Around Rim Country


National Day of Prayer observed Thursday

The National Day of Prayer will be observed May 7 with six Christ-centered events in Rim Country.  Each event will have a theme of “Prayer ... America’s Hope,” from Psalms 33:22.

Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar, and Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho, will each be having a time of special prayer from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., along with a light continental breakfast.

At Mountain Bible, Mike Latsko, who has worked in Central Asia, will also be speaking about the National Day of Prayer. Pine will be having two special observances, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Pine Elementary School flagpole, and from 11 a.m. until noon at the Pine Community Center Ramada.

Payson’s Rumsey Park Ramada 5 will be the site of another event, with a patriotic emphasis, from noon until 1 p.m., and will include music led by Payson Community Christian School.

The evening opportunity to observe the National Day of Prayer will begin at 7 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, where town leadership will be a special prayer emphasis.

Everyone is invited to these times of prayer, which are sponsored by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship. If you cannot attend, you are encouraged to pray on your own during this special day. For additional information visit or call (928) 472-8178.

Driver Safety Class set

AARP will hold a driver safety class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. This is a four-hour class new in Arizona (instead of the eight hour class) for motorists age 50 and older.

AARP membership cost for tuition and materials is $12, however for the discounted rate, participants must have their current AARP membership card and drivers license with them. All other participants must pay $14 — only cash will be accepted.

Participants may be eligible for an automobile insurance discount upon completion of this course. Enrollment is limited, so call Dave Lloyd at (928) 476-0441 to register or for more information.

Community Farmers Market meeting set

Rim Country residents interested in having a farmers market this summer are invited to a meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 6 at Plant Fair Nursery, 3497 E. Hwy. 260 in Star Valley. The plan for the meeting is to discuss growing and selling food with the goal of building a strong, local food supply chain for our community.

Anyone growing vegetables, flowers or fruits; those with baked goods or meats from a commercial kitchen; musicians who want their music heard, are encouraged to attend the meeting.

For more information and to RSVP, contact John at (928) 472-2249, or Lorian at (928) 468-0961. If you can’t make the meeting but still want to be involved, call us with your contact information so we can include you.

Scrapbook gallery show

The first class of graduates from Gila Community College’s Beginning Scrapbooking class invites the public to a gallery style event.

Class members will be displaying their scrapbooks at Fireside Espresso in the Swiss Village from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 7. Teacher Brenda Martell is excited to present these amazing pieces of art that represent so many family legacies. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy these beginners’ successes.

Summer sessions of Beginning Scrapbooking are registering now at the college, and Martell will also be offering an advanced and beginner class in the fall.

Golf and gourmet

Twilight Golf and Gourmet — golfing and dining — is held every Wednesday beginning at 4:45 p.m. at Payson Golf Course. For more information, call (928) 474-2273.

PHS drama presents ‘The Educated Princess’

Longhorn Theatre (Payson High School Drama Department) will present “The Educated Princess,” by Mila Johnssen.

This classic tale about a princess who wants to learn, is based on the story of Princess Ida. Princess Arabella lives in a land in which women are not allowed to receive an education, nor are they encouraged to read or even to think for themselves. Arabella rebels and locks herself in the tower until King Albert agrees to send her teachers.

There will be three performances in the high school Studio Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, May 7 and 9, and 4 p.m. Friday, May 8. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 and $4.

Luminaria decorating

Hospice Compassus, formerly RTA Hospice, invites the public to a special memorial event Thursday, May 7. This gathering is a wonderful way to remember a loving friend, relative or to honor someone special who has touched your life.

The event will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Hospice Compassus, 511 S. Mud Springs Road in the conference room. There will be light refreshments and door prizes.

The purpose is to help Hospice decorate luminaria bags that will be used at the June 5-6 Relay for Life. There is a suggested donation of $10 for each bag to help support the American Cancer Society, but any donation is welcome. Hospice will supply items to decorate the bags and invite participants to bring a picture of the loved one to be memorialized to place on the bag or to be posted on a collage in the Hospice Compassus booth at the Relay for Life Event. Those unable to attend our event in May are welcome to mail in a picture and/or note, send a donation in memory of the loved one and Hospice will decorate the bag(s). Please make all donations payable to American Cancer Society and mail to or drop off at Hospice Compassus, 511 S. Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ 85541.

The Hospice Compassus colleagues have formed a team to participate in this year’s Relay for Life Event. The Relay for Life involves teams and individuals walking over a period of 12 hours at night to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The track at Payson High School will be lined with the decorated luminaria bags. For more information, contact Jean Ramsey at Hospice Compassus at (928) 472-6340.

Community Flea Market

Community Presbyterian Church’s first 2009 Community Flea Market is Saturday, May 9. Register early and get a good spot: the 10-foot-by-19-foot spaces are available for just $10 each, plus a $10 deposit per vendor. Deposits are refunded in cash at the end of the market when your space is clean.

The CPC Child Learning Center will be offering a sausage and pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and music will be provided throughout the event. All proceeds from rental of spaces go to the Deacons program.

Spaces fill quickly, so don’t delay. Come to the church office at 800 W. Main St., weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon to register. Call (928) 474-2059 for more information.

Free metal day at dump

Buckhead Mesa Landfill will have a free metal day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 9. Anything made of metal (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.) may be disposed of free of charge.

No trash of any kind can be mixed with the metal load. It will be necessary to weigh in and out, so remember, no trash. For more information, call (928) 476-3350.

Mail carriers food drive

Payson mail carriers and post office staff are asking patrons to contribute to their annual nonperishable food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Rim Country Food Bank on Saturday, May 9.

Patrons with street delivery are asked to leave boxes with their contributions at the stations where they receive they their mail — specially designated vehicles will be making the collections. Patrons who get their mail at the post office can make contributions at the facility — a large collection box is in the lobby.

Generous participation by the community is needed more than ever this year.

Wildlife Fair May 9

The 15th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Green Valley Park. Admission to the public is free.

Live animals on display will include owls, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, small mammals and alligators. Fair visitors can also test their skills at a casting booth or the pellet gun and archery ranges, and they can visit booths from a variety of conservation groups.

Green Valley Lake will receive more than double its normal stocking of trout in preparation for this event. No fishing license is required for fair attendees, and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.

The Wildlife Fair is a cooperative effort between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, USDA Forest Service, Mogollon Sporting Association and Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Green Valley Park is at 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Chamber Blues closes concert season May 10

The Tonto Community Concert Association will wrap up its performance season with Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 10 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, and singer/songwriter. Siegel is pioneering a new musical genre, coined Chamber Blues, an innovative sound that blends sparkling classical music with melodic and emotional blues in an intimate setting. Under Siegel’s direction, the West End String Quartet and percussionist, Frank Donaldson, complete the Chamber Blues Band. Their concerts are remarkable, hot, joyous, outrageously fun and sweep both young and old onto the blissful edge between Beethoven and B.B. King.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization that has been bringing high quality concerts to Arizona Rim Country at an affordable price for 30 years. The all-volunteer group also supports other performing arts activities in the region. The concerts feature artists of national and international acclaim.

Watch for information on the ’09-’10 season lineup planned by TCCA. Season ticket subscriptions are $80 and single concert tickets are $30 for local residents. Qualifying students’ tickets are complementary. For subscriptions or other information, call (928) 474-6115 or go to

May Rodeo Parade

Payson Pro-Rodeo Committee will present its 11th rodeo parade starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 16. Residents, local organizations and all those who want to participate and have a good time are invited.

Entry forms may be obtained at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce office, or by calling (928) 474-8837. There is no entry fee to participate.

This year, there will be a $25 prize for the winner in each of the eight categories. There will be a $50 prize presented for Best Overall Judges Choice to the entry that best exemplifies the spirit of the May Rodeo Doin’s Spring Parade. Prizes will be sent in the mail.

The staging area will be at Green Valley Park, with the route going east on West Main to Westerly. For more information, call Ruth Klaver at (928) 474-8837.

See ‘InkHeart’ and help humane society

The Sawmill Theatres will host a special presentation of the movie “InkHeart” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9. Tickets are just $2, and all box office proceeds will go to the humane society.

There will also be a “puppy booth” out front with on-site adoptions. Don’t miss it!

Charity Ride for the troops Saturday

The Payson American Legion Riders Annual Charity Ride to benefit Payson Supply Line Troop Support will be held Saturday, May 9. The ride begins at Payson American Legion Post 69 on Highway 260, 3/4 mile east of Highway 87. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The run will end at the American Legion Post about 2 p.m. 

The fee is $10 per person. Run shirts and food will be available. Many great prizes donated by local businesses will be offered to participants.

This year, stops will include antique and art galleries, as well as restaurants and taverns.

For further information, call Post 69 at (928) 474-6969.

Auction, dinner May 9 for scholarship program

Saturday, May 9, Payson Community Christian School will host its 13th annual auction and dinner to support student scholarship programs.

There will be both a silent and live auction, with more than 500 items provided by local and statewide businesses. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 5:30. All are welcome!

For tickets or more information, please call 474-8050.

Books make great Mother’s Day gifts

During May, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be honoring mothers with a 2-for-1 sale of their favorite female authors and romance paperbacks. Included will be hardcover and paperback books by authors Danielle Steel, Mary Higgins Clark, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Victoria Holt, Judith Krantz, and LaVyrle Spencer. Consider giving mom a couple of good books on Mother’s Day, along with a few uninterrupted hours to enjoy them.

Additional May specials are designed to please the mother who enjoys crafts, sewing or art. Stop by and select a treasure for your mom.

The Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Create your own herbal medicine cabinet

Create your own herbal home medicine cabinet and first aid kit with a variety of health enhancing herbs and natural products. Learn how to effectively use these natural remedies, as well as techniques, for a variety of health problems and minor emergencies.

A free seminar will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

You may also check the entire summer and fall semester schedules, as well as register online, at

Library offers help with online job applications

Payson Public Library is offering a new service. Instructional help will be offered to those wishing to complete an online job application and/or establish an e-mail account.

This service is available Fridays only, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Four computer stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The library is located at 328 N. McLane Road in Rumsey Park.

Benefit rummage sale

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold a rummage sale to benefit Payson Helping Payson, St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank and Rim Country Literacy from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at 605 S. Beeline Highway.

Donations for the sale (no clothing or footwear) may be dropped off at that location on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, or call (928) 474-3834 for drop-off or pick-up.

Democratic Women to host Warner, Goddard

Carolyn Warner, former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, will speak at the Democratic Women of Rim Country meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 at Tiny’s Restaurant. Everyone is welcome. Call Elaine Bohlmeyer, 474-5587, for more information.

Attorney General Terry Goddard will be the featured speaker at the Democratic Picnic to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at Rumsey Park, Ramada 4. Everyone is invited to meet Goddard and his family. There will be musical entertainment by Wayne Todd.

There is no charge for the picnic, but donations are welcome. Call Sylvia Freeman at 468-1374 for more information.


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