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Farmers Market stalls still available

Area gardeners, cooks and bakers with goods to share still have time to rent a stall or sign up for a spot on the co-op table at the Payson Farmers Market, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, every Saturday through October, starting Saturday, July 4 at the parking lot of the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main.

Musicians are needed to perform on Saturdays from July through October from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. All musicians will perform on a voluntary basis, but a sound system and tip jar will be provided. There will also be time set aside for an open microphone, if persons would like to sign up during the program to play after scheduled performers. Those interested in performing should call Anne at (928) 951-4420.

Join vendors already participating with locally grown vegetables, fruit, flowers, goat cheese, fudge, honey, jams and jellies, naturally sweetened fruit butters, eggs, baked goods, organic herbs and teas, pecans and more. For more details call (928) 472-2249 or (928) 468-0961.

Concerts Under the Stars

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has plenty to offer for the long, lazy days - and nights - of summer.

Every Saturday evening through the end of July, there will be free music in Green Valley Park, plus vendors and fun. Vendor booths open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m.

This week on the bandstand at the park are Johnny Anonymous with rock from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., July 4; Gypsy Juke Rockers with rock, blues and R&B from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Rodeo Ring of Honor induction

The Tonto Basin of Arizona, in which rests Payson, is the home of 10 world champion cowboys and cowgirls who will be inducted into the Payson Pro Rodeo Ring of Honor.

The old ones will be honored – Charlie Meadows, George Cline, Joe Bassett and more; and then three world champion cowgirls and three deserving cowboys will be honored.

The Ring of Honor induction will take place at the August Doin’s Dinner and Dance on Friday, July 17 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. This event is sponsored by the Payson Pro Rodeo Preservation and Alliance group, which is working hard to make sure the August Doin’s continues, and this is a chance to rub elbows with Payson area world champion rodeo athletes.

For tickets to this dinner, dance and Ring of Honor induction, contact Jayne Peace Pyle at (928) 474-0380 or call Jinx Pyle at (928) 474-0011. A table of eight is a $1,000 donation; individual seats are $125 each.

Dog first aid class

Register today for the American Red Cross Dog First Aid/CPR Course, being offered through the Payson Parks and Recreation Department from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 20 at the Payson Police Department’s meeting room.

This four-hour class will cover more than 70 canine illnesses and emergencies. Each course participant will receive a Dog First Aid manual and full-length DVD, which together illustrate the care steps shown in class, and serve as a reference.

Thanks to a generous grant from the American Red Cross, the cost of the course is reduced to $20 per person. Space is limited, so register early. Please contact the parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Identify, report weather phenomena

The National Weather Service is offering free training classes to teach people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety.

The classes are free of charge. However, space is limited, so reserve a place by calling (928) 402-8805 or with an e-mail to lasberry @co.gila.az.us.

The class is at Payson Fire Department, 400 W. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 22. The training is sponsored by the Gila County Division of Emergency Management and Public Health Preparedness.

Dutch oven cooking

Ready to “Wow!” your family and friends with your gourmet camp-cooking skills? Learn how to cook main dishes, apple pie and fresh bread from award-winning Dutch Oven cooking instructors. Loaner ovens will be available. The Payson parks program is offering the class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 25 for those 16 and older for $30 per person. The class is at Rumsey Park Ramada 4. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 16 and class size is limited. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or go online to www.paysonparks.com to register.

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