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The Pearce Family Bluegrass Band is returning to Pine and Payson for two special, free performances. Concerts are at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 23 at the Pine Community Center, and at 6 p.m., Sunday, July 24 at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson.

July 19 Tuesday

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

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

• Redistricting meeting: 5:30 p.m., county supervisor office, 610 E. Hwy. 260

• Star Valley Town Council: water meeting 5:30 p.m., council meeting 6:30 p.m., 3675 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley

Redistricting

The next meeting of the Gila County Redistricting Advisory Committee will be at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 19 at 610 E. Highway 260. The committee will be breaking out into smaller study groups.

Star Valley water meeting

The Star Valley Town Council will meet Tuesday, July 19 for a special work session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss all things relating to water. Councilors will dive into a possible aquifer study, well monitoring, the town’s water master plan and purchasing Blue Ridge surface water.

Following, at 6:30 p.m., the council will hold its regular council meeting and possibly authorize the purchase of well monitoring equipment to test water quality and quantity and the start of an aquifer study.

The council will also vote on appointing three members to serve on the board of the Rim Country Education Alliance Separate Legal Entirety, which will own and administer the proposed ASU campus and spinoff businesses.

The meetings will be held at the Star Valley Town Hall, 3675 E. Highway 260.

July 20 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

• Woman of the Year honored: noon, Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers, Crosswinds Restaurant, Payson

• Kaitie’s Closet clothing distribution: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Julia Randall Elementary School

• Psychology in the movies: 2:30 p.m., free program at Payson GCC campus

• Chamber mixer: 5:30 p.m., Payson Messinger Mortuary

Thrift store sale

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store will have Hawaiian clothing, decorations and other island merchandise featured July 20 to July 23. Most garments, except designer labels, will be priced at $3 each.

The store, located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For information, call (28) 476-4633.

Daughters of Pioneers honor Woman of the Year

The Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers will meet at noon, Wednesday, July 20 at the Crosswinds Restaurant at the Payson Airport to honor the Woman of the Year, Fern Taylor Spears (Mrs. George Spears).

The Daughters of Gila County Pioneers is dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of Gila County and promoting education including scholarships for graduating seniors. Any woman whose ancestors had established residence in Gila County prior to 1912 (statehood) is eligible to join. Please call (928) 474-2949, (928) 474-9258, (928) 474-1541, (928) 468-8085, or (928) 474-2634, if interested in attending the luncheon or joining the group.

The fourth volume of the “Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers” is being developed and stories of the lives of pioneer women are needed prior to Labor Day. Please contact one of the above numbers with any Gila County pioneer story that could be included. 

Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday. In August the group will meet at La Sierra with a guest from the Tonto Apache Tribal Council speaking on their ancestry and their plans for the future.

Kaitie’s Closet distribution

Kaitie’s Closet will be distributing children’s clothing from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

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

Psychology in the movies

Gila Community College presents a free 5-week seminar, “A Look at Psychology in the Movies.” Attend this free seminar series from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 20 through Aug. 17, on the Gila Community College campus.

The course will look at why people want and appreciate psychological thrillers and how movies have characterized mental illness. Each week, participants will view and discuss movie segments. Five of the following movies will be presented: “Little Miss Sunshine,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Michael Clayton,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Black Swan,” “Misery.”

Chamber Mixer

The July Chamber Mixer will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the brand-new Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 900 S. Westerly Drive.

Come and see this new addition to Rim Country, bring brochures to share and network. There will be door prizes and refreshments.

A donation of $3 is asked of chamber members, $5 nonmembers. Please RSVP for food counts by calling 474-4515.

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce has also scheduled the following events in July:

• July 21, 11 a.m. — ribbon cutting, SuddenLink (formerly NPG Cable) 632 N. Beeline Highway

• July 21, 5 p.m. — Grand ReOpening of Smart Systems and ribbon cutting, 405 S. Beeline Highway

• July 26, 11:30 p.m. — Business Buzz, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tiny’s Restaurant, with NFIB President Farrell Quinlin, who will speak on “Does Arizona need a Small Business Jobs Recovery Act?”

July 21 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

• Stuff the BUS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Walmart parking lot

• Gila Community College Governing Board: 2:30 p.m., Payson GCC campus, room 402

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

Stuff the BUS: Backpacks, Underwear, Shoes

Payson Schools encourages everyone in Payson to participate in its first “Stuff the BUS” event, Thursday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot.

Look for the yellow school bus. Stop by and help us stuff the BUS with Backpacks, Underwear and Shoes. Many students need these items to come to school fully outfitted and ready to learn. New items are preferred, but we will accept gently-used backpacks and shoes.

For more information, call Susan Campbell at Payson Schools, (928) 474-2070.

Safe Sitter class in Payson

The Safe Sitter class teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. Students get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis.

To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, students must attend a two-day course, pass a rigorous practical, written, and oral test to show they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

A Safe Sitter class is available in Payson, July 21 and July 22. The class is limited to 12 students and open to girls and boys ages 11 to 13. Call Nancy (928) 402-8517 or Chris (928) 402-8696 for registration.

GCC Governing Board

The Gila Community College Governing Board will meet at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 21 in room 402 at the Payson GCC campus, 201 Mud Springs Road.  

The agenda includes a discussion on budget notes, and a discussion on solar panels at the GCC parking lot.

July 22 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

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

July 23 Saturday

• Annual Disc Golf Tournament: 8 a.m., Rumsey Park, continues Sunday, July 24

• Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing, behind Chili’s

• 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

• Youth Kayaking: 11 a.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church and Green Valley Park

• Living Waters: 11 a.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 700 E. Wade, Payson

• Blue grass concerts: 6 p.m., Pine Community Center and also 6 p.m., Sunday, Crossroads Church, Payson

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.

Payson Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market on Saturday, July 23 offers produce, baked goods, goat cheese, doggie treats, pickles, jams, honey, hummus, free range beef and many more items — all from within 100 miles of Payson, from the farmers or producers. 

There are also ready-made convenience foods available and always Rim Country Artists.

The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s.

Youth Kayaking event

Jim Bayles and Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church are sponsoring a youth event.

A Youth Kayaking event to learn the basics of Kayaking, for all youth in the area is planned for Saturday, July 23.

The only requirements: the ability to swim and a signed parental consent form.

Participants will meet at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane at 11 a.m. for a “how to” video and pizza lunch, then the program moves to Green Valley Lake to test skills. The cost is $10, payable the day of the event when presented with the signed consent form.

For more information, call Bayles at (928) 478-4015.

Living Waters celebrates five years in Kenya

Living Waters International, a Payson-based ministry is pleased to announce the celebration of providing humanitarian/ evangelistic aid to the needy in Kenya for five years.

Providing care for 140 orphan children; building 110 structures used for churches, schools and medical clinics; building and staffing a free-standing feeding center; a shamba and over 600 baptisms is proof of how God has blessed Living Waters. See and hear of experiences of building a church in Kenya’s maximum-security prison Shimo La Tewa, to how the drought is leaving cattle and people dead.

The program, Kenya: a People of Contrast and Opportunity, will be presented at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 23 at 700 E. Wade St., Payson — the SDA Church.

This is a free photo and narrative presentation by Daryl Oft, on the challenges, miracles and how God has blessed this small town ministry to accomplish His work in Kenya.

Bluegrass concerts

The Pearce Family Bluegrass Band is returning to Pine and Payson for two special, free performances. This band came about from the family’s desire to serve God and people through music. It performs at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 23 at the Pine Community Center, and at 6 p.m., Sunday, July 24 at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson.

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