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A look at psychology in the movies

Gila Community College is presenting a free five-week seminar, on psychology in the movies.

Participants will examine different aspects of film, including the components of a movie and what makes a movie compelling. The course will look at why people want and appreciate psychological thrillers and how movies have characterized mental illness. Specific psychological disorders will be portrayed through a variety of films.

Each week participants will view and discuss movie segments. Five of the following movies will be presented: Ordinary People, As Good As It Gets, Michael Clayton, A Beautiful Mind, No Country for Old Men, Black Swan and Fatal Attraction.

Attend this free seminar series from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, through Aug. 17 on the Gila Community College campus in Payson.

Shop Hop in Pine

The Second Saturday Shop Hop in Pine is Saturday, Aug. 13.

Participating are Myra’s Gallery, Pine by Design; Moose Mountain and Pine Country Antiques.

Featured artists at the gallery will be the owner Myra Kraemer and Matalyn Gardner. There will also be live music from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. by Trouble in Paradise (Chuck and Barbara Casey).

Still time to take part in Rodeo Parade

The 2011 August Doin’s Parade, “Western Leather and Lace” will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 on Historic Main Street in Payson. The parade is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Steve Coury Automotive Family, KMOG, Gila County Mounted Posse, and Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country.

Participating will be the famous APS clowns, rodeo queens and their courts, Ronald McDonald, the Payson High School Band, local floats, riders, first responders, teams and many other great entries from all over Arizona, including units of the El Zaribah Shriners. The parade will be led by a Marine Honor Guard on horseback and will go east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing.

Announcers along the route will be Fred Carpenter at the Community Presbyterian Church, Eddie Armer at the Senior Center and Michael Rose at the Pine Country Animal Clinic. They will keep guests posted on the coming entries and provide music for your entertainment.

So, bring seating, water and the kids, and enjoy a great morning with some fabulous entertainment, antique cars, clowns, horses, and help Rim Country celebrate.

Entries will be accepted until Saturday, Aug. 13, so for parade applications, go to the chamber or to www.rimcountrychamber.com.

Classic Car Raffle

Veterans Helping Veterans is having a raffle for a 1940 Buick 50 Special four-door. It is in great condition and it runs.

The drawing will be held Sept. 1. Tickets are $100 each and all proceeds go to Veterans Helping Veterans, a nonprofit home for disabled and homeless veterans. For more information, please call (928) 978-2802 or (928) 474-3920.

Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival

The 31st annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival, sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild, will take place at the Pine Community Center, just 13 miles north of Payson on Hwy. 87 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4. The festival features more than 80 arts and craft booths with all original, juried, hand-crafted items by many wonderful Arizona artisans. There will be lots of food booths, Navajo tacos by the Pine Senior Center and a pancake breakfast hosted by the Strawberry/Pine Fire Department. There will be clowns, face-painting, and a playground for children. The Arts & Crafts Guild Boutique will be open where visitors can meet local artists and crafters and see their work.

All proceeds from our festivals above the cost of event expenses are donated to non-profit agencies to meet the ever-increasing needs in our community during this difficult economic time.

Farm Dinner benefit

Fossil Creek Creamery will be hosting a farm dinner to benefit the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4.

Three talented chefs will prepare a five-course meal and a special wine pairing will be available with each course.

All local produce, meat, dairy will be used. Participating in preparing this fabulous feast are Chef Akos Szabo, Top of the Rock in Tempe; Chef Gerardo Moceri, Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe in Payson; Chef Tracy Dempsey, pastry chef from Scottsdale. Vita Mart will donate produce from their 25 local producers.

Chuck Casey and his fiddlers will provide music under the stars.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be reserved by calling (928) 476-5178.

There will be limited seating, so make a reservation soon to join your neighbors for good food, wine, music under the stars, and for a good cause.

Go online to www.ranchatfossilcreek.com for more details.

All proceeds will benefit the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc.

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