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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.

Choral Society auditions

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Anyone interested in joining the group of talented singers is invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

This is the first step in preparing for the annual holiday concert, which will be Saturday, Dec. 17.

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and you are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come be a part of the Payson Choral Society.

For further information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

Bookstore clearance

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring an End-of-Summer Clearance of hardback books. Come in and pick up a fresh supply of books for those lazy, summer afternoons — and the coming fall nights. Hardback books will be on sale at two for the price of one throughout August. As always, the second book must be of equal or lesser value than the first.

Recently, the bookstore has received several large donations of video cassettes. The library is weeding their non-fiction video collection as well. Therefore, the bookstore is overflowing with worthwhile videos on a variety of topics from animals to history. During the month, all videos will be priced at three for $1. This is a great opportunity to stock up on wholesome, informative viewing for the whole family.

Bookstore stock changes daily, so stop by often. Bookstore volunteers are always happy to see you. The Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at

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 sixth-grade children.

Awana is held at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline 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.

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.

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.

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, ext. 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.

The funds make it possible for the group to help make Christmas special for area residents who might not be able to otherwise celebrate the holiday.

Hunter Safety Course

A Hunter Safety Course at the Payson Police Department will start Tuesday, Aug. 23 and continue through Saturday, Aug. 27. Tuesday through Friday, the class will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27 is the field day, starting at 9 a.m.

The fee to participate is $8 per person.

For more information, contact H. Thompson at (928) 978-0058.

New fitness classes at GCC

Casandra Stouder is a new instructor at Gila Community College who will be teaching two new fitness classes this fall.

The classes are:

• Cardio Kickboxing I, 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., Monday and Wednesday

• Beginning Body Conditioning I, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday

Classes start Monday, Aug. 22. To learn more about registration, call Gila Community College at (928) 468-8039.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Yard Sale

A Big Brothers Big Sisters Yard Sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at the parking lot of Compass Bank on the northeast corner of Frontier and Beeline Highway.

Donation drop-offs can be made from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. (no televisions please).

All funds will be used to provide mentors and programs to youth in the community.

Last year, 163 students participated in the program.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive in Pine from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the First Baptist Church gym, 4039 N. Highway 87.

All blood types are needed, however, Type O-negative is always in greatest demand.

Did you know blood donations can decline by up to 25 percent during holiday weeks? Since blood has a shelf life of 42 days, today’s donations can help save lives through the Labor Day holiday. Give blood through Aug. 31 and you could drive away a hero with a 2011 Jetta S, courtesy of Valley Volkswagen dealers.

Mountain Bible Women’s Ministry event

Mountain Bible Women’s Ministry will present a Beth Moore Simulcast, “Life-Changing Bible Study — Inspiring Worship,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson.

Moore is an American evangelist, author, and teacher. She founded Living Proof Ministries, a biblically based organization for women, in 1994.

Based in Houston, Texas, it primarily focuses on aiding women who desire to model their lives on evangelical Christian principles.

Moore writes books based on the regular Bible studies that she conducts at the Living Proof Live conferences and at her local church, First Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

Through her books, the Internet, DVD, video, and audio tape, women from every denomination around the world have participated in her Bible studies, while many others have listened to her on the radio or heard her speak in person.

Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch.

Call the MBC office at (928) 472-7800 for reservations and more information or e-mail

Crafters wanted

Ponderosa Chapter #64 O.E.S. will hold their annual Arts and Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Overnight security is provided.

The cost of a booth is just $35. Outside spaces are 12 feet x 12 feet. Inside spaces have an 8-foot table and two chairs. If electricity is needed, it is $15 extra per space.

For more information, call Sister Martha Ahrens at (928) 476-4151 or Sister Lois Miller at (928) 474-0521. One free meal ticket is given to you, per booth, on Saturday for lunch.


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