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Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) Group-Led Hike on the Houston Trail from Houston Mesa Trailhead to Flat Rock at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8. Participants will meet at the Houston Mesa Trailhead, which is 1 mile east of Highway 87 on the south side of Houston Mesa Road. The hike is approximately 2 miles long and is easy to moderate hiking. This is a free event to the public and a great hike for families with children.

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Aug. 5 Wednesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

Aug. 6 Thursday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

Time Out Thrift Shop sale

Take “Time Out 2 Shop” at Payson’s favorite Thrift Store on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 6, 7 and 8. Everything (except boutique and jewelry items) will be at least 50 percent off. The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across the street from Wendy’s. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers will pick up large donations; just call (928) 474-3989 for an appointment. All profits benefits Time Out Inc., its Shelter, Transitional Housing and Gila Family Advocacy Center in the Payson community.

Aug. 7 Friday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

Be in the Rodeo Parade

Celebrating the 125th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, this year’s rodeo parade will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 on Main Street.

Phoenix Suns announcer Al McCoy, and KMLE Country radio personality Jeff West will join local announcers Eddie Armer, Fred Carpenter and DJ Craig. Dan Majerle and Tim Kempton of the Suns, will ride in the parade as celebrity ambassadors. World Champion and Cowboy Hall of Fame member Nancy Sheppard will be on hand as Grand Marshal.

If your group would like to join the parade, applications are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or online at www.rimcountrychamber.com. The parade entry deadline is Aug. 7.

Humane Society thrift store has grand opening

The Humane Society of Central Arizona will have a grand opening for its new thrift store from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 as part of the First Friday on Main Street celebration.

The store is located at 404 W. Main St. and carries a variety of merchandise at bargain prices.

Regular hours of operation will be Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and proceeds will benefit the local humane society. Donations will be welcome during regular business hours next week (no large appliances or building materials, please).

First Friday fun

Buy ice cream and help raise money for student art supplies, see the work of various Rim Country artists, listen to great music and enjoy great food as part of the First Friday Block Party on old Main Street in Payson. Activities will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at shops all up and down Main Street. 

Bootleg Alley celebrates rodeo history

If you’ve ever wondered where the August Doin’s started, it’s time to take a trip down Historic Main Street in Payson.

The center of town in those days was at Main Street and Bootleg Alley. The early residents of Payson gathered at the spot and celebrated during the rodeo.

Once again, there will be a celebration of the “August Doin’s” at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art Friday, Aug. 7. Chef Gary Bedsworth plans to grill brats from Charlie’s Meats with gourmet trimmings. Get a brat with grilled onions and bell peppers, a soda, and a bag of chips for just $5. All net proceeds go to the Humane Society.

While enjoying a brat, those who gather at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art can listen to Cindy and Lupe of Sounds Unlimited. Guests can also meet local western artist C.M. Okerwall, who will be working on a new painting during the evening.

Visit Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art at 520 W. Main St. in Payson from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7.

Aug. 8 Saturday

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

Driver Safety Class set

AARP will hold a Driver Safety Class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This is a four-hour class for motorists age 50 and older. AARP members pay $12 for tuition and materials, however for the discounted rate, participants must have their current AARP membership card and drivers license with them. Non-AARP members pay $14. Only cash will be accepted.

Enrollment is limited, so call Dave Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register or for more information.

August blood drives

We all expect blood to be available when we need it. Make sure it is by becoming a blood donor at one of these upcoming blood drives.

• Saturday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Elks and Church of the Nazarene, at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Contact Leonard Smith at (928) 472-8478.

• Monday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., American Legion Tonto Rim Post #69, 709 East Highway 260. Contact Carla Alston at (928) 474-6969.

Register online at www.bloodhero.com.

Quilt auction planned

The Strawberry Patchers and The Pine Strawberry Archeological & Historical Society will present A Beautiful Quilt Auction from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 in the Pine Strawberry Cultural Hall on Highway 87 in Pine. The live auction starts at 5:30 p.m., with registration for participation taking place throughout the day. In addition to the main auction, there will be a vendor mall, opportunity quilts, a silent auction and quilt sales. Admission is free.

For information and entry forms, contact Kris Lovetro at (602) 390-2046 or (928) 476-2368, or visit www.strawberrypatchers.com.

Princess Tea Parties

The Payson Public Library is once again planning Princess Tea Parties for young women of the Rim Country. There will be iced tea and snacks, games and prizes. Two tea parties will be hosted, one for those 4 to 7 years of age from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 and another for those 8 to 12 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22.

Seating is limited to 25 girls per party; only one sign-up per child. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to reserve a spot.

Houston Trail hike

Like to hike, but not sure where to go? Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) Group-Led Hike on the Houston Trail from Houston Mesa Trailhead to Flat Rock at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8. Participants will meet at the Houston Mesa Trailhead, which is 1 mile east of Highway 87 on the south side of Houston Mesa Road.

The hike is approximately 2 miles long and is easy to moderate hiking. This is a free event to the public and a great hike for families with children. Don’t forget your hiking boots and water. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or visit www.paysonparks.com.

Free Child Identification program at Masonic Lodge

Saturday, Aug. 8 there will be a Child Identification Program (CHIP) held at Payson Masonic Lodge located at 200 E. Rancho Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program provides each parent or guardian with a free “Child ID Kit” that contains a color photo ID card, photographs, digital fingerprints, and a recorded interview both on paper and CD disk. A DNA cheek swab sample is also provided. This is all the information required by law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert should a child become missing. None of the information collected is kept by the Masons or any other person, group or entity. All information is given to the parent or guardian for safekeeping.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive this free service.

The Masonic Lodge is located near the intersection of Highway 87 and Rancho Road, 100 yards east of the fire station. Watch for “CHIP” signs at corner of Highway 87 and Rancho Road.

For further information, contact Richard Skoglund at (928) 970-1169, (928) 468-3568 or online go to www.paysonchip.com or www.paysonmason.org.

Are you prepared?

Learn how to handle allergies, coughs, colds, sinus problems and other respiratory issues with natural remedies. A free class will be offered from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug 8, preceded by free light salad lunch at 12:30 p.m. Bonnie Wellington, M.A. Ed. and Natural Health Consultant and Educator will present the program.

Call (928) 472-2176 for reservations and location.

Aug. 9 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

Fireman’s Appreciation Barbecue at Mount Cross

The second annual Fireman’s Appreciation Barbecue is planned for Sunday, Aug. 9, starting at noon at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260. All firefighters, their families and the public are invited to attend this free event, which will feature live music by Junction 87. Sponsors are The Optimist Club of Rim Country and KRIM Radio 96.3 FM.

Looking ahead

Youth Fall Soccer

The deadline to register for Youth Fall Soccer is Aug. 11. Games start either Sept. 5 or Sept. 12, depending on grade level of participant. The program is open to youngsters in pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade. The cost is $25 per person.

Games will be at North Rumsey Soccer and Rumsey II. Every participant will get a British soccer jersey and a lot of soccer.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department will hold a free Family & Friends CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13.

Please call (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required. 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.

Rodeo dance at Oxbow

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is sponsoring a Dance at the Historic Oxbow Saloon on Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday Aug. 15. Doors open at 6 p.m., the music starts at 8 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge and proceeds from the dance will benefit the Pro Rodeo Committee Scholarship Fund.

For more information, call John Landino 468-6684.

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