GCC graduation speakers
The Gila Community College Payson Campus commencement exercises are at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. Speakers will be Jeff Dial, Arizona State Representative and chairman of the higher education and workforce development committee, and Dr. Marie Hesse, vice provost for academic partnerships at Arizona State University.
Sharing Visions Network
A community service networking group organized by Charlotte Beilgard will meet at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month beginning May 8 at the Payson Healing Arts Center, 616 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.
Beilgard is a Certified Transformational Dream Builder Workshop Leader and Coach and Passion Test Facilitator who loves empowering others to live a passionate, joyful and prosperous life they love — a life by design instead of default.
Her husband Keith, with a master’s degree in teaching and counseling psychology, specializes in holistic transformational mentoring and living life’s purpose.
For more information or to register, call (928) 970-2177 evenings and weekends or (936) 788-3181 anytime or e-mail Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A love offering will be collected and given to the Center.
Unity yard sale
Unity of Payson is having a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 705 E. Park Drive in Payson.
Items include dining table, love seat, windows, doors, rain gutters, fence posts, pavers, toys, school desk and lots more.
Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, May 10 at 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.
Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.
For more information, call (928) 474-5440.
Community Yard Sale
The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18. This is a great one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors. Currently we are looking for vendors. Spaces fill up fast, so come on in and reserve a space.
The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of our church to the community at large giving a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost with advertising taken care of. For just $10 per 10-foot-by-19 foot space, vendors can make a great profit from many shoppers coming to one site without all the hassle. We do the advertising, and manage the event. The church will be open for restrooms and drinking fountain.
All proceeds from this event go to our Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions, and our food pantry. We work closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer our citizens help when needed 6 days a week.
The yard sale will be located at 800 W. Main Street (corner of Oak and Main). To reserve a space, call the office at (928) 474-2059.
Community Job Fair is Saturday
The 2nd Annual Community Job Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 11 at the Rim Country Health Community Room, 708 W. Longhorn Road. Employers will be able to enter applicants on electronic company applications, discuss opportunities for employment and future manpower needs. Applicants will have the opportunity to review their resumes, discuss interviewing skills and see what local employers require for employment. Dress will be business casual. Please bring a resume, and any other useful information (letters of recommendation, certificates, etc.). If you are a business interested in attending, please call (928) 474-4515.
Jazz concert, wine auction set for humane society
The Humane Society of Central Arizona has announced plans for its upcoming fund-raiser. The Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction will have live music by the Payson Jazz Trio; a special menu of sweet and savory hors d’ oeuvres; wine tasting; a photo booth; poker for paws; spa package raffle items; wine auction; and a majestic Arizona sunset.
The location of the Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction is Falcon Crest Bed and Breakfast overlooking the town of Payson. Falcon Crest is located at 1105 N. Falcon Crest Drive.
The Sunset Jazz & Wine Auction is scheduled for Friday, May 10. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit www.humanesocietycentralaz.org or call (928) 474-5590.
Cinnamon Twist (Annie James and Jennifer Baltz)perform Friday, May 10, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Ayothaya Thai Café. They’ll be performing songs from their soon-to-be-released album and more.
Join the duo for Mother’s Day at Ayothaya Thai Café from 1 p.m., to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 12.
AARP Driver Safety Class
An AARP Driver Safety Course will be held at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11.
The course is open to all people 18 and over. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 to all others. You may register be calling (928) 472-9290.
Summer reading program
Another summer treat can be found at the Payson Public Library. Registration for the annual Summer Reading Program is just around the corner — it opens Monday, May 13 and the program starts the first week of June.
Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. There are programs planned for children ages 6 months to 18 years.
The program is designed to promote reading and learning and maintain skills through the summer break from school.
Every other Monday during the course of the program, June 3 through July 17, there is a book club for teens from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those 12 to 18 may also participate in the Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program.
Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to participate in one of three sessions of the Dig Into Reading Program. There will be a one-hour, in-house program with puppet show, arts and crafts, fun games and food at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday and at 10 a.m. Wednesday, from June 4 through July 10.
Also on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. there is a ’Tween class for those 9 to 12.
The Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday, from June 6 through July 11, is for young people ages 12 to 18. In addition to reading, participants will have craft projects, build time capsules and much more.
Youngsters don’t have to enroll in one of the library’s classes to take part in the summer reading program’s prize giveaway just by reading from the book list and keeping a log on their own, said Emily Linkey, director of the Payson Public Library.
To learn more and register, stop by the library at 328 N. McLane Rd., Payson, (928) 474-9260; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.
Church to show film
Payson United Methodist Church will be showing the movie “Wesley,” which is about John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church and explains the Methodist faith, his life and bringing the Methodist movement to America. It will be shown in two parts; both showings start at 5 p.m., the first is Wednesday, May 15 and the second is Wednesday, May 22.
Each evening will start with a potluck.
Dog Day in the Park
Time for your four-legged friends to bark for joy. The Dog Day in the Park is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Off-Leash Dog Park in Rumsey Park, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. Brief seminars on training, tricks, grooming, responsible pet ownership and more will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., these will continue from noon to 1 p.m.
At 10 a.m., contests begin for amazing pet tricks, best canine vocalist, creative costume, sit and down challenge. Games start at 1 p.m. and include: musical chairs; costume race (with costumes provided); obstacle course challenge; and obedience trial. All events are free.
The Barkery Bakery will also be on hand with treats to reward your pets for their efforts — and patience, plus sweets for people too.
The Rim Country Literacy Program is collecting books during the month of May. Books may be dropped off at any time at the RCLP Office, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, located behind the Knotty Pine Café.
There is an outside bin on the porch. No encyclopedias, please.
Call (928) 468-7257 for more information. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Donations being accepted for Naked Yard Sale
The Pine-Strawberry Riff Raff Club, a non-profit group whose mission is to have fun while helping needy children, families and individuals, is in the process of accepting donations for its upcoming annual Naked Yard Sale.
Bishop Storage Sheds has again this year donated the use of two sheds for collecting and storing donations. The sheds are located on the west side of Highway 87 in Pine, behind Bishop Realty and the Ice Cream/Fudge Shop. They are sheds number 11 and 12, which will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the sale.
The Naked Yard Sale raises money for the group’s holiday project for the P/S area.
“Naked” Yard Sale means no clothing for sale or donation. The sale will be Saturday, June 15, during the Strawberry Festival. It will start at 8 a.m. and will be located by Payson Concrete.
For more information on the Naked Yard Sale or the Riff Raff Club, e-mail club email@example.com.
Rim Relay for Life
This year, instead of an overnight event, the Rim Relay for Life will begin at noon, Saturday, June 1 and conclude at midnight that evening at the Payson High School track. The inspirational Survivor Lap will take place at noon.
For information, to register a team, to make a contribution, etc., go online to www.rimrelay.com.