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There will be a rodeo jewelry sale at the Payson Event Center by Elle's Fundraising Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10 to benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund.

A large selection of $6 jewelry, watches and accessories for men, women and children will be available at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11 and Tuesday, Aug. 12. The sale is also provided by Elle's Fundraising.

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Northern Gila County Fair Books Available The 54th Annual Northern Gila County Fair takes place Sept. 4-7 in Payson. Premium books are now available for those who wish to enter. The books may be picked up at the Payson Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park or at both the Payson and Pine libraries. When you get a premium book, you will need to get tags for all your planned entries as well. For more information about the fair, call chairman Wendell Stevens at 595-0113 or 474-4647.

Cash, credit cards and PRMC payroll deductions will be accepted as payment. Proceeds will benefit the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Vegetarian luncheon

Letting people know that healthy food can be delicious is the purpose of the monthly vegetarian luncheons. This month, the luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at The Meeting Place, on the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87 at the south end of town. There is no cost, and all are invited, but please RSVP to Shirley at (928) 595-1528 as soon as possible so that we can be sure of having enough food.

Free brush drops

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim County (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, Aug. 9, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, Aug. 10, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

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.

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.

Upcoming blood drives in the Rim Country are scheduled for:

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.

Shop Hop in Pine

Pine is hosting its Second Saturday Shop Hop from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9. Each shop features unique attractions for the public's enjoyment. Listen to live music, see a folk dance performance, enter to win door prizes, enjoy complimentary refreshments and special sale prices at participating stores for this event. View motivating and enthusiastic demonstrations of local artist and craftsmen techniques. Antique cars will be parked along Hardscrabble Road.

The special August attraction: receive a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card or one of two $50 Visa gift cards with a purchase of $10 or more at participating shops. Get a Shop Hop map where balloons are displayed.

Jazz in Payson

Jazz vocalist Sherry Petta performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Petta was awarded Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards. She performed her original song "Waiting" at the awards ceremony held at the Music Box Theater in Hollywood.

An emerging Valley vocalist, she has already received a lot of notice. Her first CD was released last year at a party at Johnny's Uptown supper club in Phoenix and she received immediate notice by various radio stations across the country, including Phoenix's STAR 97.5 FM.

She continues to sit in with the band at the Pita Jungle Restaurant in Chandler on Thursday nights. This is where she started performing with a jazz band a few years ago.

Most people will like her voice and phrasing. Called a jazz singer, she nonetheless sings many original tunes with a hint of country in her voice, making her appealing to many.

To stake a claim on a seat, or for more information, return an e-mail to gerryr@cox.net, or leave a message at (480) 785-1278.

Citizens committee hosts candidates

The Citizens Awareness Committee will has the Democratic party's candidates for sheriff and district two supervisor at its next meeting.

Gila County Sheriff candidates, incumbent John Armer and challenger Darrell Stubbs, will speak, as will district two supervisor candidates William Backes, Danny Michaels and Mike Pastor.

The meeting is at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11 at the Payson Public Library.

For information, contact the CAC at paysoncac@yahoo.com.

Missionary to speak

The Crossroads Women's Connections will have Sheri Burk speak at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday Aug 11. Burk has been a missionary to the Zapotec Indians in the State of Oaxaca for 20 years. The public is invited to hear about the customs and culture of the Zapotec Indians.

Crossroads Women's Connection meets monthly on the second Monday and fourth Thursday of each month at the Crossroad Foursquare Church, 114 E Cedar Lane.

For further information, contact Carole Hampsch (928) 478-6431, Marilyn Huffman (928) 472-7462, or Doris Frerichs (928) 476-3865.

Art workshop

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., is offering a workshop on watercolor painting on Masa rice paper Aug. 12-13 with April Bower. This two-day workshop is for those with some watercolor experience. There is a fee. For details, call (928) 978-5533.

RCMS Meet the Teacher Night

A Meet the Teacher Night will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12 at Rim Country Middle School.

Parents can visit classrooms and meet teachers. A map of the campus will be available. There will also be a display of the new construction taking place on the campus starting at 5:30 pm.

The evening will follow a 7-minute bell schedule starting at 6 p.m. Teachers will give an overview of the activities and learning that will be taking place this year.

This is not a parent/teacher conference. To set up a conference, please make an appointment with your child's teacher at a time convenient for both of you. There will also be a volunteer booth set up in the gym, as volunteers are needed for the school year.

Teacher appreciation event is Wednesday

The Payson Rotary Club will have its annual Teachers Appreciation Barbecue at Rumsey Park at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13.

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.

MDA Rummage Sale

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.

Thrift Store Day

Thrift Store Day is Sunday, Aug. 17, so the Senior Thrift Store, at 512 W. Main St., will celebrate the occasion on Saturday, Aug. 16. There will be refreshments, hourly door prizes (winners need not be present to win), a raffle drawing to win a handmade quilt, balloons for the children and special sales.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be open during the rodeo parade.

All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

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.

Pathfinder Pals

Pathfinder Pals, a free after school program for grades K-5th grade, begins Thursday, Aug. 14. It will meet each Thursday when school is in session from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Homework help is available from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. There will be an adult escort from Julia Randall Elementary each week to ensure the safety of the children participating.

Each Thursday the program provides lessons in basic Christian values through Bible-based stories, plus there will be healthy snacks, games, crafts and music.

For more information on this free program for youth, call (928) 474-2059.

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 meet 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.

Library bookstore 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.

Strawberry's Elite steak fry Aug. 17

Strawberry's Elite will be serving top quality steaks and all the trimmings from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17 at The Watering Hole in Strawberry, formerly the Mogollon Grill.

Along with a great steak, the menu includes cowboy beans, salad, rolls and Texas sheet cake. Tickets are available from Strawberry's Elite members and at the door. Tickets are $15 per person or two for $25.

Trouble in Paradise will provide the entertainment and there will be hourly drawings will be held for gift certificates from local merchants. There will also be a silent auction.

This annual event helps raise funds to provide financial assistance for children and families in need within the Pine and Strawberry communities.

Scout registration night

Scout Registration Night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church (in the big log cabin). The different groups are Girl Scouts for girls in kindergarten through the 12th grade; Cub Scouts for boys in the 1st through 5th grades; and Boy Scouts for boys in the 6th through 12th grades.

A new Scout program is starting for young men and women, ages 14 to 21 -- Adventure Scouts. Volunteers are always welcome and needed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shannon Romberger at (928) 472-7243.

PHS Class of 1968 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 details.

Labor Day book sale

The Pine Library Friends will have its Labor Day Annual Book Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31. The book sale will be the library activity room, off Highway 87 and Randall Drive, behind the Pine Community Center. For more information, contact the library at (928) 476-3678.

Artists, crafters wanted

Rim Country artists and crafters are invited to reserve tables for the Mazatzal Casino Art and Craft Fair in November. At the most recent show, there was a wonderful turnout of talented artists and customers. More of both are wanted for the fall show, which will be Nov. 22. Call Judy at (928) 468-2244 for details.

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