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Fresh, locally-grown produce will be sold from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Payson Farmer’s Market, held at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Enjoy live music while you shop, and enter the drawing to win two tickets for a trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad.

Aug. 29 Saturday

• Children’s Vaccination Clinic: 8 a.m. to noon, 107 W. Frontier St.

• Bag Sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Senior Thrift Store

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Child Identification Program: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 200 E. Rancho Road

• 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

• Motorcycle Accident Benefit: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Buffalo Bar and Grill

Free Child Identification Program Saturday

There will be a free Child Identification Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, east of the fire station.

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 to receive this free service.

For more information, contact Richard Skoglund at (928) 970-1169, (928) 468-3568 or visit the Web sites: www.paysonchip.com or www.paysonmason.org.

Children’s vaccination clinic

The Gila County Health Department will be hosting a vaccination clinic for children from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Health Department office, located at 107 W. Frontier St., right across the street from the post office. This is a good time to update children’s vaccination records. The clinic is free to all children.

For more information, call (928) 474-1210.

Win free Verde Canyon Railroad tickets

Come to the Payson Farmer’s Market this Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon for your chance to win two tickets for an amazing Verde Canyon Railroad trip, along with dinner and a cowboy show at Blazin’ M Ranch.

At the market, buy fresh, local food, including creekside-grown green beans from under the Rim. As always, enjoy live music and more at the Payson Farmer’s Market, held at Community Presbyterian Church on Main Street, right before Green Valley Park.

Motorcycle accident benefit

A dear friend to many, Ken (Bodhi) Shelton, was lost early Monday morning, July 27, 2009. While riding his motorcycle, Bodhi and his lady, Julie (Jewels) Jenkins, were hit by an elk on the highway, killing Bodhi and critically injuring Jewels.

Jewels is recovering from multiple surgeries and needs a lot of time to heal.

A benefit for Julie will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Buffalo Bar and Grill. Come hungry, $5 a plate Bar-B-Q all goes to help Julie. The John Scott Band has offered to play music.

An account is also set up at Chase Bank for Julie Jenkins. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Free brush disposal

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:

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, Aug. 30, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 and other vegetative materials only. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Aug. 30 Sunday

• Blessing of New and Renewed Drivers: 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., Mount Cross Lutheran Church

• 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

Blessing of new drivers

On Sunday, Aug. 30, Mount Cross Lutheran Church will celebrate a Driver’s License Milestone.

All teenagers who have recently received a new driver’s license are invited to attend either the 8:30 a.m. (traditional) or the 10:30 a.m. (contemporary) service to receive a special blessing on achieving this important milestone.

In addition, any adults who have completed the AARP Driver’s Safety Course are invited to be present for a blessing of their “re-newed” driving status.

Please join us in celebrating this milestone as one community of faith.

Mount Cross is located at 601 E. Highway 260, across from Tiny’s restaurant and between Safeway and Giant.

Aug. 31 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

Sept. 1 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

Sept. 2 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

• Transportation Study: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Payson Public Library

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

Public input sought for transportation planning

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Town of Payson, is conducting a transportation planning study for the greater Payson area with the goal of developing a long-range transportation plan for the town. This meeting is being held to present current and future transportation conditions and issues. Your input is requested to help us with the further development of the plan.

Please join us from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Sept. 3 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

Fishing class for kids

Children in the first through fifth grades can learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from Mark Kile, professional bass fisherman, at Green Valley Lake in September. All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Children should bring their own drinking water.

Register by Sept. 3, the cost is $5. The program will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16 (a half-day at school). Meet at the Parks office in Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Math tutoring available

Payson Elks Lodge #2154 is sponsoring free math tutoring, including calculus, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at Payson Elks Lodge (Airport Road and Highway 87).

The tutor will be Gerald R. Rutz, a math teacher at Scottsdale Schools for 28 years and concurrently for 20 years for Maricopa County Community Colleges.

For more information, call Rutz at (602) 999-5370.

Sept. 4 Friday

• Rummage Sale: 7 a.m. to noon, 200 E. Tyler Parkway

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

• Book Sale and Raffle: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Library Activity Room

• 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

• First Friday Celebration: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Main Street

Book Sale, Raffle in Pine

Pine Library Friends will host a Book Sale and Raffle over Labor Day Weekend. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. The sale will be held in the Pine Library Activity Room, located off Highway 87 and Randall Drive behind the Community Center in Pine.

The raffle prize will be an Americana Reading Nook Basket. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are on sale at the library.

Donations will be gladly accepted. For more information, call 476-3678.

First Friday on Main Street

Main Street merchants welcome one and all to the First Friday celebration Friday, Sept. 4. Enjoy food, music and fun while you browse the various shops with extended hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bar-B-Q beef sandwiches will be offered at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes salad, chips, dessert and a beverage for just $5 per person. Dine to the lively sounds of Colleen Brown and the Starlighters. Dinners to go may be ordered. All proceeds go to the Child Learning Center.

Down the Street Art Gallery at 703 W. Main St. is hosting a student photography exhibit and competition. There will be a People’s Choice award and a Best of Show, second and third places juried by professional photographers.

Listen to the cool music of Sounds Unlimited in front of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. Enjoy gourmet brats with grilled onions and green peppers. Observe and interact with local artist Conrad Okerwall as he works on his latest painting.

Rummage Sale Sept. 4-5

A Rummage Sale will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Nazarene Church, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. Sale items include furniture, tools, antique piano, clothing, home décor, appliances and more.

Proceeds will benefit the Safe Haven Child Development Center.

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