Friday, August 31, 2012

Weekend Events and Entertainment

compiled by Jenny Caster
PAWS bake sale at Safeway
The Payson Area Woofers Society will hold a Labor Day weekend bake sale in front of the Payson Safeway on Friday, Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Purchase tasty baked goods for both pets and people.  For more information, call Dave at: 474-3040.

Alzheimer’s disease lecture at Payson Care Center
Dr. Christine Belden, director of neuropsychology at Banner Sun Health Institute, will present a lecture on Alzheimer’s disease and current Alzheimer’s research information at Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Drive, on Friday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m.  The lecture will center on recent research and possible prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.  To reserve a seat, call Christy VanderMolen at: (928) 951-2305.

The Black Forest Society to play at Mountain High Coffee Works
The Black Forest Society will play at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway, on Friday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.  Take a journey through the deep woods with acoustic guitarist William Schwab and multi-instrumentalist Dave Rentz.  Eclectic songwriting and improvisation highlight the goal to bring you someplace different--a place where wild things lurk in the dark corners of the forest and spirits call from the bottom of deep lakes.  For more information, call: 478-7166.

Payson Farmers Market
Visit the Payson Farmers Market this Saturday, August 31 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.  New and returning vendors will offer their wares through Saturday, Sept. 29.  For more information, contact Joe and Katie Klein at: (602) 524-0352 or visit the Web site at:

Beaver Valley Day celebration
Beaver Valley Day celebration will be a day of food, games and entertainment in Beaver Valley on Saturday, Sept. 1.  Pancake breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and a Firewise education program will begin at 9 a.m.  Other morning events include a community garage sale, pickle ball lessons and CPR education session.  Afternoon events begin at 3 p.m. and include kid’s games and crafts, face painting, horse-drawn carriage rides and a duck race.  A silent auction and horseshoes will be in progress as well.  From Payson, take Highway 87 north, then turn east at Houston Mesa Road, then left at Beaver Flat Road down to the park.  For more information, call: 474-1771 or (602) 690-4656.

Forest cleanup on East Verde River
Tonto National Forest rangers will lead a volunteer trash cleanup of the East Verde River on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Interested volunteers can assemble in the parking area near the swimming hole at the Highway 87 bridge at the entrance to East Verde Estates.  Please wear long sleeve shirts and closed toe shoes and bring water and snacks.  Rangers will provide the necessary cleanup tools.  For more information, contact the Payson Ranger District Recreation Officer, Chelsea L. Muise at: 474-7936 or e-mail:

Payson Christian songwriter’s group
Join us every Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway, for our songwriter’s gathering.  For more information, call:  478-7166.

Zane Grey event: ‘An Evening Under the Tonto Rim’
The Northern Gila County Historical Society presents, “An Evening Under the Tonto Rim,” a Zane Grey event to benefit the historical society.  The special evening will be held at the Zane Grey cabin on Green Valley Parkway next to the Green Valley Lakes on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.  The event includes dinner, a tour of the Zane Grey cabin and a presentation by State Historian Marshall Trimble.  For more information, call the NGCHS at: 474-3483.

Annual Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival in Pine
The 32nd Annual Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival will be held at the Pine Community Center on North Highway 87 in Pine on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2.  Features the work of more than eighty artists.  Enjoy a pancake breakfast served by the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department and eat Navajo tacos at the Senior Dining Room.

Fireflies Labor Day benefit for Hellsgate Fire Department
The Hellsgate Fire Department, sponsored by the Fireflies, will host a Labor Day benefit in Tonto Village on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Tonto Village fire station located one mile west on Control Road from Highway 260.  Enjoy barbecued pork sandwiches, beans, corn and coleslaw.  Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under.  A bake sale and raffle drawing for a chainsaw and queen-size quilt will be held.  Live entertainment by Jimmy French and Steven Stevens.


Looking Ahead

Rim Country Classic Auto Club garage sale
A gigantic garage sale will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bertram residence, 1208 W. Remuda Way.  All proceeds to benefit the RCCAC Christmas event held at the Payson Senior Center.  Sale items include cookbooks, glassware, jewelry, antiques, shop and car items, household and kitchen items, furniture, train accessories, bicycle and much more!

Happiness Breakfast at Time Out Thrift Store
The Time Out Shelter will host a free continental breakfast on Friday, Sept. 7 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Time Out Thrift Store at 500 S. Beeline Highway.  To reserve a seat, call Camille at: (928) 471-8007 or e-mail:

Community yard sale
The Payson Community Presbyterian Church will hold a community yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 7 a.m. to noon at the church located at 800 W. Main Street.  Participants can rent a space for $10.  All proceeds to benefit the Deacons Assistance Program serving families in need in the Rim Country.  To reserve a space, call the church office at: 474-2059.

AARP driver safety class
The AARP Driver Safety class will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.  To register, call: (928) 472-9290.

58th Annual Northern Gila County Fair
The 58th Annual Northern Gila County Fair will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Payson Event Center.  Exhibits open at 9 a.m.  The “home-grown” fair features everything from farm animals to blue ribbon pies. This year there will be live entertainment, educational booths, food and fun for children of all ages. There will also be a horse show and livestock, small animals, agriculture, floriculture, handicrafts, lapidary, fine arts and photography.  For more information, contact Marsha at: (602) 291-2152.

Sixth Annual Payson Demolition Derby
The Sixth Annual Payson Demolition Derby  will be held in conjunction with the Northern Gila County Fair at the Payson Event Center on Sunday, Sept. 9.  Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and the derby will start at 1 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children three years of age and under.  The event is sponsored by the Payson Parks & Recreation Department and Honeycutt Rodeo. For more information, contact Nelson Beck at: (928) 474-5242, ext. 306.

New Orleans jazz concert at Payson Community Presbyterian Church
Enjoy a New Orleans-style jazz concert on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street, featuring Dr. Jass & the Heartbeats.  $5 donation requested.  To make reservations, contact Gerry Reynolds at: (602) 619-3355 or e-mail:

Walk for New Beginnings
The Walk for New Beginnings will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Rumsey Park, Ramada 5.  Registration will be held at 7:30 a.m. and the opening prayer and walk will begin at 8 a.m.  Enjoy a continental breakfast, music and a bounce house, too.  All proceeds to benefit New Beginnings, a pregnancy and parenting center offering guidance and support to women and families experiencing a planned or unplanned pregnancy.

Rim Country Rotary casino night at Oxbow Inn
A casino night Rim Country Rotary fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Oxbow Inn, 607 W. Main Street.  Dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and gambling from 6 to 9 p.m.  Enjoy live music by Junction 87 while playing poker, black jack, craps and roulette.  Admission tickets are $50 each; poker tournaments are $20 each.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call: (928) 970-0685.

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