Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Community Flea Market Saturday


The Community Flea Market, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, 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).


Junction 87 will perform at the Payson Humane Society Benefit Dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight -- 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. Attendees are encouraged to bring gift certificates for pet food. All proceeds go to the Payson Humane Society Building Fund.

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.

Jazz concert to raise funds for new piano

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.

Sign up for Sept. 27 Charity Golf Scramble

The Payson Gateway Project will host a Charity Golf Scramble benefiting the landscaping of the roundabout at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Payson Golf Course.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Golf Course, 1504 W. Country Club Drive. For further information, contact Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172, or Bob Hibbert at (928) 468-2234.

Car show Saturday

Chili's Grill and Bar will have a car show in its parking lot starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. The car show is to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Chili's is located at 900 S. Beeline Highway.

For more information or to make a donation, contact a manager at the restaurant, (928) 468-7036.

Last chance to register for waterfowl program

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.

Shakespeare Festival comes to Payson

Enjoy Shakespeare in Green Valley Park this weekend.

The Arizona Shakespeare Festival (ASF), based in Prescott, is hitting the road with a statewide tour of the romantic comedy, "As You Like It." The professional theatre company will perform in Payson's Green Valley Park at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21.

"Don't miss this opportunity to bring the family and come out to the park to enjoy a bit of the Bard," said Tracey Mason, ASF tour coordinator.

This lively production, set in the time of Robin Hood, starts with banishment and ends with true love. Along the way theatergoers will meet fools, shepherds, wrestlers, traitors, and Ganymede.

"There is fun and action for the whole family presented in the true spirit and character of William Shakespeare," Mason added.

Bring a blanket and a picnic supper and enjoy the 90-minute show.

The performance is free. For more information go to the ASF Web site at

Indian Trails Missionary Outreach

Dr. Tom Gossett will speak at Payson First Assembly of God Church at 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21. He will be talking about the work of Indian Trails Mission, which he and his wife founded 39 years ago, and bringing a short message.

For more information, call (928) 474-1620.

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

Game Night tonight

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.

Annual historical society banquet Saturday

The annual 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 starts at 7 p.m. with Jody Drake portraying Sharlot Hall. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and raffles, with background music by Fred the DJ.

For more information, call Judy Buettner at (928) 472-9015. All proceeds benefit the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin.

Monument Peak hike set for Saturday

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.

Free brush disposal

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:

Saturday, Sept. 20, 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.

Sunday, Sept. 21, 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.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves and other vegetative materials only. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

‘Books Are Fun' Fair Sept. 22-23 at PRMC

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.

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance. in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free ‘Family and Friends' CPR class on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 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.

Walking program

Join AARP and Payson Parks and Recreation in stepping up to better health.

Walking briskly at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can dramatically improve your health.

The AARP's free, 10-week walking program is open to persons 50 and older. It started Sept. 16, but there is still time to get involved. Come join in the fun and start walking your way to better health.

Join up and walk from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Green Valley Park. The program starts at the parks office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Participants will receive a free step-counter and participant guide and are invited to attend scheduled educational sessions on fitness, nutrition and building healthy behaviors.

To register for the program, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7. For more information, call Ginny at (928) 474-8936.

Learn 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.

Time Out shop sale

The Time Out thrift store will have $1 bag sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25. The sale is for clothing only.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across the street from Wendy's), (928) 474-3989.

All profits support Time Out, Inc. and its domestic violence programs and services.

Hotline phone number is (928) 472-8007

Hospice 101 program

The Crossroads Women's Connections will have Kathleen Hughes of Hospice of Payson speak at its monthly meeting at 1 p.m., Thursday Sept. 25. Hughes will give an overview of the role of Hospice, including applicable Medicare benefits.

Crossroads Women's Connection meets monthly at 1 p.m., the fourth Thursday of each month at the Crossroad Foursquare Church, 114 E Cedar Lane. For further information, contact Carole Hampsch (928) 478-6431, Marilyn Huffman (928) 472-7462, or Doris Frerichs (928) 476-3865.

Breast cancer event

Rim Country scrapbooking enthusiasts have an opportunity to do their part for the fight against breast cancer.

The Paper & Metal Scrappers store is participating in the national Scrap Pink campaign created by Better Homes and Gardens Scrapbook etc. to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure (formerly the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation). The all-day event is Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Paper & Metal Scrappers store in the Swiss Village Shops.

For more information, or to reserve a space or materials, call (928) 468-1188 or stop by the store at 804 N. Beeline Highway, Swiss Village Center.

Old-fashioned Pioneer Dinner Sept. 27

The residents of and visitors to Rim Country are invited to an old-fashioned Pioneer Dinner at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center (gym).

This celebration of Rim Country history is presented by members of area pioneer families to raise funds for charity.

There will be a special dessert auction featuring homemade pies, cakes and cobblers. Other fund-raisers at the event include an auction of quilts, cowboy art and more, plus a raffle for a whole beef. Raffle tickets for the beef are just $5.

Admission is $10 per person, with children 5 and under admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at Canyon State Credit Union, Roy Haught Excavation, Git A Rope! Trading, the Payson Roundup and from committee members.

Mesa Del Day celebration Oct. 4

The El Caballo Club will hold its annual Mesa Del Day celebration by hosting a breakfast and yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 4.

Any resident of Mesa Del wishing to have a yard sale on the same day may have their location pinpointed on a map of the community available free to the public at the clubhouse. Just call Don Ennen, (928) 474-3362 or Irene Schwartzbauer, (928) 474-3660 to get your sale on the map.

As a fund-raiser for the El Caballo Club building and grounds, raffle tickets will be sold for three $50 gas cards and two gift certificates of $25 each to Chili's and El Rancho. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets before may call the above numbers. Winners need not be present for the drawing at noon, Saturday, Oct. 4.

Costume party

The Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund is once again having a costume party and fund-raiser at the Mazatzal Casino. The theme of the fourth annual costume party is "Breaking Records 1950's Style."

The party is at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4. Everyone is invited to come join in an evening of food, dancing, games, auctions, Rhino raffle and much more. Tickets for the entire evening are $20 a person with costume and $25 a person without costume. Think 1950s for your costume and come join the fun.

All proceeds benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to promote and support the health, safety, and wellness of local children.

For more information about the costume party and Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund, please contact the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

Rim View Heights picnic

Rim View Heights Property Owners' Association will have its 11th annual potluck picnic at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at Rumsey Park, Ramada 5. All property owners are invited to attend. Call (928) 474-8953 for further information.

Beer Tasting benefits Payson Supply Line

Down The Street Art Gallery is inviting all local home brewers to join a real Oktoberfest to be held in conjunction with the First Friday Arts & Antique walk in October.

Members of the co-op gallery ask anyone interested to bring their stouts, pilsners and cowboy lagers.

There will be an original painting given for a People's Choice Award.

There is no entry fee for brewers; however there will be a small charge for mugs for sampling the offerings. Any profits will be donated to Payson Supply Line.

Payson Supply Line is a non-profit group that puts together and ships packages that include comfort items like socks, toothbrushes, sun block, vitamins, writing paper and snacks for our men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information call, brewmeister, John Gould, (928) 468-2384, or the gallery and ask for Dan Basinski, (928) 978-2365.

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.

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