Community Almanac


Community breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast at 8 a.m., Friday, July 9 at 407 W. Wade Lane.

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited. A free will offering will be accepted. The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month at 8 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Young writers invited

Every Friday at the Payson Public Library there is a creative writing workshop for children. Those in the first through fifth grades meet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Young Adults room; those in the sixth through 12th grades meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the same part of the library.

Contact Harryette Stanley at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

July at the Payson Library

On Saturday, July 10 the Spy Club Book Club for children 8 and older meets at the Payson Public Library. From noon to 1 p.m. in the meeting room, there will be book talks, games and pizza.

Family Board Game Day is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 17. All ages are invited to the library meeting room for free family time fun.

A Video Game Tournament for youngsters ages 10 and older will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 31. This month’s tournament is Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

Contact Harryette Stanley at (928) 474-9260 for more information about these events. The Payson Public Library is located at 328 N. McLane Road.

Payson Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Marketis open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October. It is at Sawmill Crossing on Beeline Highway, in front of the movie theater and behind Chili’s Restaurant.

Contact Lorian at (928) 468-0961 with questions.

Visit Zane Grey Cabin site

The Northern Gila County Historical Society is holding a special evening event at the site of the original Zane Grey Cabin from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 10. The evening includes a picnic supper, live entertainment and a special gift for each guest.

The cost is $50 per person and there is limited seating. Please call the Rim Country Museum for more details, (928) 474-3483.

Concert Under the Stars

Junction 87 will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 10 on the bandstand in the amphitheater of Green Valley Park. The group was voted 2010 Best Local Music Group in the Payson Roundup’s Best of the Rim Country survey. It is a local, hard-working country band that rocks out.

Vendors begin selling at 6 p.m. There is no admission for the concert, but bring a lawn chair or blanket as seating is limited to a few picnic tables and benches.

Diamondback ticket raffle

The Community Presbyterian Church is raffling tickets for the Diamondback games on July 23 and 24, Aug. 7 and 21, and Sept. 4 and 25. The winner will receive two tickets.

Raffle tickets may be purchased weekdays at the church, 800 W. Main St., from 9 a.m. to noon through Aug. 31. Winning tickets will be drawn for each month five days prior to the first game date and the winners will be notified by phone.

Call (928) 474-2059 weekdays for more information.

Jazz in July

Rim residents and visitors have two opportunities to get a jazz fix in July, courtesy of the Payson Jazz Trio with some help by guest guitarist John Darst of Show Low.

This weekend, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 11, the Payson Jazz Trio and Darst will perform at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

This is the regular performance in the monthly jazz series at the church, presented by the Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church, which will soon be entering its ninth year.

The Payson Jazz Trio includes Bob Smolenski on piano, Mike Buskirk on bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

The concert is open to the public, with a $5 donation suggested to help defray costs.

The Payson Jazz Trio and Darst will perform as part of the Concert Under the Stars series at Green Valley Park’s amphitheater later in the month. In fact, the group will close the 2010 series with a performance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 24. There is no charge and dancing is encouraged.

Book discussion

East West Exchange, 100 N Tonto St., Ste. 102, Payson, will host a book discussion on Marianne Williamson’s “A Woman’s Worth” on Mondays, beginning July 12 and continuing through Aug. 30.

In the book, Williamson explores the crucial role of women in the world today. Cutting across class, race, religion and gender, “A Woman’s Worth” speaks powerfully and persuasively to a generation in need of healing and in search of harmony.

Call East West Exchange for details, (928) 468-2435.

Special quilting program

The Shoofly Quilters are presenting a special, limited-seating program with internationally renowned quilt artist Gina Perkes Tuesday, July 13.

The program will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with seating for only 200 at the Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Tickets are $32.50 per person and include an inspirational lecture and presentation by Perkes, a trunk show, a question and answer session, catered lunch and door prizes.

To reserve a ticket, call Brenda Johnson at (928) 474-7028, or Donna Lanphear at (928) 978-1958, or e-mail donnarisk@

Police K-9 demonstration

For 18 years, police dogs, handlers and trainers from all over the United States and Canada have come to Payson for the annual K-9 Officer Survival Seminar. From abandoned yards and buildings to the cement yard, handlers and their dogs train around town at designated sites to hone their skills.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, at the Payson Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway, officers will put on a public demonstration that shows off the talent of these incredible dogs.

The Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association will collect donations at the event to help sponsor this annual training.

Free introduction to personal computers course

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson, announces the seventh annual “Introduction to Personal Computers” course for all who may be interested in learning how to use a computer. The three-hour sessions will begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 15 and will continue for six weeks in succession.

Please call St. Paul’s at (928) 474-3834 and leave your name and a call back number to confirm your registration.

Dutch Oven Cooking registration due by July 15

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will have a Dutch Oven Cooking class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 24 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4. The cost is $30 per person and registration is due by July 15.

Dutch ovens will be provided, or participants can bring their own. It is also recommended to bring a comfortable folding chair. Go to the Parks Web site for more information,

Register for fly-fishing classes July 15

Join Bob Youtz of Trout Unlimited at the Parks & Recreation office to learn the art of fly-fishing in this two-part series on Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Fly-fishing 101 will cover classroom information on fly-fishing basics and history, while Fly-fishing 102 will include hands-on fishing techniques at Green Valley Lake. Participants will meet at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, Payson.

The fee of $10 per person covers registration for both classes, and participants must register in advance at the parks office or online at Registration deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 15. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or visit us on the web at

Mazatzal Casino Arts & Crafts Fair

The Mazatzal Casino Arts & Crafts Fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 17 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 18.

Artisans will be coming from New Mexico, Prescott and the Valley as well. The fair will be featuring jewelry of all kinds created from silver, Swarovski crystals and one-of-a-kind beads; pottery, oil paintings, gourds, new style totes, creative water colors, scarves, rugs, children’s crayon aprons, dolls, afghans, needlework, angels and more.

Shoot for the Rim 3-D Family Archery Tournament

Don’t forget to register today for this fantastic and affordable family outdoor recreation opportunity — Shoot for the Rim 3-D Family Archery Tournament takes place Saturday, July 17 at the Tonto Rim Sports Club Jim Jones Shooting Range.

Participants of all ages can compete in a two-course, 3-D archery tournament hosted by the Tonto Rim Sports Club in partnership with the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. There is fun for all ages, many different divisions for children through adults and two different 3-D target courses.

To download registration form, or register online, visit, or stop at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, Payson.

Monument Peak Loop Trail hike planned July 24

Enjoy a PATS hike of Monument Peak Loop Trail, which is classed as an easy to moderate level hike, starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 24.

While the event is free, registration is required. Sign up now at the parks office in Green Valley Park or July 24 on-site.

The Monument Peak Loop Trailhead is 3.3 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road.

Come enjoy the fantastic views of the Granite Dells, a year-round spring with shade and an easy to moderate level of difficulty hike. This is the most popular PATS hike. Don’t forget hiking boots and water.

Benefit Bingo at Elks

The Payson Elks Lodge is having a special benefit Bingo game, open to the public Saturday, July 31. Ticket sales start at 8 a.m., with the games beginning at 9 a.m.

All proceeds will go to the Arizona Elks Association Social Welfare Committee for its Cloth-a-Child & Community Grant Programs. The benefit Bingo game is in conjunction with the Social Welfare Charity Golf Tournament.

The Payson Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Awakening Earth Expo

There will be an Awakening Earth Expo in Pine Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 this year.

This is the second year that the expo has been held in Pine and the focus of the event is learning techniques and practices that enhance conservation and lessen environmental impact. There will be many vendors providing organic products, alternative medical solutions, and artwork, plus information about gardening, water conservation, solar energy and much more.

Parade entries sought

The August Doin’s Rodeo Parade, Ropin’ and Ridin’, will be held Saturday, Aug. 21 on Historic Main Street in Payson. The parade is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and APS.

The fun will start at 9 a.m., when the cowboys and cowgirls will strut their stuff, along with the floats, cars, tractors, teams, bands and units of the El Zaribah Shriners.  The parade will go east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing. 

For parade applications, please stop by the chamber office at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main, or go online to Applications are due by Aug. 14.

State parks change annual pass policy

The Arizona State Parks Board voted to revise the State Parks Annual Pass policy to allow two names on either of the Standard or Premium Annual Passes.

“These passes are $75 and $200 respectively. The board revised the pass policy due to customer feedback. This new policy will take effect immediately and anyone who has purchased a pass can come to a park and get a second name added to their pass,” said State Parks Executive Director Renee Bahl.

Please call ahead to find out the latest information about the State Parks by calling toll free (800) 285-3703) or go online to


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