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Payson’s Grand Ole Opry to perform Friday

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Dogs and their people won’t want to miss Dog Day in the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Off-Leash Dog Park at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road. It will be bigger and better than ever this year, with great activities and events. Booths include the Barkery Bakery Bistro, Susie Q’s Barbecue, PAWS sweatshirts and Payson Humane Society micro-chipping and adoptable pets. KRIM Radio will be broadcasting live during the event. Contests include Top Tail Wagger, Best Canine Vocalist, Clever Pet Tricks and a new event, Dress Like Your Working Partner where dog and owner will dress according to the work the dog was bred to do. Raffle tickets will be available for a quilt and gift basket. Guests will have an opportunity to buy a section of fencing for the new shelter dog run. See the new shelter design and donate what you can to the building fund. Bring food donations for the dogs and cats, puppies and kittens at the humane society.

Arizona Heritage Research Foundation (AHRF) will hold a fund-raising dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Mazatzal Casino. Money raised will go to make payments on the Deming Home, recently purchased by AHRF.

A prime rib dinner will be served and the entertainment for the evening will be Payson’s Grand Ole Opry 2008 — people who have played music for dances in the Payson area during the past 30 years. Taylor Hale’s band will be the house band and scheduled to perform are Taylor Hale, Don Gibson, Jinx Pyle and Angela Godac, Eddie Armer, Jim West, Clay Sopeland and others.

This will be a truly historic event. AHRF plans to pay off the Deming home, then purchase more  historic homes along Main Street. Tables are $1,000 or $125 for individuals. AHRF is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. Call Jayne Peace at 474-0380 for tickets or more information.

Krispy Kremes on sale to fight breast cancer

Area residents can help support breast cancer research, treatment and early detection programs by purchasing Krispy Kremes doughnuts at Safeway at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 9. The cost is $12 per dozen and will only be sold while supplies last.

Sign language group has evening out

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.

Naturalist hike

Join naturalists from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and hike at Tonto Natural Bridge from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8. Registration is now being taken at the Payson Parks office in Green Valley Park. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for details.

Bring binoculars and a camera. Transportation will be available on a limited basis.

Class with a bass pro

Mark Kile will offer tips and suggestions on how to maximize the potential for catching fish in urban lakes, small ponds and high lakes.

Learn about stocking schedules and more.

The program is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 and is open to all ages. The cost is $15. Register now through Oct. 10. For more details, call the parks office at (928) 474-5242.

11th Annual Gem and Mineral Show Oct. 11-12

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club will have its 11th Annual Rock Show Oct. 11-12 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center (gym). The show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12.

Admission is $3 for adults, with children under 12 admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. Discount tickets are available at Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Public Library and the Payson Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park.

For more information and a profile of the Payson Rimstones, pick up a free copy of The Rim Review on Wednesday.

Fly-fishing basics

Learn the basics of fly-fishing at the parks office in Green Valley Park.

Registration is under way for the Oct. 11 program, it closes Oct. 9. Anyone 10 and older may participate and the cost is $15.

The class will begin with an educational slide show and end with practice casting in the lake. Loaner fly rods will be available.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for additional details.

Fund-raiser Saturday for Returning Vets Program

Celebrate Octoberfest at the Merritt Center from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

Music, a bocce ball tournament, a walking meditation in the labyrinth, food, fun and fellowship will be featured.

A $45 donation is requested for the Returning Vets Program. Veterans need our support when they come home from combat. The Returning Vets Program at the Merritt Center, a three-weekend program, is offered free of charge to returning veterans to help them make the transition from a war environment to home life. 

Parking is available at the Rim Country Mall with a shuttle every 15 minutes to the Merritt Center in Star Valley. For more information, visit www.merrittcenter.org or call (928) 474-4268.

October blood drives

Blood drives are scheduled in the Rim Country this month.

There is currently a special need for O negative and B negative types, but all will be accepted. Some of the blood collected will go to Hurricane Ike victims in Texas.

The collections will be taken:

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pine/Strawberry First Baptist Church, 4039 N Hwy 87, Pine. For details, call (928) 476-3655.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Regional Medical Center (main entrance parking lot), 807 S Ponderosa. For details call (928) 472-1275.

Everyone who donates between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31 will have their name entered into daily drawings to win a pair of round trip tickets aboard the Grand Canyon Railway. Two pairs will be raffled everyday, courtesy of Grand Canyon Railway.

Flu shots offered

The Gila County Division of Health and Community Services will be having adult flu clinics throughout October.

The cost of the vaccine will be $30 for adults who do not have Medicare Part B. If you have Medicare Part B and no supplement insurance, bring your Medicare Part B card and Medicare will be billed.

Flu vaccines for children are unavailable at this time.

If you are homebound and need to have a nurse come to your home, call (928) 474-1210 to schedule an appointment.

Adult flu vaccines are available on a walk-in basis at the Gila County Office of Health in Payson, 107 W. Frontier St., from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call for nurse availability to be certain.

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