Community Almanac



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The Tonto Community Concert Association will present Mac Frampton in concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 at the Payson High School auditorium.

Oct. 7 Wednesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• 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

Oct. 8 Thursday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• 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

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Fall Photography Class: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Parks Office in Green Valley Park

• Candlelight Vigil: 5:45 p.m., Town Hall parking lot

• Chamber Music: 7 p.m., Gila Community College Room 301

Fall photo class

Learn about fall outdoor photography from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 at the parks office in Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Participants will learn simple techniques to capture the reality of what they’re seeing with their camera from instructor Dennis Fendler. The class will include a short indoor presentation starting at 4 p.m., followed by a caravan trip to a nearby field location for fall color photography in the late afternoon/early evening. Bring your camera, which can either be digital or analogue, but manual adjustment options are preferred.

The fee to participate is $15 per person. Registration closes at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8. Register at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or online to Please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information.

Domestic violence candlelight vigil

The community is invited to participate in Time Out’s annual candlelight walk/vigil honoring those who have died and those who have survived the social epidemic known as domestic violence Thursday, Oct. 8.

Participants will meet at the Town Hall parking lot, 303 N. Beeline Highway, at 5:45 p.m., where they will be given candles and signs to carry, if desired. At 6 p.m., the assembled group will line up to begin a brief walk to the Payson United Methodist Church, where a short program and refreshments will be provided. Should the walk be canceled due to inclement weather, the program will proceed at 6:30 p.m. as planned.

The event is intended to help raise awareness and sensitivity to a topic that is sometimes difficult to understand. Men are encouraged to attend as, contrary to common assumption, they, too, can become victims of domestic violence.

For more information, please call Time Out at (928) 472-8007.

This event is one of many activities planned by Time Out, the local domestic violence shelter, in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Oct. 24 is Time Out’s annual fund-raising banquet at the Rim Club. Help Time Out’s programs of hope by donating auction items, becoming a sponsor, and/or attending the banquet. For tickets or more information, please contact Sue Yale at (928) 970-1255. All donations and fund-raising proceeds go to support local Time Out programs such as the emergency domestic violence shelter, the transitional housing program, and the Gila Family Advocacy Center.

Alternatives to wellness

A free series of programs on alternative approaches to overall wellness is being presented by Gila Community College - Payson Campus at 6 p.m., Thursdays in Room 111. No pre-registration required. The next program is Oct. 8 with Juliet Wing discussing “Mandala” — creating your own sacred circle for meditation.

An evening of chamber music

An evening of chamber music will be presented by Gila Community College at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8 in the community room, 301. The concert will feature Northern Arizona University School of Music professors Frank Scott (piano), Louise Scott (violin) and Jacquelyn Schwandt (viola). There is no admission charge for the concert.

Oct. 9 Friday

• Charity Rummage Sale: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Safeway

• 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

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

Charity Rummage Sale

The Safeway Annual Charity Rummage Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 9-10. Residents of the Rim Country are encouraged to donate gently used items. The drop-off location is in front of Safeway now until event.

Proceeds from this event benefit breast cancer research and treatment programs. Special thanks to Liberty Fence for making this event possible. See Safeway customer service for more information or contact Lynne at (928) 951-0788.

Teen Survival program

Payson Public Library will sponsor its free teen program, Stayin’ Alive – Teen Survival 101: Your Lifeline at the Library for teens aged 13 to 18.

Experts will engage teens in activities such as driver safety, fitness, wilderness survival, finance, cooking and fashion Some highlights include: a rock climbing wall, a rollover simulator, a GPS scavenger hunt in Rumsey Park, a food fear-factor challenge and more.

The program is from noon to 2 p.m. every other Saturday from Oct. 10 through Dec. 19. Registration ends Oct. 9. Call Harry or Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to register or for more details.

Learn to be Snake Safe

Web Parton will present a Snake Safe training course Oct. 9 and 10. Parton will teach your dog how to avoid going near a rattlesnake, and to warn you and your family when a rattlesnake is nearby. Training will be completed in one three-hour session, either at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 or at 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10. The fee is $75 per dog, and pre-registration is required.

Call (520) 465-3460 to schedule, or go online to

Oct. 10 Saturday

• Charity Rummage Sale: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Safeway

• Gem and Mineral Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mazatzal Casino Bingo Hall

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

• Christopher Creek Car Show Classic: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Christopher Creek

• Octoberfest to benefit Returning Vets Program: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Merritt Center

• Teen Survival Program: noon to 2 p.m., Payson Public Library/Rumsey Park

Car show

The Christopher Creek Visitors Association presents the Christopher Creek Car Show Classic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10.

Classic cars will be displayed along Christopher Creek Loop. Also included in the fun will be arts and crafts show, street vendors, poker walk and more.

This event is to raise money for the Christopher Creek Visitors Association, which helps promote local businesses and help disadvantaged members of the local Christopher Creek community.

For further information, car entries or craft space contact Cindy Fitch at (928) 478-4557. Christopher Creek is bypassed by Highway 260. Travel 22 miles east of Payson on Highway 260 and follow the signs to the quiet Christopher Creek.

Driving safety class

AARP will have another driving safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Senior Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The class will be taught by Richard Loth.

To learn more and register, call Loth at (623) 696-8992.

Benefit Octoberfest

The Merritt Center will have a benefit Octoberfest from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 for its Returning Vets program, which helps veterans make the transition to civilian life after combat service.

A $45 donation is requested for a day of entertainment, a raffle and more.

Park at Rim Country Mall and catch the shuttle, which will run every 15 minutes. For more information, call (928) 474-4268.

Help preserve area heritage

The Arizona Heritage Research Foundation (AHRF) Autumn Fund Raising Dinner is Friday, Oct 16 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m., and Payson’s Second Annual Grand Ol’ Opry will start at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available from Jayne Pyle at (928) 474-0380, Judy Baker at (928) 474-5422, or Jinx Pyle at (928) 474-0011. The cost is $1,000 for a table of eight, or $125 per person. Buy your tickets and RSVP by Oct. 10.

Gem and Mineral Show

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club presents its 12th Annual Gem and Mineral Show Oct. 10-11 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Event Center Bingo Hall located on the Tonto Apache Reservation just south of Payson and on Highway 87.

Admission is $3 for adults, children under 12 are admitted free (accompanied by an adult). Discount tickets are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Public Library and Payson Parks and Recreation office.

Educational booths, as well as displays and lapidary demonstrations, plus vendor booths (with a vast assortment of jewelry, gems, findings, rough slabs, minerals, fossils, books, tools and more) will be available.

Funds from the show assist us in providing educational materials to our local schools and libraries and one or more scholarships to a graduating senior from a local high school.

The times for the event will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call Barry or Margaret Jones at (928) 476-3513.

Oct. 11 Sunday

• Gem and Mineral Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mazatzal Casino Bingo Hall

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

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

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge

Oct. 12 Monday

• 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

Benefit Sunday brunch at The Rim Club

The Rim Club will open to public for Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18.   

The menu includes waffles, omelets-to-order and other brunch favorites all in the stunning environment of the gated Rim Club.

The cost is $25 per person to benefit the Mount Cross Building Fund (make check out accordingly). Optional tours of Rim homes for sale will be available. About 50 members of Mount Cross Lutheran have responded so far, but many will be out of town Sunday, Oct 18 for this event, so, the first 75 neighbors and friends can join in by sending checks to the Mount Cross office, 601 Hwy 260, Payson, AZ 85541. Reserve with check by Oct. 12.

Oct. 13 Tuesday

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

• Free Chi Session: 5:30 p.m., Club USA

Free introduction to Chi

Join Penny Navis-Schmidt for a free introductory session of Qigong at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Club USA.

Qigong (Chi Kung), often called Chinese Yoga, is an easily learned, moving meditation. Navis-Schmidt teaches a variety of forms that can be practiced standing or seated, thus benefiting students of all ages and physical abilities. Slow, gentle movements are combined with diaphragmatic breath. Practice benefits include deep relaxation; cardiovascular and circulatory improvement; increased vitality; balance and focus; overall physical and mental health and well-being.

A six-week Qigong sampler class will begin Oct. 20. For more information, call Penny at (928) 474-8628.


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