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Events for the 127th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo start Thursday night at the Payson Event Center with the Women’s Professional Rodeo program and continue with Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo performances Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Aug. 16 Tuesday

• Registration opens for youth sports card show: Payson Public Library, regular hours

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

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

Register for youth sports card show

Young people, ages 9 to 16, are invited by the Payson Public Library to bring all their sports cards and other types of cards to trade or sell from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10. The library will provide the space, pizza, soda and great sports prize giveaways during the event.

Sign up in the library’s children’s room from Tuesday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 3.

No parents will be allowed at the tables to help the youth sell their cards, however, parents and the public can come to the tables to buy the sports cards.

For more information, call the Payson Public Library at (928) 474-9260.

Aug. 17 Wednesday

• Thrift Store Day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Senior Thrift Store, Main Street

• 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

• Awana begins: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ponderosa Bible Church

• Ann Kirkpatrick visits: 6:30 p.m., The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County will host Kirkpatrick, at the Payson Public Library meeting room

• College of Agriculture and Life Science dean visits: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., meet the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona in the private dining room at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant in the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson.

Celebrate Thrift Store Day

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., Payson will celebrate Thrift Store Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17. There will be refreshments, special sales, hourly door prizes and balloons for the children.

For information, call (928) 474-3205.

Awana to begin

Awana is an internationally renowned program of Bible verse memorization, competitive games and Bible lessons for pre-school (3-year-olds) through 6th-grade children.

Awana is held at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday starting Aug. 17.

Children new to the program and moving up to a new “club” are charged $25 for uniform and handbook. Children returning to the same “club” with same uniform and handbook are charged $15. Payment plans are available. 

If needed, the church Van Ministry will pick up and return children home.  Registration paperwork is available at the church office, 212 W. Corral Dr., call (928) 474-9279 or from Shirley Dye, (928) 468-1131. Call either number for more information.

Democrats host Kirkpatrick

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County will host Ann Kirkpatrick, candidate for the District 1 Congressional seat at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Payson Public Library meeting room located at 328 N. McLane Road.

Kirkpatrick will be discussing needs for change and her goals for the 2012 election. She will be discussing her past successes, strategies to win back Democratic control of the seat. She will also review her organization and plans for the future and how members of the club can help.

For more information, call President Jerry Foster (978-4031) or Vice President Cindy Backes (595-2810) or go online to www.gilacountydems.org.

New UA Ag dean visits

Dr. Shane Burgess, the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, will visit the area Wednesday, Aug. 17. There will be a question and answer session from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the private dining room at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant in the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson.

For additional information, contact Susan Bolt, administrative associate, Gila County Cooperative Extension, Payson, at (928) 474-4160.

Aug. 18 Thursday

• Book fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby; proceeds benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance

• 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

• Business Buzz: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sawmill Theatres

• Women’s Rodeo: 4:30 p.m., books open at Payson Event Center, contests start at 6 p.m.

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

Book fair

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the “Books Are Fun” Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby.

Quality books and unique gifts including photo albums, stationery, music and much more will be sold to the public at great discounts.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Business Buzz

Learn how the university being planned for Payson will benefit area businesses at the Thursday, Aug. 18 Business Buzz at the Sawmill Theatres. The program will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by the Payson University Campus Volunteer Planning Committee, with special guest speaker Mayor Kenny Evans.

The cost is $3 for pizza, with beverages and snacks for sale at the theatre.

Call (928) 474-4515 to make a reservation. The event is sponsored by the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce.

Women’s Rodeo

The events for the 127th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo begin at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19 at the Payson Event Center when the books open for competitors to sign up to compete in the evening’s barrel race, breakaway and team roping events.

Gates open to the public at 6 p.m., admission is a can of food for the area’s food banks. Competition starts at 6 p.m.

Aug. 19 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

• Fall soccer league registration: last day to register at parks office, Green Valley Park

• Deadline to register for golf benefit: last day to register for August 26-27 Christmas is for Kids benefit golf tournament

• Rodeo: 5 p.m., gates at Payson Event Center open, competition starts at 7 p.m.

Fall soccer league

Registration is now open for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s fall soccer league. The program gives youngsters, ages 4 through the sixth-grade, the opportunity to further their soccer skills. The fee is $30 per participant.

Registration closes Aug. 19, with games held Saturdays from Aug. 27 to Oct. 1 on the Rumsey North Soccer Field.

Deadline to register for golf benefit

Once again it is time to register for the Payson Public Safety Christmas For Kids Golf Tournament.

The deadline for the Aug. 26-27 event at the Payson Golf Course is Aug. 19, at which time a payment of $75 per person or $300 per team must be received. The $75 minimum bid for a member of the area’s public safety offices to fill out a team may be paid the night of the auction. It will cost each player $125 to get in the tournament, or $375 per team. The kick-off dinner and auction are at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26 at the Payson Golf Course clubhouse, with the shotgun start tee time at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27.

For more information about this tax-deductible benefit, contact H. Thomason, (928) 474-2606; S. Montgomery, (928) 474-2606; Jason Hazelo, (928) 595-4024; Mark Hillegas, (928) 595-1617; or Michelle Keegan, (928) 474-2208, extension 2833.

The benefit is presented by the Department of Public Safety, Gila County Attorney’s Office, Payson Fire Department, Payson Police Department, Northern Gila County Firefighters Association, Gila County Sheriff’s Office and Payson Courts.

Rodeo schedule of events

The 127th edition of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo starts at the Payson Event Center at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19 when the gates open. Performances start at 7 p.m. The evening’s show is dedicated to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. Every audience member and competitor in pink will generate a contribution to the area’ breast cancer support program and breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The rodeo parade is at 9 a.m. on West Main Street, Saturday; rodeo performances will also be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 and 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21.

A dance at the event center follows the evening shows Friday and Saturday.

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