Community Almanac




June 1 Tuesday

• Summer classes: GCC Payson opens its summer term today

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

• Kyl staffer: 10 a.m. to noon, meet a representative of Senator Jon Kyl at Supervisor Tommie Martin’s office

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center; June 2 is deadline for youngsters to register for quilting class, only four slots are open

Quilt classes at GCC

Gila Community College in Payson is presenting three quilting classes this summer, starting June 1 and concluding July 26. Hand quilting will be taught Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.; quilting clothing construction, basic and advanced, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m., Wednesdays.

For more information, visit the college at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

GCC to offer new Zumba® Gold class

Gila Community College is offering the Zumba® Gold Fitness program designed for the active adult, the true beginner, people who are not used to exercising, and/or people who may be limited physically. In 50 minutes get a safe and effective total body workout while maintaining the party atmosphere of a regular Zumba® class.

The program will be from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 1 through July 26.

Kyl staff in Payson

Representatives from U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl’s office will be in Payson from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 1. Emily Pitha will be at the Gila County Board of Supervisor’s office, 610 E. Highway 260, Payson. No appointment is necessary, however, if a federal matter needs to be discussed, documentation should be brought for the visit.

For more information, call (602) 840-1891.

Youth quilting program returns to Pine library

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is joining with members of the Strawberry Patchers to offer free quilting classes to students living in Pine or Strawberry who are between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age.

The registration deadline is June 2 and only four slots remain. Register at the library or call (928) 476-3678 as soon as possible.

The session includes four classes taking place on Monday and Tuesday, June 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

June 2 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

• Register today: Payson parks and library summer programs will start soon, registration will be closing this week

Summer recreation program begins June 7 

Wondering what to do with your children going into the first through sixth grades in Fall 2010 this summer? Register them today for the annual Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Summer Recreation Program. It is being held Monday through Thursday, June 7-24 for Session 1 and July 5-22 for Session 2.

Children will participate in inside and outside games, do arts and crafts, go on field trips, walk to the parks and have a snack all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants.

In addition, a new and exciting addition to the program this year is the involvement of the Payson Police and Fire Departments, which will be putting on special programs and activities for the children on various days in each session.

Hours of the program are from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $75 per child, which includes a daily snack. Space is limited, so register today at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or online at

Register for Summer Reading Program

It’s time to register children for the Summer Reading Program at the Payson Public Library. The theme is “Catch the Reading Wave.” The program includes puppet shows, crafts, games, and more.

Registration continues through June 5. Baby Summer Reading for those 6 months to 3 years is at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays. The Summer Program for ages 3 to 12 will be held in several different sessions: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesdays; 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., Thursdays. The “Make Waves” Summer Program for those ages 10 to 18 is at 4 p.m., Wednesdays.

Class space is limited, so sign your children up today. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

Story Time changes

The Payson Public Library will not be having Wednesday Preschool Story Time or Thursday Toddler Story Time during the month of June due to the Summer Reading project, which includes programs for all ages. Regular story time schedule will resume in July.

The Bilingual Story Time is unchanged and will still be at 4 p.m. every Thursday.

June 3 Thursday

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

• $1 Bag Sale: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., today and Friday at Time Out Thrift Store

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 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

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Family time at Pine Library:begins today, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Aug. 26

Time Out Thrift Store sale

Take “time out 2 shop” at Payson’s favorite thrift store Thursday and Friday, June 3 and 4 at a $1 Bag Sale on regular clothing (no boutique or western wear clothing included).

All profits from the shop support Time Out Inc., the shelter, transitional housing and domestic violence programs and services in the Payson community. Time Out services are available to individuals in the community who are not shelter residents.

All services are confidential and free of charge. The shelter hotline phone number is (928) 472-8007.

The thrift shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Hwy. (across from Wendy’s) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The donation yard is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers will be happy to pick up larger items and furniture donations. Just call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

Family Time at Pine Library

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library begins its Family Time program Thursday, June 3. This program, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 26, is designed to help families learn ways to enrich the time spent with loved ones reading, playing games, and just having fun together.

Call (928) 476-3678 for details.

June 4 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

• First Friday: Historic Main Street, most events 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., some start earlier

• Caribbean music: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., East-West Exchange

First Friday

All of the ingredients for an ideal summer evening are included in June’s First Friday on Historic Main Street at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 4.

To take advantage of Payson’s perfect weather, an outdoor concert will be held featuring the cool rock and light country sounds of Cindy & Lupe. Chef Gary Bedsworth will once again grill gourmet brats from Charlie’s Meats with all the fixings. A brat, soda, and chips can be purchased for $5 with all net proceeds going to the Humane Society.

To celebrate the “dog days of summer,” locals and tourists are encouraged to visit the Humane Society table to make a donation or buy a raffle ticket.

The Soroptimists will offer See’s Chocolate for sale (it makes a great Father’s Day gift).

Be sure to save room for dessert — Scoops will also be on Bootleg Alley’s porch.

Meanwhile, at Down the Street Art Gallery visitors to Historic Main Street will find the 3rd Annual Silent Auction for the Humane Society June 4, during First Friday on Main Street. This event starts at 4 p.m. and continues to 8 p.m.; but auction bidding ends at 7:45 p.m. For more info, contact the gallery (928) 468-6129 or Humane Society volunteer Betty (928) 468-7132.

All proceeds go to support the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Down the Street Art Gallery is at 703 W. Main St., Payson in one of the area’s historic homes.

Caribbean music

Can’t manage to get away to the islands of the Caribbean this summer? Stop by East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St, Suite 102, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 4 for free Caribbean Vibe Music with Dee Dread and Sister Care-I.


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