Community Almanac



The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship will present the annual Resurrection Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at Rumsey Park. The festivities include music, drama, activities, food and more. Bands performing include CaVu, RU, Exit and La Roca. The main attraction this year is a magic show, Dennis Zech’s Ministry Through Mystery.

April 22 Friday

• 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

Register for Food Bank Golf Tournament

Calling all golfers! Get ready for a good time to help a good cause.

The 10th Annual St. Vincent de Paul Tee Off for Hunger Golf Tournament is coming up on Saturday, April 30. Register early, as the tournament is limited to 116 players.

The entry fee is $70 ($45 for Payson Golf Course members) and includes green fee, cart and buffet lunch compliments of MoJoe’s Cafe. All proceeds will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Rim Country Food Bank.

Non-golfers can get in on the fun, too. If you sponsor a hole for $150, we will place a sign at the tee and you will receive a photo of the sign along with a letter of thanks.

In addition to hole sponsors, businesses and individuals may sponsor contests or donate prizes for the day’s raffles and silent auction.

The four-person Shotgun Scramble tournament begins at 8 a.m. Saturday with registration open at 7 a.m. at the Payson Golf Course, 1504 W. Country Club Drive in Payson.

Sign up as a foursome or an individual and we will pair you up.

Hole-In-One prizes this year include a 2011 Ford Fusion from Steve Coury Ford on Hole #8, $10,000 cash on Hole #2, and a $500 Visa gift card on Hole #5. You may also participate in the Dixon Golf Challenge to win a Nike driver or irons on Hole #14 and a Bose Wave Sound System on Hole #17.

The community’s generosity at last year’s event helped the Rim Country Food Bank provide 7,423 boxes of food, feeding a total of over 23,000 persons and providing financial assistance for a total of over $127,000. 

Applications are available at the Payson Golf Course, Rim Country Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. Those interested may also call Jim Bridges at (928) 951-3480 or Mike Haynes (928) 474-2191. 

Head Start enrollment

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2011-2012 school year.

Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low incomes and children with disabilities.

Families need to income qualify, have a child with a disability or have extenuating family circumstances to be admitted into the program.

Head Start is a government program that serves children ages 3 to 5, and does not charge any fees for services.

Head Start does not provide transportation, however there are many participant families that volunteer to assist others. Community Presbyterian Child learning center collaborates with us and provides transportation to their facility after Head Start’s morning class.

Needed items for enrollment include: complete and updated immunization record, proof of birth, and proof of income for the year 2010. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office at (928) 474-2738 to set up an appointment with a staff member. Once the application process completed, the child will be put on a waiting list until an opening is available.

Head Start officials encourage parents and guardians to get the needed items for enrollment and call for an appointment, as classes are filling quickly.

Classes begin the last week in August.

April 23 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

• Resurrection Celebration: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rumsey Park, free

• Popsicles and Pinwheels for Prevention: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sawmill Crossing parking lot

• Book signing: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Payson Public Library

• Trout Unlimited Banquet:5:15 p.m., Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

RPAP 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 23 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, April 24 the Pine Pit will be CLOSED in observance of Easter Sunday.

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. 

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. 

Resurrection Celebration

Each year, the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship puts on a special pre-Easter event at Rumsey Park, the Resurrection Celebration. This year, the event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and will include music programs, drama, activities, food and more.

The main attraction is a magic show with Dennis Zech, Ministry Through Mystery, performing at 12:15 p.m. Among the bands performing will be CaVu, which is making a return engagement, at 11 a.m., and RU Band, at 1:45 p.m., which has members from various local Calvary Chapels. Also performing will be Exit at 10 a.m. and La Roca at 2:45 p.m.

There will be a free clothing giveaway. Refreshments on the menu include hot dogs, burritos, drinks, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy and desserts.

Several local agencies will also be represented:  Beyond Limits, New Beginnings, The Gideons, Safe Haven Child Development Center, A Motorcycle Ministry, and a Creation Science booth. 

There will also be hayrides, bounce houses, games, clowns, puppets and dramas for the children as well as a youth drama and Mark Henning for the adults. Skate Park’s Unfolding will be there, the local youth outreach at Rumsey Park.

Popsicles and Pinwheels for Prevention

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. On Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the community is invited to attend a family event called Popsicles and Pinwheels in the Sawmill Crossing parking lot, behind Chili’s.

Besides face painting, local Soroptimist members will issue free popsicles and pinwheels to kids while Childhelp staff offer parents a tour of the Childhelp Mobile Advocacy Center along with age-appropriate child abuse prevention reading material. In addition, families can access free developmental screenings for Gila County children age 5 and under through the Gila County Health Department and sign up for free monthly books to be mailed to children age 4 and under through the Payson Public Library.

CASA will also be on hand with information on how to volunteer as a child advocate in the court system.

For more information, call Christy Walton at (928) 595-0406.

Book signing

Bonnie George Hunter, a resident of Forest Lakes, will be available to sign copies of her Christian children’s book, “Jimmy’s First Christmas in Heaven,” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 23 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Have you ever wondered what Heaven is really like? Do children play? Do they celebrate Christmas?

When three-year-old Jimmy arrives in Heaven, he has the same kind of questions. He soon learns that there will be plenty of friends to play with and that Christmas is even better when he gets to share it with Jesus. Join in discovering all the joy of “Jimmy’s First Christmas in Heaven.”

Trout Unlimited banquet

The Gila Trout Chapter #530 of Trout Unlimited of Payson will be holding its second annual banquet starting at 5:15 p.m., Saturday, April 23 at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

There will be a drawing for a 9-foot Outlaw Renegade frameless pontoon boat valued at $1,000. Tickets are available from Dorothy H. at (928) 472-7396 or dandort@ Proceeds will be used toward conservation projects in the Payson area and projects with local school students.

April 24 Easter Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: CLOSED

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: CLOSED


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