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Rim Country Labor Day fun

Every long holiday weekend in the summer — Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day — the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild holds a party. Actually it is a two-day arts and crafts fair featuring both local and visiting artisans and craftspeople, plus a variety of other vendors.

The next will be Labor Day weekend, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5.

The event is held at the Pine Community Center, which is centrally located — not only in the state, but in the middle of Pine as well — on State Highway 87 (the Beeline Highway), just 13 miles north of Payson.

The fairs generally feature more than 80 booths with all original, handcrafted, juried items. There are booths featuring stained glass, jewelry, wood items, pottery, hand-woven baskets, hand-knitted and crocheted baby items, denim vests, jackets and purses, artwork, greeting cards, copper items, seasonal wreaths, pet attire, dolls, candles, and much more.

Visitors will not go hungry either. The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department serves an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with sausage, orange juice and coffee; while the Senior Center sells Navajo tacos. There are other food vendors as well.

There is room for bus parking and the members of the guild would love to have groups come out for the event. For more information, contact Gail Jones at (928) 476-4480 or (928) 978-0469.

The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild, a non-profit community organization comprised of local artists and crafters. The group sponsors the arts and crafts festivals to benefit the community. The guild has assisted local children and families in need, the local food bank, fire department and the search and rescue squad, school, library and other groups who request assistance.

Labor Day fund-raiser

Hellsgate Fire Department Fireflies Auxiliary will be raising funds to help support its fire department at a Labor Day Weekend barbecue. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Tonto Village Fire Station #22, 151 Mathews Ln., Tonto Village (1 mile west of Highway 260 on Control Road).

The Fireflies will be serving a pork barbecue sandwich with coleslaw, beans and fresh corn on the cob for $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Also available will be a hot dog, coleslaw, beans and corn for $5. There will be bake sale as well, featuring cakes, fruit pies, cookies, breads, jams and jellies.

Also helping to raise funds a raffle is planned for such things as a queen-size quilt, diamond necklace and earrings, and a chain saw. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The raffle drawing will be at 1:30 p.m.

Beaver Valley Day

Food, games and entertainment will highlight Beaver Valley Day, Saturday, Sept. 4 in Beaver Valley, a community about 6 miles northeast of Payson on the Houston Mesa Road.

Open to the public, the day of festivities starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Beaver Valley Fire Station. Members of the Beaver Valley Fire District Auxiliary, a non-profit group, will provide a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages.

During the breakfast period a firewise education program will take place at 9 a.m., honoring firefighters who helped battle the Water Wheel Fire that caused the evacuation of Beaver Valley and Whispering Pines last August. Speakers include Robb Beery, wildland fire expert, and Bo Larsen of the Payson Regional Medical Center, who will talk about community health services. Free educational firewise materials will be available throughout the day. Beaver Valley is a Firewise Community.

Afternoon events, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., feature children’s games with prizes, a jumping house, water slide, craft exhibits and a duck race on the East Verde River.

Other activities include ice cream and face painting, a silent auction, horseshoe tournament and pie toss.

An evening dinner of barbecued beef or chicken starts at 6 p.m., with hot dog meals available for children. DJ Jae Kimball will provide music during dinner and later for dancing. Proceeds benefit the Beaver Valley Fire Department.

Beaver Valley is located 6.2 miles northeast of the junction of Highway 87 and Houston Mesa Road. From Payson, travel north on Highway 87, turn right on Houston Mesa Road, passing several communities. Turn left at the adobe wall with the “Beaver Valley Estates” sign. Stay on Beaver Flat Road, which curves and leads to the meadow and fire station, the center of Beaver Valley Day activities.

For more information, call (928) 474-1771.

Benefit planned

Payson First Church of the Nazarene is having a benefit from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 at 200 E. Tyler Parkway. Proceeds will benefit Safe Haven Preschool and its Hands in Motion children’s puppet team.

Find a special treasure and enjoy breakfast and/or lunch at the church.

September chamber mixers

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce’s next mixers will be at Majestic Mountain Inn Sept. 9 and Roud’s Fine Home Furnishings Sept. 23.

The Majestic Mountain Inn and Fargo’s Steak House host the Sept. 9 mixer.

Planned for poolside at the Majestic Mountain Inn from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will be snacks catered by Fargo’s as well as adult beverages to help network in a beautiful location, watching the setting sun.

Donations are $3 for members, $5 for non-members.

Roud’s Fine Home Furnishings is family owned and locally owned. It will host a mixer at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 23 at 107 E. Highway 260.

The cost is $3 per member and $5 per community guest. All proceeds go to Time Out Shelter.

Kids Fishing

There will be a Kids Fishing program with Mark Kile, sponsored by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, Sept. 15.

Please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Elk viewing workshop

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in partnership with the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, will conduct a public wildlife-viewing workshop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Payson Police Department meeting room, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

The workshop is $5 per person. Register now through Friday, Sept. 10 at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Book donations needed

Gently used books are now being accepted for Rim Country Literacy’s 11th Annual Used Book Sale, scheduled for Oct. 16 and Oct. 17. The cutoff to make donations is Friday, Oct. 1.

Donation boxes have been set up at Arizona State Credit Union, Bashas’, Gila Community College - Payson Campus, KMOG, the Payson Senior Circle and Todd’s Books.

Call the Rim Country Literacy Office at (928) 468-7257 for more information.

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