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The Payson Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation are hosting the First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

Art galleries, antique stores, restaurants and other businesses will remain open and offer free refreshments. Vocalist Colleen Brown performs with the Starliters from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

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Dazie Haught puts the finishing touches on her lemonade stand in preparation for the Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund event that takes place this Saturday, Aug. 2. The fund-raiser is "Kids Standing for Kids," and will feature 25 lemonade stands run by kids and located at different sites around Payson, Pine and Star Valley. The stands will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be selling lemonade for donations only. The "Sweetness of Gracie" cookbook will be making its debut at the stands, too. All the money raised will go to help pay medical bills for local children of families in need. Look for the lemonade stands and please give generously. For more information, call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

Free on-street parking is available on the south side of Main Street from Westerly Road west. A free shuttle bus service will make a continuous loop between the Main Street Grille and Community Presbyterian Church, and riders can get on or off anywhere along the route.

Bee teams forming

Start gathering your best spellers for the 3rd Annual Community Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Rim Country Literacy Program.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church.

To learn more, call RCLP at (928) 468-7257 or e-mail rclp@wydebeam.com.

National Night Out

How well do you know your neighbors? Can they trust you to keep a wary eye for threats or suspicious acts in your neighborhood?

If not, the Payson Police Department hopes to fix that by participating for the first time in the National Night Out. On Aug. 5, organizers hope neighborhoods will fight crime with block parties and cookouts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night.

To get the anti-crime block party started, Payson PD will host a free family western-themed day of fun and activities on Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Green Valley Park.

The day will feature multiple events including live music, youth games, entertainment, prize-winning contests and crime and drug prevention information. No fees are required for games or the chili cook-off entry; however, bring money for food and drinks. Local nonprofit organizations will be selling food, snacks and drinks.

Some events and games to be featured are Dunk Tank, Kids' Toy Walk, Police vs. Firefighters Tricycle Relay Race, Kids' Bounce Houses, Climbing Wall, Poster Contest, Diaper Derby, Police vs. Firefighters Tug of War, Kids' fishing booth and more. Entertainment includes John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos, Junction 87 and several other bands.

Law enforcement agencies participating with the Payson Police Department include the Arizona Department of Public Service, Gila County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service and Game and Fish personnel.

Sponsors include Messinger Payson Funeral Home, Crabtree and Associates, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, Safeway, Gila County Attorney's Office and KRIM.

Midsummer Christmas sale at Senior Thrift

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a Midsummer Christmas Sale July 28 through Aug. 2. There will be a large variety of Christmas merchandise available, including indoor and outdoor decorations, artificial trees, china, Christmas cards and much more. There also will be a special sale of selected items from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Senior Center Dining Room next door to the store at 514 W. Main St.

The store will be open for First Friday on Main Street activities with refreshments, live music (weather permitting), door prizes and men's and women's clothing sales. Raffle tickets are being sold at $1 each or six for $5, for a chance to win a 72-inch-by-74-inch, handmade quilt. The drawing is planned for Aug. 16. For information, call (928) 474-3205.

August blood drives

United Blood Services is low on O- and O+ and B- blood types, so it is issuing a special request to people with those blood types to make an effort to participate in one of the upcoming Rim Country blood drives. All donors will be entered to win a 2008 Saturn car of their choice.

Drives are scheduled for:

Sunday, Aug. 3 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 9 at Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, behind the fire station, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 10 at Sidewinders Saloon parking lot, 6114 W. Hardscrabble Road, Pine, sponsored by the Modified Motorcycle Association, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. For donor eligibility questions, call (480) 675-5497.

Artistic chairs auction

The Chair-ish Auction, featuring an eclectic collection of designer chairs, is Saturday, Aug. 2 in the cultural hall of the Pine Community Center.

Sponsored by Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry, the evening's proceeds will benefit the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library.

Come meet the Chair-ish artists and preview their works of art between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The chairs will be auctioned beginning at 6 p.m. by Frank Allen of Pine.

A silent auction of cherished surprises will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A Chair-ish Auction quilt, crafted by the DPS Quilt Angels, will be raffled. Barb and Chuck Casey will provide musical entertainment. Finger foods, desserts and light beverages will be served.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at the Pine Library, ERA Young Realty, Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty and Sunny Mountain Realty and from Take Pride and DPS Quilt Angel members.

For information, call (928) 476-4380 or (928) 476-4019.

Gun show Aug. 2-3

The eighth annual Payson Gun and Knife Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium, just south of Payson on Highway 87, two blocks east of the Mazatzal Casino.

Vendors from several Western states will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade. New, used and antique firearms, knives and related western memorabilia will be available to see, touch and buy. Also on hand will be ammunition, books, coins and a variety of shooting, hunting and outdoor accessories.

The public may bring firearms and related items to sell, trade or have appraised. All applicable local, state and federal laws will be observed.

Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For additional information, visit www.firingpin.com or call (928) 485-0437.

The event is presented by Firing Pin Enterprises, Inc.

New Scout troop to host rummage sale Saturday

Venture Crew #7354 Scouts are having a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 in the Legacy Home Furnishings parking lot. There are many items for sale. Please come help this new crew of Scouts raise money for future events.

Artists, crafters wanted

Artists and crafters are wanted for a one-day event in Beaver Valley hosted by the Beaver Valley Fire District Auxiliary, Saturday, Aug. 30. Call Gary for applications, (928) 978-5220.

Discussion on exercise and osteoporosis

The Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will present a program on exercise and osteoporosis with Susie Bossert, physical therapist, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Senior Circle. The program is part of "Good Morning with the Director," and includes a light breakfast. Reservations are requested. Call (928) 472-9290 for details.

Medicare, Medicaid confusion tackled

A program to help clear up confusion over the Medicare and Medicaid programs will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Representatives from Rim Country Health and Retirement and Tom Russell and Associates have teamed up for this talk.

For additional details, call (928) 472-9290.

Breast Cancer series

The free breast cancer education series -- Listen, Learn, Ask the Experts -- directed by Ana Maria Lopez, is held from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. The topic Aug. 5 will be "Management of depression after breast cancer," by Martie Fanhhauser.

To register, call Janice Disbrow (928) 472-1273, Kris Rockwell (928) 472-1274, Rose Porcelli (928) 472-3489 (Habla Espanol). Sponsored by Payson Regional Medical Center, Healthy Woman and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure.

MDA Rummage Sale, Book Blowout Aug. 22-24

The Safeway Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) 3rd Annual Rummage Sale and Sidewalk Book Blowout will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 22-24.

There are three ways to participate: donate gently used items for us to sell (the drop-off location in front of Safeway is coming soon); reserve a parking space-sized booth to come hold your own sale Aug. 22-23, the cost of the space is $25 for a single or $40 for a double and there is no need to haul away unsold items, simply donate them to our sale to be held Sunday, Aug. 24; or just come and shop.

Proceeds from this event help to fight neuromuscular disease through research and services.

Special thanks to Liberty Fence and The Bookstore & More for making this event possible. See Safeway customer service to reserve a booth, or for more information, contact Lynne at (928) 472-4661.

Head Start enrolling

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2008-2009-program year.

Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income and children with disabilities serving 3- to 5-year-old children and does not charge any fees.

Needed items for enrollment include: proof of birth, complete and updated immunization record and proof of all income sources for each household member for the year 2007. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office at (928) 474-2738 to set up an appointment.

Once the application process has been completed, the child will be placed on a waiting list until an opening is available.

Head Start does not provide transportation, however First School Steps Preschool and Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center collaborate with Head Start and provide transportation to their facilities after our program's morning class.

We encourage you to get the needed items for enrollment and call for an appointment now, as we only have a few slots available for fall. Our first day of class will be Sept. 2, said Lynne S. Winans, Site Manager, Payson Head Start, FAX (928) 474-1893.

Homework help

As the new school year begins, students and parents should keep the Payson Public Library in mind. The "Homework Helper" will be available after school from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays in the Youth Room. Students can get help navigating the library for Advanced Reading books, typing papers, ideas for projects, book reports, some tutorial basics and even a light snack while studying. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 with questions.

The Payson Institute of Learning is also available for homework help. The institute is now enrolling students who require enhanced educational and learning skills. The institute offers one-on-one tutoring in reading and study skills for the community. Also offered is English as Second Language, mathematics, basic and advanced computer skills, adult continuing education and GED tutoring for testing.

The institute is located at 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 7, across the parking lot from Tiny's restaurant. Phone (928) 472-3393 for additional details.

After school program

Ponderosa Baptist Church is again presenting its Pioneer Clubs, featuring sessions for both boys and girls.

Pioneer Clubs meet from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday when school is in session. This year, the clubs will meet from Aug. 7 through May 14. There are different clubs for various grade levels: Voyagers is for children in Grades 1 and 2; Pathfinders is for those in Grades 3 and 4; and Trailblazers is for fifth-grade students.

The clubs meet at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline. For more information, call the church at (928) 474-9279, or the coordinators at (928) 472-7389.

Children enjoy crafts, games, songfests, activity badges and Bible badges. There are no registration fees. Handbooks are provided. Transportation is provided from each school and children will be transported home after 4:30 p.m.

Good News Club

Once a week, right after school, at school, the Good News Club meets for Bible study, missionary stories, verse explanation and games. Teachers Ed and Jan Miller invite students to attend this free program. Please call (928) 468-1240.

The schedule of meetings: Frontier Elementary, Room 102, Mondays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Julia Randall Elementary, Room 401, Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Pine Elementary School, Room 119, Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Payson Elementary School, Resource Room, Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Ajo reunion

Rim residents who came from Ajo, Ariz. are invited to the Ajo Reunion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9 at Ramada 4 in Rumsey Park. For more information call (928) 474-9713.

Library bookstore holds clearance sale

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring an End-of-Summer Clearance of hardback books. Come in and pick up a fresh supply of books for those lazy, summer afternoons. Hardback books will be on sale at two for the price of one throughout August. As always, the second book must be of equal or lesser value than the first. Collectible books are excluded from this sale.

Teachers, as you get ready for the new school year, stop by the LFOP Bookstore and select a supply of nonfiction books for your classroom at no cost. Just show your ID to the bookstore volunteer and shop away. In stock are several sets of books about ancient civilizations, science, etc. which would be of value in any classroom.

For the sake of our environment, the Payson Public Library and the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will no longer offer plastic grocery bags for carrying books. However, sturdy recycled tote bags with the library logo are available to our patrons for only $1.50. Purchase several at this great price and carry them in your car for use at the library, the grocery store, or any shopping stops.

The Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

PHS Class of 1968 has 40-year reunion

The Payson High School Class of 1968 is having a 40-year reunion Aug. 22-23 in Payson. The reunion agenda includes:

  • A gathering (all classes are welcome), 6 p.m., Friday Aug. 22 at Fargos for (no host) Happy Hour.
  • A gathering (all classes are welcome) from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4, bring your own refreshments.
  • A dinner and dance Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Payson Elks Lodge: 6 p.m., social time (full bar, attendees pay for their own drinks); 7 p.m., dinner, choice steak or salmon; 8:30 p.m. to midnight dancing to the music of the Don Lusk Band. The cost of the evening is $60 per person

The Best Western Payson Inn (1-800-247-9477), formerly the Swiss Village Lodge, has reserved a block of rooms, please mention the Payson Class of 1968 Reunion for reduced rates.

Other classes are welcome to participate in the dinner dance. The registration fee of $60 is required in advance, with checks made payable to "Payson Reunion 2008" and sent to: Richard Saccuci, 4207 East Greenway Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Call (602) 788-5499 for additional details.

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