Community Almanac

Payson’s 4th of July celebration begins at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 4 and continues throughout the day, concluding with a fireworks display (if conditions allow) at Green Valley Park on West Main Street.
Activities start at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial with a patriotic ceremony, which includes reading the Declaration of Independence. Family games and friendly competitions are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the amphitheater bandstand will come alive with live music by the Technicolors Band. 
The Big Boom Finale starts at about 9 p.m. with one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Arizona. Free shuttle buses will run from the Payson High School administration parking lot (off McLane Road) to Green Valley Park. After the show, the buses will return people to their cars. 
For more information, contact Cameron Davis, director, Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or e-mail: cdavis@paysonaz.gov. or visit www.paysonrimcountry.com.

Payson’s 4th of July celebration begins at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 4 and continues throughout the day, concluding with a fireworks display (if conditions allow) at Green Valley Park on West Main Street. Activities start at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial with a patriotic ceremony, which includes reading the Declaration of Independence. Family games and friendly competitions are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the amphitheater bandstand will come alive with live music by the Technicolors Band. The Big Boom Finale starts at about 9 p.m. with one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Arizona. Free shuttle buses will run from the Payson High School administration parking lot (off McLane Road) to Green Valley Park. After the show, the buses will return people to their cars. For more information, contact Cameron Davis, director, Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or e-mail: cdavis@paysonaz.gov. or visit www.paysonrimcountry.com.

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Elks Lodge to celebrate Independence Day 

The 2012 Independence Day Celebration hosted by the Payson Elks Lodge takes place Wednesday, July 4 with food served from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., including hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, potato salad and apple crisp with ice cream and live music from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring the Payson Elks Jam Band.

All Elks and guests are welcome, and if you’d like to jam with the band, you are encouraged to do so.

The Elks Lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

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Paul Gosar

Gosar is Tea Party guest

Paul Gosar, current Congressional District 1 representative and candidate for the new Congressional District 4, will be speaking at the Payson Tea Party meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 5 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Gosar serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which recently held U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, and the House Natural Resources Committee dealing with energy and mining, water and power and Indian affairs. For more information, call (928) 468-1131.

First Friday fun

Friday, July 6 will be an Independence Day-themed First Friday celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Historic Main Street in Payson.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will be offering a hot dish, along with coffee and lemonade. The evening’s entertainment features guitar vocalist Joanie Smith Reynolds, guitar vocalist Anne James, vocalist Jennifer Baltz, saxophonist Bob Tarallo, and others, all for a $5 donation, which will be used to cover meal expenses.

Help is needed to prepare 15 to 20 meals. Please e-mail to gerry-reynolds@hotmail .com, or call Joanie at (602) 619-3355 if you would like to help.

Enjoy the sounds of Payson’s favorite band, Junction 87 at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St. Payson Youth Football will sell hot dogs and a soda as well as raffle tickets for a chance to win a signed football. Payson’s American Legion Riders Post 69 will have T-shirts available for purchase with proceeds to benefit Payson Supply Line. Be sure to visit the Humane Society table where raffle tickets will be sold and donations accepted.

At Todd’s Books, 408 W. Main St., authors Lana Sweringen, Dee Dees, Nancy Lee Burns and Dennis Lee will have a book signing from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

ZUMBA at the Oxbow

ZUMBA returns to the Oxbow for another First Friday event from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 6 hosted by local ZUMBA instructor Christy Walton and the Oxbow Saloon. It’s a workout, it’s a party, it’s a fund-raiser and it all takes place in the Oxbow’s beautiful outdoor courtyard.

The admission fee is $10 and funds will go toward helping local families who are battling cancer. The Oxbow Saloon is at 607 W. Main St. For more information, call Christy at (928) 595-0406.

PATS Hike changed

The July 7 PATS Hike will now be at 8 a.m., starting at the Peach Orchard Trailhead, south of the Payson Golf Course.

The change is due to fire restrictions in Rim Country that include closed trailheads.

Pine gallery grand opening

Myra’s Art Gallery, now at 3788 N. Highway 87, Pine, will have a grand opening and artist reception at its new site from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 7.

Myra Kraemer, owner and operator of Myra’s Art Gallery, has been in business in Pine since 1993.

“It’s great to be back within walking distance of everything in Pine, and so exciting to have so many longtime customers return. I love that I am able to have 40 of my local artist friends back with me in this new location,” Kraemer said.

Among the artists with work in Myra’s Art Gallery are Bill Ahrendt, Rock Newcomb, Angie Cockle and Gail. They will be attending the grand opening, as will Valerie Toliver and Pat Stacy, who will be doing demonstrations of watercolor and abstracts, respectively, during the event.

Additionally, Rim authors Lana Sweringen, Dee Dees, Nancy Lee Burns and Dennis Lee will be having a book signing as part of the festivities.

Music will be provided by Trouble in Paradise and refreshments will be served.

STAR SPANGLED PARTY

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Payson’s 4th of July celebration begins at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 4 and continues throughout the day, concluding with a fireworks display (if conditions allow) at Green Valley Park on West Main Street. Activities start at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial with a patriotic ceremony, which includes reading the Declaration of Independence. Family games and friendly competitions are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the amphitheater bandstand will come alive with live music by the Technicolors Band. The Big Boom Finale starts at about 9 p.m. with one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Arizona. Free shuttle buses will run from the Payson High School administration parking lot (off McLane Road) to Green Valley Park. After the show, the buses will return people to their cars. For more information, contact Cameron Davis, director, Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or e-mail: cdavis@paysonaz.gov. or visit www.paysonrimcountry.com.

Concert in Green Valley Park

The Town of Payson will present local favorites John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos as part of the summer concert series at Green Valley Park at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7.

John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos are a high energy, five-piece rock band performing a wonderful mix of classic rock, country rock, reggae, Motown and originals. Carpino has been entertaining audiences in and around Rim Country for nearly 25 years and has recruited some of Payson’s finest musicians. The band delivers with a dynamic, energetic sound with an emphasis on strong vocals and harmonies.

Last week of Summer Recreation Camp

The Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Summer Recreation Camp is nearing its last full week.

The last full week of camp is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12.

Advance registration is highly recommended. The cost is $30 and includes lunch. The program is held at Rim Country Middle School. Call Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for details.

Vacation Bible school

Shiloh Christian Fellowship will have vacation Bible school from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 at 501 E. Rancho Road, Payson. The theme is “Adventures at Promise Island.”

Register online at Shiloh Christian Fellowship, 501 E. Rancho Road or online at www.vacationbibleschool.com/shilohpayson. Registration is limited.

Schools now enrolling

• The Shelby School is now enrolling K-8 for the 2012-2013 school year. The school is open for tours during the month of July. If you would like to come see our facilities or learn more about our curriculum, please call us at (928) 478-4706.

• Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is now enrolling for the 2012/13 school year. The scheduled start date for the fall semester is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Please call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information. PEC is located at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane.

• New Visions Academy Charter High School is currently accepting new enrollments for the 2012-2013 school term.  Classes start Aug. 6 and will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. The office summer hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday through Thursday. New Visions is at 198 E. Ezell Lane, Payson, in The Knolls subdivision. Call (928) 468-1401 for details.

• Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2012-2013 school year. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income, and children with disabilities. Families need to income qualify, have a child with a disability or have extenuating family circumstances to be admitted into the program.

Needed items for enrollment include: complete and updated immunization record, proof of birth and proof of income for the year 2011. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office to set up an appointment with a staff member, (928) 474-2738.

Classes begin the last week in August.

Library bookstore clearance

During July, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a 2-for-the-price of one, mix and match, clearance sale on the entire inventory. Choose from hardback books, paperback books, juvenile and young adult books, audio books, CDs, or jig saw puzzles. Combine any and all items to take advantage of this amazing sale.

Recently, the bookstore received several large donations of video cassettes. The library is weeding their non-fiction video collection as well. Therefore, the bookstore is overflowing with worthwhile videos on a variety of topics from science to travel.  During July, all videos will be priced at 3 for $1. 

The bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

Blood drive

The United Blood Services will have a blood drive at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, July 9. The church is at 507 W. Wade Lane.

To make an appointment. call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) toll free or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org and enter your zip code.

Job Fair

The Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Rim Country Chamber will sponsor a Job Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14 at the community room of Messinger’s Payson Funeral Home.

This fair is open to any Rim Country resident or business (businesses must apply to participate). The purpose of the fair is to get employers who need employees to meet eligible applicants.

Employers will be able to enter applicants on electronic company applications, discuss opportunities for employment and future manpower needs. Applicants will have the opportunity to review their resumes, discuss interviewing skills, and see what local employers require for employment.

Dress is business casual. Please bring a resume and any other useful information (letters of recommendation, certificates, etc.). If you are a business interested in attending, please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515 or NGCEDC at (928) 978-0681.

AARP Driver Safety class

The next AARP Driver Safety class in Payson is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 14 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This class will be offered at a substantial discount to anyone working in education — from administrators to cooks and janitors. Normally the class is $14, with a slight discount for AARP members, but this July 14 class will be provided to those in education for just $5.

To learn more go to www.aarp.org/ educators or call (928) 472-9292.

Watchable Wildlife

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn where and when to look for wildlife. Topics to be covered include how to view wildlife responsibly to minimize impact on the animals, the habitat and other nature enthusiasts.

The program is from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14 at the parks office in Green Valley Park. The fee is $5. Contact Parks and Recreation for more details at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or register online at www.paysonparks.com.

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