Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Meet the star of the ‘Jake's Corner' movie


Richard Tyson, star of the locally filmed movie "Jake's Corner," will be at Sawmill Theatres at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12 with the director of the movie will be giving away autographed posters to anyone with a Jake's Corner ticket stub from the theater.

The film's run starts today, with showings at 1 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday at 9:40 p.m.


The Payson Heritage Festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 in the amphitheater area of Green Valley Park on West Main Street. Enjoy a variety of activities, food and fun in celebration of our western heritage. Visit replicas of a cowboy ranch, a Native American camp and a pioneer town. There will be displays and demonstrations, horse and buggy rides, games and special performances. For more information, see the ad on page 6B.

Jim Barrett Memorial High School Rodeo

The Jim Barrett Memorial High School Rodeo starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, at the Payson Event Center. Contestants from around the state will participate.

Free brush drop

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

Vegetarian luncheon

There will be a free Community Vegetarian Luncheon at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 at The Meeting Place, at the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87, at the south end of town. The purpose of the luncheon is to show that healthy food can be delicious. Reserve a spot by calling Shirley at (928) 595-1528 as soon as possible so that we can be sure of having enough food.

Boating safety class

The Gila County Sheriff's Roosevelt Lake Patrol and Arizona Game and Fish Department will present the last safe boating class of the season from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Roosevelt Substation, milepost 243 on SR 188.

To register call Lu DuBois at (928) 467-2515.

Topics covered include Arizona boating laws, equipment requirements, rules of the road, registration requirements, aids to navigation, trailering, anchoring and other useful information.

A $5 donation per family is requested to participate in the class.

Many insurance companies offer a discount to boat owners who successfully complete the class.

September blood drives

United Blood Services will be conducting the following blood drives this month:

  • Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Contact Leonard Smith, (928) 472-8478.
  • Friday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road. Contact Kevin Milligan, (928) 468-8039.

Every donor in September will get a coupon for a pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

We are now accepting donations from 16-year-olds, as long as they meet a height and weight requirement and have a signed parent permission slip. All other donors must be 18 or older, have a valid picture ID, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

We ask that you drink plenty of water and eat a light, healthy meal before donating. For eligibility questions, call 1-800-288-2199, ext. 5497.

Legion Thrift Store sale

The American Legion Thrift Store will be closed Friday, Sept. 12 to prepare for a huge sale Saturday, Sept. 13.

All clothing outside will be $1 a bag. Store opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Come fill a bag or two.

The American Legion Thrift Store is downstairs at the Legion hall, 709 E. Highway 260. Donations are welcome, but no large appliances can be accepted.

Humor Me melodrama

The Humor Me Comedy Group will present "Payson's Own Melodrama" three times on Saturday, Sept. 13.

It is scheduled for shows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the stage at the Payson Heritage Festival, Saturday, Sept. 13 in Green Valley Park's amphitheater area. It will be presented again at 6:30 p.m. in a dinner theater setting at Tiny's Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

The show is written and directed by Kathleen Kelly, with musical direction by Jim West.

Revival planned

Speaker Ron Hart of Blessed Hope Ministries will be speaking on "It's Time for Revival" at First Southern Baptist Church, located on the corner of Bonita Street and Colcord Road.

Hart's program will be from Sunday, Sept. 14 through Wednesday, Sept. 17. Services are at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 and at 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 15-17.

Pancake Breakfast

Boy Scout Troop #7354 will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260. Cost is $3 per person.

New Bible study starts

Living the Questions, a 13-week progressive study of the Christian experience, starts Sunday at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St..

The Rev. David Rennick of PUMC will lead the program which will be at 5 p.m. Sundays, starting Sept. 14.

The purpose of the study is to provide a resource for the discussion of what is already believed and practiced by many faithful people still holding on within institutional religion while harboring a conviction that what most churches teach isn't the whole story. It is not intended to spell out new doctrine or create new dogma.

The themes the study explores are: An Invitation to Journey: the role of Biblical authority; Thinking Theologically; Creativity and Stories of Creation; Restoring Relationships; Evil and a God of Love: the place of suffering; Intimacy with God; Social Justice and the Prophets; A Kingdom Without Walls: Ruth & Jonah; Lives of Jesus; Compassion: the heart of Jesus' ministry; A Passion for Christ: Paul the Apostle; Out in the World; challenges facing progressive Christianity; The Contribution of Wesleyan Theology.

Each session will include a supper break with participants signing up at the first session to provide a meal. Each session includes weekly readings, DVD presentation and group discussion.

To register, call (928) 474-0485.

Opera in Payson

The Arizona Opera is coming to Payson. The educational touring arm of the Arizona Opera Company brings an edited version of The Exlixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti and Felice Romani to the high school auditorium Monday, Sept. 15. The student version, The Mini Exlixir of Love, is geared for students in fourth through twelfth grades. The performance, plus a question and answer session, is 50 minutes long. Performances are at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy Siler at Payson High School, (928) 474-2233.

Constitution Week

Members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 to greet guests and distribute information about the Constitution as part of Constitution Week.

Jordan Circus

The Zane Grey Shrine Club will benefit from a portion of the proceeds raised at two performances of the Jordan Circus at the Payson Event Center Wednesday, Sept. 17. The shows are at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with setup starting at 8 a.m. The featured act of the circus will be the daredevil horsemanship of the Kambarov Troupe of Russia. The circus will also have elephants, a bear, aerial acts and clowns. For details, call (702) 456-2642

Payson Women's Community Bible Study

The new year of the Payson Women's Community Bible Study begins, Thursday, Sept. 18.

The goal of the program is to help Rim Country women to cope with everyday life through the study of God's Word.

This year the study will be of "A Heart Like His - Seeking the Heart of God Through a Study of David" by Beth Moore, with small group discussion and video teaching by Beth Moore.

A kickoff brunch, introduction to the study and distribution of study books will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 18. The program continues each Thursday morning through May 7, 2009. Cost of materials $ 25.

Childcare available, note if it is needed on registration materials.

The program is sponsored by Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway.

To register, call the church office at (928) 474-9279, or Shirley Dye at (928) 468-1131.

Why did the Titanic sink?

On April 10, 1912 the greatest ship of its time departed on its maiden voyage from England to New York. It had been advertised as the most luxurious ship afloat and was practically unsinkable.

Paul Moore, a noted ship historian, has been researching the Titanic for more than 35 years and has discovered new information regarding the ship's design and the real probable cause of its sinking.

Moore will speak on this subject at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main.

Tickets are available for $10 and may be purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, KMOG Radio and the Payson Roundup.

Waterfowl 101

Mike Rabe, migratory bird supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will present a program on waterfowl natural history and identification from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 24 starting at the parks office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. There will be a slide show and a field workshop, identifying waterfowl in Green Valley Park. The cost is $5 per person, age 10 and older, and it is recommended participants bring binoculars. Register by Sept. 19.

For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Coffee with CASA

Come join the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for coffee and doughnuts and an opportunity to learn more about volunteering with CASA. The event is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, contact Katrisha Stuler, CASA program manager, (928) 474-7145;

Voter registration

Volunteers will be available at Gila Community College to register voters from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19. For further information, call Fern Spears at (928) 474-1541.

Free program on ‘Last Diet You Will Ever Need'

A free program on "The Last Diet You Will Ever Need" will be presented next week.

Cindy Bryant and Vivian Seville of Healthy Perspectives Mind-Body Weight Management Clinic will present the program at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Payson; 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 19 in Pine; and 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 in Payson.

Natural health educators Bryant, a lifestyle advisor, and Seville, a joyologist, will provide an overview to lose an average of three to five pounds of fat per week; re-establish health and vitality inside and out; learn and utilize the mind-body connection to reshape your body to its "natural state"; enjoy a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle.

For reservations and additional information, call (928) 472-7120.

Library Game Night

Bring the family for a fun night of board games and more at the Payson Public Library from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19. All ages are welcome. No sign-up is necessary. Light snacks will be provided. The library facilities will be closed. Games will be in the meeting room only. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 with questions.

Humane Society benefit

Junction 87 will perform at the Payson Humane Society Benefit Dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19 at Mazatzal Casino.

The event will feature live and silent auctions and the auction of the cover of the 2009 PHS pet calendar.

Tickets are $10 at the door or call (928) 303-5065 for advanced table sales. Reserved tables are available for $120 for a table of eight, the cost includes a free raffle ticket for each person at the table and participation in a special raffle.

Attendees are encouraged to bring gift certificates for pet food.

All proceeds go to the Payson Humane Society Building Fund.

PHS needs to raise $3.6 million to build a new animal shelter to replace the old house where they have been located for more than 30 years.

The new 15,500-square-foot, soundproof facility will be built on two acres of land directly behind the current shelter. The space will be allocated 80 percent for animals and 20 percent for people.

Community Flea Market

The Community Flea Market, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. This is a great, one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors. To accommodate shoppers and vendors, coffee, donuts and popcorn will be sold all morning long, and barbecued brats with chips and a soda for lunch until 1 p.m.

Those interested in having a booth at this event may call (928) 474-2059 for more information, or come to the church office weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon to reserve a space. The cost is $10 for a 10-foot-by-19-foot space, plus a refundable $10 deposit (returned to you in cash the day of the event when your space is completely empty).

All proceeds earned from space rentals, the Deacon's booth and food sales will go to the Deacons Assistance Fund, which supports families in crisis in the Rim Country.

Monument Peak hike

The Payson Area Trails System program is sponsoring a free, 3-mile hike on the Monument Peak Loop Trail starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 at the trailhead, 3.3 miles east of State Route 260 on Granite Dells Road. The hike has been given an "easy" designation. For more information, call the Payson parks office, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Help historical society

The Northern Gila County Historical Society banquet and fund-raiser is Saturday, Sept. 20 in the banquet room at Mazatzal Casino.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the society's museum in Green Valley Park or from board members. The social hour is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; the pioneer banquet is at 6 p.m.; and special entertainment starting at 7 p.m. with Jody Drake portraying Sharlot Hall, 1911. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and raffles, with background music by Fred the DJ. For information, call Judy Buettner at (928) 472-9015. All proceeds benefit the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin.

Seminar set

A seminar on the topic "Evil Has No Right To Exist!" is planned from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 21 at the New Life Foundation, Healing Pines Lane off Highway 87 in Strawberry. A donation of $3 is asked for admission.

The nonprofit New Life Foundation sponsors the program. For more information, call (928) 476-3224 or visit

Vendors wanted for Dog Day in the Park

Dog Day in the Park, sponsored by PAWS, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Payson Off Leash Dog Park across from the library.

Vendors with dog-related products and services are wanted for the event. Any variety of dog equipment and supplies and other pet-related items or services are welcome. Vendors with a product of general interest will also be considered.

There is no charge for vendors. For more information, please call Dorothy Howell at (928) 472-7396.

New piano needed

The successful seven-year run of music performances at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church has not only given it the reputation as the "birthplace of jazz in Payson," but the church has also become the town's gathering place to socialize and hear quality live music of all kinds.

An aging piano is currently being used for all music functions at the church. However, the incurable problems affecting the piano's tuning and tonal character are now very obvious.

A special piano fund has been established to acquire a piano.

Chicago's First Lady of Jazz, Judy Roberts, is lending her support in order to reach this goal. Ms. Roberts will be leading an Arizona all-star group of musicians in a special piano fund-raising kick-off performance at the church at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21.

Contact fund-raising committee chair, the Rev. Charles Proudfoot at or event coordinator Gerry Reynolds at for additional information. The church can be reached at (928) 474-2059.

Great books and gifts

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the "Books Are Fun" fair Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23 in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

JRE enchilada sale

Julia Randall Elementary kicks off its annual enchilada sale this week.

Enchiladas will be sold by students to raise money for the JRE PTO. Enchiladas are $10 per dozen of cheese enchiladas with meat sauce. Students will be selling enchiladas through Sept. 17. Enchiladas will be made and distributed Oct. 4. Stop by the school office to fill out an order form, or e-mail your request as well as your contact info to You can also contact Sue Becker at (928) 472-6709.

Seasonal patterns of bass

Bass pro Mark Kile will present a program on how to understand the seasonal habits of bass to better locate them at different times of the year and at different depths and the most effective lures to use. The program is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at the parks office in Green Valley Park. The cost is $15 per person and is open to those 16 and older. Register by Sept. 25. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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