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The annual Optimist Kids Fishing Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at Green Valley Park. This is a free fishing day — with no license required if registered — sponsored by the Rim Country Optimist Club and co-sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

March 30 Friday

• Deadline to register for Wilderness and Remote First Aid class

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

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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

• Forum with PUSD superintendent candidates: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., school district board room, Julia Randall Elementary campus

Registration closes for wilderness first aid

The deadline to register for the Wilderness and Remote First Aid course by the parks department is Friday, March 30 (there will be no exceptions). The course will be presented from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 and participants must attend both days for certification.

Basic First Aid is required to take the course, which will be held at the parks office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. The fee is $125. Space is limited.

The Wilderness and Remote First Aid course will provide the skills needed to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed. Certification is valid for two years through American Red Cross.

Forum set to meet PUSD superintendent candidates

The Payson School Board will host an open forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 30 to give residents of Payson and the Rim Country an opportunity to meet and hear from candidates applying for the position of superintendent.

The meeting will be held in the boardroom at the Payson Unified School District office, 902 W. Main St. 

An Arizona School Boards Association consultant will facilitate the forum and candidates will appear one at a time to answer questions and share briefly about themselves.

March 31 Saturday

• Optimist Kids Fishing Festival: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Green Valley Park, free and open to all ages

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

• 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

• Star Valley Easter celebration: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Star Valley Baptist Church

• Bake sale: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Walmart

• Family Game Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Payson Public Library

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project ... for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, March 31, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, April 1 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located 0.7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

Kids Fishing Festival

The annual Optimist Kids Fishing Festival is planned from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at Green Valley Park.

This is a free fishing day — with no license required if registered — sponsored by the Rim Country Optimist Club and co-sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

There will be a limited number of poles available for loan; food, raffles, a silent auction and more.

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop opens at new site

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop will be holding its Grand Re-Opening celebration on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at its new home at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop).

There will be great sales, gift certificate giveaways, live music and refreshments.  Come meet representatives from all of the local animal rescue groups supported by the shop, along with some of their furry friends.

Easter celebration in Star Valley

The 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.

PEC bake sale

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

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

Family Game Time

Tired of the same things? Need to get out of the house? Need ways to have a fun time with your family? There is a solution at the Payson Public Library.

Visit the Payson library on Saturday, March 31 — and every last Saturday thereafter — from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for Family Game Time.

There will be board games for all ages, snacks and drinks, fun music and prize giveaways.

The library staff promises it is going to be a blast and a great way to spend time with the family. Don’t miss out.

For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

April 1 Sunday

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

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Jazz concert: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church with Dr. Jass & the Heartbeats

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

Jazz concert

Dr. Jass & the Heartbeats will present an afternoon of festive New Orleans-style music at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 1 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Dr. Jass features Dale Knighton on banjo and vocals; Suzanne Knighton on guitar, washboard, various other noisy devices and vocals; Mike Buskirk on trombone and vocals; Robert Tarallo on clarinet; Larry Brasen on upright bass and vocals; Gerry Reynolds on the drums; and Dr. Claudio Zamorano on trumpet, piano and vocals.

It is requested reservations be made with Reynolds at gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com or by calling (602) 619-3355.

A $5 donation is requested at the door to help with expenses and includes light refreshments.

Down the Street Art Gallery egg raffle tickets on sale

Eggs are a symbol of the new life that returns to nature at Easter time. The custom of exchanging eggs began long before Easter was celebrated though; it was a custom of the Egyptians and the Persians. They exchanged eggs decorated in spring colors. They believed Earth hatched from an egg, which contributed to this custom.

Early Christians used red colored eggs to symbolize the Resurrection. In England they began writing messages and dates on their eggs and exchanging them with friends and loved ones.

In the 1800s, candied eggs were introduced. They were open on one end and a scene was put inside. They were used as table centerpieces.

On First Friday, April 6, Down the Street Art Gallery’s traditional egg raffle will be held. The sale of chances in the raffle will start April 1 — decorated “eggs” are available for $1 each, with the purchaser’s donation going to charity. Each holds a prize.

Enjoy a beautiful spring evening between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m, Friday, April 6 at 703 W. Main St., Payson.

April 2 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.

• See ‘The Passion of the Christ’: 6 p.m. at Crossroads Foursquare Church

‘The Passion of the Christ’ screening at Crossroads

The movie, “The Passion of the Christ” will be screened at the men’s meeting at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the movie following.

April 3 Tuesday

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

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: Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 5 and 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).

Krispy Kreme doughnut sale

The Payson High School Hike and Ski Club is sponsoring a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale to assist in raising funds for students to visit Japan this coming summer.

To place an order, please contact Anna VanZile at anna.vanzile@pusd.com. The cost is $10 per dozen. Doughnuts will be available for pick-up in front of Safeway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 6. A limited number of extra donuts will also be available to purchase Friday, April 6 for those who did not place an order.

Customer Appreciation Sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop is having a Customer Appreciation Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., First Friday, April 6. 

Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be 50 percent off and all regular clothing will be only $1 a bag.

Shoppers can also register for a $25 Time Out Thrift Shop gift certificate and enjoy refreshments until 3 p.m. as the shop’s staff and volunteers show their appreciation to their customers for making it Rim Country’s Best Thrift Shop for 10 years in a row.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Hwy. and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

All profits from sales at the shop support Time Out, Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and other domestic violence programs and services in our community.

Eggstravaganza

The annual Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt, presented by Kiwanis and co-sponsored by the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will be at Rumsey Park, on Field 2, Saturday, April 7.

This free program is for children 12 and younger and allows them to collect eggs filled with candy and prizes.

The fun starts at 9:30 a.m. for infants to toddlers, to age 3; those 4 and 5 get their chance on the field at 9:45 a.m.; 6- and 7-year-olds will search for their eggs starting at 10 a.m.; those 8 and 9 get their turns at 10:15 a.m.; those 10 to 12 search starting at 10:30 a.m.; special needs children will search at 10:45 a.m. (times are approximate).

Celebrate Easter in Pine



The third annual Easter Egg Fun Day will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 7 at the Pine Trailhead. The free event includes an egg hunt, coloring area, snacks, prizes, the fire truck, Easter Bunny and handmade candy carriers.

Yard sale donations

Members of the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society are accepting donations for their annual yard sale. The society is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, therefore all donations are tax deductible.

Drop off donations at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita St., during regular business days and hours. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

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