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Benefit estate sale slated for Saturday



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Don’t miss the family fun at the Loggers Sawdust Festival this weekend. Adults and children will compete in 26 different events designed to test accuracy, skill and endurance. Watch the wood chips fly and the logs roll beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, at the Payson Event Center, just south of town and west of Highway 87, across from the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. Admission is $8 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Boy Scouts of America will serve a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. both days. For more information, pick up a free copy of this week’s Rim Review.

An estate and memorabilia sale will be held at the home of the late Anna Mae Deming, 710 W. Main St., from 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 23.

Mrs. Deming was a native of the Rim Country and the daughter of pioneers of the area. She was Payson’s weather woman for 60 years and a member of the Payson Womans Club for 70 years, and very active in the community.

After Mrs. Deming’s death, her home was purchased by the Arizona Heritage Research Foundation, a 501 C3 organization, in order to preserve her many belongings. However, there is not enough room to save everything, so some of her things are being sold to benefit the AHRF. These are pieces of Payson’s history. For more information, call Jayne Peace Pyle at (928) 474-0380, Joan Skinner at (928) 468-0655 or Judy Baker at (928) 474-5422.

Library registering for summer programs

The Payson Public Library’s summer program is built around the theme “Be Creative and Express Yourself.” The program will feature puppet shows, crafts, video games and more. Registration begins May 19 and continues through June 6.

The Baby Summer Reading classes for youngsters 6 months of age to 3 years old will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Be Creative Summer Program for ages 3 to 12 is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, or at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Express Yourself Summer Program for ages 10 to18 is at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Class space is limited; early registration is recommended. Going on vacation? Try the library’s online program. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

Humane Society benefit

There will be a “Guy” Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 22 and May 23 at 610 N. Luzern Circle. Items for sale include tools, hunting and camping equipment, extra large jackets, boots, shoes, gardening stuff, a bike rack and more. No early sales. All proceeds to benefit the Payson Humane Society.

Book sale, raffle and grand opening in Pine

The Pine Library Friends have lots of special activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend.

To begin with, the group will have a book sale and raffle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 22; from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 23; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24. The sale will be in the Library Activity Room at the Pine Community Center, behind the cultural hall.

The Pine Library Friends are also planning a grand opening celebration of the new Isabelle Hunt Historic Library Gift Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, 23 and Sunday, May 24. There will be stories for children in the park at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days. The park area is behind the library and next to Randall House Restaurant. Look for special bargains in the new gift shop.

Pancake breakfast

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Fighters Association and the Strawberry Elites will host at pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 at the cultural hall of the Pine Community Center. The menu features all-you-can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice for $5. For details, call (928) 476-4272.

Memorial Day breakfast

The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary Fireflies Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 23 at Fire Station 22 in Tonto Village. The station is at 151 Mathews Lane, one mile in on Control Road off Highway 260.

The breakfast will include sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. There will also be chorizo burros for $2 each and door prizes awarded every half hour.

There will also be a huge rummage sale during the breakfast. Donations for the rummage sale are being accepted at the Tonto Village Fire Department.

Arts, crafts in Pine

The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair will be at the Pine Community Center off Highway 87 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 23, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 24.

Come to the cool pines for lots of fun, food and over 80 booths of arts and crafts. An all-you-can eat pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Navajo Tacos will be served at the Senior Center.

Free brush disposal

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country is staffing the following free brush drop-off points:

Saturday, May 23, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., it is at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, May 24, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., it is .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, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. 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.

Pool opens Saturday

Taylor Pool, located on North McLane Road in Rumsey Park, will open Saturday, May 23. Open swimming is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is $3 per day, with 10-visit punch cards available for $20.

Registration for swimming lessons is now taking place. The cost is $25 per session and sessions run for two weeks with a total of eight lessons offered Monday through Thursday morning. Evening lessons will be held Tuesday and Thursday nights for two weeks (a total of four classes) and cost $15. Lessons start June 1.

Water aerobics also begin June 1 and cost $3 a lesson, or a punch card can be purchased.

The Payson Pikes Swim Team practices start June 1, with registration under way. The cost is $50 per child. Those age 7 and older can participate. Practices are Saturdays throughout the summer.

Memorial Day programs

Four tribute programs are planned for Memorial Day on Sunday and Monday, May 24 and 25.

Sunday programs will be at the area cemeteries. Services at Payson Pioneer Cemetery will start at 9 a.m.; services at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park begin at 10 a.m.

Monday’s programs include an 8 a.m. flag-raising ceremony at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, and a 10 a.m. program at the Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park.

Pine Senior Center offers meals, games

It is that time of the year! The summer people are coming back and it’s time to start playing cards at the Bruce Thompson Memorial Dining Room in Pine, located behind the Community Center Thrift Store on Highway 87.

In addition to card games, the center has meals. The lunch menu for the week of May 26-29: Tuesday, May 26, chicken fried steak; Wednesday, May 27, roast beef; Thursday, May 28, Reuben sandwich; Friday, May 29, cod. All lunches include salad bar, beverage, main dish, veggies, potatoes, rice or pasta, and sometimes dessert for only $4. Reservations are requested a day in advance, call (928) 476-2151. Diners may also have just the salad bar for $2.50.

Card games start at 1 p.m., June 1 following lunch. The schedule of games:

Monday, June 1: Poker, for details contact Sheri Earp, (928) 476-3655 or; Farkel (a dice game), for details contact Barb Malchow, (928) 476-4511

Tuesday, June 2: Canasta, contact Willene Smith, (928) 476-3587

Wednesday, June 3: Eucher, contact Barb Malchow, (928) 476-4511

Thursday, June 4: Pinochle, contact Barb Malchow, (928) 476-4511

Friday, June 5: Bridge, contact Joyce Severson, (928) 476-4142; Poker, contact Sheri Earp (928) 476-3655

Edward Jones hosts educational Coffee Club

G. Scott Flake, local Edward Jones financial advisor, will be hosting a coffee club on the topic of ALTCS/Elderlaw from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 26 at Majestic Rim senior residence, 310 E. Tyler Parkway. Kristin Burns of Jackson White Law Offices is the guest.

Legion Thrift Store sale

The American Legion Thrift Store, downstairs at Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, is having a special May sale. All ties, purses and VHS tapes are a quarter. Books are $1 per bag. Any and all donations are appreciated.

Graduation and field day at Pine school

The Pine Strawberry School will host an 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at the gym at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 27. The following day, there will be a Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony at the gym at 1:30 p.m.

Finally, the day the students have been anxiously awaiting — the last day of school Field Day and Barbecue will be Friday, May 29. The school dismisses for summer vacation at 1:30 p.m., Friday.

Library Friends host guest speaker

The Library Friends of Payson will host Chris Smith of Tempe at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 28. Smith lectures, writes about and immerses himself in contemporary American culture. He is an associate professor of history at Arizona State University and a recipient of the 1998 Arizona Humanities Council Dan Shilling Public Scholar Award.

Smith’s visit to the Rim Country for this free program is made possible by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

Payson transportation meeting on May 28

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Citizens Awareness Committee, will host a meeting to present multiple transportation projects currently ongoing or in design phase at ADOT.

The tentative time of the meeting is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 28 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

The topics scheduled for the afternoon include a welcome and introduction from ADOT Resident Engineer Tom Goodman and Bill Williams, the Payson Transportation Study by the Phoenix ADOT team, SR 260 projects of Little Green Valley and Doubtful Canyon by Vicki Beaver, and Electric Fencing and Electromat Proposal by Tom Goodman; SR 87 projects of Airport Road roundabout by Mike Andazola, Payson to Pine by Richard Weeks, Payson to Pine fencing by Mindy Schaible, Pine to Rim pavement preservation by Steve Mishler, Landslide Phase II by Mike Andazola, Oxbow Hill by Akram Friekh, Jct. 188 pavement preservation by Steve Mishler.

Shavuot celebration planned for May 30

The Rim Country Minyan will gather at a private home in Christopher Creek from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 30 to celebrate the Jewish festival Shavuot. Bring a favorite piece of inspirational writing to share with the group, a passage from a book or something you have written. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend. For additional information, contact Naomi at (928) 468-2212 or e-mail her at

Kids fishing lessons

Youngsters in grades 1-4 will get a chance to learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from professional bass fisherman Mark Kile from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 3 at Green Valley Lake.

The class meets at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. All fishing equipment and bait for the class is provided. The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 2 and the cost is $5 per child. Prospective participants can register online at or at the parks office. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

Relay for Life teams

Payson’s Relay for Life is now forming teams to participate in its annual all-night event, Friday, June 5 to Saturday, June 6 at the athletic field at Payson High School. For more information, call Relay Chair Robin Holt at (928) 595-1968, or Team Chair DJ Craig at (928) 468-1482.

Friends of Ferals sale

The Payson Friends of Ferals will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 30 at 408 E. Bonita Street. To donate items or get directions, please contact Susan Campbell at (928) 978-2847, evenings and weekends. All proceeds go to the highly successful TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program for feral cats in Rim Country.

Community swim meet planned May 30

Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in a special community swim meet to benefit the Payson Pikes youth swim team. The only requirement is that a contestant be able to swim 25 yards. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 30 at Taylor Pool. Registration is $5 per person before May 25, and $7 after May 25. Additionally there will be a silent auction and refreshments for sale.

For more information, contact Chris Giarrizzo, parent coordination, at (480) 861-7996, or e-mail or Coach Wendy Ward at (928) 468-0137. Register online at paysonparks .com.

Benefit silent auction for humane society

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main Street, invites residents and visitors to the gallery on Friday, June 5 for a silent auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society.

Works of art and related items donated by members of this gallery, as well as other generous artists of the community, will be auctioned between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

All proceeds from the auction will go to help the shelter animals of our own community.

No Youth Triathlon

Due to budgetary constraints and staffing, the Payson Parks Department is unable to hold the youth portion of the Sprint Triathlon. The adult portion of the event will run as originally scheduled.

For details, contact the Parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 272, or visit the Web site at

Looking for great grads

Do you know a Payson High School or Payson Center for Success graduate from any year that is doing great things? Payson Schools wants to know about their accomplishments in order to feature them in an upcoming newspaper article. Call Susan Campbell at the school district office (928) 474-2070 for details.

Children’s recreation registration under way

Register children going into the first through fifth grades for the Payson Parks and Rec Department’s Summer Recreation Program. The first session is June 1-18, the second session is June 29-July 16. The program is held from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. The cost is $75 per child and space is limited, so register today at the Parks and Recreation Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive or online at

PHS yearbook on sale

The Payson High School yearbook for 2009 is on sale for $60. Get yours at the high school bookstore.

Class of 1989 reunion

The Class of 1989 will have a reunion June 19 and June 20. The organizers need to hear from as many members of the class as possible to finalize arrangements. Contact Stacy Larson at or on Facebook.


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