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The 2010 Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping is Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Payson Event Center. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Entrants, their families and the public are invited to the dinner and dance Saturday evening with food catered by Suzy Q’s BBQ beginning at 5 p.m. and music by DJ Johnny from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $15 for dinner and dance or $5 dance only. There will be a Calcutta Auction at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Kids’ Dummy Roping at 8 p.m. The Payson Event Center is located on the west side of Hwy. 87 (the Beeline), across from the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Aug. 4 Wednesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 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

• Reading groups organizing: 6 p.m., East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St..

Reading groups organizing

Anyone interested in starting one or more new reading groups is invited to East West Exchange, 100 N Tonto St., Ste. 102, Payson from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss ideas and suggestions for various reading groups. Groups will be formed and meeting dates and times, as well as book selections established. Possible groups include: mystery books, exclusively for lovers of mystery and suspense books; general fiction currently hitting the suggested reading lists; nonfiction reading or theme groups on books by a favorite author or about a favorite subject.

Aug. 5 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

• Fry bread sale: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tonto Apache Gym; benefits students with football registration fees

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

• Meet the candidates:6 p.m., Tiny’s Restaurant

Memorial fry bread sale will help student athletes

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to stop by the Tonto Apache Gym from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 for the David “Kenny” Davis and Greg Davis Memorial Fry Bread Sale. Proceeds from the sale will help pay football registration fees for students in need of assistance.

Buy a fry bread with the toppings of your choice, plus a drink for just $5.

For more information, call Sophie Davis at (928) 978-3688 or Michelle at (928) 951-1770.

Pioneer Clubs resume

Pioneer Clubs will start meeting Aug. 5. The programs are Thursdays after school from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Group assignments are: Grades 1-2 - Voyagers; Grades 3-4 -Pathfinders; Grade 5 - Trailblazers.

Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline, hosts the program, which requires no fee and provides handbooks and transportation. For more information, call (928) 474-9279.

Meet the candidates

The Payson Tea Party is sponsoring a meet and greet for all candidates in Legislative District 5 and Congressional District 1. This is an opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with the candidates and learn more about them and their political views. The event will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Aug. 6 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

• Children’s art show: 5 p.m., Artists of the Rim Gallery

• Benefit supper: 5 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, $5 per plate

• First Friday: 5 p.m., Historic Main Street, businesses and organizations open late with deals, food and entertainment

Children’s Recycled Art Show

The SonShine Club, a non-profit, K-5 childcare program, will be participating in the Aug. 6 First Friday event on Main Street in conjunction with the Artists of the Rim Gallery.

During the summer break, SonShine Kids created works of art using traditional “throw-away” household items. Come and view the results of these young, creative, minds from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6.

The SonShine Club is located at The Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street. For more information, call (928) 474-5437.

Benefit supper

The Community Presbyterian Church is having a benefit supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6. Enjoy Taco Salad, rice and beans, chips, dessert and beverage for just $5. Great live entertainment will also be featured.

There will also be a sale of handmade one-of-a-kind items as well as homemade baked goods, jams, jellies and other delicious goodies.

Proceeds from the dinner go to our Child Learning Center. For more information, call (928) 474-2059 or (928) 474-4637.

Humane Society Thrift Shop

The Humane Society Thrift Shop, 404 W. Main St., will celebrate its one-year anniversary Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7. The shop will be open until 8 p.m. Friday for the First Friday festivities, and will offer refreshments, special sales and even some staff and customers modeling thrift shop fashions starting at 6 p.m.

First Friday

Visit historic Main Street for a variety of special events at the galleries and shops, clubs and organizations from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6.

Artists of the Rim Gallery and Down the Street Gallery are both hosting special programs for new and guest artists. Anniversary celebrations are taking place at other businesses.

Aug. 7 Saturday

• T-shirts and 4-miler race: 6 a.m., Rumsey Park Ramada 5

• Lions Pancake Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane

• Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping: 7:30 sign-in, Payson Event Center

• Payson Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing

• Gun and Knife Show: 9 a.m., Tonto Apache Gymnasium

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Payson Public 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

• Princess Tea Party: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., girls ages 4 to 7, Payson Public Library

T-shirts and a 4-miler race

Payson Parks & Rec has a surplus of outdated T-shirts and they’re going Saturday, Aug. 7 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5.

Runners, walkers, dog walkers, all ages welcome for this ‘almost’ 4-mile race. Sort through boxes of T-shirts on race day and pick out something to take home.

Check-in at 6 a.m. at Ramada 5, race starts at 7 a.m. The entry fee is $10

The top five women contestants and top five men contestants will receive something from the T-shirt collection. The race will have a 90-minute time limit. The clock turns off at 8:30 a.m.

Sign up now. Register online at www.paysonparks.com. Day of race registration will also be available.

Please contact the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for more information, (928) 474-5242, extension 7, or online at www.paysonparks.com.

Lions Pancake Breakfast

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation will host a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 at Crossroads Church, 114 E Cedar Lane.

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will go to the Payson Lions Charitable Foundation to continue providing eye exams, glasses and hearing aides to the residents of Payson. Payson Lions will host a Pancake Breakfast the first Saturday of the month through September.

This month, a special raffle for a $25 Bashas’ gift certificate will also be offered. Tickets are $1.

The Lions Club thanks Crossroads Church for the facility for this event.

Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping

The 2010 Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping will be Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Payson Event Center. The entry fee is $30 per contestant (cash only). Entries will be taken Saturday; books open at 7:30 a.m. and events begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Entrants, their families and the public are invited to the dinner and dance Saturday evening with food catered by Suzy Q’s BBQ beginning at 5 p.m. and music by DJ Johnny from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $15 for dinner and dance or $5 dance only. There will be a Calcutta Auction at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Kids’ Dummy Roping at 8 p.m.

The Payson Event Center is located on the west side of Hwy. 87 (the Beeline), across from the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Proceeds support GLH programs: assistance to a family for a child’s crisis medical bills, child safety program, and car seats for families in need. GLH programs are administered by the Mogollon Health Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Payson Farmers Market

National Farmer’s Market Week will be celebrated at the Payson Farmers Market Saturday, Aug. 7.

Besides all the great produce and artisan foods, visitors can play trivia for on the spot prizes and each hour enjoy a raffle for tickets for the Grand Canyon Railway, the Firing Pin Gun Show, the Verde Canyon Railroad, including dinner and show at Blazin’ M Ranch and a “best of the market” gift basket of goodies. There will be folklore entertainment all morning from visiting musicians Jean Wilcox-Hibben and “Uncle Butch” of the Mormon Pioneers and crowd favorite, Anne James. There will also be “main course” cooking demonstrations at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Hwy., between Chili’s and Sawmill Theater. For more information, call Lorian at (928) 468-0961 or visit the Web site www.Payson FarmersMarket.info.

Gun and Knife Show

The ninth annual Payson Gun and Knife Show, presented by Firing Pin Enterprises, Inc. at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium is Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8.

Vendors from several Western states will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade. New, used and antique firearms, knives and related Western memorabilia will be available to see, touch and buy. Also on hand will be ammunition, books, coins and variety of shooting, hunting, and outdoor accessories.

The public may bring firearms and related items to sell, trade or have appraised. All applicable local, state and federal laws will be observed.

Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8.

For additional information visit www. firingpin.com or call (928) 485-0437.

Princess Tea Party

Young ladies of the Rim Country are invited to a Princess Tea Party at the Payson Public Library. Join us for tea (iced) and snacks, fun games and great prizes. Play dress up and walk our Fashion Runway Show.

Two tea parties will be hosted, one for each age group. The party for those 4 to 7 will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7; and the party for young ladies ages 8 to 12 is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21.

Each gathering is limited to 25 girls and only one sign-up per child. Sign-up in the Children’s Room or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to reserve a spot.

Aug. 8 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.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

• Jazz concert: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, $5 donation

Jazz concert

The Payson Friends of Jazz will feature jazz pianist and vocalist Bill Ippolito in a free performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

A resident of Newport Beach, Calif., Ippolito is a popular club player in that area. He has family members residing in Payson, and we are fortunate in that he agreed perform for us while visiting them here. Joining Ippolito to form an instrumental trio will be Chris Long on acoustic bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

Ippolito has selected a number of popular tunes to sing and play, many of which originated from the Great American Songbook of American composers, such as “How About You,” “Just In Time,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” “It’s Delovely,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “Day By Day,” “Nica’s Dream,” “Medication,” and many more.

And, just for the fun of it, he says he will add an operatic tune by Puccini called “O Mio Bobbino Caro,” supported by his special guest, an opera singer.

Sounds like a fun afternoon of music entertainment.

A $5 donation at the door includes refreshments.

RSVP by return e-mail to gerryr@cox.net.

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