Low-cost spay-neuter clinic
The Humane Society of Central Arizona and PAWS in the Park are partnering with Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge to provide a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for felines and canines through the Healing Hearts Mobile Surgical Unit, which will be in Payson on Thursday, Sept. 29. In order to reduce the numbers of animals, which through no fault of their own are homeless, abandoned or mistreated, spay and neuter of all companion animals is of utmost importance.
The one-day clinic is meant to make spay and neuter of companion animals possible for those in Rim Country communities who have been most negatively impacted in the economic downturn through loss of jobs, reduction in pay, changes in living situations and other negative financial issues. Even though fees for the services are significantly less than normal rates they may still be prohibitive for some to pay, so PAWS in the Park is generously providing funds to help those who need further assistance.
In order to have your companion animal included in the clinic you must register at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. There is a $20 cash deposit required at the time of registration.
For information about costs and other details, please go to the Website at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org or call the shelter at (928) 474-5590.
Youth orientation flights
The pilots of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810 Young Eagles Program of Payson is presenting free airplane orientation flights for youth ages 8 to 17.
This introduction to the basics of flying will be from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Payson Airport.
Offered on a first come, first to fly basis, no reservations are needed, however participants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to sign a permission slip, or bring a signed permission slip.
For additional information, call (928) 978-5139.
Falling Leaves Fashioneesta event
The Optimist Club and Payson Senior Center present the Falling Leaves Fashioneesta event Saturday, Oct. 1. The event is a luncheon and fashion show benefit, featuring the latest in fun fashions from the Boutique, a dazzling variety of bling from Premier Designs Jewelry and silent auction items of jewelry and one-of-a-kind cosmetics.
The fashion show is being held to benefit homeless students. Payson Schools has experienced a 55-percent increase in homeless students since 2008, while the student population has decreased during that same time. Homeless students face many challenges. Many in the community are doing what they can to bring normalcy to the lives of these young people. All proceeds from the Falling Leaves Fashioneesta will be used to help provide homeless children and youth with a safe, stable and comfortable education.
Mark your calendar now for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Senior Center, 514 W Main St., Payson. Tickets are limited to 150 and may be purchased at the Senior Center or from Optimist and Senior Center board members. Sponsorships are available at various levels, from $50 and up. Tickets, plus verbal and written recognition at the event will be given to sponsors. Contact Joan Young at (928) 472-2264 for more information.
Rim Country Celts Ceilidh
The Rim Country Celts, a recently organized Rim Country group, focuses on promoting, educating and providing social activities related to Celtic heritage or people who are interested in the Celtic culture.
The group is holding its first Ceilidh — an Irish festival and celebration — from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Lone Pine Hotel, 610 W. Main St., Payson.
The entry fees will be $3 per person; $5 per couple; $1 for children 6 to 12; and children under 6 admitted free.
The Lone Pine Hotel staff is making homemade Irish stew for purchase. The Rim Country Celts will be offering soda bread, scones, Guinness and O’Doul’s non-alcohol beer, plus sodas.
The Rev. Charles Proudfoot of the Payson Community Presbyterian Church will provide the opening address.
The evening will feature a storyteller and a Celtic music acoustic jam session with musicians and singers from the Rim Country and the Valley participating.
Organizers are looking for a volunteer bagpiper or two and other volunteer acts — maybe even a kilted dog.
Please contact Lloyd or Nancy Gibson at (575) 649-5015 or firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Rim Country Celts’ Web sites are: www.rim countrycelts.org and http://rimcountrycelts.webs.com.
Start making plans to attend the group’s Tartan Day Celebration April 7, 2012 at the Payson Elk Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.
Gather at the Strawberry Bear Restaurant on Ralls Drive, Strawberry at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 for an afternoon of storytelling.
Sponsored by the Riff-Raff Club of Pine and Strawberry, the afternoon will feature stories by “Buckshot Dot” and three other storytellers, music by Trouble in Paradise, refreshments and fun for $15 per person. Seating is limited, so tickets are only being sold in advance. To get a ticket, call K.B. Blake at (928) 476-3658 or stop by Hairlooms Beauty Shop in Pine. Proceeds will go to the club’s scholarship fund.
Shriners host circus
The Zane Grey Shrine Club will present a performance by the Jordan World Circus at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Payson Event Center. The two-hour event will feature lions, tigers, elephants, jugglers, acrobats, clowns and more. Tickets will be sold at the box office the day of the circus.
Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides event
On Saturday, Oct. 15 take steps to cure cystic fibrosis by participating in the Great Strides event.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of tens of thousands of children and young adults. Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s nationwide fund-raising walk, which raises money to support vital CF research. It is a great way for friends, families and co-workers to come together and make a difference.
Join the walk at Green Valley Park in Payson, call Lori Nelson at (602) 224-0068 or visit www.cff.org. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins at 9 a.m.
Arizona’s Oldest Folk Music Festival
Some 200 outstanding musicians, including Katie Lee, Ted Ramirez, Hans Olson and Peter McLaughlin, will gather at Sharlot Hall Museum the weekend of October 1-2 for the 33rd annual Folk Music Festival. The event is Arizona’s oldest continuing folk music festival and the third oldest continuing festival of its kind in the nation.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and daily admission is $5 for adults, $3 for museum members and free for those under 18.