Friday, July 27, 2012

Weekend Events and Entertainment

compiled by Jenny Caster
Hear Cinnamon Twist at Mountain High Coffee Works
Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway, presents the group Cinnamon Twist, on Friday, July 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The Cinnamon Twist band includes lead vocalist Jennifer Baltz and singer, guitarist, harmonica and mandolin player Annie James.  The unique-style duo performs mostly originals, traditional Celtic music, folk songs and a variety of blues and jazz tunes. No cover charge.  For more information, call: 478-7166.

Backpack giveaway at McDonald’s
The Payson McDonald’s restaurant, 107 E. Highway 260, will host Backpack Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 28.  The first 100 children to visit the restaurant will receive a free backpack.  Health and safety educational materials will also be given away by the Payson Regional Medical Center, High Desert Dentistry and the Payson Fire Department.  Participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout Phoenix and northern Arizona will donate 20,000 backpacks to help children prepare to return to school.

Payson Farmers Market
Visit the Payson Farmers Market this Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sawmill Theatre parking lot at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s.  The Payson Farmers Market is a gathering place for people to experience fun, friendship and the joy of community through fresh, local food, live entertainment and Rim Country art.  For more information, contact Joe and Katie Klein at: (602) 524-0352 or visit the Web site at:

‘Skirting Traditions’ book signing at Payson Public Library
A “Skirting Traditions” book signing will be held  at the Payson Public Library on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to noon.  The book signing is sponsored by the Arizona Women Writers and Journalists from 1912-2012.  Three authors--Carol LaValley, Carol Osman Brown and Barbara Bayless Lacy--will be available to discuss their books.  For more information, contact the library at: 474-9260.

Arizona Centennial blanket on display in Pine
A blanket made by the Cactus Needles, a knitting guild in Phoenix, will be on display at the Randall House in Pine on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Fran Franzen, mother of the owner of the Randall House, will be on hand to answer questions.  The Randall House is located at 3827 Highway 87 in Pine.  For more information, call: 476-4077.

Live Music with John Carpino  
Join us this Saturday, July 28th at Ayothoya Thai Restaurant in Payson for good times and live music with John Carpino. The music starts at 5 p.m. 
Also, catch BIG BOSS LADY and the KNUCKLEHEADS (aka The John Carpino Band) as part of National Night Out at Green Valley Park at 6:30 PM... bring your blankets and lawn chairs.  There will be lots of music and a TON of family friendly events!
Hope you can make it to one or both events - THANKS  for supporting live music!

Juicy steak dinner at Elks Lodge
The Payson Elks Lodge at 1206 N. Beeline Highway will hold a steak dinner fundraiser for lounge improvements on Saturday, July 28 from 5 to 6 p.m.  There will be door prizes and  a cash drawing.  The Payson Elks Jam Band will play from 3 to 5 p.m.  Junction 87 will perform live from 6 to 9 p.m.  Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door or music only tickets are $10 or $15 for two people.  For more information, contact the Elks at: 474-2572.

‘History & Biscuits’: Tales from the Rim program at LDS Church
The LDS Church, Stake Family History Center will host a two-hour program, “History & Biscuits” on Saturday, July 28 from 4 to 6 p.m.  The center is located at 913 S. Ponderosa Street. Six historians will discuss different Rim Country historical topics.  For more information and to make reservations, call Tim Erhardt at: 474-2337.

Surfin’ Safari: Tribute to the Beach Boys at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino
The Surfin’ Safari band will play on Saturday, July 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.  Surfin’ Safari is a faithful re-creation of what it would have been like to see the Beach Boys live, in concert, in their prime. This five-member lineup is unrivaled in their sound, presentation and professionalism. There are no backing tracks or extra musicians playing off-stage!  Surfin’ Safari is as close as you will ever get to seeing the original five-member lineup of the Beach Boys. The incomparable beauty of their vocal harmonies, the crashing backbeat of Dennis Wilson’s drums, the soaring surf guitar of Carl Wilson and the genius of Brian Wilson’s music are all here. The group is back by popular demand!  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  For more information, call:  800-777-PLAY.

John Scott Band at Green Valley Park
The John Scott Band will play at the Green Valley Park summer concert series on Saturday, July 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Concessions open at 6 p.m.  Payson’s own rockin’ blues band will perform favorites from Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, and many others.  The band is sure to have you up and dancing!

Summer luncheon at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League invites all Rim Country residents and guests to a free summer luncheon at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, on Sunday, July 29 at 11:30 a.m.  Enjoy brats and hot dogs, sauerkraut, baked beans, German potato salad, brownies and ice cream.  All are invited to attend Bible Study which begins at 8:30 a.m. and the church service which starts at 10 a.m.  For more information, contact the church at: 474-5440 or call Nancy Leubner at: 468-6229.


Looking Ahead

‘A Taste at the Bridge’ at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Friends of the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will present "A Taste at the Bridge," on Saturday, August 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. The early evening setting will depict the Tonto Natural Bridge at its finest and will showcase western art by local artists.  The festivities will also include wine, light finger food, music, raffles and door prizes. This will be the only fundraiser by the Friends of the Tonto Natural Bridge group.  Proceeds will benefit the Tonto Natural Bridge in operations and areas that are not funded by the State of Arizona.  Tickets are $50 per person.  To purchase tickets or obtain additional information, call the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at: 474-4515.

Fifth Annual National Night Out Family Fun Day
Payson’s Fifth Annual National Night Out Family Fun Day will be held at Green Valley Park on Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon to 8 p.m.  Hosted by the Payson Police Department, the festivities include live music by Junction 87, The Hot Cappuccinos, Landon Schill and Team EXYO.  There will be various non-profit groups that will provide information about community services.  Highlights of the event will include a police versus fire raft race!  For more information, contact Kim Becker at the Payson Police Department: 474-5242 ext. 209 or e-mail:

Ice cream social in Pine for the Pine-Strawberry Archaeological Society
The Pine-Strawberry Archaeological Society will host an ice cream social, concert and dance at the Pine Community Center and Cultural Hall, located off Highway 87 in Pine, on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m.  Raven and the Randall Family Band will provide the musical entertainment.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children.  For more information, contact Marge at: (928) 970-0658.

Tenth Annual Payson Gun and Knife Show at Tonto Apache Gymnasium
Firing Pin Enterprizes, Inc. will host the 10th Annual Payson Gun and Knife Show at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium, 30 Tonto Apache Reservation, across from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For additional information, call: (928) 485-0437 or visit the Web site at:

Fourth Annual Quilt Auction in Pine
Friends of the Strawberry Patchers  present the Fourth Annual Quilt Auction at the Pine Cultural Hall on the west side of Highway 87 in Pine, on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m.  The auction begins at 1 p.m.  Free admission.  Bring a non-perishable food item to enter a quilt drawing.  For additional information, call Elaine at: (928) 978-3464 or visit the Web site at:

Cowboy dinner at Rumsey Park
There will be a cowboy dinner at Rumsey Park to kick off Rodeo Week.  Hosted by the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the dinner will be held at Ramada 5, 400 N. McLane Road, on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m.  The menu includes barbecued beef and pork, pasta salad, cowboy beans, desserts and soda.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for those under age 3.  Tickets can be purchased at the event or may be purchased in advance at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce on the northwest corner of the Beeline Highway and Main Street.  The fundraiser will benefit the ministries of the Women of St. Paul’s.  For more information, contact Nancy at: 474-2336 or Ann at: 472-2386.

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