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The Payson Rimstones Rock Club presents its 12th Annual Gem and Mineral Show Oct. 10 and 11 at the Mazatzal Casino Bingo Hall, located just south of Payson on the east side of Highway 87. The show features educational booths, displays and lapidary demonstrations, and vendors booths with jewelry, gems, minerals, fossils, books, tools and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults (children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult).

Oct. 9 Friday

• Charity Rummage Sale: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Safeway

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

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

• Mac Frampton in Concert: 7 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium

Charity Rummage Sale

The Safeway Annual Charity Rummage Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 9-10 in front of Safeway.

Proceeds from this event benefit breast cancer research and treatment programs.

Community Concert tonight

The Tonto Community Concert Association will present pianist Mac Frampton in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at the Payson High School Auditorium at the corner of West Longhorn and North McLane Roads.

Frampton’s resume includes the Van Cliburn Competition, The Boston Pops, 22 albums, 10 original revues, reams of critical raves and unprecedented return engagements. Accolades abound, but the most revealing accomplishment of Frampton’s career is the bond he has created and continues to sustain with thousands of audiences the world over.

Single admission tickets are $30 at the door if seating is available. Student admission is free with a paying adult. TCCA season subscriptions are still available by calling (928) 478-4363 or at the concert.

Oct. 10 Saturday

• Charity Rummage Sale: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Safeway

• Gem and Mineral Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mazatzal Casino Bingo Hall

• AARP Driving Safety Class: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 215 N. Beeline Highway

• Christopher Creek Car Show Classic: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Christopher Creek

• Octoberfest to benefit Returning Vets Program: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Merritt Center

• Prison Ministry presentation: 11 a.m., 702 E. Wade Lane

• Teen Survival Program: noon to 2 p.m., Payson Public Library/Rumsey Park

• Community Vegetarian Luncheon: 1 p.m., The Meeting Place

Car show

The Christopher Creek Visitors Association presents the Christopher Creek Car Show Classic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10.

Classic cars will be displayed along Christopher Creek Loop. Also included in the fun will be arts and crafts show, street vendors, poker walk and more.

This event is to raise money for the Christopher Creek Visitors Association, which helps promote local businesses and help disadvantaged members of the local Christopher Creek community.

For further information, car entries or craft space contact Cindy Fitch at (928) 478-4557. Christopher Creek is bypassed by Highway 260. Travel 22 miles east of Payson on Highway 260 and follow the signs to the quiet Christopher Creek.

Free brush pits

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, Oct. 10, 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.

On Sunday, Oct. 11, 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. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Benefit Octoberfest

The Merritt Center will have a benefit Octoberfest from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 for its Returning Vets program, which helps veterans make the transition to civilian life after combat service.

A $45 donation is requested for a day of entertainment, a raffle and more.

Park at Rim Country Mall and catch the shuttle, which will run every 15 minutes. For more information, call (928) 474-4268.

Learn about Someone Cares Prison Ministry

Don McClure, of Someone Cares Prison Ministry, will be the featured speaker at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Payson Seventh-day Adventist Church, 702 E. Wade Lane.

Don and his wife, Yvonne, are the founders of this Christian prison ministry.  They have recently relocated to the Payson area and will be presenting a stirring message drawn from their many years of ministry.

Vegetarian Luncheon

You’re invited to a Community Vegetarian Luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Meeting Place on the southeast corner of Highway 87 and Phoenix Street.

Letting people know that healthy food can be delicious is the purpose of our monthly luncheons. There is no cost and all are invited, but it is important to RSVP to Shirley at 595-1528 as soon as possible so that we can be sure of having enough food! (Regular attendees need to RSVP, also.)

Driving safety class

AARP will have another driving safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Senior Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The class will be taught by Richard Loth.

To learn more and register, call Loth at (623) 696-8992.

Help preserve area heritage

The Arizona Heritage Research Foundation (AHRF) Autumn Fund Raising Dinner is Friday, Oct 16 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m., and Payson’s Second Annual Grand Ol’ Opry will start at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available from Jayne Pyle at (928) 474-0380, Judy Baker at (928) 474-5422, or Jinx Pyle at (928) 474-0011. The cost is $1,000 for a table of eight, or $125 per person. Buy your tickets and RSVP by Oct. 10.

Oct. 11 Sunday

• Gem and Mineral Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mazatzal Casino Bingo Hall

• 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

• Stan Sorenson Trio in Concert: 2 p.m., 800 W. Main St.

Jazz performance Sunday

Payson Friends of Jazz and Community Presbyterian Church present the Stan Sorenson Trio at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 at the church, 800 W. Main St.

Ask anyone who knows jazz to name the Valley’s best guitar players, and they will always include Stan Sorenson. Joining Sorenson will be string bassist Chris Long and local drummer Gerry Reynolds.

A $5 donation at the door includes refreshments. Advance reservations are appreciated and help in planning the event. E-mail Gerry Reynolds at

Oct. 12 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

Benefit Sunday brunch at The Rim Club

The Rim Club will open to public for Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18.   

The menu includes waffles, omelets-to-order and other brunch favorites all in the stunning environment of the gated Rim Club.

The cost is $25 per person to benefit the Mount Cross Building Fund (make check out accordingly). Optional tours of Rim homes for sale will be available. About 50 members of Mount Cross Lutheran have responded so far, but many will be out of town Sunday, Oct 18 for this event, so, the first 75 neighbors and friends can join in by sending checks to the Mount Cross office, 601 Hwy 260, Payson, AZ 85541. Reserve with check by Oct. 12.

Oct. 13 Tuesday

• Meet with Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick staffer: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 610 E. Hwy. 260

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

• Free Chi Session: 5:30 p.m., Club USA

Payson office hours for Congressional staffers

A representative of Senator Jon Kyl will be in Payson from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in a conference room at Supervisor Tommie Martin’s office located at 610 E. Highway 260.

Also available at this same location is a representative of Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. That representative is there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Each will be happy to receive input from constituents and assist them in any way they can. For more information, call Gila County at 474-2029.

Free introduction to Chi

Join Penny Navis-Schmidt for a free introductory session of Qigong at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Club USA.

Qigong (Chi Kung), often called Chinese Yoga, is an easily learned, moving meditation. Navis-Schmidt teaches a variety of forms that can be practiced standing or seated, thus benefiting students of all ages and physical abilities. Slow, gentle movements are combined with diaphragmatic breath. Practice benefits include deep relaxation; cardiovascular and circulatory improvement; increased vitality; balance and focus; overall physical and mental health and well-being.

A six-week Qigong sampler class will begin Oct. 20. For more information, call Penny at (928) 474-8628.


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