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Julia Randall school selling enchiladas


Julia Randall Elementary kicks off its annual enchilada sale this week.

Enchiladas will be sold by students to raise money for the JRE PTO. Enchiladas are $10 per dozen of cheese enchiladas with meat sauce. Students will be selling enchiladas through Sept. 17. Enchiladas will be made and distributed Oct. 4.


Join the Humor Me Comedy Group and others to celebrate the history and traditions of Payson and the Rim Country at the Payson Heritage Festival Saturday, Sept. 13 at Green Valley Park's amphitheater. Learn about Native American and ranching traditions and the history of the settlements around the Rim Country. There will be games, food and fun.

If you are interested in purchasing enchiladas and helping the PTO and don't personally know a JRE student, please stop by the school office to fill out an order form, or e-mail your request as well as your contact info to You can also contact Sue Becker at (928) 472-6709.

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.

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.

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 ages 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

Legion Thrift Store sale

The American Legion Thrift Store will be closed Friday, Sept. 12 to prepare for a huge sale Saturday, Sept. 13.

All clothing outside will be $1 a bag. Store opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Come fill a bag or two.

The American Legion Thrift Store is downstairs at the Legion hall, 709 E. Highway 260. Donations are welcome, but no large appliances can be accepted.

Vendors wanted for Dog Day in the Park

Dog Day in the Park, sponsored by PAWS, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Payson Off Leash Dog Park across from the library.

Vendors with dog-related products and services are wanted for the event. Any variety of dog equipment and supplies and other pet-related items or services are welcome. Vendors with a product of general interest will also be considered.

There is no charge for vendors. For more information, please call Dorothy Howell at (928) 472-7396.

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.

Coffee with CASA

Come join the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for coffee and doughnuts and an opportunity to learn more about volunteering with CASA. The event is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, contact Katrisha Stuler, CASA program manager, (928) 474-7145;

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. Light snacks will be provided.

Library facilities will be closed. Games will be in the meeting room only. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 with questions.

Humor Me melodrama

The Humor Me Comedy Group will present "Payson's Own Melodrama" three times on Saturday, Sept. 13.

It is scheduled for shows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the stage at the Payson Heritage Festival, Saturday, Sept. 13 in Green Valley Park's amphitheater area. It will be presented again at 6:30 p.m. in a dinner theater setting at Tiny's Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

The show is written and directed by Kathleen Kelly, with musical direction by Jim West.

Seminar set

A seminar on the topic "Evil Has No Right To Exist!" is planned from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 21 at the New Life Foundation, Healing Pines Lane off Highway 87 in Strawberry. A donation of $3 is asked for admission.

The nonprofit New Life Foundation sponsors the program. For more information, call (928) 476-3224 or visit

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 has been extended to Sept. 27. Calendar dates are just $20 each. 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, (928) 474-5590.

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 Drive.

For further information, contact Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172, or Bob Hibbert at (928) 468-2234.

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