Community Almanac



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Girls and boys wishing to join the Scouts are asked to attend the All-Scout Registration Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in the log building, 601 E. Highway 260. Age divisions are: Girl Scouts K-12th grade, Cub Scouts 1st-5th grade, Boy Scouts 6th-12th grade, Venture Scouts 14-21 years. Parents and volunteers are welcome and always needed. For more information, call Marcia Olson at 474-5996 (Girl Scouts), Shannon Romberger at 472-7243 (Cubs), Jeff Leonard at 478-0523 (Boy Scouts, Ventures).

Aug. 7 Friday

• Humane Society Thrift Store Grand Opening: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 404 W. Main St.

• Jackpot Barrel Race: 7 p.m., Payson Event Center

• First Friday Celebration: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Main Street

Humane Society thrift store has grand opening

The Humane Society of Central Arizona will have a grand opening for its new thrift store from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 as part of the First Friday on Main Street celebration.

The store is located at 404 W. Main St. and carries a variety of merchandise at bargain prices.

Regular hours of operation will be Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and proceeds will benefit the local humane society. Donations will be welcome during regular business hours next week (no large appliances or building materials, please).

Bootleg Alley celebrates rodeo history

There will be a celebration of the “August Doin’s” at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Get a brat with grilled onions and bell peppers, a soda, and a bag of chips for just $5. All net proceeds go to the Humane Society.

Listen to the music Cindy and Lupe of Sounds Unlimited. Meet local western artist C.M. Okerwall, who will be working on a new painting during the evening.

Visit Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art at 520 W. Main St.

Bookstore clearance sale

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring an End-of-Summer Clearance of hardback books. Come in and pick-up a fresh supply of books for those lazy, summer afternoons. Hardback books will be on sale at two for the price of one throughout August. As always, the second book must be of equal or lesser value than the first. Collectible books are excluded from this sale.

The bookstore has a large collection of cassette music tapes for the low, low price of 10 cents each during August.

For the sake of our environment, the library and bookstore will no longer offer plastic grocery bags for carrying books. However, sturdy recycled tote bags with the library logo are available for only $1.50.

The bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit

Aug. 8 Saturday

• Group-led Hike: 7:30 a.m., Houston Mesa Trailhead

• Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Ropin’, BBQ and Dance: Ropin’ and Family Fun 8:30 a.m., BBQ 6 p.m., Dance 8 p.m., Payson Event Center

• Blood Drive: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Elks Lodge

• Driver Safety Class: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 215 N. Beeline Highway

• Free Child ID Program: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Quilt Auction and Vendor Mall: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., live auction 5:30 p.m., Pine Cultural Hall

• Princess Tea Party: Noon to 1 p.m., Payson Public Library

Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Ropin’, BBQ this weekend

The third annual Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Ropin’ takes place this weekend at Payson Event Center, just off Highway 87 across from Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

The Jackpot Barrel Race will be held Friday, Aug. 7. Books open at 5:30 p.m., Pee Wee Run is at 7 p.m.

Bring the whole family and enjoy the day Saturday, Aug. 8. The Roping begins at 8:30 a.m. (books open 7:30). Fun and games for the kids includes Rock Climbing Wall, Treasure Hunt, Ping Pong Toss, Dime Toss, Fishing Game, Dunk Tank, Face Painting, Egg Toss, Piñata Bash, 3-Legged Race, Shoe Scramble, Balloon Pop, Stick Horse Race and more.

A cowboy-style BBQ dinner with all the fixin’s will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a dance at 8 p.m. with music by Midnight Mafia and Calcutta. Tickets for the dinner and dance will be sold at the gate for $20 per person or $50 per family. Seniors age 60 or older get two-for-one admittance.

The Lions Club will serve a Pancake Breakfast Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Roping continues at 8:30 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Fund.

Free brush disposal

On Saturday, Aug. 8, 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, Aug. 9, 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, pine needles and other vegetative materials only. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Vegetarian lunch cancelled

The August Community Vegetarian Luncheon, usually held at The Meeting Place the second Saturday of each month, has been cancelled. Many of the food providers will be out of town.

We will resume holding the luncheon at 1 p.m., Sept. 12.

August blood drives

We all expect blood to be available when we need it. Make sure it is by becoming a blood donor at one of these upcoming blood drives.

• Saturday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Elks and Church of the Nazarene, at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Contact Leonard Smith at (928) 472-8478.

• Monday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., American Legion Tonto Rim Post #69, 709 East Highway 260. Contact Carla Alston at (928) 474-6969.

Register online at

Quilt auction planned

The Strawberry Patchers and The Pine Strawberry Archeological & Historical Society will present A Beautiful Quilt Auction from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 in the Pine Strawberry Cultural Hall on Highway 87 in Pine. The live auction starts at 5:30 p.m., with registration for participation taking place throughout the day. In addition to the main auction, there will be a vendor mall, opportunity quilts, a silent auction and quilt sales. Admission is free.

For information and entry forms, contact Kris Lovetro at (602) 390-2046 or (928) 476-2368, or visit

Are you prepared?

Learn how to handle allergies, coughs, colds, sinus problems and other respiratory issues with natural remedies. A free class will be offered from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug 8, preceded by free light salad lunch at 12:30 p.m. Bonnie Wellington, M.A. Ed. and Natural Health Consultant and Educator will present the program.

Call (928) 472-2176 for reservations and location.

Free Child Identification program at Masonic Lodge

Saturday, Aug. 8 there will be a Child Identification Program (CHIP) held at Payson Masonic Lodge located at 200 E. Rancho Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program provides each parent or guardian with a free “Child ID Kit” that contains a color photo ID card, photographs, digital fingerprints, and a recorded interview both on paper and CD disk. A DNA cheek swab sample is also provided. This is all the information required by law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert should a child become missing.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For further information, contact Richard Skoglund at (928) 970-1169, (928) 468-3568 or online go to or

Aug. 9 Sunday

• Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Ropin’: Pancake Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Roping 8:30 a.m., Payson Event Center

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Fireman’s Appreciation BBQ: noon, Mount Cross Church, 601 E. Highway 260

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

Fireman’s Appreciation Barbecue at Mount Cross

The second annual Fireman’s Appreciation Barbecue is planned for Sunday, Aug. 9, starting at noon at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260. All firefighters, their families and the public are invited to attend this free event, which will feature live music by Junction 87. Sponsors are The Optimist Club of Rim Country and KRIM Radio 96.3 FM.

Aug. 10 Monday

• Blood Drive: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., American Legion, 709 E. Highway 260

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

School supply drive

Local residents may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch offices during regular business hours through Friday, Aug. 14.

The three Payson/Pine area Edward Jones financial advisors are supporting Payson Unified School District by using their branch offices as drop off locations for a school supplies drive.

The branch locations are: 113 W. Main St., Suite A (in Sawmill Crossing), Payson; 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, Payson; 4010 N. Highway 87, Pine.

The items needed for the school supply drive include pencils, pens, glue sticks, 3-ring binder paper, composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, 3-ring zipper pen/pencil pouches, backpacks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and Kleenex.

Habitat for Humanity

Do you want to own your own home for 0-percent interest?

For more information, please contact the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. at 477-0330, or Louis at 468-8512.

Aug. 11 Tuesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• “Books Are Fun” Fair: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., hospital main lobby

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Free Estate Planning Seminar: 4 p.m., Good Samaritan Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway

‘Books Are Fun’ Fair

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the “Books Are Fun” Fair Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Quality books and unique gifts including photo albums, stationery, music and much more will be sold to the public at great discounts. Purchases can be made by credit card, check and post-dated check.

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.

Estate and funeral planning

A free workshop series on estate and funeral planning will be presented at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

Part 1: “Six Easy Steps to an Effective Estate Plan,” presented by Kevin Dick Investments and Financial Services, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Part 2: “Advance Funeral and Memorial Planning,” presented by Messinger Payson Funeral Home, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Please RSVP, (928) 474-3912. Refreshments will be provided.

Adult education classes

Adult education classes are offered free of charge for students ages 16 years through adults who are not currently enrolled in high school.

Classes for continuing students in Payson will begin Tuesday, Aug. 11. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 112 W. Cedar Lane. Orientation for new adult education students will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Classes include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and GED Preparation. One-on-one and small group instruction is offered in all subject areas using text-based materials, computer-assisted applications and distance learning.

For more information about the Gila County Adult Education Program, contact Leslie Owen at 928-472-5374 or

Looking ahead

Motorcycle accident benefit

A dear friend to many, Ken (Bodhi) Shelton, was lost early Monday morning, July 27, 2009. While riding his motorcycle, Bodhi and his lady, Julie (Jewels) Jenkins, were hit by an elk on the highway, killing Bodhi and critically injuring Jewels.

Jewels is recovering from multiple surgeries and needs a lot of time to heal.

A benefit for Julie will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Buffalo Bar and Grill. Come hungry, $5 a plate Bar-B-Q all goes to help Julie. The John Scott Band has offered to play music.

An account is also set up at Chase Bank for Julie Jenkins. Donations are greatly appreciated.


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