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The Master’s Quartet, from Phoenix, is a southern Gospel music group dedicated to leading God’s people in praise and worship. The group’s desire is that hearts will be touched and directed to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and many led into a deeper relationship with Christ through this dedicated ministry. The group will present a free concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 702 E. Wade Lane.

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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

• Free Qigong session: 5:30 p.m., Club USA

• Back to School Night: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Payson High School

• Ann Kirkpatrick Tele-Town Hall on health insurance reform: 6 p.m.

• SBA Lenders Clinic: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Gila College Room 401

Free Chi session tonight

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.

Lenders Clinic tonight for small business owners

Gila Community College’s Small Business Development Center is holding an SBA Lenders Clinic from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 in room 401 at the Payson Campus.

Small business owners can learn all about Small Business Administration Guaranteed Loans: 7a, 504, Patriot Express, Capline; SBA Prime Contract Program, 8a Minority Certification, and HUBZONE program.

For more information, call the GCC SBDC at (928) 468-8039, ext. 27.

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

• Fiddlers’ Jam: 1 p.m., Pine Cultural Hall

• Free Community Supper: 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Pine

Humane Society has adoption special through August

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is offering an adoption special through Aug. 31, 2009.

We currently have dogs, puppies, cats and kittens in all sizes and colors. All adopters must fill out an application and be approved before adopting.

Adoption cost will be determined by drawing a ticket out of a dog bowl. The adoption cost will be written on the ticket, and no adoption fee will be more than $40.

Come to the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road and save now on a new pet for your family.

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.

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.

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.

Aug. 20 Thursday

• Krispy Kreme Donut Sale: Safeway

• Scrub Sale: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., hospital lobby

• 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

• Business Buzz Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Best Western Payson Inn

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

Krispy Kreme Donut sale

Krispy Kreme Donuts will be sold at Safeway Thursday, Aug. 20 while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to help fight neuromuscular disease.

Scrub sale Thursday

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will have a scrub sale from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby.

Come check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories and more. Look for “Scrub Bucks” around town and receive a discount.

Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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.

Aug. 21 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

• Fry Bread Dinner: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway

Fry bread dinner set

Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will have an Indian Fry Bread Dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21. The cost is $5 per plate, which includes a choice of beans, meat, onion, cheese, lettuce, tomato, or honey and powdered sugar.

Come have a great meal while helping the youth of the church with scholarships for upcoming events.

Book and Movie Drive

The MDA Book and Movie drive is under way at Safeway. We are continuing to collect and sell used books and movies to raise money for neuromuscular disease research throughout August and September.

Aug. 22 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

• The Master’s Quartet in Concert: 11 a.m., 702 E. Wade Lane

GED test dates

Dr. Linda O’Dell, Gila County Superintendent of Schools, has announced the GED testing dates for the fall semester in Payson: Aug. 22, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19.

Tests will be administered at the Payson Education Center. The cost is $65. Those taking the test must be pre-registered.

For more information, please call (928) 472-5373 or come to the superintendent’s office at 719 S. Beeline Highway from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Aug. 23 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

• Steak Fry: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Rimside Grill in Pine

Steak Fry Sunday

The next fund-raiser of Strawberry’s Elite is a country western steak fry to be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Rimside Grill in Pine. Cost is $15 per person or two for $25 and includes steak, beans, coleslaw, rolls and dessert. Entertainment will be provided by Trouble In Paradise.

Proceeds benefit the less fortunate residents of Pine and Strawberry.

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