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Peace Pole dedication

The International Day of Peace is Friday, Sept. 21. This year there is a worldwide movement to make this year the biggest ever-collective focus on living in a peaceful world.

Join the congregation of the Payson United Methodist Church as members plant the first Peace Pole in Payson. Gather in front of the church at 414 N. Easy Street at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21. Turn east off Hwy. 87 at Malibu Dr. to N. Easy Street.

A Peace Pole stands as a reminder to be peace in our words, thoughts and actions. They have the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in four languages. We have chosen Apache, Spanish, English and Japanese. More than 200,000 Peace Poles have been planted all over the world. This simple message and prayer is all inclusive, open to everyone.

Come be with others in this global passion and vision for peace on earth on this special day and time. For more information, call (206) 659-2451.

Free airplane orientation flights

The youth of the Rim Country, ages 8 to 17, are invited to participate in an introduction to the basics of flying at the Payson Airport from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.

This a first come, first to fly event, no reservations are needed, however, youth must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign a permission slip, or a signed permission slip may be brought to the event.

The pilots and ground volunteers of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810 Young Eagles Program of Payson is sponsoring the event. For details, call Marie at (928) 978-5139.

Home Depot Safety Fair

Home Depot is inviting Rim Country families to come out to its parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 for a program to bring awareness about Fire Safety/Prevention Week, which starts Oct. 9. Various safety organizations from the Payson Police to the Hellsgate Fire Department, as well as the Tonto Search and Rescue and the Mounted Posse will be participating. There will be various canine demonstrations and face painting will entertain families and free refreshments will be served.  If you have questions, please call Crystal at (928) 970-0973.

15th Zane Grey Days Art, Crafts & World Bazaar

The 15th Zane Grey Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Bazaar is set to open free to the public at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, for a two-day event at the Gila County Court House grounds, across from the Payson Post Office. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Artisans and crafters from Payson and others will participate. A variety of native, ethnic, and American foods will be available as well.

Masons raffling three guns

The Mason organization of the Rim Country is selling tickets for a Big 3 Gun Raffle. Tickets are $10 each and only 500 tickets will be sold.

The firearms to be raffled at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Payson Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Rd. are a Remington 1911 .45 Caliber Pistol, Henry Big Boy 44 Mag Rifle and a CZ-USA Mallard 12 Gauge over/under shotgun that was winner of Outdoor Life’s 2004 Best Rifle/ Shotgun.

The holder of the first winning ticket gets choice of one of three weapons available; second winning ticket get choice of one of two remaining weapons; third winning ticket gets remaining weapon.

Contact Jason at Twin Pines Barber Shop; Tom Jones, secretary, (928) 474-1305 or (818) 314-9950; or any Payson Mason to purchase a ticket. Rules for the raffle are on the Mason’s Web site www.paysonmason.org/Big3Raffle Rules.html.

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