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Parade entries sought

The August Doin’s Rodeo Parade — Ropin’ and Ridin’ — will be held Saturday, Aug. 21 on Historic Main Street in Payson. The parade is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Public Service.

The fun will start at 9 a.m., when the cowboys and cowgirls will strut their stuff, along with the floats, cars, tractors, teams, bands and units of the El Zaribah Shriners. The parade will go east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing.

For parade applications, please stop by the chamber office at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main, or go online to www.rimcountrychamber.com. Applications are due by Aug. 14.

Falconers gathering in Payson

The AZ Falconers Association will have a two-day event in Payson Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15.

Activities planned include: education on the ancient art of falconry; a talk on what it takes to be a falconer in this day and age; a BB gun shooting contest; an apprentice/pre-apprentice workshop; an equipment-making workshop; a hawk coping demonstration; and a hood-making workshop.

The location of the gathering is 607 W. Main St., Payson.

Authors visit

East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Ste 102, Payson, will host author Nancy Lee Burns from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14. Burns will read and sign copies of her book, “Retirement: Sacred or Scared.” The book tells the story of a woman who takes the plunge into retirement at the age 55.

A second author, Mitzi Boles, will be hosted for a reading and book signing from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15. Boles will read and sign copies of her book, “Mom, I Found a Bunny!”

For more information about either event, call (928) 468-2435.

Kids fishing classes

Kids in the first- through the fifth-grades can learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from Mark Kile, a professional bass fisherman, at Green Valley Lake. All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Children should bring their own water. There is limited space available, so register early.

Registration closes Monday, Aug. 16. The program is from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, a half-day at schools. The cost is $5 per child.

Register at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, Payson or call (928) 474-5232, ext. 7 for information.

ArtoberFest applications due by Aug. 15

Applications for the Payson Art League ArtoberFest Fall Art Show and Sale are now available. The show will be Oct. 22, 23 and 24. For information and applications, contact Glenda Roark at (928) 468-6965. The deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 15.

Southwestern Indian rock art

The Library Friends of Payson will host Arizona Humanities Council Road Scholar Allen Dart at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 16.

Dart will present the program “Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art” at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane in Rumsey Park.

Ancient Indian pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. But are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans, themselves? Dart’s program illustrates southwestern petroglyphs and pictographs, and discusses how even the same rock are symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives.

The LFOP will have a meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the free program, which is sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. A potluck luncheon will follow. For more information, contact Bessie Tucker at the Payson Public Library, (928) 474-9260.

Bookstore clearance

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will have an End-of-Summer Clearance of hardback books through August. The books will be on sale at two for the price of one. 

For the sake of our environment, the Payson Public Library and the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will no longer offer plastic grocery bags for carrying books. However, sturdy recycled tote bags with the library logo are available for only $1.50.

Elk viewing workshop

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in partnership with the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, will conduct a public wildlife-viewing workshop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15 with a presentation and brief slideshow at the Payson Police Department meeting room, 303 N. Beeline Hwy. This program is designed to help people find, observe and enjoy elk and some of the state’s many wildlife species on their own. Participants will then have transportation provided to view elk in the wild.

The workshop is $5 per person, which includes the transportation costs.

Register now through Friday, Sept. 10 at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or online at www.paysonparks.com. Call the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office for more information at (928) 474 5242, ext. 7.

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