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Wine tastings to help raise funds

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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 www.paysonparks.com.

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.

The program is 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. Call (928) 468-6963 for more information.

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 will be the site of the Eighth Annual Pleasant Valley Days Quilt Show July 18-19.

Entry forms are available now for the Yeehaw 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 about the history of Pleasant Valley through the eyes and hands of quilters.

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