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The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Concerts Under the Stars series continues Saturday, July 18 in Green Valley Park with Junction 87 performing country music. Vendor stands open at 6 p.m., the free concert starts at 7 p.m. The last program of the summer will be July 25 featuring the Payson Jazz Trio.

July 18 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

Brush pits open

On Saturday, July 18 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, July 19 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., also weather permitting.  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.  

GCC student art show

Boyce Thompson Arboretum will be hosting an art show of works by Gila Community College students beginning July 18 and running through August. The artwork displayed is from students at the Payson Campus, the San Carlos Campus and the Gila Pueblo Campus in Globe.

An artists’ reception will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 18 at the Arboretum, which is located on U.S. Highway 60 just west of Superior. For more information and a free pass to the Arboretum to attend the reception visit www.btarboretum.org.

Gila Community College offers a wide variety of art classes at each of its campuses. To view a complete schedule of fall term classes, starting Aug. 24, visit www.gilaccc.org, pick up a schedule at your local campus or call Payson Campus at (928) 468-8039, San Carlos Campus at (928) 475-5981, or Gila Pueblo Campus in Globe at (928) 425-8481.

July 19 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

July 20 Monday

• 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

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 call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

July 22 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

Learn to 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.

July 25 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

Walk for Sight

The area Lions’ and Lioness’ Walk for Sight and Hearing is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 25 at Green Valley Park. Registration is at 6 p.m. at the park.

Funds raised by this unique event will benefit many vision and hearing impaired in Payson and surrounding area with low income. Participation in this event is a great way for your organization to earn community service hours, show compassion for those in need and show support to those who are in need of eyeglasses, hearing aids and eye treatment. Please contact Bonnie at (928) 474-8091, or Vi at (928) 474-2862 as soon possible.

July 28 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

Shelby School open house 

The Shelby School is having an open house for registration and questions from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday July 28. The new school year begins on Monday, Aug. 3. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Carol or Genoa at (928) 478-4706, Ext. 3#.

July 30 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

Introduction to Fly-Fishing

Introduction to Fly-Fishing 101 and 102, a two-session class, given by the Payson Flycasters Club and co-sponsored by Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, will teach you the basics of fly-fishing for successful ventures in Payson and around the Rim Country. The first class in this series focuses on specific fly-fishing history and information. The second class will include hands-on fly-fishing techniques at Green Valley Lake. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. The deadline to register is Thursday, July 30. The programs will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Aug. 15 at the Parks office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, Payson. The fee is $10 for both classes.

July 31 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

Free youth bowling

In conjunction to the “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling” program, Rim Country Lanes is hosting a free Laser Bowl Party for all students in Payson and surrounding communities. In addition, the program sponsor, Payson Police Department, will have their DARE officer present to talk to the students about the DARE program.

The free Laser Bowl Party is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 31. The party includes bowling Rim Country Lane’s laser and sound show, plus shoe rentals. Lane availability will be based on first come first served.

“Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling” provides thousands of dollars worth of free bowling and shoe rentals to local students during the summer months. Rim Country Lanes provided a special identification card to every student in the Payson, Pine, and Tonto Basin school districts. The card entitles the students to one free game of bowling per day, every day, from June through August. Bowling shoe rentals are also included.

For more information about the “Say No to Drugs – Say Yes to Bowling” program call Rim Country Lanes at (928) 474-9589.

In August

Charity bingo at Elks

The Arizona Elks Association will be hosting a charity bingo session open to the public at the Payson Elks Lodge Saturday, Aug. 1. Ticket sales begin at 8 a.m. and bingo starts at 9 a.m. at the Lodge, at the corner of Beeline and Airport Road. This special session of bingo will raise funds for the Elks’ Clothe a Child program.

Driver Safety Class set

AARP will hold a Driver Safety Class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Payson Senior Circle 215 N. Beeline Hwy Payson, Ariz. This is a four-hour class for motorists age 50 and older. AARP members pay $12 for tuition and materials, however for the discounted rate participants must have their current AARP membership card and drivers license with them. Non AARP members pay $14. Only cash will be accepted. Enrollment is limited, so call Dave Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register of for more information.

Quilt auction planned

The Strawberry Patchers and The Pine Strawberry Archeological & Historical Society will present A Beautiful Quilt Auction from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 in the Pine Strawberry Cultural Hall on Hwy. 87 in Pine. The live auction starts at 5:30 p.m., with registration for participation taking place throughout the day. In addition to the main auction, there will be a vendor mall, opportunity quilts, a silent auction and quilt sales. Admission is free.

For information and entry forms contact Kris Lovetro at (602) 390-2046 or (928) 476-2368, or visit www.strawberrypatchers.com.

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