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The Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park has this prize-winning Rodeo Quilt by Louise Bossert on display as a special tribute to the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Stop by the museum sometime during the rodeo festivities and check out the quilt and other artifacts from Rim Country history and pick up a book about the area or a souvenir in the gift shop.

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.

Rodeo Dance at the Oxbow

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 in this edition.

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

Payson Farmer’s Market

The Payson Farmer’s Market, open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, will have great front row seats — and breakfast — for the Rodeo Parade at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W Main Street.  After the parade, enjoy live country music as you shop for locally grown produce, homemade breads and all kinds of wonderful foods.

Free Child Identification Program at Masonic Lodge

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 www.paysonchip.com or www.paysonmason.org.

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.

Aug. 17 Monday

• 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

Thrift Shop Day

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will observe Thrift Shop Day Monday, Aug. 17. Refreshments will be served and there will be hourly door prize drawings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a 10-percent discount will be given on all purchases from $1 to $100.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

Aug. 18 Tuesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Smart Start to Mutual Funds seminar by Edward Jones

Edward Jones financial advisor G. Scott Flake is hosting a free educational seminar titled “Smart Start to Mutual Funds” at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 310 E Tyler Parkway. Joshua Abercrombie of MFS Funds is the special guest presenter at the seminar.

Participants will learn how mutual funds work, as well as why they’re important in helping individual investors meet their long-term financial goals.

Mutual fund prospectuses containing more complete information including the funds investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses as well as other important information that should be carefully considered will be available at the seminar. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money.

Free Chi session Tuesday

Join Penny Navis-Schmidt for a free introductory session of Qigong at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Club USA in the Sawmill Crossing.

Qigong, (Chi Kung), often called Chinese Yoga, is an easily learned moving meditation. Navis-Schmidt teaches a variety of forms than can be practiced standing or seated, thus benefiting students of all ages and physical abilities. Slow, gentle movements are combined with diaphragmatic breath. Practice benefits include deep relaxation; cardiovascular and circulatory improvement; increased vitality, balance and focus; overall physical and mental health and well being.

A six-week Qigong Sampler class will begin Aug. 18. For more information, call (928) 474-8628.

Back to School Night

Payson High School would like to invite parents to our annual Back to School Night, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18. This is the time parents can visit, meet their student’s teachers and take a look at their classrooms.

Parents can pick up their student’s schedule and school map in the administration or guidance office that night. Link crew leaders will be on campus to assist any parents with directions to classrooms.

Each teacher will have a syllabus with class, contact information, class rules and a sign-up sheet if the parents desire a specific time for a parent/teacher conference.

Kirkpatrick tele-town hall

With the health insurance reform debate ongoing across the country, Representative Ann Kirkpatrick is working hard to give folks from throughout Greater Arizona the chance to make their voices heard. To continue this process, she will host her mid-August tele-town hall on health insurance reform Tuesday, Aug. 18, starting at 6 p.m. PST.

Rep. Kirkpatrick will continue to outline her priorities for addressing rising costs and increasing access to quality care for her constituents, and will take questions on this top concern from people across the district.

Participants can dial in to (877) 229-8493, and should press 15024 when prompted. They can then ask a question by pressing *3.

Aug. 19 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

Half-day at schools

Payson Unified School District 10 will observe a half-day in-service day on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

Free community supper

The First Baptist Church of Pine will host its free, monthly community supper at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19. The church welcomes all members of our communities to come enjoy fellowship and a nice meal together.

Fiddlers’ Jam in Pine

There will be a Fiddlers’ Jam taking place at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Pine Cultural Hall. Come enjoy this free, lively entertainment.

Aug. 20 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

Business Buzz luncheon meeting Aug. 20

“Extreme Makeover in Rim Country: Creating a Sense of Place” will be the topic at the next Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation Business Buzz meeting.

Planning and design experts will offer ideas for makeovers for Payson Event Center, Main Street and Sawmill Crossing.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Best Western Payson Inn, 801 N. Beeline Highway. The lunch menu is by Gerardo’s Italian Bistro. Cost is $10 for Chamber and NGCEDC members and $12 for all others.

Registration is required before Aug. 19. Call 928-474-4515 for more information.

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