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The Village Wools Yarn Shop in Payson, behind Time Out Thrift Shop, will have a wine and cheese event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25. The event is an opportunity to learn more about and support the Girls on the Run/Girls on Track program for female students in the third- through eighth-grades. This organization works with young girls to build self-esteem and confidence through running and group participation. For further information, call Holly Crump at (928) 474-3472.

Aug. 23 Tuesday

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

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

• Hunter Safety Course: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Payson Police Department, 303 N. Beeline

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.

Aug. 24 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

• Gosar staff visits: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., office of Dist. 1 Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin, 610 E. Hwy. 260

• Clothing distribution: 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Rd.

• School Appreciation Barbecue: 4 p.m.to 6 p.m., Rumsey Park Ramada 5, presented by Rotary and Safeway

• Payson Community Kids: volunteer orientation, 6:30 p.m., Payson Senior Center, Main Street

Gosar staff visits

A staff representative of U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar will be in Payson from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the office of Gila County Dist. 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin, 610 E. Highway 260. The event is open to the public.

Staff will be able to provide help with federal issues related to the Veterans Administration, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies.

Clothing distribution

Kaitie’s Closet will have a clothing distribution from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road.

Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome.

School Appreciation Barbecue

The Rotary Club of Payson and Safeway Foods is presenting the Annual School Appreciation Barbecue from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5.

All school employees and their families are invited to attend and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and more.

Teacher grants will be presented at the festivities.

Payson Community Kids volunteer orientation

Payson Community Kids, a nonprofit organization that offers assistance and services to underserved children and their families residing in the Payson area, will be holding a volunteer orientation at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Senior Center on Main Street.

The program provides assistance with food, clothing and occasional financial needs. This program relies on volunteers to ensure that the children receive the aid and support they need.

For more information, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Jamie Shreiner at pckvolunteer@gmail.com or (928) 978-1547.

Aug. 25 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

• Wine and cheese event: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Village Wools Yarn Shop. behind the Time Out Thrift Shop, for Girls on the Run/Girls on Track program

Wine and cheese event

The Village Wools Yarn Shop in Payson, behind Time Out Thrift Shop, will have a wine and cheese event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25.

The event is an opportunity to learn more about and support the Girls on the Run/Girls on Track program for female students in the third- through eighth-grades. This organization works with young girls to build self-esteem and confidence through running and group participation.

There will be door prizes, a “make and take project” provided by the Yarn Shop, wine, cheese other refreshments and a great deal of fun.

For further information, call Holly Crump at (928) 474-3472.

Aug. 26 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

• Early childhood screening: noon to 4 p.m., Payson Public Library, for newborns to children age 5

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

Early Childhood Screening

Gila County Early Childhood Screening Program will be providing a Screening Clinic from noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26 at the Payson Public Library community meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.

Hearing, vision and developmental screenings will be conducted for all children, from newborns to 5-year-olds, at no charge. First Things First provides funding for the clinic.

Questions can be directed to Nancy Mach at (928) 402-8820 or 1-800-304-4452 ext 8820 or nmach@co.gila.az.us.

Looking ahead

Still time to register at GCC

Fall semester classes at Gila Community College started Monday, Aug. 22, but students may register for open classes through Aug. 31.

Gila Community College is offering a late starting QuickBooks class. The half-credit course will be on Wednesdays, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14; and the one-credit course will be Wednesdays, Sept. 7 through Sept. 28.

The half-credit class takes students through the features of current QuickBooks to develop an introductory level for personal and vocational use.

The full-credit course includes setting up and maintaining a system and developing business budgets.

Check your Rodeo ticket stubs for money, prizes

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 50-50 drawings at the rodeo performances this past weekend, Aug. 19-21.

At the Friday evening performance, Gaby Klein from Phoenix won $485, but the remaining three prizes were not claimed. The winner of the Justin boots is ticket number 452463, the Justin gear bag winning ticket number is 452580 and the winner of the Wrangler jeans has ticket number 6031974. Those who were at the rodeo Friday evening and bought any 50-50 pink raffle tickets, please check your numbers. If you have won, call Nancy Landino at (928) 468-0026 and she will make arrangements for you to receive your prize.

At the Saturday afternoon performance, Nancy Short from Payson won $553, Chris Gallegos from Cave Creek won a pair of Justin boots, Amy Plunkett of Payson won a Justin gear bag and Scooter Wilson of Payson won a pair of Wrangler jeans.

At the Saturday evening performance, Bobby Lombardi of Pine won $697, Genny Russell of Flagstaff won the Justin boots, and Heather Bublitz of Mesa won the Wrangler jeans. The Justin gear bag was not claimed, so if you bought 50-50 blue tickets on Saturday evening, check to see if you have ticket number 635131. If so, call (928) 468-0026.

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee was pleased to have a special prize for the 50-50 ticket raffle at the Sunday afternoon performance, a Summer Fun Kit from Swire Coca Cola including 12 cases of Coke. The winner was Cody Mosley of Mesa. In addition, Katie Riley of Scottsdale won $265, Darwina Sumpter of Payson won the Justin boots, Joseph Whitlow of Phoenix won a Justin gear bag, and the winner of a pair of Wrangler jeans was Annette Hurst-Baich of Mesa.

Free parent training

A free training program for parents, Parents… Speak Up, the first of the 2011-2012 series sponsored by Arizona’s Children Association, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 27. 

No parent wants to cover “the Talk” with their tweens or teens, but if parents or grandparents or any child caregiver doesn’t communicate this essential information, they’ll learn it from someone else, and it may not be the proper “someone.”

Come and learn how to communicate with the children you love and care for regarding many taboo subjects. Your child’s long-term health and emotional well being depends on your willingness to “talk the talk.” 

Presenters will be Nancy Rutherford and Chris Phillips of the Gila County Health Department in Globe. To register, please contact Kelli Schuttinga with Arizona’s Children at (928) 232-7149 or e-mail: cschuttinga@arizonaschildren.org.

Training will be at Mountain Bible Church, Building C, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson. Certificates of attendance will be provided.

Payson Farmers Market

The winner of the Aug. 20 Payson Farmers Market World Championship Rock, Paper, Scissors was Hunter Harold, 9, of Payson.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday in Sawmill Crossing, behind Chili’s. The produce is plentiful, ripe and tasty and new items are being added all the time. This week fresh, green chiles will be roasted to go with tender, Taylor corn-on-the-cob and all sorts of sweet, juicy melons

The featured entertainer is native flute musician Bette Acker.

Pancake Breakfast Sunday

The Knights of Columbus Pancake, Eggs and Sausage Patty Breakfast is from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 28, at St. Philip’s parish hall. The cost is just $5 per plate and guests can pay at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.

Gospel music program

The Rim Valley Church of God and the award-winning Bost Family Traditions gospel band invites the community for worship and inspirational gospel music at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 28. Admission is free.

The Rim Valley Church of God is at 208 S. McLane Road, Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-5449.

Bake sale items needed

The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary Fireflies Bake Sale is Saturday, Sept. 3. Donations of baked good for the sale will be gladly accepted. Items needed include pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, home-canned items, jellies, pickles and cinnamon buns.

Contact Janet at (928) 478-9935 in Tonto Village, Marilyn in Kohl’s Ranch at (928) 478-4058 or Penny in Payson at (928) 468-3233 for pick-up. Leave donations at the Fire Station in Tonto Village, or bring to the Labor Day barbecue the morning of Saturday, Sept. 3.

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.

Artists of the Rim celebrate anniversary

The Artists of the Rim Gallery is celebrating five years in business. To mark the event, the artist members plan an ice cream social from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., First Friday, Sept. 2.

More than an open house, the evening will be a celebration of the gallery’s fifth anniversary and a thank-you to its loyal patrons.

Ice cream, cake and assorted “munchies” will be served, with music provided by local musicians. Come and see the works of the gallery’s new artists, and help celebrate. Artists of the Rim Gallery is at 408 W. Main St., Payson.

First Friday

Celebrate a “groovy” First Friday at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art on Sept. 2. 

While listening to the music of Trouble in Paradise, relish a gourmet brat grilled by Chef Gary Bedsworth and Diane Frederick Bedsworth. A brat, chips and a drink cost $5 with all proceeds benefiting PAWS. Top off dinner with ice cream from Scoops. 

Raffle tickets for a top-of-the-line Tony Lama jacket will be sold. Tickets are only $5 each and benefit Greg Day, owner of Macky’s Restaurant.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is located at 520 W. Historic Main St. in Payson. First Friday is held monthly from 5 to 8 p.m. year-round. 

Hellsgate Fire Department Labor Day celebration

The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary Fireflies Labor Day Weekend Barbecue is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 at Fire Station #22 in Tonto Village (151 Mathews Lane, one mile in on Control Road off E. Highway 260).

The menu will feature a barbecued pork sandwich, coleslaw, beans, fresh corn on the cob and a drink. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children, 10 and younger.

There will also be a Bake Sale with cakes, fruit pies, cookies, breads, jams and more (to donate baked goods, please call Janet at (928) 478-9935).

A raffle will be held at 1:30 p.m. for a chain saw, Giant gas card worth $200 and a Bashas’ grocery card worth $300. Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5.

There will also be entertainment by D.J. Larry Ellis.

Benefit raffle

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is raffling off a top-of-the-line new Tony Lama jacket.  Tickets are $5 each. All proceeds go to Greg Day, owner of Macky’s Grill, as he battles cancer.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway; Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St.; and at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St. 

The drawing is at noon, Sunday, Sept. 11.

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