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Visit Pine for pancakes, Tonto Village for barbecue and take a tour around the Rim for old-fashioned fun in both communities for the Labor Day weekend. There is a craft fair in Pine and fire district fund-raisers planned in Tonto Village and Beaver

Sept. 2 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

• Transportation Study: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Payson Public Library

• Bingo: 6:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

Bag sale at Time Out Thrift

The Time Out Thrift Shop, on the corner of Beeline Highway and West Wade Lane, will have a bag sale Wednesday, Sept. 2 and Thursday, Sept. 3.

Stop in and see the great bargains available and help fund the area’s only shelter for victims of abuse and its many special programs.

Public input sought for transportation planning

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Town of Payson, is conducting a transportation planning study for the greater Payson area with the goal of developing a long-range transportation plan for the town.

This meeting is being held to present current and future transportation conditions and issues. Input is requested to help with the further development of the plan. Please join ADOT from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Sept. 3 Thursday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 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

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

Fishing class for kids

Children in the first through fifth grades can learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from Mark Kile, professional bass fisherman, at Green Valley Lake in September.

All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Children should bring their own drinking water. Register by Sept. 3, the cost is $5. The program will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16 (a half-day at school). Meet at the Parks office in Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Math tutoring available

Payson Elks Lodge #2154 is sponsoring free math tutoring, including calculus, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at Payson Elks Lodge (Airport Road and Highway 87).

The tutor will be Gerald R. Rutz, a math teacher at Scottsdale Schools for 28 years and concurrently for 20 years for Maricopa County Community Colleges. For more information, call Rutz at (602) 999-5370.

Sept. 4 Friday

• Rummage Sale: 7 a.m. to noon, 200 E. Tyler Parkway

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

• Book Sale and Raffle: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Library Activity Room

• 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

• First Friday Celebration: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Main Street

Book Sale, Raffle in Pine

Pine Library Friends will host a Book Sale and Raffle over Labor Day Weekend. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. The sale will be held in the Pine Library Activity Room, located off Highway 87 and Randall Drive behind the Community Center in Pine.

The raffle prize will be an Americana Reading Nook Basket. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are on sale at the library.

Donations will be gladly accepted. For more information, call 476-3678.

First Friday on Main Street

Labor Day is one of the great holiday weekends of the summer. Kick off Labor Day Weekend 2009 with the biggest block party in Payson. With more than 75 merchants on Main Street, it is no wonder 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.

Come for a meal of barbecue beef sandwiches, salad, chips and a drink at the Community Presbyterian Church. The cost is $5 a meal and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. only. People can have a sit-down dinner here and listen to Colleen Brown and the Starlighters, or get their meal to-go.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W Main St., will have a harvest theme. It will be celebrating the bounty of the season. There will be refreshments, hourly door prize drawings (need not be present to win), a 10-percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100 and entertainment provided by the Senior Center’s Old Time Music Makers.

Down The Street Art Gallery will host Payson High School’s Photography Club. Come meet the students and teacher, Beverly Adams. The students are excited to have their first public showing in an art gallery and to be judged by professional photographers. The public will vote for People’s Choice Award. Voting is from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m. The students’ work will be for sale and will be displayed all of September.

Gasoline Alley will have lots of goodies to eat, provided by Kiwanis and Soroptimists.

Green Mountain Emporium presents RMG Concessions, which will be serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, barbecue plates and nachos.

Artists of the Rim will be celebrating its third anniversary at a reception on First Friday, Sept. 4. There will be refreshments and a silent auction featuring work of various gallery artists including paintings, jewelry, pottery, scratchboard art, photography, gourd art and others. Proceeds of the auction will go to the Payson High School Drama Club who will attend the reception and provide entertainment throughout the evening.

Tour the renovated historic 100-year old house that is Body Elegance Day Spa. View treatment rooms and see the full-service day spa menu. Chair massages available by Frances on this First Friday. Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Main Street Mercantile will once again be partying on the front porch and will have specials galore inside the store. Beginning this month, there also will be on-street parking and a shuttle bus stop on this end of Main Street.

Green Scene Solar will be showing off its state-of-the-art solar systems.

Re-Runs Resale Boutique will once again have its famous chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries for dipping, or step next door and enjoy a root beer float or fruit smoothie at MoJoe’s Café.

Jerry’s Clock Shop will be open on Friday night. Let Jerry show you his vast collection of clocks from around the world!

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 rain or shine 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.

Humane Society fund-raiser

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art will host Sounds Unlimited from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4 along with Chef Gary Bedsworth cooking gourmet brats from Charlie’s Meats. At last month’s event, between the gourmet brats, the raffle and donation table, $300 was raised for the Humane Society.

Once again, visitors can make a contribution to benefit the Humane Society and observe and interact with local artist Conrad Okerwall as he works on his latest painting.

Ice Cream Social

The Humane Society of Central Arizona Thrift Store, 404 W. Main St., will host an ice cream social from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4. Anne James will be performing in front of the thrift store.

Rummage Sale Sept. 4-5

A Rummage Sale will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Nazarene Church, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. Sale items include furniture, tools, antique piano, clothing, home décor, appliances and more.

Proceeds will benefit the Safe Haven Child Development Center.

Sept. 5 Saturday

• Rummage Sale: 7 a.m. to noon, 200 E. Tyler Parkway

• Pancake Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pine Community Center

• Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Show: Pine Community Center

• Book Sale and Raffle: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pine Library Activity Room

• Beaver Valley Day: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Beaver Valley

• 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

• Hellsgate Fire Department Fund-raiser: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tonto Village

Beaver Valley Day

Celebrate Beaver Valley Day Saturday, Sept. 5 in Beaver Valley, 6 miles northeast of Payson on Houston Mesa Road. Open to the public, enjoy a day of family fun including food, games for kids and adults, prizes, exhibits, duck race, silent auction, dinner and dancing to music by Hashknife Band.

A Pancake Breakfast and firewise education program takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Games, exhibits and other activities are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit Beaver Valley Fire Department. For information, call (928) 468-9269.

It is possible cleanup from the Water Wheel Fire evacuation may make it necessary to cancel or postpone this event. Call first.

PSFD Pancake Breakfast

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department personnel and members of Strawberry’s Elite will present a pancake breakfast as part of the Labor Day weekend fun in Pine. 

All you can eat pancakes will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Pine Community Center. The cost is $5 per plate and buys all you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice.

Eat up and enjoy the annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair.

Hellsgate FD fund-raiser

The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary Fireflies will host a Labor Day Weekend Fund-raiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at Fire Station #22 in Tonto Village, 151 Mathews Lane (1 mile on Control Road off Highway 260).

The event will include a Bar-B-Q featuring a BBQ pork sandwich, coleslaw, beans and fresh corn on the cob for $7 adults, $3 kids 10 and under.

There will be a bake sale with cakes, fruit pies, cookies, breads and more. (To donate baked goods, please call Janet at 478-9935.) Other activities will be a pie auction; an art show and sale by local artist, Scotty; face painting; air jumper for the kids; 50/50 raffle; free blood pressure checks; and a Rummage Sale.

A raffle drawing will be held at 2 p.m. for a quilt, a chain saw or a Nintendo Wii. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Entertainment will be provided by D.J. Larry Ellis and Karaoke.

Sept. 6 Sunday

• Pancake Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pine Community Center

• Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Show: Pine Community Center

• Book Sale and Raffle: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pine Library Activity Room

• 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

Looking ahead

Sept. 10-13

• Northern Gila County Fair: Tonto Apache Gym and Payson Event Center

Sept. 12-13

• Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 E. Rancho Road

Sept. 13

• Demolition Derby: Payson Event Center

Craft Fair Sept. 12-13

Ponderosa Chapter #64, Order of the Eastern Star, will be having its 4th Annual Craft Fair Sept. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 200 E. Rancho Road.

There will be a wide assortment of vendors, including many different hand crafted items, jewelry, sandals, fudge, area rugs and much more.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be available. There also will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Come and enjoy the fun.

Booth space is still available at a cost of $30. For further information, contact Carole Skoglund at (928) 468-3568 or (928) 970-1616.

Charity Golf Scramble

The Payson Gateway Project will host a Charity Golf Scramble benefiting the landscaping of the roundabout at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Payson Golf Course.

The tournament includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch. In addition to a Vegas hole, prizes include $200 worth of gift certificates from Fargo’s, $200 worth of gift certificates from Head to Tow Essentials, $100 worth of gift certificates from Gerardo’s, golf at the Payson Golf Club for four, and $50 prize plus a shirt from Elaine’s Embroidery. In a silent auction, Rim Club Golf for four and Chaparral Pines Golf for four will be available. Gift certificates from the Beverage Place and many other items will also be in the silent auction.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Golf Course, 1504 W. Country Club Drive. For further information, contact Nancy Cox at 472-1172, or Bob Hibbert at 468-2234.

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