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Entertainment for the annual National Night Out celebration will include local favorites John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos who will perform a variety of classic rock, country/rock, Motown, reggae and originals. The band will take the stage at Green Valley Park at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1. The Hot Cappuccinos are David Brooks on bass and vocals; Jeff Smith on drums and vocals; Lu Carpino on keyboards, percussion and vocals; and John Carpino on guitar, keyboard and vocals. For complete details on the event, see the story on page 10A.

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Kelby Love

July 29 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

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

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

‘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.

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

Wildlife artist gives workshop

Wildlife artist Kelby Love has observed, sketched and painted animals as long as he can remember, which has translated into first-hand knowledge of his subjects and shown in exacting detail in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and National Geographic.

The Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery on West Main Street is sponsoring a workshop with Love from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 31. Space is limited and filling up quickly. Please contact Gloria Shannon, 474-9927, if you would like to attend.

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.

Aug. 1 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

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.

Aug. 2 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

Blessing of the Backpacks at Mount Cross on Sunday

Another autumn is approaching. It is a time for students to return to the classroom and for other fall schedules to resume.

Mount Cross Lutheran Church will be having a Blessing of the Backpacks milestone celebration Sunday, Aug. 2 at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services.

All students, pre-K through adult, are invited to come with backpacks or other type of student bag. Prayer and blessings will be offered for all the students as well as for parents, other caregivers and school personnel and volunteers in attendance.

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

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.

Aug. 3 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

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.

Aug. 4 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

Free health lecture

Dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, thyroid issues, hard to get rid of cellulite and/or tired of being overweight?

Health educators Cindy Bryant, CNHP, Lifestyle Advisor; and Vivian Seville, CAN, LMT , Joyologist; will discuss root causes of these issues, how to safely lose an average of three to five pounds of fat per week, reduce cellulite naturally, revitalize your skin, improve and maintain muscle tone and improve your quality of life without shots, prescriptions, stimulants, juices or fad treatments.

Join them for a free lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Call 472-7120 for reservation and location.

‘Where Science Meets Spirituality’

Attend a free seminar entitled “Life on the Edge: Where Science Meets Spirituality,” an evening of lively dialogue and open inquiry at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane #2 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Speakers are Payson’s own retired Stanford University professor Dr. William Tiller, who is featured in the popular movie, “What the Bleep Do We Know?” and Tom Russell, author of Super Wisdom: Seven Vital Secrets for a Rich and Purpose-Filled Life.

For more information, call 474-1233

Looking ahead

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 Highway.

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 Highway 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.

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.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department will hold a free Family & Friends CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13.

Please call (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required. MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, our gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

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