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Free backpacks at McDonald’s July 28

Parents and students, get ready for the biggest backpack giveaway ever!

Payson McDonald’s restaurant, 107 E. Highway 260, will host Backpack Saturday at 8 a.m., July 28. The first 100 children who visit the restaurant will receive a free backpack. Payson Regional Medical Center, High Desert Dentistry and Payson Fire Department will also be on site providing information on health and safety.

This is part of an event in which McDonald’s restaurants throughout greater Phoenix and northern Arizona will give away a total of 20,000 backpacks and help thousands of children prepare for school.

Daughters of Scotia installation, dinner

The new Rim Country chapter of the Daughters of Scotia, Monarch of the Glen, Lodge #262 will have an installation of officers and a dinner Saturday, July 28.

The installation of officers will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Payson.

Once the installation program is complete, the local sisters will provide transportation to the Messinger’s Payson Funeral Home’s reception facility, 901 S. Westerly Rd., Payson (drive around to the left hand side of the building for the entrance to the event room) for a dinner, entertainment and a raffle from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Both events are open to the families and friends of members of Daughters of Scotia, Monarch of the Glen, Lodge #262.

Concert in the park

The annual Summer Concert Series by the Payson parks department features a free program at 7 p.m. every Saturday from 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.

The John Scott Band, performing blues, will present the last concert of the summer series July 28.

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A regular weekend attraction in Payson throughout the summer is the Farmers Market, which is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday — rain or shine — in the parking lot of Sawmill Crossing at the southwest corner of Highway 87 and Main Street. One of the regular vendors is Urban Survival, with canned goods and more. Owner Ray Stephens and his business were featured in the July 18, 2012 Arizona Republic Food & Drink section.

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.

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 theatre 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.

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.

Rim Country Museum is located in Green Valley Park on West Main Street.

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