The Fourth of July starts on Main Street with the First Friday celebration July 3. Kick off the three-day holiday weekend by joining the Main Street Merchants Guild from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants can leave their car in the parking lot of the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., and ride the Main Street Shuttle to the party spots. The bus will travel the whole length of Main Street and make several stops.
The First Friday on Main Street Block Party will be held rain or shine and is presented by the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Womans Club has food for First Friday event
The Payson Womans Club, 510 W. Main St., will be participating in First Friday on July 3. Stop by for a hot dog, drink and homemade baked goods.
Senior Thrift Store sale
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a sale on men’s and women’s clothing. Garments marked with blue tags will be 50 percent off marked prices; yellow tags, 25 percent off; and orange tags, 25 cents a garment.
The store’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; however, the store will remain open until 8 p.m. Friday, July 3 for First Friday on Main Street activities. Wayne Todd will provide live musical entertainment; there will be refreshments, door prizes and more. The store will be closed Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
July 4th celebration sale
The Time Out Thrift Store is having a sale Friday, July 3.
For a $1 per bag, sale shoppers can get big deals on all regular clothing. Also, there will be several non-clothing items at 50 percent off.
The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across from Wendy’s. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the donation gates are open from 9:30 to 4 p.m. The shop will be closed Saturday, July 4.
Profits from sales provide domestic violence services to Time Out., Inc., including the Time Out Shelter, Transitional Housing and Gila Family Advocacy Center.
Humane Society benefit
Join the Great American Picnic at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on First Friday, July 3.
Local chef and author, Gary Bedsworth, will be grilling gourmet brats at Bootleg Alley and Main. The brats are from Charlie’s Old Fashioned Sausage & Fresh Meats, perennial Best of Rim Country winner. Bedsworth will serve the brats with grilled onions and bell peppers for $5, plus all the fixings, chips and a soda. The net proceeds will go to the Humane Society.
Picnickers can eat their brats and listen to music at the same time. Local favorite, Brandon Shepard will be performing his own style of light rock and easy listening country. And for art lovers, Conrad Okerwall will demonstrate his fine art talent by working on a new painting during the evening. The Humane Society will also be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St.
Fire district benefit
The Houston Mesa Fire District Auxiliary is hosting its annual bake sale and fund-raiser. The event is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 4 at the Houston Mesa Fire Station.
Donations of baked goods and items to sell are needed to make the event a success. Call (928) 474-3362 for more information.
The Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair at the Pine Community Center off of Highway 87 will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 4 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 5. It is expected there will be more than 80 booths, plus food and fun. Have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or enjoy Navajo Tacos at the Senior Center.
Pine area firefighters celebrate anniversary
The Pine-Strawberry Firefight-ers Association is celebrating 40 years of service to the communities of Pine and Strawberry and surrounding areas on July 4.
The 40th anniversary celebration will include food, family fun and education at Station 41 in Pine. For $5 the firefighters will provide a plate with a brat or hot dog, chips, sweets, and a drink. There will be a bouncy house for the kids and an education program from the firefighting clowns. Meet the firefighters, see the equipment and help with the celebration from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 4 on Hardscrabble Road in Pine. For more information, call (928) 476-4272.
Independence Day observance July 4
There will be a brief Independence Day observance at the Payson Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park at 8 a.m., followed by a program on the Declaration of Independence and a variety of activities for all ages.
There will be flags flying on Main Street Saturday, July 4 and a parade at 9 a.m. Carnival games will take place on Main Street after the parade.
The Pine Library is having a book sale in its activity building Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Jazz concert July 12
Sherry Petta will be the guest artist featured at the next Payson Friends of Jazz Concert. She will perform with Mark DeCozio on piano, John Willis on upright bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 12 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.
A $5 donation at the door is requested. Contact Gerry Reynolds at email@example.com, or call (602) 619-3355 for additional details.
Almost New Thrift Shop plans $1 bag sale
Select from clothes, shoes, belts etc. — anything you wear (except jewelry) that can fit into a thrift shop bags and buy it for just one dollar. This sale takes place the first Monday of every month. This month it will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, July 6. Proceeds benefit the scholarship and other programs offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary. For more information, call the thrift shop at (928) 468-5515.
Vacation Bible schools
Mountain Bible Church
Hop on board the Boomerang Express! Travel to the Land Down Under for a week of nonstop action as you learn how it all comes back to Jesus. Youngsters will experience Bible stories, exciting music, crafts and games. A light meal will be served each night. All this fun stuff for free. So come to the Land Down Under from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 6 through July 10 at Mountain Bible Church. For more information, call Barb Beatty (928) 474-9724.
An ecumenical vacation Bible school will be held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church the week of July 6 through July 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Co-sponsoring this event with Mount Cross Lutheran are Payson United Methodist Church, Community Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Registration forms are available online at Web site, www.mountcross.org, in-person registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., Monday, July 6 at Mount Cross. There is no cost. Mount Cross Lutheran Church is at 601 East Highway 260 in Payson. Call (928) 474-2552 or (928) 474-3787, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.