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Rummage sale fund-raisers this weekend



Chili's will be holding a rummage sale in their parking lot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 to benefit the St. Jude's Cancer Research Center, which has partnered with Chili's to raise $10 million in 10 years. We will also be selling our create-a-peppers for a donation! Chili's is located on South Beeline Highway in the Sawmill Crossing.


Roundup file photo Dirt will fly and metal will crunch at the third annual Demolition Derby, to be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at Payson Event Center. This year's event also features a freestyle motocross exhibition. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children age 4-11; children under 4 are admitted free. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Payson Womans Club

Payson Womans Club, located at 510 W. Main St., will be having a huge rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6. Everything must go. Some tables will be $1 for a bag of clothing and shoes. Make an offer on other things. We will also have chili boats, nachos, pies and drinks for sale. Plus, some craft supplies, as well as a raffle by the Juniorettes for an afghan.

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness

Stop by and check out the rummage sale fund-raiser Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness is having to benefit their center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6. Browse through a good selection of gently used clothing, books and household items. Name your price! The center is located at 107 W. Wade Lane, Suite #2 (behind Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant on S. Beeline Highway and Wade Lane).


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.

Northern Gila County Fair this weekend

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

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.

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

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.

Plant Sale Saturday

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 projects in Payson.

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.

Optimist host dance for Christmas Food Drive

The Rim Country Optimist Club will host a dance at the Northern Gila County Fair from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Live music will be provided by Junction 87.

Admission is $5 for adults, children under 12 years will be admitted free. Proceeds will go to the Christmas Food Drive.

Stop by the Optimist food booth at the Northern Gila County Fair this weekend, and at the High School Rodeo next weekend.

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.

Sign up for free AARP walking program

AARP's free 11-week walking program is open to persons 50 years and over. Come join in the fun and start walking your way to better health.

The kick-off event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9 starting at the Parks and Recreation office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr. in Green Valley Park. Participants will receive a free Guide and Step-Counter and may also sign up for a walking group or scheduled educational sessions on fitness, nutrition and building healthy behaviors.

To register for the program, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7. For information, call Ginny at (928) 474-8936.

First Friday events on Main Street tonight

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.

Bring the family and enjoy street performers, classic cars on display and brats and hot dogs on sale from the Kiwanis Club.

Pet calendar photo deadline extended

You still have a chance to have your pet's picture featured in the Payson Humane Society's 2009 Pet Calendar. The deadline to submit a calendar form has been extended to Sept. 27. Calendar dates are just $20 each.

There will be a photo shoot opportunity at this weekend's Northern Gila County Fair for anyone wanting a picture of their pet for the calendar. You can also submit your own high-resolution photo of your pet.

The auction for the front page of the calendar will take place at the Payson Humane Society Benefit Dance Sept. 19 at the Mazatzal Casino. There will be live music by Junction 87, as well as silent and live auctions throughout the evening.

Call the shelter for details, 474-5590.

Free brush disposal

The Regional Payson Area Project...for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, Sept. 6, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves and other vegetative materials only. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted. Commercial use is prohibited.

Citizens Awareness Committee

Payson Zoning Administrator Ray Erlandsen will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Citizens Awareness Committee. Erlandsen will discuss the new development of 222 acres at the Payson Airport.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at the Payson Public Library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.

For more information, send an email to:

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.

Why did the Titanic sink?

On April 10, 1912 the greatest ship of its time departed on its maiden voyage from England to New York. It had been advertised as the most luxurious ship afloat and was practically unsinkable. As it pulled away from the dock, it almost hit another liner, the New York, docked nearby. Luckily it missed the ship by only a few feet and continued on its first voyage to America.

Paul Moore, a noted ship historian, has been researching the Titanic for more than 35 years and has discovered new information regarding the ship's design and the real probable cause of its sinking.

Moore will speak on this subject at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main.

Tickets are available for $10 and may be purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, KMOG Radio and the Payson Roundup.

Sunday School resumes at Rock of Ages

Calling all kids for a new adventure in learning and growing in God's word! Classes will begin at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 in the Sunday School Rooms at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road.

Classes are for Kindergarten through 8th grade. If you have any questions, please contact Becca Manchester, Sunday School Coordinator, 468-8852. Kids, bring a friend!

Diet and hypertension

Learn about dietary approaches to stop hypertension. The Senior Circle's "Good Morning with the Director" program will feature Dr. Khalid Naqi, who specializes in cardiology and internal medicine.

The program will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Payson Regional Medical Center's Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Reserve a spot by calling (928) 472-9290.

Pancake Breakfast

Boy Scout Troop #7354 will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260. Cost is $3 per person.

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

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.

September blood drives

United Blood Services will be conducting the following blood drives this month:

  • Friday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parks and Recreation Department, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. Contact Deb Rose, (928) 474-5242, ext. 272.
  • Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Contact Leonard Smith, (928) 472-8478.
  • Friday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road. Contact Kevin Milligan, (928) 468-8039.

Every donor in September will get a coupon for a pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

We are now accepting donations from 16-year-olds, as long as they meet a height and weight requirement and have a signed parent permission slip. All other donors must be 18 or older, have a valid picture ID, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

We ask that you drink plenty of water and eat a light, healthy meal before donating. For eligibility questions, call 1-800-288-2199, ext. 5497.

Charity Golf Scramble

The Payson Gateway Project will host a Charity Golf Scramble benefiting the landscaping of the roundabout at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Payson Golf Course.

The tournament includes 18 holes of golf, cart, and lunch. In addition to a Vegas hole, prizes include $200 worth of gift certificates from Fargo's, $100 worth of gift certificates from Gerardo's, and golf for four at the Payson Golf Course. Silent auction items include Rim Club Golf for four with carts, Chaparral Pines Golf for four with carts and lunch, artwork donated by Artists of the Rim Gallery, gift certificates from the Beverage Place and many other items.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Golf Course, 1504 W. Country Club Dr. For further information, contact Nancy Cox at 472-1172, or Bob Hibbert at 468-2234.

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