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Strawberry Festival, quilt show June 6-8


The Strawberry Festival features arts and crafts, food vendors, music, games, a vintage vehicle and antique tractor display.

The event will be held June 7 and 8 at the Pine Community Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Pine and Strawberry restaurants will be offering up delicious strawberry creations this weekend as part of the celebration.


Wonderful antiques like this Majestic wood stove will be among the items up for bid at the seventh annual Old Tyme Auction Saturday, June 7 at 308 E. Aero Drive. A preview of the items will be at 8 a.m., followed by the live auction at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance, and all proceeds will be used to support health-related programs in the Rim Country. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Quilt show

The Strawberry Patchers will present the 12th Annual Quilt Show June 6, 7 and 8 in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, admission is $2 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free.

The show will feature more than 100 beautiful quilts, the Berry Patch Boutique and a quilt raffle.

First Friday events on Main Street June 6

The First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 6.

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 between Westerly Road and the Oxbow. A free shuttle bus service will make a continuous loop between the Main Street Grille and the Vietnam Memorial Wall at Green Valley Park, and riders can get on or off anywhere along the route.

The Payson Jazz Trio and Friends play from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St

Down the Street Art Gallery at 703 W. Main St. invites everyone to join them from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6 for a Silent Auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society.

Don't miss John Carpino -- voted Payson's Best Musician by Payson Roundup readers 14 years in a row -- in a live solo/acoustic performance starting at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6 at the Main Street Grille, 202 W. Main St.

Relay for Life Friday

Payson's Relay for Life, the annual fund-raiser for The American Cancer Society, begins at 6 p.m. Friday, June 6 and ends at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 7.

Organizers are expecting hundreds of Rim residents and their friends to participate. There will be music, food and games to keep spirits up and energy high. The luminaria ceremony to remember victims of the disease is at 9 p.m.

Contact Robin at (928) 595-1568 for details.

Elks to host Flag Day observance Sunday

Payson Elks Lodge #2154 will hold its annual Flag Day observance on Sunday, June 8, at "The Wall" in Green Valley Park.

The program describes what the American flag means to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and gives the history of our flag as it marks the progression of the government of the American people.

This observance of Flag Day includes a presentation of historical flags, from the 1775 concept to the flag of today.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. a.m., and will conclude by 11 a.m.

The Elks encourage everyone to attend the ceremony, particularly those who have never before seen this moving tribute to our flag.

Vietnam Memorial Wall replica now on display

The traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall is on display June 6, 7 and 8 for 24 hours a day at Green Valley Park.

"The Wall" is an 80-percent scale replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC -- "The Wall" -- is 370 feet long and stands eight feet tall at the apex. The Tribute Wall contains the names of all 58,219 Unites States service men and women killed or listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.

A dedication ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at Green Valley Park. Highlights will include an address by former Maricopa County Attorney and decorated Vietnam war veteran Rick Romley, and a flyover by the 162nd Fighter Wing.

Garden Tour June 7

The Rim Area Gardeners are hosting a Garden Tour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 7. Tickets and brochures for the tour are now available at Payson Library, Pine Library, Ace Hardware, Plant Fair Nursery and on the day of the tour at any of the gardens. The cost of tickets is $5 per person. Six gardens are on the tour featuring a wide variety of styles, including bonsai, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and flowers, plus clever ideas for fountains, arbors, cold frames and containers. There is also an "estate" on the tour. A unique gray water design for flowers and vegetables and a Japanese style garden, both in Pine, round out the tour.

Free plane rides for kids

Free orientation flights for kids ages 8 to 17 years will be offered from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at Payson Airport.

This is an introduction to the basics of flying. No reservations needed. First come, first to fly. You must bring a parent or legal guardian to sign the permission slip.

This free flight is sponsored by the pilots of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter #810 Young Eagles Program.

For more information, contact Marie at (928) 978-5139.

Celebrate Freedom Rock 'n Roll Concert and BBQ

Don't miss a live performance by the Dopeless Hopefiends from Prescott, featuring lead guitarist Scott Flitcroft and Stevie Ray Vaughn-style rock 'n roll. The band will be playing two sets with intermission.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7 in the east end of the Wal-Mart parking lot. There will be free barbecue.

Computer workshops for small businesses

Gila Community College's Small Business Development Center will be hosting the following free computer workshops for small business owners and managers.

Computer Wellness -- Ways to keep PCs safe from viruses and spyware and how to do an annual cleanup, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at Payson Campus, Room 402.

Web Security -- How to secure the Internet and how to limit or restrict access by users, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at Payson Campus, Room 402.

Seating is limited, so call early to reserve your seat, (928) 468-8039.

Home school book sale

A used book and curriculum sale featuring home school items will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 13 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane. The event is sponsored by Payson Christian Home Educators. Please join us to purchase your materials for the next school year at great prices. If you wish to sell items, call Kathy Arnold, 474-7449.

Gift Shop Sale

The La Boutique Gift Shop will be holding a Spring Cleaning Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14 in the main lobby of the hospital.

There will be lots of stuffed animals, many gift items for all ages, and even Christmas items! All proceeds go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call the MHA at 472-2588.

Firewise seminar June 13

The Central Arizona Board of Realtors proudly presents a Safety and Beautification Fire Wise Seminar to be held Friday, June 13 in the CABR conference room, 600 E. Highway 260, Ste. 14. The two-hour seminar will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Guest speakers include Jim Paxon, Type One Information Officer U.S. Forestry Service (retired); LeeAnn Berry, Natural Resources Manager U.S. Forestry Division; Fire Chiefs from Payson, Hellsgate and Pine/Strawberry, Whispering Pines Fire Departments. Local insurance representatives will be on hand to answer questions about potential insurance benefits.

Seating is limited to 65 people per session. Please RSVP to CAZBR at (928) 474-1944 or

Admission is a nonperishable food item at the door. Donations are to assist Payson Community Kids.

SonHarvest County Fair Vacation Bible School

SonHarvest County Fair Vacation Bible School will take place from noon to 3 p.m. daily June 9-13 at Pine Strawberry School, 3868 N. Pine Creek Drive in Pine. Classes are for children ages pre-school through sixth grade. There will be Bible stories, crafts, skits, games and songs.

A pre-registration fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo and games.

For more information, call (928) 476-3552.

Vacation Bible school

Payson Church of Christ is having its annual Vacation Bible School June 23-27.

This year's theme is "Castaway Bay" a study of faith. Classes are daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a Family Finale Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 27. Four-year-olds up to children who have just completed sixth grade may attend. There is no charge. Enrollment is limited due to space available. Registration forms are at Oasis Christian Books, 512 S. Beeline Highway, or call Jean at (928) 474-0692, or Rowena at (928) 970-0082. The church is located at 401 E. Tyler Parkway.

Construction safety training program

A construction safety outreach training program will be offered to those currently employed in the construction industry in two 5-hour sessions, June 14 and June 21.

Contractors, save money and protect your employees in this class which will cover the information in the 10-hour OSHA Outreach Training Program Guidelines. The course is to promote a safe workplace for the employee, emphasizing hazard identification, avoidance control, excavation, stairways and ladders, personal protection equipment, electrical and more.

Seating is limited. To register, contact Calvin Wright at (928) 472-2544 or via e-mail to

Please give blood

Arizona patients require approximately 300,000 blood transfusions each year.remature babies, trauma victims, as well as patients suffering from cancer, leukemia and heart disease all require lifesaving blood transfusions.

More donors are needed for the following Rim Country blood drives coming in June.

  • Monday, June 9, 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane. To schedule an appointment, call Karen Schwenke at (928) 474-2797.
  • Sunday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mazatzal Casino Bingo Room, Highway 87, Mile Marker 251. To schedule an appointment, call Luci Shaw at (928) 474-6044, ext 102.

In addition to saving lives, United Blood Services donors may have a free cholesterol test. This new benefit, combined with the mini-physical and the opportunity to find out their blood type, gives donors a list of healthy reasons to roll up their sleeves.

Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old.or donor eligibility questions, call (480) 675-5497.

One-of-a-Kind Fashion Show and Luncheon

Time Out, Inc. is proud to announce its annual One-of-a-Kind Fashion Show and Luncheon.

This special event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1208 N. Highway 87. The fashions come to you direct from your favorite thrift store, the Time Out 2 Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway.

Buy your tickets early, $15 each, as this event sells out fast. All proceeds help fund the programs offered by Time Out. Tickets may be purchased at the thrift shop or by calling Audrey at (928) 472-8007.

Deep pit barbecue

The Payson Masonic Lodge will present its 30th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 14. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $5 for children and includes the barbecue, fixings, a drink and dessert.

The Payson Masonic Lodge is at 200 E. Rancho Road.

Outrigger Island at Star Valley Baptist Church

It's Vacation Bible School at Star Valley Baptist Church like you've never experienced before! Children who have attended Kindergarten through grade six are admitted free from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 9 through June 13.

Set sail for Outrigger Island! It will be a week of nonstop action as you learn how to live God's unshakable truth.

In this one-week adventure, you will hear Bible stories, participate in cool crafts, hear motivating music, eat snacks and learn about missionaries.

For more information, call the church at (928) 474-5557.

Free brush pits

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will staff the following free brush pits this weekend:

Saturday, June 7 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

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

These free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles and other vegetative materials only. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Senior Circle events

Colleen O'Connor, R.N. will be speaking on the subject of home health from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11 at the Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Each Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is Craft Day. Learn how to wire wrap and make a necklace, earrings, book marks and more.

For more information and to RSVP for Senior Circle events, call (928) 472-9290.

Grant makes pay/neuter surgeries available

Payson Humane Societyas received a grant to providepay and neutering for dogs in Payson and the surrounding communities.

Please stop by the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road to complete the paperwork. Donations are requested, but not required.

Pine library hosts summer fun for kids

Movie Madness -- movies for children and families -- will be shown at 11 a.m. every Thursday in June and July in the Pine library. Refreshments provided. Bring your pillow to be comfy on the floor!

Coming attractions: Thursday, June 12, Disney-Minutemen, G rated;Thursday, June 19, Pokemon Movie, not rated; Thursday, June 26, Spiderwick Chronicles, PG rated.

Other activities include drama workshops, Wii gaming, violin lessons and pre-school story time.

"Catch the Reading Bug" this summer at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine. Children can explore the amazing world of bugs and enjoy lots of fun, games, books and educational activities during the library's Summer Reading Program. The program is held from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Friday beginning June 20 and continuing through July 18.

Stop by the Pine Library and pick up a flier of children's summer events. All activities are free and open to the public.

Books for Dad are 2-for-1

In honor of Father's Day, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be featuring a 2-for-1 sale of books about topics sure to be of interest to Dad. Included in this sale will be topics such as sports, history, politics, home repair, hobbies, business and finance. Consider giving Dad a couple of great books and a few hours in the hammock on Father's Day.e'll like that much better than another tie.

The bookstore is located inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit our Web site at

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