Community Almanac



Photo courtesy of Matalyn Gardener

Shelby Dixon and Keri Parker, assistant director of the SonShine program at the Payson United Methodist Church, admire the robot constructed from recycled material by Dixon and Sally Vogel. The youngsters in the program’s summer session will have their work featured at Artists of the Rim Gallery during First Friday festivities, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6.

Aug. 6 Friday

• 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

• Children’s art show: 5 p.m., Artists of the Rim Gallery

• Benefit supper: 5 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, $5 per plate

• First Friday: 5 p.m., Historic Main Street, businesses and organizations open late with deals, food and entertainment

Children’s Recycled Art Show

The SonShine Club, a non-profit, K-5 childcare program, will be participating in the Aug. 6 First Friday event on Main Street in conjunction with the Artists of the Rim Gallery.

During the summer break, SonShine Kids created works of art using traditional “throw-away” household items. Come and view the results of these young, creative, minds from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6.

The SonShine Club is located at The Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street. For more information, call (928) 474-5437.

Benefit supper

The Community Presbyterian Church is having a benefit supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6. Enjoy Taco Salad, rice and beans, chips, dessert and beverage for just $5. Great live entertainment will also be featured.

There will also be a sale of handmade one-of-a-kind items as well as homemade baked goods, jams, jellies and other delicious goodies.

Proceeds from the dinner go to our Child Learning Center. For more information, call (928) 474-2059 or (928) 474-4637.

Humane Society Thrift Shop

The Humane Society Thrift Shop, 404 W. Main St., will celebrate its one-year anniversary Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7. The shop will be open until 8 p.m. Friday for the First Friday festivities, and will offer refreshments, special sales and even some staff and customers modeling thrift shop fashions starting at 6 p.m.

First Friday

Visit historic Main Street for a variety of special events at the galleries and shops, clubs and organizations from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6.

Artists of the Rim Gallery and Down the Street Gallery are both hosting special programs for new and guest artists. Anniversary celebrations are taking place at other businesses.

Aug. 7 Saturday

• T-shirts and 4-miler race: 6 a.m., Rumsey Park Ramada 5

• Lions Pancake Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane

• Donut sale: 7:30 a.m., Safeway, benefits MDA

• Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping: 7:30 sign-in, Payson Event Center

• Payson Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing

• Gun and Knife Show: 9 a.m., Tonto Apache Gymnasium

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Payson Public 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

• Princess Tea Party: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., girls ages 4 to 7, Payson Public Library

T-shirts and a 4-miler race

Payson Parks & Rec has a surplus of outdated T-shirts and they’re going Saturday, Aug. 7 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5.

Runners, walkers, dog walkers, all ages welcome for this ‘almost’ 4-mile race. Sort through boxes of T-shirts on race day and pick out something to take home.

Check-in at 6 a.m. at Ramada 5, race starts at 7 a.m. The entry fee is $10. The race will have a 90-minute time limit. The clock turns off at 8:30 a.m.

Sign up now. Register online at Day of race registration will also be available.

Lions Pancake Breakfast

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation will host a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 at Crossroads Church, 114 E Cedar Lane.

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will go to the Payson Lions Charitable Foundation.

This month, a special raffle for a $25 Bashas’ gift certificate will also be offered. Tickets are $1.

The Lions Club thanks Crossroads Church for the facility for this event.

Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping

The 2010 Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping will be Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Payson Event Center. The entry fee is $30 per contestant (cash only). Entries will be taken Saturday; books open at 7:30 a.m. and events begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Entrants, their families and the public are invited to the dinner and dance Saturday evening with food catered by Suzy Q’s BBQ beginning at 5 p.m. and music by DJ Johnny from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $15 for dinner and dance or $5 dance only. There will be a Calcutta Auction at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Kids’ Dummy Roping at 8 p.m.

Proceeds support GLH programs: assistance to a family for a child’s crisis medical bills, child safety program, and car seats for families in need. GLH programs are administered by the Mogollon Health Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Donuts for MDA

The Payson Safeway will be selling Krispy Kreme Donuts to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 and continuing while supplies last.

The Safeway Annual MDA Rummage Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27, 28 and 29.

Donations are needed to make the event a success. Items will be accepted Saturday, Aug. 14 in front of Safeway.

Proceeds from help fight neuromuscular disease through research and services. For more information about these events, contact Lynne at (928) 951-0788.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, 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:

Saturday, Aug. 7, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Aug. 8, 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.

Payson Farmers Market

National Farmer’s Market Week will be celebrated at the Payson Farmers Market Saturday, Aug. 7.

Besides all the great produce and artisan foods, visitors can enjoy an hourly raffle for tickets for the Grand Canyon Railway, the Firing Pin Gun Show, the Verde Canyon Railroad, including dinner and show at Blazin’ M Ranch and a “best of the market” gift basket of goodies. There will be entertainment all morning and “main course” cooking demonstrations at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Payson, Pine & Strawberry Tractor Club will also have old time tractors on display.

The Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Hwy., between Chili’s and Sawmill Theatres.

Gun and Knife Show

The ninth annual Payson Gun and Knife Show, presented by Firing Pin Enterprises, Inc. at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium is Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8.

Vendors from several Western states will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade. New, used and antique firearms, knives and related Western memorabilia will be available to see, touch and buy. Also on hand will be ammunition, books, coins and variety of shooting, hunting, and outdoor accessories.

The public may bring firearms and related items to sell, trade or have appraised. All applicable local, state and federal laws will be observed.

Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8.

For additional information visit www. or call (928) 485-0437.

Princess Tea Party

Young ladies of the Rim Country are invited to a Princess Tea Party at the Payson Public Library. Join us for tea (iced) and snacks, fun games and great prizes. Play dress up and walk our Fashion Runway Show.

Two tea parties will be hosted, one for each age group. The party for those 4 to 7 will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7; and the party for young ladies ages 8 to 12 is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21.

Each gathering is limited to 25 girls and only one sign-up per child. Sign-up in the Children’s Room or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to reserve a spot.

Aug. 8 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.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

• Jazz concert: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, $5 donation

Jazz concert

The Payson Friends of Jazz will feature jazz pianist and vocalist Bill Ippolito in a free performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. Joining Ippolito to form an instrumental trio will be Chris Long on acoustic bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

A $5 donation at the door includes refreshments. RSVP by return e-mail to


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