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Classes at the Payson Campus of Gila Community College begin Monday, Aug. 24. The GCC Payson campus will have a fall semester student orientation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24. Fall registration will continue through Sept. 2, 2009. Prospective students and others may view the entire schedule at www.gilaccc.org, or visit the campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

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

Free brush drop offs

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

The Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22. The Blattner Pit is located at milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

The Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.  

  Payson Farmers Market

If you want to have fun, meet great people, get a massage, take your dog for a walk, have coffee with friends, listen to great live music and buy the freshest food in Rim Country — come to the Farmers Market at the Community Presbyterian Church on Main Street just before Green Valley Park.  The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and features a number of vendors with locally produced goods, produce and fruit.

Arthritis program

The Arthritis Foundation will present a program on inflammatory rheumatologic disorders and joint replacements Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Fireside Room. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; the program is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is no charge. Reserve a spot by calling (602) 264-7649.

Free Child Identification Program at Walmart

There will be a free Child Identification Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22 inside the Walmart Garden Center, 300 N. Beeline Highway.

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 any person, group or entity. All information is given to the parent or legal guardian for safekeeping.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children to receive this free service.

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

Free gospel concert Saturday

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.

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.

Aug. 24 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

Special workshop

Julie Skakon is presenting a special workshop for parents, caregivers, teachers, foster parents, CASAs and childcare providers who work with children who have experienced sexual abuse. The program is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 29 at Mountain Bible Church, building A, 302 E. Rancho Road. The deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 24.

The program is free. Contact Kelli Schuttinga, (928) 232-7149 or Penni Stonebrink, (928) 970-0818.

GCC orientation

The GCC Payson campus will have a fall semester student orientation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24.

Fall registration will continue through Sept. 2, 2009.

You may view the entire schedule at www.gilaccc.org, or visit the campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Aug. 25 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

Kirkpatrick staff in Payson

Staff members for the office of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will be hosting open office hours in Payson at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Members of the Congresswoman’s staff will be holding regular office hours at the Board of Supervisors Office 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.

Tax-free investing workshop

Edward Jones Financial Advisor G. Scott Flake of Payson is hosting a workshop on tax-free investing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25 at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E Tyler Parkway.

The workshop is designed to help participants determine if tax-free income meets their needs. The workshop also covers: features, benefits and risks of tax-free investment products; tax implications for tax-free investments; and ways to own tax-free investments.

Workshops set on estate and funeral planning 

A free workshop series, “Steps to Estate and Funeral Planning” will be held at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

The first workshop, “Advance Funeral and Memorial Planning” is at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, presented by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

The second workshop, “Six Easy Steps to an Effective Estate Plan” will be at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, presented by Kevin Dick Investments & Financial Services.

Make a reservation by calling (928) 474-3912. Refreshments will be provided.

Aug. 23 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

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