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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.

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.

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.

Clothing 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.

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters benefit at Chili’s Monday

Chili’s in Payson will be hosting a fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona - Payson (BBBSAZ) from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20.

Chili’s will give 10 percent of the customer’s purchase to BBBSAZ if the customer presents the flier for the fund-raising event. All proceeds from this event will be used locally to support BBBSAZ’s mission to provide quality adult mentors for the youth of Rim Country.

Fliers for the event are available at PostNet, First State Bank, Payson Roundup and Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, or by calling BBBSAZ at (928) 468-8375.

An electronic version of the flier can also be e-mailed. E-mail to request your flier.

Harpist to perform at Community Concert

The next performance in the series by Tonto Community Concert Association will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The concert will feature harpist Bronn Journey and vocalist Katherine Journey.

Season tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling (928) 474-6115.

For only $80, you can enjoy some of the finest entertainment offered in the state today. There are seven concerts remaining in TCCA’s 30th season.

PRMC imaging center open house Thursday

Payson Regional Medical Center will have an open house at its new Outpatient Imaging Center next week.

Located at 127 E. Main St., the ribbon-cutting ceremony and accompanying festivities will be from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23.

The event will celebrate the new radiology and expanded services PRMC is bringing to the community. These services include a professional staff, local physician support, top-of-the-line imaging equipment, advanced technology and more.

The open house will feature tours of the facility, refreshments and drawings every hour for great prizes.

For more information, call (928) 472-3450.

Benefit steak dinner

A steak dinner will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 in the Payson Elementary cafeteria to benefit the Payson High School Theatre Department and Student Government Association.

The Longhorn theatre department is raising money for its annual state conference, and STUGO is raising funds for its many school and community service projects.

The dinner includes a steak, beans, potato, salad and drinks. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Tickets are available from drama students and student government members as well as at the door.

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.

Octoberfest House Party and piano benefit Oct. 19

An Octoberfest House Party will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at the home of  Myra and Paul Penning, 700 E. Luke Drive.

Family and guests are welcome to enjoy live German music with special guest Dave Ihlenfeld on tuba, with piano, trombone and drums.

Octoberfest favorites including bratwurst, beans, sauerkraut, potato salad and desserts will be served. Bring a beverage of your choice.

A $25 donation per person is requested, and all proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new piano at Community Presbyterian Church for jazz and musical events.

RSVP to Myra and Paul Penning at or (928) 472-7353 for directions.

Total number of attendees is limited to 50.


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