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Fair time in Rim Country

The 59th Annual Northern Gila County Fair is this weekend, Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8.

Once again the fair will be complemented by the Demolition Derby, but this year, instead of taking place on Sunday afternoon, the dust-raising, rip-roaring fun will be under the lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

Both the fair and the derby are at the Payson Event Center. The fair opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the fair is $1 per person. There is a $12 fee to see the Demolition Derby.

Entries into the fair will be accepted from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4 (fair books with details are at the parks office in Green Valley Park and the libraries). Judging will take place Thursday, Sept. 5.

RSVP for Time Out benefit extended

The deadline to make a reservation for the upcoming Evening of Time Out Gala benefit is extended to Friday, Sept. 6 (it had been Sunday, Sept. 1). The tickets are $75 per person.

Pay by credit card at the Time Out Thrift Shop or online at and click on the red heart or send a check, payable to An Evening of Time Out Gala, Kim Chittick, P.O. Box 2241, Payson, AZ 85547.

The Evening of Time Out Gala is from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Contact Kim Chittick at (928) 978-5245 or e-mail her at with any questions you may have.

County offers immunizations

The Gila County Health Department, 107 W. Frontier St., will accept appointments for immunizations on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted as availability permits.

Call (928) 402-8811 to schedule your appointment. Please bring your lifetime immunization record and insurance card.

Free after-school program

Pathfinder Pals, a free after-school program, begins this week.

Each Tuesday during school, K-fifth grades will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Each Thursday during school, sixth-eighth grades will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

For more information, call (928) 474-2059.

Aim High for Christ Youth Ministry starts

Aim High for Christ Youth Ministry, operating under the covering of God is Good Ministries, is starting at the First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash St., Payson. The program is for children ages 5 and older, including teens. It takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church fellowship hall.

Contact Mike and Carla Abraham for details at (602) 499-7447.

Library programs

This month, the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, has a number of special programs planned.

Library Programs for Adults

Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. - Kindle Fire E-book Training

Thursday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. - Basic Computer Skills Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. - Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny, MD, will discuss Digestive Health

Library Programs for Teens/Tweens

Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. - Library Teen Council Meeting for ages 12-18

Library Programs for Children

Preschool Story Time - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning September for ages 2-5

Baby Time - Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0-24 months

Bilingual Story Time - Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday Family Story Time - Saturdays at 11 a.m. for all ages

Monday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. - Grandparents Day Scrapbooking Craft for ages 5-12

Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. - Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Program for ages 4-10 (there will be an actual robot serving the snacks).

PAHH application workshop

The final application workshop for Payson Area Habitat for Humanity home ownership will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., Payson.

Applicants must meet the following pre-qualifications:

• Have a need for safe, decent, affordable housing.

• Reside in the Payson High School district for at least one year.

• Have an income between 30 percent and 60 percent of the area median for your family size.

• Can afford an estimated mortgage payment of approximately $500 per month.

• Must be willing to partner with Payson Area Habitat for Humanity in 200-500 sweat equity hours.

Applications may be picked up at the ReStore prior to the workshop at 103 E. Highway 260 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Bring application packet and copies of the required documents to the meeting. For more information, please contact us at (928) 474-0330.

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

Payson Tea Party

The Payson Tea Party hosts Brenda Barton at its Thursday, Sept. 5 meeting. Barton represents Arizona Legislative District 6 and is chairman of the House Agriculture and Water Committee and member of the House Transportation Committee.  

Her topic will be EPA Abuses in Arizona, plus updates on legislation. 

The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. For more information, call (928) 951-6774.

First Friday 

First Friday, Sept. 6, Down the Street Art Gallery will be having a Hawaiian Luau to celebrate the opening of a special photography show by award-winning photographer and writer Andy Towle.  

Towle is a guy with a unique gift of seeing and sharing that gift with others through his photography and writing. This show will be on display the month of September.

Stop in from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, have a tropical treat and meet Towle and the other artists at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., Payson.

Christian Concert

The public is invited to attend a “Worship Under the Stars” concert at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6 presented by the Phoenix area Christian band “Sojourner.” The concert will be held in the east parking lot at Payson First Assembly of God Church, 1100 W. Lake Drive. 

Bring a lawn chair and join the congregation for this special night. Water and free Scoops Ice Cream will be available. 

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, Sept. 6 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. of every month. Visit for directions and more information or call (928) 474-5440.

Free yo-yo exhibition and magic show at PHS

Team Ex-yo will host a show at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6 for the Payson community.

Come and enjoy a show with feats of yo-yo mastery and lively music. As an added bonus, a magician will perform feats of mystery.


Farm Dinner

Cookin’ for Health

The Payson Public Library’s Cookin’ for Health program with Peggy Martin continues with two programs in September.

September 7 the topic is “what’s fishy about fish” and will include information on how to make intelligent choices of fish at a supermarket — what kind it is, what it eats, where it was caught, and whether it was farmed or wild. For those concerned with environmental issues, other choices involve how the fish was caught and raised and whether its stocks are sustainable.

To accompany the grilled fresh tuna, provided by Chef Gary Bedsworth, participants will prepare a Citrusy Soy Sauce glaze and more.

September 21 participants will learn about healthy choices for breakfast and brunch in “The Natural Nine” which introduces a variety of whole grains and is the first of four parts Martin plans to present. The recipes will include quick breads; 9-grain muffins; granola; and easy, fresh fruit cobblers.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Stop by the circulation desk at the Payson Public Library to register.

Payson Senior Center expands bus service

The Payson Senior Center will have a bus going to Mesa del Caballo, Ox Bow Estates and Round Valley on Mondays starting Sept. 9. This bus service is a door-to-door service and will be by reservation only and just for those 60 and older.

The bus will go to Mesa del between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., pick up passengers and drop passengers off at their destination in Payson. The bus will then head south to Ox Bow Estates and Round Valley, pick up passengers and head back to Payson.

Passengers may go to anywhere in Payson proper.

The bus will return passengers to their homes starting at 12:30.

Call Payson Senior Center at (928) 474-4876 for more information and to make reservations.

Senior Circle

Computer classes at the Payson Senior Circle resume Monday, Sept. 9. Computer classes for Windows 8 will be held at 9 a.m. and classes for Windows 7, XP and Vista will be held at 1 p.m. Register by calling (928) 472-9290.

The Senior Circle will host a Lunch & Learn program on shingles and adult immunizations at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Dr. Chris LeSueur will make the presentation. Please reserve a seat at least two days in advance by calling (928) 472-9290.

Unity World Day of Prayer

Unity of Payson will hold its third annual World Day of Prayer at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. This year’s Unity World Day of Prayer theme is “Living Well: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Tom Russell, local Native American flutist, will provide special music for the service.

The service will be in the Unity of Payson Sunday space in the Central AZ Board of Realtors Conference Room, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite #14, next to Tiny’s Restaurant.


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