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Mary Petrich is one of the many artists who have been part of the Rim jazz series.

Mary Petrich is one of the many artists who have been part of the Rim jazz series.



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Mary Petrich is one of the many artists who have been part of the Rim jazz series.

Live music

Jam at Journigan House

Cinnamon Twist anchors the new Journigan House Jam Session at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The event will have no cover, but canned and non-perishable foods for the food bank will be welcomed, along with any “tips” for the performers, which will also be contributed to the food bank.

Payson Jazz Trio

The Payson Jazz Trio will perform at Ayothaya Thai Cafe, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., April 12-13. The Payson Jazz Trio includes Bob Smolenski, piano; Mike Buskirk, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

Jazz concert

Enjoy guitarist and vocalist John Darst and his quartet at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 12 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main. Make a reservation at

Unity of Payson presents concert

Unity of Payson celebrates spring with a concert with Ron and Jen Paul. This music event will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Sunday, April 7. A $5 love offering is requested.

The concert will be in the Central Arizona Board of Realtors Room at 600 E. Hwy. 260, Suite 14. For more information, please contact Cindy Adams at (928) 468-6354.

Methodists offer Youth performance

Payson High School Freshman Rio will perform in concert at the Payson United Methodist Church, located off of Hwy. 87 behind the Ace Hardware, at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7.

The concert is to help him raise money to attend the Mesa Community College Music Theatre camp this summer. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome. For more information, please call (928) 978-2580.

Music at Mount Cross

Mount Cross Lutheran Church will host Dave Anderson and Kelly Patten at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 7 in the sanctuary.

Mount Cross is at 601 E. Hwy. 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant). A free-will offering will be accepted.

Payson Walkers

All walks are scheduled for 9 a.m. daily. The hour-long excursions are on pavement. Please park away from the most used areas of any parking lot so as to not block business/clients, etc. Everyone is welcome.

April 4, meet at Elks Lodge

April 5, meet at Senior Center

April 6, meet at west end of Longhorn

April 7, meet at Gila Community College north lot

April 8, meet at Payson Public Library

April 9, meet at Green Valley Park Parks & Rec office

April 10, meet at Walgreens on the Del Taco side

April 11, meet at Elks Lodge

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Payson Community Christian School third and fourth grade class trip to Creation Museum in Kentucky will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 5 – First Friday – at the Senior Center on Main Street, 514 W. Main. Admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 8.

Help stock food bank and see art under way

Down the Street Art Gallery is conducting a food drive now through First Friday, April 5.

Stop by the gallery, 703 W. Main St., Payson, and donate a non-perishable food item and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win an original work by Donn Morris. See photos of the work in progress at the gallery.

The drawing will be during the First Friday celebration, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 5.

The more food donated, the better the chance of winning. Morris will be the featured artist in April and will be showing a collection of his latest works in watercolor and pen and ink.

Fool’s Day Fun is April 6

The Payson Community Prevention Council will be holding its 8th Annual Fool’s Day Fun from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at the Julia Randall Elementary School.  

The Start Talking Before They Start Drinking Event aims to inform parents and their children about the dangers of underage drinking.  

The event will feature lots of family oriented games and activities designed to open a dialogue between children and their parents about underage drinking.  

For more information contact Debra Shewey at (928) 595-1199 or Joe Sanchez at (928) 238-0256.

Native American Flute Circle

The Native American Flute is one of the easiest instruments to learn to play and one of the most beautiful.  Bring your flute, or just come and listen.  Native drummers also welcome. The free event is at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at Tom Russell’s office behind Fargo’s Steakhouse in Payson, Suite D-3. Call (928) 474-1233 for more information.

Woolwine benefit

A benefit for Kayla Woolwine is planned for Saturday, April 6 at the Spur Bar, 3964 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley. There will be food, drinks and a raffle with multiple prizes. 

Tickets are $20 each and are available at El Rancho, Bud’s Plumbing, Chitwood Cabinets and NAPA. Contact Joe Mustaca, (928) 595-0151 with questions.

An account to help the family with medical and travel expenses has been opened at Canyon State Credit Union, 514 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. The account is under “Ronnie and Wendie Woolwine” and is for Kayla.

Auction for Youth

The 18th Annual Kiwanis Auction for Youth is Saturday, April 6 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Banquet Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Happy Hour and music, with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The $60 individual ticket buys a meal of oven roasted, herb-rubbed prime rib with au jus and brown gravy or breast of chicken in a mushroom wine sauce. A table for eight is $450. The recommended dress is western wear or cowboy duds.

Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country Charitable Foundation, the event proceeds will be used for Payson youth activities and scholarships.

Call (928) 978-4323 for more information.

Time Out benefit

A luncheon and fashion show, Steppin’ Out, to benefit Time Out Inc. and its efforts to help the victims of domestic abuse, is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at Chaparral Pines Golf Club. Admission is $25 per person, purchase at the Time Out Thrift Shop, which open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Mogollon Health Alliance book fair set

A Books Are Fun Fair is set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 at the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance).

Select from hundreds of books and gifts, such as photo albums, stationery, music, and much more.

Proceeds benefit the MHA scholarship fund and its programs for the Rim Country.

Town sports program

Registration is taking place now through April 15 for the town’s Adult Spring Co-ed Softball League. The season begins April 22.

Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign up for each division.

A player cannot play in more than one division or on more than one team. All participants must be at least 16. The fee is $275 and includes the ASA registration fee.

Exhibition scheduled

The multi-media works of Mario Belvedere of Pine, Ariz., will be displayed from through April 20 at the Payson Healing Arts Center, 616 N. Beeline Hwy.

The center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Belvedere, a native of Sicily, has resided in Pine since 2005.


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