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GCC art show and sale

Gila Community College students in Jacqui Jeffrey’s art classes will have their works on display and for sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 9 at Dimi Espresso Cafe, 612 N. Beeline Highway.

The work includes watercolor, acrylic, drawing and pastel paintings and all will be matted, with some framed. Free refreshments, including wine, soft drinks, cheese and crackers will be offered, and the event is free. Jeffrey said the students’ works make for “perfect” Mother’s Day gifts.

Free Movie Night

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson, will have a free movie at 7 p.m., Friday, May 9 in its log building.

The movie, Niki - Wild Dog of the North, is free and includes free popcorn and beverages. Children attending must be accompanied by an adult.

For details, call (928) 474 2554.

New Beginnings benefit

The Nook is raffling a beautiful hand-tooled leather checkbook wallet, which would make a great Mother’s Day gift. Come by and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win this checkbook wallet. Tickets are 25 cents each or five for $1. The raffle will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 10, the day before Mother‘s Day.

The Nook new and resale shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday at 408 W. Main St. Proceeds from sales benefit the New Beginnings Center.

Last PHS production of year

Senior theatre students at Payson High School present a series of short plays as part of their last production of the year at 4 p.m., today, Friday, May 9 and at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at the PHS Studio Theatre.

Plant Sale

Let the High Country Garden Club help you get your garden started with its Annual Plant Sale, from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 10 in the Walmart parking lot. There will be many indoor and outdoor plants, including annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs.

Wildlife Fair is Saturday

The Annual Payson Wildlife Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at Green Valley Park on West Main Street.

Admission is free and so is the fishing. Green Valley Lake will get more than double its usual stocking of trout in preparation for this event. Equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.

Everyone can fish, play games and get a close-up look at wildlife, including birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators. There will be booths from a variety of conservation groups.

For more information, call (928) 947-5242, extension 7.

All Corvette Show

Rim Country Corvettes will hold its 3rd Annual All Corvette Show at Chapman Auto Center in Payson, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10.

It is expected that approximately 100 Corvettes, from all years, including several 2014s, will be on display.

The Christopher-Kohl’s Firebelles will have a food trailer at the event, offering brats, hot dogs and grilled chicken, along with hand-scooped ice cream for cones or sundaes.

There will be several non-profit organizations at the show, selling raffle tickets, and sharing information. These organizations include: Payson Elks, Time Out Shelter, Humane Society of Central AZ, Payson Rodeo Committee and Soroptimist International.

For additional information or to register a Corvette for display, contact Kim Chittick at (928) 978-5245 or email her at rimcountry corvettes@gmail.com.

Chocolates for Mom

Delicious See’s chocolates are available for Mother’s Day from the Zane Grey Soroptimist International. Members will have the candy for sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Saturday, May 10 at Corvette Car Show at Chapman Auto Center.

Call Jean at (928) 474-6167 for details.

Community Garden class

Extension Agent Chris Jones will present the May 10 class for the Payson Community Garden. The class begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Church of the Nazarene at 200 Tyler Parkway. The topic is “Bugs, Diseases and Weeds.” The class is free and open to the public.

AARP Smart Driver Course

An AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour break for lunch, Saturday, May 10 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

To register, call (928) 472-9290 or register in person at Payson Senior Circle. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, (cash or check), payable on day of class.

The course has all new material for 2014. The class is designed for those age 50-plus, but is open to all people 18 and over. Participation may also earn a discount on your vehicle insurance.

Special event at Tonto Natural Bridge

AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will hold an Exotic Bird Show at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 10.

Curt Scarberry and the folks from AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will bring some of the exotic birds from their rescue to the park.

The show may include birds such as macaws, cockatoos, conures and parrots. There will also be speakers from the rescue facility.

The cost for the show or the lecture is the regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for those aged 14 and older, $2 per person for those aged 7-13, and no charge for anyone younger than 6. For information about either event, call (928) 476-4202.

Pie & Coffee

Rim residents and visitors are invited to join the Rim Country Republican Club for Pie & Coffee at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson.

The afternoon’s speaker is Jeff DeWit, candidate for state treasurer. For more information, please call Nancy Cox (928) 472-1172.

Free Piano Concert

Enjoy music with a Spanish/Latin American rhythm at 3 p.m., Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 performed by Payson’s own pianists, Angeline Ng and Ray Hughes. 

Chari-Tea will be providing refreshments and any donations will go to Payson Community Kids. If you cannot make it on that day, the rehearsals are open to the public too. Please RSVP Angeline at (928) 951-4853 for location.

Free CPR Class

Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free Heartsaver CPR Class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13.

Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required. MHA pays for the class through its various fund-raising activities, proceeds from its gift shop at the hospital and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Rodeo needs volunteers

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is inviting Rim residents to join and help bring the community the annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo May 15 through 17 at the Payson Event Center.

The rodeo needs ticket takers, people to man the souvenir booth and 50/50 ticket sales, security help is also needed, as well as assistance in other non-livestock areas.

See what it is all about at 6 p.m., Monday, May 12 at the Quality Inn (formerly the Best Western Hotel).

For added information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

Final school band concert

The Payson High School Band will present its final concert of the year at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 at the PHS Auditorium.

Admission is free.

Truth in Taxation hearing

Gila Community College will host a Truth in Taxation Hearing at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 15. The hearing is on the Payson Campus in Room 209, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd.

The GCC board will have a public meeting to present the 2014-15 budget. Immediately following the budget meeting, the board will hold a meeting to adopt the budget. Following the special meetings, the board will hold its meeting to discuss normal board business.

For more information, please call Gila Community College in Payson at (928) 468-8039.

PHS Carnival

A carnival at Payson High School football field is set from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15. It is a fund-raiser for many PHS clubs, including: Adventure Club, Key Club, Engineering Club, STUGO (Student Government), NHS (National Honor Society) and FFA.  

The carnival will feature a concession stand, cotton candy, snow cones, a petting zoo, and a large variety of games.  

Tickets will be sold at the door for 50 cents each or 12 for $5.

Charity Barbecue

The Second Annual Beeline Insurance Group Charity Barbecue is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 16 at Beeline Insurance, 807 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, which provides money for children’s health programs and family assistance for children’s medical bills.

Call (928) 478-7151 for barbecue details.

Benefit rummage & bake sale

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Rd., Payson, is having its annual rummage and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17.

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