Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Books for Dad 2-for-1 at LFOP Bookstore


In honor of Father's Day, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be featuring a 2-for-1 sale of books about topics sure to be of interest to Dad. Included in this sale will be topics such as sports, history, politics, home repair, hobbies, business and finance. Consider giving Dad a couple of great books and a few hours in the hammock on Father's Day.e'll like that much better than another tie.

The bookstore is located inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit our Web site at

Gift Shop Sale

The La Boutique Gift Shop will be holding a Spring Cleaning Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14 in the main lobby of the hospital.

There will be lots of stuffed animals, many gift items for all ages, and even Christmas items! All proceeds go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call the MHA at 472-2588.

Home school book sale

A used book and curriculum sale featuring home school items will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 13 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane. The event is sponsored by Payson Christian Home Educators. Please join us to purchase your materials for the next school year at great prices. If you wish to sell items, call Kathy Arnold, 474-7449.

Senior Circle events

Colleen O'Connor, R.N. will be speaking on the subject of home health from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11 at the Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Each Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is Craft Day. Learn how to wire wrap and make a necklace, earrings, book marks and more.

For more information and to RSVP for Senior Circle events, call (928) 472-9290.

Deep pit barbecue

The Payson Masonic Lodge will present its 30th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 14. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $5 for children and includes the barbecue, fixings, a drink and dessert.

The Payson Masonic Lodge is at 200 E. Rancho Road.

Escape the Think Trap!

Sinking with thinking? Change your thinking and change your world. Experience higher thought with Vernon Howard's authentic answers.

A seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 15 at the New Life Foundation, 5067 N. Highway 87 in Strawberry.

Admission is a $3 donation.

This event is sponsored by the nonprofit New Life Foundation. For more information, call (928) 476-3224, E-mail or online visit

Blood drive Sunday

More donors are needed for the following Rim Country blood drive:

  • Sunday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mazatzal Casino Bingo Room, Highway 87, Mile Marker 251. To schedule an appointment, call Luci Shaw at (928) 474-6044, ext 102.

In addition to saving lives, United Blood Services donors may have a free cholesterol test. This new benefit, combined with the mini-physical and the opportunity to find out their blood type, gives donors a list of healthy reasons to roll up their sleeves.

Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old.or donor eligibility questions, call (480) 675-5497.

Construction safety training program

A construction safety outreach training program will be offered to those currently employed in the construction industry in two 5-hour sessions, June 14 and June 21.

Contractors, save money and protect your employees in this class which will cover the information in the 10-hour OSHA Outreach Training Program Guidelines. The course is to promote a safe workplace for the employee, emphasizing hazard identification, avoidance control, excavation, stairways and ladders, personal protection equipment, electrical and more.

Seating is limited. To register, contact Calvin Wright at (928) 472-2544 or via e-mail to

Rose Baker Block Party Benefit and Yard Sale

Rose Baker didn't know that she had so many friends. She was trying to figure out a way to pay for her beloved husband "Red" Baker's funeral expenses when local Pastor Donavan Christian and his new congregation stepped in to help.

Red had no insurance or savings to leave for Rose, so when he passed away April 30 at the age of 73, his wife was left in a dilapidated trailer and a yard strewn with what would have seemed to many to be little more than junk.

Christian wasn't alone in his concern for Rose. It seems that she touched many lives during her career in health care and Hospice work, and that brought Duke Wilbanks and Roy Haught along with manpower and resources to clean up her lot.

Last Saturday, the crew and volunteers from Pastor Donovan's newly forming church cleaned up Rose's property and gathered the many tools and other items for a huge benefit yard sale.

A benefit and block party yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at 316 W. Johnson in Payson Ranchos, with hot dogs and hamburgers hot off the grill. Red's collection of tools is on sale just in time for Father's Day bargain shoppers.

Outrigger Island at Star Valley Baptist Church
It's Vacation Bible School at Star Valley Baptist Church like you've never experienced before! Children who have attended Kindergarten through grade six are admitted free from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 9 through June 13.

Set sail for Outrigger Island! It will be a week of nonstop action as you learn how to live God's unshakable truth.

In this one-week adventure, you will hear Bible stories, participate in cool crafts, hear motivating music, eat snacks and learn about missionaries.

For more information, call the church at (928) 474-5557.

SonHarvest County Fair Vacation Bible School

SonHarvest County Fair Vacation Bible School will take place from noon to 3 p.m. daily June 9-13 at Pine Strawberry School, 3868 N. Pine Creek Drive in Pine. Classes are for children ages pre-school through sixth grade. There will be Bible stories, crafts, skits, games and songs.

A pre-registration fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo and games.

For more information, call (928) 476-3552.

One-of-a-Kind Fashion Show and Luncheon

Time Out, Inc. is proud to announce its annual One-of-a-Kind Fashion Show and Luncheon.

This special event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1208 N. Highway 87. The fashions come to you direct from your favorite thrift store, the Time Out 2 Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway.

Buy your tickets early, $15 each, as this event sells out fast. All proceeds help fund the programs offered by Time Out. Tickets may be purchased at the thrift shop or by calling Audrey at (928) 472-8007.

Vacation Bible school

Payson Church of Christ is having its annual Vacation Bible School June 23-27.

This year's theme is "Castaway Bay" a study of faith. Classes are daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a Family Finale Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 27. Four-year-olds up to children who have just completed sixth grade may attend. There is no charge. Enrollment is limited due to space available. Registration forms are at Oasis Christian Books, 512 S. Beeline Highway, or call Jean at (928) 474-0692, or Rowena at (928) 970-0082. The church is located at 401 E. Tyler Parkway.

Grant makes pay/neuter surgeries available

Payson Humane Societyas received a grant to providepay and neutering for dogs in Payson and the surrounding communities.

Please stop by the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road to complete the paperwork. Donations are requested, but not required.

Pine library hosts summer fun for kids

Movie Madness -- movies for children and families -- will be shown at 11 a.m. every Thursday in June and July in the Pine library. Refreshments provided. Bring your pillow to be comfy on the floor!

Coming attractions: Thursday, June 12, Disney-Minutemen, G rated;Thursday, June 19, Pokemon Movie, not rated; Thursday, June 26, Spiderwick Chronicles, PG rated.

Other activities include drama workshops, Wii gaming, violin lessons and pre-school story time.

"Catch the Reading Bug" this summer at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine. Children can explore the amazing world of bugs and enjoy lots of fun, games, books and educational activities during the library's Summer Reading Program. The program is held from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Friday beginning June 20 and continuing through July 18.

Stop by the Pine Library and pick up a flier of children's summer events. All activities are free and open to the public.

Leadership Academy accepting applications

The 5th annual Payson Citizen's Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Town of Payson and APS, begins Aug. 26.

The program is designed to groom future leaders and educate the participants about the inner workings of local government.

The program consists of an orientation, seven classroom sessions, a tour of Town facilities and a graduation ceremony. Classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The free program is available to any Payson resident, at least 18 years of age or a high school senior.

Applications are available at Town Hall, APS or can be downloaded from the Town's web site (

Deadline for submitting applications is July 31. For more information, call Debbie Dawson at 474-5242, ext. 372.

P/S school board has three seats open

Pine-Strawberry School District governing board has three positions available in the Nov. 4, 2008 general election.

Up for election will be the positions of outgoing board members Mike Roggenstein, Margaret H. Parker and Katie Parks.

For more information, contact Gila County School Superintendent Linda O'Dell at (928) 402-8782, 1400 E. Ash St., Globe, AZ 85501.

Hot Dog Eating Contest applications due June 15

The 2nd Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 5 at the Main Street Grille.

The winner will receive a $200 cash prize and a trophy. The runner-up and third-place finisher each will receive a trophy.

Contestants must be 18 years of age or older (17 with signed permission from a parent or guardian). Entry fee is $10 and applications must be submitted to the Main Street Grille by June 15.

The field will be limited to the first 10 applicants.

Contestants will have eight minutes to eat as many John Morrell hot dogs as possible. Only entire hot dogs eaten will be counted. Buns and hot dogs may be separated, dunked in nonalcoholic beverages of contestant's choice or mangled, but all must be eaten during the time limit. In the event of a tie, a five-hot-dog eat off will determine the winner.

For information or to pick up an application, call Gerry Cruz at the Main Street Grille, (928) 472-6246, or visit the Grille at 202 W. Main St.

Still room in Summer Recreation Program

There is still room for children in grades 1-6 to enroll in the Parks and Recreation Department's Summer Recreation Program.

Session I meets June 2 through June 19. Session II meets June 30 through July 17.

The program will be split into two ages groups -- grades 1-3 and grades 4-6. Children can register for one or both sessions which are led by certified teachers, and will incorporate fun physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips.

Both sessions meet from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday for three weeks. Space is limited.

The cost is $40 per session per child, which includes a t-shirt and covers the cost of required supplies and field trips, unless otherwise specified. Children in grades 4-6 have the option of an extended program with a daily pool visit until 2:30 p.m. at the end of each program day for an additional $25 per session, and children must bring a packed lunch.

Call 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information.

Payson Area Trails System hikes planned

A Payson Area Trails System (PATS) three-hour hike of Monument Peak Trail will take place Saturday, June 21.

This beautiful route features fantastic views of Monument Peak and Granite Dells, along with some views of the Rim. The hike is rated "easy." Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Monument Peak Trailhead, which is 3.3 miles east on Granite Dells Road.

Expect some periodic hills and loose granite, so bring appropriate footwear and water.

This is a free event!egister in advance at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or on-site the day of the hike.

A PATS hike of American Gulch South Trail will take place Saturday, July 19. The 2.6-mile hike is rated "moderate." The beautiful route features fantastic views of the Mazatzal Mountains.

The hike starts at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead area, which is 3.6 miles west on Main Street (Doll Baby Ranch Road) from Highway 87.

Dutch oven class

Are you ready to wow your family and friends with your gourmet camp-cooking skills? Learn how to cook main dishes, desserts and fresh bread from award-winning Dutch Oven cooking instructors.

A dutch oven cooking class will be held at 9 a.m. July 12 at Rumsey Park, Ramada #4. Registrants will get hands-on experience cooking their own dish and loaner ovens will be available. Register at the Parks and Rec office in Green Valley Park June 16 through July 3. Cost is $30, which includes food at the end of class.

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