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Hear jazz music this weekend


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.


The Gypsy Juke Rockers will perform rock, blues and R&B music at the next Concert Under the Stars to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert sponsored by Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 268.

For more information, e-mail Gerry Reynolds,

Please give blood

United Blood Services will conduct the following blood drives in Payson:

A blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Call Leonard and Esther Smith at 472-8478 to make an appointment, or just drop by to donate.

The Payson Community Blood Drive will be held Monday, July 14 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to donate or would like to make an appointment, call Bob or Bobbie Hibbert at 468-2234 or 970-0636.

Wine tastings to raise funds for new shelter

A series of three wine tastings to benefit the Payson Humane Society building fund will be held at the Main Street Grille, 202 W. Main St.

The first is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and features wines of Italy and France. Wines of California will be featured Aug. 30, and wines of Australia and New Zealand will be showcased Sept. 27. Appropriate appetizers will be served at each event.

Cost is $20 for one tasting, $50 for the series of three. Advance tickets will be 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.

Free group-led hike on Houston Loop July 19

Like to hike, but not sure where to go? Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for Payson Area Trails System (PATS) group-led hike on the Houston Loop Trail at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19.

Participants will meet at the American Gulch South Trailhead, which is 2.6 miles west of Highway 87 on Main Street (Doll Baby Ranch Road). This hike is approximately 3 miles roundtrip and is moderately difficult, with periodic steep grades. This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants may also register the day of the event.

There are no facilities at the trailhead, so plan ahead! For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 358, or visit

Latex paint recycling/ disposal event July 26

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate a latex paint exchange day from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

Bring in your leftover latex paint for disposal or recycling to the Gila County Landfill, east of Highway 87 between Payson and Pine. All unusable paint will be properly disposed of; the good paint will be bulked and distributed.

Please read your paint can carefully; we can only accept latex paint at this event. To dispose of other paints, pop the lid and let oil paints and varnishes dry to a hard substance. As a solid, they may be disposed of in small quantities with your household trash. Adding kitty litter will advance the drying.

Remember to gather your newspaper to drop off in the roll-off bin located at the landfill for paper recycling. Newsprint, junk mail, catalogs, phone books and cardboard will be accepted.

Other local opportunities for recycling: Take plastic shopping bags back to your store and put into the recycling container provided. All aluminum cans that are dropped off at the landfill scalehouse are donated to the Payson Humane Society.

For more information, call the Gila County Landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Museum fund-raiser set for July 18 is canceled

Rim Country Museum's July 18 "Celebrate the Beeline" fund-raising event has been canceled. If you purchased tickets, please see the Northern Gila County Historical Society member who sold you the tickets to receive your refund. If your check has been processed, it may take a few days for your refund check to be cut, so please be patient.

Your next opportunity to support the museum will be our Sept. 20 dinner with Jody Drake as Sharlot Hall. Ticket sales begin soon on this exciting event.

If you have questions about either event, contact the museum at 474-3483.

AARP will present ‘We Need to Talk' Aug. 1

AARP will present "We Need to Talk," a 90-minute seminar on family conversations with older drivers, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Talking with an older driver about stopping or altering driving can be a difficult and challenging conversation. This seminar offers easy-to-use, practical information to help families advise their loved ones on whether it is time to limit or give up driving.

The seminar will cover topics like warning signs, conversation openers, how to construct a caring, effective conversation about driving, selecting the right messenger, and finding other forms of transportation so your loved ones can continue to be active and remain part of the community.

To register, call (623) 696-8992. Space is limited to 25 participants. Refreshments will be served.

‘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.

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!

Arts and Crafts Fair

The Mazatzal Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19 in the Mazatzal Casino bingo room.

Featured items include Native American jewelry, woodworking artisans, clay sculptures, watercolor paintings, painted lamps, vintage purses, Swarovski Crystal jewelry, beaded jewelry, children's books, dolls, crocheted items, tote bags, and more!

Quilt Show in Young

Young, Ariz. will be the site of the Eight Annual Pleasant Valley Days Quilt Show July 18-19.

Entry forms are available now for the Yehaw Fabric Challenge. All entries and entry forms are due by 5 p.m. July 17. Please contact Carol Braswell at Braswell's Chuckwagon, (928) 462-3661.

Showtime is after the parade, from noon to 5 p.m. July 19. Quilts will be on display on both sides of the road. Pick up a map at Braswell's Chuckwagon, where the tour begins. Learn a bit about the history of Pleasant Valley through the eyes and hands of quilters.

Free urban mountain bike ride Aug. 2

Payson Parks and Recreation department is offering a free urban mountain bike ride through areas of Payson which encompass sections of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS), including paved areas for a less-challenging ride.

This is a beginner class for those who have a mountain bike, but aren't quite sure how to use it. Advance registration is preferred, although participants can show up and register prior to the ride. Meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Rumsey Park, Ramada #4. This is a free event and water will be provided. Participants need to bring their own mountain bike and helmet.

For more information call the Parks and Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 or visit the Web site,

Young artists' work on display July 26

The Summer Recreation Program is an annual program for Rim Country youth that provides fun physical and cultural activities over summer breaks.

This year, participating children have produced a variety of art that will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at Gila Community College, Room 301. Displayed projects will include clay sculptures, rainbow paintings, chalk and colored pencil drawings and play scenery.

The Summer Recreation Program children are excited to share their most inspired artwork with the community. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call (928)474-5242, ext. 358.

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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