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There will be a number of blood drives conducted around town in the coming weeks, so Rim Country residents have a chance to make one of the most important donations anyone can make. Drives will be held Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 8 and Oct. 11.

Sept. 28 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

• Kirkpatrick staff visits: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Board of Supervisor office

Kirkpatrick staff visits

Staff members for the office of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will be hosting open office hours in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Members of the Congresswoman’s staff will be at the Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260, Payson, on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. They will be making sure that folks in Rim Country can get help dealing with the federal government and share their thoughts on what’s happening in Arizona and Washington.

Sept. 29 Wednesday

• Blood drive: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., parking lot of Payson Town Hall

• 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

Blood drives

The Town of Payson’s Blood Drive is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 29 in the Town Hall parking lot, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

If you would like to sign up to donate blood, please contact Tomi at (928) 474-5242. To sign up for an appointment online, go to www.bloodhero.com and look up under sponsor code townpayson. Remember to bring a photo ID, drink plenty of water and eat a healthy meal before you donate.

Best Western Payson Inn’s Fall Blood Drive is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 6 in the meeting room. The address is 801 N. Beeline Highway. If you would like to volunteer and assist with the blood drive or donate blood, please contact April Denny at (928) 474-3241. To sign up for an appointment online, go to www.bloodhero.com and look up under sponsor code bestwesternpayson.

Payson Regional Medical Center’s Fall Blood Drive is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday Oct. 8 in the parking lot. The address is 807 S. Ponderosa. If you would like to volunteer and assist with the blood drive or donate blood, please contact Bo Larsen at (928) 472-1275. To sign up for an appointment online, go to www.bloodhero.com and look up under sponsor code PRMC.

Payson’s Fall Community Blood Drive is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11 at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane. If you would like to volunteer and assist with the blood drive or donate blood, please contact Kirsten at (928) 468-8721. To sign up for an appointment online, go to www.bloodhero.com and look up under sponsor code Payson.

Warm clothing

Fall and winter clothing will be offered at the Pine Strawberry Thrift Store beginning Sept. 29. Linens will be on sale at 50 percent off the marked prices Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.

The store is located on the west side of Highway 87 in downtown Pine and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p. m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Understanding electronic media and more

Parents, grandparents, educators — are you baffled by the electronic media and what dangers your children are subjected to? Do you turn a blind eye because it’s “just too difficult” to comprehend? Do you worry about what your child might be exposed to or may not be telling you? Have you dealt with “sexting,” online bullying, pornography and related subjects with cell phones and the Internet? Are you familiar with the misuse of OTC (over the counter medications), prescription meds and street drugs?

If you’d like to have a better grasp and begin to take charge by being “pro-active” rather than “re-active,” then this no-cost training presented by Sgt. Mike Fane, student resource officer with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and sponsored by Arizona’s Children Association, is for you. The training “Not MY Kid” will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Payson Police Station Training Room, 303 N. Beeline Highway. Seats are limited and pre-registration is required. Contact Kelli Schuttinga, with Arizona’s Children Association to register at (928) 232-7149 or cschuttinga@ arizonaschildren.org. Register by Sept. 29.

Sept. 30 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

Time Out Thrift Shop sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a $1 bag sale on clothing Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. 

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s).

Oct. 1 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

• Head Start open house: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1008 S. Westerly Way

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., visit historic Main Street for a variety of activities at area businesses and organizations

Head Start open house

An open house at Payson Head Start to Celebrate National Head Start month is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. The Head Start building is at 1008 S. Westerly Way, Payson.

A proclamation will be presented by Payson Mayor Kenny Evans at 11:30 a.m. Other activities include: finger painting, face painting, story time, make-it take-it craft activities, and refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call (928) 474- 2738.

First Friday and more

Historic Main Street is the place to be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 for First Friday festivities and more.

Photographer Gerri Levine will be the featured artist at the Artists of the Rim Gallery, and part of Levine’s sales at the gallery will go to “Paws in the Park Second Chance Fund” to assist the Humane Society in paying veterinarian bills for the animals.

A reception will be held with cookies, punch and wine served. There will be hot dogs and brats available outside, and music by Fred Carpenter. 

In addition to the great art in the gallery, Artists of the Rim will be having a “Bargain Sale” under the gazebos in front of the gallery. 

The Humane Society Thrift Shop will have special sales from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will remain open until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 for First Friday on Main Street. There will be entertainment, hourly door prizes (need not be present to win), refreshments and sales on selected items.

Oktoberfest comes alive during First Friday at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art.  For those over 21, Rim Country Brewers will be providing a free sample of craft beer. In addition, Gary and Diane Bedsworth will be grilling brats. Five dollars buys a brat from Charlie’s Meats, chips and a soda. All net proceeds go to the Humane Society. Scoops will be selling ice cream and coffee and the Soroptimists have Sees Chocolates for purchase. Music will be provided by Sounds Unlimited (Cindy and Lupe). Voter registration will be available as well. 

Brewers will return from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 to continue the Oktoberfest competition.

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will have a Soup & Salad Supper Friday night, Oct. 1. Enjoy great entertainment with the “Starlighters” as you dine with your choice of soup, a salad, roll, beverage and dessert for just $5 per person. Dine in or take out available.

Shop for homemade preserves, assorted wine jelly, crafts and more. Dinner proceeds go toward the Child Learning Center at the Community Presbyterian Church. Call (928) 474-2059 for more information.

Learn camping, fishing and outdoor skills

A Camping, Fishing and Outdoor Skills camp will be held Oct. 1-3 near Payson to teach wannabe outdoors enthusiasts the basics of camping, fishing, birdwatching — even squirrel hunting.

Register soon for the free weekend. It’s “BYO” camping gear, but food will be provided and spaces are limited to 50 participants.

To reserve a space or for more information, call Arizona Game and Fish’s Unit 22 Wildlife Manager Henry Apfel at (928) 476-6426, email Hapfel@azgfd.gov or call Arizona Deer Association representative Scott Streich at (602) 369-0713.

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