Stepping into the room at the first official Divinity Art class, it was hard to hear yourself think over all the giggles and excited jabbering. More than a dozen boys and girls were either walking around a pair of tables filled with colored pencils, paper and modeling clay or seated and pouring attention into their creative work.
The Arizona Department of Education has awarded a contract with a private vendor it hopes will significantly reduce the cost to school districts of tracking students, in the face of shifts that will increasingly link school funding to student test scores.
Payson crowd tours of a century of a bewildering brilliance
Three music-obsessed chums took a near-sellout, foot-tapping Payson crowd on a sly and ecstatic tour of a century of musical innovation and improvisation Sunday.
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This past Saturday, Julia Randall Elementary played host to two very healthy activities. On a beautiful Rim Country fall morning, inside the gymnasium, hundreds of area residents gathered for the annual Community Health and Care Fair.
The Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2013-14 season will be half over in short order.
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Next Thursday, skeletons, monsters of the Black Lagoon and alien creatures in every shape and size will take to the streets in search of Halloween treats.
Mario Belvedere proudly stands in the middle of his living room, arm thrown up to point at a striking piece of art, one of many that cover the two-story floor to ceiling wall.
Tonto Community Concert Association will present tenor Franc D’Ambrosio in a performance at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Payson High School Auditorium.
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The Payson High School Theatre Company will present “Les Miserables,” a play (not the musical) adapted for schools by Tim Kelly and from the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24; 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25; and 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 in the high school auditorium. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for both senior citizens and students. The play is a Tom Walling production.
“How’d that feel?” asked Payson High School (PHS) Marching Band Director Sergio Beraun to the purple and black uniformed band members surrounding him. “Awesome!” they all yelled in unison huge smiles on their faces.
It might be the jewelry or perhaps the bronzes and other sculpture pieces or the glass works. Certainly the lighting lends a nice effect.
The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church treated jazz fans to a concert with Half Note recording artist Tony Vaca on flute and sax. The second guest musician was Steve Douglas on standup string acoustic bass.
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I have a feeling that there will be a whole lot of “roaring” going on this weekend as hundreds of women (and a few good men) convene in the banquet hall of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino for the annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Jack Gauman is the latest artist to display his custom creations at Crafters Cubbies in the Swiss Village Shops, 626 N. Beeline Highway.
Organizers discuss past and future of jazz series
Funny thing. Memories get cloudy. It happened last week when I sat down with Gerry Reynolds and John Shevlin to do a story about the 10th anniversary — or maybe it’s the 11th — of the Payson Jazz Concert Series. Neither was certain which anniversary the series is celebrating this year — but they agreed it was a significant one.