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Police dogs, handlers and trainers from all over the U.S. and Canada have come to Payson for the annual K-9 Officer Survival Seminar. Officers will put on a public demonstration that shows off the talent of these incredible dogs. The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, July 13, at the Payson Event Center just south of town. While there is no admission charge, donations to support this annual training will be accepted.

July 13 Tuesday

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

• Gold, silver, jewelry appraisal: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Majestic Mountain Inn, 602 E. Hwy. 260

• Special quilting program:10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mount Cross Lutheran Church

• Ann Kirkpatrick staff: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 610 E. Hwy. 260

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Police K-9 Unit demonstration: 6:30 p.m., Payson Event Center

Gold, silver and jewelry appraisal planned

The Gold and Silver Extravaganza will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 14 at the Majestic Mountain Inn, 602 E. Highway 260, Payson. The presenters will offer free appraisals for — and in most cases offer to buy — jewelry, gold, silver, coins, diamonds and watches.

Call (601) 500-0094 for more information.

Kirkpatrick staff in Payson

Staff members for the office of Representative Ann Kirkpatrick will be hosting open office hours in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 13 at the Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260, Payson.

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.

Raffle tickets may be purchased weekdays at the church, 800 W. Main St., from 9 a.m. to noon through Aug. 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.

July 14 Wednesday

• Voter registration: 9 a.m. to noon, Payson Public Library

• 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

• Voter registration: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Pine Library

Voter registration drive

The Gila County Recorder’s Office is holding a voter registration drive at the following locations and times in Payson and Pine-Strawberry:

• The Payson Public Library, 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 14

• The Pine-Strawberry Public Library, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 14

If you are not a registered voter, have moved or would like to change your party preference, please come out and see the recorders’ representatives.

The last day to register to vote in the Aug. 24 primary election is Monday, July 26. Early voting begins Thursday, July 29, 2010. Absentee ballots will be mailed out beginning July 29, 2010. The last day to request a ballot by mail is Friday, Aug. 13, 2010.

Homebound voters requiring assistance may contact the Gila County Recorder’s Office at (928) 402-8734 or (928) 402-8731.

July 15 Thursday

• “Introduction to Personal Computers”: 9 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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

• Live Music with Wayne Todd: 11 a.m., Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

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

Free introduction to personal computers

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., announces the seventh annual “Introduction to Personal Computers” course for all who may be interested in learning how to use a computer. The three-hour sessions will begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 15 and will continue for six weeks in succession.

Please call St. Paul’s at (928) 474-3834 and leave your name and a call back number to confirm your registration.

Dutch Oven Cooking registration due by July 15

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will have a Dutch Oven Cooking class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 24 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4. The cost is $30 per person and registration is due by July 15.

Dutch ovens will be provided, or participants can bring their own. It is also recommended to bring a comfortable folding chair. Go to the Parks Web site for more information, www.paysonrimcountry.com.

Live music at Senior Center

Wayne Todd, known as the Payson Balladeer, will entertain with live music at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 15.

Todd performs for the lunch crowd at the Center the first and third Thursdays of each month, and also at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., for First Friday activities.

Advance reservations are required for lunch. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members and persons younger than 60. For information, call (928) 474-4876 or stop in the Center lobby to pick up a menu and schedule of events.

The Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Register for fly-fishing classes by July 15

Join Bob Youtz of Trout Unlimited at the Parks & Recreation office to learn the art of fly-fishing in this two-part series on Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Fly-fishing 101 will cover classroom information on fly-fishing basics and history, while Fly-fishing 102 will include hands-on fishing techniques at Green Valley Lake. Participants will meet at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, Payson.

The fee of $10 per person covers registration for both classes, and participants must register in advance at the parks office or online at www.paysonparks.com. Registration deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 15. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or visit us on the web at www.paysonparks.com.

July 16 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

July 17 Saturday

• Payson Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m. to noon, 816 S. Beeline Highway in the Sawmill Crossing

• Arts & Crafts Fair: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mazatzal Casino

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• 3-D Family Archery Tournament: Jim Jones Shooting Range

• Blood Drive: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sawmill Theatres parking lot, 201 W. Main St.

• 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

• Pleasant Valley Days Quilt Show & Holiday Bazaar: Braswell’s Chuckwagon, Young, Ariz.

• Candidate Forum: 2 p.m., Payson High School

Payson Farmer’s Market

Tomatoes have ripened and are among the produce in good supply at the Payson Farmer’s Market. There are only a couple weeks left for Hauser corn to be sold, so come early for the best selection. Listen to contemporary country music with Halos and Horns while you shop Saturday, July 17. 

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway in front of Sawmill Theatres and behind Chili’s. Call (928) 468-0961 for more information. 

Mazatzal Casino Arts & Crafts Fair

The Mazatzal Casino Arts & Crafts Fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 17 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 18.

Artisans will be coming from New Mexico, Prescott and the Valley as well. The fair will be featuring jewelry of all kinds created from silver, Swarovski crystals and one-of-a-kind beads; pottery, oil paintings, gourds, new style totes, creative water colors, scarves, rugs, children’s crayon aprons, dolls, afghans, needlework, angels and more.

Blood drive Saturday

Sawmill Theatres’ summer blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 17 in the parking lot. The address of the theatre is 201 W. Main St.

If you would like to volunteer and assist with the blood drive, please contact Michelle Hayes at (928) 607-1242 or call Craig at (928) 951-1769. To sign up for an appointment go to www.bloodhero.com and look up under sponsor code Sawmill. All donors receive a voucher for a matinee movie and a scoop of ice cream or a coffee from Scoops Ice Cream. All donors are also entered to win a new VW Beetle. 

Shoot for the Rim 3-D Family Archery Tournament

Don’t forget to register now for this fantastic and affordable family outdoor recreation opportunity — Shoot for the Rim 3-D Family Archery Tournament takes place Saturday, July 17 at the Tonto Rim Sports Club Jim Jones Shooting Range.

Participants of all ages can compete in a two-course, 3-D archery tournament hosted by the Tonto Rim Sports Club in partnership with the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. There is fun for all ages, many different divisions for children through adults and two different 3-D target courses.

To download registration form, or register online, visit www.paysonparks.com, or stop at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, Payson.

Quilters invited to Young

Pleasant Valley Days Quilt Show X and Holiday Bazaar is July 17 in Young, Ariz.

The theme is 1887/2010 “Schnibbles” Scrappy Quilts. In 1887 the pioneer ladies had scraps left over from the dresses and shirts they made for their family. In 2010 we have to buy new fabric cut into scraps so we have scraps or “schnibbles.” Those entering the 1887/2010 “Schnibbles” Scrappy Quilt Contest will donate 43 to a jackpot for the favorite quilt as selected through a people’s choice vote at the show. Children participating will be asked to donate $1.50 per entry for a Children’s Jackpot. All children’s entries will be voted on as a separate group.

Participants may enter a quilt or item for display only with no fee, however the entry would not be eligible for prize money.

All quilts and projects need to be brought to Braswell’s Chuckwagon by Thursday, July 15.

Entry forms are available now. Forms should be completed and attached to each quilt. Quilts will be displayed inside, outside and all around Braswell’s Chuckwagon in Young.

A Holiday Bazaar featuring homemade breads, rolls, pizza, tamales, cakes, cookies, fudge and more will be held at Braswell’s Chuckwagon from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 17, with proceeds going to the person preparing the food.

Candidate forum

There will be a forum for the Republican candidates for Arizona’s first Congressional District July 17 at Payson High School, 408 W. Longhorn Road. Candidates scheduled to attend are Bradley Beauchamp, Rusty Bowers, Paul Gosar, Sydney Hay, Joe Jaraczewski, Jon Jensen, Steve Mehta and Thomas J. Zaleski.

Hosted by the Gila County GOP the forum will be called to order at 2 p.m. and the forum adjourns at 5:30 p.m.

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