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AARP presents ‘We need to talk'

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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.

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The Hot Cappuccinos, a 5-piece variety rock band performing a wonderful mix of classic rock, country rock, reggae, motown and originals will help entertain crowds at the National Night Out kickoff Aug. 2 in Green Valley Park. The band features Billy Ichida on lead guitar, Marty Tkachyk on drums, David Brooks on bass, Lu Carpino on keyboard, percussion and vocals, and John Carpino on guitar and vocals.

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

Police host community meeting Wednesday

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.

Scout rummage sale

Venture Crew #7354 Scouts are having a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 in the Legacy Home Furnishings parking lot. There are many items for sale. Please come help this new crew of Scouts raise money for future events.

Z-Coil shoes are back

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.

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.

Artistic chairs auction

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.

National Night Out

How well do you know your neighbors? Can they trust you to keep a wary eye for threats or suspicious acts in your neighborhood?

If not, the Payson Police Department hopes to fix that by participating for the first time in the National Night Out. On Aug. 5, organizers hope neighborhoods will fight crime with block parties and cookouts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night.

To get the anti-crime block party started, Payson PD will host a free family western-themed day of fun and activities on Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Green Valley Park.

The day will feature multiple events including live music, youth games, entertainment, prize-winning contests and crime and drug prevention information. No fees are required for games or the chili cook-off entry; however, bring money for food and drinks. Local nonprofit organizations will be selling food, snacks and drinks.

Some events and games to be featured are Dunk Tank, Kids' Toy Walk, Police vs. Firefighters Tricycle Relay Race, Kids' Bounce Houses, Climbing Wall, Poster Contest, Diaper Derby, Police vs. Firefighters Tug of War, Kids' fishing booth and more. Entertainment includes John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos, Junction 87 and several other bands.

Law enforcement agencies participating with the Payson Police Department include the Arizona Department of Public Service, Gila County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service and Game and Fish personnel.

Sponsors include Messinger Payson Funeral Home, Crabtree and Associates, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, Safeway, Gila County Attorney's Office and KRIM.

MDA Rummage Sale, Book Blowout Aug. 22-24

The Safeway Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) 3rd Annual Rummage Sale and Sidewalk Book Blowout will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 22-24.

There are three ways to participate: donate gently used items for us to sell (the drop-off location in front of Safeway is coming soon); reserve a parking space-sized booth to come hold your own sale Aug. 22-23, the cost of the space is $25 for a single or $40 for a double and there is no need to haul away unsold items, simply donate them to our sale to be held Sunday, Aug. 24; or just come and shop.

Proceeds from this event help to fight neuromuscular disease through research and services.

Special thanks to Liberty Fence and The Bookstore & More for making this event possible. See Safeway customer service to reserve a booth, or for more information, contact Lynne at (928) 472-4661.

Schools food prices

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.

First Friday fun

The Payson Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation are hosting the First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

Art galleries, antique stores, restaurants and other businesses will remain open and offer free refreshments. Free on-street parking is available on the south side of Main Street from Westerly Road west. A free shuttle bus service will make a continuous loop between the Main Street Grille and Community Presbyterian Church. Car club members are invited to display their cars along Main Street during this event. Vendors, street performers and local businesses are invited to participate at no charge.

For more information, call Mike Stuart at (928) 595-0573, or Brenda Mooney at (602) 859-0507.

Christmas sale

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

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