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Oktoberfest activities slated for First Friday

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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. Tickets for the entire evening are $20 per person with costume and $25 per person without costume. 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.

There will be a Wild West Oktoberfest at Bootleg Alley for October’s First Friday Art and Antiques Walk on Main Street.

Merchants located in Payson’s Historic Antiques and Art District are inviting residents and visitors to join them from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3.

To celebrate Payson’s 126th anniversary, Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art will feature Eddie Armer singing cowboy songs and tells stories from the Rim Country. For Oktoberfest and to commemorate the German heritage of Payson, Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art will also be offering a 25 percent discount off of its beer steins and mugs. In addition, a reception is being held for local artist, Lucy Raun. Raun is selling calendars that she created and illustrated which depict historical scenes from Payson’s past.

Representatives from The Payson Humane Society will be selling raffle tickets on the porch of Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art.

At the Community Presbyterian Church, the Starlighters, featuring vocalist Colleen Brown, will be performing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3.

The group and Brown can also be heard from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 at Fireside Espresso on the southwest side of the Swiss Village in Payson.

The Oktoberfest theme can also be found at Down The Street Art Gallery with a celebration of home brewers and their specially crafted Rim Country beer.

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.

Music to rummage by

The Payson Womans Club will feature the band “Higher Power” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3 at 510 W. Main St. Chili dogs and pie by the slice will be for sale. A big rummage sale will also take place — make an offer

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.

Free metal day Oct. 4

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

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 the community is invited to join them to make Christmas cards for Payson Supply Line.

Never made a card? No problem. Weaver and Morse will have all the materials needed and samples of cards that you can make. This event is free and takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Oct. 4 at Safeway. 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 open category.

Arts, crafts bazaar at courthouse grounds

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.

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

Benefit costume party

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.

Blessing of the Pets

To commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love of animals, Mount Cross Lutheran Church will hold a Blessing of the Pets ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5. This is not just for children — all ages are invited to bring their beloved pet(s) to the gazebo area xxx

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