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Optimists host Firemen's BBQ

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Suzanne Michaels and the Rim Country Optimist Club will host a Fireman's BBQ beginning at noon Sunday, Aug. 24 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church (Highway 260 east of Safeway). The event is open to the public and Junction 87 Band provide musical entertainment. Please join us to honor the firefighters who keep us safe.

Rummage Sale, Book Blowout Aug. 22-24

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The Day of Reckoning BMX, Skate Contest and Concert with Mike Metzger takes place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Rumsey Park. Pro skaters Anthony Carney, Fabian Cosin, and Pro BMX rider Aaron Johnson will be there. The BMX skate contest will be two heats: Your Machine and Panima. There will be a "Fear Factor" contest, giveaways and free food. There is no admission charge for this event.

A huge Charity Rummage Sale, Multi-Family Sale and Book Blowout takes place from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-24 at Safeway, 401 E. Highway 260.

Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more information, 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.

PATS hike Saturday

Like to hike, but not sure where to go? Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) group-led hike on the Round Valley East Trail for Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Participants will meet at the existing end of the paved section of East Phoenix Street, which is approximately 1 mile east of Highway 87.

This beautiful route features fantastic views of Payson, the Granite Dells and the Mogollon Rim. The hike is moderately difficult with loose rocks and occasional steep slopes. This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event.

There are no facilities at the trailhead, so plan ahead! Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at 474-5242 ext. 358 for more information, or visit www.paysonparks.com.

Citizens Awareness Committee

Payson Councilman Ed Blair and Payson Town Attorney Sam Streichman will be guest speakers at the next meeting of the Citizens Awareness Committee.

Topics will be "The Role of a Town Councilman" and "Answers to Legal Questions on Town Operations."

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at Payson Public Library. For more information, e-mail paysoncac@yahoo.com.

Republican rally

The Gila County Republican Committee will have a rally at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 in downtown Pine. There will be a barbecue and Republican candidates will speak. The public is invited.

For more information, call Charlotte Mortensen, (928) 476-6560.

CCC 75th anniversary event Aug. 29

Civilian Conservation Corps is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. To commemorate the event, the public is invited to view exhibits and hear speakers free of charge from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at the Payson Public Library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.

CCC alumni will be honored at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 in the library meeting room. Tickets are $10 and reservations are required. Please call (928) 472-7132.

Free brush disposal

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. 23, 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.

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This unique chair will be among the items for sale at Rim Area Gardeners' Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 6 at Granny's Attic, 800 E. Highway 260. The oak chair has an oval back and custom-designed moss-lined container in the seat with a colorful selection of plants. The new owner can have the fun of designing a new look for the chair next spring. Experts will be on hand to help you learn more about planting a chair.

On Sunday, Aug. 24, 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. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Lunch and Learn Aug. 26

Dr. Claudio Zamorano, MD will be speaking at the next Lunch and Learn program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

For more information, or to RSVP, please call 472-9290.

Register for AARP Driving Safety classes

Richard Loth will conduct two AARP Driving Safety classes in Rim Country during the month of September.

A class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway in Payson. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

A class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Rim Country Senior Center in Heber/ Overgaard. Call (928) 535-5525 to register.

Northern Gila County Fair coming Sept. 4-7

The 54th Annual Northern Gila County Fair takes place Sept. 4-7.

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.

Fairgoers will enjoy rides, games, exhibits, a horse show, a livestock auction and Demolition Derby.

Exhibits will be at the Tonto Apache Exhibit Hall, southeast of the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. Rides, games and livestock events will be at Payson Event Center, 1/2 mile south of town on Highway 87.

For more information about the fair, call chairman Wendell Stevens at 595-0113 or 474-4647.

Calling all home brewers

Down The Street Art Gallery is inviting all local home brewers to the gallery for a real Oktoberfest.

The event will be held in conjunction with the First Friday Art and Antiques walk in October.

Brewers and the public are invited to join the artists at the gallery for a fun-filled festival, celebrating the art of brewing, plus tasting of locally brewed beers.

There will be an original painting for a People's Choice Award.

There is no entry fee and a small charge for mugs for tasting. Any profits will be donated to a local cause.

If you would like to kick off what promises to become an annual affair at the gallery, call brewmeister, John Gould, (928) 468-2384, or the gallery and ask for Dan Basinski, (928) 978-2365.

Payson schools observe half-day Aug. 27

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day in service day Wednesday, Aug 27.

Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period.

The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

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 Aug. 29 program will be at The Meeting Place, 1107 S. Beeline, Suite 2. 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 International, along with Shirley Feather, who accompanied them on their 2008 trip to Africa, are presenting the program.

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

Art workshop offered

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., will offer a workshop in Water Media Collage/Cards Aug. 26 and 27. This two-morning class will use 5x7 cards as the finished product, using watercolor, acrylics, metallics, stamping, weaving, paper and collage, including some objects such as leaves, photographs or lace.

The workshop is open to those of all skill levels who want to have fun making a functional item. Sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. For cost and more information, call April Bower at (928) 978-5533.

Women's ‘Step Outside' weekend Aug. 30-31

Women are invited to "Step Outside" with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Town of Payson, Chandler Rod and Gun Club and the Tonto Rim Sports Club at the Houston Mesa Horse Camp just north of Payson, to learn more about outdoor recreation Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31.

This two-day, overnight campout will introduce women to camping skills, wildlife conservation, fishing, shooting sports and archery at the Jim Jones Shooting Range.

Activities will include camp and campfire set-up, instruction in shotguns, long rifles and archery, hiking, fishing, outdoor photography and natural environment education.

The cost is $50 per woman, which includes all meals prepared by members of Chandler Rod and Gun Club. Pick up a handout with more event details and register through Aug. 22 at the parks office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive (on the south side of Green Valley Park).

Please call Mary McMullen at (928) 474-5242, extension 358 for more information.

Give blood for chance win a Saturn

United Blood Services will sponsor a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Forest Lakes Fire Department at #4 Merzville Road and Highway 260. There will be a pancake breakfast for all donors, and donors will automatically be entered in a drawing for a 2008 Saturn, to be held Sept. 17.

Donors must be 18 or older with a valid picture ID, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Please drink plenty of water before donating.

Labor Day Weekend BBQ in Tonto Village Aug. 30

The Hellsgate Fire District Auxiliary "Fireflies" will host a Labor Day Weekend Fund-Raiser Bar-B-Q from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at Fire Station 22 in Tonto Village -- 151 Mathews Lane, 1 mile on Control Road off Highway 260 East.

We will be serving BBQ pork sandwiches, coleslaw, beans and fresh corn on the cob. Adults will be charged $7, and children age 10 and under will be $3.50.

There will also be a Bake Sale featuring cakes, fruit pies, cookies, breads and more. If you would like to donate baked goods, please call Janet at (928) 478-4575, or Ruth at (928) 478-0031.

The auction will start at 11:30 a.m. An air jumper for kids, and free blood pressure checks will also be available. A raffle will be held at 1 p.m. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and prizes include two handmade quilts, a chain saw, weed-eater, skill saw, fire pit and cactus fountain.

Investment Talk

Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk every Tuesday at 10 a.m. 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.t is an opportunity to learn from one another and exchange ideas on a variety of issues about how individual investors can helpake their money grow and build wealth over time, as well as have fun. Call 468-1470 for more information.

Rummage sale

A rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. Proceeds benefit The Safehaven Preschool. For more information, call Sondi Hilgendorf, 474-5890.

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