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Climate Action Marchers

Payson will welcome 50 people the afternoon of Monday, April 14. The guests are on a cross-country March for Climate Action. At a recent Town Council meeting (above) Mayor Kenny Evans issued a proclamation to welcome them as they visit Payson, chosen as the “Desert to Mountain” phase of the nine-month journey from L.A. to D.C. Payson folks are needed to be at the Mazatzal Casino when the group arrives to walk with the marchers to their campsite at the Christian School, offer homes and/or transportation for showers, and provide dishes for the group’s dinner. If you can participate in any or all of these, please call: Ray S., (928) 478-6295; Dean G., (928) 978-2553; John H., (928) 468-6572; or Vee J., (928) 978-2550. All are invited to come to a program of “Dialogue, Celebration, and Music” at 7 p.m. at the school.

Arizona Gives Day

Go online Wednesday, April 9 to azgives.org and make a donation to help area charities, including Whispering Hope Ranch, Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Rim Country Literacy Program, Humane Society of Central Arizona and Time Out, Inc.

PSWID budget meetings

Two meetings of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District’s citizens budget review committee are planned this week.

The first is a committee working meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 10 at the PSWID Administrative Offices, 6306 W. Hardscrabble Road. The public is encouraged to attend and offer input.

The second is at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the community center’s Cultural Hall.

The committee will have information, discussion and action on the proposed PSWID budget for the fiscal year of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Chief Engler speaks

Payson Police Chief Don Engler will be the guest speaker at the Payson Tea Party meeting Thursday, April 10. Chief Engler always has very interesting aspects of the department’s work to share. 

The Payson Tea Party meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Thursday at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Go to www.paysonteaparty.org for more info, or call (928) 951-6774.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, April 11, 507 W. Wade Lane.

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.

The church hosts a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, go online to www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com or call (928) 474-5440.

Shred-A-Thon

The next Payson Shred-A-Thon is from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the truck is full, whichever comes first), Friday, April 11.

Businesses and individuals can take advantage of this mobile shredding service to properly dispose of your sensitive documents onsite in the parking lot of Walmart, 300 N. Beeline Highway.

The cost per bankers box (10-inches-by-12-inches-by-15 inches) is $6, cash or check for payment. Other sized boxes may be used, but the cost will be estimated based on volume. Part of the proceeds go to Rim Country Literacy Program’s First in Math and More summer math tutoring program for children in grades 1 through 5.

This event is sponsored by the Men of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rim Country Literacy Program and TNT Shredding. Contact Tim at (480) 329-7412 for further information.

Business Showcase Mixer

Don’t miss out on the next Chamber Mixer. It will be a Sneak Preview for the 2014 Business Showcase, hosted by Payson Care Center. It is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 11. It will feature light refreshments, a no-host bar, and a preview of all of the exhibitors’ booths.  

There are still booths available at the 22nd Annual Business Showcase at the Mazatzal Event Center. Call the chamber at (928) 474-4515 to learn details.

On a budget? Share a booth with another business and save money.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop

Eastern Area Health Education Center and the Arizona Living Well Institute plan to offer a six-week workshop, Take Control of Your Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop, offered at the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

The workshop is designed to help people with ongoing health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, asthma, or any other chronic condition.

An introductory overview is being offered from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 11 at Gila Community College, Room 404.

If you would like to learn how to better manage your life, sign up for a six-week workshop presented by EAHEC. Class size is typically around 12 to 18 participants. Each session lasts 2-1/2 hours.

Gila Community College in Payson is hosting the Healthy Living Workshop on Fridays, April 18 through May 23. This program is free. However, registration is required.

For details, call Holly Crump at (928) 474-3472 or email her at hollyhcrump@ gmail.com. Put CDMSP in the subject line.

Scholarship Fund Dance

The Payson Pro Rodeo is holding its annual Scholarship Fund Dance at the Star Valley Moose Lodge, Friday evening, April 11. Tickets are available for a $10 donation. They are being sold at the Chamber of Commerce, by Rodeo Committee members and at the door.

This year’s event will feature music by Junction 87. The music starts at 6 p.m. and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Silent auction items and a 50/50 drawing will help raise funds for local senior high school students.

For more information, call John Landino, (928) 468-6684

Meeting on water rate request

The Arizona Corporation Commission meets in Payson at 6 p.m., Friday, April 11 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

The commission will take public comments on the proposed rate increase sought by the Payson Water Company, which serves Mesa del Caballo, Gisela and a number of other communities in the Rim Country.

Electronics recycling event

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has announced that the Fifth Annual Payson Free Electronics Waste Recycling Event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Town of Payson Multi-Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway.

Unwanted televisions, computers, monitors, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small appliances, fax machines, cables and cords will be accepted during the event.

The recyclable material will be collected at the Multi-Event Center, in the south part of Payson across Beeline Highway from Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

E-Waste Harvesters uses state-of-the-art software to erase all hard drives and will provide companies and individuals donating e-waste a certificate of disposal for their records.

Business Showcase

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce plans for the 22nd Annual Business Showcase are well underway. This year’s theme, “You Ought’a be in Pictures,” is sure to be fun for both the booth exhibitors and attendees. Booth exhibitors are encouraged to do a movie themed booth and this year there will be a special Director’s Award for the most innovative.

The Business Showcase will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Call the Rim Country Chamber office at (928) 474-4515 for more information.

Sunday afternoon concert

The Tonto Community Concert Association presents John Berry, platinum-selling singer and songwriter, in an afternoon of hit songs in his inimitable, soaring vocal style at the Payson High School Auditorium at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13. Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and students under the age of 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. For more information, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189, or visit the TCCA website at www.tccarim.org. Berry will also present an educational outreach program for students in grades K-12, sponsored by the TCCA, on Monday, April 14.

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