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The 15th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show is June 10, 11 and 12 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine. The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is just $2. Bring a can/package of non-perishable food and be entered into the drawing held June 12 for a comfort quilt. The Strawberry Patchers will have quilts and wearable items on display, along with the Berry Patch Boutique filled with quality hand-made items, a vendor mall and quilt appraisals. Tickets will be on sale for the Strawberry Patchers’ beautiful opportunity quilt drawing to be held in December.

June 7 Tuesday

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

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

• Pre-register for Sprint Triathlon: Last day to pre-register, late registration will be $25 more, call Parks & Rec, (928) 474-5242, extension 7

Last day to pre-register for Payson Sprint Triathlon

Wannabe Iron Men (women and youth) are encouraged to register as soon as possible for the Payson Spring Triathlon Tribute to Cynthia Pool, which takes place Saturday, June 11. A $25 late fee will be added to the entry costs for those signing up after June 7. The fees are $50 per adult and $75 for teams.

Check-in starts at 5:45 a.m. at Taylor Pool in North Rumsey Park, 504 N. McLane Road; the race will begin at 7 a.m.

The swim is 500 yards (20 lengths), the bike course is 14 miles and known as “The Beast, and the run is a 5K.

Athletes as young as 15 are invited to compete.

To learn more, contact the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at (928) 474-5242, extension 7, or contact race director Deb Rose at drose@paysonaz.gov.

June 8 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

• Public input wanted: various times and locations, meetings for public input on redistricting start and continue through next week

Public meetings on redistricting begin

Public meetings have been scheduled to provide citizens additional opportunity to participate in the redistricting of Gila County supervisorial and community college districts. Citizens are invited to attend any of the following public meetings:

• 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 8 - Tribal Council Chamber, San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

• 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - Gila County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 1400 E. Ash Street, Globe

• 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 14 - Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce, 45675 W. Hwy. 188, Tonto Basin

• 3 p.m., Thursday, June 16 - Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• 6 p.m., Thursday, June 16 - Star Valley Southern Baptist Church, 4180 E. Hwy. 260, Star Valley

Additional information is available at www.gilacountyaz.gov/elections/Redistrict info.html.

June 9 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

• Forest Service Travel Management Plan: 6 p.m., discussion at Tiny’s Restaurant

June Chamber activities

June is here, and so are the Chamber activities.  It’s time to get out and enjoy the great Rim Country summer weather.

So far, the activities are:

• 3 p.m., Thursday, June 9: ribbon cutting for the law offices of JoEllen Vork, 501 W. Main St. (next to the Humane Society Thrift Shop).

• 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 14: Business Buzz at Central Arizona Board of Realtors, the topic will be “What is there to do here? 101 things to do in Rim Country this summer.” Presentations will be made by representatives from the Payson Public Library on the Smithsonian Exhibit, Parks & Rec on adult and children’s activities, Arizona Game & Fish-Fish Hatchery, Tonto Natural Bridge, Payson Farmer’s Market. 

Additionally, members and all of the area’s hospitality businesses may bring special event brochures for summer and early fall activities. Cousins will cater the lunch; the cost is $8 and reservations are required. Call (928) 474-4515 to reserve a seat now.

• 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 15: ribbon cutting at Green Valley Apartments, 905 S. McLane. A light lunch will be served.

• 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 22: Chamber Mixer Block Party at Mattress Experts with 10 hosting businesses, 221 E. Highway 260. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for those from the community. Please call to confirm attendance at (928) 474-4515.

• 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 24: ribbon cutting and grand opening of Key Ingredients, the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit at the Payson Public Library. The evening will feature the exhibit and refreshments. Reservations are required, call (928) 474-4515.

Learn about Forest Service travel management plans

Hikers, hunters, mountain-bikers, horseback riders, family campers, RVers, Jeepers, quaders, motorbikers and dog lovers… anyone who enjoys our forests and deserts is urged to attend the next meeting of Payson Tea Party where representatives from Coconino and Tonto National Forests will be on hand.

National Environmental Policy Act specialists and Travel Management Plan Project Leaders Mike Dechter of Coconino National Forest and Genevivve Johnson of Tonto National Forest will attend the meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 9 to discuss how the NEPA process determines access to the forests and deserts as developed in the Forest Service Travel Management Plan.

Coconino Forest’s Travel Management Plan is just about complete, but the Tonto Forest planning is just getting started. The information presented is designed to help understand these processes, the importance of attending the required public meetings and to fully participate in the planning process. 

The meeting is at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson, and is sponsored by the Payson Tea Party. Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

June 10 Friday

• Rummage sale: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., East Verde Park Estates, continues Saturday and Sunday, when it ends at 4 p.m.

• Community Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, Payson

• Marketplace Sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, continues Saturday

• Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cultural Hall Pine Community Center, continues through Sunday

• 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

Rummage sale

The East Verde Park Annual Rummage Sale at the clubhouse on Detroit is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11; and from 7 a.m. to noon, Sunday, June 12.

East Verde Park is five miles north of Payson off of Highway 87.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, June 10 at 407 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

For more information call (928) 474-5440.

Marketplace Sale

The Marketplace Sale is coming June 10 and June 11. The annual event is an upscale garage sale sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to benefit St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. The Marketplace Sale will be at the Bashas’ Center next to Payson Jewelers.

Hundreds of items, in excellent condition, will be for sale during the two-day event, including furniture and household items. No clothing items or books will be sold. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show

The 15th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show is June 10, 11 and 12 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine. The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is just $2. Bring a can/package of nonperishable food and be entered into the drawing held June 12 for a comfort quilt.

The Strawberry Patchers will have quilts and wearable items on display for viewers’ choice voting on Friday and Saturday. Ribbons will be in place for Sunday attendees.

Along with the Berry Patch Boutique filled with quality hand-made items, there will be a vendor mall and quilt appraisals. Tickets will be on sale for the Strawberry Patchers’ beautiful opportunity quilt drawing, scheduled for Dec. 1, 2011.

For more information and quilt entry forms, go online to the group’s Web site www.strawberrypatchers.com.

The show is held in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival, June 11 and 12.

On Aug. 13, the Strawberry Patchers will hold their 3rd Annual Quilt Auction in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.

The hall opens at 10 a.m. for registration and preview; the auction starts at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Bring nonperishable food and get a ticket for a drawing for a quilt by Sharon Schamber, to be held after the auction. The group’s opportunity quilt tickets will be available along with ‘buy it now’ quilts. More information is available on the Web site, www.strawberrypatchers.com or call (928) 472-4410.

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