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Junction 87 will perform country and rock music at the next Concert Under the Stars to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at the amphitheater in Green Valley Park, located at the end of West Main Street. The concert is free, but bring along a blanket or lawn chairs for seating.

Rodeo history featured in Rim Country Museum road trip

The Payson Rodeo has been around since 1884. Held every year, even during World War II, it is the World’s Oldest CONTINUOUS Rodeo. Learn about its history and the story of one of its founders, Charlie Meadows.

Join Rim Country Museum docents on a road trip around the Rim Country to sites associated with Meadows.

Participants will visit locations on historic Payson Main Street, Whispering Pines and the Payson Pioneer Cemetery to learn about Charlie’s life in the Payson area, the founding of the rodeo, and Payson history.

“Arizona Charlie” himself will be the tour guide, sharing stories about Payson’s early days. Local merchants will also dress the part to give you an authentic look at Payson in the late 1800’s.

The free tour will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 9.

Call the museum at (928) 474-3483 to sign up. Meet at Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park to car pool. 

This is the second in a series of tours planned by the Rim Country Museum for 2011. Also on the schedule are:

• Bucking Bulls, Aug. 13 —August is rodeo time in Payson, so hearing about how bucking bulls are bred and raised is a topical subject. The event will be at the Rim Country Museum (time to be determined).

• Evening Under the Tonto Rim, Sept. 17 — Enjoy dinner, music and a tour of the original Zane Grey Cabin site (price to be determined).

• Zane Grey Classic Vintage Baseball Game, Sept. 18 — See how baseball was played in the 1860s. The game will feature the rules of 1860s baseball and the players from the Payson Cougars and Stars & Stripes in replicas of vintage uniforms, using vintage-style equipment at Green Valley Park.

• Pioneer Cemetery Tour, Oct. 8 — Learn about Payson’s early settlers who reside in this historic site (time to be determined).

More information about these and other programs planned by the museum can be found online at rimcountrymuseums.com or by calling (928) 474-3483.

Pine Shop Hop

Put a visit to Pine in your plans for July 9. The Second Saturday Shop Hop in Pine is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 9. Many of the businesses along Highway 87 and Hardscrabble Road extend hours and offer specials and refreshments for the event.

One of the participants, Myra’s Gallery will have live music by Trouble in Paradise and will feature the work of some of the artists.

Concert Under the Stars

Pack up the lawn chair or blanket and a picnic supper and head over to the Green Valley amphitheater for the 7 p.m., Saturday, July 9 performance of the Rim Country’s favorite local band, Junction 87.

The three-man group offers a program of both country and rock music.

The free show is part of the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Concert Under the Stars series that continues through July 23.

Key Ingredients – Tortilla making class

The Payson Public Library will present Eloiza’s Flour Tortilla Making Class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 12 as part of its Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Key Ingredients: America by Food, which will be on display through Aug. 7, 2011. This is a free class, but space is limited. Interested participants should call to register at (928) 474-9260.

Habitat car wash

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is having a car wash (as well as trucks and RVs) from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 16 at the Jiffy Lube located at 160 E. Highway 260 in Payson. In addition to washing vehicles, the Habitat folks will be selling root beer floats and raffle tickets for some great prizes. Please plan on stopping by to help the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. For more information, please call (928) 474-0330.

Round Valley Trail hike

Rim Country residents and visitors can take part in upcoming free group hikes on the Payson Area Trails System, hosted by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department: at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 16 there will be a hike of the Round Valley Trail, which is rated at moderate difficulty and is 4.5 miles. Hikers will meet at the South Phoenix Trail Access, which is approximately a mile east of Highway 87 on the south side of Phoenix Street, north of the traffic light on 87 at the Payson Event Center and Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Turn right on South Gibson Court and the trail access will be on the right. Be sure to wear hiking boots and bring water.

Rim Country Auto Club Exhibit

The Rim Country Auto Club will present an exhibit at Rumsey Park Saturday, July 16 as part of the Payson Public Library’s Key Ingredients Smithsonian exhibit event. The car show is free.

Disc Golf Tournament

The 5th Annual Rim Country Open Arizona Disc Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, at Rumsey Park, 328 N. McLane Road. Sponsored by the Arizona Disc Golf Club and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, this is a Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned tournament. Participants at the Novice, Intermediate and Professional levels will play 18 “holes,” with three rounds of competition. Contact the parks office for details, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or go online to www.paysonrimcountry.com.

Picnic in a Jar

Learn to make a Picnic in a Jar from Payson Public Library director Terry Morris Tuesday, July 26. There are three class times to choose from: 10 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The class will be at the library and costs $10 per person. To register, stop by the library or call (928) 474-9260.

The Picnic in a Jar cooking classes are part of the library’s Key Ingredients Smithsonian exhibit event.

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