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Join the Payson Flycasters at the Parks & Recreation office to learn the art of fly-fishing in this class Saturday, Aug. 20. Fly-fishing 101 and 102 will cover classroom information on fly-fishing basics and history and will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Payson Parks and Recreation office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. The $10 per person fee covers registration, and participants must register in advance at the Parks & Rec office, or online at www.paysonparks.com. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 19 by 4 p.m.

Aug. 19 Friday

• Benefit sale: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Safeway, bake and craft sale to benefit Assembly of God Church missions

• 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

• Fly-fishing registration: 4 p.m., registration due for parks’ fly-fishing class

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

Rodeo Days Bake, Craft Sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God will hold a Bake and Craft Sale in front of Safeway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20. The sale will feature baked goods, hand-made quilts, throws, baby blankets and crafts. All proceeds go to missionaries and charities.

Fly-fishing class registration due

Join the Payson Flycasters at the Parks & Recreation office to learn the art of fly-fishing in this class Saturday, Aug. 20. Fly-fishing 101 and 102 will cover classroom information on fly-fishing basics and history and will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Payson Parks and Recreation office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

The $10 per person fee covers registration, and participants must register in advance at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or online at www.paysonparks.com. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 19 by 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, extension 7, or visit the Web site at www.paysonparks.com.

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 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’s 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 at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21.

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

Aug. 20 Saturday

• Benefit sale: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Safeway, bake and craft sale to benefit Assembly of God Church missions

• Farmers market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing

• Rodeo Parade: 9 a.m., Main Street from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Payson Public 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

• Rodeo: gates open at 11 a.m., competition starts at 1 p.m., Payson Event Center

• Free concert: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Uptown Espresso

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

Pioneering Human Rights

The Payson chapter of Amnesty International is celebrating its first active year in Payson. This past year, the group has partnered with local, national and international activists and volunteers to educate and mobilize around such issues as domestic violence, maternal mortality, prisoners of conscience and other basic human rights issues. Members believe that human rights abuses anywhere are the concern of people everywhere. 

The group is issuing an invitation to everyone to join it as they walk and ride for human rights this Saturday in the Payson rodeo parade.

Call Penny at (928) 474-2391 for information about the parade  event and how to  become active with Payson Amnesty International. 

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, Aug. 20 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Aug. 21 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.  

Payson Farmers Market

It’s Rodeo Weekend at the Payson Farmers Market. For you early birds, before or during the parade Saturday, Aug. 20, is the perfect time to shop. There is a bounty of fresh, local produce and all kinds of other gourmet foods.

After the parade, sit in the shade for cold drinks, coffee, pastries, burritos and awarding-winning tamales or Italian food.

The Payson Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s at Sawmill Crossing. For more information, go online to www.PaysonFarmersMarket.info.

GED testing

GED testing has been scheduled for the following dates in Payson: Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

Candidates must pre-register at 112 W. Cedar Lane, Payson. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Call (928) 472-5374 for more information.

The GED testing fee is $70 for the full battery of tests and $10 per test for re-takes.

Several options for GED preparation are available in Payson:

• Adult education classes meet from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 112 W. Cedar Lane. For more information, call (928) 978-1283.

• The Rim Country Literacy Program provides tutoring during daytime hours. For more information, call (928) 468-7257.

• Online access to GED preparation materials can be arranged by calling Michael Palmer at (928) 200-5846.

Book signing

Valerie Lilian Alexander will be signing copies of her book, Dare to Dream, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 at Bob’s Western Wear, 605 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

The book is a work of fiction written for middle school girls and centers around horses, western competition and a troubled girl who longs for a horse of her own. The story is set in eastern Oregon, where the author used to live and was once employed at a cattle ranch.

Free concerts

Christian songwriters perform new songs every third Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway. All ages are welcome to attend and all ages are welcome to perform with one-month notice.

Aug. 21 Sunday

• Rodeo: gates open at 11 a.m., competition starts at 1 p.m., Payson Event Center

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the pub

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