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To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the members of the Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle will have a picnic at the Senior Circle facility, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The event was originally planned for Sept. 26 at Rumsey Park, but now will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22. Meat will be supplied by the Senior Circle, and guests are asked to bring a side dish to share. For more information, call (928) 472-9290.

Sept. 19 Saturday

• Benefit Garage Sale: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1303 W. Aviator Circle

• Payson Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, 800 W. Main St.

• Pet Calendar Photo Shoot: 9 a.m. to noon, Off-Leash Dog Park

• Charity Golf Scramble: 9 a.m., Payson Golf Course

• Motorcycle Ride to Flagstaff, Sedona: 9 a.m. departure from Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

• Christmas Ornament Craft Session for Kids: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Public Library

• 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

• “Much Ado About Nothing”: 4 p.m., Green Valley Park

• Free Concert: 7 p.m., North Rumsey Park Field

Benefit garage sale

A benefit garage sale for the Returning Combat Veterans Retreat Program at the Merritt Center will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1303 W. Aviator Circle. The sale will feature furniture, small appliances, tools, TVs, jewelry, clothes, books, ceramics and more.

Payson Farmers Market

The first season for the Payson Farmers Market is coming to a close. The market, which is open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, will be open for the last time this season on Sept. 26, so there are only two more shopping days left to buy fresh, local produce and to stock up for winter.

At the market on Sept. 19, there will be a chance to enter to win a gift certificate to Gerardo’s Italian Bistro. The Farmers Market is located at 800 W. Main St. 

  Brush drops open

This coming weekend, 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, Sept. 19, 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, Sept. 20, 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. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited. 

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. 

Motorcycle ride to Flagstaff, return through Sedona

The Riders of the Purple Sage will gather at 9 a.m. at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., Saturday, Sept. 19 for a ride to Flagstaff for lunch, and come back through Sedona. The ride is open to anyone willing to ride together safely.

The group will travel up Highway 87, and then take Lake Mary Road to 89A and travel back through Sedona and Camp Verde with plenty of stops along the way.

For information about the club, go to www.motorcycleridersofthepurplesage.com.

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.

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 if necessary.

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.

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.

Sept. 20 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

Sept. 21 Monday

• Bingo Bonanza Blowout: 10 a.m., Payson Senior Center Dining 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

Senior news

There will be a Bingo Bonanza Blowout beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 21 in the Payson Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. 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. 22 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

• Speak to Rep. Kirkpatrick’s staff: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 610 E. Highway 260

• Swine Flu program: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium

Kirkpatrick staff in Payson

In an effort to ensure that voices from across the district can be heard in Washington, staff members for the office of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will be in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Members of the Congresswoman’s staff will be holding regular office hours at the Board of Supervisors Office on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. The office is at 610 E. Highway 260.

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.

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