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National Day of the Cowboy

The Payson “Wagon Wheel Territory” group of businesses will celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 25. The businesses will host a series of musical performances throughout Payson. A decorated wagon wheel in front of their establishments can easily identify the Wagon Wheel businesses.

Lists of the times and places of the musical performers will be available at each of the participating Wagon Wheel businesses and at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Some of the entertainers scheduled to perform include: Joe Miracle at Western Village from 10 a.m. to noon; Wayne Todd at Oasis Book Store from 10 a.m. to noon; Halos and Horns at Galarneau’s Gems, 10 a.m. to noon; Bryan Higgins at When Cowboys Dream from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and Eddie Armer at Past and Present Boutique, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Big Brothers, Sisters Bowl for Kids teams needed for Aug. 23 fund-raiser

Groups of friends and family members are invited to organize teams for the 8th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake. The Payson event is Aug. 23 at Rim Country Lanes.

Registration forms are at the office of the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village Shops, at other businesses around town and can be found online at paysonbfks.kintera.org/bbbsaz.

Teams must have five members and each member must have at least $35 in pledges to participate. Bowling times will be at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. (laser bowling) and 7 p.m. (laser bowling).

Prizes will be awarded to individual bowlers with the most pledges and to the team with the most pledges. There will also be prizes for the most spirited team and best dressed team.

The grand prize is a $1,480 getaway for two to the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale for two nights with two 50-minute spa treatments and breakfast for two. Other prizes include a variety of electronics, gift cards and more.

Sponsors for the Bowl for Kids’ Sake are the Payson Roundup, PostNet, Rim Country Lanes, Payson Concrete & Materials, Waste Management, Chili’s, Edward Jones - Ross Hage, Payson Regional Medical Center, EAA, Walmart, Hospice Compassus and Payson Dental Care.

Free expo in Pine

Business owners in Pine-Strawberry have organized a free Awakening Earth Expo Aug. 1 and 2 in Pine.

“An event for awakening to ecologically responsible lifestyles, personal and spiritual development, green and conscious commerce and global citizenship,” said Maya Joy Angeles.

Booths will be set up throughout Pine displaying eco-friendly products, natural healing, organic and healthy living choices, recycling, art and music, storytelling and environmental and sustainability issues.

The event is centered at the new senior center ramada located along on Highway 87 in Pine.

For more information, call Maya Joy Angeles at (928) 476-3410.

Brush pits schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, July 25, 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, July 26, 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, 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.

Mormon Pioneer Celebration

This Saturday, July 25, there will be Mormon Pioneer Celebration at Rumsey Park, Ramada 5. Come and have fun with the pioneer games and food for kids and adults from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The barbecue will be served at noon. In the evening, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a Pioneer Family Dance at the LDS chapel, 913 S. Ponderosa (south of the hospital), with music provided by D.J. Craig.

Free child identification program offered by Masons

The Payson Masonic Lodge will have another Child Identification Program (CHIP) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25 at 200 E. Rancho Road.

Each parent or guardian is provided with a free “Child ID Kit” that contains a photo ID card, color photos, digital fingerprints, recorded interview and a DNA cheek swab sample. 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 the Lodge or any other person, group or entity; all information is given to the parent or guardian.

The Masonic Lodge is located near the intersection of Highway 87 and Rancho Road, 100 yards east of the fire station on Rancho Road. Watch for “CHIP” signs at the corner of Highway 87 and Rancho Road.

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

Payson Jazz Trio presents concert in the park

The Payson Jazz Trio, with special guest John Darst on guitar, performs in Green Valley Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday July 25. The trio for this concert includes pianist Bob Smolenski, drummer Gerry Reynolds and Buddy Apfel on string bass. Expect to hear swinging Gershwin and Cole Porter show tunes, Carlos Jobin Latin bosa novas and sambas, and soulful ballads made famous by band leader Count Basie and vocalist Frank Sinatra.

This performance is the last of the 2009 summer series sponsored by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. The performance is free, and will go on — rain or shine.

Refreshments are available through local vendors beginning at 6 p.m.

Green Valley Park is about 1 mile west on Main Street from Highway 87.

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.

‘PEACH Night’ at the Elks Lodge

Payson Elks Lodge is again presenting “PEACH Night” — Payson Elks Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Night — from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 30. Members of the Lodge, as well as members of the public, may display their hobby or craft collections to the public. Only items displayed by members of the Lodge may be sold, and a percentage of all proceeds are to be donated for Elks charities.

The public is welcome to view the items, and purchase those that are for sale. The event will take place on all fifth Thursdays — July 30 and October 29 are the remaining dates this year.

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.

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.

Lemonade Stands

Look for the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund Lemonade Stands from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1. “Kids Standing For Kids” will feature 25 lemonade stands run by youngsters located at different sites around Payson, Pine and Star Valley. The lemonade will be sold for donations only. All proceeds benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund. Anyone interested in manning a lemonade stand can contact the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

Concerts planned

Both the Rim Valley Church of God and the First Southern Baptist Church of Payson will have concerts by The Bost Family Traditions Sunday, Aug. 2. The group will perform at Rim Valley Church of God, 208 S. McLane Road, at 10:45 a.m. The program at the First Southern Baptist Church, at the northeast corner of West Bonita and South Colcord, will be at 6 p.m.

The Bost Family Traditions is a five-piece, hard-driving, bluegrass band from Cochise County, Ariz. described as the “quintessential family bluegrass band.” There is no charge for admission, but a love offering will be taken.

Choral Society auditions

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Those interested are invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. The next concert will be Saturday, Dec. 12. Rehearsals for the Christmas 2009 Concert begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10 at the same location.

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and you are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come be a part of the Payson Choral Society. For further information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

Princess Tea Parties

The Payson Public Library is once again planning Princess Tea Parties for young women of the Rim Country. There will be iced tea and snacks, games and prizes. Participants get to play dress-up and walk the fashion runway. Two tea parties will be hosted, one for those 4 to 7 years of age from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 and another for those 8 to 12 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22.

Seating is limited to 25 girls per party; only one sign-up per child. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to reserve a spot.

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