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Join the fun at the 39th Annual Vertielee Floyd Memorial Fiddle Festival, Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 at Amity Acres off South McLane Road. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. both days. Be sure to stop at Green Valley Park on Saturday, Sept. 26 for the annual Payson Heritage Festival, beginning at 9 a.m.

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.

Sept. 23 Wednesday

• Jewelry Sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Payson Regional Medical Center lobby

• 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

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.

Sept. 24 Thursday

• Jewelry Sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Payson Regional Medical Center lobby

• 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

• Citizens Awareness Committee: 2 p.m., Payson Public Library

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

CAC has ADOT meeting

The Citizens Awareness Committee meeting at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24 will have ADOT consultant Rick Powers as the guest speaker. The topic is “Do the citizens of Payson want a bypass?” The meeting is open to the public and held in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library in Rumsey Park on N. McLane Road.

Sept. 25 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

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.

Sept. 26 Saturday

• Pancake Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mount Cross Lutheran Church, E. Hwy. 260

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

• Fiddle Festival: gates open 8:30 a.m., Amity Acres, just south of Main Street off McLane Rd

• Heritage Festival: 9 a.m., Green Valley Park

• 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

Payson Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market closes for the season after this Saturday (Sept. 26). The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon with fresh picked local produce to stock up for winter. Organizers will be giving away prizes throughout the day and invite shoppers to enter to win two tickets for the Grand Canyon Railway. The market is at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Boy Scout breakfast kicks off great day of old-fashioned fun

Not in the mood to cook breakfast? Boy Scout Troop 7354 invites Rim Country residents and visitors to the troop’s annual pancake breakfast, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, fruit and a drink for $4 per person. Proceeds help support the troop.

Afterward, head over to Green Valley Park and check out the Scout-O-Rama to see some of the fun things that Boy Scouts do at their Heritage Festival program. The festival will feature demonstrations, activities, food, fun and more built around a Native American Camp, a ranch and pioneer site.

There will be hayride “shuttles” between the Heritage Festival and the 39th Annual Vertielee Floyd Memorial Fiddle Festival at Amity Acres throughout the day. The fiddle festival will continue on Sunday.

  Change in Round Valley hike

Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) will lead a group hike on the Round Valley East Trail Saturday, Sept. 26, departing at 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the Round Valley East Trail access, which is approximately one mile east of Hwy. 87 along East Phoenix Street, then south on South Gibson Ranch Court. This beautiful route features fantastic views of Payson, the Mogollon Rim and the Mazatzal Mountain Range. The hike is moderate to difficult with loose rocks and occasional steep slopes. The route has been revised in consideration of opening weekend of an elk hunt; so participants should expect an in-and-out approximate hike distance of 2-3 miles and no shuttle service.

This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. There are no facilities at the trailhead, so plan ahead and don’t forget your water and hiking boots. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information, or visit www.paysonparks.com.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

The Second Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk will help neighbors in need.

For nearly two centuries, the poor and needy of the world have found a friend in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This year, on Sept. 26, the Society will hold its annual nationwide Friends of the Poor® Walk to celebrate service to the poor and to encourage Americans all across the country to become Friends of the Poor®. Pledges made on behalf of registered walkers in a given community will benefit those most in need in that same community.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul helps about 1,750 people each month with food, shelter, utilities and other basic needs. Help by joining the walk from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 beginning in the parking area of Sawmill Crossing (by the theater). Or drop your pledge off at St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, 511 S. St. Phillip St. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or at the time and place of the walk. Contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul by calling (928) 474-1347 or (928) 468-8595 for more information.

  Open house at Patterson Training Center

The Patterson Training Center will have an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. Guests will learn about the center’s lesson and training program as well as have an opportunity to check out the 28-acre facility. There will be riding demonstrations at 1:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m.

To reach the center in Star Valley, turn south on Moonlight Drive, between the Lamplighter RV Resort and Pro Build; continue through two stop signs and go past Houston Creek RV Park. Take a left turn onto Sprague Road — it’s a hairpin turn, and continues up the hill, staying to the right, and drive until the road turns into the property. It’s about 1.7 miles from Highway 260 to Sprague Road, and signs will be posted for you to follow. If you get lost, call Shari at (928) 978-4478.

Rim Country history video to premiere

A special video on the history of the Rim Country, “Marguerite Noble: Tales of the Rim” will be premiered at the annual buffet and fund-raiser for the Northern Gila County Historical Society. The event is Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. The social hour is at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6:15 p.m. and the great presentation is at 7 p.m. There are only a couple of days left to buy or order tickets by Wednesday, Sept. 23. Call or stop by the Rim Country Museum at (928) 474-3483 or Judy Buettner at (928) 472-9015. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Sept. 27 Sunday

• Fiddle Festival: gates open 8:30 a.m., Amity Acres, just south of Main Street off McLane Rd

• 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

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