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Piano jazz vocalist Pam Morita will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. A donation of $5 or more includes refreshments. Please reserve a seat by email to, or call (602) 619-3355.

Chamber Mixer

The May Chamber Mixer will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 at Falcon Crest Bed & Breakfast, 1105 N. Falcon Crest Dr. 

Come and network with other businesses, and don’t forget business cards to pass out. The chamber is also looking for door prizes for the event.

The cost is $3 per member and $5 for the community. Reservations are required. Please call (928) 474-4515 to reserve your ticket.

Scrub Sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 17. Check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories and much more.

All money raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to the community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Rodeo time

The annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo will be held May 17-19 at the Payson Event Center, just south of town on Highway 87 across from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

See related story on page 5A. For complete details, pick up this week’s edition of The Rim Review.

Border intelligence briefing

Zack Taylor, vice chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, will be the speaker at the Payson Tea Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant.

Taylor lives in Rio Rico near Nogales and will present jaw-dropping evidence of the invasion of our Southern Border. He has given intelligence briefings concerning criminal violence on the AZ/Mexico border and inland, to legislators at the state capitol, and has appeared on the Glen Beck Internet TV program among other venues. For more information, call (928) 468-1131.

Cinnamon Twist to perform

Cinnamon Twist will perform Celtic and American folk music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway in Swiss Village. Singer Jennifer Baltz and singer-songwriter Annie James always entertain with a fun, eclectic mix of traditional, popular, and original songs. Cinnamon Twist is known for their rich vocal sound and gifted finger-style and rhythm guitar.

Star Gazing Party

Join northern Gila County fifth-grade students, families and teachers for the first Gila County Star Gazing Party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Frontier Elementary School field.

There will be an astronomy kit with hands-on materials and lessons for students to engage in a fun, interactive astronomy project.

Throughout the evening, there will be raffles and giveaways with fun items in keeping with the star gazing theme. Come out with your lawn chairs, blankets and eager spectacles for this unique celebration.

For more information, contact Leslie Owen or Gail Gorry at (928) 472-5373 or or ggorry@gila

Boulders Loop Trail Hike

Join hikers on the Payson Area Trails System Boulders Loop Trail Hike at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 19.

This is a beautiful and easy route that starts at the end of Granite Dells Road (take a right at the light by Safeway). Meet at the Monument Peak Trailhead at the end of Granite Dells Road. The hike is of moderate difficulty and three miles in length. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring water.

Bat Night, outdoor photography class offered

The following classes are offered by the Payson Parks & Rec Department.

Join bat biologist Nancy Renison for night of watching and listening at Green Valley Lake. Learn about these mysterious night flyers, and listen on acoustic equipment. Live bats will be present for viewing at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Green Valley Park. The cost is $5 per person, but those 12 and under can participate for free. The deadline to register is Friday, May 18.

An Outdoor Photography class will be presented Saturday, May 26. The fee is $15 per person. The deadline to register is May 21.

Register at or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more details.

Northern Gila County Historical Society dinner

The Northern Gila County Historical Society dinner is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at Chaparral Pines Clubhouse.

The evening includes dinner, live entertainment by Bill Camp, an art auction and Chocolate Bonanza.

Tickets are $35 each and are available at the Rim Country Museum. Call (928) 474-3483 for more information. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, May 16.


Jeff Flake

Republicans host Jeff Flake

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, May 21 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. The speaker will be Jeff Flake, candidate for U.S. Senate.

Members and guests may 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. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Co-ed softball

A three-game co-ed softball tournament is planned by the parks department for Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 27 and 28. The event is open to all teams registered with ASA and sign-up is now through May 20. Players must be at least 16 to participate.

To register, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or go online to

Summer Rec Program

The town’s Summer Rec Program will be held weekdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning May 29. There will be physical and cultural activities, field trips and more during the eight-week program.

The program is open to youngsters who will be entering the first- through sixth-grades in the fall. The cost is $30 per child and includes lunch at Rim Country Middle School.

Pre-registration is required. Call the parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, go online to or stop by the office at 1000 W. Country Club at Green Valley Park.

‘Making of America’ Constitutional Seminar

The Payson Tea Party presents the “Making of America” Constitutional Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26 at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson.

Rick Dalton, the presenter, does a great job of providing a clear overview of the great principles of America’s freedom; the stirring history of their discovery and adoption into the Constitution.

The $10 fee includes a great 52-page workbook; and for an additional $5 participants may purchase a box lunch (provided by 260 Café) and soda for the lunch break — or bring a lunch or eat out.

To obtain tickets, call Darlene, (928) 468-6900 or Shirley, (928) 468-1131. Contributions are welcome in order to sponsor students at the seminar.

Bookstore May specials

During May, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore are honoring mothers with a 2-for-1 sale of all hardback books. Included in this sale will be fiction, biography, non-fiction, religion, inspirational, art, craft, cooking, gardening and travel books.

As June approaches, parents are concerned with keeping children’s reading skills active during summer vacation. The bookstore has a great selection of children’s books to help promote summer reading.  Currently, there is a large supply of Young Adult hardback books being offered during May at a 2-for-1 special. 

The bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit

Summer reading programs

The public libraries in Payson, Pine and Tonto Basin are getting ready for their summer reading programs.


Payson Public Library will start taking pre-registration for its Cosmic Super Heroes Summer Reading Tuesday, May 22. The program is free and will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 5 through July 18, when the awards picnic is planned.

The sessions are limited to 55 youngsters each and walk-ins are discouraged, so get your youngsters registered early.

The Payson Public Library is in Rumsey Park, 328 N. McLane Road, (928) 474-9260.


The Pine Public Library will be celebrating the Arizona Centennial with its summer reading program, which begins Wednesday, June 6.

The program will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday in June in the Library Activity Room. No registration is needed, but to learn more, stop by the library at 6124 N. Randall Place, Pine; call (928) 476-3678 or go online to

In addition to the summer reading program, the Pine Public Library will present its popular Kids Quilt Camp. To learn more, stop by the library or call (928) 476-3678.

Tonto Basin

The Tonto Basin Public Library just has parents come in and register their children for the program and then has a party with awards for those who have participated after a few weeks. Stop by the library or call (928) 479-2355 for more details.  

Non-fiction book drive

Rim Country Literacy Program is collecting non-fiction books for its spring book drive. Non-fiction books may be dropped off at any time at the RCLP Office at 1001 S. Beeline Highway, located behind the Knotty Pine Café. There is an outside bin. Other drop-off points include the Senior Circle, Curves, Edward Jones in Pine or Pine Elementary School. Call (928) 468-7257 for more information.

Help students go to NYC during spring break 2013

Donations are needed for Payson Advanced Learners’ efforts to raise funds to send 65 students from Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School to New York City during the spring break of 2013.

The children will be accompanied by 15 chaperones. Also participating in the effort and trip will be the Educational Adventure Club.

A June rummage sale is planned as one of the projects to raise money and the group needs to start collecting things for it. It has a truck and trailer and will pick up donations. Call (928) 472-7125 for more information.

Quilt show entries wanted

The Strawberry Patchers 16th Annual Quilt Show will be held in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall on June 8, 9 and 10.

There will be tickets available for purchase for an Opportunity Quilt; a Berry Patch Boutique; a Vendor Mall; a quilt appraiser and viewers’ choice voting.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $2 and for each non-perishable food item brought in, you will receive a ticket to win a quilt in a drawing to be held June 10. The show is held in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival June 9 and June 10.

Quilt entries from anyone are welcome. Entry forms are available online at For more information, contact show chair Sandy Salmans, (928) 472-4547.

Poetry contest

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered to the last poet standing in a contest sponsored by Rainbow Poets.

The contest is free to enter and open to everyone. Fifty prizes totaling more than $5,000 will be awarded.

Send one poem only, 21 lines or fewer on any subject, by June 18 deadline to: Free Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 761, Medford, OR 97501 or enter at

Those sending entries should include their name and address on the same page as the poem. A winner’s list will be sent to all entrants.

Head Start enrollment

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2012-2013 school year. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income, and children with disabilities. Families need to income qualify, have a child with a disability or have extenuating family circumstances to be admitted into the program.

We are a government program that serves 3-5-year-old children and do not charge any fees for our services. Head Start does not provide transportation, however we have many families that volunteer to assist others. Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center collaborates with us and provides transportation to their facility after our morning class.

Needed items for enrollment include: complete and updated immunization record, proof of birth and proof of income for the year 2011. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office to set up an appointment with a staff member, (928) 474-2738. Once the application process has been completed, the child will be put on a waiting list until an opening is available. We encourage you to get the needed items for enrollment and call for an appointment, as classes are filling quickly.

Classes begin the last week in August.

We also provide an Early Head Start program that provides comprehensive Home Based services to pregnant women and children birth to 3 years of age. For more information on Early Head Start, please call Carla Ramsey at (520) 723-1217.


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