Community Almanac



Dennis Fendler/Roundup

The Payson Choral Society will present its annual Spring Concert at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The concert is a celebration of the group’s 20th anniversary and will feature some its most popular selections from past concerts and favorites of its members and directors.

May 4 Tuesday

• Book Fair: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Frontier Elementary School, continues through Friday at varying hours, with assorted additional activities.

• 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

Scholastic Book Fair

Frontier Elementary School is hosting a 50 percent off book sale May 4 through May 7. Tuesday and Thursday the Book Fair will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday hours are 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Friday sales will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the Book Fair, buyers will find selections for every taste, toys and activities, and computer software. Also on Tuesday, May 4, there will be a talent show at 5:30 p.m.

Then from 1:15 p.m. to 2:25 p.m., Thursday, May 6, teachers Locke and Goldman will have a history museum in their classrooms; the museum will then be in the classrooms of teachers Lawson and Jones from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Friday, May 7.

The school picnic is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 7.

May 5 Wednesday

• $1 Bag Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., today through Friday at Time Out Thrift Shop

• 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

• Half day at schools: Payson elementaries, middle school and high school today

• Mother’s Day tea: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Senior Circle

• Quilt Show: 1 p.m., Gila Community College

• Family Science Night:6:30 p.m., Rim Country Middle School

Time Out Thrift Shop Sale

There will a $1 Bag Sale at the Time Out thrift shop this week (boutique and western wear not included).

The sale will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 5-7.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across the street from Wendy’s) and the hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers will be happy to pick up larger donations and furniture. Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

All profits support Time Out Inc, its shelter, transitional housing and domestic violence services and programs in the community.

Quilt show

Gila Community College will present its 2nd Annual Wearable Art & Quilt Show at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 5.

The event showcases projects from the students of Marque Jacobs, Leslie Peacock and Dorothy Tatsch.

The GCC Payson campus is located at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Half day at school Wednesday 

Payson Unified School District 10 will observe a half-day on Wednesday, May 5. Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School will not observe the half-day and will operate on its regular schedule.

Senior Circle schedules Mother’s Day Tea

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle will have a Mother’s Day Tea from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 5.

There will be a prize for the best hat. Members and their guests are welcome. RSVP to Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.

The Payson Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Family Science Night

The Rim Country Middle School Community Involvement Team and the RCMS Science Department is hosting a Family Science Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 at the Rim Country Middle School Gym. Activities include pond water discovery, bubble-ology, astronomy, flubber and CSI-fingerprinting. 

For more information, call Gina Castaño at (928) 474-4511, ext. 2214 or e-mail

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds the program.

Church benefit set

Mount Cross Lutheran Church is holding a fund-raiser for its Mount Cross Cares Ministry on May 8. Junction 87 will hold a concert from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., followed by a dinner and fellowship in the log building on the campus of Mount Cross, 600 E. Highway 260, just east of Safeway.

Tickets for the event are $10 for the concert only, $25 for the dinner and concert.

Everyone is welcome. Tickets must be purchased by May 5 for the dinner. Please call the church at (928) 474-2552 for further information.

May 6 Thursday

• National Day of Prayer: area observations start at 6:45 a.m. and continue throughout the day at various churches and Rumsey Park

• 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

• Grant writing workshop: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., conference center, Best Western Payson Inn

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

Rim Country celebrates National Day of Prayer

The 2010 National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 6.

Christians here in Rim Country have at least six different places to celebrate, and each will use this year’s national theme, “Prayer — for such a time as this” and Nahum 1:7. The earliest Payson event will be at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar, at 6:45 a.m., followed at 7 a.m. by a program of prayer at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Building C. Both of those meetings will include a time of fellowship and light breakfast before the extra prayer time begins.

In Pine, the special day will be observed at the elementary school flagpole at 7 a.m. and then at the Pine Community Center Ramada at 11 a.m. 

At noon there will be a celebration at Payson’s Rumsey Park Ramada 5, just west of the Library, 325 North McLane, with music and prayers led by Payson Community Christian School students and other prayer leaders. Then, at 7 p.m. there will be an event at Payson’s First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

For more information, please go to or call (928) 472-8178.

Grant writing workshop

The Arizona Community Foundation will present a free workshop to discuss its 2010 grant funding opportunities from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 6. The workshop will be held in the Conference Center of the Best Western Payson Inn, 801 North Beeline Highway, Payson.

This workshop will prepare nonprofit organizations for ACF’s 2010 Open Competitive Grant Cycle by outlining the Community Foundation’s grant making process and procedures. All organizations interested in applying for funding are encouraged to attend.

To apply for funding from the Arizona Community Foundation, organizations must possess a current 501(c)(3) letter of nonprofit determination from the Internal Revenue Service, or be a public school, municipality or Indian Nation.

Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop. Nonprofit representatives interested in attending should RSVP to Kristi Edwards, ACF affiliate advancement officer, at or (928) 708-9632 in Prescott.

For more information, visit the ACF Web site at

Economic development discussion with town leaders

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion on Payson’s economic development with Mayor Kenny Evans, Councilor Mike Vogel and Town Manager Debra Galbraith from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Friday, May 7 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Reserve a spot by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 6.

May 7 Friday

• Benefit yard sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Education Center, 112 W. Cedar Lane

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Payson Art League studio tour: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sunday, various locations, follow green signs

• 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: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., various locations on Historic Main Street, includes Salsa Contest

Benefit yard sale

The Payson Education Center Student Council will be holding a benefit yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 7 in the PEC parking lot, 112 W. Cedar Lane. Money raised will be used to help pay for school field trips and activities. Anyone who would like to donate goods for the sale may drop the items off at the school during regular office hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Ms. Patty at (928) 468-8509.

Studio tour starts Friday

The annual Payson Art League ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour opens Friday, May 7 and continues through Sunday. Artists in Payson, Pine and Christopher Creek will open their studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to share their creative spaces and talk about their works. Look for green directional signs.

See’s Candy available

See’s Candy will be available for Mother’s Day from the area’s Soroptimist members. Purchases can be made from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during First Friday, May 7 on Main Street.

Call Tambra for more information, (928) 978-2356.

All proceeds benefit local charities.

Mom’s Night Out

An evening of free childcare, a Mother’s Day gift to the mom’s of the community, is being offered by Crossroads Foursquare Church from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 7.

Space is limited and reservations are necessary. Call (928) 474-2602 for details and to reserve a spot.

Senior Center fun

The Payson Senior Center is inviting area residents to visit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 7 for an evening of music and dancing. Listen to the tunes of Bob and Helen Hughes. There will be line dancing, two-stepping and dance lessons from Bob.  All ages are welcome to join in the fun.  This is a free event.

May 8 Saturday

• Community Flea Market: 7 a.m. to noon, Community Presbyterian Church

• American Legion Riders benefit ride: help Payson Supply Line, meet at the Legion Post on Hwy. 260 at 8 a.m.

• Antique Tractor, Engine Show, Shop Hop: events start at 8:30 a.m. in Pine

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• AARP driver safety classes: 9 a.m., Payson Senior Circle on Hwy. 87

• Friends of Parks benefit: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rumsey Park

• Payson Wildlife Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Green Valley Park

• 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

• Payson Choral Society Spring Concert: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Payson High School auditorium

• Trout Unlimited benefit banquet:6 p.m., Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

Community Flea Market

The Community Flea Market is back at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. The first of the season will be from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 8.

Vendors of all sorts will sell their wares at great bargain prices. Spaces of 10-feet-by-9-feet are available for just $10, with a refundable $10 deposit, and vendors may sell anything from new, used or craft items. Stop at the church office between 9 a.m. to noon weekdays to register for a space, and you may call (928) 474-2059 for more information.

Tractor, engine show

The second annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show will be held in Pine Saturday, May 8. Even the ladies will enjoy the variety of tractors and simple engines — some dating back into the 1920s. The machinery will be on display beginning at 8:30 a.m. right up until 3 p.m., so be sure to come enjoy this unique tribute to the past. Admission is free, but the organizers will gladly accept donations of nonperishable food items for the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.  

The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee (PSFR) along with CERCA (Community Educational, Recreational & Civic Association) will also be hosting a celebration commemorating the one-year anniversary of the new ramada on May 8 beginning around 11 a.m. The PSFR Board was instrumental in working with county officials, private businesses and several local entities to replace the old ramada using small diameter logs from our forest.

Also taking place on Saturday, May 8 in Pine is the next 2nd Saturday Shop Hop.

American Legion Riders benefit Payson Supply Line

The Payson American Legion Riders Annual Charity Run is Saturday, May 8 and will benefit the Payson Supply Line.  

Motorcycle riders are invited to come to the American Legion Post, 709 E. Highway 260, for breakfast at 8 a.m., with the sign-in at 9 a.m.

A run map will be provided to participants, with stops around or near Payson. Upon completion, riders will return to the American Legion Post hall for a lunch at about noon. Awards will be distributed at 1 p.m.

Registration forms are available at the American Legion Post.

Driving classes

The following AARP safe driving classes for seniors, taught by Richard Loth, are planned in the Rim Country area for May:

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 8, Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 for information and to register.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 22, Rim Country Senior Center, Overgaard. Call (928) 535-5525 for more information and to register.

Friends of Parks benefit

Join the Friends of Parks & Rec for a fund-raising pizza party from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 8 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5. Enjoy Gerardo’s Italian Bistro pizza and a soda and help raise money for the Payson parks department. Pizza is $3 a slice and soda is $1. For more information, call Sue Becker at (928) 595-4123.


The annual Payson Wildlife Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at Green Valley Park. There will be casting booths, pellet gun and archery ranges as well as booths from a variety of conservation groups. In addition, 800 pounds of fish will be released into the lake, and no fishing license is required for fair attendees.

Payson Wildlife Fair

Green Valley Park in Payson will undergo an amazing transformation on Saturday, May 8, when its sprawling, grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and fun outdoor activities. The annual Payson Wildlife Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, and organizers have been working hard to make it the best yet. Admission to the public is free.

Fair visitors can test their skills at one of the casting booths, pellet gun and archery ranges, and they can visit booths from a variety of conservation groups, including the Arizona Pointing Dog Club, Phoenix Herpetological Society, Payson Flycasters, and Arizona Falconers Association, to name a few.

Green Valley Lake will receive more than double its normal stocking of trout in preparation for this event. The park typically receives about 300 pounds of trout per stocking. For this event, 800 pounds of fish will be released into the lake prior to the fair. No fishing license is required for fair attendees, and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.

The Payson Wildlife Fair is a cooperative effort between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, USDA Forest Service, Mogollon Sporting Association, and Payson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department.

Green Valley Park is located at 1000 W. Country Club Drive (take State Route 87 to Main Street and go about one mile west).

Women’s health resources, ideas to be discussed

As part of National Women’s Health Week, a brainstorming session is being held to discuss women’s health resources in the Rim Country from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 8 at the Senior Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

The program is sponsored by the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network and will include speakers providing information on how women can take better care of themselves to provide the care they give others.

Payson Choral Society plans spring concert

The spring concert of the Payson Choral Society will be a special event. The program marks the society’s 20th anniversary.

The concert, Encore XX, directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris, comes to the Payson High School Auditorium on Saturday, May 8. Performances are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Concert tickets are $8 for adults. All students under 18, and children will be admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert. Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students. These are awarded and the students sing each year at the spring concert.

Benefit banquet

Gila Trout Chapter #530 of Trout Unlimited is having its first fund-raising banquet Saturday, May 8 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. The cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. To get a ticket, call Dorothy at (928) 472-7396 or e-mail

Cocktails from a cash bar will be served starting at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. There will be raffles and auctions.

The evening’s guest speaker will be Jim Burl of, a professional guide from Oregon, specializing in the Deschutes and McKenzie rivers.

All proceeds will benefit habitat restoration on streams under the Mogollon Rim and the East Verde River, and continuing the Trout in the Classroom project at Payson High and Julia Randall Elementary schools.

Donations are tax deductible.


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