Community Almanac



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Learn about Rim Country history at the Western Heritage Festival beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 in Green Valley Park. There will be demonstrations and lots of activities. Above, Mitzi Paul demonstrated weaving on a loom at last year’s festival. You can also enjoy the best fiddle music in the state this weekend at the 39th annual Vertielee Floyd Memorial Fiddle Contest. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday at Amity’s Acres, just off South McLane Road (south of West Main Street), where the state’s best musicians will compete for a chance to go to the nationals in Idaho later in the fall.

Sept. 26 Saturday

• Pancake Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mount Cross Lutheran Church, E. Hwy. 260

• Payson Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, 800 W. Main St.

• Fiddle Festival: gates open 8:30 a.m., Amity Acres, just south of Main Street off McLane Rd

• Heritage Festival: 9 a.m., Green Valley Park

• 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

Final Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market closes for the season after this Saturday, Sept. 26. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon with fresh-picked, local produce to stock up for winter. Organizers will be giving away prizes throughout the day and invite shoppers to enter to win two tickets for the Grand Canyon Railway.

The market is at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Boy Scout breakfast kicks off great day of old-fashioned fun

Not in the mood to cook breakfast? Boy Scout Troop 7354 invites Rim Country residents and visitors to the troop’s annual pancake breakfast, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, fruit and a drink for $4 per person. Proceeds help support the troop.

Afterward, head over to Green Valley Park and check out the Scout-O-Rama to see some of the fun things that Boy Scouts do at their Heritage Festival program. The festival will feature demonstrations, activities, food, fun and more built around a Native American Camp, a ranch and pioneer site.

There will be hayride “shuttles” between the Heritage Festival and the 39th Annual Vertielee Floyd Memorial Fiddle Festival at Amity Acres throughout the day. The fiddle festival will continue on Sunday.

  Change in Round Valley hike

Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for Payson Area Trails System (PATS) will lead a group hike on the Round Valley East Trail Saturday, Sept. 26, departing at 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the Round Valley East Trail access, which is approximately one mile east of Highway 87 along East Phoenix Street, then south on South Gibson Ranch Court.

This beautiful route features fantastic views of Payson, the Mogollon Rim and the Mazatzal Mountain Range. The hike is moderate to difficult with loose rocks and occasional steep slopes. The route has been revised in consideration of opening weekend of an elk hunt; so participants should expect an in-and-out approximate hike distance of 2-3 miles and no shuttle service.

This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. There are no facilities at the trailhead, so plan ahead and don’t forget your water and hiking boots.

Please call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information, or visit

Friends of the Poor® Walk

For nearly two centuries, the poor and needy of the world have found a friend in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This year, on Sept. 26, the Society will hold its annual nationwide Friends of the Poor® Walk to celebrate service to the poor and to encourage Americans all across the country to become Friends of the Poor®.

Pledges made on behalf of registered walkers in a given community will benefit those most in need in that same community.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul helps about 1,750 people each month with food, shelter, utilities and other basic needs. Help by joining the walk from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 beginning in the parking area of Sawmill Crossing (by the theater). Or drop your pledge off at St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, 511 S. St. Phillip St. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or at the time and place of the walk.

Contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul by calling (928) 474-1347 or (928) 468-8595 for more information.

Congresswoman Kirkpatrick will be at Heritage Fest

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will be visiting the Rim Country this weekend, stopping by the annual Payson Heritage Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Saturday. Kirkpatrick will be chatting with people about what’s happening in Arizona and Washington and the issues that are important to them. She will join Payson Mayor Kenny Evans to judge the festival’s pie-eating contest.

  Open house at Patterson Training Center

The Patterson Training Center will have an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. Guests will learn about the center’s horseback riding lessons and training program, as well as have an opportunity to check out the 28-acre facility. There will be riding demonstrations at 1:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m.

To reach the center in Star Valley, turn south on Moonlight Drive, between the Lamplighter RV Resort and Pro Build; continue through two stop signs and go past Houston Creek RV Park. Turn left onto Sprague Road — it’s a hairpin turn, and continues up the hill, staying to the right, and drive until the road turns into the property. It’s about 1.7 miles from Highway 260 to Sprague Road, and signs will be posted for you to follow. If you get lost, call Shari at (928) 978-4478.

Sept. 27 Sunday

• Fiddle Festival: gates open 8:30 a.m., Amity Acres, just south of Main Street off McLane Rd

• 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, open to the public

Sept. 28 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

Enjoy dinner out and help cancer research

Chili’s Restaurants want to make it easy and cheap to eat out and make a charitable contribution.

During September, National Childhood Cancer month, Chili’s is working toward meeting its goal of raising $50 million over 10 years through its Create-A-Pepper campaign. Monday, Sept. 28 Chili’s — including the Payson restaurant at 900 S. Beeline Highway — will donate 100 percent of its profits from that day to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Throughout the month guests can also donate $1 to color their own version of Chili’s signature pepper logo. The coloring sheets will be displayed in restaurants throughout September.

Sept. 29 Tuesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Sept. 30 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

Payson High School flu clinic

Payson High School and the Gila County Health Department will offer the seasonal flu shot (not the H1N1 flu vaccine) free to all Payson High School and Payson Center for Success students from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 30 in the school library.

Students must have a signed parent permission slip with them. Permission slips are available at the schools, on the PHS website ( and in Edline.

The other district schools will be scheduled for the free seasonal flu shots after the Payson Schools fall break. Payson Elementary students will be offered the vaccine Oct. 20; Frontier, Oct. 26; and Rim Country Middle School, Oct. 27. Shots will be given to Young students Oct. 13 and in Tonto Basin Oct. 22.

For information, call (928) 474-2233.

Head Start open house

Payson Head Start invites the public to visit the school, at 1008 S. Westerly Road, for an open house from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 30. The event is part of the school’s program honoring October as National Head Start Month.

Representatives from the Rim Country Literacy Program will visit the students and read to them and present books for the Reading is Fundamental project at 11 a.m. Mayor Kenny Evans and Vice Mayor Su Connell will present a proclamation at 11:15 a.m. Let the staff at Head Start know you will be joining the festivities by calling (928) 474-2738.


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