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Get your child into fishing lessons today



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Roundup columnist Jinx Pyle will be signing copies of his new book “Pleasant Valley War” at the Rim Country Museum Saturday, June 6. Call the museum at 474-3483 for times. He recently had a successful signing at the site of the book — Young. Pyle has reopened his Git A Rope Trading Company at 408 W. Main St., Suite 4, and has copies of the book there. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Youngsters in grades 1-4 will get a chance to learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from professional bass fisherman Mark Kile from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 3 at Green Valley Lake. The class meets at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. All fishing equipment and bait for the class is provided.

Registration deadline is today (Tuesday, June 2) and the cost is $5 per child. Prospective participants can register online at or at the parks office. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

Estate planning talk in Tonto Basin

Bill Backes and Payson Care Center will have an estate planning program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., June 3 at the Tonto Basin chamber building, Highway 188, Tonto Basin.

Benefit Scrabble tourney

There will be a tournament-style Scrabble game at Fireside Espresso starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 6. The deadline to register is June 3.

Entry forms and rules are available at the Payson Public Library and Fireside Espresso.

Pickup you paperwork and gather a few sponsors. There is a minimum $30 fee to enter (but find lots of “sponsors” to raise even more money for the library). There will be two winners, the person who raises the most money, and the person with the highest score. Prizes will include gift certificates from your favorite local businesses (each prize will total $100 worth of gift certificates).

To sweeten the pot, Fireside will donate a portion of its proceeds during the tournament to the library fund, so bring in all of your family and friends to cheer you on.

Safe Sitter class

Parents, would your babysitter know what to do if your child began to choke? Injuries are a part of childhood, but many avoidable and unintentional deaths can be prevented.

Safe Sitter classes have helped more than 400,000 adolescents across the country learn basic lifesaving and safety techniques. The Payson Fire Department is offering a Safe Sitter course for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Classes will be June 16 and June 17, and are limited in size. The cost is $20 per student. Enroll your sitter or your own son or daughter now. Give the PFD a call at (928) 474-5242, ext. 300.

Volleyball camp

Youngsters going into the third- through eighth-grade interested in volleyball are encouraged to register by June 19 to participate in a volleyball camp presented by the coaches and players of the high school’s volleyball program. The camp is June 29 through July 1 and includes four hours each day (9-11 a.m. and noon-2 p.m.). The location of the camp is in the old gym at Payson High and it will provide practice, technique and games for every participant. For information, contact the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, call (928) 474-5242 ext. 7, or e-mail Joe Harris at jharris@

Humane Society benefit

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., will have its Second Annual Humane Society Silent Auction Friday, June 5. Bidding starts at 4 p.m. and ends promptly at 8 p.m. Donations of artwork came from the whole community this year as well as the members of this co-op gallery. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Humane Society of Central Arizona (formerly known as the Payson Humane Society).

Sloppy joe dinner for First Friday

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center will serve a sloppy joe dinner (includes chips, salad, dessert and beverage) for just $5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 5 at 800 W. Main St. As part of the First Friday activities on Main Street at the church, CPCLC offers a delicious meal while families sit and listen to the great sounds of Colleen Brown and the Starlighters. You can order a dinner to go, too. Proceeds from the meal benefit the center’s programs.

The dinner and music at the church are just part of the fun and festivities planned by merchants all along Main Street. Stroll the street or ride the free shuttle from the church and enjoy all that is being offered to welcome the month of June and the coming summer.

Community rummage sale

The East Verde Park annual community rummage sale is planned from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6 and from 7 a.m. to noon, Sunday, June 7. Sunday, prices will be 50 percent off. East Verde Park is three miles north of Payson off Highway 87.

Tonto Rim Sports Club open house is Sunday

The Tonto Rim Sports Club has scheduled its Third Annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 7 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range located south of Payson. The festivities are open free to the public and include the opportunity to shoot different styles and calibers of firearms free of charge. Also, this is a great opportunity for children to learn the rules and safe handling of firearms. To reach the Jim Jones Shooting Range on Highway 87 go 2.2 miles south of the casino (.3 mi south of Gibson Road) turn left (east) onto gravel road, then continue 1.5 miles to the entrance. A map is available on the club’s Web site For information, call (928) 468-1521.

Creation vs. evolution program in Pine

The First Baptist Church of Pine will present a program on Creation vs. Evolution Sunday, June 7 with Russ Miller, from Creation, Evolution and Science Ministries. He will bring the message at the 10 a.m. worship service, entitled “If the Foundations Be Destroyed,” followed by lunch at 11:15 a.m. and seminars from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The seminar topics will be “An Old Earth or a Global Flood” and “The Evil Fruits of Darwinism.” There will also be time for questions and answers. For more information, call (928) 476-3552.

Class of 1989 reunion

The Class of 1989 will have a reunion June 19 and June 20. The organizers need to hear from as many members of the class as possible to finalize arrangements. Contact Stacy Larson at or on Facebook.

Register now for AARP Driver Safety Class

Sign up now for the AARP driver safety class to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 13 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This is a four-hour class for motorists age 50 and older. AARP members’ cost for tuition and materials is $12, however, for the discounted rate, participants must have their current AARP membership card and driver’s license with them. All other participants must pay $14 — only cash will be accepted.

Participants may be eligible for an automobile insurance discount upon completion of this class. Enrollment is limited, so call Diane Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register or more information.

Quilt show, more around the corner in Pine area

The 19th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show is June 12, 13 and 14 at the Pine Community Center. Approximately 100 quilts and wearable (quilted) art will be on display from local Rim Country quilt artists. The show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. The Strawberry Patchers Quilt Vendor Mall will be open with vendors selling fabric, quilting notions and supplies. Quilt appraisals will be performed by Karen Housner on all three days, but appointments are required. Call Elaine Putnam at (928) 978-3464 for more information and appraisal appointments.

The quilt show is being held in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival, which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 13, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 14.

The festival will feature 76 crafters, food vendors, and product vendors. There will be chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry sundaes, strawberry pie, and strawberry sparkle to enjoy. Entertainment will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday by Strawberry Valley Blues Festival musicians.  Children activities — pony rides and bounce houses/trampolines — will be available, along with a face painting artist.

The Strawberry Valley Blues Festival is taking place in Strawberry off Fossil Creek Road June 12-14. Performances are set for 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. Free workshops and clinics will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.

Community Flea Market

The Community Presbyterian Church offers a fun-filled event on the second Saturday of each month in its parking lot: a community flea market. Set for June 13, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12, sales will open at 7 a.m. and close promptly at 1 p.m. This is a great one-stop shopping event that offers a wide variety of vendors offering everything from new, used and “as seen on TV” merchandise.

Anyone with items to sell or those interested in a booth to advertise your group’s activities, space registration is held at the church office between 9 a.m. and noon weekdays only. It is just $10 for a 10-foot-by-19-foot space, plus a refundable $10 deposit per vendor. It’s a great way to make a few dollars with all the advertising done for you.

Beginning July 11 the new Farmers Market (which debuts July 4 and will be held every Saturday) will be held in the parking lot as well, offering a wide array of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Entertainment is planned for each event to entertain shoppers, and food services will offer snacks and luncheon menus each event. For more information, call (928) 474-2059.

Gospel trio to perform

The First Baptist Church of Pine will present a concert with The Royalaires, an exciting gospel trio that has thrilled audiences all over the United States and Scotland. The program is from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 27 at the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center. A love offering will be received at the concert. For details, call the First Baptist Church of Pine, (928) 476-3552.


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