Pine/Strawberry Trails Day

The public is invited to the first annual Pine/Strawberry Trails Day celebrating being named an Arizona Trail Gateway Community. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at the ramada in the Pine Community Center.

The day’s events will feature demonstrations of the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue rescue dog, medieval fighting, Gila County Mounted Posse horse rescue; plus there will be vendors; two trail hikes, one led by a llama at 10 a.m. and a Bradshaw Meadow hike at 11 a.m.; live music by Trouble in Paradise; fudge and more goodies. 

An all-day passport is $3. Each time visitors go to a business that day they receive a stamp — once 10 stamps are collected, turn in the passport at the ramada to qualify for an amazing basket filled with local gift certificates and lots of other great items. The drawing for the basket is at 5 p.m.

April 22 Sunday

• Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church hall

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Bingo: 1 p.m.; pool tournament, 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Payson Community Kids Benefit Dinner: 6 p.m., Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe

Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sunday, April 22 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church Hall. The menu includes sausage, orange juice and coffee as well as pancakes. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

Payson Community Kids benefit dinner tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for a special dinner to benefit the Payson Community Kids.

The cost is $75 per person for a five-course dinner by Chef Gerardo Moceri at Gerardo’s Firewood Café and includes a wine tasting. There will also be raffles and a silent auction. The event is at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 22.

Get tickets at Gerardo’s or call Suzy at (928) 978-3256.

April 23 Monday

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

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

April 24 Tuesday

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

Looking ahead

Safer homes for seniors

The Mystical Rose Sodality of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church invites any older adults to attend an important, informative program to learn how to prevent falls and fires in their homes.

Payson Fire Department firefighter and paramedic Andrew Hensley will speak Wednesday, April 25 at the Sodality’s regular monthly meeting at 1 p.m.

Hensley will teach valuable safety tips accumulated by the National Fire Protection Association to help seniors identify and correct potentially dangerous conditions in their homes.

Interested persons may come to St. Philip’s Parish Hall, Room 5; ample free parking is available. The Sodality’s regular business meeting will begin after the educational program is presented.

County attorney reaches out to victims of crime

The Gila County Attorney’s office will host an information booth in Payson on April 26 as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 22-28). The Victim Services Department will man an information booth at the Payson Library from 9 a.m. to noon. The office invites residents to learn about help available for victims of crime or how citizens can help and support the many victims of crime.

For more information, call the Gila County Attorney’s Office at (928) 474-4068.

Green Chili Burro Dinner

A Green Chili Burro Dinner is being planned to help raise funds to send Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School students on an academic field trip to New York City.

Enjoy a green chili burro dinner for $5 a plate at RCMS Cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 26. You can also pre-order burros — get five burros for $10 to take out. To learn more, contact Marlene Armstrong, (928) 514-8955, or Kristi Kisler, (928) 595-0192.

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