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July 4th Fireworks

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July 4th Fireworks


Christmas in July sale at PRMC gift shop

The La Boutique Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center, will have a special sale — “Christmas in July” — and all items will be reduced in price.

The gift shop has new merchandise, an exclusive line of jewelry made by Carole Shevlin, one of the hospital’s auxiliary members; stuffed animals; and a cooler with fresh flowers provided by Payson Florist.

The auxiliary is always seeking new members for various areas of need in the hospital, gift shop and thrift shop. If interested, please call Carol Smith at (928) 978-4132 or the Mogollon Health Alliance office at (928) 472-2588.

Live music

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness

The Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness presents an evening of inspirational music to the public by electronic pianist Marc Epstein from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at 107 W. Wade Lane, Payson. For more information call (928) 468-3250.

Journigan House

The Journigan House will have a 4th of July Celebration Party with Dr. Jass & the Heartbeats from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the patio at 400 W. Main St., Payson.

The group plays Heart and Soul American Music New Orleans-style Dixieland Music at it’s best.

The group includes Dr. Claudio Zamorano on cornet; Mike Buskirk, trombone and double-billed euphonium; Dale Knighton, banjo, guitar, vocals and noisemakers; Suzanne Knighton, bass, guitar, vocals and noisemakers; Hawkeye Mathews, clarinet; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

For more information, contact Reynolds at, or (602) 619-3355.

First Friday music

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will celebrate First Friday, July 5 with the shared talents of three local musical groups.

The talented musicians from Starlight, Cinnamon Twist and Anything Goes will collaborate to present a great night of entertainment and fellowship from all genres of music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Each month these talented musicians play assorted genres of music, but will also dip into The Great American Songbook.

Snacks are provided and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Deacons Food Pantry, which helps feed local families. For more information, call the office at (928) 474-2059.

HOT Cappuccinos perform at Green Valley Park

As part of the Town of Payson’s Concert Under the Stars series, local favorites John Carpino and the HOT Cappuccinos will present a free concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 6 at Green Valley Park.

The band has been performing around Arizona for many years now and they play a wonderful mix of rock, country rock, reggae, Motown and originals. It will also feature a John Carpino original composition entitled “Under the Blue Arizona Sky” — a tribute song for the Tonto Natural Bridge and the great state of Arizona.

Proceeds from CD sales of John’s original material at the concert will benefit St. Vincent de Paul and the Payson Food Bank.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating. Vendor booths open at 6 p.m. and concerts generally conclude around 9 p.m.

4th of July Celebrations

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July 4th Fireworks

Native American Flute Circle

The Native American Flute is one of the easiest instruments to learn to play, and one of the most beautiful.  

Join the Native American Flute Circle at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 7. Bring your flute, or just come and listen. Native drummers also welcome. The circle has a new location in the beautiful community room behind Majestic Mountain Inn on East Highway 260. A $1 to $3 donation would be appreciated. For more information, call (928) 474-1233.

PAWS in the Park benefit

PAWS in the Park will be at Safeway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 3. The Barkery Boutique will be selling T-shirts, aprons, visors and other PAWS items to help raise funds for care and upkeep of the Off-Leash Dog Park. Raffles will also be held to raise funds for low cost/no cost, spay/neuter events. The prizes include a gift basket that will be given away on July 3.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store sale

The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 1006 S. Beeline Highway, Payson, will have a 4th of July Weekend Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, July 4, Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6.  

All purchases will be reduced at checkout by 10, 15, 20 or 25 percent, which will be determined by drawing your discount amount.  

All profits from the store go to support the St. Vincent de Paul Rim Country Food Bank.  Also, the Payson Council Knights of Columbus will be selling hot dogs and brats during the weekend to raise money for their local charities.

Dogs and brats by Knights

The Knights of Columbus will be serving hot dogs and bratwurst in front of St. Vincent Thrift Store on Cedar and Beeline Hwy. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. Hot dogs will cost $2.50 and brats $3.50.

Proceeds benefit local charities.

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop summer celebration 

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, July 5 for a special summer event. Merchandise will be half-off; there will be a bake sale, crafts for kids, live music, animal welfare booths, and a golf cart raffle (tickets are $25 each). 

The shop is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The shop is at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop). Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations. For more information, call (928) 970-1097.

First Friday

What is more American than Fourth of July and apple pie? Down the Street Art Gallery celebrates the Independence Day weekend with art, live music and artists demonstrations on July 4 and apple pie, good art and camaraderie on First Friday July 5. Tree Dave will be performing live music on the porch 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 4.

Down the Street Art Gallery is at 703 W. Main St., Payson.

Men invited to breakfast 

The Men’s Ministry of Ponderosa Bible Church will be hosting a breakfast at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 6. The menu includes breakfast burritos, orange juice, fruit bowl and coffee — all for only $1.

Max Tolliver, father of Starr Thieme of Payson, will be the featured speaker. He is a retired firefighter from Charlottesville, Va. and now makes his home in Florida. He will be sharing his testimonial to accept Jesus Christ at the age of 74.

All men of the community are cordially invited to come for a time of fellowship and good food.

Elks Bunco party

The Payson Elks will have a Bunco party Saturday, July 6 at the lodge. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with play at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 per person, which includes a lunch buffet with iced tea or coffee; soft drinks will be sold separately. Both men and ladies, as well as guests of Elks members are invited to participate.

There will be prize money (the size of the cash prizes depends on the number attending).

Proceeds will go to a children’s shopping spree in December.

For more information, call Mary Smith (928) 468-8766 or (928) 978-1857.

Sunday Summer Breakfast

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant), invites residents and visitors to enjoy a Sunday Summer Breakfast between 9:40 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., July 7.  Join the congregation either before the breakfast for its 8:30 a.m. traditional service or after the breakfast for its 10:30 a.m. praise service. The theme for services Sunday, July 7 is Freedom. The breakfast is free and guests also receive a gift bag.

Alliance Defending Freedom speaker at Nazarene Church

The Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will feature noted Alliance Defending Freedom speaker, the Rev. Ray Frank at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, July 7. 

This organization is an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. The public is invited to attend.

Senior Circle events

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, has scheduled the following in July:

The facility will be closed Thursday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

Wednesday, July 10, 11:30 a.m., Lunch and Learn about menopause and post menopause with Dr. Ed Waechter. Come meet the newest addition to PRMC’s medical family, Dr. Ed Waechter.

Menopause is an annoying condition most commonly characterized by hot flashes. Post menopause is a condition that puts women at risk for a number of health conditions including osteoporosis and heart disease.

Calling all doll collectors

Rim Country Health’s Activity Department is hosting a Doll Showcase at 2 p.m., Friday, July 12 in the large activity room, 807 W. Longhorn Road, Payson.

This a chance to show off collections to residents of the facility, staff members and other doll collectors.

Refreshments will be served.

For details about the showcase or to reserve a space to show your dolls, contact Marie Mennen at (928) 474-1120 or e-mail her at


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