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July 4th holiday events in Payson


Pioneer Breakfast

The Wilbanks family invites all pioneer families and friends to an old-fashioned cowboy breakfast at the historic Lone Pine Hotel, 610 W. Main St.


Fireworks will light up the night after dark Friday, July 4 at Green Valley Park. Free parking and a shuttle service is available at Payson High School’s north parking lot (football field).

The menu includes cowboy coffee, dutch oven biscuits, jerky and bacon gravy, cowboy potatoes and eggs, with ham and bacon. Bring your homemade jelly or jam to share if you like.

Even though you might not be a pioneer, please come by and get a plate and say ‘hello.'

Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the 4th, and if you get there early you might get an apron to help cook.

If you need a ride, call Duke Wilbanks at 951-0979.

Patriotic program

An Independence Day program by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee will kick off the holiday weekend Friday, July 4. A flag-raising ceremony will be at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park. Words of welcome will be followed by a program at the bandstand.

Food and fun

The Payson fire and police departments will serve hot dogs, brats, snow cones, soda and more for $1 to $5 from noon to 9 p.m. July 4 at Green Valley Park. Activities planned include a dunk tank, a bounce house and a rock-climbing wall. Proceeds go to Christmas for Kids Charities.

On Main Street

The First Friday Art and Antiques Walk on Main Street starts at 4 p.m. July 4.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will feature kettle corn, brats and hot dogs, a watermelon eating and seed spitting contest, music and carnival games.

Several bands and entertainers are scheduled to appear at venues along Main Street throughout the evening.

The Wizard Wade Magician Show will give three, 45-minute shows starting at 4:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. at Deming History Park, across from the Oxbow Saloon.

Free parking, shuttle service

Starting at 5:30 p.m. July 4 you will be able to park your vehicle at Payson High School on West Longhorn Road. A shuttle school bus will pick you up on the north side parking lot (football field) and transport you to Green Valley Park. After the fireworks, the buses will return you to your parked car.

Concert Under the Stars

Back at Green Valley Park, enjoy a concert under the stars by local musicians John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos from 7 to 9 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy some great, family entertainment.

Fireworks display

Fireworks are planned to light up the night sky at about 9 p.m. over Green Valley Lake at the park.


At the Ox Bow Saloon, dancing and music will follow the fireworks. Entertaining both inside and outside will be Code Blue, Silver Star, Smoot Mahooty, Different Daze, Hans Olson and Junction 87.

Bake, Brat and Hot Dog Sale July 4-5

The Payson Pink Ladybugs are hosting a Bake, Brat and Hot Dog Sale Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wal-Mart.

The proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure. The Lady Bugs will again participate in the 60-mile, 3-day walk to be held in Phoenix Nov. 14, 15 and 17.

Please come join us and show your support in the fight against breast cancer. Also on display for purchase will be breast cancer awareness items.

For more information, call team captain Helen Martin at 472-7811.

Arts and Crafts Festival July 4-6 in Pine

The 28th Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Festival takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 5, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 6 at the Pine Community Center. Come to the cool pines for lots of fun, food and more than 80 booths of arts and crafts.

Go early Saturday and Sunday and enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast prepared by the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department. It is only $5 per plate, which includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice, and is served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Fire department personnel will be serving brats at noon Friday, July 4 at the firehouse on Hardscrabble Road.

Fund-raiser and bake sale July 5 in Mesa del

The Houston Mesa Fire District Auxiliary will be having their annual fund-raiser and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 5.

The event will be held at the volunteer fire department on Mescalero Road in Mesa del Caballo.

Come and find a bargain and enjoy some goodies! For more information, call 474-3362.

East Verde Park plans Independence Day fest

East Verde Park will host an All-American Independence Day Festival Saturday, July 5. Activities will include a horseshoe tournament, adopt-a-duck race, go-cart rally, a carnival for the kids and much more.

Throughout the day there will be plenty food, drinks and games for the whole family.

East Verde Park is located three miles north of Payson at Highway 87 and East Verde Estates turnoff. Just follow the signs from there. Everyone is welcome.

Pre-July 4th Celebration Sale at Time Out Thrift

Visit your favorite Thrift Store... Time out 2 Shop! On July 1, 2 and 3, everything will be a fabulous half off. There will also be brand new dressy summer sandals for only $5.

Our shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across the street from Wendy's). We are also happy to pick up any furniture, appliances or other large donations. Just call 474-3989 to make arrangements. We are closed Friday, July 4.

All profits from your purchases are used by the Time Out Shelter for their programs and community services. Their domestic violence hotline number is 472-8007.

Democrats to host grand opening of headquarters

"The Northern Gila County Democratic Club, in collaboration with the Gila County Democratic Party, is pleased to announce the grand opening of its headquarters at 513 S. Beeline in the space formerly occupied by Breezes, between the Dairy Queen and Wendy's.

The grand opening will be held Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4 with a bake sale for change and a silent auction for change. The ribbon cutting will be at 12:30 p.m. on Independence Day, followed by a live auction at 2 p.m. The headquarters will also be open Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6. The hours will be from noon until 6 p.m. all four days. Come by for candidate information, refreshments and voter registration forms.

For additional information, please call 970-9280.

Vacation Bible School takes place July 7-11

Children are invited to join us at Vacation Bible School from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily July 7-11 at Payson First Church of the Nazarene.

The theme is Custom Garage, where they will learn about loving God and serving others. Admission is free and we will be taking a daily missions offering. Elementary age children through 6th grade will meet in the service center for opening and closing activities and rotate from Custom Designs, Road Map Memory, Gearshift Games and a Filling Station for crafts, Bible games and snacks.

Children who are 3-4 years old will meet daily in their own Custom Garage for age appropriate activities.

Enrollment for pre-schoolers will be limited to 30 children and they must be potty-trained.

Come join in the fun at 200 E. Tyler Parkway, across the highway from the Home Depot. Call Pastor Char at 474-1632 if you need additional information.

Community Vegetarian Luncheon July 12

You're invited to a Community Vegetarian Luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at The Meeting Place, on the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87 at the south end of town.

Letting people know that healthy food can be delicious is the purpose of our monthly luncheons. There is no cost and all are invited, but please RSVP to Laurie at 476-2184 as soon as possible so that we can be sure of having enough food! See you there!

Cheer Camp July 8-10

Dancin' on the Rim School for Dance is hosting a cheer camp from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 8-10.

Current Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders will be putting on this camp. Cost is $75, which includes a pair of cheer shorts.

This is going to be a ton of fun and a great learning experience. Sign up ASAP, as we need to get sizing for shorts. For more information on this or any other fall classes please contact, Sage Harper at (623) 536-7923 or

‘China Awakes' presentation July 17

The Payson Lecture and Discussion League will present "China Awakes" -- a one-hour look at today's China and how it is affecting you. Guest speakers will be Steven Lee, M.D. and Abigail Lee; Ken Brooks will moderate.

Please join us at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. A $10 donation is requested, and all proceeds benefit the Payson Institute of Learning. Tickets are available at the door or at The Payson Institute of Learning, 600 E. Highway 260, Ste. 6, (928) 472-3393 July 3-15. Contact Pat Albert at (928) 468-6963 for more information.

Town of Payson wants a ‘piece of your mind'

The Town of Payson is studying the local housing situation and wants your input. A survey is posted online at Survey Monkey. A direct link to the site is available at the Town's Web site: Once there, select the link that says "Click Here to Take the New Housing Survey."

All responses will be anonymous and will help the town understand residents' housing needs. The survey data will also be used to help create a plan to improve housing options for local workers and other residents.

Don't miss this opportunity to speak up about a key issue that affects the entire community. The survey will be available until July 20.

Coffee with CASA

Come join the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for coffee and donuts and an opportunity to learn more about volunteering with CASA. You can make a difference in a child's life. Speak up for a child in court!

Join us from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 8 at Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

For more information, contact CASA Program Manager Katrisha Stuler, (928) 474-7145 or e-mail

AARP Driving Safety

Richard Loth will present an AARP Driving Safety Program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 5 at Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Call (928) 472-9290 to enroll.

Attention, jazz fans

The Payson Jazz Trio performs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday at the Strawberry Lodge in Strawberry. Bring the whole family.

Jazz vocalist Deater O'Neill with Mike Crotty on horns and an outstanding rhythm section will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13 at Community Presbyterian Church.

For more information, e-mail Gerry Reynolds,

Free workshops for small business owners

A free workshop called Computer Backup and Recovery will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at Gila Community College Payson Campus, Room 402 and Globe Campus, Room 520 (via ITV).

A free workshop called Internet Advertising takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at Gila Community College Payson Campus, Room 402 and Globe Campus, Room 520 (via ITV).

PHS Class of '63 plans July 19 reunion

The Payson High School Class of 1963 will be celebrating its 45th reunion, along with all who graduated from PHS in the sixties or before, on Saturday, July 19, at the LDS Church, just south of the hospital.

All who knew us, knew anyone who knew us or our families, or went to school in the old rock building, are invited to attend.

We had a reunion in 2004 and it was attended by around 150 old friends. Come and join us anytime after 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12 noon. BBQ, rolls and water will be provided, and if you would like to bring a salad, side or dessert, you may do so.

Donate junk vehicles to Payson Humane Society

Donate your unwanted/junk vehicles to Payson Humane Society. PHS will receive $50 to $100 for each vehicle. For information on pick-up, call (928) 474-6174.

One more way you can help the precious critters at the shelter -- pet ID tags for $5 are available locally. All money will be donated to Payson Humane Society. Get yours at Elder's Creations, 107 W. Wade Lane, Ste. 1 or call (928) 474-6174.

PHS music students' Band Camp July 21-25

Payson High School Band Camp for the 2008-2009 school year will be July 21 through July 25. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school music room.

Each student will need to bring proper shoes for marching, their instrument and lots of water. Don't forget hats and sunscreen. Be ready to work and have fun.

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