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Visit Historic Main tonight, Friday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. and enjoy an Italian dinner with entertainment at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. Tickets are $15 per person and must be bought in advance. Call (928) 474-2059. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Oct. 29 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 theatre: 6 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church will have an Italian dinner and entertainment

Pine Thrift Store sale

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87, Pine, will have ladies’ jeans and slacks on sale at 3 for $1 through Saturday, Oct. 30.

Lamps and kitchen plastics will be half off the marked prices.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Tootsie Roll drive

Starting today, Friday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 31, the Payson Council of the Knights of Columbus will hold its annual Tootsie Roll drive to help the Payson Special Olympics.

Members will be at Walmart, Safeway and Bashas’ giving away Tootsie Rolls for donations.

The campaign raised $2,200 last year and is in its 22nd year in Payson this year.

‘Talent for Talents’ dinner theatre

The Community Presbyterian Church will have a dinner theatre presentation at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29.

Enjoy fine Italian dining with wine and dessert, plus entertainment by members and friends of the church. Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door.

The cost is $15 per person. To purchase tickets, call (928) 474-2059.

Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Halloween Spook Party

Plan to attend a Halloween Spook Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center. There will be free games, candy and hot dogs. Contact Eric Pendleton at (928) 474-7093 for more information.

Oct. 30 Saturday

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• 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

Brush pit Schedule

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

Saturday, Oct. 30 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Oct. 31 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

Food drive

Payson High School DECA students will be conducting a canned food drive from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 30.

Students will be going door to door to collect cans. There will also be a can drop-off at Safeway.

The goal is to collect more than last year when 300 pounds was collected. All canned food donations benefit St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Payson DECA will also be repeating its “miracle minute” where classroom students donate money. Last year $300 dollars was raised, which was donated to the Gracie Lee Haught Foundation and St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank for Thanksgiving turkeys.

Self-care for caregivers

Sojourner Support, LLC will present a workshop exploring self-care for caregivers at East West Exchange at noon, Saturday, Oct. 30. Registration is from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.; the program is from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to: understand and know what constitutes self-care; discover why caregivers need to take care of themselves; discover which aspects of life are in balance and which need attention; become aware of some resources to support the caregiving journey; acquire some tips and techniques for dealing with stress stemming from caregiving duties.

The cost is $15 if paid in advance of event or $20 day of event. Checks should be made payable to Sojourner Support LLC, 3750 E Irwin Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85206.

For more information, contact Evelyn Sanchez at dr.eve@cox.net. 

Harvest Festival

The Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway will host a Harvest Festival from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30. There will be games, hayrides, treats, a cakewalk and more. The teen group will also be hosting a fund-raising dinner featuring Indian fry bread that evening.

Halloween in Pine

Pine and Strawberry kids of all ages can have some Halloween fun at Rimside Grill Saturday, Oct. 30. Sponsored by Strawberry’s Elite and Rimside Grill, there will be several events at the restaurant.

First up is the Kids Costume Contest at 5 p.m. for youngsters from 2 to 12 with lots of categories, prizes and fun.

Trunk or Treat will begin at 6 p.m. Grown up kids will have their Halloween fun from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a costume party and dance. Dorsey Tisdale will provide the music and there will be food and drink specials to celebrate.

Payson Halloween happenings

The annual Trunk or Treat event will take place on historic Main Street and a Haunted House will be held at the historic Oxbow Saloon Saturday, Oct. 30.

The Trunk or Treat event is free and will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The town will once again be purchasing all of the candy and providing it to more than 30 decorated “booths” that will hand it out to children age 12 and under.

This year the town has once again partnered with the Payson High School drama department to provide a haunted house at the Oxbow Saloon.

There will be different levels of “scariness” for the haunted house so that children and grownups can enjoy the event at their own scare threshold.

The haunted house will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; admission is $3, or bring a can of food for the local food bank and get in for $2.

Payson Monster Mash Dance

The Community Prevention Council in conjunction with Southwest Behavioral Health Rim Guidance Center is hosting a Monster Mash Teen Dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson.

The dance is open to young people, ages 13 to 17 with a school or other identification.

The event offers music, prizes, a costume contest, dance off, snacks and beverages. Admission is two food band items or $3 each.

For more information, please contact Deb Shewey, (928) 474-3303.

Oct. 31 Sunday

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

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

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

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