Around Rim Country

Concert in the Park series begins June 6



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The Tonto Rim Sports Club has scheduled its 3rd 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 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, take Highway 87 2.2 miles south of the casino (.3 miles 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 tontorimsports For more information, call (928) 468-1521.

The summer concert series kicks off Saturday, June 6 with a performance by The Brew City Sisters folk-rock band.

Bring the whole family to Green Valley Park for this free concert. Concessions go on sale at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Green Valley Park is located at the west end of Main Street, just past Julia Randall Elementary School.

Baby sitting safety course offered

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.

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 Street.

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.

Humane Society benefit

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main Street, will have its 2nd 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 Payson Humane Society).

Community rummage sale at East Verde Park

The East Verde Park annual community rummage sale is planned from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 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.

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. 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.

Driver Safety Class set

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 drivers license with them. All other participants must pay $14 — only cash will be accepted. Enrollment is limited, so call Diane Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register or more information.

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.

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. The show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 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 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. 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.

Beginning July 11 the new Farmers Market will be held in the parking lot as well. For more information, call (928) 474-2059.


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