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The Annual Trunk or Treat Festival sponsored by Chili’s Restaurant, as well as the annual Haunted House, is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 on Payson’s Historic Main Street at the Ox Bow Saloon. The town will once again be purchasing all of the candy and providing it to more than 30 decorated booths that will hand it out to children ages 12 and under. The haunted house will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and admission is $3 or bring a can of food for the local food bank and get in for $2.

Oct. 28 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

• Register for outdoor photo class: to be held Nov. 4 in Pine, contact the Payson parks office

• Register home school students for free art classes: to be held at Pine Library

• Pine Fall Festival:5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pine School gym

• Halloween Party: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tonto Apache Gym

Fall outdoor photo class registration deadline

Learn simple techniques to capture the reality of what you are seeing with your camera. Photographers will learn effective composition techniques, and how to find ideal locations for outdoor photography. Participants must be familiar with their camera and be able to hike a half-mile. The cost is $15 per person and is open to those age 16 and up. The deadline to register, with payment, is Oct. 28.

The class will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 in Pine. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Ponderosa Market on the left-hand corner of Highway 87 and Hardscrabble Road. The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is presenting the class. Call (928) 474-5251, ext. 7 for more information.

Deadline to register for free Home School art classes

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine will again be holding free art classes, taught by Robyn Bossert, for home school children beginning Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the library activity room.

Classes will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30. Registration is required and space is limited to the first 15 students. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 28. Call the library at (928) 476-3678 or stop by to sign up.

Pine Strawberry School Fall Festival helps students

The Pine Strawberry School will have its annual Fall Festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 in the school gymnasium.  

Activities for the evening include a variety of booths, a cakewalk, silent auction, haunted maze and more. A costume contest will take place at 7 p.m. Dinner is also available for $4. 

The proceeds will help benefit the 8th-grade class trip and promotion ceremony.

Halloween Party at Tonto Apache Gym

There will be a free Ghostly Fun Party, including a haunted maze and Thriller dance performance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 at the Tonto Apache Gym. There will be candy and food for everyone, thanks to sponsorship by the Tonto Apache Tribe.

Oct. 29 Saturday

• 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

• Republicans host border issue program: 2 p.m., $20 admission for adults; $10 for students, Payson High auditorium

• Elks Halloween Party: 4:30 p.m., Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline, $10 admission

• Harvest Festival:5 p.m., Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway

• Halloween Costume Dance: 9 p.m., Ox Bow Saloon, $5 admission

Brush pits open

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. 29 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. 30 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

Republicans host program on border issues

The Gila County Republican Party is hosting a program on border issues at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Payson High School auditorium.

The program will be presented by Paul Babeu, sheriff of Pinal County, and Larry Dever, sheriff of Cochise County.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Proceeds will benefit the Sheriff’s Border Patrol Fund and the Gila County Republican Party. For tickets, call (928) 472-1172 or (928) 474-8545 or go to the chamber office, 100 W. Main St., Payson.

Elks Halloween Party

Elks members and guests are invited to the Payson Elks Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Cocktail service starts at 4:30 p.m., with dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a menu of meatballs and noodles, salad, a vegetable and cobbler. Goin’ 4 Broke will provide the evening’s music. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the Lodge bar.

Harvest Festival

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 for family fun.

The church is offering a fun and safe way to celebrate all that God gives.

There will be games and candy, a cakewalk with yummy prizes, Bingo, hayrides, and more. Kid-friendly costumes are OK, but you can come as you are. Everyone is welcome. 

Plan to have a hot dog or chili dog for dinner and enjoy pumpkin pie for dessert.

Halloween Dance

A fun Adult Halloween Dance will be held at 9 p.m., Saturday Oct. 29 at the Ox Bow Saloon. Admission is $5 and you must be 21 years or older to enter. You also must be dressed in a Halloween costume to enter and there will be prizes for the best costume. Live music will be provided by Moonshine Mafia.

For more information, contact Deb Rose at 474-5242, ext. 7, or at drose@paysonaz.gov or go to www.paysonrimcountry.com/ trunkortreat.

Oct. 30 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, open to the public

Oct. 31 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

• Senior Center Halloween Party: 11 a.m. to noon, live entertainment, costume contest

• Library costume parade: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Payson Public Library

• Trunk or Treat/Haunted House: Main Street/Ox Bow Inn, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Senior Center Halloween Party

Crawl, slither or fly on in to the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., for the Annual Halloween Party from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, Oct. 31. Enter the costume contest and enjoy Brooks Entertainment performing live.

A donation of $4 is suggested for lunch. Make reservations by Friday, Oct. 28, call (928) 474-4876.

Library plans costume parades

The Payson Public Library will have two Trick or Treat Costume Parades Monday, Oct. 31.

The Preschool Costume Parade is at 10 a.m. and the After School Costume Parade is at 4 p.m.

The parades are open to kids and teens of all ages, however participants can only attend one event, not both. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Town Trunk or Treat and Haunted House

The Annual Trunk or Treat Festival sponsored by Chili’s Restaurant is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 on Payson’s Historic Main Street at the Ox Bow Saloon.

The town will once again be purchasing all of the candy and providing it to more than 30 decorated booths that will hand it out to children ages 12 and under.

The haunted house will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and admission is $3 or bring a can of food for the local food bank and get in for $2.

For more information, please contact Deb Rose at 474-5242, ext. 7, or at drose@paysonaz.gov or go to www.paysonrimcountry.com/trunkortreat.

Nov. 1 Tuesday

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

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

Researching Irish ancestry

The Rim Country Celts are sponsoring a two-hour workshop titled Ireland Research by specialist Valerie Sullivan.

The workshop is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Payson Elk Lodge, 1206 N Beeline Highway.

This workshop is to help anyone interested in finding their ancestors in Ireland.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Nov. 1, with the $20 fee, payable upon registration. There must be 20 participants to present this program.

Please call Lloyd or Nancy Gibson at (575) 649-5015 to make reservations and arrangements for payment.

Senior Circle programs

Deadlines to register for two different day trips through the Senior Circle are coming up. Registration is due Nov. 1, for the Nov. 17 trip to Queen Creek to tour the olive oil mill and have a guided visit of Schnepf Farms. Call the Senior Circle about costs and to book space on either or both trips, (928) 472-9260.

The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will have the AARP Driver Safety Program from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12. This workshop is free to all veterans, American Legion, or anyone with a military ID. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat.

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