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Costume party Oct. 4 to help children’s fund

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Payson Head Start will have an open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 in celebration of National Head Start Month. Mayor Kenny Evans will present a proclamation in honor of the event at 9 a.m. and the public is invited to view our facility, enjoy children’s art work and observe daily routines. We will be distributing “Reading Is Fundamental” books to the children, and will have a variety of readers interacting with the children. If you would enjoy reading a story to our children, please come join us. We are located at 1008 S. Westerly Road, and you may call 474-2738 for directions and to schedule a time to read. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund is once again having a costume party and fund-raiser at the Mazatzal Casino. The theme of the fourth annual costume party is “Breaking Records 1950s Style.”

The party is at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4. Everyone is invited to come join in an evening of food, dancing, games, auctions, Rhino raffle and much more. Tickets for the entire evening are $20 per person with costume and $25 per person without costume. Think 1950s for your costume and come join the fun.

All proceeds benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to promote and support the health, safety, and wellness of local children.

For more information about the costume party and Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, please contact the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

Zane Grey Days Arts and Crafts Bazaar

The 11th Annual Zane Grey Days Arts and Crafts Bazaar is set to open free to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Gila County Courthouse grounds, at West Frontier Street and Beeline Highway, across from the post office.

Some 50 of the Southwest’s better artisans and crafters will be in Payson to promote and sell their fine handcrafted works of art. Vendors will offer a wide variety of interesting items including paintings, jewelry, clothing and knick-knacks. There will also be chain saw art demonstrations, wrought iron home decorations, a petting zoo for the kids, and much more, including a variety of native, ethnic and American foods.

The public is cordially invited to come out and have an enjoyable weekend shopping spree.

Sponsor of the events is Classic Celebrations, the fund-raising division of Greater Grace Fellowship Ministries of Yuma.

Winter clothing drive

Donate gently used winter clothes for the Payson Church of Christ third annual Winter Clothes Give-Away.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. Donations are needed by Oct. 19.

The organizers are looking for gently used winter clothing that will be given to families and individuals of the community that need to stay warm this winter.

The church was able to help nearly 300 people each of the past two years with the help of the community.

Drop off your extra winter clothes either at Payson Church of Christ, 401 E. Tyler Parkway, Wednesdays and Sundays or at Oasis Christian Books and Gifts, 512 S. Beeline Highway, Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, call Rowena at (928) 472-8827 or (928) 970-0082 or Betty at (928) 474-4713.

Mesa Del Day

The El Caballo Club will hold its annual Mesa Del Day celebration by hosting a breakfast and yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 4.

Any resident of Mesa Del wishing to have a yard sale on the same day may have their location pinpointed on a map of the community available free to the public at the clubhouse. Just call Don Ennen, (928) 474-3362 or Irene Schwartzbauer, (928) 474-3660 to get your sale on the map.

As a fund-raiser for the El Caballo Club building and grounds, raffle tickets will be sold for three $50 gas cards and two gift certificates of $25 each to Chili’s and El Rancho. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets before may call the above numbers. Winners need not be present for the drawing at noon, Saturday, Oct. 4.

Beer Tasting benefits Payson Supply Line

Down The Street Art Gallery is inviting all local home brewers to join a real Oktoberfest to be held in conjunction with the First Friday Arts & Antique Walk in October.

Members of the co-op gallery ask anyone interested to bring their stouts, pilsners and cowboy lagers.

There will be an original painting given for a People’s Choice Award.

There is no entry fee for brewers; however there will be a small charge for mugs for sampling the offerings. Any profits will be donated to Payson Supply Line.

Payson Supply Line is a non-profit group that puts together and ships packages that include comfort items like socks, toothbrushes, sun block, vitamins, writing paper and snacks for our men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information call, brewmeister, John Gould, (928) 468-2384, or the gallery and ask for Dan Basinski, (928) 978-2365.

Sign language group has evening out Oct. 8

Silent Night — A Night of Communication in Sign Language — takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Famous Sam’s on the corner of Beeline Highway and East Bonita Street.

Students from Gila Community College invite the public to join them in an evening of sign and fun. Communication will be solely in sign language.

Anyone who knows how to sign, or wants to experience sign language, is welcome to join the group. The only requirement — no talking — all communication will be in sign language.

Free metal day Oct. 4 at Buckhead Mesa Landfill

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will accept metal (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.) for free from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4.

No trash of any kind can be mixed with the metal load. Only metal disposal is free. Participants must weigh in and out. For information, call (928) 476-3350.

Make a card for the troops Saturday

World Card Making Day is a holiday to celebrate the creativity and personal connection of handmade cards. Each year, card-making enthusiasts of all skill levels and styles are encouraged to come together on the first Saturday in October, to share their creative passion for the art of card making.

In celebration of World Card Making Day on Saturday, Oct. 4, Payson’s local independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, Monica Weaver and Kelly Morse, will hold a Christmas card stamping event. On this day, we will join as a community to make Christmas cards for Payson Supply Line.

Never made a card? No problem! We will have all the materials you need, and samples of cards that you can make. This event is free. Join us from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Safeway. We will give our soldiers a happy surprise in the mailbox this season! For more information, call Monica at (928) 468-8474.

Disc Golf Tournament

Register now for the second annual Rim Country Open Disc Golf Tournament, presented by the Arizona Disc Golf Club and co-sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, but instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc. A temporary course will be set up in Rumsey Park for the day.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, but register now at the parks office in Green Valley Park or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

The event is open to all ages. Costs range from $15 for novices to $35 in the the open category.

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