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Come out between 8 a.m. and noon, Saturday, May 29 for the season opening of the Payson Farmer’s Market. The market will have 40 stalls set up at 816 S. Beeline Highway, in front of Sawmill Theatres, behind Chili’s Restaurant. The market will be open every Saturday until October.

May 28 Friday

• Paws in the Park sale: stop by Walmart to get Paws in the Park merchandise to help Dog Park and Humane Society of Central Arizona

• 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

Help Paws in the Park

Stop and see what members of the Paws in the Park group will be selling at Walmart May 28.

There will be mugs, shirts, bandanas and more. The proceeds help the group with the off-leash Dog Park it built in Rumsey Park and to assist the Humane Society of Central Arizona with injured and ill animals in order to heal for adoption.

Operation Graduation

The Young School District is planning “Operation Graduation” for 2010. The program was created to provide a chemical-free alternative to traditional drinking parties that have unfortunately become an accepted form of celebration following graduation. This is the 18th Annual Chemical Free Graduation Party in Young.

The celebration is a joint school, family, community and business endeavor, and will take place Friday, May 28.

To learn more, call Susan Hornung at (928) 462-2640.

May 29 Saturday

• Breakfast by the Fireflies: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.,Tonto Village Fire Station

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

• Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival: 8 a.m., Pine Community Center

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Craft bazaar: 9 a.m., Gila County Courthouse grounds

• 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

• Memorial Day tribute: 10 a.m., Payson Pioneer Cemetery

• Dutch Oven Gathering: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Rumsey Park Ramada 5

• Gymnastics, dance, acrobatics program: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., presented by Dynamite Studio, Payson High auditorium

Breakfast in Tonto Village

The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, the Fireflies, will present a fun way to start the Memorial Day weekend. The group is having a fund-raising breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29 at Fire Station #22 in Tonto Village, 151 Mathews Lane — go in one mile on Control Road off Highway 260.

The menu includes sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $5 per plate for adults and $3 per plate for a child 10 and under. For those who want a lighter breakfast, a chorizo burro can be purchased for $2.

The day’s events will include a rummage sale.

Brush pits

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, May 29 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, May 30 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 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.

Farmer’s Market opens

Come out between 8 a.m. and noon, Saturday, May 29 for the season opening of the Payson Farmer’s Market.

The market will have 40 stalls set up at 816 S. Beeline Highway, in front of Sawmill Theatres, behind Chili’s Restaurant.

The market will be open every Saturday until October.

Clothes sale, free books

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, Payson, will have a two-for-one sale on men’s and women’s clothing Saturday, May 29 only. Shoppers may buy one garment and receive a second one of equal or lesser value free. This sale does not include children’s and boutique clothing.

There also will be a large selection of books free for the taking.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival

The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will open its summer season with a Memorial weekend festival, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 29 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 30. There will 75 craft booths, featuring stained glass, jewelry, wood items, pottery, hand woven baskets, hand knitted and crocheted baby items, art work, greeting cards, copper items and much more.

The Pine Strawberry Fire Department will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, sausages, orange juice and coffee. The Senior Center will be selling Navajo tacos, and there will be lots of other food vendors.

The Pine-Strawberry and DPS Quilters will be selling raffle tickets for three quilts.

The Pine Community Center is in the heart of Pine, across from the Post Office and Highway 87.

Arts, crafts bazaar

The 12th Payson Mountain High Days Art, Crafts and World Bazaar is set for May 29, 30, 31.

The event is free to the public; opening at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31, and closing at 3 p.m. at the Gila County Courthouse grounds, at Frontier and Beeline Highway, across from the Payson Post Office.

Memorial Day tribute

A Memorial Day tribute will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29 at Payson Pioneer Cemetery, located just north of Payson Golf Course at the corner of Vista Road and Mesa Drive.

The event is presented by the Payson Womans Club.

For details, see story on page 12A.

Dutch Oven Gathering

The 7th Annual Payson Area Dutch Oven Gathering will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 29 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5. Come for an afternoon of fun and food. Bring a Dutch Oven and a favorite recipe and fixings and plan on serving and sharing at 4:30 p.m. Rumsey Park is located on North McLane Road.

For more information, contact John Swenson at (928) 472-3331 or Mac Frezor at (928) 472-2449.

Dynamite Gymnastics and Dance program tonight

Payson Dynamite Gymnastics and Dance Studio will present a program, Celebrate, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 29 at the Payson High School Auditorium on Longhorn Road.

More than 50 Payson children will entertain and enthrall the audience with their skills in dance, gymnastics and acrobatics.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults, $3 for children 12-5, and 4 years and under are free. Raffle tickets will be available to win salon manicures, pedicures, haircuts and styles, a family of four CPR class, a beautiful framed mirror, auto glass repair, oil changed, restaurant certificates, and much more.

All proceeds go toward purchasing a trampoline and more equipment to keep teaching the program’s children healthy sports, dance, and lifestyles.

For advance tickets and information, please drop by the studio, 103 Highway 260 behind McDonald’s or call (928) 474-2488 or (380) 385-8896.

May 30 Sunday

• Memorial Day program: 10 a.m., Mountain Meadows Memorial Park, Round Valley

• 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

• Anniversary celebration: 3 p.m., Rock of Ages Lutheran Church

Memorial Day program

The Mountain Meadows Memorial Day program is at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 30 at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park in Round Valley.

This program is sponsored by Messinger Payson Funeral Home and supported by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the local posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

For details, see story on page 12A.

Church celebration

The Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate Pastor David Sweet’s 25-year ordination anniversary in a special service at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 30, with a dinner to follow. The congregation will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the marriage of Pastor David and Emmalee Sweet.

The church is at 204 W. Airport Road (McLane and Airport Roads).

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