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Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, April 12.

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Authors share stories of fascinating pioneer women

There will be a program by three authors about a trio of fascinating Gila County pioneer women at the Pleasant Valley Community Center in Young at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13.

Mary Brown will discuss Helen Duett Ellison Hunt, who pioneered in Gila County with her family and went on to become the first Arizona first lady.

Nancy Lucia Humphry will discuss Maria Lucia Gonzales Humphry a midwife and healer who came to Gila County in 1906.

Julie McDonald will talk about Pearl McEuen Cromer, who spent the first seven years of her life in a covered wagon and spent the balance of her 98 years in Globe.

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. The event will also feature a program by Hanna Lulgjuraj-Murray, author of “Lived To Tell It” — a compelling and riveting true crime story about survival and courage. Hanna was living a beautiful fulfilled life that suddenly turned to horror as her raging husband stood across from her and fired his gun. The bullet hit her on the chest, her legs weakened and fell. She was left for dead. By some miracle she survived to tell her story.

Admission is $25 per person, purchase at the Time Out Thrift Shop, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Benefit brunch

A brunch to benefit a young Payson man needing a kidney transplant is set from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 14 at Gerardo’s Firewood Café.

Justin, who is now 21, attended kindergarten through the 12th grade in Payson schools was voted high school chef of the year for the state of Arizona in 2010, earning a full scholarship through Arizona culinary institute.

He worked for Gerardo’s while attending Payson High School and Gerardo Moceri was his mentor, along with PHS culinary arts instructor Devon Wells.

Justin is in acute kidney failure and will be requiring a kidney transplant — his second; the first was in April 2005.

While he is a fighter, he has had several health challenges. In 1997 Justin was diagnosed with leukemia, after several bouts of treatment he relapsed and required a stem cell transplant in 2003 and he has been cancer free since then. However, the chemotherapy caused his kidney issues.

All proceeds from the $20 brunch buffet will benefit Justin. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from an extensive menu including breakfast dishes; a variety of pasta; seafood; salmon roasted on a cedar plank with a buttermilk peppercorn chive sauce; turkey breast; pork tenderloin; Angus beef casino roast; pizza; and desserts.

Gerardo’s Firewood Café is located at 512 N. Beeline Highway.

Jazz concert

The John Darst Trio plus One will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

A donation of $8 or more includes refreshments. Small children and students are free.

Please make a reservation by contacting: gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com, or calling (602) 619-3355.

Vocalist-guitarist John Darst returns to Payson by public demand after receiving raves last year. Many said that his group was perhaps one of the best to perform in the jazz series at the church in quite some time.

The group usually performs as a two-guitar and stand up bass trio, but for this performance local drummer Gerry Reynolds will join the band. Also performing with Darst will be Bob Veltre, guitar, and bassist Chris Long, both residents of Show Low. Darst is a resident of Snowflake. Reynolds resides in Strawberry.

Book fair

A Books Are Fun Fair is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 at the Payson Regional Medical Center, 807 S Ponderosa St., west lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance).

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

All proceeds support the Mogollon Health Alliance scholarship fund and its many other programs.

Chocolate Buffet

Do you love chocolate? The Ladies of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invite the public to a Chocolate Buffet at 6 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the church, located at 1000 N. Easy St.

Guests will be given a box to fill with samples of a great variety of wonderful chocolate desserts prepared by the ladies of the church for $10.

Proceeds will support Outreach Ministries that focus on children and families in need.

Exhibition

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

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.

Women’s conference at Payson LDS

The Relief Society organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a special Women’s Conference from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20, with a lunch to follow.

The theme of the conference is Of Eternal Worth. Speakers will include former police chief, Gordon Gartner, who will speak on the topic, Angels Among Us. Other speakers will include Sandy Tarbet whose talk is entitled, Leaven for our Loafs and Julie McCray, who will present a talk on Life’s Quilt. There will be a special guest from New Mexico who will discuss the topic Eternal Snapshots.

The event will be held in the Cultural Hall of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa. Guests are welcome.

Payson Choral Society spring concert

The Payson Choral Society’s spring concert, Time Machine, directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris comes to the Payson High School Auditorium Saturday, April 27.

Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pre-sale concert tickets are $8 for adults. All students under 18, and children will be admitted at no charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the Payson Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert for $10 each.

Proceeds from the society’s concerts provide musical scholarships to middle and high school students. These are awarded and the students will sing their winning tryout selection each at the spring concert.

For more information, please call John Landino (928) 468-0023.

Italian Spring Festival

A five-course meal — an Italian Spring Festival — prepared by Gerardo Moceri will benefit Payson Community Kids at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 28 at Gerardo’s Firewood Café, 512 N. Beeline Highway.

Tickets are $75 per person and available at the café or from Suzy at (928) 978-3256. In addition to the dinner, there will be a silent auction. To learn more or make a contribution to the auction, contact Suzy at the number above.

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