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Annual Deep Pit Barbecue Saturday


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.


The summer concert series kicks off Saturday, June 14 with Big Band music by Sonoran Swing. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a free Concert Under the Stars from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater on West Main Street and Green Valley Parkway. This event is sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 7.

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.

Escape the Think Trap!

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A seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 15 at the New Life Foundation, 5067 N. Highway 87 in Strawberry.

Admission is a $3 donation.

This event is sponsored by the nonprofit New Life Foundation. For more information, call (928) 476-3224, E-mail or online visit

Blood drive Sunday

More donors are needed for the following Rim Country blood drive:

  • 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.

Rose Baker Block Party Benefit and Yard Sale

A benefit and block party yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at 316 W. Johnson in Payson Ranchos, with hot dogs and hamburgers hot off the grill.

Proceeds will help Rose Baker with funeral expenses for her late husband, Red.

Red's collection of tools is on sale just in time for Father's Day bargain shoppers.

Sunshine Kids Dance, Silent Auction June 14

Don't miss the fifth annual Sunshine Kids Fund-raiser Dance and Silent Auction, to be held Saturday, June 14 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, 1/2 mile south of town on Highway 87. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the dance is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The popular, local band, Whitewater is back to provide the musical entertainment.

Generous sponsors have donated some great raffle and silent auction items, including a week-long Hawaiian vacation, a four-night stay at a 4,000-square foot villa in Puerto Vallarta, a junior quad and transport trailer, 400 square feet of stamped concrete and numerous cash prizes.

Raffle tickets for the quad and transport trailer are $20 each. The Puerto Vallarta tickets are $100 each and limited to 75 sales.Tickets may be purchased at the Prudential Arizona Properties sales office, 609 S. Beeline Highway in Payson, or in Pine at 3640 Highway 87.

Admission tickets are $10 each and the event is open to the public over 21 years of age. Admission and raffle tickets will also be available at the door.

The Sunshine Kids Foundation is committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients.

Prudential Arizona Properties is proud to sponsor the annual event.

Jazz in Rim Country

An open jazz jam with Bob Smolenski, Howard Brown, Mike Buskirk,erry Reynolds and friends will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 13 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Vocalists are welcome.

The Payson Jazz Trio and guests will perform from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at the Strawberry Lodge, corner of Fossil Creek Road and Highway 260 in Strawberry.

Come on out, jazz fans!

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free "Family and Friends" CPR class Thursday, July 17. Please call 472-2588 for more information and to register.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, our gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Square Dance Festival Friday and Saturday

National square dancing is coming to Payson!

The Zane Grey Twirlers' 28th Annual Square Dance Festival will be held June 13 and 14 at the Tonto Apache Activity Center, 1/2 mile south of town on Highway 87, just east of the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Caller will be nationally known Jerry Story, from Texas and North Carolina. Dances Friday and Saturday night begin at 7 p.m. with round dancing called by Bonnie and Ronnie Bond. Square dancing starts at 8 p.m.

If you've ever been curious about square dancing, come either night to watch; observers get in free.or more information, call Jean at (928) 474-6878.

Senior Circle potluck picnic June 21

Senior Circle's 9th anniversary will be celebrated with a potluck picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.

Barbecued pulled pork will be provided. Please bring a dish to share.

Activities include games, raffles, a KMOG live remote, music and lots of fun!

Please RSVP to Senior Circle at 472-9290 if you plan to attend.

Reserve your seat for free retirement seminar

Edward Jones financial advisor Ross Hage of Payson is hosting a free educational seminar titled "Smart Choices in Your Retirement" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 at Chaparral Pines Club House, 504 N. Club Drive.

Participants will learn 10 principles to help them make their money last in retirement, with the goal of providing a stable, steady retirement income.

The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Darlene at 468-2281.

Investment Talk

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

The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in roundtable discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other 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.

PHS Class of 1968 plans 40-year reunion

The Payson High School Class of 1968 is having a 40-year reunion scheduled for Aug. 22-23 in Payson.

The reunion agenda includes:

  • A gathering (all classes are welcome) Friday, Aug. 22 at Fargo's Steakhouse with no-host Happy Hour at 6 p.m.
  • A gathering (all classes are welcome), Saturday, Aug. 23 at Rumsey Park Ramada #4, noon to 4 p.m., bring your lunch/drinks. 6 p.m. social time (no alcohol).
  • A dinner/dance Saturday Aug. 23 at Best Western Payson Inn, formerly the Swiss Village Lodge. Dinner provided at 7 p.m. Dance to music of the Don Lusk Band from 8 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. A block of rooms has been reserved; please mention the PHS Class of 1968 reunion, 1-800-247-9477.

Other classes are welcome to participate in the dinner/dance. The registration fee of $60 per person for anyone wishing to attend should be received by July 8, and checks made payable to: "Payson Reunion 2008" and mailed to Richard Saccuci, 4207 E. Greenway Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85032; call (602) 788-5499.

There are still 1968 classmates that we are unable to locate: Jan (Anderson) Will, Bob L. Byers, Merrily (Hall) Gibson, Diane (Evans) Jackson, Melody Lookingbill, Dan Romlsburg, Marcia Schmitt, Diane (Sellers) Amivisca, Prudy Sisneros, Roberta Smith, Nina Trotter, Debbie (Turner) Smith, Jim Womack.

If anyone has any leads or contact information on these classmates, please call Paty Henderson, (928) 472-6627 or (928) 970-0754.

Catholic education classes for adults

St. Philip's Catholic Church will offer free adult education classes --"What Went Wrong With Vatican II? The Crisis in the Catholic Church."

Adult study begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19. Classes meet at 511 S. St. Phillips St. in the church hall.

Call 474-1269, the religious education office, with any questions.

Payson Area Trails System hikes planned

A Payson Area Trails System (PATS) three-hour hike of Monument Peak Trail will take place Saturday, June 21.

This beautiful route features fantastic views of Monument Peak and Granite Dells, along with some views of the Rim. The hike is rated "easy." Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Monument Peak Trailhead, which is 3.3 miles east on Granite Dells Road.

Expect some periodic hills and loose granite, so bring appropriate footwear and water.

This is a free event!egister in advance at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or on-site the day of the hike.

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.

Mayer to speak at PCSA

This week's speaker for the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness will be Dr. Bob Mayer, and his topic will be "Jesus the Christ: God's Embassador of Love."

We meet at 11 a.m. Sundays at 107 W. Wade Lane, Ste. 2.

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