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Chocolate Buffet

Chocolate Buffet

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Head Start celebrates Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The 2013 Week of the Young Child™ is April 14–20 and the theme is Early Years Are Learning Years®. Payson Head Start would like to invite residents to join us in celebrating the Week of the Young Child by visiting its art show at the Payson Post Office at the corner of North Beeline Highway and West Frontier St.

Head Start is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. Please call (928) 474-2738 for more information.

Book fair

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.

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

Discuss Violence Against Women Act

The Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., will host a Faithlinks discussion on the Violence Against Women Act at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 in room 304. Congress recently passed an expanded version of the Violence Against Women Act. The discussion will include: What are the effects of this act? How has it been expanded? How can faith guide us as we support victims and seek ways to prevent violence?

For more information, call (928) 474-0485.

PEC alumni night

Payson Education Center will be hosting an alumni night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. All former students are invited to attend the event, which will feature a luau theme. There will be a barbecue, games and a slide show from previous school years.

Payson Education Center is an accredited, alternative high school located at 112 W. Cedar Lane in Payson. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.

Parent Resource Night

The PEC’s Parent Resource Night is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24. Participants will learn how to write a resume and apply for employment online. The public is also invited. Snacks will be served. For more information, call PEC at (928) 468-8509.

Chamber mixer April 18

The April Mixer of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosted by Payson Campground and RV Resort Thursday, April 18 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a vast array of prizes and give-aways, including door prizes, chances to network and talk to friends and prospects. Please bring business cards to pass out and brochures of your products and services.

Payson Campground is offering a free tent site to members the night of the mixer. Limited space is available, so please register by April 17 by calling (928) 472-2267.

Admission is by Chamber Mixer Card or $5 for members, $20 for non-members.

Please call (928) 474-4515 to let us know you are coming.

Rim Country Health sale

Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Rd., is having a Parking Lot Sale at 8 a.m., Friday, April 19. All proceeds will benefit the facility’s residents and the Activity Department. Gently used donations (no TVs) would be welcome. Please call Marie Mennen at (928) 474-1120 for details.

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Chocolate Buffet

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.

PES Safety First Day April 19

Payson Elementary School will have its Gracie Lee Haught Safety First Day at 1 p.m., Friday, April 19. The school will host eight community entities whose members will teach the students about safety rules around the home and community.

Spring Carnival

The Payson High School Spring Carnival is from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 19 on the football field. There will be games, prizes and food.

Family Movie Night

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have its first Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 19 in the Fellowship Hall.

There is no admission charge. Everyone is welcome. There will be snacks and soft drinks or water for all. For more information, go online to: www.sheperdofthepineslutheran.com or call (928) 474-5440.

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 event will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson. Guests are welcome.

Community Garden offers free classes on Saturdays

The Payson Community Garden, located on Tyler Parkway, is now open from 5 p.m. until dark, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday (closed Sunday).

Saturday morning classes are free to all, not just garden participants, and start at 8 a.m. April’s class schedule includes: Alfalfa tea, April 20; Worms, April 27.

Those interested in serving as garden monitors are invited to register now. For more information, call (928) 595-2805.

Gospel concert

Phil Dickey performs at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at the Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260. Along with his Southwestern Gospel Concert, Dickey will offer a service of praise and encouragement.

Handbags & More on sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance will host a benefit sale by Paula’s Handbags & More from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 in the main lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center Main Lobby.

The sale will feature a great selection of purses; men’s and ladies’ wallets; fanny packs; travel bags; pet carriers; cell phone covers; Bible covers; and various other items.

Proceeds support the MHA health scholarship fund and its many other programs.

Payson Schools Gifted and Talented Showcase

The Payson School District invites the entire community to its 5th Annual Gifted and Talented Showcase from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 in the middle school cafeteria.

The featured keynote speaker, Peter Laing, director of gifted education at the Arizona Department of Education, will speak at 6 p.m. Students will display projects they have completed this year. Call Juli Davies at Julia Randall Elementary School, (928) 474-2353, for more information.

Senior Circle

Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. — Lunch and Learn about hypertension with Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton. Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure.  Dumbolton will discuss what causes it, how can it be successfully treated and the risks if left untreated.

Tuesday, April 30 — Senior Circle Health Fair — This members-only event includes a fasting blood draw checking cholesterol and glucose, vitals, peripheral vascular screening, eye chart, juice bar. Appointments are required.

Please call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot at the Lunch and Learn and health fair.

Transition Town Payson

Gila Community College hosts a Transition Town Payson presentation at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 25. The program will be in GCC Room 301.

 Transition Town Payson is a grassroots effort and community-based volunteer organization focused on community resilience and interdependence in the Rim Country Region of Payson.

Their mission statement: “In the face of climate change and resource depletion, Transition Town Payson’s mission is to encourage people to work together to build an environmentally resilient community.”

You may find out more at the Web site: http://transitiontownpayson.net

Bake sale

There will be Relay for Life bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 26 at Walgreens.

Benefit car washes

The Payson Education Center will be hosting two car washes: one will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Walgreen’s parking lot; the second will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at the Jiffy Lube parking lot.

There is no fee, however, donations will be accepted. This is PEC’s final fund-raiser for the year.

Payson Education Center is an alternative accredited high school located at 112 W. Cedar Lane. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.

Human Rights Film Festival

The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International will host a Human Rights Film Festival focusing on the theme “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.”

The event is from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy St.

A number of short films, excerpts and documentaries will be shown.

For more information, contact Penny at (928) 978-1268 or e-mail paysonamnesty@gmail.com.

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.

Gallery grand opening

Artists of the Rim members will have a grand opening for the group’s new gallery at 618 N. Beeline Highway, Payson from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27.

Benefit basketball

Come out and help raise funds for Gila Community College scholarships and programs of the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Expect plenty of great action and lots of fun as the Harlem Ambassadors take on a variety of Payson and Rim Country folks at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 at the Payson High School gym.

Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Tickets are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the parks office in Green Valley Park, Gila Community College and at the Payson Roundup.

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