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Oct. 13 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

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

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.

Oct. 14 Wednesday

• 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

Exhibition dedication

The Rim Country Museum will host a dedication for the Spade Ranch House exhibit at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Rim Country Museum. There will be a presentation of facts about the Spade Ranch (now encompassed by a Boy Scout camp) during the dedication. Refreshments will be served.

GED test space

Space is available for GED testing on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009.  Anyone wishing to take the test must pre-register at 719 S. Beeline Hwy., Payson, Ariz. by Wednesday, Oct. 14. The cost is $65. For more information call 928-472-5373.

Future dates for testing in 2009 are: Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. Tests are being administered at the Payson Education Center, 112 W. Cedar Lane.

Oct. 15 Thursday

• 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

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

Alternatives to wellness series continues

A continuing series on alternative approaches to overall wellness is presented at the Payson campus of Gila Community College each Thursday at 6 p.m. in room 111.

The program on Oct. 15 is “Super Wisdom — Stress Management in a Hectic World,” with Tom Russell as the presenter. Explore the underlying causes of stress and learn practical solutions for greater harmony, vitality and productivity.

Pre-registration is not required. The program is free and participants do not need to be registered with the college to attend.

Get scared at the library

During the month of October, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring all things spooky. Stop by and select a book for a chilling read. You will find astrology and mysteries displayed in the bookstore. For the entire month of October, buy one book from these subject areas at our already low price and get a second one free. Bookstore prices range from $3 to $1 for hardback books based on copyright dates.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information, visit our Web site at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

Oct. 16 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

Z-Coil Shoes are back

Come see the new Z-Coil shoes on sale Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Styles include sneakers, boots, clogs and much more.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary. For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Oct. 17 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

Recycle electronic products

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials announced that an electronics waste recycling event is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Town of Payson Multi-Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway. Unwanted televisions, computers, monitors, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small appliances, fax machines, cables and cords will be accepted during the event.

Gracie Lee Haught benefit costume party is Saturday

If a pirate’s life’s for you, then there’s a party bounding over October’s waves headed your way.

The annual Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund Costume Party is Oct. 17 with the theme of Pirates and Bounty of the Sea. Doors open at 6 p.m., Saturday at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. Admission is only $20 per person.

Come in costume and you have a chance to win a treasure chest of bounty. There will be lots of other prizes, games, music, food and fun, promises Jan Parsons, chief operations officer for GLH Children’s Memorial Fund.

Oct. 18 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, open to the public

Free Southern Gospel music concert Sunday

The Lannings, a Southern Gospel trio from Phoenix, will be singing at the First Southern Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18.

The Lannings sing nationally and also minister to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. First Southern Baptist Church is located at the corner of Bonita Street and Colcord Road. A love offering will be received.

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