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May 1 Tuesday

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

• Rodeo needs volunteers: 6 p.m., Best Western Inn of Payson, volunteers are needed for the spring rodeo, attend the committee meeting tonight to learn how to help

• Coffee house concert: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mountain High Coffee Works features Bob Villa.

Concert at coffee house

The Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway, will host Native American musician and songwriter Bob Villa in a performance from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 1.

Rodeo volunteers wanted

Come work with one of the greatest giving groups in Payson — the Payson Rodeo Committee. Be a part of Payson’s heritage and help with students’ education at the same time.

The committee is looking for help at the upcoming Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, to be held May 18 and 19. Volunteers can work in areas like the ticket booth or the souvenir booth, doing 50/50 ticket sales, security and other non-livestock areas.

See what it is all about and how you can meet some great people this next Tuesday. The committee will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 and May 8 at the Best Western Inn of Payson. For information, call John Landino (928) 468-0023.

May 2 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.

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 3. A light continental breakfast will be available at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson, at 6:30 a.m., with prayers at 6:45 a.m. After the event at Crossroads, participants will be encouraged to go on a “progressive prayer” to the Gila County Courthouse flagpole area where at 8:15 a.m. others will join for additional prayer for governmental authorities and to remember the Christian heritage of our land. Also scheduled: Pine Strawberry Elementary School flagpole, 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.; Pine Community Center, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Rumsey Park Ramada 5, noon to 1 p.m.; and Mountain Bible Church, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

May 3 Thursday

• National Day of Prayer: 6:30 a.m., Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson, followed by several other events in Payson and Pine

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

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

• Wearable Art fashion show: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Gila Community College, Payson campus

• Cinco de Mayo celebration: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Payson Public Library

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

• Concert at coffee house: 6:30 p.m., Vyktoria Pratt Keating at Mountain High Coffee Works

• Play at PHS: 7 p.m. at Studio Theatre, behind auditorium, continues with a matinee Friday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday

Wearable Art fashion show

Students from Leslie Peacock’s wearable art classes of the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters at the Payson campus of Gila Community College will present a fashion show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 3 at the college.

The students will be showing the many unique creations they made during their courses.

Celtic and folk concert

Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, hosts a concert by Vyktoria Pratt Keating from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 3. Keating will present both Celtic and folk music and will be a regular guest the first Thursday of each month.

Final PHS play of year

Longhorn Theatre will present its final play of the season, Chateau La Roach by Lauren Wilson on May 3, 4 and 5.

This family-appropriate show is a fast-paced comedy that will keep you in stitches. The resident cockroaches in a sweet country French hotel want to take over and turn it into a dinner theatre.

Come and enjoy this play in an intimate theatre experience in the PHS Studio Theatre, which located directly behind the auditorium. Parking will be available at the football field parking lot where you can walk around the football field to the Studio Theatre. You may choose the McLane parking lot from where you can walk to the south side of the auditorium to reach the back.

Curtain time is 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Friday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for students. Holders of Thespian Cards get in free.

Cinco de Mayo at library

The Payson Public Library will have a Cinco de Mayo celebration for children and their families from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 3. There will be a bilingual story, maraca making, cha cha slide, eating and making mud tacos, a piñata and prizes. To learn more, call Katie Sanchez or Terry Morris at the library, (928) 474-9260.

First Friday on Main Street

First Friday events will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 4 on Historic Main Street in Payson. There will be a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Down the Street Art Gallery with a salsa-tasting event.

At Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art there will be a celebration of the fifth anniversary of First Friday on Historic Main Street. As part of the anniversary celebration, Bootleg Alley is hosting one of Payson’s favorite bands — Sounds Unlimited. Also, joining in the celebration will be the Rodeo Jail Girls. Rodeo tickets, shirts and raffle tickets can be purchased on Bootleg Alley’s porch. Donations can be made and raffle tickets bought at the Humane Society table as well. All are invited to enjoy refreshments, music and ambiance. Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Main St.  

First Friday, May 4 the Artists of the Rim Gallery, 408 W. Main St., will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Join the artists and enjoy the gallery’s new look. The evening will also be an excellent opportunity to pick up that special gift for Mother’s Day.

Stop by the gallery between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, May 4.

Artists of the Rim is also participating in the Cannonball Rally car race, which is coming through Payson Saturday, May 5.

May 4 Friday

• Church bazaar: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bashas’ parking lot to benefit St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

• 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

• PAL ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., various locations, continues through Sunday

• Mount Cross golden anniversary celebration: today through Sunday, with main event from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday at church, 601 E. Hwy. 260, Payson

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

• Benefit supper: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Payson Community Presbyterian Church to benefit Community Child Learning Center

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., various sites on Payson’s Historic Main Street

• ZUMBA benefit: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oxbow Saloon, proceeds to help families with members battling cancer

Church bazaar

Market Place: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Bazaar will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at Bashas’ shopping center. The event will feature quality treasures for everyone.

Time Out Thrift Store sale

Take ‘time out’ to shop and save on First Friday, May 4 at the Time Out Thrift Store.

Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off. The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Hwy., across the street from Wendy’s. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a pick-up of gently used, larger donation items call (928) 970-2177.

Payson Art League ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour

More than 20 artists will be sharing their work and their studios with the public in the annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6.

Presented by the Payson Art League, the tour gives participants a chance to see the area where creative endeavors are conceived and brought to life. Some artists in the tour will be demonstrating their work and many will have pieces for sale as well.

Mount Cross marks golden anniversary

Mount Cross Lutheran Church is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary May 4 through May 6 with many planned activities and a number of honored guests. Anyone with a special connection with the current or past history of Mount Cross who would like to participate is invited to call the church office at (928) 474-2552 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for more information.

Regular worship services will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday, May 6 and community residents and visitors are always welcome to attend. 

Benefit supper will feature chicken enchilada casserole

The Community Child Learning Center of the Community Presbyterian Church will have a sit-down benefit supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 4 at 800 W. Main Street.

The dinner will feature a chicken enchilada casserole with beans, chips, dessert and beverage for just $5.  Dine in or “take out” available. There will be musical entertainment during dinner and the bus will be made available to those wishing to take part in the First Friday festivities taking place on Historic Main Street.

All proceeds go toward the Learning Center’s children’s activities funds.

ZUMBA First Friday fund-raiser at Oxbow

What better way to party into shape than with ZUMBA at the Oxbow? This Friday, May 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Christy Walton and the Oxbow Saloon will host a ZUMBA Party and Fundraiser to raise funds for local families battling cancer.

The admission fee is $10. It’s a workout, a party and a fundraiser and it all takes place in the beautiful, spacious and authentically western-themed outdoor courtyard. The Oxbow Saloon is a historic landmark located at 607 W. Main Street. For more information on this and upcoming First Friday ZUMBA Party and Fundraiser events, call Christy at (928) 595-0406.

Looking ahead

Benefit for carnival

The Shelby School Rummage Sale and Silent Auction will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at 249 W. Standage Drive (on the Shelby School Sports Court), 15 miles east of Payson off Highway 260.

Shoppers will find great items donated by the families of the Shelby School and help raise money for the Shelby School Carnival with purchases.

Get ready for fishing season

Learn the history and tactics of fly fishing in the town’s Fly fishing 101 and 102 classes. The hands-on classes will teach proper technique, how to set up equipment and cast a rod. Both beginners and experienced fisherman are welcome.

The instructor will be Bob Youtz, president of The Payson Flycasters. All rods are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Registration is open now to those 13 and older and costs $10 per person. This class will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at the Parks and Rec Office in Green Valley Park.

Threadplayer exhibition

The Threadplayers fiber arts group will have an exhibition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

The theme is “Branching Out” and the exhibit will feature “Threadville,” a village of fabric art houses.

Other features will include wall hangings, wearable art, jewelry, framed art, baskets, etc.

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