Community Almanac


Community Flea Market

The Community Presbyterian Church will have a Community Flea Market from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 14.

The Community Flea Market will be at 800 W. Main St.

Brush pit schedule

This 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. 14 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. 15 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.

Farmers Market

Payson Farmers Market has juicy plums, peaches and apples from Gisela and fresh heirloom tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots and melons from Camp Verde and Mesa, along with other great foods you’ve come to love. Anne James will play acoustic folk, blues and country music while shoppers relax in the shade and enjoy breakfast or lunch.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s, in front of Sawmill Theatres.

Full day of fun in Pine

The Strawberry Patchers and the Pine-Strawberry Archaeological & Historical Society celebrate their second annual “A Beautiful Quilt Auction” Saturday, Aug. 13. View the quilts and register for the auction at the cultural hall in the Community Center in Pine anytime between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. The live auction will start at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.

During the day there will be a vendor mall with hand-sewn items, jewelry and other quality crafts, ticket sales for opportunity quilts, buy-it-now quilt sales, demonstrations for quilting, rug weaving, crocheting, knitting and much more. All proceeds from the quilt sales help support local organizations and charities.

Harry Sogan and his late wife Pat Sogan donated one very special opportunity quilt on display at the show. All proceeds from the tickets sold for this quilt will be used to support programs at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. The drawing for this quilt will be held this fall.

There will also be a huge yard sale to raise funds for the sixth-grade class extracurricular activities at the Pine Strawberry School. The sale begins at 7 a.m. (just follow the signs) and will continue until about 2 p.m.

Pine stores will open their doors for this month’s Second Saturday Shop Hop between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Western wear sale

Just in time for the upcoming August Rodeo, the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store is featuring a selection of western wear. Western garments will be $3 each or two for $5 unless otherwise marked.

The store is located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

GED tests

GED testing has been scheduled in Payson Aug. 14, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Candidates must pre-register at 719 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. Office hours are 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. Call (928) 472-5373 for more information.

Blood donors may win a VW

The Payson Elks Summer Community blood drive is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14 the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

If you would like to volunteer and assist with the blood drive, or to sign up to donate please contact Leonard Smith (928) 472-8478. To sign up for an appointment, go to and look up under sponsor code paysonelks. All donors are entered to win a new VW Beetle.

Falconers gathering

The AZ Falconers Association will have a two-day event in Payson starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15.

Activities planned include: education on the ancient art of falconry; a talk on what it takes to be a falconer in this day and age; a BB gun shooting contest; an apprentice/pre-apprentice workshop; an equipment-making workshop; a hawk coping demonstration; and a hood-making workshop.

The location of the gathering is the Oxbow Saloon, 607 W. Main St., Payson.

Authors visit

East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Ste 102, Payson, will host author Nancy Lee Burns from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14. Burns will read and sign copies of her book, “Retirement: Sacred or Scared.”

A second author, Mitzi Boles, will be hosted for a reading and book signing from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15. Boles will read and sign copies of her book, “Mom, I Found a Bunny!”

Tonto Village Chapel hosts free barbecue in parking lot

Tonto Village Chapel will be holding a community barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14 in the chapel parking lot. Free hotdogs, hamburgers, sodas and water along with free popcorn and snow cones will be served. Many games are also scheduled.

McCain, Brewer in Payson

U.S. Senator John McCain and Gov. Jan Brewer are visiting Payson Saturday, Aug. 14 for a short meet and greet.

They will be at the Best Western Payson Inn at about 3:15 p.m.

Kids Fishing classes

Kids in the first through the fifth grades can learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from Mark Kile, a professional bass fisherman, at Green Valley Lake. All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Children should bring their own water. There is limited space available, so register early.

Registration closes Monday, Aug. 16. The program is from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, a half-day at schools. The cost is $5 per child

Register at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, Payson or call (928) 474-5232, ext. 7 for information.

Southwestern Indian rock art

The Library Friends of Payson will host Arizona Humanities Council Road Scholar Allen Dart at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 16.

Dart will present the program “Set in Stone but Not in Meaning:  Southwestern Indian Rock Art” at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane in Rumsey Park.

The LFOP will have a meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the free program. A potluck luncheon will follow.

For more information, contact Bessie Tucker, Payson Public Library, at (928) 474-9260.

Candidates to speak

The Rim Country Republican Club will host six candidates Monday, Aug. 16 at Tiny’s Restaurant. Ken Bennett for Secretary of State, Thayer Verschoor for State Treasurer, and Bradley Beauchamp, Dr. Paul Gosar, Sydney Hay, and Dr. Steven Mehta, all candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, CD1 will participate.

At 11 a.m. order lunch and socialize, at 11:30 a.m. there will be a short business meeting, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. speakers share their views.

Gosar visits

Rim Country residents are invited to meet and greet Paul Gosar, a Republican candidate for Congress, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16 at 1119 N. Alyssa Circle, Payson. Call (928) 468-1215 for directions.

Thrift Store Day

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will observe Thrift Store Day Tuesday, Aug. 17 with special sales, refreshments, door prizes and balloons for children. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Half-day at schools

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period.

The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

Child Care Fair

A Child Care Fair, featuring free early childhood screenings for all children from birth to 5 years and information on community resources, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the First Assembly of God Church, next to Green Valley Park.

No appointments are needed.


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