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Go Green with Rotary Saturday


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

Gently used furniture and household items will be recycled at the sale, which will be from 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 26 in the parking lot of Legacy Home Furnishings on Highway 260.


The final program in the 2008 Concert Under the Stars series will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater. Featured artist will be musician, singer/songwriter Brandon Shepard. At the age of five, he began to teach himself to play the guitar by ear. His first professional gigs were playing in hard rock bands as a teenager. For the past two years he has been playing the country music circuit in Arizona and has received exposure on small FM stations across the country. He likens the energy of his concerts to a rock and roll show. Admission is free. Bring your own seating.

Items for donation may be dropped off at Legacy until end of business Friday, July 25. Donors can also have their contributions picked up by calling (928) 472-3301.

Schools food service prices for 2008-2009

Payson Unified School District has set the prices for meals in school cafeterias for the 2008-2009 school year.

The cost of school meals is as follows: elementary breakfast $1.50, elementary lunch $2, middle school and high school breakfast $1.50, middle school and high school lunch $2.25, adult breakfast $1.75, adult lunch $2.75.

Latex paint recycling/ disposal event Saturday

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 landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Young artists' work on display at college

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 to be presented July 26

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 Saturday

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 boombox is appearing courtesy of 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) 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.

Homework help

As the new school year begins, students and parents should keep the Payson Public Library in mind. The "Homework Helper" will be available after school from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays in the Youth Room. Students can get help navigating the library for Advanced Reading Books, typing papers, ideas for projects, book reports, some tutorial basics, and even a light snack while studying. Call (928) 474-9260.

Gospel singer Bobby Padilla performs Sunday

Gospel singer Bobby Padilla will be sharing his music at 6 p.m., Sunday, July 27 at Payson First Assembly of God, on Lake Drive, across from Green Valley Park. Everyone is invited to attend this free concert.

Head Start currently enrolling for '08-'09

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2008-2009 program year.

Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income and children with disabilities serving 3- to 5-year-old children, and does not charge any fees.

Needed items for enrollment include: proof of birth, complete and updated immunization record and proof of all income sources for each household member for the year 2007. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office at (928) 474-2738 to set up an appointment.

Once the application process has been completed, the child will be placed on a waiting list until an opening is available. Head Start does not provide transportation, however, First School Steps Preschool and Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center collaborate with Head Start and provides transportation to their facilities after our program's morning class.

We encourage you to get the needed items for enrollment and call for an appointment now, as we only have a few slots available for fall. Our first day of class will be Sept. 2, said Lynne S. Winans, Site Manager, Payson Head Start, fax (928) 474-1893.

Free brush drop

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, July 26, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 245.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, July 27, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Midsummer Christmas sale at Senior Thrift

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a Midsummer Christmas Sale July 28 through Aug. 2. There will be a large variety of Christmas merchandise available, including indoor and outdoor decorations, artificial trees, china, Christmas cards and much more. There also will be a special sale of selected items from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Senior Center Dining Room next door to the store at 514 W. Main St.

The store will be open for First Friday on Main Street activities with refreshments, live music (weather permitting), door prizes and men's and women's clothing sales. Raffle tickets are being sold at $1 each or six for $5, for a chance to win a 72-inch-by-74-inch, handmade quilt. The drawing is planned for Aug. 16.

Proceeds from all the above events benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

For more information, call (928) 474-3205.

Police meeting

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 shoe sale

Come see the summer sandals and Z-Coil shoes on sale Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 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 who may need to stop driving, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

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

First Friday at Down the Street Art Gallery

Featured artists for Down The Street Art Gallery for the First Friday event of August on Main Street, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1 include: Joellen Covington and Gail.

Covington does soft doll sculptures. She will be teaching a soft sculpture workshop Sept. 16-17.

Gail is a noted sculptor around the state. At the First Friday event she will be unveiling her maquette of the late author Marguerite Noble.

The gallery members and administration is hoping to develop a fund to have a full-sized statue made for the Northern Gila County Historical Society Museum. Roger Buchanan, Marguerite's son, is a member of the gallery.

Free urban mountain bike ride is 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,

Artistic chairs to be auctioned

The Chair-ish Auction, featuring an eclectic collection of designer chairs, is Saturday, Aug. 2 in the cultural hall of the Pine Community Center.

Sponsored by Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry, the evening's proceeds will benefit the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library.

Come meet the Chair-ish artists and preview their works of art between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The chairs will be auctioned beginning at 6 p.m. by Frank Allen of Pine.

A silent auction of cherished surprises will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A Chair-ish Auction quilt, crafted by the DPS Quilt Angels, will be raffled. Barb and Chuck Casey will provide musical entertainment. Finger foods, desserts and light beverages will be served.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at the Pine Library, ERA Young Realty, Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty and Sunny Mountain Realty and from Take Pride and DPS Quilt Angel Members.

For information, call (928) 476-4380 or (928) 476-4019.

Annual Gun and Knife Show coming 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.

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.

Sign up now for Princess Tea Parties

Young ladies from throughout Rim Country are invited to a Princess Tea Party at the Payson Public Library.

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.

Game night set

Bring the family for a fun night of board games and more at the Payson Public Library from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15. Light snacks will be provided. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 with questions.

Artists, crafters wanted

Artists and crafters are wanted for a one-day event in Beaver Valley hosted by the Beaver Valley Fire District Auxiliary, Saturday, Aug. 30. Call Gary for applications, (928) 978-5220.

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