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On First Friday, Aug. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Senior Citizens Center will be rocking with a Zumbathon for Literacy. Once again, Christy Walton will be leading the Zumbathon and our Payson ZUMBA enthusiasts can enjoy another fantastic energy-charged ZUMBA dance celebration. Wear your favorite BLUE shirt and bring a friend….Wear Blue for Zumbathon 2. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Christy Walton, RCLP volunteers, the Senior Center, and the Roundup. Advance ticket prices are $10 for dancing only and $12 for dancing and refreshments. Tickets will be sold at the door as room permits. Prices at the door are $12 for dancing only, $15 for dancing and refreshments and $5 for refreshments only. The Senior Center is located at 514 S. Main St. in Payson.

Aug. 2 Tuesday

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

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

• New Visions Academy Open House: 4 p.m., 198 Ezell Lane, Star Valley

PEC enrolling

The Payson Education Center, an accredited alternative high school, is now enrolling students for the 2011-2012 school year. PEC serves students in grades 9 through 12 in Payson and the surrounding areas.

The school is located at 112 W. Cedar Lane in Payson. School starts Wednesday, Aug. 3, hours are from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.

New Visions Academy hosting open house

New Visions Academy is hosting an open house starting at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2 to introduce new staff members Sherry and Curtis Foltz.

Both are certified teachers who are working to make the school better than ever and are excited to have an opportunity to meet students, parents and community members who would like to know more about the school and what is being planned for the new school year.

The staff is also happy to welcome back former site director Gary Hampsch, who will be returning to assist students with math; and Sage Gabel, who is starting his sixth year as the instructional and administrative assistant for New Visions, which serves grades 9-12.

New Visions Academy is located at 198 Ezell Lane in Star Valley and is accessible from Highline Drive, passing through The Knolls. Anyone wishing for more information may call (928) 468-1401.

Aug. 3 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

Chamber events

Upcoming events planned by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce include: Pine Country Vet ribbon cutting, 11:30 a.m., Aug. 3, 401 W. Main St., Payson; Cutting Edge Processing mixer, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 210 W. Longhorn Road, Payson; Rodeo mixer, Chapman Auto Center, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 17, Beeline and Highway 260, Payson; August Doin’s Parade, 9 a.m., Aug. 20, Green Valley Park.

To make a reservation for the mixers, call (928) 474-4515; admission is $3 for chamber members and $5 for all others.

Aug. 4 Thursday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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

Aug. 5 Friday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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

Zumbathon for Literacy

On First Friday, Aug. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Senior Citizens Center will be rocking with a Zumbathon for Literacy. Once again, Christy Walton will be leading the Zumbathon and our Payson ZUMBA enthusiasts can enjoy another fantastic energy-charged ZUMBA dance celebration. Wear your favorite BLUE shirt and bring a friend….Wear Blue for Zumbathon 2. 

This fund-raiser is structured a little differently than the original Zumbathon.

Doors will open at 4:30, and at 5 p.m., Christy will lead a review of the basic Zumba steps. From 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., the Zumbathon will take place. This event is not a contest or a competition, it’s an international fiesta, where participants are welcome to come and go as they please. “Que te Mueve”….what moves you.

For an additional donation, international refreshments from the brand new Rim Country Literacy Program International Cookbook will be available throughout the Zumbathon. Water and sport drinks will be available for sale.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from Christy Walton, RCLP volunteers, the Senior Center, and the Roundup. Advance ticket prices are $10 for dancing only and $12 for dancing and refreshments. Tickets will be sold at the door as room permits. Prices at the door are $12 for dancing only, $15 for dancing and refreshments and $5 for refreshments only. The Senior Center is located at 514 S. Main St. in Payson.

All proceeds from the Zumbathon will go to support the Rim Country Literacy Program and its endeavors. All dollars collected remain in the community.

For more information, call Christy Walton at (928) 595-0406, or RCLP at (928) 468-7257.

Taco Salad dinner

Come join us us for an evening of good food and entertainment. We are serving taco salad, beans, chips, cake and a drink from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Eat in and enjoy the music of The Starlighters, or get your dinner to go, only $5 a plate! All proceeds go to the children’s programs at Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center.

First Friday festivities

It is once again time for First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5 on Historic Main Street in Payson. Among the events slated:

Sale at Time Out Thrift Shop

Take ‘time out’ to shop and save on First Friday, Aug. 5 at the Time Out Thrift Shop.

Everything in the store and on the sidewalk will be 50 percent off.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a pick-up of furniture or larger items, call (928) 474-3989.

All proceeds from the sales at the Time Out Thrift Shop benefit Time Out, Inc. in Payson, its shelter, transitional housing and other domestic violence programs and services in Gila County.

Bootleg Alley anniversary

At First Friday, Aug. 5. on Payson’s Historic Main Street, Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is celebrating five years in business and 51 consecutive First Fridays.

Enjoy listening to the popular local band Trouble in Paradise performing soft rock on Bootleg Alley’s porch. Feast on gourmet brats grilled by Chef Gary Bedsworth and Diane Frederich Bedsworth. For $5, diners can purchase a Charlie’s brat with all the trimmings along with a soda and chips. All net proceeds benefit local animal charity, PAWS. Top off dinner with a dessert from Scoops. The Rodeo Jail Girls are back selling raffle tickets, shirts and rodeo pins.

Anniversary cake and punch will also be served.

Ice cream social

For First Friday on Main Street, Aug 5, Down the Street Art Gallery is having an Ice Cream Social where bowls of ice cream with a topping bar can be had for a donation to charity. This year, the beneficiary will be Christmas Angel Tree program. What could be better than cold, ice cream on a warm, summer eve that helps out a local charity?

Welcome a new business

Whether you are a local or one of our welcome visitors, make sure to put First Friday, Aug. 5 on Main Street on your mustdo list. The award-winning event is a great way to catch up with old friends or make new ones while you enjoy music and munchies along Main Street, where the merchants are open for you to browse and discover what the Historic district has to offer.

Main Street Guitars & Gifts is new to the street and has just what the music lover needs. The owners, Anne and Jim, will be there to greet you.

Gallery welcomes new member

The Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery is introducing its newest partner, Diane Haugen, during First Friday festivities Aug. 5. A gifted gourd artist, Haugen also works in watercolor, pencil, sculpture, and stained glass.

The Main Street First Friday event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., rain or shine.

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