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Last day to enter Xeriscape contest



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15 lucky youngsters will learn to quilt from the Strawberry Patchers during July. The quilt group is teaching a class for the Pine Library’s summer program. The deadline to register is July 1. Each participant will leave the project with a completed 48-inch-by-56-inch quilt.

The High Country Xeriscape Council Waterwise Landscape Contest is in full swing. There are two categories — residential and commercial.

If you love your garden and want to share, please enter, you could win $200. Entry blanks can be obtained at Plant Fair Nursery, the Payson Water Department or online at June 30 is the deadline for entries.

Senior Thrift Store sale

Beginning June 29, the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a sale on men’s and women’s clothing. Garments marked with blue tags will be 50 percent off marked prices; yellow tags, 25 percent off; and orange tags, 25 cents a garment.

The store’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; however, the store will remain open until 8 p.m. Friday, July 3 for First Friday on Main Street activities. Wayne Todd will provide live musical entertainment; there will be refreshments, door prizes and more. The store will be closed Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Wednesday is deadline to register for quilting

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.

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 Pine Library or call (928) 476-3678 to reserve a spot.

July 4th celebration sale

The Time Out Thrift Store is having a sale Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3.

For a $1 per bag, sale shoppers can get big deals on all regular clothing. Also, there will be several non-clothing items at 50 percent off.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across from Wendy’s. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the donation gates are open from 9:30 to 4 p.m. The shop will be closed Saturday, July 4.

Profits from sales provide domestic violence services to Time Out., Inc., including the Time Out Shelter, Transitional Housing and Gila Family Advocacy Center.

First Friday fun on Main kicks off Fourth of July

The Fourth of July starts on Main Street with the First Friday celebration July 3.

Independence Day in the U.S. is celebrated with parades, fireworks and parties and in Payson it’s no different. Friday, July 3 there will be a celebration of independence with a block party of fun, food and music up and down historic Main Street. Kick off the three-day holiday weekend by joining the Main Street Merchants Guild from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants can leave their car in the parking lot of the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main and ride the Main Street Shuttle to the party spots. The bus will travel the whole length of Main Street and make several stops.

The First Friday on Main Street Block Party will be held rain or shine and is presented by the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Womans Club has food for Frist Friday fun

The Payson Womans Club, 510 W. Main St., will be participating in First Friday on July 3. Stop by for a hot dog, drink and homemade baked goods.

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. 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 and a parade at 9 a.m. Also, there will be a brief Independence Day observance at the Payson Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park at 8 a.m., followed by a program on the Declaration of Independence and a variety of activities for all ages.

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.

Pine area firefighters celebrate anniversary

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Fighters Association is celebrating 40 years of service to the communities of Pine and Strawberry and surrounding areas on July 4.

The 40th anniversary celebration will include food, family fun and education at Station 41 in Pine. For $5 the firefighters will provide a plate with a brat or hot dog, chips, sweets, and a drink. There will be a bouncy house for the kids and an education program from the firefighting clowns.

Meet the firefighters, see the equipment and help with the celebration from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 4 on Hardscrabble Road in Pine. For more information, call (928) 476-4272.

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.

Creative writing workshop planned

Beginning and experienced writers are invited to attend a creative writing workshop on July 11 at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road. This workshop, titled “Writing from the Heart: Developing your Writer’s Intuition,” is sponsored by Arizona Press Women and is open to the public.

Registration with light refreshments begins at 9:30 a.m. The 10 a.m. to noon workshop will engage participants in series of intuitive writing exercises geared to help boost creativity, reduce stress and eliminate fears that lead to writing procrastination.

The speaker, Jennifer Baltz, is a writing and creativity coach from Payson. She says, “This will be a fun, hands-on workshop with people working in small groups. So bring pen and paper, laptop computers or other writing tools. We will really get the creative juices flowing.”  

Reservations are required by July 9. The cost is $15 at the door, but there is an early-bird rate of $10 for reservations received by July 8. For reservations or more information, call (928) 468-9269 or email:

Jazz concert features vocalist Sherry Petta

Sherry Petta will be the guest artist featured at the next Payson Friends of Jazz Concert. She will perform with Mark DeCozio on piano (who may add a few vocals), John Willis on upright bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 12 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Emerging as a Valley favorite, Sherry Petta was awarded the 2008 Jazz Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards in November. Part of this rising success comes from the popularity of her first CD consisting of original tunes released in 2007.

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church sponsor the concert, part of a monthly series. A $5 donation at the door is requested; it covers not only an afternoon of great music, but refreshments.

It is suggested that if you plan to attend or need additional information, contact Gerry Reynolds at, or call (602) 619-3355.

Payson Pro Rodeo Ring of Honor induction

The Tonto Basin of Arizona, in which rests Payson, is the home of 10 world champion cowboys and cowgirls who will be inducted into the Payson Pro Rodeo Ring of Honor.

The old ones will be honored — Charlie Meadows, George Cline, Joe Bassett and more; and then three world champion cowgirls and three deserving cowboys will be honored.

The Ring of Honor induction will take place at the August Doin’s Dinner and Dance on Friday, July 17 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. This event is sponsored by the Payson Pro Rodeo Preservation and Alliance group, which is working hard to make sure the August Doin’s continues and this is a chance to rub elbows with Payson area world champion rodeo athletes.

For tickets to this dinner, dance and Ring of Honor induction, contact Jayne Peace Pyle at (928) 474-0380, or call Jinx Pyle at (928) 474-0011. A table of eight is a $1,000 donation; individual seats are $125 each.

Introduction to computers

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., 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.

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.

Dog first aid class

Register today for the American Red Cross Dog First Aid/CPR Course, being offered through the Payson Parks and Recreation Department from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 20 at the Payson Police Department’s meeting room.

This four-hour class will cover more than 70 canine illnesses and emergencies. Each course participant will receive a Dog First Aid manual and full-length DVD, which together illustrate the care steps shown in class, and serve as a reference.

Thanks to a generous grant from the American Red Cross, the cost of the course is reduced to $20 per person. Space is limited, so register early. Please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Learn about Arizona Virtual Academy

Arizona Virtual Academy will have a meet and greet program from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 14 at the Crosswinds Restaurant, 800 W. Airport Rd. Students can do a seasonal project while the adults can mingle, visit, and ask questions. This is a great chance for interested families to ask questions and learn more about AZVA. AZVA has completed its accreditation process and is a fully accredited K-12 grade, free charter school.

Dutch oven cooking

Ready to “Wow!” your family and friends with your gourmet camp-cooking skills? Learn how to cook main dishes, apple pie and fresh bread from award-winning Dutch Oven cooking instructors. Loaner ovens will be available. The Payson parks program is offering the class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 25 for those 16 and older for $30 per person. The class is at Rumsey Park Ramada 4. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 16 and class size is limited. Call the parks office at (928) 474-5242 ext. 7, or go online @ to register.

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.

Vacation Bible schools

Mountain Bible Church

Hop on board the Boomerang Express! Travel to the Land Down Under for a week of nonstop action as you learn how it all comes back to Jesus. Youngsters will experience Bible stories, exciting music, crafts and games. A light meal will be served each night. All this fun stuff for free. So come to the Land Down Under from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 6 through July 10 at Mountain Bible Church. For more information call Barb Beatty 928-474-9724

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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