Community Almanac

Labor Day Fun



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Get out this weekend and you can find pancakes a plenty in the Rim Country. Part of the Labor Day celebrations in Pine and Beaver Valley include pancake breakfasts, plus you can get barbecued pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs and watermelon elsewhere Saturday.

Labor Day book sale and quilt raffle

The Pine Library Friends will have a Labor Day Book Sale and Quilt Raffle Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Library Activity Room at the rear of the Pine Community Center complex.

The quilt being raffled is queen sized and appraised for $1,975 by a certified quilt appraiser. It was donated to the friends by the family of the late Patricia Sogan.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The book sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.

Pancake breakfast in Pine

The Pine-Strawberry Firefighters Association and The Strawberry Elite will be hosting the annual Labor Day weekend pancake breakfast in beautiful downtown Pine, near the rear side of the Arts and Crafts Festival at the Pine Community Center.

The breakfast features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for $5 per person. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is the last of the two groups’ community breakfasts until Memorial Day Weekend 2010.

For more information, call the fire station at (928) 476-4272.

Labor Day fun in the cool country

Labor Day weekend is here and it’s time for some fun. Pack up the car and the kids and head up to Pine for guaranteed fun in the cool country for the entire family.

The annual Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Labor Day Festival is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Pine Community Center on Highway 87 at the corner of Randall Place, 15 miles north of Payson on Highway 87 (the Beeline).

There is no admission.

Beaver Valley Day Celebration

Beaver Valley Day will be celebrated starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3.

Open to the public, Beaver Valley Day offers a morning of festivities in Beaver Valley, a community about 6 miles northeast of Payson on Houston Mesa Road.

Activities start with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Beaver Valley Fire Station. Members of the Beaver Valley Fire District Auxiliary will provide a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages. During the breakfast, a free Firewise education program will take place at 9 a.m.

A community rummage sale also will take place at the fire station from 8 a.m. to noon. Visitors can shop for treasures among the household items, furniture, tools, toys and sporting equipment. All proceeds will benefit the Beaver Valley Fire Department. 

For more information, call (928) 468-9269 or (928) 595-1600.

Tonto Village Labor Day fun

Residents and visitors to the Rim Country are invited to come and support the Hellsgate Fire Department at the annual Labor Day Weekend benefit barbecue, bake sale and raffle, presented by the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary Fireflies.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Tonto Village Fire Stations, 151 Mathews Lane (a mile in on Control Road off East Highway 260).

Enjoy a barbecued pork sandwich, coleslaw, beans, fresh corn on the cob and a drink. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

The bake sale will feature cakes, fruit pies, cookies, breads, jams and more.

The raffle, with the drawing set for 1:30 p.m., is for a chain saw, a $200 gas card from Giant, and a $300 grocery card from Bashas’. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Elks welcome guests to Labor Day event

The Payson Elks Lodge will celebrate Labor Day from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 at the lodge, which is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway. The Elks welcome guests from throughout the Rim Country to attend and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, beans and corn on the cob. Beverages, including beer, and dessert may be purchased.

Farm dinner benefit

Fossil Creek Creamery will be hosting a farm dinner to benefit the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4.

All local produce, meat and dairy will be used. Participating in preparing this fabulous feast are Chef Akos Szabo, Top of the Rock in Tempe; Chef Gerardo Moceri, Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe in Payson; Chef Tracy Dempsey, pastry chef from Scottsdale. Vita Mart will donate produce from their 25 local producers.

Chuck Casey and his fiddlers will provide music under the stars.

All proceeds will benefit the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc. Tickets are $75 per person and can be reserved by calling (928) 476-5178.

Seating is limited, so make a reservation soon. Go online to for more details.

Sept. 2 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

• First Friday festivities: 5 p.m,. to 8 p.m, visit galleries and shops on Historic Main Street for fun and great deals.

Artists of the Rim celebrate anniversary

The Artists of the Rim Gallery is celebrating five years in business. To mark the event, the artist members plan an ice cream social from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., First Friday, Sept. 2.

More than an open house, the evening will be a celebration of the gallery’s fifth anniversary and a thank-you to its loyal patrons.

Ice cream, cake and assorted “munchies” will be served, with music provided by local musicians. Come and see the works of the gallery’s new artists, and help celebrate. Artists of the Rim Gallery is at 408 W. Main St., Payson.

First Friday

Celebrate a “groovy” First Friday at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art on Sept. 2. 

While listening to the music of Trouble in Paradise, relish a gourmet brat grilled by Chef Gary Bedsworth and Diane Frederick Bedsworth. A brat, chips and a drink cost $5 with all proceeds benefiting PAWS. Top off dinner with ice cream from Scoops. 

Raffle tickets for a top-of-the-line Tony Lama jacket will be sold. Tickets are only $5 each and benefit Greg Day, owner of Macky’s Restaurant.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is located at 520 W. Historic Main St. in Payson. First Friday is held monthly from 5 to 8 p.m. year-round. 

Time Out Thrift Shop sale

Take “time out 2 shop” on First Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3 at Payson’s Time Out Thrift Shop.

Everything inside the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off.

New treasures are arriving every day.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across the street from Wendy’s, and shopping hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donation hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The shop will be closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

Volunteers will gladly pick up furniture and larger donations. Just call (928) 474-3989 to schedule an appointment.

All profits benefit Time Out, Inc., its Shelter, Transitional Housing and other domestic violence programs and services in Gila County. 

Photography exhibit

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., Payson, will feature a photography exhibit for First Friday, Sept. 2 and through the remainder of the month.

The work of award-winning photojournalist Tom Brossart, editor of the Payson Roundup, will be featured.

The works are primarily fine art and landscapes, many which have been published in the Arizona Highlands magazine. Most were taken from around Arizona, including the Vermillion Cliffs, Sedona’s red rocks and Route 66.

All the works will be for sale, from $100 and up. Sizes range from 11-inches-by-14 inches up to 20-inches-by-24 inches; all the prints were handmade by Brossart.

He is also teaching two classes in digital photography for the Payson campus of Gila Community College this fall; both still have openings. A beginning class is on Tuesday afternoons and an intermediate workshop class is on Fridays. To find out more about the classes, call Brossart at (928) 474-5251, extension 115.

Music at church for First Friday

The Trio! — Joanie Smith, guitar, vocals; Bob Tarallo, saxophone; and Gerry Reynolds, drums — will have a “practice session” for First Friday on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. 

The church door will be open, the coffee will be on.

Sept. 3 Saturday

• Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing

• 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

• Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Birthday: celebration includes cake at various times and more

Brush pits closed

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will not be staffing its brush drop-off points due to the Labor Day holiday. The brush pits will be closed Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4 so that the staff and volunteers can spend the holiday weekend with their families.

Free watermelon at Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market will have free watermelon for visitors from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 3. 

Come eat free watermelon and test your watermelon seed spitting skills at the Payson Farmers Market.

Thanks to Freddy of Da Nede Farms, a 70-pound melon he calls “Pig” will be sliced and given away for free.  

The Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest starts at 10:30 a.m. and the winner gets two tickets to Sea Life Aquarium. There will be a special prize for kids 10 and under.

The Payson Farmers Market is at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s.

Payson Youth Football

The Payson Youth Football League’s first home game of the season will be against Blue Ridge, Saturday, Sept. 3. Games start at 9 a.m. and go all day until about 5 p.m. at Payson High School football field.

A Fry Bread for Football benefit will also be taking place. Homemade fry bread will be sold for $5 at the concession stand. The proceeds will go toward the purchase of new helmets for the league.

Casino celebrating 18th anniversary

The Mazatzal Hotel and Casino will be celebrating its 18th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 3. Free birthday cake given out at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., with double points awarded from noon to 5 p.m.

Free casino birthday shirts will also be given to the first 500 patrons at 6 p.m.


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