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The 2nd Annual Oktober Beer Fest is part of the Oct. 2 First Friday on Main Street celebration. Payson home brewers and their specially crafted Rim Country beer will be at six merchants up and down Main Street for visitors (age 21 and older) to taste. Main Street Merchants participating in the Beer Fest are Down The Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St.; Tonto Rim Silk Screen & Embroidery, 605 W. Main St.; Jennifer’s Skin Care, 602 W. Main St.; Re-Runs Resale Boutique, 503 W. Main St.; Green Mountain Emporium, 501 W. Main St.; Main Street Mercantile, 216 W. Main St. First Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, will also have plenty of fun and good food for everyone else, too.

Oct. 2 Friday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

New District Office open house set for First Friday

The Payson Unified School District’s office is now located in the historic Julia Randall rock building at 902 W. Main St. As part of the First Friday on Main Street festivities Oct. 2, the school board and staff invite the community to an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments.

Northern Gila County Historical Society will present a slide show of the rock building’s history and transformation over the years. Visitors are always welcome.

First Friday celebrates Oktober Beer Fest

Main Street celebrates the coming of fall with the 2nd Annual Oktober Beer Fest. Payson home brewers and their specially crafted Rim Country beer will be at six merchants up and down Main Street for you to taste. This is a free event, but is restricted to those over 21. Get your invitation at one of these Main Street Merchants: Down The Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St.; Tonto Rim Silk Screen & Embroidery, 605 W. Main St.; Jennifer’s Skin Care, 602 W. Main St.; Re-Runs Resale Boutique, 503 W. Main St.; Green Mountain Emporium, 501 W. Main St.; Main Street Mercantile, 216 W. Main St.

First Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, will also have plenty of fun and good food for everyone else, too. With more than 75 merchants on Main Street, the community comes together to celebrate the prosperity of our great town with this monthly Block Party put on by the Main Street Merchants Guild.

A Soup & Salad Dinner and Benefit Raffle is planned at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes a choice of four different soups, salad, roll and drink for just $5. Bring in any nonperishable food item and get a chance to win a yummy “Wine & Goodie Basket.” All food will go to local food banks. Eat in or get it To-Go.

Park in the Community Presbyterian Church parking lot and hop on the Main Street bus. The bus will be traveling the whole length of Main Street and makes several stops for your convenience.

The First Friday on Main Street Block Party will be held regardless of weather, and is presented by the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

More information on the fun is available on the new Web site for Historic Main Street at www.PaysonMainStreet.com.

Equine fund-raiser

Fall into the magic on Main Street at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. Stop by and meet the Payson Area Writers Society as they sign their new book, “Echoes from the Rim.”

All net proceeds from this compilation of short stories will go to New Hope Equine Rescue. This is a charity dedicated to the rescue of horses from perilous situations, their rehabilitation, if needed, and adoption into good, loving homes.

October at Bootleg Alley ushers in fall with great style. Music this month will be by Sounds Unlimited with Cindy and Lupe playing soft rock, country and doo-wop. Watch as local western artist, Conrad Okerwall demonstrates the art of western painting. Kate and Susie’s BBQ will serve up smoked beef, sausages and quesadillas.

Visit Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St., between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2 and enjoy the fun.

Optimists at First Friday

Members of the Rim Country Optimist Club are hosting author Ed Feyereisen and singer Bill Camp at the courtyard of Hinshaw Associates and Payson Physical Therapy on Main Street as part of the First Friday event.

Feyereisen will be signing his book, “Living Life With No Regrets” and Camp will be providing the entertainment.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the many programs for youth the Optimists present throughout the year and its annual Christmas food drive.

First Friday at Payson Womans Club

Payson Womans Club, at 510 W. Main St., will be participating in First Friday on Oct. 2. The women will serve home-baked goods, hot dogs with all the trimmings and pop. Tickets will also be available for some Halloween items that will be raffled off that night.

For more information, call Jayne Pyle at 474-0380.

Oct. 3 Saturday

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

Brush pits open

There might not be much leaf raking going on in the Rim Country this early in autumn, but if you have brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials, 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:

• Saturday, Oct. 3, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

• Sunday, Oct. 4, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The 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.

Arts, crafts at courthouse

The 12th Zane Grey Days Arts, Crafts and Fall World Bazaar is this weekend at the Gila County Courthouse complex at the corner of Highway 87 and West Frontier Street. The bazaar is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4.

Picnic in Rumsey Park

Cenpatico Behavioral Health of Arizona and its affiliated provider agencies are hosting a “Your Voice Counts” picnic at Rumsey Park Ramada 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3. Peers and family members, as well clients are invited. There will be a chili contest with prizes for People’s Choice, Hottest and Most Original. Other activities will be held and prize drawings are planned for adults at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (winners must be present). For more information, call 1-866-495-6738, ext. 26154.

Oct. 4 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge

Mount Cross Blessing of the Pets ceremony

To commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love of animals, Mount Cross Lutheran Church will hold a Blessing of the Pets ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4. This is not just for the kids — all ages are invited to bring their beloved pet(s) to the gazebo area between the church and the log building for a special blessing. The ceremony will be intentionally brief. Animals don’t tend to do liturgy well (like some humans), especially when brought together with the distraction of other animals. Mount Cross Lutheran Church is located at 601 E. Highway 260 between Safeway and Giant, and directly across the street from Tiny’s Restaurant.

Concert in Tonto Village

The Tonto Village Chapel, 711 Haught, Tonto Village, will host a concert of praise and encouragement with Phil Dickey at 9 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 4.

Blessing of the Animals

There will be a procession of animals —everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and horses — to be blessed at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at Holy Nativity Anglican-Catholic Church. This event is in celebration of the Saint’s Day of St. Francis of Assisi who loved the animals and was friend and protector to them. Pets should be on a leash, in a cage or carrying bag and under control. The Holy Nativity Anglican-Catholic Church is at 1414 N. Easy St. (corner of Easy St. and Bradley).

Payson Area Life Chain

The annual Life Chain demonstration is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday Oct. 4 on the west side of Beeline Highway at Main Street. The demonstration will peacefully convey the message that participants believe abortion is grievously wrong, and that our churches are opposed to the unmerciful killing of pre-born boys and girls. Bring a folding chair and a bottle of water. Organizers provide the signs.

Oct. 5 Monday

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

Almost New Thrift Shop bag sale is Monday

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts, etc. — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags, can be yours for just one dollar.  This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. This month will be Monday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (928) 468-5515.

Oct. 6 Tuesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

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