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County Fair coming to town Sept. 4-7


The 54th Annual Northern Gila County Fair takes place Sept. 4-7.

Premium books are now available for those who wish to enter. The books may be picked up at the Payson Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park or at both the Payson and Pine libraries. When you get a premium book, you will need to get tags for all your planned entries as well.


The Rim Area Gardeners will host a plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 6 in front of Granny's Attic on East ighway 260. A variety of plants, both indoor and outdoor garden types, plus seeds, garden crafts, bulbs and books will be offered at very reasonable prices. Proceeds will help support RAG's community service project in Payson.

Fairgoers will enjoy rides, games, exhibits, a horse show, a livestock auction and Demolition Derby.

Exhibits will be at the Tonto Apache Exhibit Hall, southeast of the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. Rides, games and livestock events will be at Payson Event Center, 1/2 mile south of town on Highway 87.

For more information about the fair, call chairman Wendell Stevens at 595-0113 or 474-4647.

Cowboy Breakfast Saturday

Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., will present a Cowboy Breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
Tickets are $4 per adult, and the young'uns (under age 10) eat free. Tickets are on sale at the SonShine Club, 414 N. Easy St., or call (928) 474-KIDS.

Proceeds will benefit the SonShine Club, an after-school program for Payson's school children.

Woodhill Community Yard Sale this weekend

A huge yard sale, presented by the residents of the Woodhill subdivision, will begin at 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6. On every street, you will find wonderful bargains.

Woodhill is located behind Rumsey Park and can be reached by taking Payson Parkway to Pioneer Trail and following it to the end at Country Lane.ou can also take McLane Road to Sherwood Drive and go up the hill through Alpine Village to the Woodhill subdivision.

For more information, call Theresa Garre at 978-1421.

Horse rescue Saturday

New Hope PMU Equine Rescue, a nonprofit horse rescue organization, is hosting their second Meet and Greet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 6 in Star Valley.

Everyone is invited out to meet the young New Hope rescue horses and have a glass of lemonade. There will be entertainment by singer-songwriter-guitarist Wayne Todd Gendreau.

Follow the yellow striping along Moonlight Dr. 1.4 miles, turn left on Starlight Dr. (right before the cattle guard), go to the end and you're there. For more information, call (928) 468-1514 or email

Grandparents Day Open House set for Sept. 6

In honor of National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 7-13, and Grandparents Day, Sept. 7, Powell House will host an open house for the citizens of Payson beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

Tours, cake and ice cream, and live music and entertainment will be featured.

Powell House is located at 806 W. Longhorn Road, near the intersection of McLane and Longhorn. For more information, contact Heather Armenta at (928) 474-6249.

Register for AARP Driving Safety classes

Richard Loth will conduct two AARP Driving Safety classes in Rim Country during the month of September.

A class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway in Payson. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

A class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Rim Country Senior Center in Heber/ Overgaard. Call (928) 535-5525 to register.

Fly-tying class

Join the Payson Flycasters to learn the art of fly-tying. Participants must bring their own basic fly-tying kits and get to take home what they make.

The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Parks and Recreation office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr.

The class is open to those age 10 and older for a fee of $15. Register by Sept. 12 at the Parks office.

For more information, call (928) 474-5242 or visit

First Friday Art and Antiques Walk Sept. 5

The Payson Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation are hosting the First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 5.

Art galleries, antique stores, restaurants and other businesses will remain open and offer free refreshments. Free shuttle bus service is available between Main Street Grille and Community Presbyterian Church. Free on-street parking is available on the south side of Main Street between Westerly Road and the Oxbow.

Car club members are invited to display their cars along Main Street during this event. Vendors, street performers and local businesses are invited to participate at no charge. For more information, please call Mike Stuart at (928) 595-0573 or Brenda Mooney at (602) 859-0507.

Cookbooks featured at LFOP Bookstore

During the month of September, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a generous supply of cookbooks. For the entire month, buy one cookbook at our already low price and get a second one free.t's a great way to expand your personal cookbook collection or to find an unusual gift for a friend.

"Go green" by using our sturdy library tote bags.hey are wonderful for carrying books and make a great substitute for plastic grocery bags.he bags are made of recycled material, making them even more environmentally friendly.Keep a couple in your car for ready access when you go shopping.These handy bags are only $1.50 each, and will give you years of use.

Bookstore stock is ever changing, so stop by often.olunteers are always happy to see you. The bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit

Bored? Try Game Night at the library

Bring the family for a fun night of board games and more from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

All ages are welcome to enjoy everything from Chutes and Ladders, Jenga, Star Wars Monopoly to Lord of the Rings Risk. No sign-up is necessary.ight snacks will be provided.

Library facilities will be closed.ames will be in the meeting room only.ontact Harryette at 474-9260 with questions.

Counseling available for combat veterans

Are you a combat veteran in need of counseling services in the Payson or surrounding area?

If so, veteran center services are available at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counseling services include individual and group sessions that focus on combat-related PTSD. Counseling services for PTSD are provided every Thursday and Friday. Individual sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays. Group sessions meet from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and potlucks are held the first Thursday of each month.

To schedule an appointment, call Tony Stanisci, LMSW, Readjustment Counselor, at (928) 778-3469.

Historical society banquet Sept. 20

The annual Northern Gila County Historical Society Banquet and Fund-raiser takes place Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Mazatzal Casino banquet room.

The evening begins with a social hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Pioneer Banquet will be served from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. A one-woman performance featuring pioneer Sharlot M. Hall (portrayed by Jody Drake) begins at 7 p.m. There will be door prizes, silent auction and raffles and background music by Fred the DJ.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the museum in Green Valley Park or from board members.

For more information, call Judy Buettner at (928) 472-9015. All proceeds benefit the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin.

College offers job skills course starting Sept. 15

Are you looking to improve your work skills? Are you having difficulty finding the right job?

Gila Community College faculty will assist you with learning essential skills to prepare you for successful entry into the world of work.

In less than one month, the COE 101 Job Seeking Strategies course is designed to help you develop important communication and interviewing skills when seeking work. You will learn how to complete all the necessary paperwork to apply for jobs.

COE 101 meets Sept. 15 to Oct. 8. You also may be eligible for a scholarship.

Now is the time to move ahead to improve your job-seeking skills.

Register at Gila Community College, Payson Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or online at

Early childhood development forum

We want to hear your voice! First Things First, Gila Regional Partnership Council, invites you to attend a community forum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at the American Legion Hall, 709 E. Highway 260.

Share your ideas about improving early childhood development and health for Gila County's youngest children -- birth through age five.

For more information, contact Eva Cook, Gila Regional Coordinator, at (928) 425-8172 or at

Free art classes for home-schooled children

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine is offering a series of six art classes for home-schooled students. The classes are free, and taught by Robyn Bossert. Enrollment is limited to 20 students on a first-come, first-served basis. A student must sign up for all six classes.

Classes will meet from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the library activity room on the following Tuesdays: Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Nov. 25. Students may sign up at the library or call 476-3678 to enroll.

Guitar Hero tournament

Rock out at the Guitar Hero Tournament from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,ept. 27 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Prizes will be awarded for high scores; enjoy snacks and games as you wait your turn.

The tournament is open to ages 10-18 years. Sign up at the library front desk, or call 474-9260.

Art contest for kids

Your artwork could be on a national calendar! Budding artists, ages 14 and under, have a chance to enter their work in the 4th annual Baker & Taylor Cat Calendar Contest. The art contest asks kids to draw the famous cat mascots Baker and Taylor on vacation in any position or setting, in any medium.

Pick up a flier at the Payson Public Library for contest details and rules. Entries must be submitted by Sept. 29.

Last safe boating class of summer is Sept. 13

Gila County Sheriff's Roosevelt Lake Patrol and Arizona Game and Fish Department will present the final safe boating class of the summer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Roosevelt Substation, milepost 243 on State Route 188.

Topics covered include Arizona boating laws, equipment requirements, rules of the road, registration requirements, aids to navigation, trailering, anchoring and other useful information.

A $5 donation is requested per family.

Many insurance companies offer a discount to boat owners who successfully complete the class.

To register, call Lu DuBois at (928) 467-2515.

Learn to cook in a Dutch Oven Sept. 13

Ready to "Wow!' your family and friends with your gourmet camp-cooking skills? Learn how to cook main dishes, apple pie and fresh bread from award-winning Dutch Oven cooking instructors. Loaner ovens will be available at the class which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at Rumsey Park, Ramada #4 on North McLane Road.

The class is open to those age 16 and older for a fee of $30. Register by Sept. 12 at the Parks and Recreation office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or online at Class size is limited, so register today!

Investment Talk
Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at his office, 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B.

The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in roundtable discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other investments and hot topics.t is an opportunity to learn from one another and exchange ideas on a variety of issues about how individual investors can help make their money grow and build wealth over time, as well as have fun.

Call 468-1470 for more information.

Meet with Star Valley mayor each month

Star Valley Mayor Chuck Heron will make himself available once a month to meet with the public in an old-fashioned cracker barrel session to answer questions, discuss concerns and hear comments about issues facing the Town of Star Valley.

The sessions will be held on the last Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Diamond Point Shadows on East Highway 260.

Piano fund-raiser

A special piano fund has been established to acquire a new piano for Payson Community Presbyter-ian Church -- the "birthplace of jazz in Payson" and the venue for numerous quality musical performances of all kinds.

If each of the 88 keys on a piano keyboard were "purchased" by donors for just $100, then we will have raised $8,800 -- the first important financial step towards acquiring a new piano.

Multiple-Grammy nominee Judy Roberts will lead an all-star group of musicians in a special piano fund-raising performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at the church.

For more information, call (928) 474-2059.

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