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Charity Golf Scramble set



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Residents of the Rim Country are participating in a special 24-hour, 7-day a week prayer for the Mogollon Rim from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26. The kick-off for the Mogollon Rim was Friday, Sept. 19 and continuous prayer is being held at The Meeting Place on Phoenix Street on the south end of town. Dave Reisdorf is the overall coordinator. If anyone is interested in having the group pray for them, they can fill out a prayer card at The Meeting Place. If you are interested in praying, contact Dave Reisdorf at (928) 474-5385.


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Join naturalists from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and hike at Tonto Natural Bridge from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8. Registration is now being taken at the Payson parks office in Green Valley Park. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for details. Bring binoculars and a camera.

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.

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.

Special prayer program

Residents of the Rim Country are participating in a special 24-hour, 7-day a week of prayer for the Mogollon Rim from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26.

The theme is “Let God’s Glory Fall” to transform Rim Country. This is a statewide effort of prayer that the Mogollon Rim has joined with.

The kick off for the Mogollon Rim was Friday Sept. 19 and continuous prayer is being held at The Meeting Place on the south end of town.

This facility has been transformed into a place of prayer with multiple prayer stations including private prayer corners draped with cloth, a wailing prayer wall, place to write prayers, CD praise music, DVD visuals, international area to pray for countries around the world and more.

Dave Reisdorf is the overall coordinator. More than 20 churches are participating in signing up for times to pray.

If anyone is interested in having the group pray for them, they can fill out a prayer card at The Meeting Place. If you are interested in praying, contact Dave Reisdorf at (928) 474-5385. For more general information visit the Web site

Donate clothes

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

The church was able to help nearly 300 people each of the past two years with the help of the community.

Drop off your extras 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, 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.

Buy clothes by the bag

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, is having a clothing bag sale Sept. 22-27. Shoppers may fill standard size grocery bags, which will be provided, with men’s and women’s clothing for $1 a bag. Children’s and boutique garments are not included in the sale.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center.

Hospice 101 program

The Crossroads Women’s Connections will have Kathleen Hughes of Hospice of Payson speak at its monthly meeting at 1 p.m., Thursday Sept. 25. Hughes will give an overview of the role of Hospice, including applicable Medicare benefits.

Crossroads Women’s Connection meets monthly at 1 p.m., the fourth Thursday of each month at the Crossroad Foursquare Church, 114 E Cedar Lane. For further information, contact Carole Hampsch (928) 478-6431, Marilyn Huffman (928) 472-7462, or Doris Frerichs (928) 476-3865.

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance. in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free ‘Family and Friends’ CPR class on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information and to register. MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, our gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Learn patterns of bass

Bass pro Mark Kile will present a program on how to understand the seasonal habits of bass to better locate them at different times of the year and at different depths and the most effective lures to use. The program is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at the parks office in Green Valley Park. The cost is $15 per person and is open to those 16 and older. Register by Sept. 25. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Time Out shop sale

The Time Out thrift store will have $1 bag sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25. The sale is for clothing only.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across the street from Wendy’s), (928) 474-3989.

All profits support Time Out, Inc. and its domestic violence programs and services.

Hotline phone number is (928) 472-8007

Class with a bass pro

Mark Kile will offer tips and suggestions on how to maximize the potential for catching fish in urban lakes, small ponds and high lakes.

Learn about stocking schedules and more.

The program is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, oct. 16 and is open to all ages. The cost is $15. Register now through Oct. 10. For more details, call the parks office at (928) 474-5242.

Disc Golf Tournament

Register now for the second annual Rim Country Open Disc Golf Tournament, presented by the Arizona Disc Golf Club and co-sponsored by the Payson Parks & Recreation Department.,

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, but instead of a ball an clubs, players use a flying disc. A temporary course will be set up in Rumsey Park for the day.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, but register now at the parks office in Green Valley Park or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

The event is open to all ages. Costs range from $15 for novices to $35 in the the open category.

Fly-fishing basics

Learn the basics of fly-fishing at the parks office in Green Valley Park.

Registration is underway. Anyone 10 and older may participate and the cost is $15.

The class will begin with an educational slide show and end with practice casting in the lake. Loaner fly rods will be available.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for additional details.

Mountain biking primer

Learn the essentials of mountain biking with an urban mountain bike ride hosted by the Payson Parks & Recreation Department.

The free program is planned from 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Oct. 12, but registration is currently taking place at the parks office in Green Valley Park.

The program includes a trail ride on paved and non-paved routes in town. Topics to be covered include bike set-up, maintenance and repair, as well as hands-on practice in specific mountain biking techniques. A mountain bike and helmet are required. It also recommended participants bring a tire repair kit and pump.

For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

APW hears about PAHH

Arizona Press Women will meet at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26 at Pizza Factory, 238 E. Highway 260. The meeting is open to the public free of charge. Guest speaker is Christine Royer, executive director of Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. She will speak about how this organization offers low-income families the opportunity of home ownership and the current project, Longhorn Village.

There are several community events scheduled by PAHH next month in conjunction with World Habitat Day.

Breast cancer event

Rim Country scrapbooking enthusiasts have an opportunity to do their part for the fight against breast cancer.

The Paper & Metal Scrappers store is participating in the national Scrap Pink campaign created by Better Homes and Gardens Scrapbook etc. to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure (formerly the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation). The all-day event is Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Paper & Metal Scrappers store in the Swiss Village Shops.

For more information, or to reserve a space or materials, call (928) 468-1188 or stop by the store at 804 N. Beeline Highway, Swiss Village Center.

Chamber mixer

The September Chamber Mixer is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 poolside at Majestic Mountain Inn. Fargo’s Steak House is providing the appetizers.

The cost is $3 for chamber members and $5 for non-members.

Naturalist hike

Join naturalists from the Arizona Game & Fish Department and hike at Tonto Natural Bridge from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8. Registration is now being taken at the Payson parks office in Green Valley Park. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for details.

Bring binoculars and a camera. Transportation will be available on a limited basis.

Old-fashioned Pioneer Dinner Sept. 27

The residents of and visitors to Rim Country are invited to an old-fashioned Pioneer Dinner at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center (gym).

This celebration of Rim Country history is presented by members of area pioneer families to raise funds for charity.

There will be a special dessert auction featuring homemade pies, cakes and cobblers. Other fund-raisers at the event include an auction of quilts, cowboy art and more, plus a raffle for a whole beef. Raffle tickets for the beef are just $5.

Admission is $10 per person, with children 5 and under admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at Canyon State Credit Union, Roy Haught Excavation, Git A Rope! Trading, the Payson Roundup and from committee members.

Baha’i Faith discussion

The Baha’i Faith of Payson invites you to attend a presentation and discussion: “A Spiritual Path in Today’s Troubled World” with Shabman and Ben Taati from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at the Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 Wade Street, Suite 2, Payson. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (928) 472-3191.

Rim View Heights picnic

Rim View Heights Property Owners’ Association will have its 11th annual potluck picnic at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at Rumsey Park, Ramada 5. All property owners are invited to attend. Call (928) 474-8953 for further information.

Beer Tasting benefits Payson Supply Line

Down The Street Art Gallery is inviting all local home brewers to join a real Oktoberfest to be held in conjunction with the First Friday Arts & Antique walk in October.

Members of the co-op gallery ask anyone interested to bring their stouts, pilsners and cowboy lagers.

There will be an original painting given for a People’s Choice Award.

There is no entry fee for brewers; however there will be a small charge for mugs for sampling the offerings. Any profits will be donated to Payson Supply Line.

Payson Supply Line is a non-profit group that puts together and ships packages that include comfort items like socks, toothbrushes, sun block, vitamins, writing paper and snacks for our men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information call, brewmeister, John Gould, (928) 468-2384, or the gallery and ask for Dan Basinski, (928) 978-2365.

Mesa Del Day

The El Caballo Club will hold its annual Mesa Del Day celebration by hosting a breakfast and yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 4.

Any resident of Mesa Del wishing to have a yard sale on the same day may have their location pinpointed on a map of the community available free to the public at the clubhouse. Just call Don Ennen, (928) 474-3362 or Irene Schwartzbauer, (928) 474-3660 to get your sale on the map.

As a fund-raiser for the El Caballo Club building and grounds, raffle tickets will be sold for three $50 gas cards and two gift certificates of $25 each to Chili’s and El Rancho. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets before may call the above numbers. Winners need not be present for the drawing at noon, Saturday, Oct. 4.

Costume party and fund-raiser is Oct. 4

The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund is once again having a costume party and fund-raiser at the Mazatzal Casino. The theme of the fourth annual costume party is “Breaking Records 1950’s Style.”

The party is at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4. Everyone is invited to come join in an evening of food, dancing,games, auctions, Rhino raffle and much more. Tickets for the entire evening are $20 a person with costume and $25 a person without costume. Think 1950s for your costume and come join the fun.

All proceeds benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to promote and support the health, safety, and wellness of local children.

For more information about the costume party and Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, please contact the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

Payson Area Life Chain

Various Christian churches of the greater Payson area will have a Payson Area Life Chain event from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5. Hundreds of inspired Christians will make a statement of visual and prayer solidarity. This Life Chain demonstration will peacefully convey the message opposing abortion.

All Christians and those concerned with respect for life are invited to join in whole-hearted support of the forthcoming Payson Life Chain.

For further information, please contact Tom Fox, chairman, St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Phillip St., Payson, Ariz., (928) 474-2129.

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.

Register for AARP Driving Safety classes

Richard Loth will conduct an AARP Driving Safety class 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.

Zane Grey Days

The 11th Payson Zane Grey Days Art, Crafts & World Bazaar is set for Oct. 4-5.

The bazaar opens, free to the public, at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 on the Gila County Court House grounds at Frontier and Beeline Hwy., across from the post office. Some 50 artisans and crafters will be converging on Payson to promote and sell their works, coming from Colorado, Utah, Montana, Nevada, California, and New Mexico.

Local businesses, service clubs, vendors, non-profits wishing information or to sell may call Dean at (928) 595-4397 or e-mail for applications and particulars, or go to Website Sponsor of the event is Classic Celebrations, the fund-raising division of Greater Grace Fellowship ministries of Yuma and Show Low.

New nonprofit needs preservation funds

Arizona Heritage Research Foundation (AHRF), a Payson-based nonprofit corporation, is celebrating the acquisition of the Anna Mae Deming Home. It needs the help of Rim Country residents to raise funds to keep the project going. The goal is to preserve as many of the Heritage Homes in Payson as possible before they are lost in the name of progress. An Autumn Dinner to raise money planned for Friday, Oct. 10. By attending this event you will save the heritage and culture of Old Payson.

The Autumn Dinner is at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. The cost: table for eight, $1,000 or $125 per person. All those donating $1,000 or more will receive a Limited Edition “Heritage Home” Centerpiece. There will also be auctions, raffles and door prizes with such things as Zane Grey memorabilia, a Sambo Haught framed poster, cowboy art, jewelry, Old Payson memorabilia; and much more. Additionally expect music, entertainment and fun. For tickets or more information call Jayne Peace-Pyle, (928) 474-0380 or Judy A. Baker, (928) 474-5422.

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.

It 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 (928) 468-1470 for more information.

11th Annual Gem & Mineral Show

The Payson Rimstones club will have its 11th Annual Rock Show Oct. 11-12 at the Tonto Apache Reservation Recreation Center (gym). The show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12.

This is a great family event and will include: a fluorescents exhibit, children activities, the spinning wheel game, silent auctions, door prizes, lunch foods and homemade desserts; crystals, vendor sales of rocks, minerals and fossils, tools and supplies.

Admission is $3 for adults, with children under 12 admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. Discount tickets available at Payson Chamber of Commerce, Payson Library and the Payson Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park.

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club is a non-profit organization that works to develop interest, appreciation and understanding of rocks, gems, minerals and fossils. Its members share information by speaking to classes, library programs and community groups. Members share techniques of collecting, polishing and displaying specimens in their presentations.

The club has displays at Gila Community College, Payson Public Library, and the Rim County Museum.

The club also offers an earth science/geology scholarship to a graduating senior from Payson High School each year.

The club meets at 3:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of each month at the Payson Public Library.

Bell Ringer potluck

The Salvation Army will have a potluck for its Bell Ringers from last


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