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The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is sponsoring a dance at the Oxbow Saloon on Historic Main Street 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 at 468-6684. For a complete schedule of Rodeo Week events, look for the Payson Roundup’s Rodeo Program available Wednesday.


Ann Kirkpatrick

Aug. 11 Tuesday

• “Books Are Fun” Fair: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., hospital main lobby

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

• Meet with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s staff: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 610 E. Highway 260

• Free Estate Planning Seminar: 4 p.m., Good Samaritan Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway

‘Books Are Fun’ Fair

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the “Books Are Fun” Fair Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Quality books and unique gifts including photo albums, stationery, music and much more will be sold to the public at great discounts. Purchases can be made by credit card, check and post-dated check.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Meet with Rep. Kirkpatrick’s staff in Payson today

Members of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s staff will be holding regular office hours at the Board of Supervisors Office in Payson on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. They will be making sure that folks in Rim Country can get help dealing with the federal government and share their thoughts on what’s happening in Arizona and Washington.

Meet with the Congresswoman’s staff from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 610 E. Highway 260.

Estate and funeral planning

A free workshop series on estate and funeral planning will be presented at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

Part 1: “Six Easy Steps to an Effective Estate Plan,” presented by Kevin Dick Investments and Financial Services, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Part 2: “Advance Funeral and Memorial Planning,” presented by Messinger Payson Funeral Home, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Please RSVP, (928) 474-3912. Refreshments will be provided.

Adult education classes

Adult education classes are offered free of charge for students ages 16 years through adults who are not currently enrolled in high school.

Classes for continuing students in Payson will begin Tuesday, Aug. 11. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 112 W. Cedar Lane. Orientation for new adult education students will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Classes include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and GED Preparation. One-on-one and small group instruction is offered in all subject areas using text-based materials, computer-assisted applications and distance learning.

For more information about the Gila County Adult Education Program, contact Leslie Owen at 928-472-5374 or

School supply drive

Local residents may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch offices during regular business hours through Friday, Aug. 14.

The three Payson/Pine area Edward Jones financial advisors are supporting Payson Unified School District by using their branch offices as drop off locations for a school supplies drive.

The branch locations are: 113 W. Main St., Suite A (in Sawmill Crossing), Payson; 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, Payson; 4010 N. Highway 87, Pine.

The items needed for the school supply drive include pencils, pens, glue sticks, 3-ring binder paper, composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, 3-ring zipper pen/pencil pouches, backpacks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and Kleenex.

Habitat for Humanity

Do you want to own your own home for 0-percent interest?

For more information, please contact the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. at 477-0330, or Louis at 468-8512.

Aug. 12 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

• Rodeo Mixer: 5:30 p.m., Chapman Auto Center

• Bingo: 6:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Ranch Rodeo: 7 p.m., Payson Event Center

Rodeo Mixer Aug. 12

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, Chapman Auto Center, 100 N. Beeline Highway, will sponsor their annual Rodeo Mixer with food, entertainment and beverages. This tradition starts up the Rodeo events, bringing enthusiasts and locals to a great time.

The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m. — wear western clothing or risk being put in the Rodeo Jail. Buttons to stay out of jail will be on sale at the mixer or at the Chamber of Commerce for $2. Proceeds go to the Rodeo Scholarship fund. Come on down.

Aug. 13 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

• Pathfinder Pals: 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

• Rockband 2 Competition: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Chapman Auto Center

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

• Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and Ranch Rodeo: 7 p.m., Payson Event Center

After-school program

Pathfinder Pals, a free after-school program for students in K-5th grade, begins Thursday, Aug. 13.

Each Thursday during school sessions we will meet from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. There will be an adult escort from Julia Randall Elementary each week to ensure the safety of your child(ren).

Each Thursday we will be seeking paths to basic Christian values through Bible-based stories, healthy snacks, games, crafts and music. Homework help is available between 4:45-5:15 p.m.

For more information, call 474-2059.

Women’s “Step Outside” Day

Payson Parks, Tonto Rim Sports Club and Arizona Game and Fish will host another Women’s “Step Outside” Day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22. The deadline to register is Thursday, Aug. 13.

Women are invited to “Step Outside” to learn more about the outdoors in a ladies-only atmosphere. This all-day adventure will include a naturalist-led hike on one of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS) routes and fishing clinic in the morning, followed by a sack lunch at Green Valley Park and an afternoon of shotguns, long rifles and archery instruction at the Jim Jones Shooting Range.

Cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch and transportation.  Register at the Payson Parks office in Green Valley Park, or online @ www.payson

RockBand 2 competition

Come enjoy the show from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13 at Chapman Auto Center when contestants vie for the 2009 RockBand 2 Championship title as part of the Payson August Doin’s celebration.

Bands’ performances will be broadcast on an 11 ft. by 17 ft. JumboTron and will be judged by local celebrities on accuracy, character, dress and song difficulty. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place bands.

Chapman Auto Center is located on the northwest corner of Longhorn Road and Highway 87.

For complete August Doin’s details, visit

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.

Aug. 14 Friday

• Rodeo Days Bake and Craft Sale: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Safeway

• 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

• Rodeo Dance: doors open 6 p.m., music starts 8 p.m., Oxbow Saloon on Main Street

• Rodeo Performance: 7 p.m., Payson Event Center

Rodeo Days Bake, Craft Sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God will hold a Bake and Craft Sale in front of Safeway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15. The sale will feature baked goods, hand-made quilts,  throws, baby blankets and crafts. All proceeds go to missionaries and charities.

Aug. 15 Saturday

• Rodeo Days Bake and Craft Sale: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Safeway

• Rodeo Parade: 9 a.m., Main Street

• Rodeo Reunion: Rumsey Park Ramada 4

• Child Identification Program: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Masonic Lodge

• 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

• Rodeo Performance: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Payson Event Center

• Piano Recital: 2 p.m., Gila Community College Room 301

• Rodeo Dance: doors open 6 p.m., music starts 8 p.m., Oxbow Saloon on Main Street

Free Child Identification Program

On Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a Child Identification Program (CHIP) held at Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road.

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. 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.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For more, contact Richard Skoglund at (928) 970-1169, (928) 468-3568 or go to or

Piano recital

Jess Snively, son of Michael and Judy Snively of Payson, will present his senior piano recital at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 at Gila Community College, Payson campus, Room 301.

Snively is a student of Victoria Harris of Payson. He will play works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, Bartok and Gershwin.

The recital is open to the public free of charge. All are invited to the reception in Room 301, following the recital.

Rodeo Reunion

The sixth annual Rodeo Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 15 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4. There will be an old-fashioned barbecue served with all the trimmings.

Admission is a $5 donation per person. All proceeds will go toward a scholarship for a Payson High School senior.

Cowboys and cowgirls from the past 50 years will be on hand to visit and sign autographs or your copy of Rodeo 101, a history of the Payson Rodeo by Jayne Peace Pyle and Jinx Pyle.

The reunion golf tournament starts the day — sponsorships for course holes are still available. For more information, call coordinators Harry or Sharron Shill at (928) 476-3334.


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