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Head up to Pine and Strawberry this weekend for a fun, action-packed time. Go to the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show Friday through Sunday at the Pine Cultural Hall; attend the Strawberry Festival at the Pine Community Center Saturday and Sunday; then wander up to Strawberry for the Strawberry Valley Blues Festival, which will start at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

June 11 Friday

• Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center Cultural Hall; $2

• 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

• Zane Grey Twirlers Square Dance Festival: 7 p.m., Tonto Apache Recreation Center

Community rummage sale

The community of East Verde Park is having its annual rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, and from 7 a.m. to noon, Sunday, June 13. Everyone is invited.

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, June 12, 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, June 13, 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.

Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show, Strawberry Festival

The 14th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show will be held June 11, 12 and 13 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission is $2.

Visitors will enjoy displays of quilts and wearable items. Along with the Berry Patch Boutique filled with quality handmade items, a vendor mall and quilt appraisals, the quilters will be selling tickets for their beautiful opportunity quilt. Please check out the website, for more information.

The quilt show is held in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival, which takes place June 12 and 13.

Square dance festival

The Zane Grey Twirlers are sponsoring the 30th Annual Square and Round Dance Festival June 11 and June 12 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center, southeast of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Friday night dancers will enjoy pre-rounds with Ernie and Barb Lopez of Prescott at 7 p.m. Then at 8 p.m. the square dancing will start with one of the country’s top callers, Mike Seastrom of Tarzana, Calif.

Pre-rounds begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 12, followed by the Grand March at 7:45 p.m. Square dancing gets underway at 8 p.m.

Come watch the fun for free. For more information, call Elisabeth at (928) 474-5138 or Julie at (928) 482-8115.

June 12 Saturday

• Sprint Triathlon: 7 a.m., Taylor Pool; $50 per person or $75 per team

• Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing

• Mogollon Garden Tour: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., various locations, get map at chamber, Ace, Plant Fair, libraries; $5

• Strawberry Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Writing, photo workshop: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church; $35

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 2 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

• Author visits: Art Russo, East West Exchange, 11 1 p.m.

• Strawberry Blues Festival: 11 a.m., Strawberry; $15 for adults, $10 for children; held in conjunction with Mountain Bike Festival

• Book signing: Rim Country Museum, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Jayne Peace Pyle and Jinx Pyle will sign copies of their new book Payson

• Tips for Rotarians: 5 p.m., Fargo’s Steak House, $25

• Concert Under the Stars: 7 p.m., Green Valley Park, Code Blue, free

Sprint triathlon

The annual Sprint Triathlon is Saturday, June 12, starting at 7 a.m. at Taylor Pool, North Rumsey Park. Participants will compete in a 500-yard swim; a 15-mile bike ride; and a 5K run. Registration is $50 for individuals and $75 for a team. Participants must be at least 15.

Forms are available at the parks office in Green Valley Park or online at

Payson Farmer’s Market

The Payson Farmer’s Market is at Sawmill Crossing, 816 S. Beeline Highway, in front of the movie theater and behind Chili’s Restaurant. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October.

Meet neighbors for coffee and treats; relax and enjoy music of the 1970s and 80s with Roger Williams. Contact Lorian at (928) 468-0961 with questions.

Mogollon Garden Tour

Tour some of the Rim Country’s prettiest gardens from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 12. In addition to the creativity of gardeners, visitors on the tour will see the works of a number of the Rim’s artists as well.

Tickets for the self-guided tour are $5 per person and may be purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main, Ace Hardware and Nursery in Payson, Plant Fair Nursery in Star Valley, and at both the Payson and Pine libraries.

Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival will be at the Pine Community Center and feature plenty of family fun. Sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Business Community, the event is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 12 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 13.

Workshop on travel writing, photography 

The Rim Country District of Arizona Press Women will have a Travel Writing & Photography Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 12 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and is $35 per person.

Speakers at the workshop will include photographer Nick Berezenko, writers Vera Marie Badertscher of Tucson and Jaimie Hall Bruzenak. Participating in the “Pro Panel” presentation will be Pete Aleshire, Ken Brooks and Carol Osman Brown.

Author visits

East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Suite 102, Payson, is hosting Art Russo for a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 12.

Russo will sign copies of his book, Mexico, Menehunes, Modern Day Prisons & Other Mysterious Characters and Places, which is a compilation of short stories and poems about Mexico, Hawaii, the Northwest, Arizona prisons and judicial system.

Mountain Bike and Strawberry Blues Festival

Rim Country Mountain Bike Festival with the Strawberry Valley Blues Festival is June 12 and June 13 in Strawberry and other locations around the Rim Country.

Planned rides for all skill and endurance levels are scheduled Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13. For details contact Hike, Bike, & Run at (928) 478-6918 or at shop@hikebikeand

The Strawberry Valley Blues Festival is being held in a meadow up in Strawberry at the end of the pavement on Fossil Creek Road. Performances begin at 11 a.m. both Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13.

Admission is $15 per day for adults and $10 per day for children. Visit for more information.

Book signing

Jayne Peace Pyle and Jinx Pyle will be signing copies of their new book, “Payson” by Arcadia Publishing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 12 at the Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park, 700 Green Valley Parkway, Payson.

Tips for Rotarians

Have some fun, a great dinner out and help the Rotary Club of Payson Saturday, June 12. Rotary Club members will be serving in costume as movie and television personalities at Fargo’s Steak House starting at 5 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and for $25 guests can enjoy prime rib, coconut salmon or Tuscan smothered chicken.

Cursillo reunion

The Cursillo community of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will have a reunion at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 12. The church, at 1000 N. Easy St. in Payson, will be hosting an ecumenical reunion (Ultera) for all of the local Cursillo and Walk to Emmaus graduates. The program will start with a “Taize” service followed by a meal.

June 13 Sunday

• Chili cook-off: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Jazz Concert: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church; $5 donation

Chili cook-off

The 39th Annual Arizona State Chili Cook-off is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 13 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. While there is no admission, those who would like to help make the selection for the People’s Choice Award will need to purchase a $5 tasting kit, which includes fry bread. Proceeds will benefit the Time Out Shelter of Payson.

For details contact: Plager at or call (720) 244-0990 or Linda Mathiesen at linda or call 1-800-777-7529, ext. 1001.

Jazz concert

Guitar sensation Johnny Carrasco performs at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. Appearing with Carrasco will be Sherry Petta, pianist and vocalist; Dave Grale, upright acoustic bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

While a RSVP is not required, you may request advance seating by contacting Gerry Reynolds at, or calling (602) 619-3355.

Looking ahead Operation Space VBS

Calvary Chapel’s Vacation Bible School will feature the theme “Operation Space” from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17. Register Monday morning, June 14.

The program is for children 4 years of age through the sixth grade. Calvary Chapel is at 1103 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Register now for summer rec program’s second session

Register children today for the second session of the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Summer Recreation Program, being held Monday-Thursday, July 5 -July 22.

Children will participate in inside and outside games, do arts and crafts, go on field trips, walk to the parks and have a snack all under the supervision of Certified Teachers and their assistants. In addition, a new and exciting addition to the program this year is the involvement of the Payson Police and Fire Departments, which will be putting on special programs and activities for the children on various days in each session.

Hours of the program are from 8 a.m. to noon and the cost is $75 per child, which includes a daily snack. Space is limited, so register today at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or online at


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