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Northern Gila County Fair

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Northern Gila County Fair


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., 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.

Buy a hot dog - help the band

Come out to the first home football game of the Longhorn season at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30 with an appetite. The parents of the marching band students will man the snack bar to raise money for the band.

The concession stand menu includes: hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, nachos, popcorn, candy, pickles, hot chocolate/hot coffee, Snow Cones, cold beverages and Gatorade.

Brush pits closed

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) free brush drop-off points will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Arts & Crafts Festival in Pine

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.

Family fun at Beaver Valley Day

Beaver Valley Day Saturday, Aug. 31 offers food, games and entertainment to the public. A pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. starts the day of family fun that includes a community garage sale, Firewise education program and a pickle ball demonstration in the morning. Afternoon features include horse-drawn carriage rides, games for kids and adults, crafts, silent auction, and duck race on the East Verde River.

A barbecue dinner of hamburgers will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Events are held in the meadow near the Beaver Valley Fire Station. All proceeds benefit the community’s volunteer fire department. 

Beaver Valley is 6.2 miles east of the junction of Highway 87 and Houston Mesa Road. Turn left at the Beaver Valley Estates sign and follow the road to the meadow next to the fire station. For more information, call (928) 478-9947 or (928) 468-9947.


Northern Gila County Fair

Northern Gila County Fair coming

The 59th Annual Northern Gila County Fair is coming to the Payson Event Center Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8. Exhibitors can bring entries to the fair between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4. The fair features the best in livestock, small animals, vegetables, fruits, photography and more.

Farmers Market

Come out to the Payson Farmers Market to stock up on all your favorites like tamales, jam, pasta, eggs, canned veggies, and coffee.  

The ponies will be out again this week, so bring the kids for a ride while you shop.

The Payson Farmers Market is at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s, and is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through September. For more information, visit us at 

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.

Exhibition opening

Mario Belvedere’s “The Maasai Series” of works will be on exhibit from Saturday, Aug. 31 through Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Payson Healing Arts Center, 616 N. Beeline Highway.

An opening reception is planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Belvedere is a native of Sicily and a resident of Rim Country since 2005. He is both a painter and a sculptor and a former instructor at Gila Community College in Payson.

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”).

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.

Hospice information program set

Becky Friend, care consultant at RTA Hospice, will speak at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The program is open to the public.

For information, call (928) 474-4876.

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.

There11 will also be homework help available between 4:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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

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.

PAHH application workshop

The final application workshop for Payson Area Habitat for Humanity home ownership will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street, Payson.

Applicants must meet the following pre-qualifications:

• Have a need for safe, decent, affordable housing.

• Reside in the Payson High School district for at least one year.

• Have an income between 30 percent and 60 percent of the area median for your family size.

• Can afford an estimated mortgage payment of approximately $500 per month.

• Must be willing to partner with Payson Area Habitat for Humanity in 200-500 sweat equity hours.

Applications may be picked up at the ReStore prior to the workshop at 103 E. Highway 260 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Bring application packet and copies of the required documents to the meeting. For more information, please contact us at (928) 474-0330.

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

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 at 800 W. Main St. There is still room for vendors interested in participating in this one-stop shopping experience.

Reserve a 10-foot-by-19-foot space for just $10. All proceeds from this event go to the CPC Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country. Reserve a space by calling (928) 474-2059.


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