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Pie Baking Contest Saturday

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Pie Baking Contest Saturday


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 Chamber of Commerce or call Suzy Tubbs at (928) 978-3256, Jim Leubner at (928) 951-5408 or Laura Meidinger at (928) 951-3896.

Summer meals for kids

The nutrition office at Payson Unified Schools, along with the Arizona Department of Education, has two sites open this summer where kids 18 and under can have breakfast and lunch for free. Meals will be served at Rim Country Middle School and Payson Elementary School.

This program is open to all kids and this year parents who bring a child will also eat for free. Breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program continues through Friday, July 19. There will be no meals served July 4 and 5 due to the Fourth of July holiday.

Summer Recreation Program

Registration is open and continues through the course of the 2013 Summer Recreation Program presented by the the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

The program is for children ages 6 to 12. Youngsters can be registered for one or all seven weeks. The program will be held in the Rim Country Middle School gym and incorporates fun, physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips. This is not a drop-in program; children must be pre-registered by Friday of the previous week. Lunch will be served each day.

Cost is $30 per child. Camp dates are: June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27, July 1-3 and July 8-11. The program goes from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, except where noted.

Register in person at the parks and rec offices in Green Valley Park.

Rummage Sale and Sports Raffle for Rim QuizKids

The Payson Rim QuizKids have two more benefits to raise money for their World Quiz travel.

There will be a rummage sale at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8. The church is located at 200 E. Tyler Parkway across from Home Depot. 

The QuizKids are also selling tickets for a Sports Raffle that includes four tickets to a Diamondbacks game of your choice, a $50 gas card and free room at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix for the night of the game. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and the drawing date is June 15. They will be available at the rummage sale, or call the church at (928) 474-5890 for further information.

Quilt show

The Strawberry Patchers will present their 17th Annual Quilt Show Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7-9 at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. The show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $2.

In addition to the display of quilting work by members of the group and others, there will be a vendor mall and an opportunity quilt. Bring a non-perishable food item and get a ticket for a quilt drawing.


Pie Baking Contest Saturday

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Pie Baking Contest Saturday

The Payson Farmers Market 4th Annual Pie Baking Contest will be held Saturday, June 8 at 816 S. Beeline Highway behind Chili’s. Prizes and awards will be given for Best Pie, Most Original and People’s Choice (tasters needed). The rules are: fruit pies only; 1 pie per entrant; pie must be made by you. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit or call (602) 524-0352.

Free summer film series

A free Summer Matinee Film Series will be offered at 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through June 27 at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mudsprings Road.

Coming up next will be:

June 11 — Double feature: “Mind of a Serial Killer: NOVA” (60 min.) and “Inside the Mind of a Suicide Bomber” (50 min.), moderated by psychologist D. Herbster.

June 13 — “Secrets of Body Language” (100 min.) moderated by Fire Chief C. Jacobs.

Ribbon cutting

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at the Flying Grizzly Bar & Grill, 5079 Highway 87 in Strawberry at 4 p.m., Friday, June 7.

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop sale planned for Friday

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, June 7 for the monthly First Friday half-off sale.  

A Golf Cart Raffle is also under way.  Tickets are $50 and only 50 tickets will be sold.

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

ReStore sale

On First Friday, June 7 the Payson Habitat for Humanity ReStore will have a 50 percent off sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While some restrictions will apply, the store is overstocked on furniture and other home improvement goods.

The ReStore, which provides funds for PAHH, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday at the SE corner of Highways 87 and 260. Donations are taken at the rear of the store until 4 p.m.

First Friday on Main Street

• First Friday, June 7 welcomes summer at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., with live music by arborist “Tree Dave,” as well as a painting demo by watercolorist Jeff Wiles. New artwork and cool summer hats await your visit from 5 to 8 p.m.

• The Community Presbyterian Church is celebrating First Friday each and every month with the joint effort of three local groups: Starlight, Cinnamon Twist and Anything. Snacks are provided and a donation of $5 is suggested — all goes to the Deacons Food Pantry, which helps feed local families. If you have any questions, call the office at (928) 474-2059.

Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 7. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

There will be a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. every first and third Friday of the month. Visit for directions and more information, or call (928) 474-5440.

Garden Walk

The Rim Area Gardeners will present the 2013 Garden Walk from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 8.

Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at Ace Hardware, Plant Fair Nursery, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson and Pine libraries and Sweet Nostalgia.

Look for the “green thumb” signs directing you to the participating gardens.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, June 8 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, June 9 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

AARP driving class

The next driving class offered through AARP is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Historical Society benefit

“Riders of the Purple Sage One Hundred Years Later” will be the theme for the Northern Gila County Historical Society benefit Saturday, June 8. 

Tickets are almost gone.

The event will be at the Chaparral Pines Clubhouse from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include dinner, music by Bill Camp, no-host bar, sweets sale, auction of special centennial edition of “Riders of the Purple Sage” and local historian Stan Brown who will be there to sign his latest book, “Payson: An Arizona Frontier Town.”

Tickets are $35 per person and are available at the museum in Green Valley Park. Reservations must be made in advance. Visit or call (928) 474-3483 for more information.

Saturday Concert in the Park

Come out to the amphitheater area of Green Valley Park on summer Saturdays with your blankets and lawn chairs for great music under the stars. Performances start at 7 p.m. and refreshments are available for purchase.

June 8: The J Powers Band — A 5-piece group, with a mixed bag of R&B, Blues, Soul, Motown, Reggae, Pop & Classic Rock.

Jazz concert

Valley bassist Mike King, accompanied by the Payson Jazz Trio, performs at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 9 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.  

Call (602) 619-3355 for more information.

Improve your quality of life 

Are you experiencing weight issues or dealing with conditions that are negatively impacting your daily quality of life? Do you have a desire to learn how to do something about it? 

Natural Health Educator Cindy Bryant presents a one-hour lecture on what’s behind most health issues and ultimately how to improve your quality of life naturally.

The lecture is at 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 11 at Healthy Perspectives Wellness Center 1107 S. Beeline Highway, Suite #2, Payson. The lecture is free to the public, but reservations are required. Call (928) 472-7120 to reserve a seat.

Senior Circle men’s program

Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle will present a Lunch and Learn program at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 for men only as the topic will be Men’s Health with Dr. Alan Michels. No women will be admitted to allow for a more comfortable discussion of men’s physical and sexual health.

Make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance of the program at (928) 472-9290. The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.


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