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Nellie-Cashman Western History Symposium Nellie Cashman will be one of the topics at the Aug. 18 Western History Symposium, Saturday held at Prescott’s Hassayampa Inn. At 7:15 p.m. in the Marina Room, Dr. Heidi Osselaer will present “On the Wrong Side of Allen Street: Nellie Cashman and other territorial women establish legitimate businesses in the frontier boomtown of Tombstone.” This is just one of several subjects to be covered at the event.

First Friday events

Chocolate lovers’ delight

Come join members of the Community Presbyterian Church on First Friday, Aug. 3 for dessert, coffee and music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pastor Chuck Proudfoot will be making his infamous “Black Beast” dessert — a chocolate lovers’ delight. Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St. Music will be provided and the shuttle bus will be running to take guests to other First Friday venues.

Make-and-take at Down the Street

Be an artist for an evening and paint a watercolor art card. Artist Susan Palmer will guide you and Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., will supply the materials for free at this make-and-take project that promises to be fun for all ages. The event is part of the First Friday block festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug 3.

Dunk the Director

As the kickoff for Payson Care Center’s fund-raising campaign for the National Alzheimer’s Association “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” Executive Director Karen Schalte and several other department heads will spend the day getting dunked between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2 at Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Dr. The community is invited to participate. You will get two shots for $1, so bring your best game. Payson Care Center staff hopes to raise $2,250 for the walk, so will be holding a fund-raising event each week. The National Alzheimer’s Association “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is Saturday, Sept. 22 at Green Valley Park. To register for the walk go to www.rimalzheimerswalk.org.

‘Kids Standing for Kids’

Lemonade stands open for business Aug. 4

Youngsters and area businesses are invited to register for the Kids Standing for Kids “fun” raiser supporting the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund!

Youngsters are asked to register to have a lemonade stand at one of the following locations around town. The stands will be open for business from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4.

The registration fee is $10 to cover expenses for supplies and advertising for the event. Please send in or drop off your check directly to the GLH office at 308 E. Aero Drive, Payson, AZ 85541.

The following businesses are sponsoring our lemonade stands. Please let us know if you would like to host a lemonade stand at a different location (we will need to get a permission form signed from the business/location).

Participating businesses are: AZ Coil, Bashas’, Plant Fair Nursery, Circle K, Buffalo Bar & Grill, Chapman Auto Center, Vita-Mart, Bob’s Western Wear, Chrisy’s Cottage, Town of Payson at Green Valley Park, Walmart, Mazatzal Casino, Macky’s Grill, Payson Feed & Pet Supply, Safeway, El Rancho, Walgreens, National Bank of Arizona, Ace Hardware and Hike, Bike & Run.

Gun show

Firing Pin Enterprizes, Inc. presents the 10th Annual Payson Gun and Knife Show at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium in Payson Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12. Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For additional information visit www.firingpin.com or call (928) 485-0437.

Books Are Fun Fair

The Mogollon Health Alliance will have a Books Are Fun Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the west lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance) of Payson Regional Medical Center.

Select from a large and varied inventory of not only books, but also unique gift items including photo albums, stationery, music and much more; sold to the public at great discounts. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Pancrazi performs

Downbeat magazine recognized jazz guitarist Pete Pancrazi as the “one to watch’” and audiences around Arizona voted him “Jazz Guitar Player of the Year.” He will perform popular jazz standards from the last five decades at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. For information or to RSVP, contact Gerry-Reynolds@hotmail.com, or at (602) 619-3355.

A suggested $5 donation includes refreshments.

Missoula Children’s Theater in Payson

The theater directors and the students of both the high school and junior drama programs are working to bring Missoula Children’s Theater to Payson in August 2012.

This is a production company from Montana that provides a great experience for children in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Between 50 and 60 youngsters will have a chance to be part of a professional theater production.

Any child interested in being in or helping with the play will audition Monday, Aug. 13, after school. Those selected will rehearse Monday through Thursday after school and do shows Friday afternoon and Saturday evening.

These are fun, lively shows based on old stories, but with a modern twist. This year MCT has chosen to present “Betty Lou and the Country Beast” which is a country version of “Beauty and The Beast.”

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