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Dog Day in the Park is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Payson Off Leash Dog Park in Rumsey Park, across from the Payson Public Library. Sponsored by PAWS (Payson Area Woofers Society), the group that built the dog park, the day will include games, contests, mini-seminars and more, such as a raffle of a basket which will include a $250 gift certificate from Star Valley Veterinary Clinic.

Sept. 13 Tuesday

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

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

Free after-school program scholarships

Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens announces scholarship funds are available to grandparent(s) or older individuals, 55 years of age or older, who are responsible for raising a relative child or children in their home.

These scholarships will be granted for tuition to after-school programs, weekend programs, sports programs, educational programs and can include funds for materials and supplies for participation including travel and other expenses.

Scholarships are being provided to offer the older adult caregivers respite and provide the children with the opportunity to participate in programs that may not be available to them because of budget constraints on the family.

The grandparent(s) or relative(s) must be the primary caregiver for the child or children under the age of 18 and the children must live in their home. Grandparents or relatives need not have legal custody of the children, however, in order to be eligible for the program the biological parent cannot live in the same home.

Priority will be given to older adults who are in greater social and economic need and/or those residing in a rural or geographically isolated area in Pinal and Gila counties. This program will end on Sept. 30, 2011.

For more information and registration, please contact Debra Goodman at Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens at (520) 836-2758 or 1(800) 293-9393 or 8969 W. McCartney Road, Casa Grande, AZ 85194.

New hours at recorder’s office in Payson

Gila County has temporarily changed the hours of operation for the recorder’s office in Payson effective immediately due to staffing logistics. The Payson office will be closed on Monday and Friday, but will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have any more questions, please call the office at (928) 402-8740.

The Gila County Recorder’s Office in Globe will have an open house from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 1400 E. Ash St.

Everyone is invited to stop in and learn about e-recordings. For more information, contact Sadie Jo Tomerlin at stomerlin@ gilacountyaz.gov or call (928) 402-8735.

GPS 101

Do you have a GPS, but you’re not sure how to use it? Learn the basic terminology, along with how to make “way points,” find specific locations of interest, make your own tracks, and navigate trails and off road. Bring your handheld GPS, computer connector cable and manual. Registration is available online until noon, Friday, Sept. 16.

The course is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 17 for ages 12 and older at the Parks & Recreation Office at Green Valley Park for $15.

Sept. 14 Wednesday

• Animal Welfare Thrift Shop opens: 9 a.m., 503 E. Main, Suite C

• Small appliance and electronics sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Saturday, Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

• 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

• Don Engler at Senior Circle: 11 a.m. to noon, Payson Police Chief to discuss community disaster preparations and evacuation

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop opens

Help animals and get great bargains at the same time. Visit the new

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop at 503 E. Main St., Suite C (the old MoJoe’s location).

Doors open for business at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14. Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Manager Penny McKinlock, along with many dedicated volunteers and the original “Donation Dog” Nala, are opening the new shop in conjunction with the Wonders of the Wild Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit corporation based in Tonto Village, and will benefit that organization as well as others like the Rim Country Friends of Ferals and Aussie & Friends Rescue.

Once established, the shop will also offer financial assistance grants for spaying/neutering, adoptions from the local shelter, emergency veterinary bills and even assistance in purchasing pet food if necessary.

The shop is now accepting donations during regular business hours. Those with donations they can’t bring to the shop, call (928) 951-2587 to schedule a pick-up.

Small appliance and electronics sale

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87, Pine, will have small kitchen appliances and electronics on sale for half-price Sept. 14 through Sept. 17. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

The shop’s third annual Holiday Fashion Show and bake sale will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Dining Hall behind the Thrift Store. There is no admission to attend and all are welcome. For information, call (928) 476-4633.

Programs at the Senior Circle

During September, a couple of important presentations are planned at the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle.

• Wednesday, Sept. 14 chief Don Engler of the Payson Police Department will be speaking from 11 a.m. to noon. Engler will discuss how the hospital, fire and police departments prepare for disaster situations and Payson’s exit strategy in the event of an evacuation.

• Wednesday, Sept. 28 a representative from the Department of Aging and Adult Services will speak from 11 a.m. to noon on Medicare fraud, errors and abuse.

Registration is required. To reserve a seat, call (928) 472-9290. The PRMC Senior Circle is 215 N. Beeline Highway, east of Walmart.

Sept. 15 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

Sept. 16 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

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