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Shooting range open Saturday

Tonto Rim Sports Club will open its Hi Power Range to non-members on Saturday, Sept. 21. Range Safety Officers will be on hand to help with your sight-in all the way out to 300 yards. It will only cost you $5 to use the range all day. To reach the range from Payson, drive 2.2 miles south of the Mazatzal Casino on the Beeline Highway. Turn left onto a gravel road and then drive 1.5 miles to the entrance. The route will be clearly marked with signs. Call (928) 468-9075 for more information.

Visit the Snack Bar at tonight’s football game

Bring an appetite to the Snack Bar at the Payson High School football game on Friday! Game time is 7 p.m. as the Longhorns take on Glendale.

On the menu will be hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, nachos, popcorn, candy, pickles, hot chocolate, hot coffee, snow cones, cold beverages and Gatorade.

All proceeds go to support the PHS marching band.

End of Summer Sale

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store is having an end of summer sale. All summer clothes, including jeans, will be half price. Also, all dishes and glasses will be half price. Books will also be on sale at 25 cents each.

The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul food bank. The thrift store is located at 1006 S. Beeline Highway.

Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, a one-stop shopping experience sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 21.

The sale is at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). For more information, call (928) 474-2059.

Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market will be open only this weekend and next, so it’s the last chance to stock up.

Rim Country artists will be at the market with wares for early Christmas shopping.  For those with WIC coupons — you only have two weeks left to use them.

Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s in the Sawmill Crossing.

Ponderosa Piecers Guild

New members are welcome to join the Ponderosa Piecers Guild monthly meeting at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at the American Legion Post, 709 E. Highway 260, Payson. Youngsters 10 and older, when accompanied by an adult and interested in learning to quilt, are welcome too.

St. Jude benefit at Chili’s

Throw a pie (whipped cream in a pie pan) at a Payson Chili’s manager and help the company’s campaign to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The event begins at 11 a.m. and continues through closing, Saturday, Sept 21 at the restaurant in the Sawmill Crossing. One toss is $4 or get three tosses for $10. There will also be shirts on sale for $12 and commemorative bracelets for $4 or color a chili for $1.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting.

Saturday, Sept. 21 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, Sept. 22 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.

Autism research bake sale

There will be a bake sale to raise money for an autism research program at Arizona State University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 in front of the Payson Safeway store. Organizers will also be taking donations for the annual Autism Zoo Walk to be held Oct. 5 in Phoenix.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Amber Donahoe, (480) 370-0591.

Musical fireside Sunday

Inspire — a singing group made up of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Valley — will present a fireside event at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St. in Payson.

As a musical group, their focus is on music, service and hope. The musical selections praise Christ and invite all to come unto Him. All are welcome to attend.

Last chance to reserve a seat for brunch with police chief

Join the Rim Country Coalition for a brunch and program with Payson Police Chief Don Engler from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Sept. 27 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main. St., Payson.

Reservations must be made by Monday, Sept. 23. Call (928) 970-1298 to get a place at the table and for additional details.

Free piano concert

Local pianist Angeline Ng would like to share with you her Chopin Liszt recital at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23. Call (928) 951-4853 for reservations. Joining her in concert is multi-talented singer-pianist guest musician Ray Hughes, bass-baritone.

Public meeting on wolf proposal Monday

There is a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand the experimental Mexican Gray Wolf program into the Tonto National Forest very soon.

Little public input has been encouraged or planned by the federal agency until last week. Then, the USFW scheduled three public meetings in Sacramento, Calif., Albuquerque, N.M. and Washington, D.C.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is now scheduling three meetings within the state for public input. Monday, Sept. 23 the first meeting will be held in Star Valley at the Moose Lodge beginning at 4 p.m., with an informational presentation by the AZGFD, which will be followed by a time for public input and questions. This same presentation by the department will be given again at 5:30 p.m. followed by questions and answers.

The citizens of Rim Country are encouraged to be in attendance. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will also provide Web addresses to the federal agency to encourage more conversation with the residents in the impacted areas.

Upcoming library programs

The Payson Public Library has scheduled the following free programs:

• Adults: computer tutoring time, 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays; basic computer skills workshops, 2 p.m. Thursdays.

• Children: “You Wouldn’t Want to be a Civil War Nurse” for ages 9 and older, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23.

• Teens: Library Teen Council Meeting, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25.

‘Blingy’ jean benefit

The Polkadot Blvd will have a fall sale to benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Payson Regional Medical Center’s main lobby.

Buy one and get one at 35 percent off. There will also be clothing, chevron maxi skirts, summer clothing and swimsuits at 50 percent off. Shoes, jewelry, hair bows, handbags and wallets will also be available.

Lunch and Learn

Make reservations now for the Wednesday, Sept. 25 Lunch and Learn on leg pain presented by Dr. Luis Coppelli.

Leg pain can be caused by a number of different issues: peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, sciatica, peripheral neuropathy among others. 

Reservations are due at least two days in advance of the program. Call (928) 472-9290.

College information night

Students and parents interested in learning more about getting into college next year are invited to a Senior Class Parent Night to learn about scholarships and college applications and graduations requirements. The program is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Payson High School.

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