Community Almanac



John Carpino and the Hot Capucinnos will perform from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 31 as part of the National Night Out Family Fun Day at Green Valley Park. The day’s festivities start at noon and include a variety of musical performances, activities and programs to launch the annual National Night Out, which will be Tuesday, Aug. 3. National Night Out is a unique crime and drug prevention event designed to generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Residents are encouraged to get out, meet their neighbors and have block parties and get organized to stay safe.

July 30


• 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

• Shred-A-Thon: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., old Foxworth building, benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

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

• Citizens Leadership Academy: 5 p.m., deadline to register for program, Payson Town Hall

Thrift store sale

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87, in downtown Pine is having all Hawaiian clothes sale, offering any tropical print item at $3 per garment or two garments for $5 from through July 31.

Household items and toys also will be on sale at 50 percent off marked prices.

The Christmas in July sale will be continued through the end of the month.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.


There will be a Payson Shred-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 30 — or until the truck is full, whichever comes first. Dispose of sensitive documents onsite in the parking lot of the old Foxworth-Galbraith location, 202 N. Beeline Highway.

The cost per bankers box (10”x12”x15”) is $6 (cash or check). Other sized boxes may be used, but the cost will be estimated based on volume. TNT Shredding will donate part of the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Payson.

This event is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Payson, and TNT Shredding.

Contact Tim at (480) 329-7412 for further information.

Citizen’s Leadership Academy registration due

Payson Citizen’s Leadership Academy 2010 will be Sept. 7 through Oct. 26, meeting mostly on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Applications are due to Town Hall by July 30.

Informational brochures are available at the library, APS, Town Hall and at www. or call (929) 474-5242, ext. 245.

July 31


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

• Benefit Bingo at Elks: 8 a.m. ticket sales start, raising money for Clothe a Child program

• 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

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, July 31, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Blattner Pit is located at milepost 259.7 on Hwy. 260, east of Payson.

• Sunday, Aug. 1, 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 Hwy. 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.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited. 

Farmers Market

There is a bounty of fresh-picked produce and a large variety of artisan foods to round out any meal at the Payson Farmers Market, which is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday. The market is at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s and in front of Sawmill Theatres. For more information, call Lorian at (928) 468-0961 or go online to

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 Clothe-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.

National Night Out

Festivities for National Night Out start at noon, Saturday, July 31 with a Family Fun Day in Green Valley Park.

The event opens with the National Anthem and welcomes from both Payson Mayor Kenny Evan and Police Chief Don Engler. Music will follow with DJ Johnny Vega providing the tunes from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Junction 87 performing from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities planned include a Police vs. Fire relay from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Dynamite Sports from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and a Police K-9 Demonstration from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The music returns from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — first, Western entertainer will perform from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos will be on from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a variety of music.

National Night Out is a unique crime and drug prevention event designed to generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The actual National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 3 and neighborhoods are encouraged to mark the occasion with block parties at which representatives from the Payson Police Department can come and talk about safety and other topics.

To learn more or to make arrangements for a speaker, call (928) 474-5242, extension 220.

Aug. 1


• 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

Aug. 2


• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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

Almost New Thrift Shop has $1 Bag Sale

A $1 Bag Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2 at the Almost Ne Thrift Shop, 304 E. Aero Dr. Select from clothes, shoes, belts, etc. — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags for just one dollar. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come and help us support our health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Dollar Days sale

The Time Out Thrift Store will have a Dollar Days sale Monday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, Aug. 3.

All regular clothing will be only $1 a bag (no boutique or western wear included); all regular shoes will be two pairs for $1; all drinking glasses, cups, mugs and vases will be 10 for $1 (mix and match); and other items will also be on sale.

The shop is at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across from Wendy’s. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Shoot the storm

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will present a special Monsoon Outdoor Photography Class from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 at the parks office in Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Country Club Dr.

Learn simple techniques with instructor Dennis Fendler. The class will include a short indoor presentation starting at 4 p.m., followed by a walk around Green Valley Park for hands-on photography practicing what you’ve learned.

The fee to participate is $15 per person and the registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 2. Register at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or online @ Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Choral Society auditions

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Auditions are at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street.

The holiday concert will be Saturday, Dec. 11. Rehearsals begin the following Monday, Aug. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the same location.

For further information, call John Landino at (928-468-6684).

Amnesty International chapter organizing

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots human rights organization with more than 2.8 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

If you are interested in learning more about the newly formed Payson chapter of Amnesty International, please come to the Payson Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2. To find out more, e-mail or call Sara Schmidt at (415) 288-1800. This event is sponsored by Amnesty International and is not affiliated with the Town of Payson.

Looking ahead

Pioneer Clubs resume

Pioneer Clubs will start meeting Aug. 5. The programs are Thursdays after school from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Group assignments are: Grades 1-2 - Voyagers; Grades 3-4 -Pathfinders; Grade 5 - Trailblazers.

Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline, hosts the program, which requires no fee and provides handbooks and transportation. For more information, call (928) 474-9279.

Meet the candidates

The Payson Tea Party is sponsoring a meet and greet for all candidates in Legislative District 5 and Congressional District 1. This is an opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with the candidates and learn more about them and their political views. The event will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

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 our 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.

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.

The Payson Event Center is located on the west side of Hwy. 87 (the Beeline), across from the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

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.


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