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Celebrate 124th Rodeo weekend


Join in the 124th celebration of the rough and tumble tradition of rodeo this weekend as the Rim Country hosts the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Payson Event Center will host four rodeo performances: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, "Tough Enough To Wear Pink" performance to Benefit Breast Cancer Research; 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, admission is two for one; 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16; 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, children 12 and under admitted free with paying adult. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the evening performances and at 11 a.m. for the daytime shows.


The 2008 Rodeo Parade will be on Main Street, starting at Green Valley Park and ending at Sawmill Crossing. The parade starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 and features Pat Willis as grand marshal and special guests Tom Chambers, Danny White and Al McCoy.

The 2008 Rodeo Parade will be on Main Street, starting at Green Valley Park and ending at Sawmill Crossing. The parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 and features Pat Willis as grand marshal and special guests Tom Chambers, Danny White and Al McCoy.

For complete details, see the free 2008 PRCA Rodeo Guide inside this issue.

Luau Saturday

The ladies of Aglow are sponsoring a luau from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 16 at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane. Don some island garb, grab a special buddy and come out for some summer fun. Tropical-type dishes or snacks to share would be appreciated.

Free adult-supervised childcare will be provided, but please call before Saturday morning to make arrangements. Contact Denny at (928) 472-2521 about child care details. Bring a friend and a Bible for a special time of fellowship.

For more information about Aglow or the Saturday meeting, call Nancy at (928) 478-6462 or (928) 595-2583.

There is also a Bible study from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each Tuesday at Crossroads Church. For more information, call Barbara at (928) 474-6933.

Discard brush for free

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

On Saturday, Aug. 16 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. 17 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 material 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.

Church concert Sunday

Inspirational recording artist Phil Dickey will present a concert of praise and encouragement at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 17.

Dickey has shared inspirational music for more than 30 years in churches and other gatherings throughout Arizona, Utah and California, as well as overseas while serving in the Navy. Although Dickey was born in Corvallis, Ore., he has called Arizona his home for many years. He studied music at Phoenix College, while majoring in business, and served in the Pacific Fleet during the Vietnam War.

Steak Fry

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 boot-stomping entertainment.

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 area.

Learn about the Constitution

A meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19 for concerned citizens interested in understanding the Constitution in a nonpartisan setting. The gathering will be at 211 E. Aero Drive, near Ash Street. For more details, call (928) 474-9323.

Post parade treats

The Payson Womans Club will be serving hot dogs, nachos, and drinks right after the Aug. 16 Rodeo Parade. A rummage sale and craft sale will be taking place at the same time. The club building, at 510 W. Main St., will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

Scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will have a scrub sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21. Look for "Scrub Bucks" around town and receive a discount. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to the community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Investment talk

Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at his office at 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B. The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in roundtable discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other investments and hot topics. It is an opportunity to learn from one another and exchange ideas on how individual investors can help make their money grow and build wealth over time. Call (928) 468-1470 for more information.

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.

The Forgotten Children of Kaswanga

A program on Payson people bringing pure water, vegetable gardens and a feeding center for 200 children left orphaned by the many diseases on the tiny island of Rusinga in Lake Victoria, Africa will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29 and 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30. The 7 p.m. program will be at The Meeting Place, 1107 S. Beeline, Suite 2. The evening program replaces one scheduled for Aug. 22 and listed in the Living feature in today's edition. The Aug. 30 program is at the Payson Seventh-day Adventist Church, 700 Wade St.

Daryl and Mary Jo Oft, owners of Diversified Solutions, who work as missionaries with Living Waters Intl., along with Shirley Feather, who accompanied them on their 2008 trip to Africa, are presenting the program.

For more information, call (928) 978-3899.

Rummage sale, sports memorabilia auction

Safeway's Muscular Dystrophy Association Rummage Sale is from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23. Time is running out to rent a booth and hold your own garage sale at Safeway.

Don't want to stick around to sell your stuff? We will also be accepting donations of gently used items for our sale, proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. There is a drop-off location in front of Safeway. Please see store for details or call Lynne at (928) 472-4661.

In a related event, Safeway is holding its 3rd Annual Sports Memorabilia and Collectables Silent Auction to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Auction items include autographed items from Phoenix Suns, Texas Rangers, ASU Athletics, Cardinals and much more. Bidding closes at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6.

Recipes wanted

Safeway is collecting recipes from members of the community for a cookbook that it will have published to sell in participating stores throughout the state. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Safeway Foundation Charities.

It is easy to submit recipes. Simply go to and log in using Group Login: safewaycookbook Password: 3bfpf. You can also pick up Recipe Collection forms at the Safeway customer service desk. Please call Lynne at (928) 472-4661 with any questions.

Musical performance, testimonial planned

Shirleyan Cambron Johnson will present a program of music and testimony at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24 at the Payson United Methodist Church.

She was born and raised in Buckeye, attended Grand Canyon University, and has served as worship leader and Director of Women's Ministries for Hillside Baptist Church in Phoenix since 1985.

Johnson sings, plays piano, and tells her story of learning to live with a congenital physical deformity. She has only the little fingers on each hand and the little toes on each foot. Payson resident Del Bohlmeyer was her high school music teacher and private voice instructor for two years. He has arranged for her visit to Payson to share her story of courage and faith.

Inspirational bluegrass concert scheduled

Payson First Southern Baptist Church will present the award-winning Bost Family Traditions bluegrass band in a program of worship and inspirational bluegrass music at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31. The church is located at the corner of Colcord Road and Bonita Street. Admission is free.

The Bost Family Traditions is a five-piece, hard-driving bluegrass band from Cochise County, Ariz. and is described as the "quintessential family bluegrass band." The Bost family, consisting of Jeff, Pamela and their eight children, play a mix of upbeat, traditional bluegrass, with a hint of western swing and old-time family humor.

First Southern Baptist Church and the Bost Family Traditions band cordially invite everyone to come enjoy an old-fashioned meeting with friends, family and bluegrass music. There is no charge for admission. For more details, call (928) 474-3374.

Retirement choices seminar at GCC

Scott Flake, Edward Jones financial advisor, will present a "Smart Choices in Retirement" seminar at 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

Flake will present the 10 principles to help make your money last with the goal of providing a stable, steady retirement income.

This is a free seminar.

Labor Day book sale

The Pine Library Friends will have the annual Labor Day 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 in 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.

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