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Children's program to salute veterans


The Payson Children's Choral Theater Group will present "The Red, White and Blue," a patriotic musical, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 29 at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway (just south of Home Depot).

The musical extravaganza honors our heritage and the men and women who served our country. The Saturday night performance is dedicated to veterans and their friends and families. Each veteran will receive a small gift from the children. Admission is free.


Big Daddy D & the Dynamites will be performing blues, soul and Cajun style music Saturday June 28 at the next Concert Under the Stars. The Moms Club of Payson will be selling soda, water, snowcones, popcorn, candy and glowing items. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater on West Main Street and Green Valley Parkway. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at (928) 414-5242, ext. 7 or on the Web, visit

For more information, call the church office at 474-9279.

Cowboy Dinner to help in breast cancer fight

Payson Pink Lady Bugs will host a fund-raising Cowboy Dinner from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley. Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure.

The dinner will feature beef brisket, baked potatoes, baked cowboy beans, cole slaw, rolls and butter, and homemade pies for dessert. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and children under 5 will be admitted free.

Breast Cancer Awareness items will be on display for purchase. Raffle tickets for lots of great prizes will be on sale.

For the second year, the Pink Lady Bugs will participate in the 60-mile, 3-day Walk for the Cure which takes place in Phoenix in November. Please show your support!

Town of Payson wants a ‘piece of your mind'

The Town of Payson is studying the local housing situation and wants your input. A survey is posted online at Survey Monkey. A direct link to the site is available at the Town's Web site: Once there, select the link that says "Click Here to Take the New Housing Survey."

All responses will be anonymous and will help the town understand residents' housing needs. The survey data will also be used to help create a plan to improve housing options for local workers and other residents.

Don't miss this opportunity to speak up about a key issue that affects the entire community. The survey will be available until July 20.

Attention, jazz fans

The Payson Jazz Trio performs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday at the Strawberry Lodge in Strawberry. Bring the whole family.

The next open jazz jam will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Jazz vocalist Deater O'Neill with Mike Crotty on horns and an outstanding rhythm section will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13 at Community Presbyterian Church.

For more information, e-mail Gerry Reynolds,

PHS Class of '63 plans July 19 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.

All who knew us, knew anyone who knew us or our families, or went to school in the old rock building, are invited to attend.

We had a reunion in 2004 and it was attended by around 150 old friends. 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.

Pre-July 4th Celebration Sale at Time Out Thrift

Visit your favorite Thrift Store... Time out 2 Shop! On July 1, 2 and 3, everything will be a fabulous half off. There will also be brand new dressy summer sandals for only $5.

Our shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across the street from Wendy's). We are also happy to pick up any furniture, appliances or other large donations. Just call 474-3989 to make arrangements. We are closed Friday, July 4.

All profits from your purchases are used by the Time Out Shelter for their programs and community services. Their domestic violence hotline number is 472-8007.

Democrats to host grand opening of headquarters

"The Northern Gila County Democratic Club, in collaboration with the Gila County Democratic Party, is pleased to announce the grand opening of its headquarters at 513 S. Beeline in the space formerly occupied by Breezes, between the Dairy Queen and Wendy's.

The grand opening will be held Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4 with a bake sale for change and a silent auction for change. The ribbon cutting will be at 12:30 p.m. on Independence Day, followed by a live auction at 2 p.m. The headquarters will also be open Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6. The hours will be from noon until 6 p.m. all four days. Come by for candidate information, refreshments and voter registration forms.

For additional information, please call 970-9280.

AARP Driving Safety

Richard Loth will present an AARP Driving Safety Program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 5 at Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Pet calendar photo shoot Saturday

Primp your pooch and fluff up your feline for the next photo shoot for Payson Humane Society's 2009 Pet Calendar. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Off-Leash Dog Park at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.

The cost to have your pet's photo in the calendar is $20 per photo for each specific date. The 2009 calendars will sell for $10 and make great special occasion gifts. Proceeds benefit the Payson Humane Society.

For more information, please call (928) 474-5590.

Other ways to help animals

One more way you can help the precious critters at the Payson Humane Society -- donate your unwanted/junk vehicles. PHS will receive $50 to $100 for each vehicle. For information on pick-up, call (928) 474-6174.

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.

PHS music students' Band Camp July 21-25

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

Each student will need to bring proper shoes for marching, their instrument and lots of water. Don't forget hats and sunscreen. Be ready to work and have fun.

Museum to host open house July 5

Rim Country Museum will host an open house to celebrate the renovation of the original Ranger's Home and Ranger Station, including the Marguerite Noble library which is now the archives and research room.

The event will be held at he Rim Country Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5. Enjoy some light refreshments and celebrate with us. There will be door prizes as well as a $50 gift certificate to be used in our gift shop, drawn from new memberships purchased that day.

Museum tours will be discounted $1 each.

‘Huffin' and Puffin' in the Pines' event planned

The "Huffin' and Puffin' in the Pines"-mile, 5-mile andun run/walkakes place Saturday, July 12. Volunteers are needed to help at aid stations, the family fun zone and community breakfast.

This event is being put on by Payson Parks and Recreation, and the proceeds benefit the Safeway Foundation Charities supporting cancer research, neuromuscular disease research and programs for people with disabilities. Contact Lynne at lynodonne@netzero.como volunteer.

Interested in participating?Completevent detailsre available at

Free investment talk

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at his office, 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 468-1470for more information.

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, a gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Arts and Crafts Bazaar July 4-6 in Overgaard

The 5th Annual Western Heritage Days, Arts and Crafts Bazaar takes place July 4-6 at the Bison Ranch Resort grounds on Highway 260 in Overgaard.

The three-day event, hosting some outstanding vendors, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at no charge.

Enjoy a couple of days of fun, food, shopping and entertainment.

Individuals, businesses, organizations, and service clubs interested in renting booth space are urged to contact Dean Schlosser, (928) 595-4397 or e-mail deanosnet@cybertrails .com.

This event is sponsored by Greater Grace Fellowship/Classic Celebrations.

Craft show July 19

A craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Mazatzal Casino.

Artisans will display their creations including Native American jewelry, woodworking items, beaded and crystal jewelry, hand-painted lamps, lariat baskets and belts, vintage purses, clay sculptures, watercolor and oil paintings, leather goods and more.

Come have fun while you shop.

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