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The Payson Farmers Market opened May 29. It will be open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s. The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the market will take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 5. Anne James will perform.

June 4 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

• Benefit supper: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

• First Friday: Historic Main Street, most events 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., some start earlier

• Caribbean music: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., East-West Exchange

Time Out Thrift Store sale

Take “time out 2 shop” at Payson’s favorite thrift store Friday, June 4 at a $1 Bag Sale on regular clothing (no boutique or western wear clothing included).

All profits from the shop support Time Out Inc., the shelter, transitional housing and domestic violence programs and services in the Payson community.

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

Benefit supper

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will serve supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 4 for $5 per plate. The menu includes Chicken Haystacks (chicken in a cream sauce over rice) with salad, roll, dessert and a beverage.

Live music will be provided to entertain diners. Dinners may be ordered to go. All proceeds from the sales go to the Child Learning Center.

First Friday

Enjoy an ideal summer evening at June’s First Friday on Historic Main Street at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 4. There will be food and music and opportunities to help area charities.

Meanwhile, at Down the Street Art Gallery visitors to Historic Main Street will find the 3rd Annual Silent Auction for the Humane Society. This event starts at 4 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m., but auction bidding ends at 7:45 p.m. For more info, contact the gallery (928) 468-6129 or Humane Society volunteer Betty (928) 468-7132.

All proceeds go to support the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Down the Street Art Gallery is at 703 W. Main St., Payson in one of the area’s historic homes.

Caribbean music

Can’t manage to get away to the islands of the Caribbean this summer? Stop by East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St, Suite 102, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 4 for free Caribbean Vibe Music with Dee Dread and Sister Care-I.

June 5 Saturday

• Lions Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., 114 E. Cedar Lane, Crossroads Church

• Community Swim Meet: 8 a.m., Taylor Pool, North Rumsey Park on McLane Road

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

• Open house: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tonto Rim Sports Club open house at the Jim Jones Shooting Range

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

• Time Out Fashion Show: noon, Payson Elks

• Humane Society Benefit: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Country Wine, Jazz, Cheese & Chocolate Festival benefit for the Humane Society of Central Arizona at La Cienega Ranch; call (928) 970-0011 for details

• Author visits: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., meet author Mary Williams at East-West Exchange

• Piano concert: 2 p.m., Chapel at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 N. Ponderosa Dr., Payson

• Dance recital: 7 p.m., Payson High auditorium

Pancake breakfast

Payson Lions will host a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 5 at the Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane.

Two free tickets will be given away on KMOG each week until June 5. Breakfast will be just $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Proceeds support the Lions’ continued support of the sight and hearing impaired.

No fee days for forest

Tonto National Forest officials announced the forest is joining with other agencies included under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) in hosting two “no fee” weekends in addition to the already scheduled no-fee days on National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day later in the year.

The first no-fee weekend is this weekend, June 5 and 6, in honor of National Trails Day, the American Hiking Society’s awareness program encouraging trail enthusiasts and volunteers to explore America’s extensive trail network.

Payson Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market opened May 29. It will be open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s.

Now’s the time to enjoy spring vegetables like lettuces, greens, garlic and onions. Summer crops like tomatoes, corn and squash will arrive closer to July, and further down the road there will be fall crops.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the market will take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 5. Anne James will perform.

Brush dropoffs

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, June 5, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Hwy. 260, east of Payson.

• Sunday, June 6, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Hwy. 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

Swim meet set

A benefit swim meet is planned for Saturday, June 5 at Taylor Pool.

This is the Town of Payson Community Swim Meet open to both children and adults of all ages and abilities.

There is a $5 entry fee. Warm-ups start at 8 a.m. and the meet is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the 2010 Payson Pikes Swim Team.

The meet is sponsored by Evo Swim School. For more information, visit the Web site www.evoswimschool.com/payson.

Open house at range

Tonto Rim Sports Club will have an open house at the Jim Jones Shooting Range from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 5. The Jim Jones Shooting Range is located south of Payson. The festivities are free to the public and include the opportunity to shoot different styles and calibers of firearms, also free of charge. This is a great opportunity for children to learn the rules and safe handling of firearms.

To find the Jim Jones Shooting Range — on Highway 87, go 2.2 miles south of the casino (.3 mile south of Gibson Ranch Road); turn left (east) onto gravel road, then go 1.5 miles to entrance. For more information, call (928) 468-1521.

Time Out Fashion Show

The Time Out Fashion Show is from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 5 at The Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Tickets are $15 each. For tickets, call (928) 472-8007 and ask for Sharon, or stop by the Time Out Thrift Shop on South Beeline Highway to purchase.

Author visits

East West Exchange, 100 N Tonto St, Suite 102, is hosting author Mary Williams at a book signing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 5.

Williams is a Payson resident and author of three books.

Humane Society benefit

The Country Wine, Jazz, Cheese & Chocolate Festival benefit for the animals of the Humane Society of Central Arizona takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 5 at La Cienega Ranch, located off Control Road, with ponds, streams, ramada, trails and gardens.

A limited number of tickets remain and members of the Humane Society are selling them. The cost is $100 per person or $175 per couple. For ticket sources, contact HSCAZ board president Bill Enlund, (928) 970-0011.

Piano concert

The music students of Victoria Harris will present a concert at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 5 in the Chapel at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 N. Ponderosa Drive, Payson.

The concert and reception are open, free of charge to the public. 

For further information, please call Harris at (928) 474-9490.

Free movie in Pine

The movie, Magdalena: Through Her Eyes will be presented from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 5 at the Pine Community Center.

Sponsored by the Women’s Ministry at Church on Randall Place, the evening will include fellowship and discussion, snacks and gift bags.

For more information, contact Simone Lake at (928) 595-0837.

Concert Under the Stars

The first of the 2010 Concert Under the Stars series in Green Valley Park is tonight at 7 p.m. when the Terry McFee Orchestra performs a wide range of selections from waltzes through 1950s rock and roll.

Vendor booths open at 6 p.m.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Dance recital

Dancin’ on the Rim dancers will present a recital at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 5 at the Payson High School Auditorium on Longhorn Road.

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