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Children's Clothing giveway

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Learn to can

Want to know what to do with all that extra garden harvest? The Community Garden will host a canning and food preservation class presented by the LDS Relief Society Ladies at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway across from The Home Depot.

For more information, please call Nancy Gardner (928) 474-4627.

August Sale at The Nook

Now through the end of August, save 50 percent on clothes and 25 percent on select new merchandise at The Nook, 408 W. Main St. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy & Parenting Center. All donations are tax deductible and accepted at The Nook.

Volunteers are needed at The Nook or at New Beginnings. Stop in to pick up a volunteer application today.

Learn about hepatitis

Millions of people in the U.S. are infected with Hepatitis C and many are unaware of they have the condition, in large part because they may not have any symptoms.  Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver damage, liver cancer and liver transplants in the U.S.  Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending a one-time Hepatitis C screening for all adults born between 1945 and 1965. Screening for Hepatitis C can help people who are infected live longer, healthier lives.

Please join Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny for a discussion about Hepatitis A, B and C at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Please make a reservation for seating in advance so there is enough food prepared. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat.

Calling all Girl Scouts

It’s time again to register for the new Girl Scouts year. Girl Scouts is open to all girls from age 5 through 17. The registration fee is $15 and scholarships are available.

Registration is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, at Julia Randall Elementary School gym and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26 at Scoops ice cream shop located near the movie theaters. Parent/guardians are required to complete the paperwork and you may bring your new or returning Girl Scout with you to registration.

There is also a need of adults who would like to be involved with Girl Scouts as leaders or assistants. All training is provided in Payson. If you have any questions, please call Rhonda at (928) 474-0653 or Diane at (928) 595-0128.

Don’t miss ‘Black Beard The Pirate, The Musical’

“Black Beard The Pirate, The Musical” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The Missoula Children’s Theatre, with the help of Longhorn Theatre, Shelby School, Miller Auto Works, Plant Fair Nursery, the Brouwer family and other generous donors are producing this high seas adventure tale for local children to perform in a professional show.

Come on down to the Payson High School Auditorium and experience a swashbuckling good time with 60 local children in the cast. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students, but you can purchase tickets in advance for $1 less at Oasis Christian Books, Miss Fitz 260 Café and the Habitat Re-Store.

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Children's Clothing giveway

Children’s clothing giveaway Wednesday

The next distribution of free children’s clothing from Kaitie’s Closet is from 2:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow St., Payson. For more information, to volunteer or to donate children’s clothing, please call (928) 468-1036.

Piano concert at GCC

Concert pianist Andrew O’Brien will be heard in recital at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23 at Payson’s Gila Community College Room 301, 201 N. Mudsprings Road.

O’Brien concertizes throughout the U.S. and Europe. He currently teaches at Scottsdale Community College and has a private studio in Phoenix.

O’Brien’s program will consist of Schubert’s “Sonata in A Minor, D. 784” and Chopin’s “Ballade in F Major, Op. 38.” The audience will have a rare opportunity to hear the “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky.

The recital is open to the public, free of charge. A reception will follow the program.

Republican Club to host annual rummage sale

Rim Country Republican Club will host its annual rummage sale and Meet and Greet starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at Ramada 5 in Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.

Several elected officials will be in attendance and a drawing for three winners in the 2013 gun raffle is planned for 1 p.m.

There will be barbecue sandwiches available for $5 and baked goods will be offered for sale as well.

Diabetic-friendly dishes are focus of next cooking class

Peggy Martin, CNN, will present a Cookin’ For Health class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. The class will feature recipes from the editors of Prevention with the staff of the Joslin Diabetes Center — “Diabetes Breakthroughs 2010.”

Dishes will focus on fresh produce from the Farmers Market and will include a Diabetic-friendly Green Bean Casserole using freshly picked green beans, onions, garlic and peppers. The class will also explore roasted pepper creations and prepare a peppery eggplant appetizer.

Registration is required as space is limited. Call (928) 474-9260, or stop by the library to sign up.

Special needs carnival

A carnival for special needs families will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Payson Church of Christ, 401 E. Tyler Parkway (across from KMOG radio station).

‘In His Grip’ Youth Group will create a special time for special people featuring games, prizes, food and fun. A $5 donation at the door is requested.

Bake Sale for missions

A bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at Safeway on East Highway 260. Proceeds will go toward World Mission projects for the Payson Nazarene Church. Donations will also be accepted.

For more information, contact Kathleen Phillips at the church, (928) 474-5890.

Quilt show in Heber

The 18th Annual Pine Needlers Quilt Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Aug. 31 at Capps Middle School, 3375 Buckskin Canyon Road in Heber.

The show will include handmade quilts, antique quilts and a Boutique and Bake Sale.

If you should have any questions, please call (480) 251-0076.

County offers immunizations beginning in September

Beginning Sept. 1, the Gila County Health Department, 107 W. Frontier St., will begin scheduling appointments for immunizations on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted as availability permits.

Call (928) 402-8811 to schedule your appointment. Please bring your lifetime immunization record and insurance card.

Crafters wanted

Artists and crafters are invited to bring their creations and set up a booth at the Beaver Valley Day celebration Saturday, Aug. 31 (Labor Day weekend).

This event is sponsored by the Beaver Valley Fire Department auxiliary and is open to the public. For details, call Mary Pat Culp, (480) 688-5633 or Robin Gudex, (928) 479-9947.

The Ponderosa Chapter #64 O.E.S. is seeking crafters for its 8th Annual Craft Fair, to be held Sept. 28-29. Come show off your handcrafted goods. There are both inside and outside spaces available for $35 each.

Contact Torrie Kamps-Spalink at (928) 951-6922 or Carole Skoglund at (928) 970-1616 for more information. The Masons will have their famous barbecue from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28.

Free after-school program — Pathfinder Pals

Pathfinder Pals — a free, after-school program for grades K-5th begins Tuesday, Sept. 3, and “New” this year for grades 6th-8th begins, Thursday, Sept. 5.

Each Tuesday during school sessions, K-5th grades will meet from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Each Thursday during school sessions, 6th-8th grades will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., Payson.

Transportation is provided each week to the churches from the schools, and parents pick up children after program is completed.

Each meeting will focus on basic Christian values through Bible-based stories, healthy snacks, games, crafts and music. Homework help is available between 4:45-5:15 p.m.

For more information, call (928) 474-2059.

Get space now for Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 21. This is a great one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors. Currently we are looking for vendors, and spaces fill up fast.

For just $10, rent a space of 10-feet-by-19-feet. All proceeds from the event rentals go to the CPC Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions and our food pantry. The program also works closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer citizens help six days a week.

The yard sale will be located at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). Reserve a space by calling the CPC office at (928) 474-2059.

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