23rd Annual Strawberry Festival
The 23rd Annual Strawberry Festival is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 15 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 16 all through the Pine community.
There will tons of strawberry treats, vendors inside and out, plus area businesses will be selling raffle tickets for a kayak to be awarded at a drawing during the Aug. 10-11 Mountain Daze Festival.
Trouble in Paradise will be performing at the Pine Community Center and DJ Craig will be spinning great tunes in the parking lot of the hardware store at the south end of town.
Stroll through town visiting all the fun shops along the way to the community center. Be sure to detour down Hardscrabble Road so you don’t miss the Pine Deli and Tymeless Antiques, Moose Mountain Antiques and Auntie Gail’s Collectibles.
At the community center find great specials in the thrift store in the old schoolhouse, check out great artist, crafter and food booths, and enjoy the display of antique tractors.
In Strawberry, take some photos with the goats and llamas at Fossil Creek Creamery, see the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona and visit Hocks Pottery shop and Harpers Bizarre Gallery and Gift Shop in Rosebud Square.
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. Mud Springs Road.
The tentative schedule by date is:
June 13: “Secrets of Body Language” (100 min.) moderated by Fire Chief C. Jacobs.
June 18: Double feature: (starting time 3:30 p.m.) “Brain Fitness Program I & II” (60 min. each) moderated by chemist M. Neary.
June 20: “Beauty in a Jar” (100 min.) moderated by art instructor J. Jeffrey.
June 25: “Nature: Dogs,” (112 min.) moderated by certified veterinary technician S. Starr.
June 27: “Understanding Cats with Roger Tabor” (80 min.) moderated by certified veterinary technician S. Starr.
Summer Recreation Program
Registration is open and continues through the course of the 2013 Summer Recreation Program presented by 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 is 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 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 office in Green Valley Park.
Movies at Pine Library
Movie Madness continues at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine with “Adventures in Zambezia” at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 13. Refreshments will be provided. Bring your pillow and get comfortable on the library floor. For more information, call (928) 476-3678.
Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, June 14 at 507 W. Wade Lane in Payson. The breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.
Rim Country residents and visitors are invited for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.
The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.
Great gifts for Dad are on sale at LFOP Bookstore
During June the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be featuring a 2-for-the-price-of-1 special on all hardback books. This is a great opportunity to purchase a Father’s Day gift. Pick up a favorite VCR tape for 50 cents or browse the bargain table in the lobby. All bargain table items will be on sale for 25 cents.
Proceeds go to the Payson Public Library to support the purchase of new material and many special programs. Stock changes daily, so the wise shopper visits frequently. The Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.
Vacation Bible School
First Southern Baptist Church, Payson
First Southern Baptist Church, Payson, will offer Vacation Bible School from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 for children pre-K to age 13. The theme of the program is “Colossal Coaster World.”
To learn more, call the church at (928) 474-3374 or VBS director Lori Mills at (928) 200-3665.
Ponderosa Bible Church, Payson
Ponderosa Bible Church is presenting “God Is Great Adventure” Vacation Bible School from June 17 through June 21. Music, crafts, games and snacks will be a part of our daily schedule. Children ages 4 through the sixth grade are invited to attend from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. each day. Sign up your child by calling Ponderosa Bible Church at (928) 474-9279.
Ponderosa Bible Church is located at 1800 N. Beeline Highway in Payson.
Rotary golf tournament
Rim Country Rotary is hosting its annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 15 at the Payson Golf Course. Registration forms are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Golf Course.