Community Almanac



Photo by Matalyn Gardner

Pjay Evans and her portrait/sculpture in wood will be featured in March at the Artists of the Rim Gallery, 408 W. Main, with a reception for her during First Friday festivities, March 5. The gallery is also welcoming a new member to the cooperative, Pat Stacy. Get an Irish stew supper at Community Presbyterian Church between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., or get a bowl of chili at the Humane Society Thrift Store and green punch at Bootleg Alley. Stop by all the participating shops and look for a chance to buy raffle tickets to help Tonto Natural Bridge.

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

• First Friday, Historic Main Street, Payson: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• TCCA program with Daniel Rodriguez: 7 p.m., Payson High auditorium

Ballot box at county recorder’s 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 Recorder’s office at 201 W. Frontier.

If you have any questions, please call (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!

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.

March 6 Saturday

• 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

• Silk painting: Gila Community College,1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Pine Library reopens: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Dr. Seuss, refreshments and more

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free the brush drop-off point at the Blattner Pit, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 6, weather permitting. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson. The Pine Pit, .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine, remains closed to excessively muddy conditions.

The free brush pit locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. 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. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Painting on Silk

Gila Community College will be presenting a Painting On Silk workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 6 taught by Helen Tennent. The cost is $20, payable to Tennent.

Pine Library reopens

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine is having a special open house Saturday, March 6 to celebrate the newly finished Children’s Room addition. The event takes place from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and will include a tribute to Dr. Seuss, a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog and refreshments.

The staff at the library has been very busy this past week re-organizing the entire place, so stop in and see the many changes.

The library will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, March 9.

Katie’s Closet in Payson

Katie’s Closet is a non-profit organization developed for the purpose of distributing clothing to children who, for one reason or another, are in need. Clothing and shoes are collected through community donations of new and gently used clothing and shoes for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade. The clothing is distributed free through the local schools in Payson.

Collection boxes are located in the administration offices of Frontier Elementary School, Julia Randall Elementary School, Payson Elementary School, Rim Country Middle School and at Payson Physical Therapy, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Beeline Business Equipment and at 304 W. Corral Drive, Payson.

For more information, call (928) 468-1036.

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

• Jazz concert: Nicole Paternak performs at 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, $5 donation

March features two jazz concerts in Payson

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

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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