Community Almanac



Photo courtesy of Jordan World Circus

The Jordan World Circus will have one performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Payson Event Center. The two-hour show will include a lion and tigers — including a rare white tiger — with trainer Vincente Von Duke, elephants, dancing bears, motorcycle daredevils, aerialists and clowns.

Sept. 17 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

• Spaghetti dinner: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., benefits Boy Scout Troop 7354, Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Spaghetti dinner

Boy Scout Troop 7354 is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17 in the log building on the Mount Cross Lutheran Church property, 601 E. Highway 260 (just west of Giant).

The dinner includes salad, spaghetti, bread and a drink for $6 per person. Ticket price for children 7 and under is $3.50. 

Sept. 18 Saturday

• Benefit golf tournament: 7 a.m., Payson Golf Course, $60 fee

• 5k walk: 7:30 a.m. registration, Rumsey Park

• Hike for Human Rights: 8 a.m., starts east end of Phoenix St.

• CPR class: 9 a.m., Pine

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• FLW Family Fun Day: 10 a.m., Green Valley Park

• Payson Public 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

• Benefit spaghetti dinner: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tonto Basin Kiwanis Community Center

Benefit golf tournament

The 6th annual School Beautification Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Payson Golf Course.

The shotgun start, four-person best ball tourney will benefit Payson area schools. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the cost is $60 per person. There will be plenty of prizes, food and fun. Among the prizes is a $10,000 award for a hole-in-one.

For more information, call Safeway at ((28) 472-8208; Dan Dillon at (928) 978-1007; or Russ Youngcourt at (928) 978-5652.

Walk for New Beginnings 2010

There will be a 5K Walk out of Rumsey Park to benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy Center Saturday, Sept. 18.

Come to Ramada 5 for early registration at 7:30 a.m. Walk starts at 8:15 a.m. There will be a continental breakfast with music by DJ Craig afterward.

Walker packets are available at:  Printing by George, Healthy Perspectives, Preferred Women’s Care, Oasis Christian Bookstore and New Beginnings.

New Beginnings provides free services for planned and unplanned pregnancies, as well as parenting education.

Hike for Human Rights

The newly formed Payson Chapter of Amnesty International will host an easy, self-guided Hike For Human Rights at the Cypress/Boulder Trail, beginning at the east end of Phoenix Street, on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tax deductible donations will be appreciated and used to support Amnesty International’s efforts to free the three American hikers held for more than a year in Iran.

Bring your donation receipt to East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. after the hike for a free coffee.

To find out more, e-mail PaysonAmnesty or call Penny Navis- Schmidt at (928) 474-2391.

Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market will feature music by the Arizona Autoharp Society Saturday, Sept. 18. 

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s and in front of Sawmill Theatres.

For more information, call Lorian at (928) 468-0961 or go online to

Brush pit schedule 

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

Saturday, Sept. 18 the Blattner Pit, at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260 east of Payson, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 19 the Pine Pit, .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. 

Free CPR/AED class in Pine

The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation is sponsoring a free CPR/AED class from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 18 in the Senior Dining Hall at the Pine Community Center.

The class is designed to be an informal introduction to CPR and the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). There will be no tests to pass, thus recipients will not receive certification — just knowledge and peace of mind about what to do in case of an emergency. 

For more information, call Dave Burkhart at (928) 476-4257, or visit his website

FLW Fun Day

In conjuction with the FLW National Guard Western Series Tournament, Arizona Game and Fish Department will host a free family fishing day with loaner rods and bait, along with an Outdoor Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at Green Valley Park.

There will be outdoor recreation retailers, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, live music and a huge National Guard Fun Zone for kids. An autograph session with professional fishermen is from noon to 2 p.m.

A free concert featuring the SRP Second Shift Band will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Benefit spaghetti dinner

The Tonto Basin Kiwanis Club will host a benefit Spaghetti Dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Kiwanis Community Center, 227 Old Highway 188, Tonto Basin. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, coffee, tea, or water for $5 a plate or $8 for all you can eat.

Sept. 19 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


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