Getaway Around Rim Country

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Photo courtesy of Carol Osman Brown

One of the annual Labor Day weekend events in the Rim Country is Beaver Valley Day, to be held Sept. 4. See details for the event and other holiday festivities on Page 2.

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 $1.50.

Compassionate Friends Butterfly Release, Picnic

Bereaved families, relatives and friends who have experienced the death of a child are invited to attend The Rim Country Compassionate Friends Butterfly Release and Picnic in remembrance of all beloved children who have died.

The picnic begins at noon, Saturday, Aug. 28 at Green Valley Park near the bandstand.

Families are asked to bring their favorite potluck dish or dessert. Rim Country Compassionate Friends will provide the burgers and hot dogs.

A butterfly release is planned for 1 p.m. There will be a short program of readings, poems, and music. Butterflies will be given to those in attendance. The butterflies are inside a special box, kept sleeping until just prior to the release. It is an exciting and impressive sight as the boxes are opened and the butterflies take flight.

The Butterfly Release is not a time to mourn for the children who have died; it is a time to celebrate that they lived. Since early times the butterfly has symbolized renewed life. The Compassionate Friends has adopted the butterfly as one of its symbols and a sign of hope.

For more information, contact Bill Knauss, (928) 978-1492.

Benefit planned

Payson First Church of the Nazarene is having a benefit from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 at 200 E. Tyler Parkway. Proceeds will benefit Safe Haven Preschool and its Hands in Motion children's puppet team.

Find a special treasure and enjoy breakfast and/or lunch at the church.

Elk viewing workshop in Payson

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 starting at the Payson Police Department meeting room at 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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