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Elks Octoberfest

The Payson Elks will have an Oktoberfest with a complete German Bavarian Style Dinner Saturday, Oct. 13. No-host cocktail service starts at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. All Elks and guests are welcome. The cost is $12 per person. There will be a Jam Band performance from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. as well.

Musical Jam for Homeless

A musical jam event to help the homeless will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway.

Coming to Payson and hosting this free jam event to help the homeless is a group called the Blessing. Their music consists of a variety of styles of praise and worship.Making a special appearance from Phoenix and performing his original music on keyboard is Richard Meisal.

All musicians, singers and artists are invited to come and display their talents and participate on stage.

The public can help too by donating travel size items of hygiene products such as shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, shavers and shaving cream, combs and brushes, etc.

Elks Oktoberfest

The Payson Elks will have an Oktoberfest with a complete German Bavarian Style Dinner Saturday, Oct. 13. No-host cocktail service starts at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m.

All Elks and guests are welcome. The cost is $12 per person

There will be a Jam Band performance from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. as well.

Jazz concert

The Ron Escheté Trio performs in concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. The trio features

Escheté on the seven-string guitar, Todd Johnson on six-string bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums. 

Payson fans of jazz are very fortunate that Ron and Todd were able to arrange their schedules in order to perform in Payson. On Saturday, they will be giving a guitar clinic in Phoenix. They both teach in California at CSU Fullerton and CSU Long Beach, Loyola University, and Golden West College, and have taught at LSU, Musicians’ Institute, North Texas State University and other schools.

The Ron Escheté Trio has recorded five CD’s and they may be available at this performance. The trio continues to perform regularly in the Southern California area and they have toured extensively in the United States.

A $5 donation is requested to help defray costs and reservations are recommended as seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation call (602) 619-3355 or e-mail gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

Arizona Road Scholar at library

The Library Friends of Payson is proud to present Mary Melcher, Ph.D., a “Road Scholar” with the Arizona Humanities Council, as the speaker at the Monday, Oct. 15, meeting.

Doctor Melcher’s topic will be “Giving Birth in Rural Arizona During the Early Twentieth Century”. She is the author of “Pregnancy, Motherhood and Choice in Twentieth-Century Arizona” and this publication will be available for sale and signing. The Library Friends of Payson meeting, which is held in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m., with the program at 10:30 a.m.

The public is invited to this free program, which is a chance to learn more about the history of Arizona during its Centennial year. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, call the Payson Public Library, (928) 474-9260.

Longhorn Homecoming Week

The Payson Longhorns’ Homecoming Week is Oct. 15 to Oct. 19. Students are invited to come out for the Bonfire at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 in the empty lot south of the west parking lot. Food will be provided for students. Water and desserts will be available for sale.

The Payson Longhorns will be hosting the Coronado Dons for Homecoming at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19.

October Chamber Mixer

The October Chamber Mixer will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Design Essentials, which located at 1014 N. Beeline Hwy.

Design Essentials will join with Any Key Solutions and Jonic Glass to host an “Oktoberfest” with brats and more. Remember, any member who donates a door prize gets a “2-minute commercial”. 

Please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515 to make a reservation, so there will be plenty of great eats.  Cost is $3 for members and $5 for others.

Pioneer Cemetery tour

Jinx Pyle will host an informative, free tour of the Payson Pioneer Cemetery from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Learn the stories of early Payson pioneers and their families.

Meet at the cemetery or meet at the Rim Country Museum to form your own carpools. Immediately following the tour there will be a no-host lunch at the Lone Pine Hotel on Main Street.

Reservations are due Oct. 15. Call the Rim Country Museum to reserve your space, (928) 474-3483.

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