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Shoot for the Rim 3-D Family Archery Shoot registration deadline is July 1 for the pre-registration discount; registration will also be taken the day of the event. The cost will depend on category in which entrant participates. Shoot for the Rim is at 7 a.m., Saturday, July 17 at the Tonto Rim Sports Club Jim Jones Shooting Range, south of Payson, 2.5 miles east of Highway 87 on Forest Road 208. Go to the Payson Parks Web site to learn more, www.paysonrimcountry.com.

June 30 Wednesday

• Walk in the Woods: 9 a.m. to noon, Payson Ranger Station

• 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

Walk in the Woods

Learn about restoring Southwestern forests with researchers from the Ecological Restoration Institute of Northern Arizona University and the Tonto National Forest. There will be a Walk in the Woods reception from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 30, starting at the Payson Ranger Station, 1009 E. Highway 260, Payson. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Bonnie Stevens at (928) 523-6228, or e-mail her at bonnie.stevens@nau.edu.

Thrift store special

The Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store will have all linens at 50 percent off the marked prices from June 30 to 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.

July 1 Thursday

• Deadline to register for Payson Parks Dog First Aid course and the Shoot for the Rim Archery Shoot

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 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

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

• Free concert: the U.S. Army Band performs in Pine, 7 p.m.

July 1 is registration deadline

Two Payson Parks and Recreation programs will close registration July 1.

Register now for the Dog First Aid and CPR program planned for noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 10 at the Payson Police Department meeting room.

The cost is $25 per person. American Red Cross representatives will cover many issues that dog owners could experience with their pets, including common ailments, life-threatening situations and how to handle choking and give CPR to a dog.

Those interested in participating in the “Shoot for the Rim” 3-D Family Archery Shoot must register by July 1 for a pre-registration discount; registration will also be taken the day of the event. The cost will depend on category in which entrant participates.

Shoot for the Rim is at 7 a.m., Saturday, July 17 at the Tonto Rim Sports Club Jim Jones Shooting Range, south of Payson, 2.5 miles east of Highway 87 on Forest Road 208.

Go to the Payson Parks Web site to learn more, www.paysonrimcountry.com.

Thrift Shop Dollar Days

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have $1 Days July 1, 2 and 3.

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 Saturday in July.

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

Free concert in Pine

The U.S. Army Band will present a free concert at the Pine Community Center in the cultural hall at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 1.

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 pages 2A and 7A for a list of Fourth of July weekend events that begin Friday, July 2

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 Street 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 a program 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.

July 3 Saturday

• 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 pages 2A and 7A for a list of Fourth of July weekend events that are taking place Saturday, July 3

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 - See a story about all the holiday weekend’s events on Pages 2A and 7A.

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.

Looking ahead Vacation Bible school

The Great Bible Land Dig is the theme for 5- to 12-year-olds at VBS from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, July 5 through Friday, July 9 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy St., behind Ace Hardware.

The afternoons will be filled with music, games, snacks, crafts, storytelling and an archaeological dig. There is no cost to participate and registration forms are available through the offices of Community Presbyterian Church, Mount Cross Lutheran Church, Payson United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, or by phoning (928) 474-KIDS (5437).

Kyl’s staff in Payson

Emily Pitha, a constituent service representative for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, will conduct office hours at the Gila County Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260 in Payson from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 6. 

This is a great opportunity for constituents to have Senator Kyl help resolve problems they are having with a federal agency. Constituents seeking assistance with federal agencies are asked to bring copies of documentation relevant to their concern.

If you have any questions, please call the Senator’s Phoenix office at (602) 840-1891.

Visit Zane Grey Cabin site

The Northern Gila County Historical Society is holding a special evening event at the site of the original Zane Grey Cabin from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 10. The evening includes a picnic supper, live entertainment and a special gift for each guest. The cost is $50 per person and there is limited seating.

Please call the Rim Country Museum for more details, (928) 474-3483.

Dutch Oven Cooking

The Payson Parks 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 that participants bring a comfortable folding chair.

Go to the Parks Web site for more information, www.paysonrimcountry.com.

Free introduction to personal computers course

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson, 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.

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. 

Awakening Earth Expo

There will be an Awakening Earth Expo in Pine Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 this year.

This is the second year that the expo has been held in Pine and the focus of the event is learning techniques and practices that enhance conservation and lessen environmental impact. There will be many vendors providing organic products, alternative medical solutions, and artwork, plus information about gardening, water conservation, solar energy, and much more.

Parade entries sought

The August Doin’s Rodeo Parade, Ropin’ and Ridin’, will be held Saturday, Aug. 21 on Historic Main Street in Payson. The parade is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and APS.

It will include the famous APS clowns and many other great entries from all over Arizona.

The fun will start at 9 a.m., when the cowboys and cowgirls will strut their stuff, along with the floats, cars, tractors, teams, bands and units of the El Zaribah Shriners.  The parade will go east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing. Announcers along the route will keep you posted on the coming entries, and provide music for your entertainment. 

So, bring a lawn chair and enjoy a great morning with some fabulous entertainment, antique cars, clowns, horses and help Rim Country celebrate August Doin’s.

For parade applications, please stop by the chamber office at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main, or go online to www.rimcountrychamber.com. Applications are due by Aug. 14.

State parks change pass rules

The Arizona State Parks Board voted to revise the State Parks Annual Pass policy to allow two names on either of the Standard or Premium Annual Passes.

“These passes are $75 and $200 respectively. The board revised the pass policy due to customer feedback. This new policy will take effect immediately and anyone who has purchased a pass can come to a park and get a second name added to their pass,” said State Parks Executive Director Renee Bahl.

Please call ahead to find out the latest information about the State Parks by calling (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll free (800) 285-3703) or go online to AZStateParks.com.

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