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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, 511 S. St. Phillips St. The cost is just $5 per plate and guests can pay at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.

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

•Painting on the Rim: register now for Aug. 27-28 event

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.

Painting excursion on the Rim

Plein air artists head north for a two-day workshop to capture the beauty of Arizona’s notable Mogollon Rim. Instructor Kevin McCain teaches students the fundamentals of art theory as well as specific techniques of painting in Plein Air (French for “open air”).

“I combine individualized instruction with the inspiring background of some of Arizona’s most beautiful scenery,” says McCain, a professionally trained artist whose Impressionistic Plein Air paintings have appeared in galleries across the Western United States. “I don’t train students to merely copy my style,” McCain explains. “I teach the fundamentals and help students apply them to create their own vision so they can move forward, from wherever they are.” Wherever they are may range from beginner to expert; workshops are small, so instruction is tailored to individual need and ability.

McCain’s Plein Air workshops rotate to different locations around the state. He’ll teach at the Mogollon Rim on Aug. 27 and 28. For more information or to sign up, visit azpaintingoutdoors.com.

Aug. 27 Saturday

• Big Brothers Big Sisters Yard Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Compass Bank parking lot

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

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Free Parent Training: 10 a.m. to noon, Mountain Bible Church

• 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

Big Brothers Big Sisters Yard Sale Saturday

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 drops-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.

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. 27 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. 28 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

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.

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.

Aug. 28 Sunday

• Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., St. Philip’s Catholic Church parish hall

• Bost Family Traditions Gospel Concert: 10.45 a.m., Rim Valley Church of God

• 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 public

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, 511 S. St. Phillips St. 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.

Aug. 29 Monday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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

Aug. 30 Tuesday

• Jewelry sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., PRMC, benefits Mogollon Health Alliance, continues Wednesday

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

• Blood Drive: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Pine

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

$6 jewelry sale

A $6 jewelry sale is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby.

Rings, belts, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, gold and silver chains, necklace and earring sets, bracelets, pashmina shawls, popcorn blouses, totes, scarves, boy’s and girl’s watches and gift items, designer-style sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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.

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