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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 21 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

There will be a Family Movie Night every first and third Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Visit: www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com for directions and more information or call (9280 474-5440.

APW Writers’ Retreat

Attend an Arizona Press Women’s Writers’ Retreat at the Merritt Lodge, near Payson, July 27-28. Enjoy an overnight stay that includes four meals for a discounted rate of $95 if reservations are made by June 26. 

For details, contact Carol Osman Brown via e-mail: carolosmanbb@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9269. You also can contact Gail Hearne at (928) 472-7132.

Fourth of July

Thursday, July 4, 8 a.m. - Patriotic ceremony with a flag raising and recitation of the Declaration of Independence at the Veterans Memorial, Green Valley Park (turn west on Historic Main off Beeline Hwy. at the light and follow the road to the big Rock Building, turn north, park and walk to memorial area).

Thursday, July 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Games at Green Valley Park, including sack races, egg toss, a community tug-of-war and the 4th Annual Payson Arizona Foot Races.

Thursday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Free concert with Nashville Recording Artist Candyce & The Raizen Kane Band at Green Valley Park.

Thursday, July 4, 9 p.m. - Fireworks over the lake at Green Valley Park (turn west on Historic Main off Beeline Hwy. at the light and follow the road to the big Rock Building, turn north, park and walk to amphitheater area).

Parking space is limited, so a shuttle will run from Payson High School to the park (from the Hwy. 87 and 260 light, go west on Longhorn Road and turn left of McLane, the parking lot is on the left.

Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, July 6 and Sunday July 7, 8 a.m. - Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Fourth of July Arts and Crafts Festival, Pine/Strawberry Community Center on North Highway 87 in the center of Pine. Approximately 80 vendors bring a variety of arts and crafts, goodies and more to share with savvy shoppers. The festival is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday and generally features a community breakfast starting around 7 a.m. and a popular Navajo taco lunch.

There is no admission, but proceeds from booth rental benefit community services in the Pine and Strawberry area.

For applications to have a booth space, contact Gail Jones by phone at (928) 978-0469 or by e-mail at coolpc680@ hotmail.com.

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