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Payson Jazz Trio

The Payson Jazz Trio will perform at Ayothaya Thai Cafe, 404 E. Highway 260, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., March 28-29, April 12-13, May 17-18. The Payson Jazz Trio includes Bob Smolenski, piano; Mike Buskirk, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

John Carpino

John Carpino is performing at 6 p.m., Friday, March 29 at Cardo’s, 203 E. Highway 260, and at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at Ayothaya Thai Restaurant, 404 E. Highway 260.

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.

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.

• March 28, meet at Majestic Rim, Tyler Parkway

• March 29, meet at The Home Depot parking lot

• March 30, meet at Frontier Elementary School

• March 31, meet at Payson Public Library

Exhibition scheduled

The multi-media works of Mario Belvedere of Pine will be displayed from March 30 through April 20 at the Payson Healing Arts Center, 616 N. Beeline Highway.

The opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 30 and 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.

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 Eighth 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.

Hot dogs and beverages will be provided, as well as a number of raffles and event giveaways.

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.

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Kayla Woolwine

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.

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 is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

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 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at the Pleasant Valley Community Center in Young.

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.

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 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20, with a lunch to follow.

The theme of the conference is You are 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 plans 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 at (928) 468-0023.

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