Community Almanac



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Don’t miss the annual Demolition Derby, which closes out the Northern Gila County Fair. The action takes place Sunday, Sept. 13 at Payson Event Center, just south of town on the west side of Highway 87. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and the contest starts at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and over, $5 for ages 5-11, children age 4 and under are admitted free.




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Renee Patrick will be one of the guest vocalist to perform with Lew Turano during Sunday’s jazz performance at the Community Presbyterian Church on Main Street.

Sept. 11 Friday

• Northern Gila County Fair: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tonto Apache Gym and Payson Event Center

• 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

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

• Watch Fire to honor 9-11 victims: 6 p.m., American Legion Post 69

Northern Gila County Fair starts today

The 55th Annual Northern Gila County Fair is Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Payson Event Center and the Tonto Apache Exhibit Hall (gym).

Exhibits are open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Fair-goers can view the livestock at the event center until 6 p.m. Saturday.

The fair’s open horse show is at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 in the event center arena, with the livestock auction at 5 p.m. under the big tent. The 4H livestock judging and show is at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Northern Gila County Fair festivities will once again conclude with a Demolition Derby at the event center. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 and the contests start at 1:30 p.m.

Legion to honor 9-11 victims

On Friday, Sept. 11, the American Legion Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, will have a watch fire beginning at 6 p.m. in honor of the policemen, firemen and civilians who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Please join the American Legion starting at 6 p.m. with a Native American blessing.

Chapter 6 in concert tonight

The Tonto Community Concert Association launches its concert season Friday, Sept. 11. The award-winning vocal group Chapter 6 performs in the first of eight concerts planned by TCCA at the Payson High School auditorium. The performance starts at 7 p.m. (Please use the parking lot on the west side of the high school off North McLane Road.)

Single ticket admission price is $30 at the door, if seating is available.

Season subscriptions for all eight concerts are still available. Call (928) 478-4363 for more information or inquire at the concert. Student admission is free with a paying adult.

Sept. 12 Saturday

• Pancake breakfast and school tours: 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Julia Randall Elementary

• Plant Sale: 7 a.m. to noon, Twin Pines Shopping Center

• Community Flea Market: 7 a.m. to noon, 800 W. Main St.

• Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m. to noon, 800 W. Main St.

• Pet Calendar Photo Shoot: 9 a.m. to noon, Dog Park on North McLane Road

• Northern Gila County Fair: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tonto Apache Gym and Payson Event Center

• Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 E. Rancho Road

• Vegetarian Luncheon: 1 p.m., The Meeting Place

• Spaghetti Dinner: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 200 E. Tyler Parkway

• Benefit dance and auctions for the Humane Society of Central Arizona: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Mazatzal Casino

Pancake breakfast

The Parent Teacher Organization at Julia Randall Elementary School is hosting a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at the school, 902 W. Main, Payson. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The fee will buy blueberry or plain pancakes and a beverage. During the breakfast, the school will be open for tours.

Buy a ticket from any JRE student, at the front desk at the school or at the door. For more information, call Susi Carr at (928) 595-2231 or e-mail

Plant sale

The Rim Area Gardeners Annual Fall Plant Sale will be from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 12 at Vita Mart in the Twin Pines Shopping Center. House plants and perennials, along with seeds and gardening craft items will be offered.

For more information, call Diane at (928) 474-4742.

Farmer’s Market and Flea Market Saturday

The Payson Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. (weather permitting). Join us for the great, fresh-picked produce and local food you’ve come to expect, along with live entertainment. This week, enter to win free tickets to the Demolition Derby!

A Community Flea Market will be held in the church parking lot from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept 12. Come by and shop for bargains.

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:

On Saturday, Sept. 12, 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, Sept. 13, 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, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Pet calendar photo shoot

If you would like to have your pet’s picture in the calendar, time is running out. If you already have a good picture of your pet, fill out an application form, available at the animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, at the Humane Society Thrift Store at 404 W. Main St. and online at

If you don’t have a good picture of your pet, there will be photo shoots at the Dog Park on North McLane Road from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 12, 19 and 26. A volunteer photographer will come to your home during the week to photograph your pet.

There is no charge for having your pet’s picture taken. The cost is $20 per date selected on the calendar, and the price of the printed calendar is $10. Remember 100 percent of the proceeds go toward the support of the animals.

For more information, call Shelter Director Ellie Watson at (928) 474-5590, ext. 100, or Lesley Bradley at (928) 468-2290.

Craft Fair Sept. 12-13

Ponderosa Chapter #64, Order of the Eastern Star, will be having its 4th Annual Craft Fair Sept. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 200 E. Rancho Road. There will be a wide assortment of vendors, including many different hand-crafted items, jewelry, sandals, fudge, area rugs and much more. Hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be available. There also will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Come and enjoy the fun.

Booth space is still available at a cost of $30. For further information, contact Carole Skoglund at (928) 468-3568 or (928) 970-1616.

Community Vegetarian Luncheon

Letting people know that “healthy food can be delicious” is the purpose of our monthly luncheons. This month the luncheon will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at The Meeting Place, at the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87, at the south end of town.

There is no cost and all are invited, but it is important to RSVP to Shirley at 595-1528 as soon as possible so that we can be sure of having enough food! Regular attendees also need to RSVP.

Spaghetti dinner Saturday

A spaghetti dinner fund-raiser will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

Cost is $5 a plate, and proceeds will go to the Youth Ministry.

Benefit dance, auction

The Humane Society of Central Arizona with the Junction 87 band is holding a night of dancing, along with both silent and live auctions from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Mazatzal Casino. Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door or in advance at the Humane Society, 812 S. McLane or at the Humane Society of Central Arizona Thrift Store, 404 W. Main St., Payson.

The Humane Society of Central Arizona dance is being made possible by the generosity of sponsors Hospice Compassus, CJ Excavating, Payson Care Center and Western Village. Anyone interested in sponsoring or donating to the auction can contact Kathleen Hughes at (928) 474-3808.

Sept. 13 Sunday

• Northern Gila County Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tonto Apache Gym and Payson Event Center

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

• Gospel Concert: 10:30 a.m., 302 S. Ash St.

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

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

• Payson Community Christian School benefit golf tournament: 12:30 p.m., Chaparral Pines

• Demolition Derby: Payson Event Center

• Jazz concert with Lew Turano and friends: 2 p.m., 800 W. Main St.

Benefit golf tourney

Payson Community Christian School will be conducting its annual benefit golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Chaparral Pines Golf Course. The shotgun start will be at 12:30 p.m. Participants will have dinner and an awards program after play has concluded.

For more information, contact Keven Rush at (928) 595-2095 or krush@

Jazz concert Sunday

Jazz pianist Lew Turano will be featured at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Joining him to form a quartet will be upright string bassist, Chris Long; guitarist, John Darst; and drummer, Gerry Reynolds.

Guest vocalists will include Renee Patrick, Colleen Brown and John Landino.

Everyone is welcome, and a donation of $5 or more may be made at the door.

For information or an advance seating reservation, send an e-mail to Gerry Reynolds at or leave a message at (602) 619-3355.

Gospel concert Sept. 13

Bobby Dean Stephens, a singer and songwriter, will be at the First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash, for a program at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 13. He will offer contemporary inspirational, dynamic praise and worship music, along with country gospel and heart-touching ballads.

Stephens is also an ordained minister and travels the country with his family ministry Rock of Safety Ministries, accompanied by his wife, Debbie.

To learn more, call (928) 478-0079.


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