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The Payson Unified School District’s office is now located in the historic Julia Randall rock building (seen here during renovations) at 902 W. Main St. As part of the First Friday on Main Street festivities Oct. 2, the school board and staff invite the community to an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments. Northern Gila County Historical Society will present a slide show of the rock building’s history and transformation over the years. Visitors are always welcome.

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Sept. 30 Wednesday

• Flu Clinic: 8:30 a.m. to noon, PHS library

• 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

• Head Start Open House: 11 a.m. to noon, 1008 S. Westerly Road

Payson High School flu clinic

Payson High School and the Gila County Health Department will offer the seasonal flu shot (not the H1N1 flu vaccine) free to all Payson High School and Payson Center for Success students from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 30 in the school library.

Students must have a signed parent permission slip with them. Permission slips are available at the schools, on the PHS website (www.pusd.k12.az.us/phs) and in Edline.

The other district schools will be scheduled for the free seasonal flu shots after the Payson Schools fall break. Payson Elementary students will be offered the vaccine Oct. 20; Frontier, Oct. 26; and Rim Country Middle School, Oct. 27. Shots will be given to Young students Oct. 13 and in Tonto Basin Oct. 22.

For information, call (928) 474-2233.

Head Start open house

Payson Head Start invites the public to visit the school, at 1008 S. Westerly Road, for an open house from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 30. The event is part of the school’s program honoring October as National Head Start Month.

Representatives from the Rim Country Literacy Program will visit the students and read to them and present books for the Reading is Fundamental project at 11 a.m. Mayor Kenny Evans and Vice Mayor Su Connell will present a proclamation at 11:15 a.m. Let the staff at Head Start know you will be joining the festivities by calling (928) 474-2738.

Oct. 1 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

Middle school plans parent/teacher conferences

The Rim Country Middle School will have parent/teacher conferences from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1.

Middle school wrestling practice begins the first day of fall break and continues for two weeks. It will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the dome wrestling room. Volleyball camp will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Oct. 15-16 at PHS old gym. The cost is $10.

Free series on alternative wellness practices

Gila Community College will present a series of programs offering information to alternative approaches to overall wellness starting this week. The program — Mind, Body, Spirit Exploration — will take place at 6 p.m., Thursdays through Nov. 5. The programs are free, and no registration is required.

Marie Fasano, R.N., will present the first topic, Energy Balancing – Opening Your Energy Field, on Oct. 1. Juliet Wing will speak on Mandala – Create Your Own Sacred Circle for Meditation, on Oct. 8.

Tom Russell speaks on Oct. 15 about Super Wisdom – Stress Management in a Hectic World. Tony Alfano will discuss Ayurveda Part II – Rejuvenation and Life Extension.

Mike Rose will talk about Manifesting – Making Your Dreams Come True on Oct. 29. Vivian Seville will speak on Nov. 5 about Body Mapping – Becoming Cell-lingual.

Oct. 2 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

Alzheimer presentation

Payson Care Center and Payson United Methodist Church present Alzheimer 102, “A Doctor’s Viewpoint” at 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. Make a reservation with Cindy at (928) 951-2305. This is a free presentation.

New District Office open house set for First Friday

The Payson Unified School District’s office is now located in the historic Julia Randall rock building at 902 W. Main St. As part of the First Friday on Main Street festivities Oct. 2, the school board and staff invite the community to an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments.

Northern Gila County Historical Society will present a slide show of the rock building’s history and transformation over the years. Visitors are always welcome.

First Friday celebrates Oktober Beer Fest

Main Street celebrates the coming of fall with the 2nd Annual Oktober Beer Fest. Payson home brewers and their specially crafted Rim Country beer will be at six merchants up and down Main Street for you to taste. This is a free event, but is restricted to those over 21. Get your invitation at one of these Main Street Merchants: Down The Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St.; Tonto Rim Silk Screen & Embroidery, 605 W. Main St.; Jennifer’s Skin Care, 602 W. Main St.; Re-Runs Resale Boutique, 503 W. Main St.; Green Mountain Emporium, 501 W. Main St.; Main Street Mercantile, 216 W. Main St.

First Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, will also have plenty of fun and good food for everyone else, too. With more than 75 merchants on Main Street, 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.

Look for these special features at members of the guild:

Along with our Home Brew Master John Gould offering tastes of his latest brew, Down the Street Art Gallery will be having a live pastel portrait demo. The talented Sven Halle will be doing a portrait of our member artist Albert Goldman. The public will be able to see the portrait come to life during the course of the evening. Sven Halle accepts commissioned portraits in both oil and pastel, as well as does painting of landscapes and animals of the west. Most of the other member artists will be on hand with new artwork.

A Soup & Salad Dinner and Benefit Raffle is planned at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes a choice of four different soups, salad, roll and drink for just $5. Bring in any nonperishable food item and get a chance to win a yummy “Wine & Goodie Basket.” All food will go to local food banks. Eat in or get it To-Go.

Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery will host Jackie Bond, who paints on stone.  Using screwdriver and hammers, she chips out the design on Sierra Stone, then paints it. She will raffle off one of her hummingbird coasters at the First Friday reception.

Join Jennifer’s Skin Care for the Oktober BrewFest. Enjoy a sample brew from a local Micro Brewer in a historic Main Street building. Go back in time when you view the photos of the building over the 20th century. Check out Jennifer’s special room and sample wonderful products. Visitors also have a chance to win a free facial from Jennifer’s Skin Care by entering a drawing. 

Re-Runs will have a brewer station and will be serving up lots of fun. Take a guess how much candy is inside the glass lamp; if you guess the right amount, you will win a prize. Enjoy the fire in front of the store while you sit and talk with friends.

Green Mountain Emporium will have a home brewer and refreshments inside the store and a fire pit outside. RMG Concessions will be set up by Green Mountain Emporium serving barbecue sandwiches.

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 regardless of weather, 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.

Equine fund-raiser

Fall into the magic on Main Street at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. Stop by and meet the Payson Area Writers Society as they sign their new book, “Echoes from the Rim.”

All net proceeds from this compilation of short stories will go to New Hope Equine Rescue. This is a charity dedicated to the rescue of horses from perilous situations, their rehabilitation, if needed, and adoption into good, loving homes.

October at Bootleg Alley ushers in fall with great style. Music this month will be by Sounds Unlimited with Cindy and Lupe playing soft rock, country and doo-wop. Watch as local western artist, Conrad Okerwall demonstrates the art of western painting. Kate and Susie’s BBQ will serve up smoked beef, sausages and quesadillas. 

Visit Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St., between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2 and enjoy the fun.

First Friday at Payson Womans Club

Payson Womans Club, at 510 W. Main St., will be participating in First Friday on Oct. 2. The women will serve home-baked goods, hot dogs with all the trimmings and pop. Tickets will also be available for some Halloween items that will be raffled off that night.

For more information, call Jayne Pyle at 474-0380.

Oct. 3 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

Oct. 4 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

Concert in Tonto Village

The Tonto Village Chapel, 711 Haught, Tonto Village, will host a concert of praise and encouragement with Phil Dickey at 9 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 4.

Payson Area Life Chain

The annual Life Chain demonstration is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday Oct. 4 on the west side of Beeline Highway at Main Street. The demonstration will peacefully convey the message that participants believe abortion is grievously wrong, and that our churches are opposed to the unmerciful killing of pre-born boys and girls.

Bring a folding chair and a bottle of water. Organizers provide the signs.

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 St. (corner of Easy St. and Bradley).

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