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July 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

• Decadent Dessert Bash: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

• First Friday: events up and down old Main Street, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• See page 2A for a list of Fourth of July weekend events

Thrift Shop Dollar Days

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have $1 Days through July 3.

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The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation will host a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, July 3 at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson. Adult tickets are $5 and children can eat for $3. Proceeds will go to the Payson Lions Charitable Foundation to continue providing eye exams, glasses and hearing aids to the residents of Payson. Payson Lions will host a Pancake Breakfast the first Saturday of the month through September.

Get a bag of clothes for $1(no boutique or western wear included); 10 regular books for only $1; 10, 25-cent drinking glasses, cups or glass vases for only $1; and all 25-cent knick knacks will be 10 for $1.

The thrift shop is at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s), and the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The shop will be closed July 5 in observance of the July 4 holiday.

Donations are accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July.

Volunteers will pick up gently used furniture and larger donations. Just call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

Thrift store special

The Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store will have all linens at 50 percent off the marked prices through July 3. Fourth of July items such as decorations and shirts also are on display.

The store, located on the west side of Highway 87 in downtown Pine, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Join the party

The Community Presbyterian Church is celebrating its 75th anniversary all year long. Part of the celebration will be during the Fourth of July weekend with two different events.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, July 2 Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will have a Decadent Dessert Bash featuring delicious sweets for just a donation at the door. Live music to entertain you will also be provided.

Then from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 4 there will be a patriotic celebration with Claudio’s “Chile Hot Jazz Band” along with hot dogs, displays, raffle and more.

The church will also offer free parking in its lot for those interested in going over to the park after Sunday’s event to enjoy the fireworks.

Call (928) 474-2059 for more information.

First Friday fun

Get ready to blast-off for an evening of fun, food, music and ambiance as Main Street merchants celebrate America’s birthday. On July 2, shops up and down Historic Main Street will remain open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Payson’s award-winning First Friday Art & Antiques Walk.

Right in the center of Payson’s historic business district, Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St., will host music by Brandon Shepard. There will also be brats served up by members of the Kiwanis Club, ice cream from Scoops, and See’s Chocolates from the Soroptimists.

Local western artist Conrad Okerwall will be demonstrating his artistic skill and meeting the public. The Humane Society will be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations. Guests can also purchase tickets for the “1920s Passport to Paris” — the Payson Community Kids first gala event.

Mina Cavanaugh, will be the guest artist at Artists of the Rim Gallery during July featuring her jewelry crafted from heirloom silver. There will be a reception in her honor at First Friday on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 2, along with music by Brooks and Yoder.

Elsewhere on old Main, there will be a variety of craft vendors selling their wares, and at Down the Street Gallery, tickets for a drawing to benefit the Rim Country Literacy Program will be held. The winning tickets will get to choose one of two prints by one of the gallery’s founders, Minette Richardson.

Jazz in the Rim Country

Enjoy guitarist and vocalist Joanie Smith with saxophonist Robert Tarallo and drummer Gerry Reynolds performing standard romantic ballads and jazz tunes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, July 2 in a relaxed setting at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. in Payson. The church is serving a meal and refreshments for $5. However, purchase of a dinner is not necessary for those who would like to come just to listen and enjoy the fellowship of others.

What could be more American than listening to the music of American composers — specifically jazz — which has been called America’s only original musical art form.

As part of the Sunday Fourth of July Celebration, Claudio’s Chile Hot Jazz Band will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Payson Community Presbyterian Church as part of the church’s 75th anniversary bazaar.

This Dixieland — or New Orleans-style — band is led by Claudio Zamorano on trumpet, with trumpeter Ken Taylor, bass trombone player Mike Buskirk, tuba player Dave Ihlenfeld, banjo player Dale Knighton, and drummer Gerry Reynolds.

July 3 Saturday

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

• Benefit Car Wash: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., corner of W. Bonita and Hwy. 87

• Payson Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing, corner of South Beeline and West Main

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• PSWID board meeting: 10 a.m., Pine Elementary School

• 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

• See page 2A for a list of Fourth of July weekend events

Lions Pancake Breakfast

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation will host a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, July 3 at Crossroads Church, 114 E Cedar Lane, Payson. Adult tickets are $5 and children can eat for $3. Proceeds 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.

The Lions Club offers a special thanks to the congregation of the Crossroads Church for their facility for this event.

Benefit car wash

Parents of Gifted and Talented, a new non-profit organization dedicated to helping students with field trips and giving scholarships to teachers for gifted certification, plan a car wash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 3. It will be in front of the old Habitat for Humanity building at Bonita and Highway 87. All donations will benefit students from Payson who are working toward an educational trip to Washington, D.C. scheduled for spring break 2011.

The group will have another fund-raiser July 23 and July 24. A rummage sale is planned at the same site from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The group is looking for donated items to sell. Contact Kristi Kisler at (928) 595-0192 to arrange drop-off or pick-up of donated items.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing only one free brush drop-off point. 

Saturday, July 3 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

The Pine Pit will be closed for the Fourth of July. 

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Payson Farmers Market

While out and about over the Fourth of July weekend, take time between 8 a.m. and noon, Saturday, July 3 to stop by the Payson Farmers Market at Sawmill Crossing.

Shop the market for all kinds of amazing foods — from fresh produce to free range beef to seasonings, oils, sauces, breads and desserts. Enjoy hot tamales and Chicago dogs while you listen to a variety of music by Lobo.

Water board meeting

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Board will meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 3 at the Pine Elementary School. Included on the agenda for this meeting are the proposed budget and 2011 rate changes. To review the proposals, visit the Web site at www.pswid.org.  

July 4 Sunday

• INDEPENDENCE DAY

Diamondback ticket raffle

The Community Presbyterian Church is raffling tickets for the Diamondback games on July 23 and 24, Aug. 7 and 21, and Sept. 4 and 25. The winner will receive two tickets.

The raffle begins Sunday, July 4 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. during its Independence Day Celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Raffle tickets may be purchased weekdays at the church from 9 a.m. to noon through August 31. Winning tickets will be drawn for each month five days prior to the first game date and the winners will be notified by phone.

Call (928) 474-2059 weekdays for more information.

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