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Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts festival

Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts festival


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.

Pre-Labor Day sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop is selling all regular clothing 25 cents each from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31.

All proceeds from Time Out Thrift Shop directly benefit domestic violence victims through the emergency shelter and transitional housing programs.

Missions bake sale

A bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30 at Safeway.

The proceeds will go toward World Mission projects for the Payson Nazarene Church. Donations will also be accepted.

Beaver Valley Day

Saturday, Aug. 31 is Beaver Valley Day. Rim Country residents are invited to attend a pancake breakfast at the fire station ramada starting at 8 a.m. This event helps support the Beaver Valley Fire Department.

A firewise education program, open to the public, is planned for 9 a.m. at the fire station. Guest speakers are William Brewer and Carrie Dennett of the Arizona State Forestry Division in Phoenix. They will offer tips about how rural communities can reduce risks from wildfires. Free educational materials will be available.

Beaver Valley is located 6.2 miles northeast of Highway 87 on the Houston Mesa Road. Turn east and continue on Houston Mesa Road, past several communities; turn left at the Beaver Valley Estates sign and continue on Beaver Flat Road to the meadow and the Beaver Valley Fire Station. For more information, call (928) 468-9269.

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.

Silent Auction

A Silent Auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Pine Museum, located in the Pine Community Center on North Highway 87.

Up for bid will be a variety of items including antiques and gift certificates. Items must be claimed by 4 p.m.

Don’t miss out on your chance to get an awesome item and help the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society.

Live music

Take Two

Take Two — Jim West and Kathleen Kelly — will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 at DJ’s Dance Studio, 407 S. Mud Springs Rd., Payson (go east on Highway 260, turn right at Safeway/Granite Dells, then right on Mud Springs/roundabout, and left at the first street sign “407-409”).


Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts festival

Final P/S Arts & Crafts Festival

Make your way to the Pine Strawberry Community Center for the last of the annual Arts & Crafts Festivals presented by the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild. The festival is Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. Vendors will bring a wide assortment of handmade items that are perfect to put away for the holiday gift-giving season, plus you can get the famous Navajo taco lunch from the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation.

Joy Hafford photo

Aim High for Christ Youth Ministry starts

Aim High for Christ Youth Ministry, operating under the covering of God is Good Ministries, is starting at the First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash St., Payson. The program is for children ages 5 and older, including teens. It takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church fellowship hall.

Contact Mike and Carla Abraham for details at (602) 499-7447.

All program activities are free.

Men’s Breakfast

JD Hill, former NFL great, will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast at Ponderosa Bible Church at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

Hill began his stellar athletic career at ASU, lettering and excelling in three major sports: baseball, football and track, an accomplishment that resulted in a NCAA record that stills stands today.

In 1971, the Buffalo Bills drafted Hill in the first round and his NFL career spanned eight years from 1971-1979, ending with the Detroit Lions.

Hill is founder of “Catch The Vision Ministry” which encompasses a homeless feeding program “Unto The Least of These,” a mentoring program, “Pros For Youth” and a motivational speaking presentation, “This is my Story.” He is also vice president of The Courage Foundation, executive director of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, and director of YES/AZ (Youth, Education and Sports).

All men (bring your sons, too) of the community are cordially invited to come to breakfast and be encouraged by this inspiring speaker while enjoying good food and a great time of fellowship. Breakfast will consist of scrambled eggs, ham, toast, orange juice, fruit bowl and coffee, all for the outlandish cost of just $1.

Ponderosa Bible Church is located at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, just south of The Home Depot.

Time running out to reserve a sales spot

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 21. There is still room for vendors interested in participating in this one-stop shopping experience.

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of the church to the community at large, giving a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost with advertising taken care of. For just $10 per 10-foot-by-19-foot space vendors can make a great profit from many shoppers coming to one site. The church will be open for restrooms and drinking fountain.

All proceeds from this event 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. Members of CPC work closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer residents help when needed six days a week.

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

Free after school program

Pathfinder Pals, a free after school program begins Tuesday, Sept. 3 for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade and Thursday, Sept. 5 for those in the sixth through eighth grade.

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

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

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

Each meeting participants will be seeking paths to basic Christian values through Bible based stories, healthy snacks, games, crafts and music.

There will also be homework help available between 4:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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

Couples Night of Encouragement

Reaching the Heart Ministries will present a Couples Night of Encouragement Saturday, Sept. 7 at Mountain Bible Church, Building C, 302 E. Rancho Road.

Admission is $20 per couple and includes an Italian dinner.

The program will feature relationship enrichment, transformation stories and tips on how to touch each other’s heart.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the evening concludes at 8:30 p.m. Childcare will be available for $5 per family.

Tickets are available at Mountain Bible Church kiosk; Oasis Christian Books & Gifts, 512 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 1; Reaching the Heart Ministries, 203 N. Manzanita Dr., Suite A or at

Learn about shingles and adult immunizations

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle’s Lunch & Learn at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11 is on shingles and adult immunizations with Dr. Chris LeSueur.

If you’ve had the chickenpox, the shingles virus is inside you and most cases of shingles occur among people over the age of 60. One in two people who reach the age of 85 will get shingles. Shingles is generally not life threatening, but if the virus becomes active, the pain is intense.

Please reserve your seat by calling (928) 472-9290 at least two days in advance. The Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Driving class

The next AARP safe driving class is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Evening of Time Out

Join the staff, volunteers and supporters of the Time Out Shelter for an evening of food, entertainment and more from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Gary Cordell will provide music and there will be silent and live auctions.

Reservations are due by Sunday, Sept. 1. Tickets are $75 per person.

RSVP to Kim Chittick at (928) 978-5245 or e-mail

Chili Cook-off and Salsa Tasting

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is hosting a Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Tasting on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Gila County Courthouse parking lot at the intersection of Beeline Highway and Frontier Street. 

Enter your favorite chili or salsa, or just come to taste and judge which one you think has the best taste.

Contestants can obtain an application from the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or or contact Tom Newcombe at (480) 580-0421 or e-mail:

Tasting will start at 11 a.m. and continue to 4 p.m., with many fun raffles and a snow cone vendor.

Jazz concert

Joe Hopkins presents Chicago-style jazz at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. A requested donation of $5 helps defray costs and includes refreshments.

For information or RSVP, contact Gerry Reynolds at, or call (602) 619-3355.

Clarinetist Joe Hopkins is a jazz icon in the Phoenix area, leading three bands — The Joe Hopkins Quartet, the 52nd Street Jazz Band and The Moldy Fig Jazz Band.

He will be bringing several of his band members with him to perform here for the first time. Joining him will be Gary Church on trumpet and trombone, Cheryl Thurston on piano, Steve Douglas on string bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

The Community Presbyterian Church sponsors the series with support coming from the Payson Friends of Jazz.


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