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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. Register on site starting at 7 a.m.

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

Dinner theater

Visit MoJoe’s at 503 W. Main St. at 6 p.m., Friday, July 16 for a dinner theater performance by the Humor Me Theater Troupe. The cost is $15 per person.

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

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.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

• Saturday, July 17, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

• Sunday, July 18, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

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 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. 

Pine events

The annual meeting of the Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic Board of Directors will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 17 at the clinic. The board is currently looking for two new members, one to serve a 2-year term, and the other for a 3-year term. Most board meetings take place at 5:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month — the board’s function is to maintain a provider as well as the clinic facilities.

If you are interested in serving on the board or have questions about the board, please contact Linda Coglan, board president, at (928) 970-1086 or attend the meeting.

Also taking place in Pine — from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 17 is the “Make a Splash” reading program’s Open House and Art Show at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library. There will be refreshments served.

Celebrate School Night is scheduled from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the school gym. There will be a free spaghetti dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria for all who wish to attend the event. They will be serving until 6:15 p.m. or until they run out of food.

July at the Payson Library

Family Board Game Day is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 17 at the Payson Public Library. All ages are invited to the library meeting room for free family time fun. Contact Harryette Stanley at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

A Video Game Tournament for youngsters ages 10 and older will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 31 at the Payson Public Library. This month’s tournament is Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Contact Harryette Stanley at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

Candidate forum

Republican Precinct Committeemen and concerned citizens will meet in Payson Saturday, July 17 to get to know the eight Republican candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives Arizona Congressional District 1 seat, currently held by Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Congressional District 1 covers eight counties, including most of rural Arizona.

The program will include remarks by all eight candidates followed by a question and answer session. Bradley Beauchamp, Rusty Bowers, Paul Gosar, Sydney Hay, Joe Jaraczewski, Jon Jensen, Steve Mehta, and Thomas Zaleski will participate. Lunch and snack concessions will be available throughout the afternoon.

The forum is from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Payson High School auditorium, 408 W. Longhorn Rd., Payson.

For more information, contact:  Jeff Loyd, Gila County Republican Chairman, (623) 332-2922 or Gary Morris, media coordinator, (602) 803-7366, mercurymorris @hotmail.com

This event is sponsored by all eight county Republican committees of CD1, and hosted by the Gila County Republican Committee.

Concert Under the Stars

The J. Powers Band performs in the Green Valley Amphitheater at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 17 as part of the Concert Under the Stars series for 2010.

The group performs blues, classic rock, rhythm and blues, Motown and soul.

Vendor booths open at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, actual seating is limited.

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