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Youngsters of the Rim Country are invited to go trick or treating in a safe environment at the annual Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Festival. Payson Parks and Recreation provides the candy for the costumed volunteers to distribute from their decorated booths. To take part in the festivities or have a booth, call Parks and Recreation (928) 474-5242, ext. 7. Space is limited. The free event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31 at North Rumsey Park, north of Taylor Pool.

Payson police plan community meeting

The Payson Police Department will have a community meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the council chambers at Town Hall. The planned topics are the educational components of the Community Prevention Council and teen driving.

The meeting will be televised on Channel 4 and have telephone access via 474-5242, extension 236.

Chief Don Engler will be available to answer questions, and light refreshments will be served.

County schools office opens

Dr. Linda O’Dell, Gila County superintendent of schools, invites the community to attend a grand opening of the new Gila County Schools Payson Office, 719 S. Beeline Highway, Friday, October 17. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a chamber of commerce ribbon-cutting at noon.

Contact O’Dell at 472-5373 or (928) 402-8784 for further information.

Clothing donations wanted for Bag-a-Thon

A Clothing Bag-a-Thon Fund-raiser will be held at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18.

For a donation, participants may fill a large bag with clothes and more for men, women and children.

Please bring your clothing donations to Senior Circle now.

Up, Up and Away Radiothon Oct. 17

The fifth annual Up, Up and Away Radiothon for domestic violence victims and awareness is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at Chapman Auto Center.

Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country, along with KMOG, KRIM and Chapman Auto Center, are the sponsors.

Proceeds raised will go to Rim Country Arizonans for Children, Payson Community Kids, Time Out Inc. and the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award. Be sure to call in with donations. Any amount, between $1 to $1,000 or more, will be gladly accepted at (928) 472-6300.

Z-Coil Shoes offered

Z-Coil shoes are on sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Studies have shown that not only do Z-Coil wearers have less back, foot, leg and joint pain, but they also have more energy. Come meet with knowledgeable personnel and learn the facts.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary. For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Winter clothing drive

Donate gently used winter clothes for the Payson Church of Christ’s 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.

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.

Waterfowl 101

Waterfowl 101 has been rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 27 in order to take advantage of the presence of more migratory birds expected in later October.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Migratory Game Bird Supervisor Mike Rabe will provide this unique seminar. He will discuss waterfowl natural history and identification. The class will include a slide show and presentation, followed by identification of waterfowl in Green Valley Park. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, but extras will be available.

The program is from 10 a.m. to noon, starting at the parks office in Green Valley Park. It is open to all ages and costs $5 per person. Space is limited, so register now through Oct. 24.

Blue’s Dog Walk

The second annual Blue’s Dog Walk to raise money for the Payson Humane Society is Saturday, Oct. 18. Come to Pine Trailhead at 8 a.m., the event starts at 9 a.m. Participants will receive a T-shirt designed by Cori Richman, a Frisbee, dog bag and more.

Early sign up is $25, the day of the race is $30 and kids are $15. Please mail entry fee to Blue’s Gallery Dog Walk, P.O. Box 142, Pine, AZ 85544.

For more information, call (928) 476-5600.

Memorial service planned for Von Strauss

The Rim Country Museum and the Arizona Chapter of Archaeological Society will be holding a memorial service for Sharesse Von Strauss at the memorial bench recently placed under the apricot tree at the museum in her honor.

The public is invited to help honor this fine lady and former director of the Northern Gila County Historical Society and MRCA (Museum of Rim Country Archeology, now closed) between noon and 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18 at the museum courtyard.

Tootsie Roll fund-raiser

Members of the St. Philip Council of the Knights of Columbus will be located at Bashas’, Safeway and Wal-Mart giving out free Tootsie Rolls to everyone who will accept on Oct. 24, 25 and 26.

The Council will be giving all proceeds to the Payson Special Olympics and the handicapped.

Crafters wanted

Crafters are wanted for Payson Womans Club Holly Berry Fair, which will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15. For an application and more information, contact Margaret at (928) 468-1256.

Legion looking for craft show vendors

The American Legion Craft Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 25. Vendors are being sought to participate in the show, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall, 709 E. Highway 260. Call Cathy for details, (928) 474-6969.

Benefit events in Strawberry

Have some fun at the Ranch at Fossil Creek and Fossil Creek Creamery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 25. Pet the animals, play games, take a spooky llama walk, enjoy tractor-pulled hayrides and grilled brats and cheese-filled chiles.

Admission is free, however, there is a charge for games, hayrides and food to benefit the Strawberry Elite, Pine/Strawberry school band and student council, and Payson Community Kids.

The Ranch at Fossil Creek is located in Strawberry, just 3-1/2 miles from the Strawberry Lodge at 10379 W. Fossil Creek Road.

Call (928) 476-5178 for additional information.

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