Community Almanac



Photo courtesy of Payson Parks & Recreation

There will be a free group hike on Cypress Trail starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 6, so show up between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. The Cypress Trail access is off of Granite Dells Road, 2 miles east of Hwy 260 on Granite Dells Road. There is limited parking, so participants should park on the side of the road where the shoulder allows on either side of the trail access. This four-mile roundtrip hike of moderately difficulty, with loose granite and some steep slopes in the first and last miles of the hike. Due to recent storms, please be prepared for running water and mud on the trail. Don’t forget your hiking boots, water and walking sticks! Pre-registration is preferred, but can be done on-site prior to the hike. Dogs must be on a leash or under verbal control of their owners. Contact Payson Parks at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for further details.


Live On Stage photos

Daniel Rodriguez, “The Singing Policeman,” will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5 in the Payson High School Auditorium.


Courtesy photo

Nicole Pasternak performs at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 7 at the Community Presbyterian Church.

March 2 Tuesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Dr Seuss Family Night: 5:30 p.m. at Payson Public Library

Specials on cookbooks at library bookstore

In March the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a very special offering.  Library director and master chef, Terry Morris, has donated her large collection of vintage cookbooks to the bookstore. In conjunction with the Payson Library’s annual event, “A Taste of Rim Country” these unique volumes will be spotlighted during March.  This is a wonderful opportunity for collectors to acquire much sought after items.  Available titles include the 1964 Bisquick Cookbook, Campbell Soup Company’s 1978 The Creative Cook, and The Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook from 1961.  Everyone will enjoy leafing through these cookbooks and discovering long lost recipes their mothers and grandmothers used. Prices for these special volumes range from $1 to $8.

Bookstore stock changes rapidly.  Therefore, the savvy shopper stops by frequently.  Bookstore volunteers are always happy to help you.  The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at

Dr. Seuss Family Night

Celebrate the great Dr. Seuss at the Payson Public Library starting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 2. Enjoy a hot dog supper between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for just $1 per plate and then settle in for some fun at 6:30 p.m. and hear The Cat in The Hat and meet the new Payson Dr. Seuss, Harry Kuperberg. There will also be activities and prizes.

March 3 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

March 4 Thursday

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

• 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

Time Out Thrift Shop sale

Take “time out 2 shop” at the Time Out Thrift Shop Thursday, March 4 and Friday, March 5 during the store’s $1 Bag Sale on regular clothing (does not include Boutique or Western Wear).

Also, from March 1 through March 17 all shoes (except boots) are half off. The Time Out Thrift Shop is at 500 S. Beeline Hwy. (across the street from Wendy’s). It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Donations of gently used clothing, furniture, and household items are accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Volunteers will gladly pick up your furniture and large donations. Please call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

Profits benefit Time Out, Inc., it’s Shelter, Transitional Housing and Gila Family Advocacy Center, all located in Payson.

Shelter Crisis Number: (928) 472-8007

March 5 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

Ballot box at county recorder office

For the convenience of the voter, since Town Hall is closed on Fridays, on March 5 there will be a ballot box for the Town of Payson Election ballots to be dropped off at the Gila County Recorders office at 201 W. Frontier. If you have any questions please call Town Hall at (928) 474-5242, ext. “0”.

Get raffle tickets during First Friday on Main Street

Main Street merchants and their partners throughout Payson will hold a raffle to help save the Tonto Natural Bridge during the First Friday on Main Street Block Party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 5.

Participating Main Street Merchants are having a raffle to raise money to help maintain the Tonto Natural Bridge. For just $5, you get a 1 in 100 chance (only 500 tickets will be sold) to win either permanent makeup ($350 value, eyes or brows) donated by Jennifer’s Skin Care; hand-crafted earrings so named “The Heart of Payson” fashioned by artist April Bower of Down the Street Art Gallery; a spa gift basket ($100 value) donated by From Head to Toe Essentials; a pound of fudge from The Sugar Shack; the book, The Monster Reared its Ugly Head by Jim Paxon, donated by MoJoe’s Café; a certificate for dinner for two at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant from the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino; and gift certificates from Scoops, Pizza Factory, and The Payson Candle Factory. The winners will be announced at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 25 on 98.5fm KCMA LIVE!

Tickets are available at: Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center, Down the Street Art Gallery, Jennifer’s Skin Care, MoJoe’s Café, ReRuns Resale Boutique, Artists of the Rim Gallery, Payson Florist, The Sugar Shack, The Payson Candle Factory, Scoops and From Head to Toe Essentials.

During First Friday park in the Community Presbyterian Church parking lot and hop on the Main Street bus. The bus will be traveling the whole length of Main Street and makes several stops for your convenience.

The First Friday on Main Street Block Party is presented by the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation regardless of the weather.

TCCA hosts ‘Singing Policeman’

Daniel Rodriguez will be the guest artist of the Tonto Community Concert Association at 7 p.m., Friday, March 5 at the Payson High School auditorium.

Tickets are available for this performance and the remaining concerts of the season by calling (928) 478-4363 or paying at the door. Student admission is free with a paying adult.

The remaining concerts for the ’09-’10 season are as follows: Rudolph Budginas - Piano Virtuoso with Comedic Commentary, Monday, April 19; Hunt Family Fiddlers - 8-Member Hunt Family Featuring Fiddle and Footwork, Tuesday, May 11.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization that brings high quality concerts to Arizona Rim Country at an affordable price.  The all-volunteer group also supports other performing arts activities in the region.  For subscriptions or other information, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-6115.

March 6 Saturday

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 2 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

Painting on Silk

Gila Community College will be presenting a Painting On Silk workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March, taught by Helen Tennent.

Students will use permanent DuPont inks and paint on pre-stretched 10-inch circles of silk.  Everyone will use their own imaginative designs. Silk will be pre-primed with a no-flow liquid. After drying, no steaming or firing is required. Inks, brushes, primer and silk circles will be provided – two per person.  You may purchase extras from the teacher at $4 each.

Finished silk paintings may be hung in windows or framed.

While the seminar is free to the public to observe, participants will be charged a $10 supply fee.

Pine Library reopens

The Pine Library will be closed through Saturday, March 6 as the move is made into the new children’s room.

A grand re-opening will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 6 with a Dr. Seuss Celebration and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, March 9.

March 7 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

March has two jazz concerts

Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak will perform in Payson at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 7 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 West Main Street, Payson

Pasternak has developed an enthusiastic audience in the Northeast United States with her honest, straight-ahead style, and equal energy for swings songs, bebop, ballads and Latin jazz.

Lew Turano will accompany Pasternak on piano. Sedona resident Steve Douglas will play bass, and Payson’s Gerry Reynolds is on drums.

A second jazz concert is planned in March with the Ken Taylor Quartet performing Songs about Spring at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 14 at the Community Presbyterian Church. The group features Ken Taylor on flugelhorn and trumpet, Woody Woodrow on piano; Jack Radavich on bass; and Gerry Reynolds on drums

A $5 donation at the door includes refreshments.

Please reserve a seat by sending an e-mail to, or leaving a message at (602) 619-3355.


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