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The 2010 fiddle festival opens with an Old Time Opry concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The festival of fiddle music will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26 at the Payson Event Center with contests starting at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Admission to all events is $5 per person.

Sept. 21 Tuesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Amateur Radio Operator classes: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., call(928) 402-8805 for details

• Lecture series starts: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., every Tuesday at CABR office, 600 E. Hwy. 260

Amateur Radio Operator classes scheduled

The Gila County Division of Emergency Management and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service have teamed up to recruit and train amateur radio operators to assist Gila County during emergencies.

Participants will be trained in operations involving messages between critical locations such as hospitals, emergency services, emergency shelters, etc. The program lasts for eight weeks and leads to an FCC Radio license, which costs $15.

Classes are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday beginning Sept. 21. Space is limited.

For more information, contact Leana Asberry at (928) 402-8805 or by e-mail at lasberry@co.gila.az.us.

Fossil Creek management meetings planned

Coconino and Tonto National Forest officials will host two public meetings Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 about the future management of Fossil Creek. The Fossil Creek planning team is seeking public input in determining management plans for the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River.

The first meeting is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the Arizona Game and Fish Office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix. The second meeting is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Du Bois Center Ballroom, NAU South Campus, Flagstaff.

Fore more Information, call Lynn Humphrey, Fossil Creek planning team leader, (541) 750-7158. Online visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/projects/fossil/ index.shtml for more information about the project.

New lecture series starts

A new series of lectures on a diverse array of topics begins Tuesday, Sept. 21. The Tuesday Talks series is a benefit for the Payson Institute of Learning. The talks are planned for every Tuesday from Sept. 21 through Nov. 9 at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14, Payson. The programs will be presented from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A season ticket is $64 and individual tickets will be sold for $10 each. They may be purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St., Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-4515.

Sept. 22 Wednesday

• 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

• Clothes distribution: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Frontier Elementary, clothes for any Rim Country child in need

Clothes distribution

Kaitie’s Closet, a non-profit organization that collects clothes for the disadvantaged, will have a distribution from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Frontier Elementary School. The school is at 1000 E. Frontier St. at the intersection with S. Mud Springs Road.

Clothing for children will be distributed free to anyone in the Rim Country in need.

Sept. 23 Thursday

• 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

• Fall Festival: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Frontier Elementary School

• Chamber mixer: 5:30 p.m., Roud’s Fine Home Furnishings

• Jordan World Circus: 7:30 p.m., Payson Event Center

FES Family Fall Festival

Frontier Elementary School will have a Family Fall Festival from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23. Admission is $2 per person or $10 per family.

The event will feature food, including hot dogs, nachos, pizza, cotton candy, caramel apples and popcorn. Among the activities planned are bounce houses and a dunk tank, a magic program and a presentation by the fire department.

Chamber mixer Sept. 23

Roud’s Fine Home Furnishings is family owned and locally owned. It will host the next mixer for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 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.

Shrine Club brings circus to town for one show Thursday

The Zane Grey Shrine Club is bringing the Jordan World Circus back to the Rim Country for one performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Payson Event Center.

Arrive early and your children might get to ride an elephant or enjoy the giant Moon Bounce.

Go online for advance tickets at www.thejordanworldcircus.com.

Sept. 24 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

• Children’s movie: 2 p.m., Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, Pine

• Fiddle Fest concert: 7 p.m., Payson High School auditorium, opens weekend’s 40th anniversary Arizona State Fiddle Championships, to be held at the Payson Event Center, Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Children’s movies

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will host two Movie Madness events for local children in September.

The first, James and the Giant Peach, is at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24; the second, The Black Cauldron, is at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30. Both have a PG rating.

There is no charge for the movies, and refreshments will be provided.

Fiddle festival, Old Time Opry coming Sept. 24-26

The 40th anniversary of the Arizona State Fiddle Championships will be held Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26.

The festival opens with an Old Time Opry concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 at the Payson High School Auditorium featuring Providence and The Desert Sons with special friends. The music will include bluegrass and old time western tunes and the event is only $5 per person.

The festival of fiddle music will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26 at the Payson Event Center, with contests starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and running through 3:30 p.m., with a jam session starting at 6 p.m.; Sunday the championship division first round begins at 11 a.m. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. both days.

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