Thursday, September 16, 2010

Big fishing tourney, festival unfold this weekend

Photo by Jim Keyworth
Junction 87 performs from 5-9 p.m. Sunday evenings at the Buffalo Bar and Grill on the Beeline Highway.

Wednesday, September 15

Pre-school Story Time, every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. in the Pine Public Library.
Puppet Story Time, every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Payson Public Library.
Kickin’ Cancer Support Group meets every first Wednesday of the month at noon at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street. Bring brown bag lunch.
Awana will meet every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ponderosa Baptist Church. The nationwide program for community children ages three through sixth grade includes Bible stories, memory verses and games.  Contact Shirley Dye, 468-1131 or the church office, 474-9279 for more information and registration.

Thursday, September 16

Tikes & Toddlers Story Time every Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Payson Public Library Meeting Room.

Family Time at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Activities include games, stories, puppets and art. For more information, call the library, 476-3678.

Crafty Kidz at the Payson Public Library Children’s Room every Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. A craft center for kids to create, experiment and have fun. Activities include coloring, painting, stamping, magnets, cooking, clay sculpting, jewelry and papier mache. Open to kids of all ages. Parents must accompany children 5 years of age and under. For more information, contact Harryette, 474-9260.

Dinner Specials every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Greater Payson Moose Lodge #258, 225903 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley. Specials include fried and baked fish, breaded shrimp or chicken along with vegetables, dinner salad, bread and choice of potato. $7 per person. Members and guests welcome.

Magic Show and Dinner every Thursday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at MoJoe’s Café on Main Street featuring the Miracle of Magic with Joe Miracle. Sit back and be entertained with table magic and magnificent stage illusions. Reservations recommended. Please call 478-8828.

Payson Tea Party Sons and Daughters of Liberty regular meeting at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 17

Free Art Classes every Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street. Instructor, Helen Tennent. For more information or to enroll, call 474-3996 or 474-4876.

“Famous Fish Fry” at the American Legion Tonto Rim Post #69 every Friday from noon to 8 p.m., 709 E. Highway 260. Karaoke from 6 to 10 p.m. Public welcome.

Beginning Genealogy Class every third Friday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita Street. The class is packed full of concepts, techniques and ideas which will get you started on your way to fulfilling a lifetime of tracing your family tree. Pre-registration and payment of fee is required. $5 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Evening classes can be conducted by appointment. For more information, contact Peggy Gray, 474-5015.

Dinner Theater at MoJoe's Café on Main Street every Friday night (except First Friday) from 6 to 7 p.m. Back by popular request is Katherine Kelly, Jim West and the gang. (G rated fun!) Reservations required, 478-8828.

Saturday, September 18

Hike for Humanity sponsored by Amnesty International—Payson chapter from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Cypress/Boulder Trail beginning at the east end of Phoenix Street. Hikers from all walks of life, please come to support Amnesty International’s efforts to free the three American hikers held for over a year in Iran. This is an easy, self-paced hike for all to enjoy. Tax deductible  donations  will be appreciated and used to support Amnesty International's efforts to free the three American hikers held for over a  year  in Iran. Bring your donation receipt to the East West Book Exchange after the hike for a free coffee! For more information, e-mail: or call Penny Navis-Schmidt at 474-2391.
Payson Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s Restaurant and in front of the Sawmill Theater. Shop for local, freshly picked produce and artisan foods.  Relax in the shade and listen to musical guests from the Arizona Autoharp Society while you enjoy a snack or meal.   For more information, call Lorian at 468-0961 or visit the Web site:

Llama Treks in Strawberry from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Fossil Creek Llamas and Payson Parks & Recreation. Cost is $70 per adult and $50 per child (includes a half-day hike and lunch).
You will be accompanied by a llama buddy who will carry your lunch and gear. For more information or to register, call 474-5242, ext. 7 or visit the Web site:

FLW Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Green Valley Park. Sponsored by the Town of Payson, the free outdoor festival will provide the opportunity to meet several professional fishermen that will compete in the following week's (Wednesday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 25) FLW National Guard, Western Series Championship at Roosevelt Lake. Activities will include: Arizona Game and Fish Department Free Family Fishing day with loaner rods and bait; Outdoor Expo at Green Valley Park Amphitheater including outdoor recreation retailers, arts and crafts vendors and food; media session where you can "Meet the Pros!" including professional bass fishermen Clifford Pirch, Mike Folkestad, Brett Hite, Tim Klinger, Justin Lucas, Rusty Salewske, Zack Thompson, Jonathan Walker; National Guard "Fun Zone" activities; and live music by the SRP "Second Shift" band in the evening. The National Guard “Fun Zone” will include: climbing walls, the Wave Machine Inflatable; Shooting Gallery Inflatable; High Ropes Course; Pedal Karts; Boat Simulator; and autograph sessions with professional anglers.

SRPs Second Shift Band, 'Fortune' corporate finals and band contest winner from 2005 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Green Valley Park. Free admission.

The Starlighters performs at Tiny's Restaurant, 600 E.Highway 260 every Saturday night from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The music is from the "American Songbook" with a selection of tunes typically from Broadway musicals written by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and others along with more recent Bossanova tunes from Antonio Carlos Jobim/Luiz Bonfa and other Latin songwriters.

Sunday, September 19

Jam Sessions with Junction 87 at the Buffalo Bar & Grill, 311 S. Beeline Highway, every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Monday, September 20

Grief Support Group every first and third Monday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Hospice House, 511 S. Mud Springs Road. The free drop-in group sessions are for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. For more information, contact Jean Ramsey, 472-6340.

Country Bluegrass band, The Gibson Brothers at 7 p.m at the Payson High School Auditorium. Presented by the Tonto Community Concert Association. Eric and Leigh Gibson grew up on a dairy farm outside of Ellenburg Depot, NY in the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains. Eric plays banjo and Leigh plays guitar. Basic subscription for adult tickets is $80 per person or $30 per performance, if available at the door. For subscriptions or other information, call 474-6115 or 478-4363 or visit the Web site:

The newly formed Payson Chapter of Amnesty International will hold its regular meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the East West Book Exchange, 100 N. Tonto Street. The group will meet every third Monday of the month. Amnesty International investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Join us as we define our local chapter and plan upcoming events to support human rights locally and globally. For more information, e-mail: or call Penny Navis-Schmidt at 474-2391.

Tuesday, September 21

Rim Country Toastmasters meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary building next to the Almost New Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive. Networking at 5:30 p.m. The 60-minute meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. Find or refine your voice with us. Learn to persuade and inspire your audience, organize your speech, use vocal variety and overcome fear at the podium. For more information contact, (928) 478-8820 or

Upcoming Events

Roud’s Fine Home Furnishings Chamber Mixer on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at 107 E. Highway 260. Roud’s is family owned and locally owned. Come and tour their huge assortment of fine furnishings, network with other members and enjoy an adult beverage, snacks and conversation.  Please bring cards and brochures to share while networking your business.  Cost is $3 per member and $5 per community guest.  All proceeds go to Time Out Shelter.  There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Payson Old Time Opry on Friday, Sept. 24 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Payson Parks & Rec or the Chamber of Commerce. Produced in conjunction with the 40th Annual Old Time Fiddlers Arizona State Championship, this first Annual Live Concert is bound to entertain you from start to finish.  Featured at this event will be the hottest bluegrass band in Arizona, Providence Bluegrass.  Backing them up is one of the most popular Old Time Western groups in Arizona, The Desert Sons.  An old time opry would not be complete without a little gospel and this year's event will feature Brush Arbor Revival.  Come experience this old time music smorgasbord.

40th Anniversary Old Time Fiddler's Contest—AZ State Championship on Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Payson Event Center. The event is slated to contain lots of family-oriented fun and entertainment, so please make plans to join us and kick back under the tent for some great fiddling fun!

Candlelight Vigil for the Time Out Shelter will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 5:45 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street. For more information, visit the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 E. Beeline Highway or call the shop, 474-3989.

235th Anniversary Celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps will be held at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Nov. 6. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Guest speaker at 7 p.m. will be former Marine and official Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble. Raffle and after-dinner listening and dance music to begin at 8 p.m. $35 per dinner. Attendees may select from two entrees: prime rib of beef or chicken Oscar. RSVP required. This event is sponsored by the Rim Country detachment of the Marine Corps league, “Payson Marines!” For additional information and/or to make reservations, call Marine Lee Bumbalow at 468-1095 or Colonel Bill Sahno at 472-6617.

Rim Country Briefs

Unbelievable $6 jewelry sale at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and Thursday, Sept. 16. Rings, belts, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, gold and silver chains, necklace/earring sets, bracelets, pashminas, popcorn blouses, totes, scarves, boy’s and girl’s watches and gift items, designer-style sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more. Cash, VISA, and Master Card will be accepted.  Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships. For more information, call 472-2588.

Payson High School Rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Payson Event Center. For more information, visit the Web site:

“Greatstrides—taking steps to cure cystic fibrosis” walk around the lake to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at Green Valley Park on Saturday, Oct. 2. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Lori Nelson at (602) 224-0068 or register at

Kiwanis "All Inclusive Cancun Vacation Package Raffle Ticket Sale" through Tuesday, Oct. 5. Includes eight days and seven nights at a resort ocean view suite. All food and drinks included for two adults. Two tickets to Wet & Wild Park with all food and drinks included; and two tickets to an off-resort tour (Island of the Women, Mayan Ruins, two twenty-minute massages and two pedicures.) Transportation to and from excursions included. Second prize, $300 cash and third prize, $100 cash. $50 per ticket. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets available at the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Zane Gray Kiwanis Club. Drawing will be held at Famous Sam’s on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.

Fall Blood Drive at Best Western Payson Inn, 801 N. Beeline Highway, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the meeting room. United Blood Services needs 700 donations each day to support Arizona hospitals. Blood for hospital patients can only come from volunteer (non-paid donors). Thirty eight percent of the population is eligible to give blood but in Arizona, only three percent donate. If you cannot donate, please help us get the word out regarding this life-saving mission. If you would like to volunteer and assist with the blood drive or donate blood, please contact April Denny at 474-3241. To sign up for an appointment on-line, visit the Web site: and bring up the sponsor code, bestwesternpayson. All donors are entered to win a pair of Suite Tickets to a Phoenix Suns Game. Bring a photo ID, drink plenty of water and eat a light healthy meal before you arrive to donate blood.

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