The roar of the home stand crowd, the crack of bats, the thunder of hooves, music and the smell of good food will envelop Rim Country this weekend.
Everybody is getting busy before the fall chill sets in and residents opt to snuggle up instead of heading outside.
Choices include a Longhorns’ home football game, softball tournament, benefits for Alzheimer’s and the fuel reduction program for the Pine and Strawberry communities, the opening of the high school and junior high rodeo season, an archaeological program, a cooking program, a book signing, and a block party.
Longhorns vs. Glendale
After an upsetting loss last week, the Longhorns football team comes home to take on Glendale, a school three times the size of Payson High School.
Men’s Senior Softball Classic
The Payson Senior Softball Classic is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21 at the Rumsey Park softball fields with players age 65 and over competing. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday watch the Payson Cougars play senior men’s softball teams from throughout Arizona. A championship game will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Kiwanis East at the southwest corner of Rumsey Park.
Rim Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday,Sept. 21 at Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Lake Drive, Payson. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this fun and inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.
Register online at www.rim alzheimerswalk.org
The Arizona High School Rodeo Association and Arizona Junior High School Rodeo Association seasons stampede into action this weekend at the Payson Event Center.
Action begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and continues until about 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. and resumes at 9 a.m. Sunday running through about 4 p.m. Events include barrel racing, breakaway, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, saddle bronc riding and goat tying. Rodeo shooting has been added this season.
An estimated 400 young people will participate, their family and friends in tow. Local competitors are Chelsie Stodghill, Trey Hale, Quinton Wells, Matt Lowery, Brylee Hall, Monty James, Bryce Stodghill, Denton Petersen and Bryndee Hall.
Author Sherry Engler will be signing copies of her book, “Living with LEO,” from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.
The Arizona Archaeological Society Rim Country Chapter presents a program with Dr. Todd Bostwick at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. He will recount his travels to Crete, the Land of the Minotaur.
Bostwick has conducted archaeological research in the Southwest for 35 years. From 1990 to 2011, he served as the city archaeologist for Phoenix, stationed at Pueblo Grande Museum. He is currently the senior research archaeologist for Paleo West Archaeology in Phoenix and director of archaeology for the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde.
The group meets in the Fellowship Hall of The Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 Easy St., Payson.
The public is encouraged to attend these meetings and find out more about the archaeological interests in this area and beyond.
The Church on Randall Place will host its annual Block Party at the P/S Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21.
Everyone is invited for an afternoon of free hot dogs and food galore. There will be games, an inflatable obstacle course and more.
The group, Sojourn, will provide live music. The group plays a wide range of music from a rock-based sound to familiar hymns.
Grains take center stage
The Payson Public Library’s continuing series of “Cookin’ for Health” classes will feature healthy choices for breakfast and brunch in The Natural Nine, which introduces a variety of whole grains.
The class, taught by Peggy Martin, certified nutrition consultant, is at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. The class is one of four on the topic Martin plans to present. The recipes will include quick breads; nine-grain muffins; granola; and easy, fresh fruit cobblers.
In the class, the nutrition discussion will touch on the relationship of genetically modified grains and organically grown grains.
“We will discuss the health benefits and risks of wheat, barley, oats, rice, corn, millet, rye, sorghum and quinoa. We will talk about the USDA Certified Organic seal and how any grains or grain products that have that seal will be free from GMOs. We will take a look at a few labels and discuss the meaning or lack of meaning of ‘all natural,’ a term which may definitely be applied to products that contain GMOs,” Martin said.
Three local chefs will headline the Saturday, Sept. 21 annual Farm Dinner at Fossil Creek Creamery in Strawberry, all intended to raise money for the community’s fuel reduction program. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Ranch at Fossil Creek, 10379 W. Fossil Creek Rd., Strawberry.
Chef Akos Szabo of M Culinary Concepts, will coordinate the effort along with Rim Golf Club Executive Chef Mark Hamilton and Chef Tracy Dempsey, owner of Tracy Dempsey Originals, well-known for her pastries.
New this year, the Farm Dinner will feature a course or organic food prepared by the owners of Urban Survival, Ray Stephens and Julie La Magna.
Dr. Jass and the Heartbeats will provide Dixieland-style music for the event.
The tax-deductible tickets cost $75 per person. There is seating for only 175 guests.
For more information, call (928) 476-5178 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.