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The St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank is in need of donations of all kinds of nonperishable food for local residents, and would also appreciate contributions of any fresh produce from area gardens and fruit trees. The Food Bank clients could also use food for their pets. The Food Bank is located at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St. To make a financial donation, mail check to P.O. Box 1317, Payson, AZ 85547.

Sept. 30 Friday

• Elks yard sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,continues Saturday until 2 p.m.

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

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

• Head Start open house: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Payson Athletic Club open house: 10 a.m. to 3 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

• Payson Cheerleaders burrito sale: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., football field parking lot

Elks annual yard sale

The Payson Elks Lodge is holding its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 in the ramada behind the Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

There will be lots of bargains, plus hot dogs, chips and sodas for sale. The event is open to the public.

Payson Athletic Club Family Health & Fitness open house

The Payson Athletic Club Family Health & Fitness will have a “Re-Grand Opening and Open House” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday Sept. 30. The 10,000-square-foot facility is under new ownership.

Come take a tour and see what is available at the facility. There will be refreshments, music and giveaways.

Meet the instructors, learn about the classes offered for all ages, including body sculpting, spin, yoga, Zumba and Silver Sneakers.

Call (928) 474-0916 with questions.

Green chili burrito sale

The Payson High School Cheerleaders are selling green chili burritos from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 in the parking lot of the football stadium for $5 per person.

The proceeds will be used to help purchase new uniforms and pay for travel to cheer competitions.

Oct. 1 Saturday

• Youth flights: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Payson Airport, consent forms needed

• PAHH dedication, open house: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., addition to Longhorn Village

• Payson Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, last day of the season

• 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

• Fashion show and luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Senior Center, benefits homeless students, present by the Optimist Club and Senior Citizens Center

• Rim Country Celts Fest: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Lone Pine Hotel

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 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.

PAHH dedication, open house

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will have a dedication ceremony and open house from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at Longhorn Village Units 10-14, 805 Longhorn Road, Payson. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments and tours of the homes.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a pound of something: non-perishable food, laundry supplies, cleaning goods, etc. for the new homeowners.

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. 1 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. 2 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.

Payson Farmers Market’s last day is Oct. 1

It’s the last week of the Payson Farmers Market and the last chance to meet the vendors to stock up on things for Christmas or for those hoped-for snow days.

It’s also the last chance for people with WIC or Senior Farmers Market coupons to redeem them.

The market’s last day will be from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 1, 816 S. Beeline Highway. For details, go online to www. http://paysonfarmersmarket.info/index.htm.

Falling Leaves Fashioneesta event

The Optimist Club and Payson Senior Center present the Falling Leaves Fashioneesta event from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. 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. All proceeds from the Falling Leaves Fashioneesta will be used to help provide homeless children and youth with a safe, stable and comfortable education.

Tickets are limited to 150 and may be purchased at the Senior Center or from Optimist and Senior Center board members. Contact Joan Young at (928) 472-2264 for more information.

Rim Country Celts festival

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.

Rim Country Celts represent the seven Celtic nations: Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia and Asturias, Brittany and Ireland.

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 are 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 evening will feature a storyteller and a Celtic music acoustic jam session.

Rim Country Celts’ Web sites are: www.rimcountrycelts.org and http://rimcountrycelts.webs.com.

Oct. 2 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

• Blessing of the Animals: 2 p.m., Holy Nativity Church

• Storytelling: 4 p.m., Strawberry Bear Restaurant on Ralls Drive in Strawberry, presented by the Riff Raff Club - tickets must be bought in advance

• Raise a Glass for Feral Cats: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., MoJoe’s Cafe, benefit for Rim Country Friends of Ferals

Blessing of the Animals

There will be a procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and horses, to be blessed at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 at Holy Nativity Anglican Catholic Church.

This event is in celebration of the Saint’s Day of St. Francis of Assisi who loved the animals and was friend and protector to them.

The Holy Nativity Anglican Catholic Church is at 1414 N. Easy St. (on the corner of Easy St. and Bradley), Payson. The event will be in the rear courtyard behind the Parish Hall.

It is asked that the animals be on a leash, cage or carrying bag and under control. Owners should also bring a dish for water.

Raise a Glass for Feral Cats

Sample craft beers and food from Arizona and other small breweries at Rim Country Friends of Ferals’ craft beer event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 at MoJoe’s Grill. Proceeds go to Rim Country’s feral cat organization. Space is limited so get your tickets now at The Beverage Place, MoJoe’s or from Lisa Boyle, (928) 474-1836 for any or all of these great events.

Storytelling

The Riff Raff Club presents storytelling at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 by “Buckshot Dot” and others, music by Trouble in Paradise, refreshments and fun for $15 per person at the Strawberry Bear Restaurant on Ralls Drive in Strawberry. 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.

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