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The High Country Xeriscape Council is having a landscaping contest to promote the use of native plants, water conservation and sustainable landscapes. The entry deadline is June 30. Visit the Web site at or call (928) 970-1582 for additional details.

Come out to meet some of the merchants of Main Street at a special Main Street mixer from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 24. Those attending are asked to bring finger foods to share, and their choice of beverage to Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St.

For more information, call Minette, (928) 978-1119.

Library Friends host speaker Thursday

The Library Friend of Payson, through a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council, host guest speaker Edward Williams at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 25 in the library meeting room. Williams will speak on The Cultural and Economic Melding on the Arizona/Sonora Border. All are invited to a potluck lunch after the lecture.

The lectures by the AHC “Road Scholars” will continue through November. Library Friends is a volunteer support group for the library. All members also are encouraged to attend.

Pine Health Fair

There will be a Health Fair Friday, June 26 at the Pine Community Center Ramada. In addition to educational materials, there will be many opportunities to be tested and/or screened for various health issues for a minimal fee.

If you have any questions or would like to register for a mammogram or Pneumovax, please call the Pine Strawberry Medical Center at (928) 476-3258 to register in advance.

Talent show June 26-27

There will be a patriotically themed talent and art show at the Christopher Creek LDS Chapel at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 26 and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27. The talent show is being held in place of the community’s annual summer melodrama production.

Time Out fashion show

The Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon for Time Out, Inc. is from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 27 at the Elks Lodge on Airport Road, just west of the Beeline Highway.

Residents and visitors can support Time Out — the area’s only shelter for the victims of domestic violence — with their presence. Tickets are just $15.

Enjoy an afternoon of fun, a great luncheon and the opportunity to “shop for less.” The wonderful, donated clothing, shoes, jewelry, etc. is impressive. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on the items they like. There will also be raffles, prizes and surprises.

Purchase tickets from a board member, at the Time Out Thrift Shop, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, or call (928) 472-8007 and ask for Sharon Jackson, volunteer coordinator.

Fry Bread Taco Dinner

A Fry Bread Taco Dinner will be served at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27 for a donation of $8 per person and $5 for children under 12.

The dinner will include a Fry Bread Taco with all the fixings, a soft drink and dessert. Dessert will be a choice of a dessert taco or ice cream with cookies.

Ponderosa Chapter #64, Order of the Eastern Star, a nonprofit, coed fraternal organization, sponsors this event.

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.

Spiritual psychology program on Saturday

The next program of the Gila Community College’s Mind-Body-Spirit Exploration Series is at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 27. Michael Rose will present an experiential seminar on spiritual psychology. This is the study and practice of the art and science of human evolution in consciousness. This seminar will focus on Rose’s personal journey to wellness, presentation of the key aspects of spiritual psychology and class participation in some of its transformative techniques. 

Rose is an entrepreneur, educator, technologist, musician and wilderness advocate. Over the past 30 years, he has been the chief technology officer for an Internet software division of the Hartford Insurance Group, vice president of development for a Web banking software startup, and director of information systems for a regional community bank.

He is currently the president of The Universal Sun Incorporated, an incubator of Geo Consciousness focused Internet companies, founder of Geo Kidz, an Internet site promoting nature-based education and experiences for children, and a member of Gila Community College focusing on computer science and Web technologies.

As a leading member of the Geo Consciousness movement, he is passionate about integrating spiritual, personal, social, and global transformation through peaceful process.

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 p.m. 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 (928) 476-3552.

Contribute peanut butter and jelly

Bashas’ and St. Vincent de Paul are partners this year in the annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive. On Sunday, June 28, residents of the Rim Country are invited to purchase peanut butter and jelly and leave it at the Bashas’ store to be donated to the St.Vincent de Paul food bank.

Blood drive June 28

There will be a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 28 at the Mazatzal Casino Bingo Room, Highway 87, Mile Marker 251.

Contact Luci Shaw at (928) 474-6044, ext. 6914 or go to www.blood

Register now for youth recreation program

Register your child today for the Payson Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Recreation Program, Session 2, which will be held June 29 through July 16 for children going into first through fifth grades.

This is a fantastic opportunity to keep your children safe, busy and happy over summer break. Children will participate in inside and outside games, do arts and crafts, go on field trips, walk to the parks and have a snack all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants.

Hours of the program are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon; the cost is $75 per child and space is limited. To register, visit the Parks office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or call (928) 474-5242 ext. 7 with questions. Registration needs to be done in person by parents.

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.

Humane Society benefit

Join the Great American Picnic at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on First Friday, July 3.

Local chef and author, Gary Bedsworth, will be grilling gourmet brats at Bootleg Alley and Main. The brats are from Charlie’s Old Fashioned Sausage & Fresh Meats, perennial Best of Rim Country winner. Bedsworth will serve the brats with grilled onions and bell peppers for $5, plus all the fixings, chips and a soda. The net proceeds will go to the Humane Society.

Picnickers can eat their brats and listen to music at the same time. Local favorite, Brandon Shepard will be performing his own style of light rock and easy listening country. And for art lovers, Conrad Okerwall will demonstrate his fine art talent by working on a new painting during the evening.

First Friday participants can also shop Vita Mart’s Farmers Market on Bootleg Alley’s porch and meet owners, Christine and BJ Bollier. The Humane Society will also be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St.

Dance at the Oxbow again July 3 and 4

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is sponsoring dances at the Historic Oxbow Saloon Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 featuring the music of Junction 87. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge and proceeds from the dance will benefit the committee’s scholarship program and breast cancer support groups.

For more information, call John Landino, (928) 468-6684.

Fire district benefit

The Houston Mesa Fire District Auxiliary is hosting its annual bake sale and fund-raiser. The event is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 4 at the Houston Mesa Fire Station.

Donations of baked goods and items to sell are needed to make the event a success. Call (928) 474-3362 for more information.

Independence Day observance July 4

There will be flags flying on Main Street Saturday, July 4. Also, there will be a brief Independence Day observance at the Payson Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park at 9 a.m. on the 4th of July.

Farmers Market update; assistance needed

Payson’s Community Farmers Market opens July 4. Participants include growers with plots to acreage. The goods scheduled for sale are goat cheese, fudge, honey, jams/jellies, naturally sweetened fruit butters, eggs and baked goods. And there will be an ice cream vendor for the kids or young at heart.

The market will be at the Community Presbyterian Church and open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October.

To help us bring quality local food to residents and visitors, and create jobs and business for the community — help is needed.

Assistance is being sought in the following areas: farmers of food or flowers; plot gardeners who want to co-op; people looking to work or volunteer on market days; leadership in entertainment; groups interested in learning more from speakers about the project; sponsorship or donations of tables, sun canopies, certified scales or other market items; and any other way you may want to participate.

To help or learn more, contact John Roethlein, (928) 472-2249 or Lorian Roethlein, (928) 468-0961.

Craft fair

The Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair at the Pine Community Center off of Highway 87 will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 4 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 5.

It is expected there will be more than 80 booths, plus food and fun. Have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or enjoy Navajo Tacos at the Senior Center.

Introduction to computers

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy Street, invites residents and visitors to participate in its sixth year of free, hands-on computer labs and learning sessions.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, July 7, 14, and 28 and Aug. 4, 11, and 25. Each session will have hourly refreshment breaks.

Please call (928) 474-3834 to leave a message to confirm intent to attending.

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 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. For more information, call (928) 474-2059.

Pine Library quilting program

The Pine Library has teamed up with members of the Strawberry Patchers to offer quilting classes for youth between the ages of 6 and 17 years old.

The four classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 7; Friday, July 10; Tuesday, July 14; and Friday, July 17. Registration is limited to 15 participants and the deadline to register is July 1. Simply stop by the library or call (928) 476-3678 to reserve a spot.

Vacation Bible Schools 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.

Driver Safety Class set

AARP will hold a Driver Safety Class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 8 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

This is a four-hour class for motorists age 50 and older. AARP membership 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 the course.

Enrollment is limited, so call Dave Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register or for more information.

Mazatzal Casino Arts & Crafts Fair

The Mazatzal Hotel and Casino is sponsoring an Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 11. It will feature watercolor and oil paintings, birdhouses, jewelry of all kinds, including silver, beaded, gemstone, crystals and more. There will also be lots of woodworking pieces, lamps and gourds. Enjoy the arts and crafts and shopping while DJ Craig entertains with his music.

Cancer fund-raiser taking place at Safeway

Safeway in Payson is having a used book and movie drive to raise funds for prostate cancer research. There will be a collection bin and sale at Safeway throughout June and July. Raffle tickets for a barbecue grill, donated by The Home Depot, are available through July 2 as part of the fund-raiser.


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