Community Almanac



Down The Street Art Gallery celebrates its 5th anniversary during the Friday, April 1 First Friday fun. In celebration, guests can enjoy a bubbly toast and anniversary cake while exploring the gallery. There will be five member artists demonstrating throughout the evening. Bob Gleason will do basket weaving; John Gould, pottery; Geri Gittings, gourd art; and Dan Basinski, wood display.

April 1 Friday

• Greg Day benefits: all day, Sawmill Crossing

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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 events: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Main Street.

• Zumbathon®:5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Payson Senior Center, benefits the American Heart Association, $10 per person

Series of benefits set for Greg Day

Greg Day, who owns and operates Macky’s with his wife Cari, has been diagnosed with a serious illness and is facing major surgery and catastrophic medical costs.

A number of fund-raising events are planned in the next few days to help the family with their medical expenses.

An account has been created by Kiwanis for the family at National Bank of Arizona; contributions can be made to it directly.

Upcoming events for the fund are planned at Paper and Metal Scrappers, Scoops Ice Cream and Espresso and Macky’s.

The scrapbook store is holding a Card-a-Thon on April 1; this is a special “Make and Take” event. The store will have three to five styles of cards to make for $3 each (this will include paper, embellishments and everything else made to make a card).

There will also be a silent auction table featuring scrapbooking materials, as well as handmade jewelry donated for the occasion. Specially contributed bake sale items will also be offered.

All proceeds will go to the Day medical fund.

Scoops Ice Cream and Espresso will also have a fund-raiser on April 1.

From noon to 6 p.m. there will be a $2 single scoop special, Gerardo Moceri’s popular cannoli will be sold for just $1 each and all sales between noon and 6 p.m. will go to the Day Medical Fund. Scoops will also have a silent auction featuring such things as a dozen cake pops, Scoops gift certificate, cheesecake and more.

At Macky’s, special green bracelets featuring Greg’s name on the outside, and the Day Family inside are available for purchase for a good will donation. On April 9, a special patio event is planned, featuring the music of John and Lu Carpino and Junction 87 and others performed live. All sales made on the patio will go to the Day Medical Fund.

1st Friday sale at Time Out Thrift Shop

Take ‘time out 2 shop’ before the 1st Friday festivities on Historic Main Street Friday, April 1.

Every item at the Time Out Thrift Shop will be half off. The thrift shop is at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s), Payson. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a pick-up, call (928) 474-3989.

All profits support Time Out Inc., its domestic shelter and transitional housing, along with domestic violence programs and services in Gila County. 

Enchiladas and entertainment

A Chicken Enchilada Bake Dinner with all the fixings, dessert and drink, plus music by Anything Goes, will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 1. The cost is $5 per person and the proceeds go to the Child Learning Center’s children’s programs.  The shuttle bus will be running too, so park at the church, eat dinner and then hitch a ride up and down Main Street.

The church is at 800 W. Main St., Payson.

First Friday

Looking for something to do? Never been to a Main Street First Friday? Stroll Main Street between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, April 1 and enjoy visiting with the merchants and neighbors. Many businesses offer specials and attractions.

MoJoe’s will have the Starlighters performing; Todd’s Books always has something new to tempt a reader’s appetite; Down The Street Art Gallery is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with demonstrations of basket weaving, pottery, gourd art and wood art.

Get that Easter candy now

Just in time to fill those Easter baskets, the Soroptimists will be selling See’s chocolates at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 1.

As always, owners Ken and Brenda Mooney will be treating those gathering on their porch to a concert. This month’s music is by one of Payson’s favorites, John Carpino. Light refreshments will be served.  Everyone is invited to join in the fun that is First Friday on Historic Main Street.  

A farewell sale April 1 at Artists of the Rim gallery

A founding partner of Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery, Pegi Gould and husband John will be moving out of state and leaving their respective galleries the first week of April.

As a farewell gift to clients and friends, Mrs. Gould is offering all her original oil paintings and prints for half price during First Friday’s Main Street event April 1.

Be sure to visit Artists of the Rim for this rare opportunity.

Mr. Gould will be demonstrating pinch pots at Down the Street Art Gallery at the same time.

Gallery anniversary

Down The Street Art Gallery celebrates its 5th Anniversary during the Friday, April 1 First Friday fun. In celebration, guests can enjoy a bubbly toast and anniversary cake while exploring the gallery.

There will be five member artists demonstrating through the evening. Bob Gleason will do basket weaving; John Gould, pottery; Geri Gittings, gourd art; and Dan Basinski, wood display.

New guest artists welcomed

Spring has finally “sprung” and the weather is perfect for strolling down Main Street on First Friday, April 1.

The Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery invites Rim residents and visitors to welcome two new guest artists.

David Sanchez, a graduate of Northern Arizona University, is currently the director of the ceramics program at Gila Community College. His work is sure to be very popular with gallery patrons. Myles Andre Gaehler, one of Sanchez’s students, creates fascinating ceramic masks with an African flavor as well as ceramic sculptures and murals.

ZUMBA® Fitness Party

Wear your brightest red shirt during the ZUMBATHON® charity event to benefit the American Heart Association from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1 in the dining hall of the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Advance tickets will be sold at the Payson Regional Medical Outreach Center (Senior Circle), the Senior Center or at Curves.

This event is not a contest or a competition, it’s a party where participants are welcome to come and go as they please. For more information, call Christy Walton (928) 595-0406.

Elks offer Friday night entertainment

The Payson Elks Lodge #2154 offers entertainment every Friday evening in April.

The music of Larry Ellis is on the bill April 1, April 13 and April 27; Brooks and Yoder perform April 8 and April 22. 

The Payson Elks Lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway. The Elks warmly welcome guests to these events. 

Elks support Rim Country children and the area’s veterans. 

April 2 Saturday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• 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

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, April 2, 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; Sunday, April 3, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .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. 

Free parent training

Are brains all different? Are boys’ brains different than girls’? What is going on in there anyway and can we influence brains negatively or positively in children? Are there unique challenges in raising boys or girls? 

Parents and guardians are invited to attend a “no-cost” training in the growth and development of children sponsored by Arizona’s Children Association. The training will be led by Patti Phillips of New Directions Institute.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2 at the Best Western Motel Conference Room, 801 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Register by contacting Kelli Schuttinga or Mary Jacobson at (928) 472-4310 or e-mail mjacobson@

Fool’s Day Fun Event

The Community Prevention Council is sponsoring its annual Fool’s Day Fun Event, in cooperation with the Southwest Behavioral Health, Payson Police, and other community organizations and businesses from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 2.  This free event brings awareness to the problem of underage drinking and drug abuse. This year’s festivities will take place at the Payson High School gym, 301 S. McLane Road. 

Festivities will include games, contests and prizes. There will also be free educational resources available. The contests are for youngsters in kindergarteners through fifth grade.  Prizes will be awarded throughout the day. The grand prize is a computer. 

AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety class will be held at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 2. This is a classroom refresher for motorists aged 50 and older. The cost is $14, but AARP members will receive a $2 discount if they bring their membership card.

Participants may also be eligible for an auto insurance discount. Bring driver’s license. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 468-1012 to register.

Native American concert

Uptown Espresso will present in concert Sayani - Native American Praise at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 2. Call (928) 478-7166 for additional details.


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