Community Almanac


Aug. 5


• 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

• Zumbathon for Literacy: 4:30 p.m., Senior Center

• Taco Salad Dinner: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at various shops on West Main St., Payson

Zumbathon for Literacy

On First Friday, Aug. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Senior Citizens Center will be rocking with a Zumbathon for Literacy. Once again, Christy Walton will be leading the event. 

Doors will open at 4:30, and at 5 p.m., Christy will lead a review of the basic Zumba steps. From 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., the Zumbathon will take place.

For an additional donation, international refreshments from the brand new Rim Country Literacy Program International Cookbook will be available throughout the Zumbathon. Water and sport drinks will be available for sale.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from Christy Walton, RCLP volunteers, the Senior Center, and the Roundup. Advance ticket prices are $10 for dancing only and $12 for dancing and refreshments. Tickets will be sold at the door as room permits. Prices at the door are $12 for dancing only, $15 for dancing and refreshments and $5 for refreshments only. The Senior Center is located at 514 S. Main St. in Payson.

For more information, call Christy Walton at (928) 595-0406, or RCLP at (928) 468-7257.

Taco Salad dinner

Come enjoy an evening of good food and entertainment at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Dinner is a taco salad, beans, chips, cake and a drink and will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

Eat in and enjoy the music of The Starlighters, or get your dinner to go for $5 a plate. All proceeds go to the children’s programs at Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center.

First Friday festivities

It is once again time for First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5 on Historic Main Street in Payson. Among the events slated:

Sale at Time Out Thrift Shop

Take ‘time out’ to shop and save on First Friday, Aug. 5 at the Time Out Thrift Shop.

Everything in the store and on the sidewalk will be 50 percent off.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bootleg Alley anniversary

At First Friday, Aug. 5. on Payson’s Historic Main Street, Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is celebrating five years in business and 51 consecutive First Fridays.

Enjoy listening to the popular local band Trouble in Paradise performing soft rock on Bootleg Alley’s porch. Feast on gourmet brats grilled by Chef Gary Bedsworth and Diane Frederich Bedsworth. For $5, diners can purchase a Charlie’s brat with all the trimmings along with a soda and chips. All net proceeds benefit local animal charity, PAWS. Top off dinner with a dessert from Scoops. The Rodeo Jail Girls are back selling raffle tickets, shirts and rodeo pins.

Anniversary cake and punch will also be served.

Ice cream social

For First Friday on Main Street, Aug 5, Down the Street Art Gallery is having an Ice Cream Social where bowls of ice cream with a topping bar can be had for a donation to charity. This year, the beneficiary will be Christmas Angel Tree program.

Welcome a new business

Main Street Guitars & Gifts is new to the street and has just what the music lover needs. The owners, Anne and Jim, will be there to greet you from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5.

Gallery welcomes new member

The Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery is introducing its newest partner, Diane Haugen, during First Friday festivities Aug. 5. A gifted gourd artist, Haugen also works in watercolor, pencil, sculpture, and stained glass.

The Main Street First Friday event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., rain or shine.

Aug. 6


• Monsoon 4 Miler: 6:15 a.m., Rumsey Park Ramada 5

• Fire on Rim Mountain Bike Race: 7:30 a.m, Pine - see details in Sports, Page 8A

• Payson Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing

• Mountain Daze: 9 a.m., Pine Community Center, continues Sunday

• 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

• Southern Gospel concert, 11 a.m., Seventh-day Adventist Church, 700 E. Wade Lane, Payson

• Deep Pit Cooking Demonstration: noon, Payson Public Library, part of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Key Ingredients: America by Food

• Big Band Music Machine: 5 p.m., Pine Community Center

Monsoon 4 Miler

The Payson, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will host the Monsoon 4 Miler Saturday, Aug. 6. Check-in is at 6:15 a.m., with the race starting at 7 a.m. at Ramada 5 in Rumsey Park.

The route runs through Payson’s neighborhoods. There is a 90-minute time limit (the clock turns off at 8:30 a.m.). Sign up now.

Call the parks office at (928) 474-5242, extension 7, for additional details.

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, Aug. 6 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, Aug. 7, the Pine Pit will be CLOSED due to heavy residual smoke from this week’s burning operations, the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine. 

Payson Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market is expected have corn on the cob for sale Saturday, Aug. 6. Shoppers can also find okra, potatoes, melons and all kinds of other vegetables.

New this week is a variety of Nut Brittles and other fine confections. There’s beef jerky for snacks or steaks for the grill. Rim Country artists will also have wares for sale.

Enjoy breakfast or lunch and listen to cowboy tunes of Eddie Armer.

The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s.

Mountain Daze

The Pine/Strawberry Business Community is planning a Mountain Daze celebration in conjunction with the August Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

The celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Pine Strawberry ramada at the Pine Community Center. No admission will be charged to enjoy vendors, food, music and antique cars.

Also taking place the first weekend in August will be the Pine/Strawberry Health Fair.

Go online to for more information.

Southern Gospel concert

A free concert by The Master’s Quartet of Phoenix will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 700 E. Wade Lane.

The Master’s Quartet is a southern Gospel music group dedicated to leading God’s people in praise and worship. The group’s desire is that hearts will be touched and directed to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and many led into a deeper relationship with Christ through this dedicated ministry.

Deep Pit Cooking demonstration

The Payson Public Library will present a Deep Pit Cooking demonstration at noon, Saturday, Aug. 6 as part of the Key Ingredients Smithsonian exhibit. This is a free event, but registration is requested. To save a place, call the Payson Public Library at (928) 474-9260 to register.

Big Band Music Machine

Hosted by the Pine Strawberry Fuels Reduction committee (PSFR), the Big Band Music Machine performs at the Pine Elementary School gym from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6.

“These kids have performed at Disneyland and have been asked to perform at the big Pearl Harbor Commemoration celebration this year in Hawaii,” said Katie Calderon, PSFR board member.

Entrance fee is a $5 donation toward the music program, and children under 12 are admitted free.

The concert wraps up the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race event. Major raffle prizes will be announced during the concert intermission.

Aug. 7


• 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

Aug. 8


• Child Health Screenings: Pine Strawberry Elementary School, call (928) 476-3283 for appointment

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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 Auditions: 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church

Child screenings in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Elementary School District is announcing its annual Child Find Activities for all 3- and 4-year-olds. Child Find is a state-mandated program to identify children who may require services to address a potential disability in learning, speech, vision, hearing, physical growth or with some other possible developmental delay.

The district will screen all 3- and 4-year-olds by appointment during the week of Aug. 8. Call (928) 476-3283 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Payson Choral Society auditions are Aug. 8

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Anyone interested in joining the group of talented singers is invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

This is the first step in preparing for the annual holiday concert, which will be Saturday, Dec. 17. Rehearsals begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15 at the same location.

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and you are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come be a part of the Payson Choral Society.

For further information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

Aug. 9


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

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Memorial bench dedication: 10 a.m., Northern Gila County Historical Society museum complex at Green Valley Park.

Memorial bench dedication

A beautiful memorial garden bench in the name of the late Marilyn Wolfe, which was made possible by many generous donations, will be dedicated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9,at the Green Valley Park museum complex.


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