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Meet Medal of Honor recipient


An open reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 23 will be held at the American Legion Post No. 69, 709 E. Highway 260, to honor U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Robert E. O'Malley.

There will be a free luncheon buffet hosted by Payson area veterans.


Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns will be featured Saturday, July 19 at the next Concert Under the Stars. The eight-piece group of Valley musicians boasts a rocking rhythm section and a three-piece horn section. The audience will be treated to classic rhythm and blues, jazz, soul and funk. The show takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater, on West Main Street and Green Valley Parkway. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy this free program sponsored by the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

O'Malley is the first Marine recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War.

Artists' reception at arboretum Saturday

Everyone is invited to the Gila Community College Student Art Exhibit artists' reception at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 19. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at 37615 U.S. Highway 60 just west of Superior. The arboretum's summer hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GCC students from the Gila Pueblo, Payson and San Carlos campuses through August will exhibit art. For more information and to print a free pass for those attending the reception, visit The passes can be obtained by clicking on one of the pictures.

Gila Community College offers education, career, and life-long learning opportunities through innovative partnerships, which enhance the lives of people in Gila County.

Wine tastings to help raise funds

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

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!

Class of '63 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.

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.

Quilt Show in Young

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

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.

Princess Tea Parties planned Aug. 16, 30

Young ladies from throughout Rim Country are invited to a Princess Tea Party at the Payson Public Library. Come for (iced) tea and snacks, fun games and great prizes. Play dress-up and walk our Fashion Runway Show. Two tea parties will be hosted, one for two different age groups. The party for young ladies ages 4 through 7 is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16; the party for those ages 8 through 12 is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30. Each event is limited to 25 girls; only one sign-up per child. Registration is due by Aug. 9 at the front desk of the library, or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to reserve a spot.

Pioneer Day celebration scheduled for July 26

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of Payson is sponsoring a Pioneer Day Celebration from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 26 at Ramada 5 in Rumsey Park. There will be a free breakfast with sausage and pancakes, plus games and more.

Pioneer dress is encouraged and everyone is invited.

Band camp next week

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

Students need to bring proper shoes for marching, lots of water and their instrument. They should also have hats and sunscreen.

Going Green with Rotary

The Payson Rotary Club is Going Green with a rummage sale next weekend.

The club is asking Rim Country residents to recycle gently used furniture and household items by donating them for the sale, which will be from 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 26 in the parking lot of Legacy Furniture on Hwy. 260.

Items can be dropped off between now and July 25 at Legacy. Donors can also have their contributions picked up by Legacy by calling (928) 472-3301.

Mid-Summer Tea

Crossroads Women's Connection has issued an open invitation for a "Mid-Summer Tea" at 1 p.m., Thursday July 24.

Stephanie Benson will be the guest speaker.

For reservations, please call Marilyn Huffman, (928) 472-7462 or Doris Frerichs (928) 476-3865.

Crossroads Women's Connection meets at 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday and at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane.

For additional information on future programs, call Carole Hampsch (928) 478-6431 or Marilyn Huffman (928) 472-7462.

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.

Young artists' work on display

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.

Arthritis Expo

An Arthritis Expo is being presented from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 26 at the Mazatzal Casino Fireside Room. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.

The Arthritis Foundation and the Senior Circle of the Payson Regional Medical Center host the program.

Speakers include: Dr. Elizabeth Chang, discussing "The Control and Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis"; Dr. Amalia Pineres, presenting "An Update on Osteoarthritis"; and John Hancock, RN, who will talk about "Nutrition for the Arthritic Patient".

For additional information, call the Arthritis Foundation at (602) 211-9911. Reservations may be made through Senior Circle, (928) 472-9290.

Time Out benefit Cut-a-Thon July 26 at Swiss Village

A Cut-a-Thon to benefit Time Out will be held at the Swiss Village from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday July 26. Studio B Salon and its staff will offer $10 haircuts on a first-come-first-served basis.

The event includes: a live remote broadcast by KCMA-LP 98.5 FM with Farrell Thompson and Cathy Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; hotdogs and brats by the Kiwanis from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the Sugar Shack's popular chocolate fountain with fruit; plus participation by other Swiss Village Merchants. The KCMA big red boombox is appearing courtesy of sponsorships by GP Motors, Anderson Dental Group, and Aaron's.

There will be a raffle for a refurbished Dell P4 Computer with a 17-inch LCD monitor donated by Aaron's Rents (valued at over $600.00) and a large gift basket with items from Swiss Village merchants and the Beverage Place. Raffle tickets are $5 each and are available at Aaron's, Sugar Shack and Studio B Salon.

Proceeds from sales of raffle tickets will be donated to the Time Out Shelter.

Police community meeting Aug. 2 to discuss National Night Out

The Payson Police Department is holding a community meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 30 at the council chambers of Town Hall.

The evening's topic is the Aug. 2 National Night Out at Green Valley Park. The program and the events planned will be discussed.

Additionally, the meeting will be used to introduce the department's new lieutenant Don Garvin and educate those attending about the duties of the second in command.

There will also be a question and answer period with Chief Don Engler.

Z-Coil shoes are back

Come see the summer sandals and Z-Coil shoes on sale Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Studies have shown that Z-Coil shoes may relieve foot, leg, and back pain, as well as soften impact. Sounds simple, but these amazing shoes are known as the pain relief footwear. Come meet with knowledgeable personnel and learn the facts.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588

AARP presents ‘We Need to Talk'

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.

Free urban mountain bike ride

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,

Gun show Aug. 2-3

The eighth annual Payson Gun and Knife Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium, just south of Payson on Highway 87, two blocks east of the Mazatzal Casino.

Vendors from several Western states will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade. New, used and antique firearms, knives and related western memorabilia will be available to see, touch and buy. Also on hand will be ammunition, books, coins and a variety of shooting, hunting and outdoor accessories.

The public may bring firearms and related items to sell, trade or have appraised. All applicable local, state and federal laws will be observed.

Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For additional information, visit or call (928) 485-0437.

The event is presented by Firing Pin Enterprises, Inc.

Princess Tea Parties set

Young ladies from throughout Rim Country are invited to a Princess Tea Party at the Payson Public Library. Come for (iced) tea and snacks, fun games, and great prizes. Play dress up and walk our Fashion Runway Show.

Two tea parties will be hosted, one for two different age groups. The party for young ladies ages 4 through 7 is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16; the party for those ages 8 through 12 is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30. Each event is limited to 25 girls; only one sign-up per child. Registration is due by Aug. 9 at the front desk of the library, or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to reserve a spot.

Business Buzz break

There will be no Business Buzz meeting in July.

So, take a break and enjoy Arizona Rim Country!

Use the time to have lunch in your favorite local restaurant, cool your heels in an area creek or enjoy an afternoon monsoon downpour.

The August Business Buzz is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 21

Watch for more information.

Women's "Step Outside" weekend

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.

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.

Investment Talk

Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B.

The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in 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 help make their money grow and build wealth over time, as well as have fun.

Call 468-1470 for more information.

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