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After having your pet’s picture taken at the Dog Park for the Humane Society’s fund-raising calendar, get them on their best behavior to be blessed at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at the 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.

Sept. 16 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

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

Schools on half-day schedule

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day inservice day on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day inservices and will operate on its regular schedule.

Senior news

The Senior Center and Thrift Store will host Parry Morton at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street. The free presentation on “The Art of Costuming” is open to the public.

There will be a Bingo Bonanza Blowout at the Center beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 21 in the Center Dining Room. No charge to play and open to the public.

Flu shots will be given in the Center Conference Room from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25. Please call for appointments.

Payson Chief of Police Don Engler will present updates on Payson at 11:40 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30. The program is open to the public.

Health screenings will be given by appointment only from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. These screenings are for members who have not been to a Senior Circle Health Fair in the last six months. This includes cholesterol, HgA1c and for men, PSA testing. For information, call (928) 472-9290.

At the Pine-Strawberry Senior Center, flu shots will be given from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 21, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine. For information, call (928) 476-4633.         

Sept. 17 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

Constitution Week

Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.

In honor of Constitution Week, the Mogollon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be in the lobby of the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 to greet the public with free information about our U.S. Constitution. Please stop by and visit with us during this celebration.

Last day to register for Bat Night at Green Valley Lake

Join retired AZGFD bat biologist, Nancy Rennison, for an evening of bat watching and listening at Green Valley Lake. Learn about these mysterious flyers, how they navigate and capture their insect prey, and listen to their vocalizations.

The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22. Registration closes Sept. 17. The program is open to all ages and costs $5. Meet at the parks office at 1000 Country Club Drive.

State superintendent is guest

Tom Horne, Arizona State Superintendent of Public Education, will be hosted by the Rim Country Republicans at Crosswinds Restaurant at noon, Thursday, Sept. 17. This will be an informal luncheon discussion with questions and answers. All are welcome.

Sept. 18 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

Big yard sale set

The H.O.P.E.S. (Helpers of Payson Elks) are having their annual yard sale at the Elks Lodge ramada from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Elks Lodge, located at the corner of Beeline Highway and Airport Road. They will also be selling coffee and muffins in the morning and hot dogs and sodas at lunch on both days.

Summer clothing half-price

The American Legion Thrift Store, located downstairs at Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, will be having a September Special. All summer clothing is half-price.

Donations are greatly appreciated and profits support our high school scholarship funds.

Political program

The Payson Tea Party Sons & Daughters of Liberty will host Republican candidate for Congress Bradley Beauchamp and State Senator Sylvia Allen (R, D5) at a program Friday, Sept. 18 at the Mazatzal Casino Fireside Room. Beauchamp’s program is from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Allen’s is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 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

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 Toe Essentials, $100 worth of gift certificates from Gerardo’s, golf at the Payson Golf Course 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 (928) 472-1172, or Bob Hibbert at (928) 468-2234.

Pet calendar photo shoot

If you would like to have your pet’s picture in the calendar, time is running out. If you already have a good picture of your pet, fill out an application form, available at the animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, at the Humane Society Thrift Store at 404 W. Main St. and online at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.

If you don’t have a good picture of your pet, there will be photo shoots at the Dog Park on North McLane Road from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 and 26. A volunteer photographer will come to your home during the week to photograph your pet.

There is no charge for having your pet’s picture taken. The cost is $20 per date selected on the calendar, and the price of the printed calendar is $10. Remember 100 percent of the proceeds go toward the support of the animals.

For more information, call Shelter Director Ellie Watson at (928) 474-5590, ext. 100, or Lesley Bradley at (928) 468-2290.

GED testing

Space is available for GED testing on Saturday, Sept. 19. Anyone wishing to take the test must pre-register at 719 S. Beeline Highway by Wednesday, Sept. 16. The cost is $65. Future dates for testing are Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. Tests are being administered at the Payson Education Center, 112 W. Cedar Lane. For more information call (928) 472-5373.

Capitol Christmas tree ornament contest

Arizona children K-12 are making ornaments for this year’s 2009 Capitol Christmas tree. Ornament submissions are eligible for a drawing for a free trip, including parents, to Washington, D.C. to take part in the lighting ceremony in early December.

The Payson Public Library will be hosting a Christmas Ornaments Craft Session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19 for children in kindergarten through the 12th-grade. Ornament ideas and craft instructions will be available, as well as various craft supplies for those wanting to create their own ornaments. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

Shakespeare in Payson Saturday at the park

The Arizona Shakespeare Festival, a professional theater company headquartered in Prescott, will present “Much Ado About Nothing” at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19 in Green Valley Park. Performances are free to the public, however, a suggested donation of $5 is welcomed.

For more information, call the parks department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or go to the ASF Web site at www.azshakes.com.

Free concert

The Deseret Choir will present a free concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19 at the North Rumsey Park field, north of the swimming pool. The concert will feature a number of patriotic songs. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Looking ahead

Learn about swine flu

Matt Bolinger M.D. Gila County Director of Emergency Management, Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiologist will present a program on swine flu from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Payson High School Auditorium, 301 S. McLane Road.

Jewelry sale

Rings, belts, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, bracelets, scarves, necklace/earring sets, sunglasses, readers, leather goods and more will be at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 24 for only $6. Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Help cancer research

Chili’s Restaurants want to make it easy and cheap to eat out and make a charitable contribution. During September, National Childhood Cancer month, Chili’s is working toward meeting its goal of raising $50 million over 10 years through its Create-A-Pepper campaign.

Monday, Sept. 28, Chili’s — including the Payson restaurant at 900 S. Beeline Highway — will donate 100 percent of its profits from that day to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Throughout the month, guests can also donate $1 to color their own version of Chili’s signature pepper logo. The coloring sheets will be displayed in restaurants throughout September.

Class reunion

Members of classes graduating from Payson High School between 1975 and 1982 are invited to a multi-year class reunion, hosted by the class of 1978-1979 Oct. 9 and 10. Make reservations by Sept. 25. Get discounted room rates at Majestic Mountain Inn by calling 800-408-2442. Contact Kelly Miller at (480) 838-8530 or Robyn Althoff at (928) 595-2120 for details.

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 Street (corner of Easy St. and Bradley).

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