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The Gila County Master Gardeners are hosting a Spring Gardening Workshop from 8:45 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 24 at the Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road. The program is free. Speakers will discuss seed starting; water wise gardening/rainwater collection; easy garden irrigation; making and using vermicast (worm compost); and soils, compost and mulch. Food, drinks and information tables will be available. To register, call (928) 474-4160 or the Master Gardener Hotline at (928) 402-8589, or e-mail Chris Jones at: ckjones@cals.arizona.edu.

March 23 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

• Senior Circle reservation deadline: noon is deadline to register for Tombstone trip

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

Tombstone trip reservations must be in by noon today

Grab your boots and join your friends for a visit to Tombstone and Bisbee. Visit the OK Corral, Boot Hill and the charming town of Bisbee with its mining, art and western history. This trip departs at 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 and returns early in the evening Thursday, April 26. Reservations must be made by March 23 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, (928) 472-9260. 

The Senior Circle will present a much-requested trip to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Reservation. The overnight excursion will be from Tuesday, Oct. 2 through the Friday, Oct. 5. 

Call (928) 472-9290 or stop by Senior Circle at 215 N. Beeline Highway for details.

March 24 Saturday

• Women’s Wellness Forum: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Payson High School, $15 fee

• Gardening workshop: 8:45 a.m. to noon, Masonic Lodge, presented by Master Gardeners

• Business Showcase: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mazatzal Hotel & Casino exhibit hall

• 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

Women’s Wellness Forum to feature Jason Schechterle

The 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum is March 24 and features Jason Schechterle as the keynote speaker.

Schechterle is the Phoenix police officer who suffered fourth-degree burns to his face, neck and hands when his patrol car went up in flames after being rear-ended in 2001.

The forum will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 on the Payson High School campus.

There is a $15 fee to attend the forum, or $10 to attend the 8 a.m. keynote address only, which is open to the public.

To learn more or to register, contact MHA at (928) 472-2588 or stop by the office at 308 E. Aero Dr., Payson or go online to mogollonhealthalliance.com. 

Spring gardening workshop: Are you ready to grow?

The Gila County Master Gardeners are hosting a Spring Gardening Workshop from 8:45 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 24 at the Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road.

Speakers will be addressing the following topics in 30-minute concurrent sessions with 5 minutes between sessions:

• Susan Bolt/Lauren Cathcart - Seed Starting

• Bruce Wales - Water Wise Gardening/ Rainwater collection

• Bill Roehr - Easy Garden Irrigation

• Fred Jimenez - Making and Using Vermicast (worm compost!)

• Chris Jones - Soils, Compost and Mulch

Admission is free. Food, drinks and information tables will be available. To register, call (928) 474-4160 or the Master Gardener Hotline at (928) 402-8589, or e-mail Chris Jones at: ckjones@cals.arizona.edu.

The Gila County Master Gardeners are trained community volunteers that provide local outreach for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Business Showcase

Rim Country Business: Past, Present & Future — the 20th Annual Business Showcase, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.

March 25 Sunday

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

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to Elks and guests

• Pool tournament: 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to Elks and guests

March 26 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

• Alan Shepherd, sheriff candidate with Republicans: 11 a.m., Tiny’s

• Mike Crossman: 11 a.m. Senior Center, talking about foot numbness and pain.

• Relay for Life meeting: 6 p.m., Senior Circle facility

Hospice Compassus offers volunteer training

Hospice Compassus will be holding a bi-annual volunteer training beginning Monday, March 26 at the Hospice House at 511 S. Mud Springs Road. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Patty Kaufman at (928) 472-6340 with any questions and to sign up for the training. Class size is limited.

The volunteers working with Hospice Compassus patients and staff in Payson provided more than 2,000 years of service in 2011.

Hospice Compassus volunteers are integral members of the dedicated teams of professionals who provide hospice services throughout the community. Hospice volunteers bring companionship to hospice patients, respite to families and caregivers and support in administrative efforts. Join the team of outstanding volunteers.

Sheriff candidate hosted

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, March 26 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

The speaker will be Adam Shepherd, candidate for Gila County Sheriff.

Members and guests will gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and socialize. The speaker will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the business meeting will follow the speaker.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Learn about foot numbness, painful burning feet

Mike Crossman will be speaking on foot numbness and painful burning feet at the Senior Center at 11 a.m., Monday, March 26. Crossman will demonstrate on how to do self-assessments to check for the severity of foot numbness.

To attend the lecture, please call (928) 951-2305.

Paint the Town Purple

Rim Relay for Life is sponsoring Paint the Town Purple to Stamp out Cancer from Monday, March 26 through Saturday, March 31. 

Those interested in forming a team for Relay for Life, please come to the Senior Circle activity room, 215 N. Beeline Highway at 6 p.m., Monday, March 26. 

Teams can also be registered and team captain packet picked up March 31 at the Walmart parking lot or go online to www.rimrelay.com for more information.

March 27 Tuesday

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

• Estate planning seminar: 10 a.m., Mazatzal Casino, free

Free Estate Planning seminar offered March 27

Attorneys Matt Dana and Todd Smith will present a free seminar on estate planning at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 27 at the Mazatzal Casino. Learn about common mistakes people make in their estate plans, integrating IRAs into estate plans and how to provide bulletproof creditor protection for children.

Call (928) 474-4141 to reserve a seat.

Looking ahead

Free tax help and free e-filing

AARP volunteers in Payson are preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available through Thursday, April 12 at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, located at Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson: Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Payson: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 29 and April 5, 12.

No appointments will be taken. For more information, call Joan Stephens, AARP Tax Help coordinator, (928) 472-6229 (do not call the Elks or GCC).

Library bookstore specials

If you have a budding scientist, animal lover or stargazer in your family, you’ll want to browse through the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore’s collection of nature, science and animal books. These books also will be on special at two for the price of one during March. 

The bookstore has a large collection of children’s and young adult books, many of which are Accelerated Reader titles. None of these books is priced over $1 and often are in the 10 to 25 cents range. All of these books will be included in March’s two for the price of one specials.

Bookstore stock changes rapidly.  Therefore, the savvy shopper stops by frequently. Bookstore volunteers are always happy to help you. The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

Pine Library to close for collection maintenance

The Pine Public Library will be closed for weeding of its fiction collection and maintenance from Tuesday, March 27 through Saturday, March 31.

Patrons may drop off library materials by using the book drop next to the front door.

Pre-school and Tots & Toddlers story times will also be cancel during maintenance week.

Normal library hours will resume at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2. Patrons may contact the library at (928) 476-3678 with any questions.

PEC bake sale

The student council of Payson Education Center will be holding a bake sale at Walmart from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31. 

All proceeds will be donated to the family of Saige Bloom in her memory.

Easter celebration in Star Valley

Greater Payson Moose Lodge and Star Valley Baptist Church invite all local children, ages 0-10, to come for an Easter Celebration at the Star Valley Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 31. There will be an Easter egg hunt, free hot dogs, chips, punch, games and prizes. The Easter Bunny will also be dropping by, so bring a camera.

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