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PATS Hike changed

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

Originally the hike was to start at the Payson Event Center and go to Peach Orchard Trailhead. The change is due to fire restrictions in Rim Country that include closed trailheads.

Pine gallery has grand opening for new home

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. She moved into a larger gallery in 2004 and after losing her lease in 2009, operated in a small, temporary space until this January. She has since set up in a new spot at 3788 N. Highway 87.

“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.

Rim Country Museum

The Rim Country Museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums program this summer with the American Association of Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Blue Star Families Foundation in support of the Blue Star Museums program for 2012. Blue Star participants agree to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, providing an engaging, enlightening family outing to those Americans who most epitomize sacrifice. Additional information will follow on what identification will be needed for free admission to the museum.

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, extension 7 or online at www.paysonparks.com.

MHA Arts & Crafts Sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts Sale in the hospital’s main lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 20. Many items will be available including: baby blankets, bibs and toys; the ever-popular potato bags; denim purses; bird feeders; and more.

Proceeds from the sale support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Time Out benefit

This year, the summer benefit for Time Out Inc., Summer Sizzle Garden Party & Fashion Show, will be a visit to the lovely garden of Bob and Ruth Klaver at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21.

The event includes a fashion show with unbelievable finds from Time Out Thrift Shop, a great lunch and numerous treasures. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Time Out Thrift Shop. Last year’s benefit sold out quickly, so don’t miss out.

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.

Enroll for the 2012/13 school year at Payson Education Center

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is enrolling for the 2012/13 school year. We are currently accepting new students. 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 Payson at 112 W. Cedar Lane.

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CONCERT IN THE PARK

The annual Summer Concert Series by the Payson parks department features a free program at 7 p.m. every Saturday through July 28. The concerts are held in the amphitheater area of Green Valley Park where the audience can bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show.

Local favorites John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos perform Saturday, July 7 as part of the summer concert series at Green Valley Park.

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. More information can be found at www.johncarpino.com.

Scheduled to perform through the rest of July are Big Daddy & The Dynamites, blues, July 14; Southern Flight Band with variety and rock music, July 21; and another popular local group, The John Scott Band with blues, July 28.

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