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Mike King will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church.

Mike King will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church. Contributed photo



Mike King will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church.

As a vocalist, you may have the dream to perform before a great big band, perhaps Count Basie. As a violinist, perhaps you dream of standing before the Phoenix Symphony. Before I leave the jazz scene I want to play drums with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, or maybe pianist Chick Corea. The chances are slim.

However, local jazz pianist Bob Smolenski wanted to play with Valley great, bassist Mike King. He’ll get his wish when Mike King comes to Payson to play with Bob and I in a “recording performance” on Sunday, June 9 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., starting at 2 p.m.

We want the public to come and enjoy the experience. The coffee and apple juice will be ready, as will be the cookies. Call me for more information at (602) 619-3355. Hope to see you there!

Celebrate First Friday at these special events

On First Friday, June 7 the Payson Habitat for Humanity ReStore will have a 50 percent off sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While some restrictions will apply, the store is overstocked on furniture and other home improvement goods.

The ReStore, which provides funds for PAHH, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday at the SE corner of Highways 87 and 260. Donations are taken at the rear of the store until 4 p.m.

Interested in volunteering? Ask us about PAHH’s newest program: A Brush with Kindness, or visit the Web site at or call (928) 474-4247.

On Historic Main Street

• First Friday, June 7 welcomes summer at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., with live music by arborist “Tree Dave,” as well as a painting demo by watercolorist Jeff Wiles. New artwork and cool summer hats await your visit from 5 to 8 p.m.

• Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will be celebrating “First Fridays” with the shared talents of three local musical groups. Starting June 7, the talented musicians from Starlight, Cinnamon Twist, and Anything Goes will collaborate to bring you a great night of entertainment and fellowship from all genres of music.

Each month, these talented musicians will choose a style of music and songs to play, but will also dip into The Great American Songbook. June 7 they have chosen jazz. Please come and have fun with these jolly people!

Snacks are provided and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Deacons Food Pantry which helps feed local families.

If you have any questions, call the office at (928) 474-2059.


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