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Free Concert Under the Stars Saturday



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The 31st Annual Deep Pit Bar-B-Que takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road. The meal includes meat, fixin’s, drink and dessert at a cost of $8 for adults and $5 for children.

The Summer Concert in the Park series continues Saturday, June 20 with the Landon Shill Band, featuring country and rock music.

Bring the whole family, along with lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy this free concert in Green Valley Park. Concessions open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m.

No Taxpayer Town Hall

The Taxpayer Town Hall scheduled for Friday night, June 19 in Payson has been cancelled. The Senate is planning to still be in committees or on the floor that night, so Sen. Sylvia Allen, as well as Rep. Bill Konopnicki, can’t make it.

Hike Monument Peak Loop Trail Saturday

Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) Group-Led Hike on the Monument Peak Loop Trail starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 20.

Participants will meet at the Monument Peak Loop Trailhead, which is approximately 3.3 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road. The hike is three miles long and is easy hiking, with a mostly crushed granite trail surface and only a few inclines. Expect a little seasonal water on the trail.

This is a free event. Participants should wear hiking boots and bring water. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or online visit

Play disc golf Saturday

Disc golf enthusiasts from around the state will compete in a tournament to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at Rumsey Park.

Register now through the morning of June 20 at Rumsey Park, Ramada 3 to learn this new, exciting sport in a festive tournament atmosphere. Late registration/check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. at Ramada 1, and fees range from $15 for the novice player to $40 for the open division.

Call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or go online to or stop by the office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive to register.

Mind-Body-Spirit Exploration June 20

Saturday, June 20, Vivian Seville will present the next experiential seminar in the Gila Community College Mind-Body-Spirit Exploration series.

Seville, Joyologist, CNA, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist with more than a decade of experience. In her work, she addresses all aspects of a client’s healing — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. She believes rediscovering what brings you joy will ultimately reconnect you with your health.

This event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at the GCC Payson campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Retrospective exhibit

Alberta Cook is celebrating 80 years with a retrospective art show. Friends and former students are invited to the program, which will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 20 at 201 E. Forest Drive. Cook’s children — Julie, Brenda and Kelly Cook — host the retrospective.

Xeriscape contest entries sought

The High Country Xeriscape Council invites area residents to participate in a landscaping contest to promote the use of native plants, water conservation and sustainable landscapes.

The entry deadline is June 30. There are two divisions — one for residential and the second for commercial properties. Each will have a trophy and a grand prize of $200, plus an honorable mention plaque and $50 will be awarded. Judging will be held in July with an awards ceremony on Aug. 15.

Entry forms with more information are at Plant Fair Nursery, the kiosk at the demonstration garden at the Payson campus of Gila Community College or visit the Web site at Call (928) 970-1582 for additional details.

Free workshop on sacred dance

The Crystal Lotus Gallery and Spiritual Center in Pine will host a free workshop on Sacred Dance in Modern Times from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 20. No experience is necessary to participate, but comfortable clothing is recommended.

The workshop will cover centering; African dance; sacred veil; sacred drum circle; woman’s sacred circle dance; and closing dance prayer.

The Crystal Lotus Gallery and Spiritual Center is at 3950 N. Highway 87 in Pine. Call (928) 476-3410 or (928) 476-4075 for more information.

Summer Block Party

The fun continues this weekend at the 5th annual Summer Block Party under the new ramada at the Pine Community Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 20. There will be food, games, a bounce house, friends, and music by Covenant 31.

The Church on Randall Place is sponsoring the event in order to bless the community, so everything is absolutely free.

Senior Circle program

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, offers a Lunch and Learn program the third or fourth Tuesday of every month. The next program is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23 with Dr. Terrence Rousseau, who will discuss the pros and cons of PSA screenings. Reservations are required. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot and for more details.

Learn to identify, report weather phenomena

The National Weather Service is offering free training classes to teach people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety.

The classes are free of charge. However, space is limited, so reserve a place by calling (928) 402-8805 or with an e-mail to lasberry

The class is at Payson Fire Department, 400 W. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 22. The training is sponsored by the Gila County Division of Emergency Management and Public Health Preparedness.

Vacation Bible Schools

Starlight Rescue

Ponderosa Baptist Church is presenting “Starlight Rescue” vacation Bible school from June 22 through June 26. Children ages 4 through 6th grade are invited to attend from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. each day. Sign up by calling Ponderosa Baptist Church at (928) 474-9279. Ponderosa Baptist Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Highway. Transportation offered.

Rock of Ages

The Rock of Ages Lutheran Church will present a vacation Bible school from 1 to 3:30 p.m., June 22 through June 26. The program is for children ages 4 to 12. Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is at the corner of Airport Road and North McLane Road. Registration is 1 p.m., Monday, June 22. For more information, call (928) 474-2098 or (928) 474-3820.

Mount Cross

An ecumenical vacation Bible school will be held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church the week of July 6-10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Co-sponsoring this event with Mount Cross Lutheran are Payson United Methodist Church, Community Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Registration forms are available online at Web site,, in-person registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., Monday, July 6 at Mount Cross. There is no cost. Mount Cross Lutheran Church is at 601 East Highway 260 in Payson. Call (928) 474-2552 or (928) 474-3787, or e-mail

Kingdom of the Son Safari Adventure

Calvary Chapel is having Vacation Bible School July 13, through July 17, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission is free, just call 458-0801 to sign up. Children must be 3 years (potty-trained) to 6th grade.

For more information, contact Calvary Chapel at 468-0801.


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