Community Almanac


Aug. 10


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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 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

• Story Time in Pine: Preschool story time at the Pine Library, for those 3 to 5, is from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

• Psychology in the Movies: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Payson campus of Gila Community College

• F.A.N.Club: 6:30 p.m., Tiny’s Restaurant all PHS boosters in all extracurricular areas invited

• Cub Scout registration: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mount Cross log building

Story Time at Pine Library

The Pine Library Preschool Story Time, for ages 3 to 5, is from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Wednesdays. The program includes music, stories, games, crafts, as well as physical exercises and cognitive development.

For more information, call (928) 476-3678.

Psychology in the movies

Gila Community College presents a free 5-week seminar, “A Look at Psychology in the Movies.” Attend this free seminar series from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, on the Gila Community College campus.

The course will look at why people want and appreciate psychological thrillers and how movies have characterized mental illness. Each week, participants will view and discuss movie segments. Five of the following movies will be presented: “Little Miss Sunshine,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Michael Clayton,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Black Swan,” “Misery.”

F.A.N. Club meeting

The Payson F.A.N. Club will meet at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Tiny’s Restaurant. Anyone interested in helping Payson High School and its extracurricular programs is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Cub Scout registration

Cub Scouts will hold open registration from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, in the log building.

This registration is for both continuing and new Scouts. There are a lot of fun activities and fund-raising events planned for the Scouts and their families for the upcoming year.

Cub Scouts is a perfect opportunity for families to spend quality time together. Registration is $22 and scholarships are available. Contact Shannon at (928) 970-4864 or Gloria at (928) 978-1341 for more information.

Aug. 11


• 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 7 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

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Gosar visits: 6 p.m.,Congressman Paul Gosar, hosted by the Payson Tea Party, will have a town hall at Tiny’s Restaurant

Scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11. Come check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories and much more. Look for “Scrub Bucks” around town and receive a discount! 

All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to the community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Gosar Town Hall meeting

Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar will hold a Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Payson. All are invited to attend. The Payson Tea Party is hosting the meeting. Call (928) 468-1131 for more information. 

Still time to take part in Rodeo Parade

The 2011 August Doin’s Parade, “Western Leather and Lace” will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 on Historic Main Street in Payson Arizona. The parade is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Steve Coury Automotive Family, KMOG, Gila County Mounted Posse, and Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country.

Participating will be the famous APS clowns, rodeo queens and their courts, Ronald McDonald, the Payson High School Band, local floats, riders, first responders, teams and many other great entries from all over Arizona, including units of the El Zaribah Shriners. The parade will be led by a Marine Honor Guard on horseback and will go east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing.

Announcers along the route will be Fred Carpenter at the Community Presbyterian Church, Eddie Armer at the Senior Center and Michael Rose at the Pine Country Animal Clinic. They will keep guests posted on the coming entries and provide music for your entertainment.

So, bring seating, water and the kids, and enjoy a great morning with some fabulous entertainment, antique cars, clowns, horses, and help Rim Country celebrate.

Entries will be accepted until Saturday, Aug. 13, so for parade applications, go to the Chamber at 100 W. Main st. or online to

Aug. 12


• Arts & Crafts sale: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mogollon Health Alliance activity center, continues 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday

• 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

Arts & Crafts sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance will be having an Arts & Crafts Sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Mogollon Health Alliance Activity Center (next to the Almost New Thrift Shop).

Stop by to see unique, hand-crafted items for the upcoming holidays and other gift-giving opportunities: potato bags, scarves, Christmas items, wreaths, jewelry, aprons and purses, bird feeders, afghans, baby blankets, baby bibs, tissue box covers, dog blankets, pillows, hats, catnip toys, dish cloths, pot holders, tote bags, PJs, cloth books and much more.

All proceeds benefit the many programs, scholarships, and grants offered to the community by the Mogollon Health Alliance.  For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588. 

Aug. 13


• Antique Tractor & Engine show: 8 a.m. to noon, Payson Farmers Market, Sawmill Crossing

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Quilt auction: 10 a.m. doors open at Pine Community Center Cultural Hall for viewing, auction is at 2:30 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

Payson Farmers Market hosts antique tractor, engine show

It’s National Farmers Week, and to celebrate, the 2nd Annual Tractor Show is planned at the Saturday, Aug. 13 Payson Farmers Market. The Rim Country members of the Northern Arizona Antique Tractor and Engine Association are bringing their tractors and farm equipment to show at the market. There will be information, photo opportunities and good fun for all.

In addition to this special entertainment, shoppers can also purchase fresh, sweet corn on the cob; Gisela peaches; vegetables; free range beef; tamales or any of hundreds of locally made or grown foods.

All participating farmers accept WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and SFMNP (Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program) checks.

Also entertaining this week is the fun and popular Anne James.

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

For more information, visit the Web site or call (928) 468-0961.

Quilt auction

The Strawberry Patchers will hold their 3rd Annual Quilt Auction Aug. 13 in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall, at milepost 267.8 on Highway 87.

Doors open at 10 a.m. for registration and preview. The auction will start at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. However, those who bring a non-perishable food item will be entered into the drawing for a special quilt held for after the auction. A piece entitled “Sylvester” made by Sharon Schamber could be yours! Opportunity quilt tickets will be available, along with ‘buy it now’ quilts.

Those who have a quilt they would like to put in the auction can find the appropriate forms online.

Additional information is available on the Web site, or call Kathy at (928) 472-4410, cell (928) 951-0413.

AARP Driving Safety Class

The next AARP Driving Safety Class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The course will be taught by Doug Eckert.

Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Montessori open house

Morgan’s Creek Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 to celebrate the opening of the school. There will be a bounce house and other activities for the children including prizes, a barbecue of hamburgers and hotdogs, chips and drinks. Everyone is welcome.

Free concerts

Christian songwriters perform new songs every third Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway. All ages are welcome to attend and all ages are welcome to perform with one-month notice.

Come one, come all and be blessed.

Looking ahead

Jazz concert

Dr Jass and The Heartbeats will perform in concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Reserve a seat by e-mail to or leave message at (602) 619-3355.

Donation includes refreshments.

Girl Scout registration

Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Girls of all ages are welcome. The local organization is looking for leaders too.

Registration will be from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15 at Payson Elementary School; and again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17 and Thursday, Aug. 18 at Scoops in the Sawmill Crossing.

For more information, call Rhonda Evans at (928) 474-0653.

NFL Flag Football

The NFL Flag Football league registration is now open. The program offers youth the opportunity to learn athletic skills and football knowledge in a fun, safe and educational setting. Registration includes a football jersey and mouth guard. The cost is $35 per participant.

Registration closes Aug. 15, with games scheduled to start at the end of August and continue until early October at the Rumsey 1 outfield.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free Heartsaver CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15.

Please call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, its gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to its Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Preschool open house

Those interested in preschool for their child are invited to an open house at the Payson Church of the Nazarene Safe Haven Child Development Center. The event is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15.

Payson Church of the Nazarene is at 200 E. Tyler Parkway, across from Home Depot.

Interested in preschool for your child?

Safe Haven offers a Christian educational program using Funshine Express and Alpha Omega Curriculum for children 3 to 5 years of age.

For more information, attend the open house or call (928) 468-6924

Book fair

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the “Books Are Fun” Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby.

Quality books and unique gifts including photo albums, stationery, music and much more will be sold to the public at great discounts.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

New UA Ag dean visits

Dr. Shane Burgess, the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, will visit the area Wednesday, Aug. 17. There will be a question and answer session from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the private dining room at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant in the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson.

For additional information, contact Susan Bolt, administrative associate, Gila County Cooperative Extension, Payson, at (928) 474-4160.

Fall soccer league

Registration is now open for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s fall soccer league. The program gives youngsters, ages 4 through the sixth-grade, the opportunity to further their soccer skills. The fee is $30 per participant.

Registration closes Aug. 19, with games held Saturdays from Aug. 27 to Oct. 1 on the Rumsey North Soccer Field.

New fitness classes at GCC

Casandra Stouder is a new instructor at Gila Community College who will be teaching two new fitness classes this fall.

The classes are:

• Cardio Kickboxing I, 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., Monday and Wednesday

• Beginning Body Conditioning I, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday

Classes start Monday, Aug. 22. To learn more about registration, call Gila Community College at (928) 468-8039.

Early Childhood Screening

Gila County Early Childhood Screening Program will be providing a Screening Clinic from noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26 at the Payson Public Library community meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.

Hearing, vision and developmental screenings will be conducted for all children, from newborns to 5-year-olds, at no charge. First Things First provides funding for the clinic.

Questions can be directed to Nancy Mach at (928) 402-8820 or 1-800-304-4452 ext 8820 or

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive in Pine from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the First Baptist Church gym, 4039 N. Highway 87.

All blood types are needed, however, Type O-negative is always in greatest demand.

Did you know blood donations can decline by up to 25 percent during holiday weeks? Since blood has a shelf life of 42 days, today’s donations can help save lives through the Labor Day holiday. Give blood through Aug. 31 and you could drive away a hero with a 2011 Jetta S, courtesy of Valley Volkswagen dealers.

Bookstore clearance

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring an End-of-Summer Clearance of hardback books. Come in and pick up a fresh supply of books for those lazy, summer afternoons — and the coming fall nights. Hardback books will be on sale at two for the price of one throughout August. As always, the second book must be of equal or lesser value than the first.

Recently, the bookstore has received several large donations of video cassettes. The library is weeding their non-fiction video collection as well. Therefore, the bookstore is overflowing with worthwhile videos on a variety of topics from animals to history. During the month, all videos will be priced at 3 for $1. This is a great opportunity to stock up on wholesome, informative viewing for the whole family.

Bookstore stock changes daily, so stop by often. Bookstore volunteers are always happy to see you. The Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at

Classic car raffle

Veterans Helping Veterans is having a raffle for a 1940 Buick 50 Special four-door. It is in great condition and it runs.

The drawing will be held Sept. 1. Tickets are $100 each and all proceeds to go Veterans Helping Veterans, a nonprofit home for disabled and homeless veterans. For more information, please call (928) 978-2802 or (928) 474-3920.

Farm dinner benefit

Fossil Creek Creamery will be hosting a farm dinner to benefit the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4.

Three talented chefs will prepare a five-course meal and a special wine pairing will be available with each course.

All local produce, meat and dairy will be used. Participating in preparing this fabulous feast are Chef Akos Szabo, Top of the Rock in Tempe; Chef Gerardo Moceri, Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe in Payson; Chef Tracy Dempsey, pastry chef from Scottsdale. Vita Mart will donate produce from their 25 local producers.

Chuck Casey and his fiddlers will provide music under the stars.

All proceeds will benefit the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc. Tickets are $75 per person and can be reserved by calling (928) 476-5178.

There will be limited seating, so make a reservation soon to join your neighbors for good food, wine, music under the stars, and for a good cause.

Go online to www.ranchatfossilcreek .com for more details.

Crafters wanted

Ponderosa Chapter #64 O.E.S. will hold their Annual Arts and Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Overnight security is provided. The cost of a booth is just $35. Outside spaces are 12 ft. x 12 ft. Inside spaces have an 8-ft. table and two chairs. If electricity is needed, it is $15 extra per space.

For more information, call Sister Martha Ahrens at (928) 476-4151 or Sister Lois Miller at (928) 474-0521. One free meal ticket is given to you, per booth, on Saturday for lunch.


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