Community Almanac



Celebrate the season at the annual Electric Light Parade on Historic Main Street. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Green Valley Park, rain or shine. There will be several spots to enjoy food, beverages and music, plus some other fun along the parade route.

Dec. 2 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

• Community Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m., Young, continues through Sunday

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• Gila Community College Student Art Show & Sale: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Payson campus of GCC

• Soroptimist Wine & Cheese Party: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Best Western Payson Inn

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., events all along Historic Main Street; visit the galleries; see a model trail display at the Community Presbyterian Church; enjoy Celtic Christmas music at Bootleg Alley

• Christmas Tree Auction: 6 p.m., Pine school

• Comedy Hypnosis Show: 7:30 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium, benefits local chapter of Future Educators of Arizona

Community Holiday Bazaar in Young

The 12th Annual Community Holiday Bazaar in Young will be held December 2, 3 and 4. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. It takes place at the newly expanded Braswell’s Chuckwagon.

The PTA discount card will not be accepted at the Holiday Bazaar. Proceeds go to the individuals making the craft or food items.

GCC Art Show and Sale

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will host the 4th Annual Art Show and Sale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2.

Student artwork from stained glass, drawing, digital photography, Photoshop, watercolor, oil painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper crafts, folk art, jewelry, sculpture and quilted clothing will be on display.

Holiday Wine & Cheese Party

The local Soroptimists will hold their annual Holiday Wine & Cheese Party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at Payson’s Best Western Inn. 

Proceeds from the Radiothon held in October will be presented to Time Out, Inc., Payson Community Kids and Arizonans for Children.

Tickets are $15 each. Please call Audrey at (928) 472-9380 or Jean at (928) 472-8007 for tickets or for more information.

First Friday

Gather on Historic Main Street for a First Friday holiday celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 2. Enjoy the warmth and ambiance inside Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art where Vyktoria Pratt Keating will be singing Christmas carols. Outside, beside the fire pit, the Humane Society will be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations.  In the spirit of Christmas, canned food or cash donations will be accepted for the food bank. 

The Mudhens are sponsoring a train show at Community Presbyterian Church. The show will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday Dec. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3

Admission is free, however if you bring a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive, the hungry of Payson will benefit.

The Artists of the Rim Gallery will be raffling works by six of its member artists. Bring a donation of nonperishable food for area food banks and get a raffle ticket.

This event will also be an opportunity to say goodbye to one of the gallery’s original artist/partners. Western artist Donn C. Morris is “retiring” from the gallery as of Jan. 1.

Down the Street Art Gallery will celebrate First Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Holiday Gathering.

New artist, photographer Rick Jackson, will also be the featured guest at the festivities.

Christmas tree auction

Catch more Christmas spirit tonight, Friday, Dec. 2, at the annual Christmas tree auction at the Pine Strawberry School. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Benefit show

The Payson High School Future Educators of Arizona Chapter host a benefit program starring master stage hypnotist Michael DeSchalit at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. The program will be presented at the PHS Auditorium.

The PHS Auditorium is at 301 N. McLane Road, Payson. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults, but because there will only be one performance, tickets will be subject to availability.

Dec. 3 Saturday

• Brush pits closed

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Key Club gift wrapping: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Walmart Garden Center

• Tamales for Toys: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe

• Gift wrapping benefit: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Humane Society Thrift Store

• 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

• Piano recital: 1 p.m., Mormon Church

• Spaghetti dinner: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

• Electric Light Parade and associated events: 5 p.m., Historic Main Street

• Meals on Wheels benefit: 5 p.m., Senior Center

Brush pits closed due to weather

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project, the Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) free brush brush pits will be CLOSED Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, due to the anticipated rain and snow storms that have been predicted for the next several days.

Key Club wraps gifts

Members of the Key Club will wrap gifts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the Walmart Garden Center. The group will provide a variety of wrapping papers and bows for a donation of your choice.

This event will allow members to support projects such as “Beads of Courage,” a program for children suffering cancer and other life threatening diseases, and “The Eliminate Project” helping to save mothers and babies from maternal neonatal tetanus across the globe, as well as many other Key Club events.

Public Safety Christmas for Kids Program

The annual Tamales for Toys event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at Gerardo’s Firewood Café, which is graciously being opened for the event by owner Gerardo Moceri. The toy brought to exchange for a tamale dinner should be valued at $5 or more and we will be selling plates for $7, which includes two tamales, beans, chips and salsa and a bottle of water. A package of a dozen will be sold for $15. All proceeds and toys will go to needy children in northern Gila County.

Registration for the program will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway. Look for the banner hanging out in front of where signup will take place.

The Payson Police and Fire Departments, the officers with the local Arizona Department of Public Safety, and those with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, the Gila County Attorney’s Office and the Payson Court present the Public Safety Christmas for Kids program each year.

Cash donations may be made at either the Payson Police or Fire Department offices from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Funds are running low and there are expected to be a lot of children needing assistance this year.

Gift wrapping benefit

Bring gifts to be wrapped at the first annual Wrap with Kindness event to benefit animals Saturday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 10. Volunteers from the Humane Society of Central Arizona will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the HSCAZ Thrift Shop. Guests are invited to bring gifts from home for wrapping or have thrift shop purchases wrapped for a small donation.

The Humane Society of Central Arizona Thrift Shop is at 501 W. Main St., Payson. For more information on this holiday event, call (928) 468-6419.

Piano recital

The piano students of Dr. Victoria B. Harris will present a recital in the Chapel at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 918 S. Ponderosa St., Payson at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Dr. Harris will also play a solo on the program.

The recital will be followed by an informal reception at the church. The public is cordially invited. No tickets are required.

Spaghetti dinner prior to parade

There will be no dinner for the First Friday celebration Dec. 2 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Instead there will be a Spaghetti Dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 before the Electric Light Parade.

Dinner costs $5 plus a non-perishable food item. There will also be baked goods and hot chocolate for sale, plus a raffle from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funds benefit the homeless students of Payson.

Electric Light Parade

Bundle up and come out to see a parade of lights, along with friends and neighbors go from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The annual event, led by Grand Marshal Clifford Pirch, starts at 6 p.m., rain or shine.

Benefit sale at Light Parade

Friends of Payson Parks & Recreation will have a stand in front of the Oxbow Saloon on Main Street the night of the Dec. 3 Electric Light Parade. Cups of chili, hot chocolate and apple cider will be available for purchase starting at 5 p.m.

Light Parade viewing

The Payson Senior Center Thrift Store will be open late Saturday, Dec. 3 for folks to enjoy the Electric Light Parade with up-front viewing. Bring a chair, browse the thrift store, which will have special sales for the occasion and enjoy cocoa, cider and cookies.

Benefit for Meals on Wheels

A Magical Holiday Affair is planned Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Payson Senior Center to benefit the Meals on Wheels program for the homebound.

The evening will feature an elegant dinner of prime rib or Chicken Marsala accompanied by holiday fun, music, the Electric Light Parade and more.

There will be reserved seating amid cozy fire rings for an up-front view of the parade.

Dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m., with dessert afterward. The cost is $30 per person, of which a portion is tax deductible.

Call (928) 474-4876 for details and to reserve tickets.

Dec. 4 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

• Special screening Education Under Fire: 5 p.m., Payson United Methodist Church, hosted by Payson Amnesty International

Human Rights Awareness Month

The Payson Town Council has proclaimed December as Human Rights Awareness Month. The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International will open the month with a screening of Education Under Fire at Payson Methodist Church at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4. 

For more information, call Penny at (928) 978-1268 or go to


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