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This is the weekend to get out to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino event center to shop for fine arts and crafts at the Payson Art League’s annual ArtoberFest. The show and sale is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23.

Oct. 21 Friday

• Sale to benefit Meals On Wheels: the Senior Thrift Store is having a sale to benefit the Meals On Wheels program

• Deadline to register for art class:one-time class Oct. 28 by Wanda Mitchell-Tucker at Pine library

• 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

• Bake and Book Sale: noon to 4 p.m., Genealogical Society Library, also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday

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

• ArtoberFest: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mazatzal Hotel & Casino event center, continues through Sunday

Bake and Book Sale

The Northern Gila County Genealogy Library will be holding a Bake and Book Sale Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22. The sale is from noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

The library will have a large selection of paperback books and hardbound books — both fiction and non-fiction. There will also be an assortment of ‘homemade’ baked goods to choose from. The library is located at 302 E. Bonita St., Payson.

Deadline to register for art class at Pine Library

Artist Wanda Mitchell-Tucker of Winkleman, Ariz., has volunteered to teach an oil painting class on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Pine Library activity room, located behind the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.

This class will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. The cost is $10 to cover supplies only. She will teach students how to paint a rose from start to finish. Participants will end the lesson with a finished canvas that they can take home and frame.

Class size is limited and is for ages 13 and up. The supply fee needs to be paid at time of registration. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 21. For more information and questions, contact the library at (928) 476-3678.

Big sale

The Payson Senior Thrift Store, 514 W. Main St., is having a big sale to benefit the Senior Center’s Meals On Wheels program. Most clothing is half off and there is a 25-cent sidewalk sale as well.

ArtoberFest show and sale

This is the weekend to get out to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino event center to shop for fine arts and crafts at the Payson Art League’s annual ArtoberFest. The show and sale is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23.

The show features a variety of works from jewelry to sculptures by Rim artists and two from out of the area.

Oct. 22 Saturday

• Free Appliance and Metal Discard Day: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buckhead Mesa Landfill

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

• Legal issues and children: 9 a.m. to noon, Mountain Bible Church

• Out of Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness: 9 a.m., Green Valley Park

• Monument Peak Trail Hike: 9 a.m., meet at trailhead

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Sew for the Cure: 10 a.m., Quilting Sisters

• 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

• GLH Halloween Costume Party and Dance: 7 p.m. to midnight, Ox Bow Saloon

Appliance and metal discard day

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters will be accepted, along with other metal items.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the Freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. As the county will handle the Freon removal from the appliances, please do not tamper with the Freon lines and make sure there is no trash of any kind in the appliances.

All other debris will be regular price, so leave easy access to remove these metal items and appliances so the landfill personnel can exclude the weight from any other trash brought to the landfill.

Landfill hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; it is closed Sunday and holidays.

For more information on this event, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350.

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, Oct. 22 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, Oct. 23 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.

Legal issues and children

The Arizona’s Children Association will sponsor a timely “no cost” training regarding the multiple legal questions and issues regarding “children in care” by bio-parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, Court Appointed Advocates, educators or anyone interested in gaining insight into the legalities of the system. The program is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 22 at Mountain Bible Church, Building C, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

Bill Owsley, an attorney who is the Deputy Division Chief of the Dependency Unit of the Office of the Legal Advocate for the State of Arizona, will be the presenter. 

Those planning to attend should contact Kelli Schuttinga to register. Call (928) 232-7149 or e-mail cschuttinga@arizonas children.org.

Out of the Darkness Walk

The 2011 Out of the Darkness Community Walk to Prevent Suicide is at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 at Green Valley Park.

To learn more, donate or register in advance, go to outofdarkness.org.

Monument Peak Trail hike

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is sponsoring a hike of the Monument Peak Trail beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

This trail follows the base of Monument Peak and runs along the side of a seasonal streambed. Hikers will enjoy spectacular views of the Mogollon Rim and the Granite Dells. Participants will meet at the Monument Peak Trailhead, 3.3 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road, where the hike begins and ends. The trail is easy, level and is three miles roundtrip.

Call the parks department at (928) 474-5252, ext. 7 for details.

Sew for the Cure

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Quilting Sisters and Valley Radiation Oncology are joining hands again this year for the 2nd Annual Sew for the Cure and Live, Laugh and Love and Celebration Party.

Quilting Sisters will have an army of volunteers sewing and embroidering 50 travel pillowcases at Quilting Sisters from 10 a.m. until done, Saturday, Oct. 22 to slip on 50 travel pillows. The travel pillows will then be donated to Valley Radiation Oncology for distribution to patients battling breast cancer throughout the year — a little something that lets them know others care about them in their journey.

Valley Radiation Oncology will be hosting the Celebration Party for 2011 patients.

Spooktacular Costume Party and Banquet

Slip into your most spooktacular outfit and make your way to the Ox Bow Saloon on West Main Street Saturday, Oct. 22. The 7th Annual Gracie Lee Haught Costume Party, Dance and Banquet is from 7 p.m. to midnight.

It only costs $10 to come in and shake the dust off the ol’ bones while dancing to Moonshine Mafia. The bar will be open and snacks provided.

There will $500 in cash prizes for the best-dressed couple, man, woman and most creative. Dazzling jewelry from Overman Designs, Payson Jewelers and local donors are just some of the amazing raffle items. Bring your candy sack to carry off the money you’ll win in the 50/50 raffle.

Stop by the GLH office at 308 E. Aero to buy your tickets in advance or call (928) 472-2588. GLH is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Oct. 23 Sunday

• 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

Oct. 24 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

• Benefit Spaghetti Dinner: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe, proceeds for PHS Boys and Girls Soccer

Spaghetti Dinner benefit

There will be a benefit spaghetti dinner for the Payson High School Boys and Girls Soccer program from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24 at Gerardo’s Firewood Café, 512 N. Beeline Highway. The cost is $6 and participants may Dine In or Take Out.

Dutch Oven class registration deadline is Oct. 24

Get a feel for the outdoors in the gorgeous Payson air and learn how to “wow” your friends and family with exquisite camp cooking. Award-winning Dutch Oven cooks will teach how to prepare delicious dishes at this Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department class, which concludes with a luncheon giving everyone a chance to sample their efforts. All equipment is provided.

The class is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4. The cost is $45 per person and the class is open to everyone 16 and older.

Register online now at www.paysonparks.com or stop by the parks office to register. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 24.

Oct. 25 Tuesday

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

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

• TCCA presents guitarist: 7 p.m., Edgar Cruz performs at PHS auditorium

Edgar Cruz performs Oct. 25

Guitar virtuoso and master showman Edgar Cruz will present his unique blend of classical, Latin, pop, jazz and guitar masterpieces at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Single tickets are $35 (if seating is available). Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

For more information, visit the Tonto Community Concert Association Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

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