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Back-to-School clothing

Back-to-School clothing


Farmers market has added attractions

Payson Farmers Market will have its 2nd Annual Cantaloupe Bowling Saturday, July 13.

The market opens at 8 a.m., so come early for first pick from growers and vendors! Bowling will begin at 10 a.m. — bring the kids out for their chance to compete and be named Cantaloupe Bowling Champ.

Artist Shiranda Deerwoman will be at Saturday’s market with matted and framed photography. Look for the work of other artists as well

The local duo, Cinnamon Twist will perform from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13. The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s.

Mazatzal Arts & Crafts Fair

The Mazatzal Arts & Crafts Fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday July 13 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday July 14.

Shoppers can find purses, shadow boxes, jewelry of all kinds, mosaics, crocheting, bird feeders, bird houses, patio lamps, beautiful paper-covered boxes with memory albums inside or tea cups, cactus jellies, and more.

Admission is free — start your Christmas shopping early.

Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This class is designed for age 50+ drivers, but is open to all drivers over 18. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

AARP member registration is $12. Non-AARP registration is $14. There are no tests. You simply sign up and learn. Plus, you could get a great discount on your car insurance.

Live music

Cinnamon Twist

Cinnamon Twist performs at the historic Journigan House from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 13.

The duo Jennifer Baltz and Annie James deliver an eclectic and energetic mix of favorite songs, from Celtic to Country, Jazz to Classic Rock.  

Cinnamon Twist will also be at Ayothaya Thai Cafe from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 14.

Bible school in Pine

The Church on Randall Place, 6338 Randall Place, Pine, will have Vacation Bible School 2013: Colossal Coaster World from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19. Registration begins at 9 a.m., Monday, July 15.

The program is for those six years old through the sixth-grade.

On Thursday, July 18 the Bible school will have a Family Lunch with games, food, music and more.

To sign up now, contact Abby Silva at (928) 595-0753 or e-mail her at als64@

Become a Girl Scout leader

Girl Scouts in the Payson area is alive and well, but additional adult leaders are always needed.

If you have any questions about Girl Scouts or being a leader, you are invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Hall, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 15 for an informational session and light refreshments.

All the training to be a leader is done here in Payson; leaders don’t have to go anywhere else to be trained and support is always available to make sure you are successful.

If you have a daughter who might be interested in becoming a Girl Scout, ages 5-17, please bring her along too. If you can’t make the informational meeting, please call Diane at (928) 595-0128 with any questions.


Back-to-School clothing

Back-to-School clothing and supply drives


We are looking for donations of pencils, pens, paper, crayons, calculators, backpacks, and any other art and/or school supplies. Donation boxes are located at Walgreens, the Time-Out Thrift Store, Walmart and Safeway. You may also leave your donations at the PCK center located at 409 S. Tonto St., Payson, AZ. To make a monetary donation, mail your check to P.O. Box 1856, Payson, AZ 85547.


Kaitie’s Closet needs shoes and clothing for Rim Country youngsters. Pink bins for donations to Kaitie’s Closet are at Walmart and local schools and elsewhere around town. To send financial assistance, mail a tax-deductible contribution to Kaitie’s Closet, Inc., 304 W. Corral Dr., Payson, AZ 85541.


We will be at the Ponderosa Market in Pine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in July to collect supplies or cash donations. The school needs: #2 pencils, washable markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, wide or college ruled paper, 3-ring binders that expand to a maximum of 2-inches; Lysol/Clorox wipes and backpacks. Needed nurse room supplies: Band Aids®, paper towels, plastic snack-size bags, socks — any size; underwear sizes 4T-7; hand sanitizer; Lysol/Clorox wipes. Financial donations may also be mailed to the Riff Raff Club, P.O. Box 1941, Pine, AZ 85544 or by contacting

Designer ‘bling’ jean sale

The Polkadot Blvd. will have a sale on designer bling jeans, designer clothing and accessories in the main lobby at Payson Regional Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 16. Buy one item and get one 20 percent off.

There will be contemporary styles in shorts, Bermuda shorts, capris, bootcut, skinny and plus size jeans. The clothing is in women’s sizes 0-19 and children’s 7-14.

Senior Circle

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle will have a Member Lunch at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 17 with Chris Wolf, PRMC chief executive officer; Pete Finelli, PRMC chief financial officer; and Shelly Thompson, business manager.

They will discuss PRMC’s hospital charges and reimbursements.

A Lunch and Learn is planned for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 24 on the Medicare physical, presented by Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton and Dr. Amalia Pineres.

The goals of the Medicare physical are health promotion, disease prevention and detection. 

The PRMC Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Call (928) 472-9290 to make a reservation for either or both of these programs.

Transition Town Payson film

Transition Town Payson will host a two-part screening and discussion of the film “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” at Gila Community College, Room 301, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Payson.

Part 1 is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 19; the second part is at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2.

PHS Class of 1963 Reunion

The Payson High School Class of 1963 will celebrate its 50th Reunion, along with all who graduated from PHS in the sixties or before Saturday, July 20 at the LDS Church just south of the hospital.

All who knew us, knew anyone who knew us or our families, or went to school in the old rock building, are invited to attend.

Come and join us anytime after 10 a.m. A potluck lunch will begin at noon. Please bring a favorite dish to share — main dish, salad or dessert. Water will be provided. If there is enough interest, an Oldies Dance will be held from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. The music we grew up with and Country classics will be featured.

Ice cream social to help P-S Historical Society

The Wooden Nickel band is back for the third year to entertain and support the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society. 

Come join the fun from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at the Pine Cultural Hall for an Ice Cream Social and listen to the Wooden Nickel band play old country music. Admission for this event is $10 for adults, children $5, with children 5 years old and under free. Donations are always gladly appreciated!

Help Payson Community Kids and win a four-night cruise

Payson Community Kids (PCK) is a non-profit organization that assists low-income, “at risk” families and their children. This year, PCK is sponsoring a raffle for a four- night cruise for two with Princess Cruise Line to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico, leaving from the Long Beach area.

There will only be 100 tickets sold at a cost of $100 each. The drawing will be held live on KMOG at noon, Wednesday, July 31.

To purchase tickets, visit the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or call Suzy Tubbs at (928) 978-3256, Jim Leubner at (928) 951-5408, or Laura Meidinger at (928) 951-3896.

Gosar staff sets Payson veterans’ roundtable

The staff of Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) will hold a Veterans’ Roundtable in Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 23 at Payson Messinger’s Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Rd.

Veterans are invited to share their thoughts and concerns about veterans’ issues and learn about the services that Rep. Gosar’s office provides. Staff will answer questions and provide help with the Veterans Administration and veterans’ benefits and other claims issues.

Gosar will not be in attendance.


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