Community Almanac


Concert Under the Stars July 12

The Gypsy Juke Rockers will perform rock, blues and R&B music at the next Concert Under the Stars to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert sponsored by Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Cheer Camp July 8-10

Dancin' on the Rim School for Dance is hosting a cheer camp from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 8-10.

Current Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders will be putting on this camp. Cost is $75, which includes a pair of cheer shorts.

This is going to be a ton of fun and a great learning experience. Sign up ASAP, as we need to get sizing for shorts. For more information on this or any other fall classes please contact, Sage Harper at (623) 536-7923 or

Community Vegetarian Luncheon July 12

You're invited to a Community Vegetarian Luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at The Meeting Place, on the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87 at the south end of town.

Letting people know that healthy food can be delicious is the purpose of our monthly luncheons. There is no cost and all are invited, but please RSVP to Laurie at 476-2184 as soon as possible so that we can be sure of having enough food! See you there!

Please give blood

United Blood Services will conduct the following blood drives in Payson:

A blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Call Leonard and Esther Smith at 472-8478 to make an appointment, or just drop by to donate.

The Payson Community Blood Drive will be held Monday, July 14 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to donate or would like to make an appointment, call Bob or Bobbie Hibbert at 468-2234 or 970-0636.

Free workshops for small-business owners

A free workshop called Computer Backup and Recovery will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at Gila Community College Payson Campus, Room 402 and Globe Campus, Room 520 (via ITV).

A free workshop called Internet Advertising takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at Gila Community College Payson Campus, Room 402 and Globe Campus, Room 520 (via ITV).

‘China Awakes' presentation July 17

The Payson Lecture and Discussion League will present "China Awakes" -- a one-hour look at today's China and how it is affecting you. Guest speakers will be Steven Lee, M.D. and Abigail Lee; Ken Brooks will moderate.

Please join us at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. A $10 donation is requested, and all proceeds benefit the Payson Institute of Learning. Tickets are available at the door or at The Payson Institute of Learning, 600 E. Highway 260, Ste. 6, (928) 472-3393 July 3-15. Contact Pat Albert at (928) 468-6963 for more information.

Library hosts ‘Tikes and Toddlers Tuesdays'

Infant-Toddler Storytime is getting new title and a new day. "Tikes and Toddlers Tuesdays" will be held at 10 a.m. in the Payson Public Library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.

No sign-up necessary. The program features bounces, sing-alongs and stories, and is geared for newborns to 2-year-olds.

For more information, call Harryette at 474-9260.

PHS Class of '63 plans July 19 reunion

The Payson High School Class of 1963 will be celebrating its 45th reunion, along with all who graduated from PHS in the sixties or before, on Saturday, July 19, at the LDS Church, just south of the hospital.

All who knew us, knew anyone who knew us or our families, or went to school in the old rock building, are invited to attend.

We had a reunion in 2004 and it was attended by around 150 old friends. Come and join us anytime after 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12 noon. BBQ, rolls and water will be provided, and if you would like to bring a salad, side or dessert, you may do so.

Quilt Show in Young

Young, Ariz. will be the site of the Eight Annual Pleasant Valley Days Quilt Show July 18-19.

Entry forms are available now for the Yehaw Fabric Challenge. All entries and entry forms are due by 5 p.m. July 17. Please contact Carol Braswell at Braswell's Chuckwagon, (928) 462-3661.

Showtime is after the parade, from noon to 5 p.m. July 19. Quilts will be on display on both sides of the road. Pick up a map at Braswell's Chuckwagon, where the tour begins. Learn a bit about the history of Pleasant Valley through the eyes and hands of quilters.

New Life Foundation hosts seminar July 20

Are we unconsciously in our own way? Or are we sinking with thinking? All can change. Live life again with Vernon Howard's insights.

Join us for a seminar -- "Why You Never Solve Your Problems!" -- from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 20 at the New Life Foundation, 5067 N. Highway 87 in Strawberry.

Admission is a $3 donation. Dress is casual and there is nothing to join. Call (928) 476-3224 or visit

Attention, jazz fans

The Payson Jazz Trio performs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday at the Strawberry Lodge in Strawberry. Bring the whole family.

Jazz vocalist Deater O'Neill with Mike Crotty on horns and an outstanding rhythm section will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13 at Community Presbyterian Church.

For more information, e-mail Gerry Reynolds,

Town of Payson wants a ‘piece of your mind'

The Town of Payson is studying the local housing situation and wants your input. A survey is posted online at Survey Monkey. A direct link to the site is available at the Town's Web site: Once there, select the link that says "Click Here to Take the New Housing Survey."

All responses will be anonymous and will help the town understand residents' housing needs. The survey data will also be used to help create a plan to improve housing options for local workers and other residents.

Don't miss this opportunity to speak up about a key issue that affects the entire community. The survey will be available until July 20.

Vacation Bible School at Tonto Village Chapel

Children ages 3 to teens are invited to join us for Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon July 14-18 at the Tonto Village Chapel.

The chapel is located on Johnson Blvd. in Tonto Village. For more information, call Rita Spalink at (928) 478-4282.

Police K9 teams demonstration

A special demonstration by police canine teams from all over the state will take place tonight, Tuesday, July 8, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Payson Event Center just south of town on Highway 87. The K9 units are in Payson this week for the annual Canine Officer Survival Seminar. The demonstration will showcase the dogs' skills in obedience, detection and suspect apprehension. Vendors will be on hand selling hot dogs, T-shirts and hats. There is no admission charge, but donations will be gratefully accepted to help fund the annual training. Gates open at 5 p.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 210.

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