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Day of the Dead art show

Down the Street Art Gallery on West Main Street is having their Dios de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” art show again this year. Come join the celebration in honor of our departed loved ones First Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit on Oct. 31 and leave on Nov. 2, so alters are assembled with offerings of food, often in shapes of skulls & skeletons, flowers and the deceased person’s favorite things. There is a lot of humor involved with the Mexican Day of the Dead festivities as they “laugh in the face of death!” Since it is very close to Halloween Eve, you are invited to join us wearing your Halloween costume for art and treats on this First Friday.

First Friday at Bootleg Alley

Ken and Brenda, owners of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, wish to thank all of their customers with a free concert on First Friday. Gather around the fire pit and listen to the sounds of Payson favorite, John Carpino. Donate canned goods and/or cash to the food bank. Be sure to stop by the Humane Society table where volunteers Betty and Jack accept donations and sell raffle tickets benefiting our furry friends.

Fun, music, ambiance and refreshments await locals and tourists on First Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Historic Main St. 

Snyders to rejoin Artists of the Rim

Popular potters Carole and Alan Snyder have returned and are rejoining Artists of the Rim gallery on Historic Main Street.

Alan’s new creative pieces include an octopus draped over a decorated base and his European Sludge Sucker! Carole has expanded her talents and is painting in various styles, also scratchboards. Of course, their traditional pottery will also be displayed.

Please join us to welcome them back, First Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and also to see the work of our other creative artists.

Health & Care Fair

The annual Community Health & Care Fair is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Julia Randall Elementary gym. The free event will offer health information and screenings. Some screenings are free; others require a small fee. Immunizations for the flu, pneumonia and shingles will also be available for a fee.

The event is sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Hospice Compassus, Payson Care Center, Rim Country Health, Powell House and Wells Fargo.

Bunco party

A Bunco party will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. All are welcome (men and women); the game is very easy to play and no experience is needed.

Cost is $15 and includes a taco salad lunch and iced tea (you may purchase soft drinks). Door prizes and cash prizes will be offered. Only 48 tickets will be sold, so get your ticket early at the Elks Lodge bar.

Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

St. Philip the Apostle Parish annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale will be held the first weekend in November in the parish hall at 511 S. St. Philip Street.

Delicious baked goods, lovingly made crafts, and one-of-a-kind items to give as gifts will be on sale. A table with gently used bargains, books, etc. is here. In addition, three extraordinary works of art will be raffled off at noon. Tickets can be purchased each day of the sale until the drawing is held.

The sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Homemade cinnamon buns and coffee will be sold for breakfast on Sunday.

Spaghetti Dinner and Calendar Sale

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center’s Pre-Kindergarten class is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Calendar Sale to raise money to help the less fortunate children of Payson at Christmas. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, roll and drink for $5 a plate. 2013 calendars will sell for $8 and all the art work was created by the children. 

Come help our kids help others while enjoying a delicious meal with great entertainment by Gerry & Joan Reynolds and friends on Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

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