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Lunch and Learn

At the Lunch and Learn program set for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, Dr. Katharine Raymer will discuss the gallbladder, normal functions of the gallbladder, development of gallstones and gallbladder attacks. Reserve your seat for this informative discussion.

Call Senior Circle at 472-9290 to reserve a seat; located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Unity World Day of Prayer

Unity World Day of Prayer is an opportunity to join people from around the world in a 24-hour prayer vigil as we embrace the Divine energy that is in all of us.

This year’s theme “The Universe is Calling” reminds us God is everywhere present — within us and around us. As we align with this Divine presence, we are lifted to a higher awareness of our oneness with God and our own Divine potential.

Please join Unity of Payson for our Unity World Day of Prayer Service at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, as we celebrate our Divine essence and the power of prayer to enrich our lives.

Services held at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite #14, next to Tiny’s Restaurant. For more information, see our Web site: www.Unityof Payson.org or call (928) 478-8515.

Fire on the Rim Race

The Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race returns to Pine on Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

Mountain bike riders from across the state will compete in a challenging race that tests their endurance and technical skills as they ride the Rim for a great cause.

The race, sponsored by the Arizona Mountain Bike Association and P/S Fuel Reduction, Inc., promotes fire prevention and expansion of trails in the P/S fuel break.

The public is invited to come out to the Fire on the Rim Pre Race and Post Race Celebrations at the Mary Ellen Randall Horse Arena on Bradshaw Drive in Pine. On Friday, Sept. 14, starting at 5 p.m. a spaghetti dinner will be served with a New Belgium Beer Garden and music by Junction 87. Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 5 p.m. live music will be provided by the John Scott Band in addition to food vendors and the beer garden. Come join the fun!

See related story on page 9A.

Jim Barrett Memorial Rodeo

More than 400 high-school age cowboys and cowgirls will converge on Payson for the opening rodeo of the 2012-2013 high school rodeo season. This event is open to the public and takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16 at the Payson Event Center.

Appliance disposal free day

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15.

This will include refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters. Other metal items will also be accepted.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. As the county will handle the freon removal from the appliances, please do not tamper with the freon lines and no trash of any kind in the appliances.

All other debris will be regular price, so leave yourself easy access to remove these metal items and appliances so the landfill personnel can exclude the weight from any other trash that you may bring to the landfill to dispose of.

For more information on this event, call the landfill at 928-476-3350.

Chili Cook Off

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is participating in the second annual Chili Cook Off at the Gila County Courthouse parking lot on the Beeline Highway across from the post office on Saturday, Sept. 15.

This is a CASI sponsored event, with both a professional and a local People’s Choice division. There is a $15 entry fee for participants. Tickets are $4 for guests. Included in the ticket price are a tasting cup and spoon, plus a voting ballot for the People’s Choice contestants. People’s Choice chili tasting begins at 11 a.m.

Information for entry into the People’s Choice cook off is at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or call (928) 468-6684. Entry tickets may be purchased the day of the competition at the event.

Children with special needs

A program on caring for children affected by substance exposure, fetal alcohol syndrome and shaken baby syndrome is planned for Saturday, Sept. 15. 

Presented by Crystal Tiseth, RN, MSN-Ed, this course will focus on the care of the substance-exposed newborn, children affected by fetal alcohol syndrome and children with shaken baby syndrome.

The program will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. in Payson.

Those planning to attend should register with Cindy Paul at cpaul@arizonaschildren.org. or leave a message at (928) 970-2356.

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The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is participating in the second annual Chili Cook Off at the Gila County Courthouse parking lot on the Beeline Highway across from the post office on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Spice is right

Chili Cook-off Saturday

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is participating in the second annual Chili Cook Off at the Gila County Courthouse parking lot on the Beeline Highway across from the post office on Saturday, Sept. 15.

This is a CASI sponsored event, with both a professional and a local People’s Choice division. There is a $15 entry fee for participants. Tickets are $4 for guests. Included in the ticket price are a tasting cup and spoon, plus a voting ballot for the People’s Choice contestants. People’s Choice chili tasting begins at 11 a.m.

Information for entry into the People’s Choice cook off is at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or call (928) 468-6684. Entry tickets may be purchased the day of the competition at the event.

PES Book Fair

A Book Fair will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 through 21 at Payson Elementary School. Students’ shopping time is before school, after school and recess time every day. Special events include:

Monday, Sept. 17: Muffins for Mom, 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the library;

Tuesday, Sept. 18: Donuts for Dad, 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the library; Clifford the Big Red Dog, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (bring your camera);

Wednesday, Sept. 19: Goodies for Grands (grandparents/grand guests), 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the library;

Thursday, Sept. 20: Clifford the Big Red Dog, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (bring your camera); Book Fair open during Fall Festival 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Clifford the Big Red Dog 5 to 6 p.m. at Fall Festival (bring your camera);

Friday, Sept. 21: Last Chance to buy books! 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the library.

Give the Gift of Reading

When you donate your loose change to our One for Books program, you help promote reading in two ways. The money donated allows us to purchase books for students at PES. For every dollar we raise, Scholastic matches the amount and then provides books to needy children all over the world.

Support our library book fair and you will help us fill our book shelves. There will be an assortment of books, erasers, pencils, book marks and many other items.

Child Find in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Elementary School District is announcing its annual Child Find activities for all 3- and 4-year-olds in the two communities.

Child Find is a state-mandated program to identify children who may require services to address a potential disability in learning, speech, vision, hearing, physical growth or some other possible developmental delay.

The district will screen all 3- and 4-year-olds by appointment the third Monday of each month during the school year. Special arrangements may be made for alternate days.

To schedule a preschool screening for your child or for more information, please call the Pine Strawberry Elementary School at (928) 476-3283, ext. 1112.

Learn ‘The History of Sawmills in Rim Country’

Sawmill Crossing, on the corner of Payson’s Historic Main Street and the Beeline, is aptly named. Logs from Rim Country forests were processed at the Owens Bros. Lumber/Kaibab Industries sawmill located there beginning in the early 1950s.

A free presentation, open to the public, featuring historic photographs about the history of Rim Country sawmills, will be narrated by local speaker, writer and educator Gail Hearne on Monday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in the Payson Library Community Room.

The Library Friends of Payson will host a brief business meeting at 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (928) 474-9260 or visit www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

Mountain Bible offers Alpha course beginning Sept. 17

If you could ask God one question, what would it be? Join members of Mountain Bible Church at its next 7-week Alpha course. The course is at 6 p.m. Mondays, starting Sept. 17. The class is open to the public and registration is required. A dinner will precede the class at 5:30 p.m. and free childcare is available. Please sign up after church or contact Angela (480) 244-6186 or Jeff (928) 951-3118 for more information.

Organizers are also looking for a few helpers to assist with Alpha, if interested, please contact Angela or Jeff.

U.S. Constitution celebration

September 2012 marks the 225th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Daughters of the American Revolution, Mogollon Chapter, invite you to join us to recognize and celebrate the liberties and freedom our Constitution provides us. This event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

We look forward to seeing you there and to provide you with handouts and your own booklet of the Constitution — the foundation for our way of life... “We the People.”

September Chamber Mixer

The September Chamber Mixer will be held at Mattress Experts, 221 E. Highway 260, on Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Finger food will be catered by Gerardo’s Firewood Café, and music will be provided by DJ Craig.

Admission is $3 for members and $5 for the community; proceeds go to Payson charities. Door prizes are being sought, and donors get a 30-second commercial. Just the time to announce your Fall business plan. This is a great opportunity to network with other Rim Country businesses, so bring your cards and brochures to share, and have a great time with old and new friends.

Please RSVP to the Chamber, (928) 474-4515, so the food count will be correct.

Farm & Market Dinner

The 2012 Farm & Market Dinner to benefit Pine Strawberry Pine Fuel Reduction Inc. is Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fossil Creek Creamery, 10379 W. Fossil Creek Road, Strawberry. The evening’s festivities begin at 4 p.m. Seating is limited to 100 persons. Tickets are $75 each and a portion is tax deductible. Call (928) 476-5178 for details.

Ice cream social

The Pine/Strawberry Historical Society will be holding an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Pine Community Center.

The evening will include a “Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” feature. It’s all-you-can-eat to the music of the Randall Family Band.

Adult admission is $10 and $5 for children under 12. For more information, call (928) 970-0658.

Join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting residents in the Rim communities to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Green Valley Park in Payson will be the site of the Walk on Saturday, Sept. 22. Registration and entertainment will start at 8 a.m. with the Walk commencing at 9 a.m.

In addition to the main walk, participants will enjoy local entertainment, exercise and education updates on Alzheimer’s care and research as well as a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Start or join a team today at RimAlzheimersWalk.org.

Global Mala Yoga for Peace

Global Mala Yoga for Peace — a series of events focused around 108 sun salutations and uniting the yoga community in support of International Peace Day — will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Gila Community College Payson Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, Room 301. All proceeds will benefit a local charity and scholarship fund ($10 suggested donation).

Improve your physical health, learn to breathe deeply, increase your energy level, de-stress, practice mental clarity and relaxation, reconnect with your inner source.

RSVP to Brenda Slapnicka at (928) 978-1861, (928) 478-0303 or bslapnicka@ hotmail.com.

Payson Old Time Opry and Fiddler’s Contest

The Payson Old Time Opry will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.

Scheduled to perform are: Special Consensus, Run Boy Run Band with special appearance by State Champion Michael Rolland and other fiddlin’ friends.

Admission is $7 and tickets are on sale now at the Payson Parks and Rec office in Green Valley Park or at the Chamber of Commerce. There are only 1,000 tickets available and last year was a sellout, so get your tickets soon!

The 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Contest takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, at the Payson Event Center.

Gates open each morning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.paysonrimcountry.com.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Payson Conference is holding its annual Walk for the Poor starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Edward Jones office at Sawmill Crossing. The walk will be down West Main Street and back up again. All money donated is used to provide services directly to those in need in our local community.

For more information, register to walk, or to pledge to support those who volunteer to walk, please contact Anna Urioste, (602) 301-8981, or Sue Hubenthal, (602) 980-6668.

Opportunity to support students in need

At the beginning of our last school year, Payson Unified School District identified more than 500 displaced (homeless) students and many disadvantaged students who are not homeless. These students face many challenges.

The Rim Country Optimist Club and Payson Senior Center are again partnering to hold the 2nd Annual Falling Leaves Fashioneesta Luncheon and Fashion Show Saturday, Oct. 13 to benefit these young people. If you wish tickets to attend, raffle tickets and/or wish to be sponsor, please contact Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

Talent Show postponed

The Rim Country Talent Show —PAYSON’S GOT TALENT — has been postponed until November.

There will be three audition nights, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6 and 7, for the three different age categories. The final show will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the high school auditorium.

So now you have plenty of time to get your act together! Brush up your amazing skills and practice your audition for PAYSON’S GOT TALENT! Applications are available at the high school attendance office and the Payson Public Library.

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