Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Wild horse, burro auction Saturday


The Bureau of Land Management will present a wild horse and burro auction at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Payson Event Center just south of town.

The public is invited to view more than 40 wild horses and burros at the Event Center up until 5 p.m. today (Friday). Adoption requirements and applications will be available.


Payson youth football will be holding sign-ups from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 21 at North Rumsey field on North McLane Road. This registration will be for football players and cheerleaders. The fee is $90 for football and $80 for cheer. Everyone must bring a copy of their birth certificate. A reminder to parents: this is full-contact football, not flag.

The Kiwanis Club will be selling brats and hot dogs during the event.

For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS or online visit

Fry bread taco dinner

The second annual Indian Fry Bread Taco Dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Masonic Hall, 200 E. Rancho Road (behind the fire station).

Prepared by members of Ponderosa Chapter #64, Order of the Eastern Star, the event is open to the public for $8 per person. Taco meat, pinto beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, salsa and sour cream will be available for you to build your tacos on fresh, hot fry bread. Your choice of beverage is included. A dessert taco will also be available.

Junction 87 gives next Concert Under the Stars

The summer concert series continues Saturday, June 21 with classic country music by Junction 87.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a free Concert Under the Stars from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater on West Main Street and Green Valley Parkway.

This event is sponsored by Payson Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 7.

Luau open house June 21 at Powell House

The Powell House, 806 W. Longhorn Road, invites Rim Country residents to join them for a luau-themed open house. Enjoy food, music and games from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21. RSVP to (928) 472-3282.

Time Out's Fashion Show Saturday

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.

Senior Circle potluck picnic June 21

Senior Circle's 9th anniversary will be celebrated with a potluck picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.

Barbecued pulled pork will be provided. Please bring a dish to share.

Activities include games, raffles, a KMOG live remote, music and lots of fun!

Please RSVP to Senior Circle at 472-9290 if you plan to attend.

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.

Arts and Crafts Bazaar July 4-6 in Overgaard

The 5th Annual Western Heritage Days, Arts and Crafts Bazaar takes place July 4-6 at the Bison Ranch Resort grounds on Highway 260 in Overgaard.

The three-day event, hosting some outstanding vendors, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at no charge.

Enjoy a couple of days of fun, food, shopping and entertainment.

Individuals, businesses, organizations, and service clubs interested in renting booth space are urged to contact Dean Schlosser, (928) 595-4397 or e-mail deanosnet@cybertrails .com.

This event is sponsored by Greater Grace Fellowship/ Classic Celebrations.

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free "Family and Friends" CPR class Thursday, July 17. Please call 472-2588 for more information and to register.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, our gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Still time to register for Summer Rec Program

Register your child today for Session II of the Payson Parks and Recreation Department's Summer Recreation Program, to be held Monday through Thursday June 30 through July 17. Children in first through fifth grades are eligible.

This is a fantastic opportunity to keep your children safe, busy and happy over summer recess. Children will participate in inside and outside games, arts and crafts, field trips, walks to the park and have and more under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants.

Hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon, or from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for children in grades 4-6 who want to visit the pool every afternoon.

Cost is $40 per child for regular hours, or $65 per child for the additional pool program. Space is limited, so register today at the Parks and Recreation Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive or online at

Cowboy Dinner to help fund breast cancer cure

Payson Pink Lady Bugs will host a fund-raising Cowboy Dinner from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley. Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure.

The dinner will feature beef brisket, baked potatoes, baked cowboy beans, cole slaw, rolls and butter, and homemade pies for dessert. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and children under 5 will be admitted free.

Breast Cancer Awareness items will be on display for purchase. Raffle tickets for lots of great prizes will be on sale.

For the second year, the Pink Lady Bugs will participate in the 60-mile, 3-day Walk for the Cure which takes place in Phoenix in November. Please show your support!

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.

The next open jazz jam will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

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,

Free Investment Talk

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B.

The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in roundtable discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other investments and hot topics. Call 468-1470 for more information.

Free Laser Bowl party for students June 27

In conjunction with the "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling" program, Rim Country Lanes will host a Laser Bowl party, free to all students in Payson and surrounding communities. Program sponsor, Payson Police Department, will have officers present to talk to students about the DARE program.

The free Laser Bowl party is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 27 at 1109 N. Beeline Highway. The party includes bowling with a laser and sound show, and includes shoe rentals. Lane availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling" program or other summer youth clubs, call Rim Country Lanes at (928) 474-9589.

Museum to host open house July 5

Rim Country Museum will host an open house to celebrate the renovation of the original Ranger's Home and Ranger Station, including the Marguerite Noble library which is now the archives and research room.

The event will be held at he Rim Country Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5. Enjoy some light refreshments and celebrate with us. There will be door prizes as well as a $50 gift certificate to be used in our gift shop, drawn from new memberships purchased that day.

Museum tours will be discounted $1 each.

Free brush pits

Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will host the following free brush drop-off pits:

Saturday, June 21 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260 east of Payson.

Sunday, June 22 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road south of Pine.

Pits are for brush, leaves, pine needles and vegetative materials only. No household garage or construction debris will be accepted. Commercial use is prohibited.

Citizens Awareness Committee meets June 23

Payson Town Manager Debra Galbraith will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Citizens Awareness Committee. Her topic will be "Town of Payson Update."

Please join us at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, email

AARP Driving Safety

Richard Loth will present an AARP Driving Safety Program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 5 at Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Call (928) 472-9290 to enroll.

Abstinence advocate to speak June 26

Abstinence advocate, entrepreneur and adventurer Molly Barnhart will be the featured speaker at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church. Her topic will be "Sex... The Way God Intended!"

Mount Cross is located at 601 E. Highway 260 between Safeway and Giant.

Children to present ‘The Red, White and Blue'

The Payson Children's Choral Theater Group will present "The Red, White and Blue," a patriotic musical, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 29 at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway.

The musical extravaganza honors our heritage and the men and women who served to keep our country free. The Saturday night performance is dedicated to veterans and their friends and families. Each veteran will receive a small gift from the children. Admission is free.

The Payson Children's Choral Group is open to all Payson area children, ages 6 through 12, who enjoy performing and are willing to commit to the weekly rehearsal schedule. Transportation is provided to Tuesday afterschool rehearsals during the school year. Call Ponderosa Baptist Church at 474-9279 for more information. There are no fees for membership in this program.

Craft show July 19

A craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Mazatzal Casino.

Native American artisans will display their creations including jewelry, woodworking items, beaded and crystal jewelry, hand-painted lamps, lariat baskets and belts, vintage purses, clay sculptures, watercolor and oil paintings, leather goods and more.

Come have fun while you shop.

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