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The Payson Mountain High Games are this weekend. Included are the annual Loggers Sawdust Festival, ATV Trail Rides and an ATV Rodeo, a Mountain Bike Race and 5K Trail Run, Archery competitions, a Horseshoe Tournament and a Dutch Oven Competition. Events start Friday, June 3 and continue through Sunday, June 5. Look for details in this week’s edition of The Rim Review, which will be included in Friday’s Payson Roundup.

May 31 Tuesday

• 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

• Summer reading programs: Call libraries for details

Summer reading programs

The libraries of Payson, Pine and Tonto Basin are starting their summer reading programs. Check with the libraries for more information: Payson, (928) 474-9260; Pine, (928) 476-3678; Tonto Basin, (928) 479-2355.

Barbecue tickets on sale

Members of the Northern Gila County Historical Society are now selling tickets for its June 11 barbecue, to be held at the Rim Country Museum. 

Get the tickets from any member or at the museum.

June 1 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

• Kyl staff visit: 10:30 a.m., a representative from Sen. Jon Kyl’s office will be at the office of Gila County Dist. 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin

• Free concert: 6 p.m., Star Valley Baptist Church hosts the Country Gospel Misfits

Kyl’s staff in Payson

On the first Wednesday of each month, Adam Bean, a constituent service representative for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, conducts office hours at the Gila County Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260 in Payson, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The next visit will be Wednesday, June 1.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Bean in the Senator’s Phoenix office at (602) 840-1891.

Free concert

The Country Gospel Misfits will present a free concert from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 1 at the Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley.

Everyone is invited.

June 2 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

• Fitness for Parkinson’s suffers: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Healthy Perspectives Wellness Center

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

• Payson Tea Party: 6 p.m., Tiny’s Restaurant representatives from Forest Service to speak

Special program for Parkinson’s sufferers

A special program on fitness training for those with Parkinson’s Disease is set for 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 2 at the Healthy Perspectives Wellness Center, 805 E. Highway 260, Payson.

The program is presented by Becky Farley of NeuroFit NetWorks — Exercise4 BrainChange and sponsored by Dorothy Young in loving memory of Jim Young.

For more information, call Cindy Bryant at (928) 472-7120 or Tom Viviano, (602) 839-3542.

Tea Party group has forest programs

The Payson Tea Party is hosting a very important two-part Forest Service informational event June 2 and June 9. 

Hikers, hunters, mountain-bikers, horseback riders, family campers, RVers, Jeepers, quaders, motorbikers and dog lovers… anyone who enjoys the state’s forests and deserts… is encouraged to attend the Tea Party’s Thursday, June 2 meeting, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to learn from Coconino and Tonto National Forest NEPA planners why all forest planning must follow the “National Environmental Policy Act” rules, and what that means.

Then, come the following week from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9 to learn how the NEPA process determines access to our forests and deserts as developed in the Forest Service’s Travel Management Plan.

Coconino Forests’ Travel Management Plan is just about complete and the Tonto Forest planning is just getting started. We all need to understand these processes, the importance of attending the required public meetings, and to fully participate in the planning process. 

NEPA specialists Mike Dechter with Coconino National Forest and Genevivve Johnson with Tonto National Forest are presenting the programs.

Both meetings will be held at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

June 3 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

• Piano recital: 3 p.m., Mount Cross Lutheran Church Lomona Lodge (the log building south of the church sanctuary)

Piano recital June 3

The piano students of Dr. Victoria B. Harris will present a recital at 3 p.m., Friday, June 3 at Lomona Lodge (the log building) at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson.

The students will play the solos presented at the recent Piano Guild Auditions and at the Arizona Study Program Evaluations at Arizona State University and will receive their award certificates and ribbons.

A reception will follow the music program. The public is cordially invited to attend. There will be no admission charged.

Time Out Thrift Shop has First Friday sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a First Friday sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 3.

Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be half off.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway across the street from Wendy’s.

For additional information or to schedule a pick-up of larger donations, call (928) 474-3989.

Stop by to shop and save before going to the Main Street First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 3.

All proceeds from the sales at the Time Out Thrift Shop benefit Time Out, Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and other domestic violence programs and services in Gila County.

Sloppy Joe Supper and more

The Community Presbyterian Church will present a Sloppy Joe Supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 3, along with entertainment by the group Anything Goes.

The menu includes Sloppy Joes, salad, chips, and drink for $5. Eat in or get it to go. The shuttle bus will be running too, so park at the church, eat dinner and then hitch a ride up and down Main Street.

Dinner proceeds go the Child Learning Center’s children’s programs.

The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W Main St., Payson.

Stroll historic Main Street First Friday

Payson is known for its cool summer nights and for its award-winning First Friday on Main Street. Combining the two makes for a perfect evening for walking and enjoying outdoor events.

June’s First Friday, June 3 at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art features Payson’s favorite band, Junction 87.

Gourmet chef Gary Bedsworth and Diane Frederick Bedsworth are back grilling Charlie’s brats. Purchase a brat, chips and a soda for $5. All proceeds benefit PAWS, the group that built the off-leash dog park at Rumsey Park.

Payson’s Pro-Rodeo Committee and the Humane Society of Central Arizona will be selling raffle tickets. See’s Chocolates from the Soroptimists and ice cream from SCOOPS will also be available for purchase.

First Friday on Historic Main Street will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 3.

First Friday fun

Welcome summer at the June 3 First Friday Block Party on historic Main Street in Payson.

Down the Street Art Gallery is having a “New Moon” sale to make room for new, incoming artwork. Look for 20 percent off most items for that evening only and a drawing for a knit cap made by artist Jeff Wiles.

Stop by and enjoy light refreshments with the art, music and fun on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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