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Free concert in the park Saturday

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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.

The Summer Concert in the Park series continues Saturday, June 27 with Moonshine Mafia, featuring southern rock and country.

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.

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.

Brush pits open

This coming weekend, 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:

On Saturday, June 27, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, June 28, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. 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 and to create defensible space around their homes.  They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

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.

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.

Benefit spaghetti dinner

Payson residents Paul and Cathie Jackson are hosting a fund-raiser for their 14-year-old granddaughter, Elizabeth Lemke. She was one of 29 students in the state to attend the Friendship Games in Austria.

A spaghetti dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, June 27 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St.

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 hero.com.

Enter Xeriscape contest

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 xeriscapeaz.org. Call (928) 970-1582 for additional details.

Kyl’s staff in Payson

Constituent representative Nancy Gilliam from U.S. Senator Jon Kyl’s staff will be in Payson Monday. Gilliam will be available to help seniors with specific federal concerns. No appointment is necessary. Please bring copies of any documentation relevant to your federal matter.

This is an opportunity to help constituents resolve any problems they are having with a federal agency or to relay a message to Senator Kyl. Gilliam will be available from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 29 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. For more information, call the Senator’s office at (602) 840-1891.

Farmers Market stalls still available

Area gardeners, cooks and bakers with goods to share still have time to rent a stall or sign up for a spot on the co-op table at the Payson Farmers Market, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, every Saturday into October, starting Saturday, July 4 at the parking lot of the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main.

Musicians are needed to perform on Saturdays from July through October from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. All musicians will perform on a voluntary basis, but a sound system and tip jar will be provided. There will also be time set aside for an open mic if persons would like to sign up during the program to play after scheduled performers. Those interested in performing should call Anne at (928) 951-4420.

Join vendors already participating with locally grown vegetables, fruit, flowers, goat cheese, fudge, honey, jams and jellies, naturally sweetened fruit butters, eggs, baked goods, organic herbs and teas, pecans and more.

For more details, call (928) 472-2249 or (928) 468-0961.

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