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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, 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.

Wine tasting will help animal shelter

The second in a series of three wine tastings to benefit the Payson Humane Society building fund will be held Saturday, Aug. 30.

Wines of California will be featured from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street Grille, 202 W. Main St.

Wines of Australia and New Zealand will be showcased at the final tasting Sept. 27. Appropriate appetizers will be served at each event.

Cost is $20 for one tasting. Advance tickets are available at Main Street Grille, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Roundup, The Beverage Place, Rim Country Gazette and at the Payson Humane Society animal shelter, 812 S. McLane Road.

Celebrate Beaver Valley Day Saturday

Beaver Valley, northeast of Payson on Houston Mesa Road, is the place for fun and food this Saturday. The community will celebrate Beaver Valley Day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 30.

Pancakes prepared by the BVFD Auxiliary will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Beaver Valley Fire Station. There will be an arts and crafts show, a duck race in the East Verde River and live music at the barbecue featuring tri-tip beef.

Proceeds benefit the area's volunteer fire department.

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.

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.

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.

Pre-Labor Day Sale at Time Out Thrift Shop

Take "Time Out 2 Shop" at your favorite thrift store Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-30. Everything will be at least half off for our fantastic Pre-Labor Day Sale! The Time Out Thrift Shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy's).

We will be happy to pick up large donations and furniture. Call (928) 474-3989. All profits support Time Out, Inc. and its domestic violence programs and services. Hotline number is (928) 472-8007.

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.

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.

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