Community Almanac


May 7 Friday


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.

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

• Benefit estate sale: Friday and Saturday, at home of the late Anna Mae Deming, 408 W. Main, Payson

• 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 Tasting Contest and chance to buy Relay for Life raffle tickets

Benefit yard sale for school

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.

Benefit estate sale

The Arizona Heritage Research Foundation will host an estate sale featuring the belongings of the late Anna Mae Deming Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 408 West Main, Payson.

Visit area artists’ studios

The Payson Art League’s ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 7, 8 and 9. It includes studios in Payson, Pine and Christopher Creek and is free.

Maps to the participating studios are available at several venues including a variety of restaurants, markets, specialty shops, the Pine-Strawberry Museum, the chamber of commerce in Payson and at all the participating studios, which can be found following the green directional signs. The brochure was also in the Payson Roundup’s Tuesday, May 4 edition.

First Friday festivities

First Friday festivities on Historic Main Street include a celebration of the third anniversary of the program and a Salsa Tasting Salsa prepared by a number of different folks will be available for taste comparisons at many of the Main Street venues.

At Down the Street Art Gallery the salsa featured is by Linda Nannizzi, Michael Richardson and the winners of the Payson High School Culinary Arts salsa competition. The salsa at the Humane Society Thrift Shop is by LeRoy Watson.

Relay for Life raffle

KC’s Home Health Care, LLC, will be selling raffle tickets to benefit the American Cancer Society at the following locations: First Friday on Main Street, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 7; Safeway, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 8 and May 22; the Aero Fair, May 15; and the Pine Arts and Crafts Fair, May 29 and May 30.

The drawings will take place the night of the Relay for Life, Friday, June 4. You do not have to be present to win.

Raffle items have been generously donated by local businesses. Among the items to be raffled are: a $50 gift certificate from Bob’s Western Wear; a $50 gift certificate from Fargo’s; an omega necklace from Payson Jewelers; two free meals from El Rancho; a $25 gift certificate from Peggy’s Payson Place; a $20 gift certificate from Tiny’s; a $15 gift certificate from Macy’s; New Ewe (cut/style/products, an $80 value), yoga class (a month of yoga classes); Pizza Factory (Family Special Meal); 90-minute ancient healing massage by Lorien (a $75 value); Saba’s Western Wear (Justin Cowhide Roper boots); Qigong class; pottery set; leather purse; handmade vest; massage and oils.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. For more information, please call (928) 468-5242.

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 moms 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.

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

• Women’s health discussion: 10 a.m. to noon, Senior Circle building, 215 N. Beeline, Payson

• Ramada anniversary celebration: 11:30 a.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

Letter carriers plan food drive

Payson letter carriers will be collecting food donations Saturday, May 8. Good, non-perishable food items are needed for area food banks. Leave a donation at the mailbox on May 8 or take it to the post office lobby.

There will be Payson letter carriers picking up your donations as well as local volunteers. Their vehicles will be marked as volunteers. Be extra generous and donate all you can.

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.

RPAP brush pits

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project ... for a Firewise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, May 8, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, May 9, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located 0.7 of a mile east of Highway 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. 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.

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.

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 non-perishable food items for the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ramada anniversary party

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.

Take Pride will also be announcing the winner of this year’s “Volunteer of the Year” award during the course of the festivities. The event begins at 11 a.m. under the ramada and there is no cost.

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, the 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.

Trout Unlimited 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 www.adventuresinfishing .com, 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.

May 9 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: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson

Jazz concert

A Mother’s Day music celebration is planned for 2 p.m., Sunday, May 9 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church will present jazz vocalist Zephryn Conte, a multifaceted performer, composer and author. Joining her will be a jazz trio composed of Claudia Bloom on piano, Steve Douglas on bass, and Gerry Reynolds on the drums.

The performance is free and open to all in the community, so bring the family, and friends. A monetary donation may be made to this music program at the door.

For information and RSVP, contact Gerry Reynolds at, or leave message at (602) 619-3355.


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