Friday, July 13, 2012

Weekend Events in Payson

Coordinated by Jenny Caster
Sweet Nostalgia ribbon cutting
Sweet Nostalgia, a new gift/consignment shop, located in the Twin Pines Shopping Center on South Beeline Highway, will have a ribbon cutting on Friday, July 13, at 11:30 a.m. Join us to see the array of gifts and collectibles at this great little shop.

Creative Writers reading at Mountain High Coffee Works
The Rim Country Creative Writers invites the public to hear their readings on Friday, July 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.  Listen to a mixture of romance, mystery, poetry and more while sipping on a cup of coffee.

All Day Fish Fry at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino
Come in to dine every Friday between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. for the fish fry at the Mazatzal Casino’s Cedar Ridge Restaurant.  Voted “Best in Payson” for the last two years!  Get your fish fry on with baked and deep fried cod, fried shrimp, soup and salad bar, assorted desserts and drinks.  For more information, call: 800-777-PLAY.

Gila County Annual 4H Yard Sale
The Gila County 4H Club will sponsor the Annual 4H yard sale on Saturday, July 14 from 7 to 11 a.m. at 107 W. Wade Lane.  Find great bargains and enjoy baked goods and snow cones.  Proceeds will benefit the group’s 4H projects.

Payson Farmer’s Market
Visit the Payson Farmer's Market this Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sawmill Theatre parking lot behind Chili’s.  For more information, contact Katie Klein at: (602) 524-0352.

NGCEDC holds Job Fair
There will be a Job Fair on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Payson Messinger Community Room, 901 S. Westerly Road.  The fair is sponsored by the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce. The fair is open to any Rim Country resident or business.  Interested businesses must call the Chamber at: 474-4415 or the NGCEDC at: (928) 978-0681.  The purpose of the fair is to get employers who need employees to meet eligible applicants in the Rim Country.

AARP Driver Safety class
There will be an AARP Driver Safety class on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Payson Senior Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway.  Cost is $14 and $5 for anyone who works in the education field.  For more information, visit the Website at: or call: 472-9292.

Mountain High Coffee Works Christian jam session
Every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to the Payson Christian Songwriters group at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway.  For more details, call: 478-7166 and ask for Phil.

Big Daddy D and the Dynamites at the summer concert series in the park
Big Daddy D and the Dynamites, a five-piece, high-energy, rhythm and blues band will play at the Green Valley Park summer concert series on Saturday, July 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The Dynamites won the Arizona Blues Showdown in 2007 and a place onstage at the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2008.   Based in Prescott, the band has built a solid reputation for delivering a strong catalog of original songs.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts for sale this Sunday
A Krispy Kreme doughnut fundraiser will be held in front of Safeway and Walmart all day Sunday.  The fundraiser will pay for Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School students to attend an adventure field trip to New York City in order to see the Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center building and Times Square.  Cost is $10 per dozen doughnuts.  For more information, call Marlene Armstrong at: (928) 514-8955.

Jazz concert at Community Presbyterian Church
Jazz saxophonist Tony Vacca, an internationally known performing and recording artist, will play on Sunday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street.  Vacca has performed and recorded with such jazz legends as Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis, Jr., Richie Cole, Conti Condoli, Irvin Mayfield, John Faddis, The Four Tops, Sam Moore, The Temptations, The Swingtips, Tony Bennett, Frank Foster, Marvin Stamn, and Doc Severinson.  Vacca holds a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University.  $5 minimum donation includes refreshments.  To make reservations, call Gerry Reynolds at: (602) 619-3355 or e-mail:


Looking Ahead

Wine and cheese reception at Democratic Headquarters
The Gila County Democratic Party Headquarters at 1101 S. Beeline Highway will be the site for a wine and cheese reception slated for Friday, July 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at: or contact Rebecca Pringle at: (602) 234-6821.  Contributions are not tax deductible for state or federal income tax purposes.

Summer Sizzle Garden Party and Fashion Show
The summer benefit for Time Out, Inc. will be held at Bob and Ruth Klaver’s garden on Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m.  The benefit includes a fashion show with great items from the Time Out Thrift Shop, a delicious lunch and many other items.  Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Time Out Thrift Shop located at 500 S. Beeline Highway.  For more information, call the thrift shop at: 474-3989.

‘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 5 p.m.  The book signing is sponsored by the Arizona Women Writers and Journalists from 1912-2012.  For more information, contact the library at: 474-9260.

‘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 recreation 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.

‘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.

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