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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. Pictured serving a cold glass of lemonade at last year’s event is Stratton Fain.

Aug. 1 Saturday

• Charity Bingo: 9 a.m. (ticket sales begin at 8 a.m.), Payson Elks Lodge

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Awakening Earth Expo: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pine Community Center

• 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

• Kids Standing for Kids Lemonade Sales: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., various locations

• National Night Out celebration: noon to 8 p.m., Green Valley Park

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.

Awakening Earth Expo this weekend in Pine

The Awakening Earth Expo — an event for awakening to ecologically responsible lifestyles, personal and spiritual development, green and conscious commerce and global citizenship — takes place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2 in Pine.

This will be an event to educate the public on how we can all live more gently on the land, and how to create a more self-sustaining lifestyle. There will be educational talks and products available. Topics will include alternative building materials, solar power, health care and more. There will be face painting for the children, entertainment, food and fun.

The Expo is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Pine Community Center off Highway 87 in Pine.

Free brush disposal

The Regional Payson Area Project….for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, Aug. 1, the Blattner Pit, located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 2, the Pine Pit, located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. 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. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

National Night Out is Aug. 1 at Green Valley Park

The Payson Police Department, along with the National Association of Town Watch, will host another National Night Out from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at Green Valley Park.

Family fun and free activities include jousting, a climbing wall, water tag and a water slide, a bounce house and more. Live music will be provided by Junction 87 and John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos.

There will be vendors selling food and drinks, treats and ice cream. There will also be over 50 organizations on hand to provide information and demonstrations on all aspects of public safety and community services.

Come see the Police vs. Fire bed race!

Aug. 2 Sunday

• Blessing of the Backpacks: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Mount Cross Lutheran Church

• Awakening Earth Expo: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Bost Family Traditions Concert: 10:45 a.m. Rim Valley Church of God; 6 p.m. First Southern Baptist Church

• 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. 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 more information, call John 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

• Neighborhood Block Parties

Fixed income seminar

Edward Jones financial advisor G. Scott Flake will host a free 60-minute educational seminar titled “Focus on Fixed Income” Tuesday, Aug. 4 at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim at 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

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

Be in the Rodeo Parade

Celebrating the 125th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, this year’s rodeo parade will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 on Main Street.

Phoenix Suns’ announcer Al McCoy, and KMLE Country radio personality Jeff West will join local announcers Eddie Armer, Fred Carpenter and DJ Craig announcing the parade along the route. Dan Majerle and Tim Kempton, of the Suns, will ride in the parade as celebrity ambassadors. In addition, World Champion and Cowboy Hall of Fame member Nancy Sheppard will be on hand as Grand Marshall.

If your group would like to join the parade, applications are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or online at The parade entry deadline is Aug. 7.

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.

Youth Fall Soccer

The deadline to register for Youth Fall Soccer is Aug. 11. Games start either Sept. 5 or Sept. 12, depending on grade level of participant. The program is open to youngsters in pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade. The cost is $25 per person.

Games will be at North Rumsey Soccer and Rumsey II. Every participant will get a British soccer jersey and a lot of soccer.

Women’s “Step Outside” Day

Payson Parks, Tonto Rim Sports Club and Arizona Game and Fish will host another Women’s “Step Outside” Day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22. The deadline to register is Thursday, Aug. 13.

Women are invited to “Step Outside” to learn more about the outdoors in a ladies-only atmosphere. This all-day adventure will include a naturalist-led hike on one of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS) routes and fishing clinic in the morning, followed by a sack lunch at Green Valley Park and an afternoon of shotguns, long rifles and archery instruction at the Jim Jones Shooting Range.

The cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch and transportation.  Register at the Payson Parks office in Green


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